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a brief interlude

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I took the week off work this week.

It’s the first since I’ve had a chunk of time off, since starting this job in February of this year. And yes, I’ve timed it so that I could have the US election day right smack in the middle, because I remember how 2016 went and how unproductive and distracted I was in the office then.

My ambitious plans for this week include:

  • Catching up on my reading challenge
  • Have a backlog of posts and ideas for this blog
  • Go out for meals with a few groups of friends

I find myself doom-scrolling on Reddit (and the politics sub specifically) a lot too though, and trying to be hopeful that democracy in the United States isn’t truly dead. From the outside looking in, the cruelty from the GOP at this point seems more like a feature rather than a bug, but as much as I am a cynic, I am also an eternal optimist.

Anyway, this week’s not-an-update will be short and sweet, and I hope that the early turnout numbers are indicative of a blue tsunami. Now, I just need to not be on the NYT’s election needle page because I still have trauma from that anxiety in 2016 😭

Thoughts I’ve had since last week, which feels approximately 43 months ago

  • Life, misc

  • “What a week, huh?” “Lemon, it’s Wednesday.”
  • Singapore isn’t perfect, but… looks at the burning country that is the US
  • Am I a bad person if I’m wishing not-well on a truly terrible person?
  • Why am I so bad at maps??????? (Re: Among Us)
  • (While playing Queen B) I know I’m queer, but I’m really fucking queer.
  • (I don’t got this)
  • My bullet journal has now been relegated to a monthly scheduler, gratitude page and habits tracker. This is so sad.
  • I should repaint my room!
  • Oh man, I said one post a week. I should start writing long-form articles on all the ideas I do have in Notion.
  • Maybe I should start a vlog?
  • 🤔🤔🤔


I want to start a blog.

This has been something that has been on my mind for the past ten years, although if I’m being honest with myself (and that’s the goal here!), it has definitely been something I’ve thought of for way longer than the last decade.

I’ve flirted with Blogger as a teen, painstakingly linking my high school friends’ blogs in the sidebar and refreshing each of them daily, before I discovered RSS (and before it faded away). I had a carefully curated LiveJournal about my favorite TV shows and films and music, and for a few years, it was such a big part of my life online.

I’d even installed easily a dozen or so WordPress blogs when I started freelancing as a web designer when I was 18, and created endless mental reminders for myself to get the ball rolling on one myself when the blogs I was reading shifted into the mainstream.

Yet, the daunting expectations of being consistent in writing and putting something out into the world, coupled with the imposter syndrome of feeling like my thoughts aren’t worthy enough of documentation gave me pause in my steps towards doing just that.

There isn’t really a grand plan or strategy in place for this little corner of the internet I’m parking myself in, though. Plenty of things and conversations I want to have with people, and it would probably reflect the intersections of my life, my values, and things I find interesting.

More likely than not, it would chronicle my journey in optimizing my life, my path to financial independence, my attempts at intentionality and minimalism, and my lifelong pursuit of fitness (both physical and mental!).

I want to start a blog, and so, as a new year and decade begins – here I am.

Hello, world!