The majority of the time I spent writing for the blog, I've reallocated to my playwriting for the time being (yeah, I'm in a playwriting class), and I've had an absolute blasty blast getting some content to paper. Sadly, that's also meant writing less for the web. However, I haven't fallen off the face of the planet, and there definitely will be more writing, but here's a recap of the last month.
My Audiobook was Published
That's right, the audiobook I was working on back in February just went up for sale about two weeks ago. I can officially credit myself as a narrator. It's not an amazing feat by any means, but you gotta appreciate the little stuff. The book isn't selling like hot cakes, but it is being purchased, and it's pretty nifty to think that people are gaining knowledge by listening to you read aloud. Communication... whoa! Again, celebrate the little things.
Education Motivation Reactivated
For a while, I'd really lost my spark for audio work. For those that don't know, I'm currently in graduate school for Sound Design, and losing your audio ambition understandably complicates your studies, but I've managed to get a handle on it, and re-spark some of the joy I initially had. I'll chalk that up as a win.
Took Time to Visit Family
Over Spring Break I flew over to Park City, UT to visit my brother. The visit was completely overdo considering the last time I'd seen him was over a year ago. Seeing him was just awesome though. I keep finding that the older I get, the more I really appreciate my family. They're completely indispensable, and I count myself lucky knowing that they always have my back.
While in Utah, I managed to catch the U.S. National Freestyle Ski Tournament which was completely awesome. My brother works for the team, so I was able to volunteer some time assisting with videoing the athletes making their jumps. I also met a wicked awesome bunch of Olympians, and world class athletes. I'm really stoked to check that off my list of things to do before I die, and I'll have an article up about the whole ski team experience soon. It was fantastic to see their work ethic, and group dynamic.
I Picked Up the Pieces
I haven't talked about the relationship, and breakup I went through on this blog for a lot of reasons. I don't intend to really go into right now. There's still a lot I'm processing, but I can really say that I'm happy where I am right now. My self esteem is back - for the most part - to where it should be, I've reconnected with a lot of friends that I'd neglected over the last few months, and I've been taking a lot of time for me to focus on me. That focus has also taken me away from writing, but it was necessary. I've made a lot of progress, and made some slick discoveries about what I want out of life, and what I don't want. Adversity definitely promotes growth, but man I wish I didn't have to go through it to grow. Regardless, what's done is done.
A few weeks back I saw a post from Humans of New York where a guy was asked "If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?" The man said, "Don't pick at scabs." The interviewer then asked, "What scab have you picked the most?" The man replied, "Stephanie."
I've been making a point to not pick at scabs, but it's not exclusive to a person by any means. Nope, I'm applying it to problems that lay in the past, or issues that don't really need to be picked at anymore. I'm genuinely happy with where I'm at right now, and I don't need to go picking scabs.
I have a wonderful life with beautiful people in it, and for a while there I wasn't letting myself see that.
I see it now.
Do I see myself posting with the same frequency, and tenacity as February or March? Naw, probably not, but I'm still writing, and I'm still reflecting. I honestly just want to avoid posting boring crap more than anything, so I'll post when the articles are deemed worthy of posting. There have been drafts in the last couple weeks, but nothing worth spreading.
In the meantime, break new ground. Kick ass. Just be an awesome person in general.
Life's a bitch, but it doesn't have to suck by any means. There's always another adventure.
Chin up and smile, right?