Eeks! It’s been a hot minute…and you know what? I’m ok with that. Four years ago I posted every day for over a year (I still don’t know how I did that) and have consistently managed to post on the regular ever since. Actually… my blog will be five years old in March! I am quickly approaching 1,000 posts to The Jen West Quest. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but when I think back on everything I’ve written about since then I realize it’s been quite a quest indeed. There have been major life changes across the board, multiple times. A lot of you have been reading from the very beginning too. I know who you are. Thank you for your friendship. 2014 has seen a shift in posting less often, but I anticipate that changing in the new year. I have new goals and new journeys to share. I wouldn’t want to embark on anything significant without including you.

Speaking of 2014 – she has been very kind to us. I know it’s been a rough go for some, but when you get the good you have to recognize and embrace. We’ve made some big projects happen and I’ve taken some significant risks that were impeccably rewarding. The biggest one being jolting off to Wilmington, NC for a creative residency where I spent 2.5 months writing Electric Bleau (companion feature to Little Cabbage) and living very minimally in order to make it happen. I’m so glad I took advantage of that opportunity. I consider Wilmington a home away from home, and the people there have supported me as an artist in ways that I can never repay.

2015 brings challenges that I can’t wait to take on. I am chomping at the bit to start preproduction on this feature (but taking my time polishing the script, first) and I also want to reclaim my health. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I fluctuate with my weight…but that never means that I’m ok with being complacent. It’s time to get moving again. I will not let my knee be an excuse anymore for abandoning one of my greatest loves – exercise. I miss miss miss endurance challenges like triathlon and longer runner events. I know I can do them all if I put the strength work in. As my brother-in-law says (PT pro), I will have to condition and train in order to run again. I am also going to focus on bringing my weight back down a bit. I’ve decided to not be ashamed about this, but to be excited. Only positive things to look forward to! I’m ready to put the work in.

This weekend we are heading to Birmingham for my family Christmas celebration… PLUS the private screening for Little Cabbage! If you were a part of making this film happen in any way and haven’t gotten the details, please let me know. We hope to see all of you there so we can thank you in person.

We got some big news recently that was announced yesterday: James and I, as a duo, were nominated for the “People to Watch” category for the 2015 Georgia Entertainment Awards! This made my brain explode. What a huge honor to be recognized in a city that houses so many types of filmmakers and creative innovators. We hope to continue to make our communities proud (including my hometown of Birmingham) as we go forth and make more films. Looks like James will be taking on his first directing project soon, too…

Bubbles, blue skies and Brandi Baker in the ATL!

Bubbles, blue skies and Brandi Baker in the ATL!

Me & Vero in Miami - enjoying her success! Congrats!

Me & Vero in Miami – enjoying her success! Congrats!

Thanksgiving in Cincinnati! Always a fun time.

Thanksgiving in Cincinnati! Always a fun time.

Dipping our toes in the Miami scene.

Dipping our toes in the Miami scene.

Vero and her dream avocado!

Vero and her dream avocado!

James made me a surprise 6 course dinner one night. <3

James made me a surprise 6 course dinner one night. ❤

Fish fry in Cincinnati. I live for this!

Fish fry in Cincinnati. I live for this! Photo by James.

Private screening of Little Cabbage in Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre. Amazing night!

Private screening of Little Cabbage in Atlanta at the Plaza Theatre. Amazing night!

Vero and me in Miami! She won a free trip as a winner of the Seagram's calendar art competition. Thanks for inviting me to come along!

Vero and me in Miami! She won a free trip as a winner of the Seagram’s calendar art competition. Thanks for inviting me to come along!