#315; 2013 & Me

Christmas is days away, and then a new year comes to town with all of its promise and excitement. This time of year is always nice (despite my Grinchy tendencies) with families coming together, long distance friends reaching out, and so many of us taking the time to express our gratitude and count our blessings.

The holiday season is a nice reminder that during a rough year I do have things to be grateful about and I do have many blessings. And so begins my 2013 review. Continue reading

#312; Comin’ down the world turned over.

07Autumn in Boston has come to a rapid end (though today’s 65+ degree weather was a strange and surprising delight!). The leaves have changed and (thanks to the cold snap last week) fallen and it’s that time of the year that we start reflecting.

Any of this sound familiar? “OMG HOW IS IT ALREADY NOVEMBER?” “NO WAIT WHERE DID NOVEMBER GO I’M 30,000 WORDS BEHIND ON MY NANOWRIMO!” “OH DEAR, IT’S THANKSGIVING & I HAVEN’T DONE ANY OF MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING” and so on and so forth.

Halloween comes and goes in a whirl of weirdly wonderful photos on your facebook wall. I had friends this year dressed as everything from Carlos Danger to the devil herself. I spent the evening watching The Voice reruns and eating sinfully decadent gobs of candy; not a bad holiday night if I say so myself.

Of course, here in Boston Halloween came in with a bit of a dulled bang – we had just won the World Series and our city elections were only five days away. Our city already had a lot on its mind, I guess you could say. As have I.

I spent this Fall in and out of the city I call home, physically and mentally. I traveled to California (Sacramento & Tahoe City) to join the California Young Democrats for their Biannual Convention, I hit San Antonio & Austin for the first time ever for the Young Democrats of America, and spent a lot of weekends in Central & Western Mass on behalf of awesome statewide 2014 candidates. I used up a lot of my nights marathon’ing Supernatural with The Boyfriend & doorknocking all over Southie for the inspiring Suzanne Lee. I got to know my own neighborhood again, and made it a mission to get to know more of this incredible city everyday.

I left my job at The Theater Offensive and am in the middle of restarting my 24-hour political life. I forgot to make plans for Thanksgiving and go re-elected Chair of the Greater Boston Young Democrats. We welcomed in a new Board for the Young Democrats of Mass (yours truly was elected Vice Chair) and planned to kick off a brand new Women’s Caucus after the voters of Massachusetts chose to send Katherine Clark to the ballot to replace Ed Markey. My beloved State Rep was elected as Mayor to replace the institution that is Tom Menino.

This Fall has been remarkable for both it’s big moments, and it’s small ones. Seeing my brother get married. Being invited to speak at Boston University. Spending an evening with Boston journalists and new friends dissecting local politics. As I job hunt and get back to my roots (making myself write everyday, refreshing my coding memory, designing for the sake of creating), I realize more and more how grateful I am for all that’s gone on in 2013. It’s been a rough one at times (one is never happy to be jobless; Suzanne unfortunately lost her bid for City Council), but this is the month for gratitude, isn’t it?

I feel like I’d rather focus on that – the gratitude – than panic over all I haven’t done yet and all I never will.

With that, I send you into the holiday season with a full heart and a welcome back!

#307; summertime in the city

As we approach my favorite holiday of the year (Fourth of July, of course), I took a moment today to catch up on “real life” work and realized suddenly that this summer has been much busier than most. It helps that in Massachusetts the campaign cycle seems to never end, but I’ve been happy to be social, sunny, and simple throughout the month of June.

Starting off the month, I was excited to be welcomed onto the Mike Lake campaign for Lt. Governor (which, along with Governor, is voted in November of 2014). I first joined as the 2013 Convention Coordinator, helping to organize their presence in Lowell on July 13th. When the campaign Volunteer Director moved on, I moved into that role and have been speaking with incredible volunteers and Party activists from across the state since. I’m looking forward to getting together with Democrats in Lowell in two weeks and representing the campaign as we move forward.

Of course, much closer on the calender are the city elections going on here in Boston. We’ve got 60+ candidates for City Council and/or Mayor and the kick-offs started in earnest a few months ago but the summer months bring out the all the picnics, voter registration drives, and carnivals you can stand! I’ve checked out quite a few of the Mayoral candidates and am so proud of my chosen candidate Felix Arroyo as he stands up for public education and other incredible progressive issues and organizes a grassroots and intersectional campaign. I’ve also been helping out with Suzanne Lee’s campaign for District 2 City Councilor, as I did when I first moved to Boston a little over two years ago. I’ve found myself more in tune with my personal and professional ideals, and acting on them. It’s been a freeing, strengthening process.

Of course, we already have much to celebrate this summer! Our new Senator Ed Markey joining Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Wendy Davis (literally!) standing up for what’s right, standing up for women. DOMA has been declared unconstitutional and same-sex couples in 13 states and DC now receive all Federal benefits and international couples will no longer be torn apart by deportation.

Next up? We have the Mass Dems’ state convention, YDM’s annual convention, my brother is getting married, the GBYD will have elections in September, and the Young Democrats of America are meeting in San Antonio in August. Outside of politics? I’m taking part in July’s Camp Nanowrimo and watching a lot of True Blood with my boyfriend in our too-hot Dorchester apartment. My mom is in town for the Fourth and we’ll be baking in the sun together on Carson Beach all day on the holiday. All my worries about my mojo and my energy seem to be seeping away in the sunlight, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

How’s your summer looking?