October is always a busy month – events, work, Halloween, fall happenings, weddings… you name it, we have it going on. This week I made a short visit to Columbus, GA to see my sister Christy & her family! It’s a wonderful reality check for me to experience someone’s life that’s vastly different from my own routine. Christy’s days are full of endurance training and caring for three little ones (all under 5). When I go to her house, I feel like I enter a real home. She has all of her awesome Halloween goodies up (she is the best holiday decorator!) and her walls are full to the brim of life & love. I would call it simple joys, but it’s so much more than that. She has chosen to take her life journey with four other souls in a unique way that I so appreciate. I am also grateful that she lets me come and enjoy what she has created whenever I want. A visit with the Schrecks reminds me that there is so much more to living than deadlines and reaching the next big milestone/accomplishment. It’s about everyday love… and just being there with those you care about.

This afternoon James and I are heading to Birmingham for a quick visit, before all of the real October craziness sets in. I am hoping that some Sloss Fright Furnace is in my future this evening! I hope to also make it down to see my sister Rachel soon in Jacksonville… as I haven’t seen baby Abi-do since she was born in July! That breaks my heart. However, I can look forward to seeing her family in November for a pre-Thanksgiving family get-together, and then again for our annual family New Year’s trip. You can bet your booty that I will be giving that baby some serious love.

Next week we are going to see Little Cabbage for the first time with ALL components – sound design, score, special effects, color correction and title sequences. That was fast, huh? We have a lot of people to thank for the speed – especially Mr. Joe Walker. We have also started talking about our cast/crew/supporter private screenings for early December in Atlanta & Birmingham. If you helped us in some way along the line you can expect an invitation. James is spearheading these events, along with our dear friend Meghan! Our friends at the Cucalorus Film Fest also have something special up their sleeve for those who plan on being in attendance. That’s all I can say about that, though… 🙂

This coming Monday – Wednesday I will be in Rapid City, South Dakota to speak at an AAF meeting on how to use social media and crowdfunding to fuel your projects! I’ve never considered myself an expert in either medium…but I do have experiences worth sharing and I certainly know a thing or two about finding creative ways to make your passion projects come to life! Excited to meet new friends and to explore a new city.

Cucalorus!!

Cucalorus!!

The Schreck crew!

The Schreck crew!