notes to self 6

6- Exercise even when you don’t want to. 


I always feel better, stronger, more energetic, even when I absolutely don’t feel like moving. I’ve been doing Pilates the last couple months and am surprised how much I appreciate it.

notes to self 5

5- Read hard books. 


I’m a fiction lover at heart. But over the last few years I have challenged myself to read a lot more difficult, non-fiction books about people, history, racism, Christianity, and more. It’s been a really good push for me and I know I have grown a lot in my understanding of things and hopefully my empathy and wisdom too.

Don’t just read things that make you comfortable or fit your version of things. Read broadly. It’s such a gift to have books and literacy. Use it wisely.

Books in this stack include: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, and Unsettling Truths by Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah

Notes to self

Yesterday was a serious Monday. Lots of things not going well. Today was worse, or at least lots of emotional fallout from yesterday. But last night before going to bed I had a spark of an idea hit and I jotted down some notes. I had a blast this afternoon picking up the idea spark and running with it.

A new silly little series, mostly just for me is forthcoming. 

#NotestoSelffromCaryn has begun.

Inktober 2021 Illustrated Map

The final, complete Inktober map. What a fun project! I’m so glad I did it and enjoyed every bit. Though finishing it this week was definitely the cherry on top. I started out Monday stressed about coming up with names and then had a total blast with a dictionary and thesaurus. Words are so fun! I’ve already been thinking about making up stories from Gallimaufry Land, especially that Portal Cave… who knows what’s next.

Thanks for following along!