For Pleasure Pie, 2021’s theme was getting back to a place of being capable of doing what we strive to do. The Venn diagram of Pleasure Pie and me as a person (Nicole) is two largely — but not completely (shout out to all the not-me people that make Pleasure Pie happen!) — overlapping circles. Because of this, the times when my mental health is in the gutter are usually times when Pleasure Pie is functioning at a low capacity.
2020 was a very rough mental health year for me (as anyone who read my Healing From a Bad Breakup zine knows). So, naturally, 2021 didn’t start off on the easiest of notes.
I’ve spent this year effortfully dragging myself up from the bottom of my mental health well (or whatever metaphor you prefer) and getting to an increasingly stable place where I am able to function at a capacity that I feel pretty good about. In the context of Pleasure Pie, that has meant making my first zine in several years (not counting a few tiny zines). (Publishing the Period Sex zine and getting to share it with the world after years of not making zines felt so fucking good.) It has also meant taking on new projects (even sometimes planning things in advance and taking many steps to make my vision come to fruition! See: next list item), investing in my productivity and success by implementing recurring organizing meetings with Pleasure Pie’s intern Katy Harrison (they/them) where we discuss my tasks and how to best achieve them, getting more people who are passionate about sexual justice involved in Pleasure Pie (speaking of which, we’re looking for an intern starting in mid January!), and much more.
I still have off days, and I still fall short of my daily goals most days. But I am also celebrating that we have accomplished a lot this year, and that has happened with the help of Pleasure Pie contributors (shoutout to Katy and Aren especially!), volunteers (I cannot thank all the volunteers who packed the print issues of Boston’s Sex-Positive Newsletter enough — that would have been an incredibly daunting task without so many helping hands. See: next list item), community organizations we’ve partnered with (shoutout to Boston Compass for distributing 3,400 copies of our first-ever print issue of the newsletter and SHIP for supporting the launch of the Period Sex zine!), backers on Patreon, folks who have bought our zines and art and things, and everyone who has expressed support in any way. Thanks for that.