Day 242, 243, 244, 245 – August 30th – September 2nd

Yikes, this writing every four days thing is turning into quite a habit! But in my defense though, this week has been one of the busiest weeks of this summer for me – I’ve been working quite literally every day, and also in double shifts. I’ve been going back and forth between both jobs all week, which means all I’ve been doing is sleeping, working and eating when I get the chance, LOL. But you know, it’s been great! Mentally I feel fantastic and quite proud of myself, but physically it did catch up to me a little bit. Either way, I got to have the morning off for the first time in a while so I got to catch up on some much needed sleep and rest.

And now I can catch up here!

So, working every day at second job has been great but it got to a point that I was getting a little bit stressed out; throughout the summer, my shifts were spaced out in a way that made it easy for me to handle. But working every day straight? It’s definitely a fast paced environment and you definitely encounter all kinds of people. I’ve found that the customers in this industry are a lot less nice than the customers in the retail industry at times. I wonder if it’s because they’re hangry? LOL.

But really though, I never realized how picky people can be when it comes to seating and whatnot. Having worked all summer in this restaurant, I finally don’t see the appeal of “booths” anymore. I get you want to be comfortable when you eat but, why go to that much trouble?!

Ah well! It is what it is. Regardless of all that, I’ve genuinely enjoyed working at this job, learning how to problem solve on the fly, taking initiative, being my friendly, out-going self towards guests, and getting to meet as many people as I have. Not to mention, everyone who works there is so cool and so nice. I know I’ll be cutting down my hours once school begins, but in all honesty, I may be taking a brief hiatus from the job altogether if I can’t keep up with both jobs. We’ll see what’s meant to happen! School has got to come first above all from this point forward.

It’s September now!!! I can’t believe how quickly this month has come. Already, the weather has become reflective of what month we’re in – the breeze has cooled significantly, temperatures have dropped, and I can already hear the rustle of dead leaves being scattered across the ground in the morning when I first wake up. I LOVE FALL SO MUCH. Hands down, it’s my favourite season of all seasons. That crisp refreshing chill in the air, the stunning variation of colours that the leaves change into. Getting to break out my favourite leather jacket, LOL. I love it all.

I have so much to do once school begins! I got to buy my books, orient myself with my new school schedule, HOLY CRAP I CAN’T WAIT TO GET BACK. Man how I’ve missed the structure that school brings about. No more forgetting what day it is! I hate when the days blur together with no sense or purpose. Like even now, I had to struggle to remember that today is Saturday. Doesn’t feel like a Saturday! But in a couple weeks, Saturday will feel like Saturday once more.

One thing I’ve loved about summer was that I found the perfect balance between me-time and also being productive as possible. I managed to find time to grow as a person, learn, read the most amazing books, paint my room, meditate, hang out with the people I care about most, AND I managed to keep up with two jobs alongside it all. I know it’s going to be different once I integrate school into this equation, but no matter what I must continue to find time for myself. It’s integral to the maintenance of my mental and spiritual health!

I have to go back to that list I made at the start of this summer and cross off all the things I did for myself, and perhaps add a brief explanation/story to each goal that I managed to accomplish. I can’t wait! I think I’ll do that tomorrow, since this morning is beginning to wane and I have some obligations that I need to attend to before I head to work this afternoon.

Speaking of work!

So Dylan didn’t end up coming in during the week as I expected, but I had heard offhand it was because he had gotten stuck in Houston! Which didn’t quite make sense, but then I wondered if it was because of a stopover or something, so I ended up messaging him to make sure he was okay.

Turns out, he was stuck in Detroit because of the delays of what was happening in Houston, so there was definitely some broken telephone going on in the department LOL. Nonetheless, I was glad that he was okay.

So I figured I wouldn’t be seeing him for a while, because he explained to me that the rain was insane and that the highways back to Toronto were all flooded as a result. But when I came into work yesterday, he was there!!! Holy crap, I was super happy LMAO. I settled in and put all my stuff away and then I pretty much ran over to say hi, hehe. Ah man, that smile he got when he saw me. Sigh.

We slowly started catching up throughout the shift here and there, but then towards the end of the day we spent the entire time just talking endlessly about his travels in Las Vegas and everything I learnt that night that I decided to get my tattoo, how Leila got it too and the story of why, and about the different experiences he got as a result of the MMA tournaments he attended while in Vegas. When he told me the story of how he met John Kavanagh, the way his eyes lit up was so absolutely endearing, I can’t. He told me that if he could sit down and have coffee with anyone in the world, it would have been him or Paolo Coelho.

When we talk and he gets really into what he’s saying, he like, enunciates the statement by saying my name at the end of it. Like, “You have no idea, ___.” And I don’t know why, but I love it so, so much LMAO. Why am I so weird!? It just sounds so good.

Olivia came to visit me during work, so he stopped by to say hi to her and ask her how she was doing, and how camp was, which was sweet.

And then at the very end of his shift (and my favourite part of this day), I happened to be looking for a bag in the back where he keeps his stuff. When I was about to walk away, he stopped me to ask me if I had any days off next week!!! Which totally threw me off guard, I got all nervous and stammer-y because I did NOT see that coming. But, I did happily say that I did have a little bit of free time before school started, and he said that we would figure out a day to hang out next week then. Yay!

Honestly, a part of me thought that he wouldn’t ask when he got back from his trip. The old part of me though, the little ghost of my old doubts and fears. But he did! I really do need to have more faith in this universe and in my self.

I’m so happy! So many new starts, and this is why I love September. We’re nearing the end of this year, yet this part of the year feels like a whole new beginning. But really though, every moment can be the start of something new if you just allow it to be.

I think that’s that for today! I’m so excited for this upcoming week! I must find time to write throughout it all, I don’t want to miss a minute of any of it.

I kind of wish I cut down my availability for this week with my second job, because I have two shifts that I wish I didn’t have. But it’s okay! Last little bit of money before I get back into it with school. Everything happens as it is meant to.

I’ll write some time tomorrow after my shift! I finish early, so maybe I can even go into the summer list I made and see what I’ve done for myself in these past couple months. That’s going to be fun.

Until then!

Love, love, love,

Me.

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