So I totally had a 5 Things post this week … you probably didn’t see it because I didn’t do my due diligence and share it on social. It’s ok. I really wasn’t into what I wrote. It was kind of blah so I took it down. Instead, I’ve decided to write that backlog that I’ve been promising. I just feel like there’s so much to catch up on. Two years is a long time.
I could do bullet points to make things easier. Or I can talk in a more broader scope - hitting the highlights. What’s the best route right now?
I guess we’ll try bullet points:
- I’ve been in LA for 5 years now and that is KNOTS (<—- that’s how my dad says “nuts!”)
- I still live with my two same roommates (TRES DUDES FOR LIFE)
- they both go to different churches now so things are different (schedules, friends groups, etc) but at least we still have Rockwell shows
- which btw I’ve seen like a billion of them (UMPO Mean Girls, Clueless, Home Alone, Scream, Cruel Intentions, Hocus Pocus, Devil Wears Prada … Zombie Breakfast Club is this weekend!)
- if you’re ever in LA, we’re so going
- I still do photography full time but I’ve narrowed my focus - mostly fashion brands and magazines
- I’ve been working exclusively with 4 modeling agencies for test shoots - this ups my game like 1000%
- I worked as the interim art director at Nous Model Management last year and LOVED it - some of the best people I know!
- I’ve come to find that I really like coaching the newbies when it comes to tests; a lot of them are new to the game are need to learn how to move in front of the camera and not look totally rigid
- I’ve also had the chance to do some photography coaching as well - the opportunity presented itself and I really enjoyed helping them out (just like how others helped me)!
- Coaching in both arenas made me realize that I actually know my stuff. And that helped boost my confidence bit. Which is super helpful since I need that for the next steps for my biz (showing my book around and landing clients)
- Also it’s been really cool seeing my models in random music videos (like Tommy HERE and Ellie HERE) and seeing them in Nordstrom ad campaigns or in Cosmo
- I’ve also been working with LA HOME Magazine and Open The Kimono for almost two years - they are both killin’ it
- I still nanny like a boss but only every once in a while which is good - it doesn’t take over my life but I still get the chance to hang out with some of my favorite kiddos
- did some traveling - Maui with the sis awhile back, home to Seattle for Thanksgiving, PDX with the roommate, Palm Springs with some friendos, and NYC with the sis for Christmas. All amazing trips.
- I’d like to do more traveling but haven’t really had a chance - I no longer have a flight pass so I can’t just go off on adventures like I used to anymore and that makes me sad
- I’ve just been working a lot - shooting and testing and designing and editing and building websites and writing up contracts and setting up Mailchimp and nannying and dogsitting and the list goes on … so busy!
- work has been awesome (which is such a blessing since I hustled for so long) but the friend department has been blah
- it’s just a tough season and the people that I was so used to leaning on aren’t really there anymore - which is fine (it just sucks)
- but I’m trying to keep my chin up and press forward
- other than that I’ve been mainly concentrating on doing good work, enjoying life, learning to cook/eat at home, reading more, (trying to) run more, and demolishing debt. The debt part is the biggest one - I just really want to get rid of all my student loans. Ugh.
- But yeah. I’ve just simplified everything down to work, church, roommates, and the occasional nannying/dogsitting. And I’m ok with that.
I wish I had more exciting things to tell you, especially after having been gone for awhile. But the time away was kind of nice because it gave me a chance to look inward and be present with those around me. I guess you can call that self-preservation. But I think I’m ready to face the world again.
Please be gentle with me.