Hello! It’s a new year and with the hanging of fresh calendars comes a new season, new goals, and the setting of new works in the studio.
2014 was a very polarized one for me. The highs were like dreams, but the lows…unimaginable nightmares. Great love was lost, accidents erupted, lives were compromised, and relationships evolved. I have been thinking a lot lately about resolutions, do you make them? I usually write up a list of relatively unimportant steps to “self betterment”, but while composing an email on that very subject late Monday night, the only resolution I’ll be making this year sort of just….wrote itself…
“By the time December 31st rolls around, I find myself reflecting on the previous year’s self-promises (most of which are unfulfilled, I might add…how typical), and feel obligated to think up a new way to phrase “drink more water” and “pay it forward” in an attempt to trick myself into believing this new year will be, well, new. This year’s reflection was different, though. And not because I actually did start drinking more water in 2014 (woohoo!), but because in light of the harshness of life’s fragility making itself impossible to ignore this year, my resolution seemed so obvious to me. In 2015 I want to really live. I want to go slowly, do one thing at a time, and actually observe the world around me. I want to notice if the neighbors down the street painted their fence or a new bit of graffiti has popped up on the building next to the ballet studio. I want to write to my grandmother more often, strike up a conversation with the stranger putting an alarming amount of sugar in his coffee, and go to sleep each day with at least one new realization, experience, or random conundrum to investigate. I guess what I mean is I would like to allow my mind to wander away from the meaningless worries of my own overly analytical brain and into the lightness that is taking each day one at a time.”
Some of my favorite moments from 2014…
shooting this Time vs. Money music video for The Bynars
this photoshoot with Andrew Marnier
performing Sugarplum for the first time and booking my first guesting
moving into my first apartment of my own– more updates to follow!
this walk around Swan Point Cemetery
shooting this mock gatorade commercial
being introduced to gwenythbrand
the summer of extreme personal growth
What you’re describing sounds like mindfulness :)
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