I've had a rough couple of months. Ironically I also had one of the best weekends of my life in January. A lot of personal drama has worn me down; it's hard to do anything when you feel like you can't really trust anybody (minus one or two people who can't be around 24/7). When you add stress from work and physical injury, it just leads to the creative reservoirs running dry. I'm slowly getting my motivation back, and reminding myself that there were some good times has helped.
First there was my birthday photo safari. I was super grumpy the days leading up to it, but I have some really amazing friends who braved the chilly weather to pose for pictures and take some too. In honor of their dedication, I decided to upload a series from that day instead of doing the Best of 2014. You can see all of the photo safari shots here.
I tried to get myself to write more through a daily challenge, but because the rest of my life is pretty regimented, my creative side really resists that. Even with the struggles, I'm still trying to update all my blogs and submit a Poets Respond piece whenever the inspiration strikes. As a nice surprise for the New Year, I got to interview J-pop singer Sayaka Sasaki.
Another New Year's surprise was the opportunity to perform at the last live show at the Lakewood Theater (for now). Nobody seems to know what will happen with the theatre, but Viva Dallas Burlesque is changing venues. Even though that was an amazing experiences, my frustrations extended to my burlesque endeavors too. Rejection comes with that territory though so I'm coping and moving forward.
As for the best weekend of my life, that was when I basically took a staycation to watch the Winter X Games - no going into lab, no burlesque, no cosplay, and no articles. I spent my time glued to the TV and engaging in social media, which led to the opportunity of a lifetime. I wound up being a guest on the X Games Extra show on-line, hosted by snowboarder Jack Mitrani, and asking Women's Snowboard SuperPipe gold medalist, Chloe Kim, a question. Click here to see highlights from the show, including yours truly! I'm still on Cloud 9 over the experience. :airbourne: Now I can brag about how snowboarders like my dad's office decor.
The whole thing reminded me of how much action sports has done for me even though I'm just a fan. I always feel better after watching my favorite athletes shred, and I will always fangirl when they favorite my Tweets. It's got me thinking that I need to do some reprioritizing. I'll still write about J-pop and J-rock and do burlesque, but I plan on skipping both A-kon and BHoF this year so that my dream of attending the X Games can come true. Action sports made me who I am, and it will always be a source of happiness.
Quote of the Day
"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." - Thucydides