Five of my favorite things this season!

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A Lowcountry Bride: Did you know that I wanted to be a wedding planner at one point? I even took a correspondence course (which is like the 2012 paper version of a Zoom class) on event planning. I’ve always enjoyed the world of weddings even when I was convinced I was going to be single forever. Preslaysa Williams’ “A Lowcountry Bride” is a sweet story of a bridal gown designer and a bridal shop owner finding love against all odds, all told with an Afro-Filipina twist. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy, but you can preorder “A Lowcountry Bride” now before it releases on June 1, 2021.  

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Bawdy Bookworms: I never had “The Talk” with my parents, and the sex ed classes in school were super mechanical and focused on preventing pregnancy and STIs. The first place I learned about romance and relationships was in books, even though I shied away from pure romance novels for a long time because, despite being married and having birthed a baby, vaginas are still a little confusing to me. Bawdy Bookworms is a fun subscription box that pairs diverse romance stories with sex toys. These would be a great gift for a partner, memorable favors at a bachelorette party, or a nice treat for yourself. Founder Thien-Kim Lam also posts informational reviews and resources on the Bawdy Bookworms blog and will be hosting a workshop for Mochi.

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AARISE: Asian American Racialized Identity and Social Empowerment: There was never a point in my life where I didn’t know I was Asian American, but I didn’t really know what that meant for the first 30 years of my life. AARISE is a three-month group program that blends history and social justice education with coaching, emotional processing and physical healing from the traumatic effects of racism and immigration. The spring cohort is already underway, but you can follow AARISE on Instagram for updates on future cohorts. 

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 7-Day Breakup Bootcamp: I got very little relationship education growing up, and a lot of what I learned was honestly worse than nothing. I flailed through a series of breakups in my 20s, convinced every time that constantly refreshing my ex on social media was going to change the situation. I would have loved a resource like heart hacker Amy Chan’s 7-Day Breakup Bootcamp to help me process my emotions and prepare to move forward. If you’re facing the end of a relationship, check out Chan’s course, book and other resources on her website.

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