It's the wee hours of the morning as I write this. The rain is pouring and the sound is so soothing against these New York City streets. My morning cup of coffee feels like a hug.
I wish I could say it's surprising that I haven't written in two months but truthfully...it's not surprising at all. Not only has time been flying, but I've barely caught my breath.
I saw a bunch of concerts and movies--each and every one was great. Avengers End Game and Aladdin were probably my favorites.
Florida kayaking was extraordinary.
There were a couple long weekends with S. One surprise night included a Hasan Minhaj live taping of Patriot Act! You can see us on the Sudan episode a few times, laughing at his ridiculousness. Such an interesting experience...and such a humbling topic. I've been researching ways to help the Sudanese people since.
We took a whirlwind 6 day trip to India to celebrate my grandfather's 90th birthday. He and I have a weekly phone date so it meant a lot to me to hang out with him. Also...the heat in Hyderabad. Dear God. The. Heat. Then I had a severe allergic reaction to a dog. I gave him an amazing belly rub, and the next thing you know, I can't breathe and my face resembles a marshmallow. It wasn't even a big dog that could be considered cool--it was a wiener dog. (My writer friend Amanda says this allows me to say I'm allergic to wieners from now on. That's funny...and would be really sad). But the trip was fun, despite looking like I got punched in the eye by the Hulk.
I spent an evening at Spyscape--one of the most fascinating museums I've ever been to.
Nehal flew out for a fourteen-hour day, fun-filled, work-packed weekend for The Woke Desi.
Then we actually launched The Woke Desi...and how amazing that's been.
My friend Katie got married and her wedding was in a picturesque little peddler's village. Shops all around, built into farmhouses. It was quaint and sweet.
How full of joy it's been. 2019 is halfway through and shows no sign of slowing down...and I love it. With every single atom in my body, I love this pace.
The speed is also exhausting. I hit my bed at night completely tuckered out, and find myself a much deeper sleeper than I used to be. The insanity has also meant a lot of adjustments in life.
I've always struggled with the right balance but I've finally nailed it...I hope. At least this week, I have! At the moment, on a professional level, I'm juggling my day job at an Ivy league Dean's Office, The Woke Desi podcast, my writing career, this blog and the social media associated with it, and serving on the board of a non-profit. On a personal note, like everyone else, trips to the gym, traveling, friends, summer festivities and family commitments take up my time. For some people, that's completely manageable and for me, I've hit my capacity in a really fulfilling and sanity-preserving way. That feels like a win because I've always either been totally overwhelmed or feeling like I haven't met my potential.
It comes with some funny life hacks of course. I have to schedule my Instagram posts ahead of time (more on this in another post). I give my feedback for the podcast a week ahead of release. I've worked ahead on blog posts--I work on those on Sundays. I read before bed, and started saving money by only buying books on sale or advanced reader copies. My meals are planned and cooked in big batches. From 9-5, I don't think about writing. I've started ordering groceries via delivery service to save time.
It means a lot of "no" on socializing...and a lot of phoneless time when I'm with loved ones because I want to remain present and value my time with them. It means a Google Calendar that looks like all the color selections malfunctioned, and sometimes forgetting to eat meals. There are a lot of naps on car rides, plane rides, and on my couch if I'm left there for too long unattended. There's a lot of phone dates because catching up in person is hard.
And honestly? I wouldn't trade a damn thing. From August of 2017 to August of 2018, when I wasn't working because I was in school...life felt like it wasn't moving with momentum. It was just going. Now...now I feel full of power, charisma, and energy and that is an incredible thing to feel.
So I hope you'll forgive me on being delayed. There's been a lot happening...and all for the better. I'll see you here more often from now on.