Editor, Author, Priestess of Words
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
There are moments when I watch the gleeful hate and shameless greed swell in my country, and I am both angry and afraid. Angry because of the hypocrisy of a people that scream that we are a Christian nation as they force families onto the streets and deny protection to immigrant children, and afraid for my friends and family that may very well become a target in the coming days because they cannot “pass” for white/straight/Christian/wealthy and this, according to our new president, makes them “losers” and “enemies”.
There’s a lot to be worried about in the coming year, and it can be overwhelming. It seems like there’s not enough time to call all of the politicians, attend all the rallies, research all the places to boycott, and hold space for my brothers and sisters who are most in danger. In the midst of all that, it can be easy to become hardened, to lose hope, and to become worn down. Because of this, I am striving this year to better myself and to allow time to reflect on the person I am and who I want to be. I feel more motivated to do this than I have in the past, perhaps because I’m only days away from reaching my 31st birthday, and it feels like I’m entering a new phase in my life. It feels like I finally have a firm idea of what I want to be and what I want to accomplish in life, and I have only to overcome my personal demons (procrastination, self-doubt, paranoia) in order to succeed.
One of the steps I’m taking is to get serious about my reading again, so I’ve taken a bit of inspiration from the folks over at Book Riot and several other sites. I am setting myself a 2017 Reading Challenge. I’ve decided that as I complete books for each section, I’ll write a review and post a link to it here, in order to make it easier to find. So, here we are, then: