I wanted to show you my desk in all of its messy glory. It ain’t always a flat lay, folks.
good morning! It’s a gorgeous June morning here in Foggy Bottom. High of ninety-four degrees and clear sunny skies. I finally found an apartment I like this weekend, so things are really looking up. I’m going to apply and get this moving train out of the station. Can I be honest with you, though? My anxiety has been pretty bad lately. (I feel like I can tell you these things.) This meditation has been helping. I also just finished Shauna Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect,” and this quote really stuck with me:
Sink deeply into the world as it stands. Breathe in the smell of rain and the scuff of leaves as they scrape across driveways on windy nights. This is where life is, not in some imaginary, photo-shopped dreamland. Here. Now. You, just as you are. Me, just as I am. This world, just as it is. This is the good stuff. This is the best stuff there is. Perfect has nothing on truly, completely, wide-eyed, open-souled present.
I’m drafting a blog post about it, but I recommend this book to anybody who’s struggled with the gig economy, the busy-ness culture, or the idea that even though you feel like you’re doing all you can, you’re not doing enough.
Here’s some other stuff to read too:
This really interesting piece about the absolute ridiculousness of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” one of my favorite guilty pleasure films.
I know about this because I work in a natural disaster space, but check out this Quartz story about Isle de Jean Charles – a climate refugee community in the U.S. Since 1955, this little island has lost 98% of its land to sea level rise. As a writer, I also think of these questions: if you have to move, where do you go to start an entire town over?
Been really needing some badass inspiration recently, so I turned to this compilation of quotes from badass women.
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Next up on my reading list is “Why Women Will Save the Planet,” a collection of essays about the relationship between the oppression of the environment and the oppression of women. Bustle has a really great primer on ecofeminism, if you’re interested, too.
I hope you have a wonderful week, friend. Let’s not be too hard on ourselves, and try to stick to our budgets. Okay?