What are you doing? I don’t recognize you.

A look in the mirror and she’s the same in the face but older in the eyes. (read this Hey Arnold fanfiction I read that in, it is AMAZING)

between the shadow and the soul by ashleykay
Thursday was deep and hot and when she woke it was to sticky wet sheets and a feeling that the world had not changed.
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Today I have hardly slept. That is nothing new. However, the activities I was engaged in this morning were truly astounding to me. Jake and I have been talking about building for our future. I astonished the hell out of myself by walking back onto that college campus, sight and reminder of my past failures.

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My first time around in college I regrettably slacked off. I wasted my time and their money. I couldn’t be bothered to do homework, and I slept through classes. I had to drop math 3 times because of the combination of those two problems. It took me forever to finally knock it out.

I lost focus while I was in school, preoccupied with my mother’s problems and my own woes and dating a stupid alcoholic. I dropped out of college with one class standing between me and my business degree. I just stopped going because the class was too hard, and I’d already taken the class once before. I was too proud to get tutoring, and I didn’t care enough to try so I just quit.

Four years later, and I was standing in the orange office again. My hands were trembling when I first noticed how nervous I felt. I had this sensation that someone was going to drop the bullshit smiles and look at me honestly and say, “Are you really sure about coming back? Looks like you weren’t too interested the first time.”

I don’t know how interested I am, but I still did it. I enrolled in classes to start in the Fall, or at least they are pending right now. At any rate, I started the goddamn process, and I am utterly stunned at myself. What are you doing, helping yourself? *shock of disbelief, I am so good at standing in my own way*

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I am surprised at myself because I am such a lazy person. I don’t know how I convinced myself to actually go and submit myself to the torture that is rising early for classes and actually applying my intelligence to something. Except I do know how, and it’s very disconcerting to me honestly.Image result for mexican baby cartoonI am interested in perusing a dietitian degree. I want to turn my life around. I have a window of about 3-5 years to birth healthy babies, and I want to make myself healthy enough to house a little one. I don’t want kids now, but I need to build the house for them for when they do come. I want to be healthier sooner.

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I look at myself in the mirror and I body-shame myself. I see my meaty arms and thighs and love handles and what I really see is cushy defeat and sorrow in all that fat. It’s like I’ve given up, but that’s not really so. I just have forgotten how to act like I care about myself.

I’ve spent so much time trying to numb myself to the things I’d rather not think about that I have robbed myself of true pleasure. I am always engaging in false pleasures, fleeting feelings. The feeling of not giving a fuck inevitably goes away until you smoke again. Smoke, or go crazy unable to escape your own thoughts.

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I have established a new school of discipline for myself. It’s actually pretty funny! Hubby and I have been obsessed with watching Gordon Ramsay and all his TV shows. Master Chef, Master Chef Junior, The F word, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell. Emulating Gordon Ramsay landed my husband a promotion at the hospital kitchen he works in.

Our respect for him is very obvious. I have watched him so much that now when I am sitting down to eat, I actually look at my meal and say to myself, “Gordon Ramsay wouldn’t want me to eat this.” I usually just ate robotically in the past until way past the point of full. Lately I have been limiting my portions and I have avoided splurging on things that I know are bad for me by constantly reminding myself of what he would say about my food choices.

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I haven’t taken care of myself because of ignorance. Now I am going to seek education and do better with it. I want to change my life and my motivations and be different than I am today. I want to give up the drugs and sedentary life style and be someone better. I guess I was so surprised because I actually took the first step today, instead of just thinking or talking about it. I don’t know if I can actually do it, accomplish getting up in the mornings and being more of a regular and responsible person, but I guess all I can do is try.

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Sleeping with Other People by ladylace616
A Hey Arnold! fanfiction loosely based on the movie Sleeping with other People. In the middle of college, Helga drops out and moves back home. She discovers unfortunate circumstances have also brought a certain football headed figure from her past back to town, as well. They find themselves in uncharted territory as they deal with grief and their personal problems to form a deeper connection. Has Helga moved on from her past, or will her past catch up with her eventually?

More of my work-
Deeply Disturbed Me by [Lovelace, Lady]
Deeply Disturbed Me is a short story about the rocky relationship between a young woman and her wild and irresponsible mother. She struggles to come to terms with the aftermath of her mother’s decisions. One summer, her life is changed forever by a secret her mother has been keeping for quite some time. [BUY IT]

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Not sure what it is, but I have been feeling more confident in some ways lately. It’s miraculous, but one day I woke up and life wasn’t pressing down on me. *SHOCK* Don’t know why or how that happened. The cloud is not hanging over me right now *knocks on wood*

At work, I understand moreso what has happened. I gave up during the period my ex-boss Lara was there. I did not lend any effort towards making her look better. We weren’t close, and I didn’t enjoy working with her. I didn’t agree with her methods. When she started to fail, I let her go down hard so that Kristin could see she made the wrong decision and rue it.

I applied for the position when Latta quit. When Lara quit, I felt very discouraged. My circumstances have not changed in almost 10 months…. still not ready to move forward. I have stopped actively looking for a new job with this fresh feeling of enthusiasm I’ve had, but we’ll see how long it lasts. I just finished brushing up my resume, actually. I think I should still keep my options open. I’m just waiting for the perfect thing, the perfect opportunity.

I’ve been writing more lately. I started writing Hey Arnold! fanfiction. I absolutely love Helga and enjoy writing her. Have some “Married” gifs because they’re fucking adorable.