Did you know this is my first post with an H word[1]? Now that I've noticed it, I've just got to complete the alphabet. So if you see some straaaange post titles over the coming weeks, that's probably why.

I had a fun girls' day with my friends. I guess it wasn't really a girls' day out since we spent most of it indoors, aha. We played Monster Prom, which was a GREAT experience. I've now played that game in single player, two player, three player, AND four player mode. The devs did a fantastic job balancing it for all of those experiences and I'm happy to report that I successfully won over Miranda and got a very bloody secret ending. Wahoo!

It was a nice de-stresser to hang out with my friends today. We all talked about the future, about our hopes and dreams and ideas for creative things we want to do together. I'm so thankful to be able to have friends like this in my life. Friends who really care about you, who want to lift you up but aren't afraid to knock some sense into you if you're going down the wrong path, who talk with you and not over you...they're hard to come by. I hope to never take them for granted. If you haven't reached out to a friend in a while, take a moment to ask them how they're doing. It may make all the difference.

So apparently Zac Efron is going to be playing Ted Bundy in an upcoming movie. He's such a good actor but I haven't seen him really do a villain/evil role before, so it'll be interesting to see how this goes! It's scary how much he actually looks like Bundy after the hair and make-up is done. I was a little iffy that they were trying to...glamorize? Ted Bundy, but it seems that the director is well-known for true crime documentaries and the movie will be covering a lot of legal court stuff, so I hope it's interesting without sensationalizing what happened. Last thing we need is a bunch of new copycat killers imitating Ted Bundy... He's my "favorite" serial killer in that I find him fascinating from a psychologist's viewpoint, but to say that he was pure evil would not be enough to describe the atrocities that he unleased upon people. I will be cautiously looking forward to the movie for sure[2].

I've been reading up a lot on Zac Efron recently since I loved him so much in The Greatest Showman[3]. I shouldn't say it's surprising, but he has a surprising amount of depth. Or rather...he shares a lot more about himself than you'd expect. It's not the depth that's surprising, but how much he's willing to share. That level of approachability reminds me of The Rock so I'm glad they're buddies.

I've got Zumba again in the morning tomorrow and then an open day. I definitely want to get some more work done on Without a Voice and then perhaps knock out another piece of writing. Anything to get my mind off my job application... I seriously jump every time my phone buzzes right now. I don't know the last time I was so anxious about something, but it's really doing a number on me.

Stop. Breathe. Recall the things in your life that you're thankful for. Make a list of the best things about you. You matter. Even if you don't know it, you're important—you're important to yourself and have a responsibility to take care of yourself. So have some water, take another deep breath. Future you will thank past you someday.

  1. The other letters I'm missing right now are J, N, V, X, Y, and Z. It feels like I'm playing Scrabble. ↩︎

  2. If you're interested in watching or learning more about Ted Bundy, the made-for-TV biopic "The Deliberate Stranger" starring Mark Harmon is so chilling and masterfully done. ↩︎

  3. I still have the soundtrack on loop... ↩︎