1st January, 2018: Brand spanking new

“I will do it tomorrow. How often we all do so and what a pity it is that when morning comes and tomorrow is today we so frequently wake up feeling quite differently. Careless or impatient and not a bit inclined to do the fine things we planned to do overnight.” – Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did

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It’s the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to reflect on what has been achieved and what ought to be. To tell the truth, I’m not sure how I feel about New Years Eve and the whole debacle. It’s unsettling to acknowledge the passage of time and how quickly it disappears, but I suppose, it’s nice to look around and jump on the positivity bandwagon of being grateful of things and making resolutions to be a better version of oneself.

In the spirit of all things ‘new’, my January challenge is going to offer a lot of variety (I hope). Don’t you find it is very easy to get stuck in the same old routine? Getting up at the same time, eating the same food, listening to the same music? I’ve decided to make an effort to try and do a new thing every day for a month in a deliberate attempt to keep things fresh, as they should be at the beginning of a new year. Obviously, yes, I have actual new years resolutions but most of those involve shelling mince-pie pounds and getting fit which is very ‘new year new me’ and I won’t bore you with that dullness.

Seeing as it was the first of the month today, I decided to binge read a brand new book that I received as a gift for Christmas from Alice, a good pal of mine. Rupi Kaur’s ‘the sun and her flowers’ is her second anthology of beautiful poetry. Another friend last year (no, not yesterday), lent me Rupi’s first anthology  ‘milk and honey’ which I binge read in an hour. Every poem was a nugget of perfection with each word being deliberate and carefully placed.  Many of Rupi’s poems are one-liners that are as arresting as a punch to the gut. This is a favourite of mine from milk and honey:

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Her second anthology, ‘the sun and her flowers’ that I read today was packed full of treasures like this and more of her gorgeous illustrations that compliment the simple and honest nature of her poetry. 

For me, poetry has been either

a) Abismal,

b) Pleasant to listen to, but in the same way as a generic pop ballad or,

c) Pretentious and inaccessible unless you have a learned scholar, Schmoop and a whole lot of literary criticism beside you.

Rupi’s poems don’t fit into any of these categories. They’re unapologetic and no-nonsense so that everyone can enjoy them and understand the important messages about feminism, self-worth, healing, ancestry, and identity that she has to share.

So, this new challenges malarkey has gotten off to a great start. Tomorrow is another ‘new’ cultural endeavour… stay tuned. I’m also moving into a brand new office with my lovely work colleagues tomorrow, also very exciting.

Happy January and Happy New Year, wherever you be! Here’s to a productive year – keep busy and keep happy. Check out Malala and Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s tweets if you’re wanting inspiration to kick start January.

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P.S. My December challenge had many hitches blog-post wise, but fear not as I will be posting the December blogs that I have been writing throughout the month throughout January and filing them in the December challenge tab. I know it’s cheaty-McCheaterson, but I can’t leave an interesting project hanging, can I? Bare with me, I am trying to adult by finishing things properly and filing them well…

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