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HAPPY 2017!

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve self-prescribed a list of things that I am happily allowed to do. The list is simple: sleeping, eating, reading, and exercising. Maybe some TV here and there. 

I’ve been able to stick to the list so far (and hopefully can try to stick to once I go back to work) and have been getting to the “activities” that I’ve been putting off for a long time. 

It has been refreshing to do things just because, and to encourage my own sense of curiosity rather than reading/watching/listening because I have to/should do. 

So far, I finally finished watching The Wire, read Ta-nehisi Coates’ The Case of Reparations (and more by the author), and caught up with many podcasts (ahem basically everything with comedian Hari Kondabolu). I listened/danced to Bruno Mars’ new album 24k & Frank Ocean’s Blond, and also finally finished a book! The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was a painfully beautiful read and I couldn’t put it down. Please add it to your list. 

By the way, did you know that if you shop on https://smile.amazon.com, your purchase will benefit a nonprofit of your choice? Given how much I’ve come to use Amazon, re-discovering this tidbit has made me want to shout it from the rooftop. If you don’t have a go-to nonprofit, yet, may I suggest Chinese for Affirmative Action, under the network of Asian Americans for Civil Rights & Equality? It’s a social justice organization that I serve on the board of and does some really important work to represent the most vulnerable in our communities. 

Speaking of which, throughout December I made a goal to give to one organization every day for 31 days. Since Lynn and I spoke about the election a few weeks ago, I have arrived at the conclusion that more than ever, those of us who say that we care about equal rights have to put our money where our mouth is. To build resistance and proactively fight against institutional racism & sexism require resources such as money. Check out my giving thread on Twitter if you want some ideas of where to start, and please share organizations that do important work with us too. 

About to crack open my next book… How have you taken care of yourself in the last few weeks? 

- Lisa

Lisa Lee