January in Preview

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.

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September in Preview

September was a thirty-days long goodbye to summer, to the season that left everybody both happy and weary of the warm, humid weather and the exhausting but thrilling adventures.*

– Lea Malot

I thought I was over the back-to-school hype, going into my senior year of undergrad, but it turns out having a set schedule, enforced deadlines, and (limited) social interaction is really good for my mental health.

Huh. Who’d’ve thunk? (Though it’s only been a couple of days so I reserve the right to retract this statement and pretend I never said it.)

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August in Preview

But I can see us lostโ€…in the memory
August slipped away into a moment in time
‘Cause it was never mine

– Taylor Swift, “August”

[Insert something witty about 2020 being a dumpster fire and/or time being a meaningless construct and/or my motivation / ability to focus being totally AWOL, because those have been the three predominant moods for the past few months.]

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July Preview

Sweet July, warm July!
Month when mosses near the stream,
Soft green mosses thick and shy,
Are a rapture and a dream.

– George Meredith, “July”

I almost made a joke about how the year could only get better from here on out, but I don’t really want to tempt fate/the universe/whoever’s in charge of this dumpster fire of a world. So, um, fingers crossed?

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June Preview

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.

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May Preview

May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself.

– Marty Rubin

But seriously, how has so much of the year gone by already? I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to get my shit together or catch my breath, yet at the same time individual days and weeks can drag on forever.

I’m also accepting that I have no idea what to expect from this month, so I guess we’ll just have to see how things shake out.

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April Preview

April weather, rain and sunshine both together.

– English saying

The world is currently still a flaming-hot mess, as you probably don’t need me to remind you. So I’ll keep doing my best to keep this blog as positive a space as I can โ€” to focus on the things that bring me joy, to stay optimistic for the future, to strengthen my connections with the people I care about.

So with this new month, here’s hoping that spring arrives soon.

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March Preview

By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.

– Neil Gaiman

Despite the Gaiman quote I picked, in reality the weather’s been quite literally hot-and-cold these past few weeks. So I’m really hoping it evens out โ€” ideally on the warmer side of comfortable, but I’ll settle for consistency.

(Hopefully it’ll eventually warm up. Eventually.)

January and February haven’t given me the strongest start to the year, but if I’ve learned anything from playing and being really bad at intramural sports: it’s not over until it’s over. It’s too early to give up on making a comeback!

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