Milk and Honey

are your own
soul mate

–from milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

One of my goals for 2018 is to read one book a month. This may come easy to a lot of people, but I had to consciously make this a priority because I have a bad habit of streaming shows at night, when I should be doing something more productive, or even sleeping! This year, I really wanted to make an effort to read more, and branch out in various genres of books.

For January, I chose Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey. I came to find out who she was through a few Instagrammers I follow, when she released her new book last year, the sun and her flowers. I’m not huge into poetry, but after reading a few of her pieces, I was curious about the rest of her work—especially being South Asian and all.

Her proses are quick and to the point. (It won’t take long to finish the whole book, but I have to admit there were times when I had to take a bit of break.) Her pieces are beautifully written, and some really get into your heart and head. Others were tough to read, and made me sad.

She explores a range of topics, and you’re bound to be connected to a few. The last chapter of the book, the healing, is the one that I felt the most connection to. Here are a few of my favorites, throughout the book.

i struggle so deeply
to understand
how someone can
pour their entire soul
blood and energy
into someone
without wanting
anything in

She writes, “– i will have to wait till i’m a mother” at the end of this. My Mom immediately came to mind, at the fourth line. I feel lucky to have one who completely embodies this—is selfless and has always done this for me, my brother, and my Dad.

do not bother holding on to
that thing that does not want you
–you cannot make it stay

it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations

Hilary Clinton, after the 2016 election, is the first person I thought of as soon as I read this. 

i like the way the stretch marks
on my thighs look human and
that we’re so soft yet
rough and jungle wild
when we need to be
i love that about us
how capable we are of feeling
how unafraid we are of breaking
and tend to our wounds with grace
just being a women
calling myself
a women
makes me utterly whole
and complete

your art
is not about how many people
like your work
your art
is about
if your heart likes your work
if your soul likes your work
it’s about how honest
you are with yourself
and you
must never
trade honesty
for relatability
–to all you young poets

If you’re looking to read a selection of poems that speak to you, and are easy to read, I would definitely get this one. I’m hoping she does a book tour stop in Houston, as I’d love to hear her read in person. I’ll grab her second book later this year, but up next is, “A Wrinkle in Time”—which I’m super excited about!

Outfit details: dress (similar – model wears it without a belt) and booties (old) – Old Navy, belt (old) – Zara, hair ribbon (leftover material) – Joann Fabric and Crafts 

Outfit talk: I have to admit, I struggled a bit with how my hair should be styled with this dress! With beach waves and the white embroider at the top, it just looked like I had too much going on. I tried it with milkmaid braids, and that made me feel like yodeling, and with just straightened hair, it looked a bit boring. Then I decided to try out just a sleek pony tail, and for fun throw on a ribbon. I really wasn’t too sure about the ribbon—I don’t think I’ve worn one in my hair since junior high (!), but I actually don’t mind it here. Cinched at the waist with a belt, it fits my figure better than when I wore it loose. It’s also long enough so that if I do belt it, it doesn’t ride up like some other dresses do. I absolutely love the white embroider on this dress, especially at the arm cuffs. I definitely see this transitioning from season to season—I can layer it, belt it, or add a professional look to it by just throwing on a white blazer.

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