August 2019 Gratitude

Aug 31, 2019

Gratitude is an important avenue for growth and part of self-care.
Here I share a peak into my monthly gratitude journal each month.

This month I am grateful for:

☾ Having the opportunity to know a good friend before she passed away. Rest easy, angel, and happy birthday.

☾ Supportive bosses and coworkers who have become friends and were there to help me through my breakdowns at work and outside of it, and who looks out for each others well-being and safety.

☾ Music festivals that brings people together, connecting each other through music, allowing time and a space to spend with friends, dance to some great music, "live our best life", discover new music, make new friends and make new memories.

☾ Lessons and mentality shift learned through personal growth and the wellness retreat I manifested in to help me through annual depressive episode that occurs around this time of year like clockwork. Having a healthier mindset and mentality helps me through everything better than the toxic and immature mentality I had that always held me back before.

☾ Three pay cycles this month. After the expenses I had to pay up, it was much needed to help pay my bills and necessities.

☾ Hulu for having the Sailor Moon series on their queue, as well as other of my old shows that Netflix doesn't have.

☾ More free time that leaving one of my jobs had brought, giving back what matters most in life and to me: time with family and friends, work on myself and growth some more, give back to the community, travel and see the world and learn about cultures outside of my own, get involved in civic action for marginalized communities and do my part in helping the environment.

☾ That being said, being able to slow down and live mindfully and intentionally. It doesn't need to be said that taking care of yourself and your health is important, and it's hard to do that if you're constantly busy and working too much.

☾ The way the end of summer sun shines, the beauty of this planet we call home. I'm an earth sign (Virgo sun) so yeah I'm going to be sentimental about aspects of nature.

☾ Whatever it was that helped keep me on track with my minimalism lifestyle, especially financially, despite the unexpected expenses that came up.

♥ What are you grateful
for this month? ♥

Zodiacathon 2019 Mini Readathon Challenge

Aug 28, 2019

Zodiacathon is hosting a mini readathon for 5 days from September 4-8, and I am excited to be participating this round! More info can be found on Zodiacathon's twitter account here.

The reading challenge goes as follows:

1.) Buddy read a book with someone who shares your moon sign.

2.) Read a book that fulfills your sun sign.

3.) Read a book that fulfills your moon sign.

4.) Read a book that fulfills your rising sign.

That's not all. The last challenge was to read based on your signs strengths, but this time the prompts are based on the signs weaknesses.

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If you don't know what your sun/moon/rising signs are, calculate your natal chart here.

My TBR for the Zodiacathon:

1.) Buddy read a book with someone who shares your moon sign

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Luckily one of my best friends is my Scorpio Moon twin, so wish us luck on our buddy read about rivals and dragons, marketed as Game of Thrones meets Red Rising.

2.) Virgo Sun | Read a book chosen for you by someone else

This Latinx inspired fantasy has gotten some buzz around the YA community and blogosphere, and when I asked dear trusted reader friends for recommendations for this part of the readathon, they suggested Nocturna. It has been on my tbr since the cover reveal so it is time to finally read it.

3.) Scorpio Moon | Give a book you DNF'd a second chance

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

After hearing some buzz about this one leading up to its release in 2015, I had picked up an arc at ALA Annual 2015 but unfortunately historicals are a big hit or miss with me so I had DNF'd it. 

4.) Libra Rising | Read a book with an ugly cover

This was a challenge to find, but going through my kobo library I came across this little number that fit the prompt (apologies to the cover designer!). The plus side is that the synopsis sounds interesting, so here's hoping this turns out to be a hidden gem.

♥ Are you participating in the zodiacathon readathon?
Have you read any of these books on this tbr? ♥

#TakeActionTuesday 8.27.19

Aug 27, 2019

#takeactiontuesday is a weekly action tag that started on twitter
to dedicate tuesdays to take action on issues that is important to you.
i took part on twitter and brought it onto the blog.

☾ Ways to help protect the amazon rainforest in Brazil:

  • 9 Ways to help the amazon rainforest, via: FastCompany:
  • Donate here to the Rainforest Action Network:
  • Pledge solidarity with the peoples of Brazil with Amazon Watch:
  • Read up on how indigenous peoples are fighting to save their sacred land/home in Brazil, via Dazed:

☾ Mental health resources for college students going back to school, via Mashable:

☾ If you haven't yet, register to vote: and then help register fellow people in your community to register as well.

☾ Don't just vote; organize too:

☾ Urge your MoC's to reject funding for ICE:

☾ Detaining immigrant families indefinitely before and during the application and court processes goes against the Constitutional law process of asylum seeking in the U.S. (Article 14 of UDHR and 8 U.S. Code § 1158) -- Call your MoC's to block the indefinite detainment gag rule and follow the U.S. law Code 1158 "the right way", with this call script from 5calls:

☾ If you have the time and care about people of color, join the Community Justice Reform Coalition's community of color organizing call:

☾ Help immigrants who are seeking asylum with their application and court processes:

(If we want immigrants to seek asylum here "the right way," we need to help them do that and practice what we preach by enforcing 8 U.S. Code § 1158 Asylum U.S. law "the right way" as well. Two wrongs do not make a right; it makes us hypocrites. We can be better.)

☾ Help flip Seats state by state by helping Virginia to combat gerrymandering with

☾ Defund hate week of action:

Resources, action guides + call scripts provided by:

♥ How are you taking action around
your community/country this week? ♥

#TakeActionTuesday 8.20.19

Aug 20, 2019

#takeactiontuesday is a weekly action tag that started on twitter
to dedicate tuesdays to take action on issues that is important to you.
i took part on twitter and brought it onto the blog.

☾ A wildfire is ravaging the worlds largest and important ecosystem, the Amazon rainforest, and threatening wildlife, land, water resources and people who live there. Support, donate or volunteer for the Rainforest Action Network, Rainforest Trust, or The Nature Conservancy (or Brazil-based environmental orgs).

☾ Advocate, donate or take action for cancer research and beat cancer with Stand Up To Cancer (or your preferred cancer orgs).

☾ 5 things you can do to help Kashmir, via soundvision.

☾ Ways to give back and empower kids and girls in Africa and South America succeed in school, access clean water and succeed in adulthood with the Me to We Movement:

☾ AB 392 deadly use of police force reform was signed into law in California yesterday! A step in the right direction for much needed police reform in CA -- Be sure to thank your reps who voted for it. The work is not over yet. AB 1215: Body Camera Accountability Act was shelved last year will be on the floor for another vote soon, so urge your state reps to support AB 1215:

☾ Gun violence has been rampant and we must urge lawmakers to take real action to help reduce it by expanding background checks and ban assault weapons from civilian consumption. Use this call script + senator contact finder here for background checks and here to ban assault weapons from civilians. The Indivisible Guide also has resources and call scripts to urge MoC's to pass S. 42:

☾ Help protect the Endangered Species Act from the new changes by urging your reps to reverse the new regulations, call script from

☾ (FL only) Call your state reps to protect Amendment 4 (Voting Rights) in Florida, with this call script from: and/or sign the petition:

☾ Continue to support and campaign for Amy McGrath for KY Senate:

☾ Protect working and low income families SNAP program by urging your reps to oppose the changes that would exclude 3 million people and their families from access to basic necessities:

☾ Please keep helping Native Hawaiians in their stand to protect their sacred land and the islands waterways: per my last take action post.

Resources, action guides + call scripts provided by:

♥ How are you taking action around
your community/country this week? ♥
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