Lifestyle, Months in Retrospect

November in Retrospect

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Happy December!

Last time we talked, I was avoiding social media and wallowing in the shallow darkness of my near-depressed mind. Things weren’t awful but they weren’t great. I existed in a fog of “Everything is happening, and I am exhausted”.

Since then, we’ve had Thanksgiving (and Black Friday and Cyber Monday and a sudden influx of green and red decor) here in the States. I had 5.5 days off of work, away from the internet, and hidden from people. It was fucking fabulous.

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

To Grace

Happy Tuesday Friday! As you know, the past week (and a half or so) has been rocky, so this week’s Note to a Follower is late. Grace, I apologize and sincerely thank you for your patience. My letter to you is mostly a response to your post on mental health. I hope this finds you well. ❤

As a reminder, here is the schedule for 100 Notes for 100 Followers:

19 September – Racheldone
26 September – AfroIrish done
3 October – Cindy – done
10 October – Shazdone
17 20 October – Grace – done
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

To Shaz

Happy Tuesday! This week, I wrote to Shaz! One of the first blogs I followed on WordPress, and one of my first followers in turn. (Remember that time she wrote to me? My note has absolutely nothing to do with that. 🙂 )

As a reminder, here is the schedule for 100 Notes for 100 Followers:

19 September – Racheldone
26 September – AfroIrish done
3 October – Cindy – done
10 October – Shaz – done
17 October – Grace
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

To My Granny

Happy Tuesday! Here’s this week’s letter. This one’s to my granny, as she is my most consistent follower and biggest supporter. ❤

As a reminder, here is the schedule for 100 Notes for 100 Followers:

19 September – Racheldone
26 September – AfroIrish done
3 October – Cindy – done
10 October – Shaz
17 October – Grace
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

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Reading, Reviews

Book Review: Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
Published by Button Poetry

★★★★ (4/5 stars)

THIS IS A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW.

Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for providing me with a copy of Depression & Other Magic Tricks in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and are in no way swayed by the gift.

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

To AfroIrish

Happy Tuesday! Here’s this week’s letter. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out AfroIrish’s blog. She’s a fabulous writer who will sweep you up in her musings.

As a reminder, here is the schedule for 100 Notes for 100 Followers:

19 September – Racheldone
26 September – AfroIrish – done
3 October – Cindy
10 October – Shaz
17 October – Grace
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

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Tuesday: Notes for Followers, Weekly Goodies

100 Notes for 100 Followers Update + To Rachel

Just a quick update to let you all know I’m working on your letters! 🙂 To avoid spamming everyone every day, I will be posting letters on Tuesdays around 10 am (EST). (Tuesdays are the most boring days, so I’m hoping to brighten them for you all. <3) This will be the first time I implement a weekly post schedule, but I’m excited! Please note that sign-ups/requests are now closed! (But I may do something similar for the holiday season, so stay tuned! 🎁)

Schedule:
19 September – Rachel
26 September – AfroIrish
3 October – Cindy
10 October – Shaz
17 October – Grace
24 October – Jules
31 October – Rachel (Shed52)
7 November – Little Lion

First up: Rachel! Rachel, thank you for being the first to request a letter from me! It means you’re the first to be subjected to my inconsistent handwriting and mediocre doodles. 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

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Lifestyle

Welcome to My Blog

In attempts to be casual and “myself”, I’ve spiraled into overthinking. This has always been my problem, especially when it comes to writing. I want everything to have meaning and be perfect — word choices and compositions, context, subtext, titles. Titles are the worst. How do you sum up everything you want to accomplish or convey in a few words? The addition of a tagline is helpful. Title too ambiguous? Add a witty line of text beneath it to make the wordplay in your title make sense.

I’m trying to name my blog.

I picked the URL because I want this blog to be associated with who I am, what I think, and the words I choose to share. The URL is intentional. (The URL is also what I use for everything personal because I have a lot of feelings about my name: social media, email, usernames for whatever random websites.) But what about the title? It feels like, instead of titling my novel or poem, I’m titling my life or my presence. And that feels substantial. Final. (Which we know scares the shit out of me.)

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Lifestyle

Hiya, I’m Kaiya.

Let’s talk about the things I’m afraid of:

  • Spiders. Who isn’t? They’ve always freaked me out. The bigger, the scarier. But I’m getting better in this area. There’s a massive one living on the sliding glass doors to my apartment’s patio. My partner and I have named her Lady. (Well, we named her Lady in my dream, but I don’t think that conversation actually took place.) Lady minds her web in the upper left corner and keeps it clean, sleeps through the scorching daylight and comes out as the sun is setting over the pond.
  • The Unknown. Again, who isn’t? Not knowing how something will end or where something will go or what someone will say — terrifying. I over-analyze my every action and word before proceeding, constantly worried I’ll cross a line or not explain myself correctly. Because I am also afraid of…

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