This week I’ve spent a lot of time with my parents gathering garage sale finds, packing up, and moving my things to Oakland. That’s because this next week, I will be heading off to start my field placement for grad school in Berkeley at The Wright Institute.
From elementary school students and college grads to teachers and all the supporters who worked to get them through it, they absolutely deserve to celebrate their accomplishments. It has been a year of so many ups and downs that no one person experienced the same way and that should be recognized. That should be celebrated. And so should we.
Some of us adjusted to the pandemic with new workout routines, more tv time, or new even pets. As people begin thinking about moving forward and masking up less, they will also be going through other lifestyle changes. For those who are immunocompromised, they may choose to still wear masks for their own protection, and for those who choose not to get vaccinated, they will have their own new normal as well. My question is, what about your new routine is something that you wish to keep?
This year, I ate my name through the cake and Nick ate his. As a family, we all shared the soft layered sugar knowing that we’ve had 23 good years of Nick and I celebrating birthdays together.
Sometimes it’s easier, for cleaning or doing dishes when it can be nice to let your mind be somewhere else. But when it comes to chatting with friends, spending time with family, doing work, or just catching up with ourselves, it can be important to stay present. This is something I struggle with, especially the more the pandemic has gone on. So here's something I've started doing that I'm learning to love.
This week two people in my family are at different places in their lives and they’ve been working really hard to get there— unlike old me, they haven’t quite been winging it either.
After this past week’s shooting in Atlanta, Georgia that left 8 people dead, 6 of which were Asian women, there has been a large outpouring of grief within the Asian community as well as support from others. People are now attempting to rise against Asian hate… But what does that look like and is there more to this? After all, we have seen a movement against hate and violence like this before, and in turn, how many of you have made lasting changes toward equity? We still have more to do.
Over the past two weeks, I have had the privilege to virtually step out from my little bubble at home and interview alongside about 30 prospective clinical psychology graduate students throughout the country. It was incredible to meet so many different people from countless walks of life who are all looking to pursue the same career. While we all came from separate backgrounds and experiences, there was one question the majority of my interview group answered almost identically, one after another— our answers are those I think would have offered some solace and maybe also lit some confidence in me had I known them going into college.
A lot of people will argue that books are better than movies, but I can’t say I have ever tried to argue books versus a Netflix series… So how about it? Maybe you’ve heard of Firefly Lane, after all, it seems to have been at the top 10 in the US for the past few weeks. I did a book review on this one a few years ago, and when I saw it coming to Netflix, you could say that I was excited to see an adaptation pan out.
I’ve written quite a few posts before about this month, what it means to people, and the education we both have and haven’t received about Black history. Today, I’m writing about some new thoughts: the way we celebrate BHM changes depending on the context we’re living/celebrating in and especially as we’ve seen this last year, the perspective you place on that celebration.