May 2, 2014 by Julia
Hiiiii everybody. I’m going to the beach alone this weekend, and although I’ve been a little scared to actually check the forecast, given the monsoon rains we’ve endured this week, in truth I hardly care if it rains, because I will have books and food and shops and sleep and I can stare meaningfully at the churning waves as though I am in an art film (because who doesn’t secretly want to be a character in a film?). And I am beyond excited for this solo getaway, and feeling so grateful that I am able to go. I do not for one second take it for granted. (Side note: it has now been two days since I wrote this paragraph, and the weather is looking divine. Woo-hoo!)
I am so burnt out in this moment that I think it will be the perfect balm for my frazzled nerves. Seriously, I just need space. I need for small, theoretically adorable creatures to stop whining and/or screaming at me while screwing up my phone, attempting to pull off my new glasses and riffling through my wallet. All of that happened this morning before 7:30 a.m. We were up at 5:30 a.m., the scent of wasabi and soy sauce from last night’s takeout greeting us. Oh. And Jack pulled the water filter out of the refrigerator grate. Then he found my old previously lost driver’s license, and stuck it in the hole where the water filter goes. I mean…REALLY? How…why…where does he come up with stuff?
I am still feeling guilty that others I know (and don’t know) don’t have a similar opportunity to get away from it all, though. I feel as though I have to send as much goodwill and encouragement out into the world as possible, as a kind of payment for what I have been given. (Or, if I know you in person, I will watch your kids so you can go. Or start a fundraiser in your name. I am only half-joking, here. I mean, looking at it from an objective standpoint, some of you really need to get away more than I do, and I would love to make that happen if at all possible. Talk to me!)
I’ve been toying with the idea of making that first “Uplifting” post into an ongoing series – just a chance to share things I’ve found that have helped me, and might help you, too. Or art or articles or humor that I have enjoyed. I am SURE that this will be just as good for you as a weekend getaway to the beach, right?
All joking aside, I do love this stuff, and hope you also get something out of it. Have a wonderful weekend (please! So I don’t have to feel guilty about mine!)!
(Also: could there BE any more parenthesis in this post at this point??)
Here we go.
On Being Vulnerable:
On Being Weird:
Motivation to keep going:
On approaching others with a generosity of spirit:
Other stuff worth looking at:
I love Jon Klassen’s illustrations for children’s books. I first discovered his work in a book Fiona and I love, called “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett, which is now a Caldecott winner.
I recommend checking out all of Jon Klassen’s gorgeous work on his Tumblr page here.
Um, I’m not so into cat pictures online, but guinea pigs are a different story. Thanks to Emily for sending The 24 Most Important Guinea Pigs in the Entire World. She knows how much guinea pigs mean to me.
I can hardly express how much I love the idea of this Literary Jukebox. Just discovered it, so am still exploring.
You may have already read this amazing post from Momastery about her son’s teacher’s method for dealing with social conflict in her classroom – it went viral, with good reason. Had to share it in honor of National Teacher Day this upcoming Tuesday.
I find this interview of a recovered (ing?) bulimic unexpectedly encouraging in its honesty about women and body image.
Racial injustice and segregation in America is something I think about quite a lot, but not nearly with the eloquence and life experience that Mellody Hobsen shows here. Be color brave, not color blind.
And last but not least, I relate to this on so many levels. And I am also 35! The “Can’t Also” Crisis and Sorting Out Identity Issues at 35 Years Old…
Love and hugs, people. Seacrest out!