Happy Friday friends!
Tomorrow is a great day, because it’s my birthday! I’m one of those people who loves their birthday, because it’s the one day that you truly get to feel special. As a kid, I didn’t have many parties but my parents always made my birthday special and fun. In my 20s, I was really into doing it big for my birthday with trips & stuff, but now in my (late) 30s I’m more chill about my birthday. Honestly, I just feel blessed to have made it another year and to get the opportunity to do better and be better.
This year I turn 37 and I’m really chill about it all. Life is legit great - I have a beautiful family (both immediate & extended), good friends, a good job with lots of perks, and the ability to indulge my passions. The only thing that I’m less than happy about is my weight/body size, but I’m working on loving myself as I am and sustaining the motivation to get myself where I want to be. It’s a process and I continue to remind myself to give myself grace through it all.
A lot of people do New Year’s resolutions but I like to do them on my birthday - I prefer to think about what I want to accomplish or experience in the next year of my life. This year I’m thinking about what I want to start, stop and continue.
i want to start and maintain a regular yoga practice; making regular time for necessary self-care; actively advertising for clients.
I want to stop devaluing my skills and experience; bombarding myself with negative thoughts; letting fear stop me from pursuing the things I want in life.
I want to continue growing my businesses; sharing my story on JTM Writes; deepening my relationships with family and friends; being a good wife and mother.
I’ll be celebrating my birthday tomorrow with friends, my family and food - all my favorite things!
Here’s hoping that this next year will be just as excellent as the last one.
Things I Read This Week:
Paris Is Burning Is Back—And So Is Its Baggage (Vanity Fair)
The Photographer Who Captured 20th-Century Queer Life (The Atlantic)
22 Perfect Dresses for All Your Summer Invites (Shondaland)
Where to Find Petite Clothes Over Size 10 (Wardrobe Oxygen)
The Hidden Cost of GoFundMe Health Care (The New Yorker)
The Problem With Diversity in Computing (The Atlantic)
The Boomers Ruined Everything (The Atlantic)
10 Women Talk About HOW to Learn From Failure (Design*Sponge)
How to Find Better Podcasts (Lifehacker)
Alanis Morissette's "four boundaries" are so good (Just Good Shit)
When Fandom Is the Problem (The AV Club)
My staycation is coming to an end, but its been a glorious week at home! I really enjoyed the time off.
This week I started knitting new items for my Etsy shop! If you wear knits during the colder months, I’d love to know what kinds of things you wear! Right now I’m making scarfs, hats, mittens and maybe some earwarmer headbands.