The next few months for me are extremely deadline driven. I basically eat, work and sleep, with a little bit of a break on Sundays and Monday afternoons. Currently, I’m wrapping up projects from the previous year, while simultaneously working on new ones. It’s now gotten to a point where I’m having trouble keeping track of all my notes from each project, and I have papers flapping everywhere at work and at home. My solution for now is that I just put everything in one notebook, and use dividers to demarcate between each project.
I don’t know about you, but I never use up an entire notebook from start to finish with just one subject, so this method is a good way for me to get maximum mileage out of one notebook. Plus, the tabs are removable, so I just move them further back if I need more pages for a particular topic. Such a simple solution, but I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to figure it out!
Another noteworthy mention for October is that I’ve also started receiving paper magazine subscriptions again. I had forgotten how luxurious it feels to page through the pages of a magazine. (Somehow swiping pages through an iPad screen doesn’t quite feel the same). Currently, I have subscriptions to Monocle and The New Yorker. Monocle is a monthly issue, while The New Yorker is a weekly issue. It feels so decadent to read them at a quiet coffee shop on Sundays.
One of my absolute favorite moments of this month was seeing “A Star is Born.” Quite honestly, I went for Bradley Cooper, but I ended up being absolutely awestruck by Lady Gaga. I bought the soundtrack off of iTunes as soon as I left the theatre, and have been listening to it on repeat since.
But in addition to being enthralled by the music, what also resonated with me was the underlying messages of the movie; your accomplishments in life depend on your own hard work and dedication, but also by the types of people that you choose to surround yourself with. Those people can contribute and support your ascent, or send your hurtling to your descent. At the end of the day, you hope that the person that you care about the most sees you, understands you, and admires you for the person that you are, and for whatever your contribution is to the world.