Book Club Info + Life Update

Hello Friends and Happy December!

Our next (and last) book club is coming up soon! Dr. Christia Spears-Brown asked to nudge the event from Wednesday, December 29th to Tuesday, December 28th, so there's a slight change for you to update in your schedule. The time will stay the same and the Zoom link is included below. I'm not charging anyone for this month, so you're welcome to share the link, but my Zoom license only accommodates 100 attendees, so make sure to log on as close to the start time as possible. 

Unraveling Bias by Dr. Christia Spears Brown is one of the most informative and action-inspiring books I have read about how to foster anti-bias environments for young people. I truly believe that every parent, educator, and policy maker should read it and incorporate its advice. I'm honored to be able to host a conversation with Dr. Spears Brown so we can dive deeper with her on the topic. 

Here's the details for the event:

Tuesday, December 28 (US, Canada, UK and Europe)
3:00 p.m. Pacific Time
4:00 p.m. Mountain Time
5:00 p.m. Central Time
6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
11:00 p.m. British Time

Wednesday, December 29 (Australasia)
10:00 a.m. Australian Eastern Time

CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE HERE

Get this Zoom Link in your calendar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82500840080?pwd=ZVdLNEVNM083d2dFV252bkx3OGx4Zz09

Meeting ID: 825 0084 0080

Passcode: 934245 <-- You'll need this

One tap mobile
+12532158782,,82500840080#,,,,*934245# US (Tacoma)
+13462487799,,82500840080#,,,,*934245# US (Houston)


And now for a little life update...

Brent, Zoomer, and I moved to Portland, Oregon on December 1st and it's been a whirlwind. We spent our first two days here looking at houses to rent, and fortunately found one that is a great fit for us and we'll be moving in on New Year's Day. (We're staying in an Airbnb until then).

I started my new job as the Public Affairs Specialist with the Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office on December 6th and it has been wonderful and INTENSE. The learning curve is steep in any new job, and I've been working long, but fulfilling hours. I have little time and energy for anything beyond parenting and rest when I'm not working. I'm looking forward to getting into a groove with work and finding balance. 

We started fresh here. We arrived with 5 suitcases between the three of us, so there's been lots of things to buy, from new toys for Zoomer to a car for Brent and I to share. The decision fatigue and life admin overload is real and draining, and I'm looking forward to the future when we are settled and have the things we need! Don't get me wrong, I love shopping and decorating, but starting from scratch and needing everything from spatulas to shower curtains is a bit much! Slowly but surely, we'll get what we need.

It's been great to explore our new city and Brent and I are relieved that 19 days into our move, we think we made the right decision in uprooting ourselves (again), plopping ourselves in a city we've never lived in and trying to make it home. Zoomer already has a favorite place: Glowing Greens, a pirate-themed, glow-in-the-dark, indoor mini golf place. If you ever visit us in Portland, we'll be sure to take you there!

We enrolled Zoomer in a daycare for the month of December while we figured out where we were going to live and what elementary school Zoomer would attend. Zoomer absolutely hated the required 2-hour nap time (which is fair!) and he is very much looking forward to getting back into kindergarten and feeling like a big kid. He's been so resilient and helpful with all these changes we are going through. I'm looking forward to giving him some structure though. I want him to settle in and make friends and be able to have a minimal-changes couple of years. I think he deserves that after the wild life he's had so far. Also, check out how Portland Public Schools has a non-binary option on their new student enrollment form:

As you can probably tell from this post, I am pretty tapped out. I am desperate for a break after the last two years and I have made the decision to put Patreon on pause. The pandemic, the release of Raising Them, a move to Australia, a 3 month lockdown, a move back to the states, moving to Oregon and starting a new job... I'm a bit burnt out and need some time to recharge. 

I will continue pausing the Patreon billing cycle indefinitely, so you won't be charged $5 each month. I'll keep the account active so you can read the posts and watch the videos until I figure out if I want to start posting again or if I want to create some kind of archive that you can access if I decide to close my account. The Facebook group and Discord server will stay up for people to communicate and share things. And you are ALWAYS welcome to email me at [email protected]

I haven't really put my own well-being first over the past 6+ years. My attention went to Zoomer, the Gender Creative Parenting movement, my dissertation, my work, my students, my book, always before my own mental health and physical needs. For as long as I can remember, I've been juggling multiple things at once, addicted to ambition, and operating at a pace that was exhausting but seemed inescapable. I feel like I have an opportunity to slow down here in Portland and I want to take it. I need to take it. So, this isn't goodbye... it's see you later, after I get some rest.

Thank you for joining my Patreon community and supporting me and each other. If you ever come to Portland, please holler! I'd love to buy you a drink, get to know you better, and give you a big hug. 

I'm sending you loving vibes and wishing you a Happy New Year. May 2022 bring you healing, adventures, and joy! 

I love you.

Kyl





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