I started up a monthly roundup newsletter in August. Right now I’m still working out what format makes sense for me, but this is a free look at September’s issue. If you like it, drop a comment and I’ll add you to the list!
“I love being right,” is a phrase I often like to use when I make a wild guess or broad statement mid-conversation that turns out to be true. Although it is deeply satisfying to know the right answer and say the right thing, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be right 100% of the time. For one thing, that’s an impossible bar for any mortal to clear.
Plus, there’s nothing more human or humbling than the simple act of being wrong. Owning up to your ignorance can be just as empowering as “being right.”
This month, I started teaching at a new school. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to learn to love being wrong as I navigate my new environment. My challenge to you this month is not to actively ‘be wrong,” but simply to appreciate the inaccuracies and uncertainties in life, and try to see what you can gain from them.
📽️ The AppleTV+ series Little Voice is a bite-sized example of the collaborative magic that happens when Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson come together (they also worked on “Waitress”). I’m linking my favorite on-screen performancefrom Brittany O’Grady for your enjoyment, but if you have AppleTV+, I definitely recommend this musical dramedy.
🎵 Aside from the Little Voice soundtrack and Sara Bareilles’ renditions of the same songs, I’ve also been really intolofi hip hop mixes on YouTube, because sometimes you just want to chill out.
📚 Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The historical fiction story illustrates the 20th-century Korean experience with Japan, following generations of a Korean family who eventually migrates to Japan. For my fellow fantasy lovers, I also have nothing but praise for The Starless Sea. Erin Morgenstern’s writing style is an invitation to escape into a romantic adventure that’s sweeter than honey.
*i.e. anything and everything I’m loving at the moment