New Desk, a Social Media Break, and a Month of Loving on Myself

Hello February and Happy Black History Month!

I posted on Instagram a few days ago, reminding myself that painted desks aren’t paint-proof. You see, I recently upgraded from a small glass desk (it was an office entryway table in a former life, and by “former life” I mean “at my old property management job”) to a big girl desk that I painted white.

I’ve been eyeing big white desks for some time as I gather my thoughts and ideas for my new home office (our move keeps getting pushed back, so we still have a couple months to go, but I have decided on a navy, blush, white, and rose gold color scheme), so when I came upon a big wooden desk on Nextdoor for $75, I had to snatch it up.

I spent a week and a half sanding, priming, painting, and sealing this desk. There are so many voices on the internet telling us chalk paint doesn’t need all of that, but this desk isn’t just a decorative piece. I use my desk for work, writing, journaling, eating, crafting, painting, and all other manner of things, so I want it to be durable and last several years (maybe decades). As I was painting a small vase (it came as a gift but the birds painted on it didn’t fit my preferences so I painted it blush), I reminded myself that it is imperative I get a clear topper for my desk if I don’t want to ruin it. I could clean paint off my old glass desk with a couple drops of rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, but that wouldn’t fly for this new desk.

Now, I’m on the search for an inexpensive sheet of clear acrylic to cover the desktop (glass would be too heavy and out of my budget). That way, I can have the clean white look I’m going for while also having an easy to clean top that won’t get ruined by a little paint. Bonus, I’d be able to use the top as a dry erase board! I found a shop on Etsy with decently priced pieces, but shipping for a 5-foot sheet of acrylic would be almost $60. It would also be a headache for the shipper and the mail service, so I’m going to see if I can source something locally that I can just pick up and save us all a bit of frustration. I’ll update you on IG once I figure that out.

If you don’t follow our Instagram page… I don’t blame you. I’m not particularly active over there. After all these years, I still haven’t figured out how to be consistent on Instagram (outside of doom scrolling when I’m stressed, that is). And, because I’ve been doom scrolling a lot recently, I’ve decided to take an early social media break this year. I usually take one around my birthday so I can spend more time reflecting on the past year and the year ahead, but I feel a deep sense of needing to reconnect with myself right now, so I’m taking all of Black History Month to disconnect from socials and reconnect with myself (and God) by reading, writing, and spending more time outside.

I will still be posting weekly here, though, so don’t go anywhere. I’m just taking a break from the noise and showing myself some love. I have monthly, weekly, and daily goals for February. My daily goals include starting a meditation practice and not rushing through my morning devotional time. Weekly, I want to spend at least one morning at the park, even if only for half an hour. For the month, it’s reading two books and drafting as much of my next collection of essays as possible. I have several pieces saved on my laptop that need a lot of work, as well as notes in my phone for pieces I need to draft. I need to rebuild my writing habit, and I also want to check out the local author resources at the county library near me.

Of course, I’ll let you know how my February goes, and I might have some new things to share when the month is over. In the meantime, let me know how you are making sure to keep in tune with yourself. Also, what are you currently reading? I need more titles to add to my mile-long list of books to read.

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