Apparently, I’m on a personal kick this week with Wednesday’s post about living life with chronic pain for 15 years and opening up about my general life today. What’s a better way to chat about my personal life with a good “currently” post?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All words and opinions are my own. If you’re going to the Boston show this weekend, let me know and come say hi! Thank you for supporting Kate the (Almost) Great and the companies that make it possible for me to keep the blog going.


What I’m currently …

Feeling – Nervous for a minor procedure I’m having next week because it might provide proof that my arthritis has gone systemic, aka gone to my organs. I personally feel pretty sure that it already has, but it’s something else to have the proof. Of course, I hope that it hasn’t, but when you’re as in tune with your body as I am, you learn that you’re usually right when it comes to your body.

Buying – An Erin Condren life planner and stickers to go with it! I needed a new planner because my other one was just not working with everything going on. I didn’t have enough space to cover everything going in, there wasn’t enough space for my lists (to do, ideas for birthday gifts for a friend, book ideas, etc.), and the horizontal layout did not work with my brain. I’ve had my eye on Erin Condren for several years, and I loved my teacher planner, but I didn’t think I needed all the space to make it worth the money. Turns out that I was wrong, of course, and I’m in love with my life planner. (And check out my end-of-the-year review of my teacher planner if you’re thinking about getting one.)

Creating – This blog! That’s about it. It’s so frustrating because I hoped to finish TLM over the summer, but because of my body being an asshole rude, I didn’t finish my finals until the beginning of July, and it wasn’t until the end of August that my infusion kicked in. And I was going to finish it over winter break at the beginning of the year, but I thought that would be a great time to try to go off of my steroids, and that went horribly. So I’m trying to enjoy creating this blog and staying on top of my homework and not pressure or guilt myself too much. TLM will be finished eventually.

Needing – The aforementioned procedure to be over with! I’m not pleased. And also I can’t eat raw fruit or vegetables starting Saturday, which, by the way, is a large part of my diet.

Planning – October’s blog posts, my final projects for the semester (yes, it can really start this early), generally what I want to do with the blog by the end of the year, and my Christmas list! I am required to turn in an itemized Christmas list with sizes and colors included to my parents at some time in October, so I’m starting to think about what I want. It makes window shopping much more enjoyable! Oh, and let me know what kind of gift guides you would like me to create this year in the comments.

Doing – Homework, occupational therapy exercises, and more homework. But I really do enjoy my program, so that makes the homework much more enjoyable.

Praying – That the election will create a government that will best help the American people, both from the White House and Congress, and that I can accept God’s will for my health and my life.

At last year's CFW - excited for this year's!

At last year’s CFW – excited for this year’s!

What I’m looking forward to: going back to Maine for my friend’s wedding, the holiday season (my favorite time of year is October to NYE), and the Her Campus College Fashion Week show tomorrow, September 24! I had a great time last year, and I was pumped to invited to attend again this year. It’s at the Revere Hotel in downtown Boston (Space 57) from 6-9. Tickets are $20, and you get a goody bag with $900 worth of great things. There will be 4 different fashion shows featuring emerging designers – the models are all local college girls! – and different styles/occasions. If you’re not in Boston, there are also shows in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

CFW is sponsored by Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, Drybar, PerfumaniaFitbit, and Bertha Watches. If Rebecca Minkoff sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s a global lifestyle brand with products ranging from clothing to accessories, from athliesure to bags, and everything in between. Its products are distributed in 0ver 900 stores nationwide, so you’ve almost definitely come across it before! And speaking of brands you’ve probably seen, another one is Fitbit, the leader of accessories that help you track your health and fitness. The Flex 2 has a removable tracker that you can put into pendants and bracelets if you don’t want to wear it with the traditional wristband! How cool is that?

Anyway, I had so much fun at CFW last year, but I’m extra excited for this year because I know how fun it is and I’m bringing my sister with me. And obviously I’ll be recapping it next week so those of you who don’t live near one can see.


How my health is doing: Relatively okay. As I mentioned, my infusion kicked in at the end of August and oh my goodness is that amazing. My hand has been doing a lot better even since that, but I’ve had 2 more abdominal pain episodes. Since we fiddled with my medications over the summer, they weren’t nearly as bad as the previous ones, and since my PCP gave me 2 medications in case they came back, I was able to stay at home and not go to the ER. I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is to keep having them, but the aforementioned procedure should explain if there’s anything going on that could cause them. If nothing comes from this, then I have to talk to another one of my specialists about their belief of what’s causing them, which could mean another minor procedure. Basically, I am Not A Fan of my body at the moment.

What are you up to currently?

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