Like I wrote in my previous post, I am a basic white girl. You can read about how I figured it out, too.
But no one (nope, not even Buzzfeed) has defined "basic white girl" well.
Even the BuzzFeed quizzes are a little lame. You can try them for yourself though, because if you're basic like me, you were going to Google them after reading this anyway.
So here are two Buzzfeed videos that try to define basic.
So what? Is being basic about what we wear or what we do? What comes first: women just liking something and then it becoming popular or something being popular and then women just liking it?
I'm thinking the first option. Like Quinta Brunson says that, "Woah. I think that comsumerism is built for the basic woman or bitch, for the sake of this. [...] Without them, the pumpkin spice lattes would just be a latte; there would be no excitement around them."
But we'll come back to the power of the basic white girl in another blog post.
In the meantime, like Keith Habersaberger, said, don't be basic and judge women.
I did sort of make a resolution for 2018, but it is not quantifiable at all. And thus it doesn’t demand anything like: Write one blog per week.
Instead my 2018 focus is on finding delight.
I wrote a thing about my aunt, Sue, who passed away last summer.... I still don't know what to do with this, really, but sharing it feels right today, especially as my grading slows at the end of the term, and I have some time to reorient my life, to find my way back to creating a life I love.
While Dan and I sat outside, my mom’s most recent, sweet gift sat on our kitchen table. It was a box of hot chocolate from Amazon. It was simple but so considerate, and it's the perfect illustration of how gracious my mom is.
I have always been a billboard for positive thinking. But not anymore.
I know how I got here, how I became this positive-thinking evangelical. I got here by combating anxiety with positive affirmations, moving toward success through imagining it, beginning with the end in mind.
There’s a huge difference for me between what is private and public information. As both a poet and a blogger, I've always had to negotiate this. Sharing why I'm raising money for cancer research toes that fine line.