It’s been almost six weeks since my last post, which is very unusual for me. A lot has happened since then so I’ll try to summarize it all up the best I can.

We lost our sweet Baby Kitty, who I’ve had for the last nine years of my life. She was one of my best friends and a dedicated companion. She loved me with all her little heart, and I loved her with all of mine. I hope I gave her the life that she deserved, as she filled mine with joy.

A few weeks after BK’s passing, we decided to adopt another baby into the family from the Atlanta Humane Society. Her name is Furenza, and she’s a wild loving spirit. She came down with some shelter funk almost immediately but she’s close to being well again. She fits in well and I’m happy to have a full house again.

We’ve been traveling a TON. I’m actually writing this from the road as we head back from the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC. As always, it was a one of a kind experience. You just can’t replicate what happens at that festival anywhere else. It’s a creative landmine. James runs the Cuctails program of which there were 12 events this year in two days, including a secret speakeasy and a filmmaker cocktail competition. I also screened Daggers, an original song/music video for my upcoming feature film Electric Bleau. Since I last wrote we’ve also been to The New Orleans Film Festival, Bend Film Festival in Oregon and Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin. We unfortunately had to miss Indie Memphis due to unforeseen circumstances, but we heard the screening of Daggers went great.

Even though we were surrounded by love and excitement this past weekend, it did feel like we were in a bubble of sorts away from reality. The drive up was very somber as the election happened the night before. We felt so heavy and concerned. Erica Anderson from Seed&Spark and I ended up putting together a small group while at Cucalorus as a safe space for people to talk about the election. It was super helpful and therapeutic. I left with some new friends and a plan of action. It’s going to be a scary four years, especially with the team Trump is surrounding himself with. With all of that being said, I still have tremendous hope and will continue to stand up for what I believe in. I value acceptance, tolerance, and freedom to be who you are. I’m not going to live each day wishing that these four years would fly by… instead I’m going to wake up and do what I can, while focusing on myself and those that I love. I have a life to live. I have statements to make. Fights to fight. The show must go on.

As we near Thanksgiving, I have many things to be thankful for. A promising career, beautiful family, the most amazing friends, a comfortable home, three sweet furbabies, and projects/goals that make me feel alive. 2017 will be a year of climbing to the tallest peaks, both internally and externally. I have a lot to explore within myself. My favorite future game given to me this year (from Erica) was that my film projects would follow close behind the path that I blaze towards self discovery. What I give to myself will be rewarded with a clearer path to my dreams. I’ll take it.

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Baby Kitty

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Baby Kitty

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Furenza, our newest family member.

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