Lifestyle, Months in Retrospect

November in Retrospect

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Happy December!

Last time we talked, I was avoiding social media and wallowing in the shallow darkness of my near-depressed mind. Things weren’t awful but they weren’t great. I existed in a fog of “Everything is happening, and I am exhausted”.

Since then, we’ve had Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday and a sudden influx of green and red decor) here in the States. I had 5.5 days off of work, away from the internet, and hidden from people. It was fucking fabulous.

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Lifestyle, Mental Health

Checking In While I’m Checked Out

Hey, friends!

The past few weeks have been hard. Between the encroaching holidays, work picking up, starting birth control, and Depression kicking in my front door — I’m exhausted. The sort of exhaustion that’s like: I didn’t get much sleep last night. Or the night before. Or the past six weeks…but at the same time, I’ve done nothing but lay around.

This whole month of November has been so frustrating. I had loads of ideas for blog posts for this month and to schedule for Blogmas, there were outdoorsy things I wanted to do before it got too cold, it’s NaNoWriMo and I haven’t written one single word that hasn’t been a tweet, Instagram caption, or comment somewhere. So many things I wanted to do, so little inspiration.

For the first couple of weeks, I think I spent any and all free time mindlessly scrolling through social media, which obviously did not help my mind. So, for the past week, I’ve tried to stay away from it (Facebook and Twitter, primarily). I’ve spent more time on Pinterest and Instagram, soaking in inspiration and creativity while not having the motivation to execute any ideas. Then, finally, I started reading again on Thursday. I picked up a book and could finally connect with it, get lost in it. I read another book on Saturday. I’ll start another one today if I get a free minute at work.

And here I am, November 20th, writing a rambly blog post for the sake of publishing something and reaching out to you all, and proving to myself that the words are still there somewhere. I still have loads of posts to write and publish/schedule, so look forward to those. (Sneak peak? Book reviews, our weekend trip to Knoxville, holiday goodness, and a sappy “How We Met” story since Jonny and I just celebrated our first year of marriage!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of the people I’ve talked to in the ~Real World~ have mentioned how slowly their days are going, their low energy, and their desire for the year to just be over–but also their excitement for cozying up and celebrating holidays. Lots of ups and downs happening, I feel. What have you all been up to the past few weeks? I’ve been keeping up on blog posts (I think), but how have you been? What’s new?

We’ll be back to regularly scheduled programing soon.

~ Kaiya

You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. ๐Ÿ’—
NEW: I have a Ko-fi account! I would super appreciate any donations toward
my chai lattes, Jonnyโ€™s chocolates, Ellaโ€™s cat toys, and Alfredโ€™s crickets. ๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿธ

Lifestyle, Months in Retrospect

October in Retrospect

*blinks furiously at the passing of time* I just wrote September in Retrospect. How did this happen.

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For all of the things I wanted to do this month (from carving pumpkins to getting started on my Christmas shopping to surpassing 200 blog followers), October was so not productive. But that’s okay! It was still a mostly great month.


  • Read a few books
  • Went to a kids’ Halloween party
  • Saw Queens of the Stone Age and Royal Blood live
  • Raised over $400 for Puerto Rico
  • Went for a 6-mile walk
  • (Not great, but…) my great gramps passed away

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Lifestyle, Months in Retrospect

September in Retrospect

Happy October! [insert shock and awe that September flew by — right into the sun, judging by how freakin hot it was all month] September had some pretty steep highs and lows, but the best month of the year is finally here! Fingers crossed the weather calms down that way we can get to cozy clothes and comfort foods.


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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

To AfroIrish

Happy Tuesday! Here’s this week’s letter. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out AfroIrish’s blog. She’s a fabulous writer who will sweep you up in her musings.

As a reminder, here is the schedule for 100 Notes for 100 Followers:

19 September โ€“ Rachel โ€“ done
26 September โ€“ AfroIrish โ€“ done
3 October โ€“ Cindy
10 October โ€“ Shaz
17 October โ€“ Grace
24 October โ€“ Jules
31 October โ€“ Rachel (Shed52)
7 November โ€“ Little Lion

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

100 Notes for 100 Followers Update + To Rachel

Just a quick update to let you all know I’m working on your letters! ๐Ÿ™‚ To avoid spamming everyone every day, I will be posting letters on Tuesdays around 10 am (EST). (Tuesdays are the most boring days, so I’m hoping to brighten them for you all. <3) This will be the first time I implement a weekly post schedule, but I’m excited! Please note that sign-ups/requests are now closed! (But I may do something similar for the holiday season, so stay tuned! ๐ŸŽ)

19 September – Rachel
26 September – AfroIrish
3 October – Cindy
10 October – Shaz
17 October – Grace
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

First up: Rachel! Rachel, thank you for being the first to request a letter from me! It means you’re the first to be subjected to my inconsistent handwriting and mediocre doodles. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

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100 Notes for 100 Followers!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re probably following me somewhere — WordPress, Twitter, or Instagram — and have therefore seen this post pop up, so thank you. I have now reached 100 followers on the blog! That’s amazing! Every single one of you is incredible and precious to me.

When I first started my blog, Shaz was one of the first people I found. She was funny, honest, and welcoming — perfect for a newbie blogger. I followed her because she seemed kind and because I liked her Letters to My Readers series. (So much so that I asked for one of my own, and she wrote to me!)

To celebrate your excellence and my milestone, I would like to take Shaz’s series and do something similar: I want to hand write notes to all of you!

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Liebster Award!

Guys, I’ve been nominated for another award! I am so touched and honored. I haven’t reached two whole months of blogging just yet, but here I am with award #2! I’m feeling #blessed and full to bursting with love. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค x

Thank you again to Afiyah over at WhenLifeAwakens for nominating me (2 weeks ago…), this time for the Liebster Award! Afiyah posts all about being successful: in blogging, university, traveling, and life. One of her recent post is about Canva, a hella useful tool for bloggers new to graphic design. My favorites are her #BEABOSS posts, as they’re inspirational and informative. You should all check her out! Her blog is a gem.

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Happy Monthiversary, AQN!

I started this blog, Adventures on Quiet Nights, one month (and three days) ago! Woo! (This past weekend was a whirlwind of activity and socializing, so I hardly looked at the internet, much less sat down to write. So! Let’s celebrate now. Better late than never.)

I think weโ€™ve come a long way. Here are my current stats:

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Months in Retrospect

August in Retrospect

Guys, August has come and gone! The end of August always feels like the end of summer to me. When I was in school, it meant there were just a few days left of summer vacation because schools in Michigan start up the Tuesday following Labor Day. But Iโ€™m a full grown adult now (how and when did that happen?) and while it still feels like the end of summer, Iโ€™m buoyed by the fact that I no longer have to deal with the education system. ๐Ÿ™‚ (*devoutly ignores looming student loans*)

So, here is my August in Retrospect, the first in a series I plan on doing at the end of every month. Iโ€™ll focus on a few categories that have been most prominent this month, say a bit about each, and wrap it up with my favorite blogs for the past few weeks and what I’m looking forward to in September.

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