I will take more walks. Slow ones; the kind that make you notice things like street signs, spring birds, and the way the clouds are never the same.
I will create more art. I’ll write stories in the margins of my bookwork, draw starfish on post-it notes, paint with my fingers, and knit leg warmers for my dog. I will spend more time lost in the creative spirit that I know rests within.
I will slow down. I want to turn down the speed on everything I do. I want to plant more care into my words. Calm my racing heart. Slow my breath. I know that if I do this, all moments will seem sweeter.
I will wake up a bit earlier, so that I can have more time for absolutely nothing. I want to stretch each of my toes before I roll from under the covers. I want to make myself tea. I want to count birds from the window and watch the sun rise.
I will drink more coffee. Because I love it, and because it makes me happy. But I will not rush, and I will not chug. Each time I have a coffee in my mug, I will slow down, bring awareness to the warmth between my palms, sip with a smile, and savor the drink until it’s gone. I will make coffee my morning meditation."
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OKAY YEAH LET’S TALK ABOUT TAMIKA FLYNN BECAUSE SHE’S SO IMPORTANT
So not only is Tamika a teenage girl (the most hated of all creatures) she’s, in my opinion, the most important character in this story. Actually one of the most important characters I’ve ever come across.
Tamika’s a 13 year old WOC, a group historically kept “in their place” with illiteracy, but we first heard of her when she saved the city’s schoolchildren from murderous librarians, all while completing a reading list way above her age level. Well done, Tamika.
And yeah, I noticed the “stocky” comment. I too punched the air at the “stocky” comment. Because not only is she a 13 year old WOC, she’s Not Thin. Not exactly someone who gets to be included most of the time, let alone written as the hero.
And yet here she is, Tamika Flynn, kicking multiple asses all over the damn place, literally taking down helicopters with slingshots and leading the city to revolution. And if that hasn’t convinced you this podcast is the tightest shit then get outta my face.
TAMIKA. FUCKING. FLYNN.
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2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
4: Did anyone close to you die?
5: What countries did you visit?
6: What would you like to have in 2014 that you…
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THIS IS IMPORTANT TO REBLOG!!!