What’s Up Zo? #6: Just Breathe

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Let’s just take a moment to just…breathe.


Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing bad has happened, per se, but you just suddenly get overwhelmed with not so great feelings about yourself and your current situations? And you’re like…”What the heck is wrong with me? Why do I feel this way?”

Yeah, that was me this week.

This week was long. There were multiple points throughout the week where I was kind of mentally paralyzed by thoughts of self-doubt and inadequacy. The point where I transition from my current job to grad school life is coming close. More forms for grad school need to be filled out and soon I’ll be looking at apartments with my new roommate. Add those stressors with being in a few very emotional environments back to back and lack of sleep and you get…moments where you just need to breathe.

I doubt this will be the last instance of feeling swallowed by unsupported fears but I’m really thankful for the people in my life who get that and supported me in different ways whether they realized it or not.

So, words of advice to myself from one of my favorite movies, Ever After and from one of my favorite books of the Bible:


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6



(Though for me the past week has just been a matter of needing more sleep and needing to stop overanalyzing everything, as someone who is going into a career in Counseling Psychology, I do realize that depression is a very serious thing. I’m a strong supporter of seeking professional help along with changing a few things in your daily life that can help alleviate some symptoms of depression like being outdoors in the sun or exercising. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, I highly recommend taking into consideration seeing a professional in mental health and also checking out some of the links here.)


“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

wp-image-70814846jpg.jpg“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

“No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished – Heartstrikers #3” by Rachel Aaron


“When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there’s more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda’s closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin’s war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.”


somanywhiteguys_1400x1400_final_nownycI first found out about comedian Phoebe Robinson through her other podcast, “Two Dope Queens” with her fellow comedian Jessica Williams, which is currently on hiatus. However, despite her other podcast being on hiatus, Phoebe Robinson holds up on her own podcast “Sooo Many White Guys“.

Right off the bat, the purpose of this podcast is to highlight non-white male (not sure if that’s only cis-gendered white males or not) performers, musicians, authors, and artists who are totally awesome but you may not have heard of them as often as some of their white male counterparts. So far, there’s currently four episodes, my favorite being episode #3 with trans advocate, author and TV host Janet Mock which you can listen to here.

I just really enjoy Robinson and the thought and consideration she has when speaking with her guests as well as her ability as a comedian that makes herself and her guest relatable. Check out “Sooo Many White Guys” and if you have a chance and want some laughs, also check out her other podcast with Jessica Williams, “Two Dope Queens” as well.


Run Boy Run” by Woodkid


Well, that’s all for now, folks! Until next time!

This is my own version of the Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Don’t forget to check out the posts of others there!


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