Hi folks, Lee here!
It was my birthday this week, and I am so excited to see what the new year will bring. My 28th year brought me a better understanding of myself, lots of work on my mental and physical health, and so many more adventures- including the launch of The Tiny Activist!
I wanted to share with you my goals and intentions for the next year of my life, so without further ado, here we go!
2019: A Year of Opportunity!
- Continue to Chase After Positivity– reframe & refocus
- Take Time to Reflect– collect memories
- Share Love & Compassion– spread joy
- Sing and Dance Often– especially the robot
I also want to share with you a few of my all-time favorite books.
Are any of these on your bookshelf as well?
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
#1 Baby dyke Lee LOVED this cover, for many reasons that would not be revealed to me until I went to an all-women’s college.
#2 The book’s themes of finding your truth and living authentically were essential to me as a younger person, and are still affirming now that I’m older and (a little bit) wiser. The discussion of class and gender identity are central to the plot of the story, and the radical ideals that Charlotte stands for inspires my activism to this day
#3 What only child living in the suburbs doesn’t want to be a pirate/sea captain?
Written by: Kai Cheng Thom
Illustrated by: Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching
When I first read this book, I didn’t understand why it made me cry. Standing inside Drawn and Quarterly on a trip to Montreal with my wife, I started tearing up. Months later, I finally figured it out, and I came out to my wife, family, friends and school as nonbinary. It was a journey, sometimes euphoric and sometimes exhausting. But, like Miu Lan, I knew that despite all of the struggles, I still had people in my corner who would say:
“whatever you dream of,
I believe you can be,
from the stars in the sky
to the fish in the sea”
My Own Devices
#1 Dessa is my favorite rapper-no, not my favorite female rapper-that reductive business doesn’t belong anywhere.
#2 Her voice is one of a kind, whether she is singing, rapping, speaking or writing. I could listen to her talk for hours. I hope she starts a podcast (and calls me)
#3 Razor sharp wit and an eye for the devastating details make this book one for the favorites list.
Happy Birthday to all my fellow Aquarians-let’s change the world!