Goodbye, Hello is a series of letters written by me as I reflect on the past month and ponder about the upcoming month. Read the letter of last month here.


Goodbye July,



I was busy sending applications for college and a few part-time jobs so I've been moving around a lot.  I looked intensively for an apartment and was on the road for weeks. Oh and of course: "To Ethan" has been completed! (I can't believe it!)

You taught me that people are going to break my heart and then build it up again. I give bits of my heart away and I get bits back.

And you know what's scary? The days won't wait for me, they'll run out eventually. They're mine, so I'll take them.

I stood up for myself this month. If not visibly, I did it mentally. I realised that I am not an option and shouldn't let myself be treated like one. It's something I keep forgetting. Or worse, ignoring. So I made the decision that the moment I feel like I have to prove my worth to someone is the moment to walk away from them.

What else did I learn? Oh. I might get hurt but I'm going to put myself out there because maybe, just maybe, one day it'll be worth it.

This past week I watched Paper Towns and I loved every bit of it. The cast was so lovely to watch. (Read what Paper Towns has taught me here.)

A book I enjoyed a lot was Marina Keegan's The Opposite Of Loneliness. I bought it and read it in one go. She was such a talented, warm young woman. Rest in peace, angel.

By the way, "To Ethan" ranked #24 in Short Story and that's the highest rank so far! I feel extremely proud. Thank you guys a lot.

Hello August,


please don't be over too soon.


What did you guys learn this month? I'm curious to read about it.

From the girl who adores summer,
Arden.

Monthly Letter: July 2015

7/31/2015





Goodbye, Hello is a series of letters written by me as I reflect on the past month and ponder about the upcoming month. Read the letter of last month here.


Goodbye July,



I was busy sending applications for college and a few part-time jobs so I've been moving around a lot.  I looked intensively for an apartment and was on the road for weeks. Oh and of course: "To Ethan" has been completed! (I can't believe it!)

You taught me that people are going to break my heart and then build it up again. I give bits of my heart away and I get bits back.

And you know what's scary? The days won't wait for me, they'll run out eventually. They're mine, so I'll take them.

I stood up for myself this month. If not visibly, I did it mentally. I realised that I am not an option and shouldn't let myself be treated like one. It's something I keep forgetting. Or worse, ignoring. So I made the decision that the moment I feel like I have to prove my worth to someone is the moment to walk away from them.

What else did I learn? Oh. I might get hurt but I'm going to put myself out there because maybe, just maybe, one day it'll be worth it.

This past week I watched Paper Towns and I loved every bit of it. The cast was so lovely to watch. (Read what Paper Towns has taught me here.)

A book I enjoyed a lot was Marina Keegan's The Opposite Of Loneliness. I bought it and read it in one go. She was such a talented, warm young woman. Rest in peace, angel.

By the way, "To Ethan" ranked #24 in Short Story and that's the highest rank so far! I feel extremely proud. Thank you guys a lot.

Hello August,


please don't be over too soon.


What did you guys learn this month? I'm curious to read about it.

From the girl who adores summer,
Arden.




But I don't know where to go so I think i'll sit and stay here a while till I figure it out, so let the wind blow us to wherever it says we are supposed to go. -- Joshua Radin in 'Streetlight'

Today I spent the day in another German town in Saxony called Halle. I spent many days here but solely in my parents' friends' apartment to catch up and then leave again. This time I visited old friends, my parents' friends again & their cute kids. I also got to see how it looked downtown and changed my mind about this small town. I had no idea!





We spent the day walking around, and of course I had to get my camera and take some snaps. It's always great to go some place else and take in the little things that are just as beautiful. I probably noticed little beautiful things there that my friends simply took for granted. Crazy.

From the girl who likes taking photos of wherever,
Arden.

Under The Streetlights

7/26/2015 Halle (Saale), Deutschland




But I don't know where to go so I think i'll sit and stay here a while till I figure it out, so let the wind blow us to wherever it says we are supposed to go. -- Joshua Radin in 'Streetlight'

Today I spent the day in another German town in Saxony called Halle. I spent many days here but solely in my parents' friends' apartment to catch up and then leave again. This time I visited old friends, my parents' friends again & their cute kids. I also got to see how it looked downtown and changed my mind about this small town. I had no idea!





We spent the day walking around, and of course I had to get my camera and take some snaps. It's always great to go some place else and take in the little things that are just as beautiful. I probably noticed little beautiful things there that my friends simply took for granted. Crazy.

From the girl who likes taking photos of wherever,
Arden.

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