I hope everyone's been having a lovely start to March. I know this Canadian winter weather has been a little all over the place - but I don't mind the warm spurts here and there.
Yesterday, I had a deep desire to have a little 'me' time. Recently, my Amazon order came through and I was ecstatic to have received my package a few days earlier than expected. I opened up 7 new poetry books and I was itching to start flying through the pages. As you all know, I adore prose and proverbs. Poetry, is one of my many safe havens.
I discuss self-care practices and the art of self-love often. I know it to be true, this journey of mine will be a never ending one. It may not be easy, but it is essential to seek out and alott time for yourself. Stresses and anxieties can get us down, it is when we are carrying mental luggage that we succumb to negativity and can literally think ourselves into a poor mood. When I have a lot going on, I start to feel the weight of my thoughts and the weight of my responsibilities. Being that it is my last month of school, I am in severe crunch time with my academia. That and four jobs, needless to say I do not exactly get to have much 'me' time. It is when you feel you have no free time, where you must ENSURE you fit yourself in. Instead of starting on my proposal, I headed downtown to do some exploring. The fresh warm 15 degree weather was just what I needed to continue on with my other responsibilities. I also have never truly eaten or explored too many times independently and wanted to cross that mini social anxiety off my list. I found it to be so liberating. I encourage you all to keep persevering through any and all mental barriers. Please place yourself as a priority at least once every day. It is in those precious moments where we love ourselves better because we allow ourselves the divine valuable time we so freely give to others.
The three poetry books I brought out with me (out of the 7, which is really our of 9) were:
My first stop was to fill my belly with doughnuts. We all know how much I love Krispy Kremes. but I decided to try some place new. Glory Hole has blown up on Instagram and so I thought - why not? I have said it before and I will say it again, I prefer savoury foods. But, when it comes to doughnuts, I can eat them by the dozen.
Everyone's tastes are different. What I may like others may not and vice versa. I wasn't sure if I was even going to include this part in my blog as I never want to put anyone or any place down. $20.00 was the pre-fixed price for 6 doughnuts. I ordered 1 of all they had available and I have to be honest, I was dissapointed.
I ordered: Dark Chocolate Cherry, Mocha Latte, Peanut Butter Crunch, Seasonal Jam, Toast and Butter and Maple Burbon Bacon.
The Seasonal Jam, powdered sugar doughnut was decent enough, but nothing radically amazing. I was excited to try The Maple Bourbon Bacon doughnut, but it tasted too heavily of alcohol. I did give 2 to Olivia (in the evening) to try, she enjoyed Toast & Butter (see, tastes differ). I, personally, don't see myself returning. The young girl was very sweet and bubbly - she made the experience worth while as we got to chatting. Sad Gena drove herself to Krispy Kreme and bought the family 2 dozen doughnuts for $17.95. --> 164 McCaull St, Toronto
I originally wanted to try Dineen Coffee Company....as I peered in from my drivers seat, I saw how packed it was. So then I was off to my second shop in line - Sam James Coffee Bar. As soon as I got there I realized that it was both a cash only shop & a coffee cart style shop. Unfortunately, no seating available - nor did I have any cash at hand. The gentleman working was kind enough and we got to talking as he handed me a cup of water. All I was craving was a place to sit and drink a warm liquid as I cracked open my poetry books. P.S. the black book in the shots below will be revealed in time. I already know how amazing it will be from the brief skim I did.
As I sat in my car - I felt that the universe wasn't really on my side today. I was ready to go home when I realized...my favourite coffee shop, Versus, was a mere 1 minute walk away. I got my books, had my order ready in my mind and walked on over. As soon as I got there I saw one table available and set up shop I ordered a vanilla latte (1 shot less of espresso) & the Avocado Toast. It felt too good to finally be able do what I wanted to do this morning.
I had a wave of serenity sitting at Versus reading: "I Love My Love". Have you ever had the feeling of "this is exactly where I am suppose to be". I was over filled with contentment and became at peace reading these beautiful words.
As per usual, I have taken pictures of my favourite pieces from all three books. Each book I receive, I feel like I couldn't love another piece or work or book as much as the one in hand. My favourite book out of the bunch has to be I Love My love. Women of the world - please read this. It has perfectly explained my heart-aches and necessity for self love and care. Biddy's words are a mix of R.H. Sin & Alexandra Elle all wrapped into one. Both of whom, are my favourite authors. I also really enjoyed Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately. This poetry book is an inventive spin on words and feelings. Each piece has a current music track that the author was listening to while writting. Below each entry you will see "currently" and a corresponding track. Midway through, the book turns into remixes which block out words from poems to create new short meanings. Salt is just the perfect book for those short prose that truly hit home. I feel as though this read needs a lot of attention and re-reading it to truly value its impact. Although brief, the words affect you on a deep level. She writes a lot on colonialism, if you are not prepared to analyze society in depth, think again before purchasing.
Enjoy perusing, perhaps these words will bring you guidance.
Please take care of yourselves, you owe it to yourself to spend some quality time with you. I love you all. Happy month of March!