It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.– Maud Hart Lovelace
June has historically been the month where I feel less guilty about taking time to myself after a long semester … but lately it seems like that’s all I’ve been doing. And then I also remember that I actually don’t know where I’ll be this fall, let alone next summer, and the quarter-life crisis really hits.
In spite of all that, here I am again pretending the new month will magically inspire me to Do Better.
Shhh, let me enjoy my denial a little longer.
Reading & Blogging
- Read 10 books (or half of total read count) for #StartOnYourShelfathon.
- Read 3 books by/about Asian people for #YARC2020.
- Read 8 books by/about LGBT+ people for Pride Month.
- Actively support Black creators: read their books, follow their blog/booktube channel/etc., RT their messages.
- Bloghop at least once but preferably 2-3 times per week.
- Catch up on ARC reviews (12).
- Update master resume; update LinkedIn and Handshake profiles.
- Attend 3-5 professional development webinars (since they’re available for free through my school).
- Stretch daily.
- Work out at least 3x per week.
- Journal at least 2x per week.
- Go to bed by 11 pm at least 20 of 30 days.
Anticipated Book Releases
ARCs I Have
- June 18 – The Every Body Book: The LGBTQ+ Inclusive Guide for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families by Rachel E. Simon | ★★★✯☆
Waiting for Release Day
- June 2 – You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
- June 16 – The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell
- June 16 – I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
- June 23 – Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee
- June 23 – Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
- June 30 – Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson
What I’ll Be Up To
This summer, I don’t have anything scheduled beyond some professional development webinars that my school is generously providing (to help fill the time and the void left in some students’ lives by cancelled opportunities, like internships and study abroad), and getting started on my senior honors thesis (which, yes, I will probably be talking about a lot until it’s finished next spring; apologies in advance).
But I’m planning to actually start checking projects off my masterlist: probably focusing on about one per week, give or take. This includes updating my master resume and professional social media (i.e., LinkedIn and Handshake) profiles, sorting and clearing out all the photos I’ve saved, updating all my passwords, catching up on reviews, and actually baking bread from my sourdough starter.
I’m also committing to make an extra effort to stay in touch with friends and spend quality time with my family. Game nights, movie nights, and video calls are all good possibilities; with my family, cooking together is another tried-and-true option.
Last but certainly not least, this Pride Month I’m committing to fight ignorance and amplify the voices of other marginalized people. Being East Asian-American, I (and others like me) have benefited in some ways from racism that likes to make us the “model minority” to hold against other POC — and with privilege comes the responsibility to use it for good. Even the level of LGBT+ acceptance we have in the U.S. and other countries (while certainly not perfect) wouldn’t be possible without the work of Black activists, and it is absolutely shameful that this isn’t more widely known or acknowledged. We as a society still have so much work to do dismantling racism and bigotry; supporting #BlackLivesMatter is the absolute least we can do.
- Do you have a favorite quote about this month or time of year?
- What goals and plans do you have for this month?
- Which upcoming releases are you most excited to read?