Happy May to you. 💛 I just wanted to pop in and say hi and see how you’re doing.
I typically plan these little newsletters further in advance. But today, I’m writing to you in real-time. Sitting in a window-filled café, sipping a chai tea latte, feeling the sun on my skin… and wondering why I don’t take myself to cafés to write like this in the mornings more often.
And I’m now quickly realizing it’s because, one, I normally have to work in the mornings (I happen to have today off).
And two, (there’s just no way to say this nicely) caffeine makes me need to go #2.
So, like, clockwork, I inevitably need to use the bathroom about 5 minutes after I start drinking my cute little chai.
Which means I then need to lug my laptop and phone with me to the bathroom (because I’m scared they’ll be stolen if left unattended), and I also find myself nervously hoping that no one drugs the drink that I’ve left sitting on the table to save my spot while I’m doing my business (because that’s a thing that could happen, right?).
Anyway, today’s newsletter will be shorter. All I really want to say is, hi, 👋 how are you? I’m tired. Are you tired?
It’s not bad-tired. But the busy-ness of spring and soon-t0-be-summer, especially contrasted with the hibernation-esque winter I’m coming out of, has done a number on me. 😅
What about you? How was your April? What was your fav part?
I’d love to hear from you (truly). And regardless, I hope you find ample pockets of rest for yourself this month of May.
If you’d like to connect more this month and/or support my work, here are a few ways you can do that…
I’ve been posting more on LinkedIn these days. Trying to write things that feel honest and true to me, and perhaps don’t fit in with the usual, ‘Rah rah, I love my career’ posts that seem to fill my LinkedIn feed these days. (No hate to those posts, btw).
I recently wrote on LI about:
- Why companies should stop referring to their employees as ‘family.’ Read it here.
- And 5 things to do if you work remotely and feel like you’re losing your mind (🙃). Read that one here.
Connect with me on LinkedIn if you haven’t already! I’d love to hang out.
We’ve come a long way since I posted my first vlog back in 2018. (Don’t even try to find it; I’ve since hidden it from the general public 😛).
But the video interviews for my podcast – who are you, and what are you doing here – are up on Youtube now. My hope is that when you watch them, you feel like you’re sitting in a living room with us, just exploring the answers to these two questions for yourself, as you learn how our guest answers them. (Find links to the pod on all streaming platforms here).
Our most recent episode is with my dear friend Emily Wilson. We share about our experiences growing up in religious institutions, and what it’s looked like to find our way out and outside of those institutions in adulthood.
It’s a vulnerable conversation, and I think it’s nuanced in a way that these conversations often aren’t (CW: religious trauma). Watch it here (or below).
And check out Emily’s art and Etsy shop here!
If you’d like to support this work on Patreon, I’d be so grateful! You can donate as little as $3 a month, and all of the money goes towards keeping the pod, this newsletter, and all other bibs.live content alive. 🙂
Thank you all for being here. I appreciate those of you who read my musings here more than you know. Sending love to each of you. 🌱