Saturday, July 28, 2012


A couple months ago, I stopped actively blogging. I was still baking and cooking and eating and taking pictures and writing about it, but I detached myself from the blogging community. I stopped checking my comments and browsing through other blogs. At first, I told myself that it was only for a couple weeks or a month or so while I worked on my summatives. (Because as a high school junior who goes to a full-year school, this means I have eight different worth-oh-only-thirty-percent-of-your-grade-no-big-deal assignments going on at the same time.) But then summatives turned into exams and then literally the day after I wrote my last exam—biology—I left for a three-week summer program in the US.

one of the rooms in one of the libraries on campus.

I studied psychology at the university. Whenever I was not:
  • sitting in class (either sweating profusely or chilled to the bone because our professor couldn’t decide on which room—the one with no AC or the one with—had better AV);
  • watching fireworks on a random Monday night (or rather, trying to catch glimpses of fireworks through silhouetted tree forms—who puts on a firework show BEHIND trees...?)
  • writing an awesome paper about resisting social influence (while allowing myself to be peer pressured into going to the highlighter dance instead of finishing up writing my paper)
  • climbing a tree in the arts quad (which is kind of a big deal because I have an irrational fear of heights)
  • learning how to (kind of) do the polonaise
  • eating waffles drenched in maple syrup and melted butter at literally every meal (because the waffles are the best-tasting thing at the cafeteria );
  • cleaning out my new semi infected ear piercings (for which I had to purchase a $75 tube of ointment—a tube I could have received for free back home in Canada)
amongst other things, I studied. I updated my blog with new posts every now and then, but otherwise, I left it alone. I just felt as if I didn’t have the time.

my friend's dorm room.

But time is a tricky thing. It’s not about having time. It’s about being able to prioritize and do the important things first. For the past three months, school and grades were the center of my life. But now that I’m finally done with structured commitments, I’m not really sure what to do first. I’ve literally been living with a daily to-do list, a list that carries over the previous day’s unchecked items, since I came back from the US. I just can’t seem to organize my thoughts otherwise. I still need to study for my pivotal upcoming senior year, but now that I don’t have school to anchor my day to, I’m trying to rebalance my life. 

The first thing that entailed rebalancing my life: actively blogging again. Honestly, blogging just wasn’t as fun when I was doing it by myself.


  1. Blogging can be very time consuming. I love what you said, It's very wise. " It’s not about having time. It’s about being able to prioritize and do the important things first " Are you sure you are only in high school?? Great post.

  2. Oh Kyleen, I know how you feel.

    Between university, summer school, work, and trying to start a business, it gets ridiculously hectic. Nonetheless, you still find more time to blog than I do!

    1. Jane, you're super awesome and I really love your blog (:

  3. Blogging but not really being part of the blogging community does feel significantly different. I feel much more rewarded in my efforts on the days I set aside a little time to participate, read other blogs, leave comments, etc. Glad to hear you're back with us. Hope you enjoyed your summer travels!

  4. The blogging community is one of the perks of blogging for sure! I'm glad your back!

  5. Looking forward to seeing more posts! Welcome back!

  6. Welcome back ;-) Blogging is very time consuming, you're right about deciding how you want to spend your time, sometimes it just gets away from us!

  7. Being a high schooler myself, I understand exact5ly what you mean about prioritizing and organising. I know you can do it my friend, though it is most time consuming indeed :)


  8. I like the lovely picture of the library looking forward to see your posts :) regards Akheela

  9. It is so refreshing to see a well-written, interesting post and amazing you are "just" a high school senior. You write very well, in fact better than most of the blogging community!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It gave me a chance to discover yours.

  10. I love reading your posts and I totally know about the daily to-do lists. I didn't even realise you were really MIA! But now you are back, please could you allow "Name/Url" for the comments please, I don't like using my google account as doesn't link to my blog!

  11. welcome back (: And welcome to uni life too (: I must say, I nv felt like I've ever had a proper uni life because I went to art college and there's no campus life of sorts at all so I really enjoyed reading about your experience. take care, and looking fwd to reading about your upcoming cooking adventures!

  12. Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post. Thanks so much and let keep on sharing your stuffs keep it up.holy food


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