Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Life Lately | June

June was a heavy yet hopeful month. As the atmosphere surrounding racial injustice shifts from outrage to action, I'm hopeful these events won't fade into the chaos of the year but will lead to long-lasting changes. Taking action looks different for everyone - praying, listening to others' experiences, examining ourselves for any prejudice we hold toward our neighbors of color, donating to justice-centered causes, learning about culture and law and criminal justice, and protesting, among others - and all are important.

In other updates - the DMV area is slowly, slowly reopening. I have found unexpected moments of joy in ordering food from a real person at a real counter, visiting parks further away from home, eating at restaurants outdoors, and cautiously seeing a friend in person for the first time since March. I drove out to Fredericksburg, Centreville, and the outside edges of Fairfax County to enjoy different greenways than the ones near my home that I've walked dozens of times during this quarantine. Local travel is a big part of my normal life that's been absent the last few months, and it's refreshing to do it again, even if in a limited way.

I'm in Raleigh now, having left the D.C. area for the first time since January to visit my family. Working remotely gives the freedom to work away from home indefinitely, and I'm enjoying spending a few weeks somewhere else, with different trails to run and cafes to eat at and faces to see and people to talk to for the first time in months.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Building a Legacy

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Life Lately | May

Life continues to be slow. COVID carries on, cancelling all plans in its path and bringing a measure of caution into every activity. Yet things are slowly re-opening - local parks unlocked their parking lots a week ago, allowing me to run on my favorite trails again for the first time since March. I've taken advantage of the lingering daylight and evening warmth to grab cocktails to-go and sip them on my balcony with a book, enjoying the background sounds of neighborhood kids squealing and rackets smacking tennis balls and birds chirping across the street. I've dipped my toe into the baking world, making bread + biscuits + brownies each from scratch for the first time. I splurged on a dutch oven, solidifying a commitment to the intermediate kitchen arts.

Two and a half months of staying at home is like living in a world without FOMO for the first time, and with that freedom from external inputs comes new money habits. Without trying, I've saved so much money from not eating out or buying new clothes or traveling. It's an interesting thing, seeing how little I spend when there are no time gaps to fill or events to attend or people to impress.

As mentioned in April, I've spent more time thinking through goals and what I want to do with my time, and not just during this quarantine - what long-term projects I could start, anything creative that I've previously shoved to the backburner for a lack of time. So far I've cooked/baked more and run more long distance trails, but I'm stuck trying to determine anything more conventionally creative. And so perhaps that will be my goal for June, to find something worth investing time and creative energy in.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Life Lately | April

Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 | The Little Things

Monday, March 30, 2020

Life Lately | March

Friday, February 28, 2020

Life Lately | February

Monday, February 24, 2020

24 Hours in Manhattan

Monday, February 10, 2020

Gettysburg, PA

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Life Lately | January

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Word for 2020 | Steadfast

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