I am feeling self conscious about how many selfies I am posting at once on the Internet but also 1) these are good selfies 2) lately I have been feeling great about myself body image wise 3) never apologize for selfies and 4) SIX SELFIES MEME. Thank you Tumblr for enabling every bad habit I have ever even thought of having. 

Syar’s 2013 End of Year Review: Recommendations

In case any of you are looking for things to read/listen to/check out:

25. What’s your new favourite thing this year?

  • Katy and Katie: Just The Tips, my fave new webseries
  • The Toast, home of the inimitable Mallory Ortberg & Nicole Cliffe
  • Sleeping in a queen bed after a lifetime of sleeping in a single
  • Showing up late to things sometimes

26. What were the best books you read? 

  • Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  • Dispatch From the Future by Leigh Stein
  • Inferno (a Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles
  • Blue Nights & The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

27. What was on frequent rotation on your iTunes this year? 

So let’s get this out of the way, my top 5 favourite songs off BEYONCÉ in rough order are: XO, ***Flawless, Pretty Hurts, Blow, and Partition.

Full review here.

Syar’s End of Year Review: 2013

This is my third year doing these! The original questions are from Stephanie. I changed up a few, and left some blank just to make this shorter (if anyone does this review, I’d love to see your answers!). For recs, I talk about books in Q26 and music in Q27. You can see my answers for 2011 and 2012.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 

  • Read a long poem in front of an audience
  • Planned and threw a baby shower with my best ladies!
  • Met Stephanie (of this very review!) for the first time
  • Met my salty-brown-girl-sassy-broad-third-culture-kid-soulsister Dhany for the first time!
  • Holidayed in Corsica
  • Made a video for ISSUE that got exhibited at a tiny London gallery
  • Got high on laughing gas
  • Sad things connected to question 4
  • Visited my stepmum’s village outside Jakarta
  • Held my lovely friend Mawar’s five-day-old daughter
  • Met my friend Lucy’s beautiful boy Gus
  • Saw Bastille live for all of 20 minutes at Vic Market!
  • Attended an amazing activism/empowerment workshop for young women
  • Worked my first freelance gig writing about business aviation
  • Collaborated on one of my favourite creative pieces of the year with my ladies Dhi and Syaz
  • Saw The Killers, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan and Sara, and Metric live in concert
  • Participated in a friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid!
  • Taught creative writing and arts & crafts to kids!

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Y’all, I haven’t done a meme in donkey’s years. I was tagged by Nadine for this one, and she went and came up with a dozen questions for me (and 11 other people) to answer so I thought why not. I’m not gonna tag anyone, but there are 12 questions of my own under the cut if you feel like doing this. Make your own rules! I bet your answers are amazing and I wanna read ‘em if you wanna share ‘em, you’re beautiful, boo! :-*

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