is it too early to ask for a 2021 do-over?

Happy Old New Year

Hey there, kiddos! I hope your day is going all right and that you find a reason to smile.

I originally wrote this newsletter in the last few days of 2020, and my opening line was “hope the first of the New Year treat you well” - thank god I didn’t send that one out.

Today is Orthodox New Year, a.k.a. the ‘Old New Year,’ a day still celebrated by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Each year families, like mine, put a coin under a piece of burek (or pizza for convenience), and whoever receives the slice with the coin is promised year-long good luck. So, here’s my symbolic New Year coin for you. Take it as a sign and kick some 2021 ass.

It’s insane to think that this month marks two-years of my poetry account on Instagram (@tipsyloveletters). This may very well be one of my strongest commitments, so I think that’s worth celebrating.

In honour of this mini-milestone, I wrote a blog post where I answered a few questions from Instagram and shared 2 of 8 poems from my recent contribution to the Paint Us Red anthology. (2 separate posts!) Read poems here.

I plan on writing these newsletters more frequently now that I’ve transferred platforms. Hopefully, the next one I send has more substantial content in terms of personal writing goals and activities for you all, but I’ve spent a solid portion of this month. Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to share in my newsletters!

Until then, I’ll leave you with a song I’ve been listening to on loop the past few weeks!

love you always,

- t o d o

p.s. I’ve read 1 / 24 books from my 2021 reading challenge, if you’d like to check that out or join me, read more here.