Today is the first day of February. I'm sitting on my bed home alone eating Trader Joe's mini tacos with an open Raspberry La Croix as my cat meows at me from the other room. He's been doing that a lot lately, he's been extra vocal since moving into this new house and even more so since it's been windy today. Gotta be honest, it's driving me a bit insane. Anyone else out there have a really vocal cat? I'm so confused as to what he wants.
January flew by and damn was it an eventful month. We had the snowstorm of the century here in Portland, I rediscovered driving in the snow again (remembered how much I despise it), I moved into my new studio (which I'm still settling into), and my least favorite person in the world right now became president. Anyway, things have been crazy long story short, but I'm getting my to-do list done slowly but surely.
This last month I've worked on a few different shoots, began planning others, and got some photos back from weddings last summer. I may not be good about updating this, but things are happening for RUE, and it's feeling good. The wheels are turning, gears are grinding.... I can't think of anymore metaphors right now. I'm genuinely super stoked to share those images with all of you.
I'm just trying to keep my head straight on right now. All I've been able to think about is politics. These couple weeks I've been having a bit of a throwback to college being knee deep in sociological theory and feeling the weight of this broken world on my shoulders. My frustration with the status quo and yearning for social change is not new or foreign for me. It just feels so heightened right now. Anyway, it's important for me to remind myself to find ways to continue functioning normally, even when the world is not normal. Whatever normal means. And to find fulfillment in my day to day work and life. And so, starting tomorrow I'm giving 20% off all orders until Valentine's Day, and reallocating that 20% towards an organization. I'm not exactly sure which one yet, but I'm wanting to support a local organization, possibly (probably) SJAC, an organization I actually recently started volunteering for.
Again, I've said this many times on many different of my social media platforms, your money is your vote. It's important to know your brands and companies, to support the good ones and boycott the bad ones. During consumer based holidays like Valentine's Day, it's crucial to shop small, even local. Although I dislike to consumerism, I despise capitalism. There is a difference between the two. It's important to support our community's small businesses and shops, it allows our community artists and makers to connect to their art and create which is the antithesis of capitalism. Anyway, I'll stop there. I don't feel like going into that anymore. I started this entry talking about the beginning of the year, now here I am talking about capitalism. Sheesh. I feel like every conversation I've been having ends up like this these days.
Anyway, I've got Black Mirror qeueud on Netflix, so I'll be getting to that. Until next time.