The Reader Diaries #20: Baby Steps Towards Adulthood

Sooooooo... Hello, I am back! I know that I have been away for a month and a half now and that this year has been a low one in terms of posts. This is kind of a "life updates" post because a lot has been going on in my life lately.
In the last two months, I have: finished my degree, applied for a master's programme, applied for a job, got in my master's programme, got a job and went to Italy. As you can imagine, life has been a whirlwind of emotions and things to do. I ended up needing a break from blogging so I could get my head straight,  and also to organise my priorities, have some time to rest and to think about what I want to do with this blog in the future.

This time off has really been a time of healing and resting. With the stress of the final days of the semester and the passing of my grandpa at the beginning of the year, I really did not have time to process everything that went on in my life.
These past months I have been working on elaborating a list of things I want to accomplish in the future. This list includes things such as academic success, more health and not being so hard on myself. Growing up is very hard but with resilience and a smile on your face, you can get through anything and do anything you set your mind to.
Since I went on a short vacation to Milan, in Italy, I have been working on a small travel diary and travel tips post. Going to Italy was a really important thing for me because it was my first actual vacation without my parents (if you do not have scouts camping trips into account) and it was also a great opportunity to practise my Italian. It was in Italy that I received the news that I was accepted into a masters degree and it was there that I made my small celebration with my friend that went with me.

I have talked so much about university but I seem not to have actually told you what I finished! I finished my undergraduate degree in Language, Literature and Cultures in the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon! I feel really accomplished since I finished with a really nice average and I loved most of my last semester's subjects (basically everything but English Linguistics, sorry linguistics lovers).
I am going to be doing the Master's Degree in Communication Studies in the Communication, Marketing and Advertising branch in the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. I know, it is a lot different from my plan of studying Comparative Literature, but I am postponing that dream for a bit so I can actually start my career. I would really like to work in editorial marketing and communications area in Portugal, which is really difficult. I really want to change people's minds about books being boring.
Besides getting a part-time job, so I can generate some income to help out my parents I have just signed up for a gym membership so I can work on my health. I have no problem with being "big boned" I have a problem with being unhealthy and, unfortunately, that is what I am.
Within the next week, I will probably be finally able to upload a book review! It is been a long time and I miss it!
What has been going on in your life? Leave a comment below so we can chat!

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