Happiness Practice - October 5, 2018

It's time for what's making us happy this week!
First up is something I'm very excited about and very proud of: I am finally, finally allowed to call myself a CPA! This is the culmination of five years of work, more studying than I ever thought I'd do, and a lot of pain and frustration and stress and drama, and I'm so, so happy to have finally finished the process. Naturally, the first place they let me see it was on a bill with my admission fees, but seeing it in writing was something else. I cried several times that day, and I still keep coming back to it with a joyous sense of disbelief - I've had an unusual number of trials in this process, and until I got to see it in writing I was waiting for some other thing to go wrong. Now it's really real: Victoria Squire, CPA. Those three letters cost a lot of time, energy, and money, and they're something I get to carry with me for a long time. I'm thrilled that I can finally use them! It's a huge goal I have finally achieved, and I'm very happy about it right now. Now I get to embark on the job hunt, or more accurately, make a career move, and it's very big and scary and exciting. There's a lot packed in to all of this, but for today, this week, right now, I get to feel proud and satisfied and accomplished, and I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can.
And for something else, much smaller and gentler but still giving me a boost this week, there's Instagram poetry! I follow a lot of poets on Instagram, and I really like their work and find it interesting and thought-provoking. I'm finding I much prefer poetry in short, easily digestible doses like these, and that they're more meaningful and interesting to me in these formats. On some level it makes me feel like I ought to try to learn more about poetry in general and develop my tastes, so I can appreciate "harder" poetry, too, but I also think some of that is wrapped up in sort of Euro-centrism/dismissal of women's art, so it's tricky. All of these poets are women of colour, and several of them are queer as well, and I think that there's some pushback because of that, so it's hard to pick out the more legitimate criticisms from the kind of stuff that marginalized creators get all the time. These poets are all very accessible and interesting and their work speaks to me frequently, and I think that's important even if it means it isn't "serious", whatever that means. So, to list a few:
- Cleo Wade writes gorgeously and has a serendipitous knack for timing in my life such that her work feels really meaningful to me
- Nayyirah Waheed writes glorious, glorious poems and has two short books (nejma and salt.) one of which literally sparked my interest in this kind of poetry
- Rupi Kaur has beautiful little short pieces and illustrations that I love
- Yrsa Daley-Ward hasn't been posting as much poetry lately but I still love and enjoy what she does, and she has a great book (bone) I'd also recommend
I'll post links to all of these in a comment! It's just nice to read a brief, beautiful little piece and see something interesting in it, and I'm really enjoying being able to access all this lovely art.
And now, what about you? What's making you happy this week?

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