Catching Up: 5 Things That Cheered Me Up This Month (March/April)

Ayonna Lee Holding "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball" Signed by Gillian Anderson

The Month Of March/April – When thinking of the past month of my life I can’t really resite my emotional state. I’m not sure how I felt emotionally during March but as I’m sitting down to write this post there are a few happy + positive things that are popping up so here are the 5 things that cheered me up this month. I’m writing this at the beginning of April but most of these things took place in March.

1.) A Hardcopy of Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” Signed by Gillian Anderson

Ayonna Lee Holding "The Sweetest Swing in Baseball" Signed by Gillian Anderson

 

"Sweetest Swing in Baseball" signed by Gillian Anderson, Photo Taken by Ayonna Lee

I have to admit, the #1 thing that steered me in the direction of purchasing this book/play was my current interest in Gillian Anderson’s journey as an actress/activist. In 2004 Gillian was the lead in the Royal Court Theatre production of Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”. That year, I was 8 years old and at 8 years old I had no idea who Gillian Anderson was.

So of course, because of my constant fear of missing out, I had to get a copy of “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”. I was highly interested in reading this, not just because I love Gillian Anderson but also because the synopsis is very good. A few weeks ago, I ordered a used copy from an Amazon seller located in the UK. When it arrived I opened it very carefully, there was a folded page in the back and I could kind of see the blue marker seeping through.

My heart was beating super fast as I unfolded the page to find Gillian Anderson’s signature. I was not expecting the book to be signed and the discovery of Gillian’s signature was a wonderful surprise. I love surprises! She didn’t sign it for me personally but somehow this particular book crossed an entire ocean to find it’s way to me and I feel profoundly privileged to have it. I’m an aspiring Actress/Activist and Gillian Anderson is truly inspiring. This book feels like a special gift, it’s arrival has given me just the right amount of positivity needed to nudge me in the right direction. I can’t wait to read “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball”

2.) Time with Family

boys playing on the beach -photographed by Ayonna Lee

This month my older sister and nephews came home for a visit! There were so many moments of laughter and joy. It had been 6 years since we saw each other in person and I missed them more than I knew.

Read: 10 Things I’m Grateful for Today 

3.) New Music

March/April Music Playlist Curated by Ayonna Lee

I love listening to music and this month good music has just been finding it’s way into my life. My March/April playlist is full of all the new music I’ve recently discovered. I’m in love with these tunes! Listen to my March/April Playlist Here.

Read: 15 Songs I’m Loving Right Now

4.) We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere

We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel, photographed by Ayonna Lee

I’ve only read 1/3 of We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere and already, this book has had a huge impact on my life. ‘We’, written by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel is a manifesto for change that asks women to “imagine a sisterhood- across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another.”. It’s one of the most empowering and inspiring books I’ve read and I love, love, love it!

5.) Rice Water

I’ve been spraying rice water on my head once a week for the past 3 weeks. I know, it sounds pretty weird but I’ve actually really enjoyed it. Trust me, when my sister first approached me with the idea of putting rice in airtight containers and leaving it to ferment for 24-48 hours just so we can pour the leftover water on our heads, I was not sold but then she showed me some before and after photos and I was ok with trying it. Rice water treatments are meant to make hair stronger and shiner. This treatment has been around for a very long time and It’s been a nice opportunity for my sister and I to spend time together each week.

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