A Year in the Making

As of today I officially relocated from my home state one year ago.

A goal of nearly fourteen years and three hundred sixty-five days ago, I achieved it. Not to study abroad or go on a internship, but without an estimated return date or ticket in hand.

At the time I was so consumed with logistics and saying goodbyes I barely had time to process. I mean, we had less than ninety days from when we received notice of our move to when we needed to step on the plane. I was excited for the next chapter though and jumped right in.

When my mom came to visit in January she said this would be one of my biggest years and looking back…I can’t say I disagree.

In this past year I:

  • Moved in with just my partner (no roommates!)
  • Went to the Mountain Region for the first time
  • Began commissioning art
  • Attended therapy continually/successfully
  • Started a data analytics certification
  • Got engaged
  • Bought my first place
  • Began planning my wedding
  • Experienced my first snowy winter
  • Landed a job I didn’t think I stood of chance of getting
  • Learned one of my cats WILL eat hoodie strings like spaghetti if left alone
  • Started watching Anime again
  • Reached closure on a long standing friendship

I’m sure there are so many things I’m forgetting, but all in all it’s been a hell of personal year. My biggest goal going forward though is to start posting here again! I’m so tired after work y’all. Getting used to commuting again has taken much longer than I expected. I just come home, shower, and pass out…I’m working on it.

Wishing everyone well and hoping good things are in the works for all of you!

artist: @artoshtu

Bird Mechanics : Hitting the Nail on the Beak

Season 2 of Tuca & Bertie has finally premiered meaning I had my partner log into Adult Swim, just so I could watch its Eastern Standard Time showing. Why? Because I had work the next day and EST gets everything first!

It’s actually really wild how late I would have needed to stay up to watch it in my time zone.

But back to one of my favorite shows because this episode hit like a brick.

The episode starts with Bertie looking for a therapist. Coincidentally, I’ve actually been trying to find a therapist for several months now, but between my own mental barriers and moving halfway across the country…well…I think you get the idea. So watching Bertie scroll through endless options with the question of are they a good fit?’, looming overhead truly made me laugh. It’s so true though! There are so many therapists all specializing in a bunch of different things and you end up staring at the screen like, “.…so am I supposed to just go off a picture and paragraph? If they even have one?” The idea of shopping for a therapist isn’t new to me, but seeing Bertie’s speed date version (wackiness abound) really clicked with me.

Around halfway through the episode I’d pulled up my insurance and was scrolling through options. There was one in particular who’d stuck out the last few times I’d tried this, so…I finally bookmarked their information.

My partner was in the room and I eventually showed them what I’d found. Similar to Bertie’s long-term boyfriend; Speckle, who supports Bertie when she’s spiraling- my partner has supported me through some very deep lows this past year. They had gently made it clear they wanted me to see a professional and were quite happy to see I’d taken a step. Being observant as ever, my partner also noted the very obvious parallels between the episode and our current situation, but since they’d only heard the episode they didn’t get to experience the full greatness…I’ll make a fan out of them yet

Fast forward two days and I have made the call. Of course it turned out they were now doing a text system, but I sent the text!

Special shout out to Adult Swim for putting the first episode on YouTube, so I could watch it again while drafting this up!

Also, my birdsona would probably be a goose.

Photo by alex shapoval Unsplash