Before I talk about anything else, I just want to thank everyone who read my last blog post and reached out to me about my graduate school announcement. So many of you really came through and rallied for me – internet friends, irl friends, family, strangers – all of you have been so kind and encouraging. I can’t even express how much it all means to me. Really. A month ago I was tentative about this, like maybe I’d start exploring the possibility of grad school. Now, I’m serious. I know where I’m applying and what my deadlines are. I’m studying for the GRE. It’s happening.
But with all that excitement, I’ve also been wrestling with the trauma that I experienced as an undergraduate student. 2012 was a no good, very bad year. A lot of things happened to me that I didn’t know how to deal with at the time, and I really paid for it. Since then, I’ve carried around the weight of those mistakes and let them make me believe that certain paths were closed to me forever. It’s hard to open all those old wounds again and know that there’s no going around them, only through them, if I want to move forward. I’m terrified, is what I’m trying to say. But you all have made me braver.
I’ve been treating it like a big secret, but part of becoming less afraid is talking about it more confidently, so here it is: I’m applying for master’s degree programs in Library and Information Science, which is a field that I’ve always been very interested in, although it is not directly related to the work I do now nor to my studies as an undergrad (cue more panic, feelings of inadequacy, etc.). I am really excited by all the possibilities of being back in school and pursuing a Library Sciences degree. It just feels right. I’m sure I’ll be talking more about it as the application process goes on and I (hopefully) get to make choices about where to enroll, but I wanted to share at least this little bit with you guys today.
On to some more fashion/sustainability related stuff. Below I’m sharing a few links to things that I’ve read recently that were informative and eye-opening:
- How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts from The Intercept. My good friend Kellie of The Wholehearted Wardrobe sent me this wild read last week and I can’t stop thinking about it.
- Fashionista has really been killing it lately with their sustainability reporting. Some of my recent favorites have been Is Your Greta Thunberg Shirt Contributing to Climate Change?, Fibershed Offers an Alternative Vision for the Future of the Fashion Industry, and Most Brands Don’t Know Enough About Their Carbon Footprints to Actually Shrink Them.
- Leah over at Style Wise is always writing exactly what I want to read. Her latest post about Everlane’s skin in the game of recycled textiles is super informative, and helps put into perspective a lot of the differing opinions about this new trend.
- Not fashion or sustainability related, but I recently started The Testaments (Margaret Atwood’s new sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale) as an audiobook and I cannot recommend it enough. Specifically in audiobook format. I personally really love listening to memoirs as audiobooks, and because this is written like a memoir from the perspectives of three very different women (and there are three narrators), it lends itself perfectly to the form.
Last thing, I am obligated to mention this because it is useful information and also because Everlane sent me an email requesting that I mention it: Everlane is having a free 2-day shipping promotion until 9:00pm PDT tonight, so if you have something in your cart, now would be a very good time to order it. I am personally really addicted to the bodysuits and have had this one in my cart for like two weeks.
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