October Goals; Podcast Watching, Phone Detox & Billie Piper’s amazing signature

I’m a goal oriented person. I find goals are an organized way to improve myself or improve my life in some way. Normally, my goals that I set are often personal, but I decided to change that philosophy and share my goals on my blog. Some will definitely be geek oriented, but others are more particular to my daily life. Here are my goals for the wonderful month of October.

  1. Pass my American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer Certification Test 

This is probably the goal I’m most nervous about. The test itself is $300 and retakes are $150. I have been studying every day since the end of August and I feel like I’m understanding the information, but I still have no idea how this will go. If I pass that would be a huge weight lifted off my back. In 2013 when I switched my major to Exercise Science, I was unsure about what my career path would be. Flash forward to now I have found my passion in personal training. Passing this test would bring me a step closer to achieving my dream career.

2. Listen to 3 episodes of 3 different podcasts. 

I have never really gotten into podcasts. I haven’t found any that I really enjoy so if you have recommendations, let me know. I feel like I’m missing out though by not keeping up with podcasts, so that’s going to change next month.

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New podcast to watch! *image taken from Podcast for Pizza Facebook Page*

3. Turn off my phone while I’m at school/work and only scroll for 5 minutes at one time. 

At first I was going to type “Use my phone less” but what does that mean? That’s a goal that can’t be measured, so how would I know if I could cross this off my list? So I changed it by making sure my phone is off most of the day and adding a time limit. I waste so much time being bored and scrolling through instagram when instead I could watch an episode of Grimm or read a chapter in my book. I love instagram, but I need a phone detox. Starting in October I’m going to consistently try to use my phone less.

4. Hang My Convergence Art plus Billie Piper’s signature 

I bought amazing pieces from James Powell’s art at Convergence this summer. Have I hung it in my room somewhere? Nope. I see my art laying perfectly on my end table, but I haven’t done anything with it. I also have a poster of Billie Piper with her signature on it that my boyfriend bought for me as a gift. It’s still sitting up right against my book shelf. Rose is one of my favorite companions and the one who got me into Doctor Who in the first place, so her character means a lot to me.

5. Read Two Complete Books *graphic novels included* 

6. Binge Watch the Luke Cage Series on Netflix. 

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Feel free to post podcast recommendations in the comments below, but I’m excited to track my progress with my goals in October.

Latest Binge: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a hoot.

Summer is the perfect opportunity to watch TV. That sounds weird because why watch TV when you can be outside in the sun. Summer is a time where your regular TV is suspended which allows me to watch other shows I may be interested in, but didn’t have a chance when it originally aired. Netflix and Amazon Prime help me choose shows to watch and I decided to take a chance and watch Crazy Ex Girlfriend. I loved this show for a variety of reasons.

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In the first episode we meet Rebecca Bunch who seems to have it all. A great apartment in NY and she makes a lot of money working as a lawyer. However, when her boss offers her a promotion she runs outside and has a panic attack clutching at her medication. I like that this show tries to address mental illness. There isn’t enough discussion about mental illness and it would be great to see it portrayed on our television sets. Throughout the show Rebecca goes to therapy and takes medication which does seem to help her. I have never been diagnosed with a mental illness, but I have friends who have. Representing mental illness in TV or movie characters can try and eliminate the negative stigma behind being diagnosed with a mental illness.

Besides Rebecca’s mental illness, this show is about her chasing Josh Chan. She sees him on the street in NY and moves to West Covina, California to try and date him again. She knows she’s unhappy in NY so why not try and win Josh back? Hence the name of the TV show Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Besides focusing on Rebecca’s journey towards happiness, I like watching her friendship with Paula develop. Paula is such a sweetie and helps Rebecca try and win Josh back. I love their schemes in each episode.

What makes this TV show so fun is all of the singing. This feels like a dramatic Glee set in California and not in high school. Rachel Bloom who plays Rebecca is a really good singer. All of the songs are hysterical and I identify with them. There’s one song about getting a UTI and how painful it is. This just hits right home with me because I have had a couple and they’re the worst.

In the season finale, Rebecca does end up with Josh. That kind of pisses me off because she decided to abandon Josh because he was with Valencia. So now she basically used Greg so she wouldn’t have to be alone. That really bothers me because I feel really bad for Greg. I just think that if you’re not over someone, you shouldn’t immediately date someone else. I’m interested to see how the show will progress with Rachel and Josh’s relationship.

Who else watches this show? What did you think of the finale?