I did the most photographing out of the whole year this month, racking up 6 photoshoots, mostly profile photos for my friends.
I saw Lights in concert for the fifth time, met her for the third time, and finally got a picture. She is so lovely and I can’t wait to see her again. I also started going to the gym regularly, with my friend Caitlin as my gym buddy.
The only thing of note that happened in March is that on the 30th, I celebrated five years of marriage with Kurt, which seems surreal.
Went to my first SakuraCon and totally dropped the ball on taking pictures of the Video Game Orchestra, which was the whole reason I had a ticket in the first place, and felt really bad about it. I bought a wig for my Poison Ivy costume that I already had and then resolved to grow my hair long again and officially stopped shaving the side of my head. I saw Hayley Kiyoko in concert for the first time, met up with some friends there, and it was magical. I visited San Francisco for the first time with my in-laws, which I wish I had been able to write an itinerary for, but it was still a fun time.
I attended my company, SCI’s party celebrating their acquisition of local patient-engagement software company DatStat, and that was fun. New friends, clash of workplace cultures. It was certainly a transition, but it is much better now. I went to a Muay Thai competition for the first time. My friend was competing and I figured “why not?” It was pretty cool. I toured the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont, which I’d been wanting to do forever. I hosted the first two beach days of the summer and played four kickball games for my office Underdog league team. I played right field because that’s what you play when you aren’t very good at anything.
I was the most social this month out of the entire year, at 17 social engagements! I went to a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed roller derby bout, walked in the Fremont Summer Solstice parade for the first time, and attended a benefit concert for the victims of the Puerto Rico hurricane. Reconnected with an old friend I had lost touch with, who I literally never thought I’d see again. Kurt and I celebrated the engagement of two friends from college.
I photographed a wedding for the first time. This wedding was thrown together in a week and, thankfully, I was not the only photographer because I wasn’t super happy with all of my photos, but it was still a fun time and a learning experience. I helped the aforementioned friend I reconnected with move to Seattle from Renton, the second time I have done that for someone.
Went to a costume sale at The 5th Avenue Theatre warehouse in Kent and found a school uniform that is now one of my favorite dresses. Went to Wild Waves, a waterpark in the Seattle area, for the first time since I was a kid. Went to a bachelorette party weekend for said engaged college friend, which reminded me of how beautiful and peaceful the coast is. Finally went to a play another college friend was in and it was hilarious and beautiful. Turned 28 and celebrated by hanging out at the beach all day with various friends.
Kurt and I attended the wedding of said engaged friend. It was nice to be around vaguely familiar people, dressed to the nines and witnessing all that love. I went to a blues dance party for the first time in probably a year and remembered my love for dancing. Have I gone dancing more regularly since then? No. I attended my company’s boat party, hopefully the first of many. There was an open bar, karaoke, board games, appetizers, and beautiful peaceful views of Lake Union. I gradually stopped going to the gym, as my gym buddy got really busy with work and I am really bad at keeping up healthy habits on my own.
October was a busy and a fun month. A friend and I attended my cousin Kevin’s wedding in Yakima. I had a few friends over to watch the Doctor Who premiere with the first female doctor and loved it. I feel like this season’s plots have been a little weak overall, but I love Jodie Whittaker’s portrayal. I visited Portland on a whim, which was a nice break from my busy life in Seattle. I went to my first show for local artist ZKRY (Zachary) at Lo-Fi, and then threw an awesome Halloween party with him at his house, and it was a huge success. He has been teaching me piano, letting me help out at shows (I ran the fog machine once), and asking for my input and contributions on songs he creates on the computer, and it has been a blast.
Kurt and I flew to Kansas and surprised our friend Kira at her baby shower in Kansas and I finally met her whole family after being friends for seven years. Zachary and I hosted a Friendsgiving at my house for a few friends when Kurt and I couldn’t make it to see my family because he had to work. Later in the month, Kurt and I flew to Missouri for an early Christmas with his parents and extended family.
Helped Zachary host an remix album-release party, which was small but very fun. We sang karaoke before and after he and two other artists who had also made remixes on the album played live sets of their original music. Went to Cowiche to see my family for Christmas, which I didn’t think I’d get to do until the last minute. Today, I saw my family again for my grandma’s 90th birthday party at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood.
So what has changed? I feel like I’ve grown in my confidence as a portrait photographer, I have learned a lot about music in a short time and regained my love of being creative, and I am more competent at my job than I was a year ago. I have blogged about Seattle restaurants 12 times, which is better than zero, but that’s about all the creative writing I’ve done. But that’s okay. I’ve grown in other ways, and I’m still proud of myself. And I have the same goals for myself for 2019 as I did for 2018: Make healthy choices, write more, read more, and grow in my photography skills. Be creative. Have fun. Be kind to myself. Cultivate positive relationships and spend less energy on people who don’t have time for me. Live life to the fullest.