Were you a book worm as a kid? I was. I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I used to spend hours and hours reading, and I would devour countless stories.
But as I got a bit older, I started exploring other pastimes as well. I joined clubs and sports teams, picked up crafting techniques, became enamored by certain video games, and started working through big kid homework. In high school, I was reading less and less, and by college, I wasn’t reading anything outside of my schoolwork at all.
When quarantine started, all of the hours per week that I would have spent at work or at clubs were suddenly returned to me. It was the perfect opportunity to start reading again. I borrowed ebooks from my library, and set myself the very casual goal of ten books by the end of the year. After the first few pages, I started feeling that long-lost elation that I get from immersion in a story. I’ve missed this.
But I still love my other hobbies. I love my Animal Crossing island, and I’m so proud of the quilt that I’m making. So these days, I’m striking a balance in my free time between reading, crafting, and playing, and it’s been really nice. I’m making progress at whatever pace feels natural, and it’s brought me so much joy.
Throughout the pandemic and its subsequent re-opening phases, I’ve enjoyed observing the innovation happening all around us. This coronavirus has challenged us in all sorts of ways, but people keep coming up with creative solutions. The adjustments are a little intimidating, because they remind us of the danger, but I think they’re also really hopeful, because they’re put in place to keep us safe. It’s a sign of caring.
I’m in love with my local tea shop, but when the pandemic shut down all non-essential services, they had to close. I’ve missed them during their extended absence. But very recently, they announced they are opening back up! You can’t actually walk inside; they’re only accepting online orders with curbside pick-up. But the drinks are still heavenly.
I was so happy when I approached their doorway and got my latté handed to me through an opening in the plexiglass barrier. It was surreal, certainly, as pretty much every activity is right now, but it was joyful too. I’m so glad that I got to enjoy one of my favorite treats while supporting an amazing small business.
Welcome to my blog! Here in my little corner of the Internet, I hope to document some of the things that make me happy.
There’s a lot to be sad about in the world. There seems to be no end to the amount of hurt and suffering that we humans can and do face. Other venues can cover that. But here, in this moment, and in this (virtual) space, I’d like to take the time to celebrate the reasons to smile. That’s not to say that we should bury our heads in the sand and only focus on the good things forever. The painful and scary things do need attention, so we have to balance the ways we spend our energy. But when the bad stuff is overwhelming—when it feels you’re suffocating in a cage made of steel walls that are constantly lurching in to crush you with no “off” switch in sight and there’s no way out and you’re so trapped and afraid and running out of oxygen—I hope that you can visit my humble blog and take a breath of fresh air.
If we’re going to be spending time together, I should probably introduce myself. My name is Stephanie, and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I’m in my early twenties, I have two guinea pigs, and I love chai tea lattés. My favorite Disney movie is Moana. When I eat ice cream, I always choose Chocolate Fudge Brownie from Ben & Jerry’s.