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SUMMER GOALS + Life Update!

Wow… May is almost over, and this is my first post this month. You may have noticed this blog has no schedule at all (sometimes I post several times a week, sometimes nothing for a month), and since I mostly just do it for my own fun, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. Still, I’d love to hear from all of you and what you’re reading!

You know how a lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions and vow to get their life in order next year? Well, I usually do that around May/June, and vow to get my life in order in one summer. I’m not expecting any miracles, but still, I put together a list of what I would like to achieve / should be achieving by September.

Since I’m going to be very busy with exams and the Eramus+ programme in June, this checklist is mostly for July and August, so… I basically want to turn my life around in two months. Uh, yay? Wish me luck!

GENDER STUFF / LIFE UPDATE: I’ve been increasingly feeling more masculine and less comfortable with my body lately. At this point, I honestly don’t know whether I’m a masculine nonbinary person or a feminine trans man, and gender is fake anyway, but what I DO know that I definitely want to be more masculine than I am right now. This is complicated by many things, including that I still live with my parents that I’m not out to, and also I have no independent income and no money. Still, I’ve been looking into small things I can do, and this summer checklist will reflect that.

I have… complicated feelings about transition. I wouldn’t want to go “all the way”, just pick and choose certain parts. I don’t particularly want to change my name or my gender marker at this point (since there is no third option, so it would be incorrect anyway), but from what I heard from several other trans people, those might be requirements for top surgery, which I do want. (Honestly, if I did change my name, I’d probably just change it to Alex, and given that it’s currently Alexandra, that would be kind of… a waste of effort?)

Because it’s not enough for me personally to decide which part I want and which I don’t, I also have to 1) have the money, 2) convince several (most likely cis) doctors to allow me to transition, which is… the biggest bullshit ever, right up there with having doctors not tying your tubes unless you’re X age and have X children, because clearly you don’t know what you want. Also, right now the state of transition in Hungary is awful: gender marker and name changes are on hold indefinitely, and the surgeons do such shitty work that the closest doctor people recommended to me is in Serbia.

I used to go to a psychologist for depression and anxiety, but it didn’t really worked out, so I stopped going and never looked for another one. Lately I’ve been feeling the depression less often, but the anxiety is as intense as ever, so that’s definitely a sign I shouldn’t have stopped looking. Since I also need a professional to talk about transition and “diagnose” me as trans, that’s another reason why I should look into finding a good one, which… I have no idea if it’s possible in my city or not, and I certainly can’t afford to travel to another city, so that will be fun. I’m also worried that this cis doctor will not find me “trans enough” because I don’t fit a binary / traditional view of masculinity.

I have also been meaning to start exercising to be healthier, but I never did, because hahahahaha no. However, several other trans people said that building muscle (especially in my back) would be a good way to look more masculine, and it might help with my chest dysphoria as well, so that’s another thing I’ll be looking into.

SUMMER CHECKLIST:

  • Study French (I need a certificate for my degree)
  • Do research for my thesis + try to put together an outline and a bibliography (I’m writing it on Peter Darling by Austin Chant. Yes, really.)
  • Put actual effort into finding work instead of waiting for opportunities to come my way (because I seriously need money for like, everything else on this list. I’m itching to finally find a proper full-time job, but I can’t do that next to university, so at least for another year)
  • Go swimming regularly OR go to a gym regularly
  • Try to find a psychologist that doesn’t suck and I can afford
  • DO NOT buy more than two books a month, seriously, holy shit* (I’d say no books, but I’m trying to be at least a little bit realistic here)

*Exceptions are allowed for books that are less than 2 dollars, and pre-orders placed before writing this post.

SHOPPING LIST:

  • New bedsheets that aren’t pink
  • Masculine or neutral clothes, probably from thrift shops (because it’s cheaper it’s probably less obvious that I’m in the men’s section on my own)
  • Sports bras, that I have been looking for and they are incredibly difficult to find damnit
  • Preferably a binder
  • Sweaters for fall/winter
  • A one-piece swimsuit would be nice
  • I kind of need a new bag that’s big enough to fit my folders because this one is about to fall apart
  • Pattern and yarn for that hippocampi I want my mother to crochet
  • Masculine deodorant? (this will be difficult to pull of and explain to my family, but hey)
  • That “Do You Have a Geiger Counter?” from Redbubble. Possibly the Nick Valentine one as well.

READING CHECKLIST:

  • Continue filling the Around the Year in 52 Books list in order (one book a week)
  • Participate in all the Devour Your TBR monthly challenges with at least a few books (Jazzy June, Sci-fi July and Avid August)
  • Do (my best on) the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge
  • + Make progress on my other yearly challenges, but I’ll have plenty of time for that in the fall/winter too.

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That’s it! Unless I forgot something that I will edit in later.

What are you all doing for the summer?

~ Alexa

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5 thoughts on “SUMMER GOALS + Life Update!

  1. Hey friend, sorry to hear that gender feels are so complicated and that your situation is less than ideal for having room to experiment. You can always DM me if you want to chat, although I’m obviously UK based so the options that were available to me and the freedom I had is/has been a lot different to your situation. I started transitioning almost 10 years ago, took T on and off for less than 3 years, had top surgery and that’s all I wanted. I changed my name to something gender neutral (Avery) and I will be (annoyingly) having to update my gender marker to get a passport although I would prefer to have a gender-neutral marker. It is definitely a lot, lot easier to do over here though so I can only imagine how difficult it is for you in Hungary!

    Where will you be going for Erasmus?

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    1. Yeah, we don’t have a neutral gender marker, and honestly I’m not even sure I’d want one because I feel like that would make me a target, if that makes sense? But right now “male” would be inaccurate too, so idk. It would be “easier” if I was a trans guy, but I’m not even sure how to do transition as a nonbinary person when not even binary trans people can go through with it right now. There are so many hoops to jump through and it’s just annoying.

      How old were you when you started transitioning, if you don’t mind me asking?

      There is a programme called New Faces which is basically a 2-week thing where we have seminars on Shakespeare and how his works relate to modern crisis. It’s a three-year programme, this year is the last and it’s going to be in Porto, Portugal. I don’t know anything about Shakespeare though so I’m a little worried 😀

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      1. I was 18 when I changed my name, visited a gender specialist and started hormones. I then had top surgery a month before I turned 22 (5 5 years ago).

        Oooooh nice! I hope you have a nice time, don’t worry about the Shakespeare stuff. I’m sure you can catch up and there’s loads of helpful notes online!

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      2. I’m lowkey jealous now 😀 I know I’m not late or anything, but it would sure be nice to know what I want and also be able to get it :/ But I don’t think that will happen for several years. Maybe by the time I’m 30 I’ll have this shit sorted out, maybe not.

        Thank you! Right now I’m just worried I won’t have time to do a decent presentation before that…

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