I'm still living (and spending most of my time) in Portland, Oregon — I'm moving into a new place tomorrow, actually. It's my very first time living completely on my own, and I can't wait!
I am living and dying and loving the warm summer Pacific Northwest weather, and I never, ever, ever want it to stop. (Why did I leave California again?) I know the cooler temps (and rain, so much rain) are on the way again, so I'm looking forward to a long trip to Southern California later this month!
Anyway, here's what else is new NOW with me.
It's been awhile since I posted on Brave Enough to Be, and I look forward to getting back to sharing regularly once I'm settled into my new place. If you haven't read it yet, my last post was a really profound (for me) and personal one!
I still have a few freelance writing projects, though I am hoping to wrap those up as I focus solely on my full-time work, Brave Enough to Be, and any other personal writing projects that tug at my heartstrings.
Earlier this year (before I was recruited for and quickly started my new job), I was working on a novel. I am still excited about that idea, though it's on the backburner for now.
I want to be writing every day, and I had a brief stint with Morning Pages (from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way) and wasn't able to stick with it for more than a few days—it was taking me 45 minutes each morning! I definitely saw the value in it, I just need a process that takes up a little bit less of my morning routine.
I'm reading whenever I can! (And you can always get my updates in near-real-time on Goodreads).
I have been trying to balance my love of non-fiction with a few fiction selections recently, and I've been utilizing my local library as often as possible. Right now, I'm reading: You're Not Lost by Maxie McCoy, How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan, and White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
(Okay, YES—those are all non-fiction books. Do you have any fiction recs for me?)
A few reads I finished recently (and really enjoyed) were: WorkParty by Jaclyn Johnson, This Naked Mind by Annie Grace, I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown, Nothing Good Can Come From This by Kristi Coulter, An Audience of One by Srinivas Rao, and The Recovering by Leslie Jamison.
Earlier this summer, I read and loved: All Over the Place by Geraldine DeRuiter, Little Fires Everywhere (AND Everything I Never Told You) by Celeste Ng, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Well, That Escalated Quickly by Franchesca Ramsey, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
(And SO many more! See Goodreads for more. I LOVE BOOKS.)
I am trying to be a healthier human. This is, without a doubt, my biggest personal priority (and my Everest, UGH) right now.
During/after my divorce, I did not do things the Khloe Kardashian way and work out all of my feelings in the gym. No, I worked them out in (even more than usual) macaroni'n'cheese and wine. If nothing else, I was very on brand.
But it's not working for me anymore. I don't look like myself. I don't feel like myself. And I am too old to be trashing my own body.
(UPDATE ON MY PROGRESS: I stopped drinking indefinitely on August 13th. I've already noticed major improvements in my sleep quality and weight.)
On a separate note, I have really fallen in love with podcasts again. (For awhile, I was only listening to Jess Lively's The Lively Show, but when she went on hiatus, I started looking for some replacements! UPDATE: The Lively Show is back!)
I've most recently listened to—and really enjoyed!—Making Oprah from WBEZ and every single episode I've listened to of Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard. I've also added Home Podcast, Almost 30 Podcast, The Call with Erica Williams Simon, Your Kick-Ass Life Podcast, and Raise Your Hand, Say Yes to the mix.