For someone who creates zines and runs We Make Zines, you would think I would be right on top of all things zines. But, the truth is, I still have zines from last August's zine symposium I haven't read (probably some from the year before, too). It's not that I don't want to read them, I just want to be in the right mood and I have lots of reading competition taking up space near my bed.
So, with that in mind I can tell you truthfully that I have meant to do this blog post for many months. I first read this zine at the Portland Zine Symposium last August. I read it sitting at my table and felt so inspired by it, it totally set my mood for that day.
Be Happy is a zine by then 19 year old Jayna. It's a simple mostly hand written zine about loving yourself as-is and self-compassion. The simpleness of it is what affected me so much. There are lots of blogs, books and zines out there about this subject. Some of them are very deeply researched, academic and layered. That's great, I love that Fat Studies is out there. But, I say this because Be Happy is the opposite of that and it cuts to the core of self-compassion and accepting oneself. There is a time when you need deeper studies into fat oppression and self-love and a time when you just need it spelled out to you by a smart teenager. Jayna's zine is kind of like getting a pep talk note from your best friend passed between classes. And really weren't those the best!
Excerpts from Be Happy #1
Your body is yours to love and take care of. Love it as much (or more) as your favorite music, person or movie.
Everyone has their rights to self-worth. Degrading others to feel better about yourself is pointless because it starts to turn your 2 most valuable organs bad. Your heart for feeling the need to put down someone and your brain for processing and relaying the message.
Months later I got the zine Your Biggest Critic. This could be Be Happy #2. This zine has lots of great points about self-compassion, too.
I recommend these zines for anyone struggling with these issues. It's just a good quick read that I could probably use every day - like affirmations. I especially think these zines would be great for a young person dealing with these issues. Having Jayna be closer to their age would inspire them even more and maybe encourage them to make their own zine. Just making a zine like this is great for the zine maker's self-esteem.
I wish I could visit this restaurant. It was in Phoenix, Arizona and is no longer. Such a pretty Scandinavian inspired palette. The Hex numbers for this are, in order of left to right: 5ac0b0, f8574a, f8d36e, f8f8f8
Today was very spring like. The sun was out and I went to check out what's been popping up in the garden. My hydrangea bush still had some old dried flowers on it from late last summer, but among them many new buds.
Here is the contrast of dried up winter next to baby fresh spring. No judgement here. I like them both!
I pruned all the old dried flowers off the bush and now it's ready to grow into a big beautiful pile of hydrangeas. I love them. This bush started as a potted plant from Trader Joes.
The neighbor's dog, Clover, came by for a visit. She is super sweet and so well behaved.
Some other stirrings.
And some cheery narcissus that are intent on keeping their heads down and facing away from the door. I snuck up on them.
I guess spring is coming. I do like it, I just feel like winter never got a real good showing. I am looking forward to flowers and California strawberries and sitting in the sun.