January flew by, and was marked by a season of new beginnings. I packed up everything and moved to New York, met my incredible roommates, settled in, and began this wonderful, new adventure. The world continued to change, with a new presidential leadership, continued vaccine distribution, and the faint hope that one day, the nightmare that has consumed the past eleven months would be over.
As February continues its course, it could be wrapped up by one word: present. I am working on becoming more present with my surroundings instead of immediately jumping into the next thing. This isn’t easy for me to do, because I’ve always been a believer in remaining three steps ahead of everything else. In some ways, this habit was formed out of survival. I knew that in order to provide for myself while actively bringing my dreams to life, I had to have hindsight into my decisionmaking and the ability to transition from one plan to the next. I often get anxiety when it comes to slowing down, for fear that I’m letting myself down or not taking advantage of every opportunity presented to me. But, in 2021, I want to get better at taking the time to fully be present, immersed in the moment, and appreciative of where I am and who I’m with. And what better way to start this goal off than with a list of the things I’ve been loving this month? So without further ado, here we go!
Like so many, I absolutely rely on music to get through my day, especially while working from home. Normally, my music taste is all over the place and spans different genres, but lately I’ve been re-falling in love with Broadway scores, classic movie soundtracks, and jazz/big band. Clearly, I’m super fun to be around, haha.
Here’s an ongoing list of some of the music I’ve really enjoyed lately:
- Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
- Betty by Cabeau
- Line Without a Hook by Ricky Montgomery
- The entire Little Women (2019) score
- Sofia by Clario
- Motion Sickness by Phoebe Bridgers
- You Get What You Give by the New Radicals (it’s a classic!)
- Space Girl by Frances Forever
- It’s Been A Long, Long Time by Henry James
If you’re like me and like to stay informed with the news, but also struggle with fitting in time to read the news, I’m a huge fan of the Spotify playlist called “Daily Drive.” It combines your favorite songs with different podcasts and news broadcasts, so while you’re listening to music, you can also stay informed with what’s happening in the country and around the world!
My friends always laugh at me because it takes me quite a bit of time to get interested in a movie or TV show series! Compared to others who binge the show as soon as it comes out, it normally admittedly takes me a few months to get around to it. Needless to say, I’ve been loving the following:
- Wandavision on Disney+ (it is so GOOD. I am literally in suspense every single Friday)
- The Good Place (I just finished the show and was in tears by the end of the final episode)
- Pixar’s Soul (2020)
- Ladybird (2017)
- History of Swear Words on Netflix (if you haven’t watched this yet, it’s both educational and hilarious)
I’m always looking for movie and TV suggestions, so if you have any recommendations, let me know! Just give me a few months to actually get through them 😉
Tiny Pockets of Joy
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the pandemic so far, it’s that holding onto tiny pockets of joy, small pure moments of bliss and ordinary happiness, can be life-saving. I am much more observant than I was a year ago, and appreciative of the little, sweet moments. Here are some of the things that make me smile:
- Stepping outside while it is snowing to see people throwing snowballs, building snowmen and enjoying the snowy weather
- Iced chai tea lattes from local coffeeshops
- Curling up in bed after a long day with a book (I’m currently reading through The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby)
- The joy of understanding a Subway route to/from somewhere
- Sweet messages from my family and friends back home, and their constant encouragement towards this new chapter
Life is sweet. Hold onto the moments that bring you joy, and I have a feeling many more will come your way.