This year has been an odd one. Know I'm far from alone in feeling that, and the next month and a half are likely to continue to bring about more oddness for me and for all, but I nonetheless am wondering if this strange circle round the sun has been the strangest yet.
This month (or rather really a whole lot of the time) I have been reflecting on my life, my current situation, my needs, my desires, my place in Oakland, how to keep growing, how to maintain relationships AND boundaries, how to set better boundaries, how to get paid what I need.... the list is endless, but allllsooo, this fall is the three year anniversary of stepping into the scary and rewarding full-time freelance hustle.
I am constantly concerned about time, energy, compromise of values and artistic vision, and, of course, where the find the next check, and this is endlessly exhausting atop my normal (heaping) dose of fatigue. And mental fatigue. And societal/social fatigue. Thankfully this anxiety-producing and enhancing lifestyle has also afforded me tons of freedom and frequent connections with some insanely talented, wonderful, kind, generous, and funny folks.
Below are some snaps from the past 10ish months from friends, collaborators, brand photographers, and meself. This was a year of (even more, like so many, like some are not shown here many,) hair changes as well as ones of the internal variety, so please enjoy.
I'm hoping to spend the upcoming weeks continuing to chug along with the countless projects currently in the works in my apartment, to post a (lot) more on here / other interwebs platforms, write more, communicate my wants and needs more, and push push push towards this pipe dream of shared collaborative work space with my people.
(p.s. above crochet wear + heaps of other clothing, wall art, and home goods are very available for your gifting and personal needs).
Just as many others, I juggle a number of activities daily. One of them is thinking, and so I've put together some of those thoughts here.