Reflections on 2017

A few days ago I tried to look back on my intentions for 2017, only to realize I’d forgotten to ever set any. Oops. Well, I’m pretty happy with how I lived it. Here are some things I’ve done this year:
  • Co-facilitated an introductory workshop about ableism and audism at the D Center
  •  Published “Blush, Blossom, Bloom: A Zine about BPD, Imprinting, and Mad Queer Love,” my longest zine so far and a personal favorite: https://www.etsy.com/…/506450403/blush-blossom-bloom-a-zine…
  • Competed in my first poetry slam at the Queer Resurgence festival
  • Had my article “Bi+ Community Supported Me When No One Else Did” published by the Bisexual Resource Center: https://biresource.org/bi-community-supported-me-when-no-o…/
  • Had “Borderline Survival Beyond Recovery and Cure Narratives” published in the “Cure” issue of “All in Your Head: Queerness, Neurodivergence, and Disability”
  • Had a poem and some zines shown in Lion’s Main Art Collective’s “From the Foundation” installation
  • Adopted a delightful cat who’s equally delighted with me
  • Tabled at Portland Zine Symposium, Olympia Zine Fest, and Short Run
  • Traveled internationally by myself for the first time, to Vancouver, BC, for CanZine Vancouver (the day after Short Run!!)
  • Directed and hosted (and performed in) my first show, a four-night production at Gay City Arts called Get Mad!, celebrating Mad/crazy/psychiatrically disabled LGBTQIA+ survival and resistance
  • Performed in A Certain Type of Brilliance, a femme showcase, directed by Liz Cruz
  • Performed in Denounce Domination, an anti-oppression show at UW, planned by student organizers
  • Spoke on several panels with queer youth and sometimes folks from other organizations (Outspoken Speakers Bureau is holding a training for new panelists this month if you want in! https://www.facebook.com/events/130381051013690/)
  • Finished my first year of therapy and did a lot of personal work on being assertive, especially asking for what I want
  • Apparently developed the ability to self-validate in a way that I actually feel??
In 2018, I want to keep performing, creating, and developing my skills as an artist. I want to get further into the college performance and workshop scene, and maybe even touring.
I’ll also be searching for a new balance of time spent alone and with people, because not needing constant external validation is radically new to me and I kind of don’t know what to do with myself.
I look forward to continuing to grow and creating more space for happiness and relaxation in my life.
Thanks always for your support, and happy new year!

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