I’m starting to think I was too optimistic about how this year would shape up. Not that March was particularly awful … but neither was it particularly great. Honestly though? I’ve decided that is good enough.
Over a year into *gestures broadly* and I find myself turning to books that I never expected to be able to relate to in this specific way, in many cases because they remind me that, hey, life goes on
(and things could be so much worse).
Maybe you’d rather not think about the current state of the world — totally valid and understandable. In that case, this list is probably not for you, but thanks for dropping by anyway! (Might I interest you in a different Book Recs post?) But maybe, just maybe, you’re in the same boat as me, in which case this list is for you.
To balance out any illusions of productivity that my previous post may have created, here’s an old book tag by Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog from Bookending Spring 2020 — ironically, this has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year while I procrastinated finishing it.
(If I was tagged by anyone, I’ve since lost that information and I apologize.)
I always feel like I should be making the most of spring break by spring cleaning, like, my whole life — and since it’s been a while (hi, hello) my blog could definitely use some time dedicated to dusting off the virtual cobwebs and refreshing some outdated information.
Shoutout to my past self for the handy Blog Maintenance Checklist I’ll be relying on!
Honestly I don’t know if this will be interesting/helpful/etc. to anyone but me, but I like the accountability of sharing this publicly; it was also easier and less awkward to write than a(nother) “Hey I’m back from hiatus … hopefully for real this time” post. Gotta start somewhere, y’know?
To my Asian and Asian-American siblings: I see you. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. We matter, and we deserve better.
To my non-Asian friends: Thank you to those who have reached out and expressed support. Thank you to those who have been allies even before now, and to those who are confronting misbeliefs and bigotry. There’s still a lot of work to do.
Not a huge improvement on January, truth be told … but there are still 10 months in the year? And March has spring break, that’s a definite perk
even if I can’t really go anywhere or do anything special and I am definitely counting down the days.
Not the strongest start to the year, but I’ve gotten a good start on each of my reading challenges — and there are still 11 months in which 2021 can (and hopefully will) get better.
Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.– Neil Gaiman
Quite honestly, I’ve already missed a few days of the habits I’m working on. The month (year) is already imperfect so I am trying to embrace it as it is, rather than wishing it were better.