Today, we’re meeting for coffee, just the two of us. Let’s get comfy in some oversized, plush chairs with our large porcelain mugs of piping hot java and settle in for a long conversation about nothing. About everything. Those are the best conversations, right? I decided to “borrow” this idea from Audrey. After all, some days all you want to do is share a stream of random thoughts. Over coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
We’re one month into 2017 and day 13 into Emperor Baby Fists reign of terror and I’m ready to fast forward to whenever he gets impeached. But I am also a big believer in two things: 1) Not being silent and 2) Happiness is the best revenge. I will not be silent, nor will I wallow in misery and give away my joy for the next four years. I will be loud, happy and #resist.
Many people already shared their focus words and/or goals for 2017, so I am late to the party but for good reason. I chose Connection for my focus word after Emperor Baby Fists won the election and shocked the world. In light of what happened, I felt called to connect with likeminded individuals, my inner self and those open to respectful discussion. Because I planned to blend my goals with my focus word, I took plenty of time figuring it out.
Appetizers or snacks are my absolute favorite. Sure, I love a chocolate cupcake with cream cheese filling or a nice bowl of creamy mashed potatoes. But I am the kind of girl who can and will make a meal out of appetizers, especially something as good as this spicy beer cheese dip. That’s right, I said beer! This is also the part where I mention eating healthy is a 2017 goal. It’s about balance, right?
I love the movies. They spur my imagination and take me to places that I might never be able to visit or places that don’t even exist (Hello, Hogwarts!). They make me laugh and cry. Or cower behind a blanket or pump my fist with righteous glee. They entertain, educate and inspire in two hours. California is experiencing a real winter, which means lots of rain where I live. And rainy days demand a cozy blanket, a big mug of steaming tea and a great flick.
Tomorrow someone that I abhor and stands for everything I despise — racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, greed and bullying — is going to become our President. In my lowest moments, I feel sick, frightened and hopeless. My anxiety levels are off the charts given my gloomy view of the future. And yet … I keep marching forward because I am not a quitter. Silence or bowing down are not options for me, so I will fight instead.