It's been a difficult month, to say the least. The world seems to be falling apart in ways that make me want to reach for my friends, for a bottle of wine, for the coziest pieces of clothing I can wrap myself in. It's brought up a lot of feelings I didn't know I had, and forced me to dig deep into my past and present and how I connect with my identity as a woman, as a Puerto Rican, and as a person navigating this world.
I'm sure I'm not alone.
Here's what I've been doing and writing as I process these emotions. I hope you find a measure of peace this week, and I hope you make time to surround yourself with the people and things that bring you comfort and joy as you welcome the new season in.
What are your favorite ways to wind down and take care of yourself? I'd love to hear about them.
To read: Between Worlds, an essay I wrote for CheapOAir's blog, Miles Away, on the theme of Hispanic Heritage Month and finding "home."
To watch: Riverdale (Season 1 available on Netflix, Season 2 available on iTunes). Someone recently posted on my Facebook feed that this show exists so far out of the realm of reality that it's hard to suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy it. I respectfully disagree -- the dark, mysterious, absolutely ridiculous storyline is exactly what makes it perfect TV-watching for those days when you just need to get away from everything. #TeamBughead
To do: This may permanently cement my granny status but I've been ignoring my craft box for far too long, so I purchased some new bamboo crochet needles and SUPER CHUNKY yarn and I'm high-fiving the YouTube angels for tutorials to guide me through this craft that my great-grandma taught me about... fifteen years ago. It's so meditative once you get the hang of it, and perfect to do while bingeing Seasons 1 + 2 of Riverdale.
To listen: My new, just-for-autumn playlist, World of Leaves. Let this music soothe and wrap around you like a warm blanket.