Two weeks into being back home, life is already very different. Almost immediately I took on a contract job (which I am loving!!) that requires me to be in an office Monday – Friday, 9 – 5. This opportunity could turn into several different things… but only time will tell the direction it takes me. In the meantime it’s just what I needed/wanted to give me a secure start back in Atlanta. Plus, it is a fun fit for my interests and skills.

I desperately need a routine and normalcy again… in the sense that I need to build in my creative and exercise time. In Wilmington I had nothing BUT time to work on whatever I wanted to. That sounds like the perfect scenario – but even in complete freedom you need some sort of structure. Or at least I do. As much as I hate to admit it, a schedule suits me. Otherwise I worry about things not moving along as they should. Right now I am thinking a lot about Little Cabbage and making sure it stays on track to shoot in early August. There is a lot to do there, mostly in the way of financing. We are looking for creative partners/investors for this film – so if you are interested let me know! We’ve already found a few people who are all in, but we still need a couple more. This film is going to be an exciting ride for everyone involved. It’s a crazy (awesome) script with a lot of potential…that leads into my first feature film!

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve as well for future/upcoming projects. I really enjoyed our experience with creating the Call Me music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones. It’s so different to have something immediately release as opposed to doing a year of film festivals first. In the month that it’s been public, it’s gotten almost 39,000 views on Vevo & YouTube combined. That’s way more than any short film we’ve ever created. So why even make films if our reach is smaller? I know I’ve only done one, but music videos still remain a collaborative project in my eyes. Essentially someone is handing you the content to work with, and you interpret it in the most unique voice you can. In film you have full control over every aspect. However – I LOVED working with a song as a vehicle for storytelling. In the end it’s just two very different mediums, even though the process is similar. I want to do much more of both.

On a completely different topic – James and I saw “Fed Up” last week. It’s yet another documentary about the food industry and the whack lies we are being told about diet & exercise. Everyone should watch a film like this every once in a while, even if it is slightly dramatized. Fed Up was full of great (and scary) information that we all need to know. The biggest take-away I got from it was to look for sugar content in foods that we buy. It’s no surprise that simple carbs metabolize differently than whole foods… but I didn’t realize just how many foods they sneak sneak sugar into. The biggest culprits are diet foods (“low-fat”) products. Anyway – you should check it out if it’s playing near you. It will make you rethink what you put in your mouth and the true cause of the obesity epidemic.

This past weekend we went on a mini vacation with James’ mom & dad to the mountains in Tennessee. It was a great, relaxing getaway… and a long overdue visit with his parents. As we were cruising down the river on our pontoon day-rental boat, with a beer in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, I thought to myself that it doesn’t get much better than this. I have a catalogue of moments like this one in my brain that I always reference in dark times. My mind overflows with many, many fond memories ready to be remembered at a moments notice.

Just for a little extra inspiration, you should check out the Protect Your Magic project. I discovered my first messages on a long walk home one day from work. Here they are on Instagram & Twitter.

Clever Girl

Clever Girl

James loves nature. :p

James loves nature. :p

Vulcan with some of my favorites!

Vulcan with some of my favorites!

Check out the feature story on Call Me in this month's B Metro Magazine!

Check out the feature story on Call Me in this month’s B Metro Magazine!

Me & the bean.

Me & the bean.

Happy Mother's Day to Jamiejean916! Besties since the 70's.

Happy Mother’s Day to Jamiejean916! Besties since the 70’s.

Tennessee vacation.

Tennessee vacation.

A purple, prickly flower.

A purple, prickly flower.

Twinsie freaker.

Twinsie freaker.

Check out the Protect Your Magic campaign - http://instagram.com/protectyourmagic

Check out the Protect Your Magic campaign – http://instagram.com/protectyourmagic

Don't you want to eat it?

Don’t you want to eat it?