i wrote this – spoke this, into my phone – while walking dogs this morning, across the timespan of 3 walks:
sometimes, when my mind is clear and wandering, i catch these glimpses. glimpses of another life. maybe it’s a parallel universe? maybe it’s the future? it’s not a dream because i’m awake when it happens, though parts of it have been in dreams i’ve had over my lifetime. it’s like some window or door opens to another reality and i can see it so clearly. it’s this other life that i’m living where i’m firing on all cylinders, where my creativity is flowing, where i am vibrating on a higher level, where i’m making things and pursuing if not every, at least more, of the myriad ideas that bounce around in my head.
i am painting things. printing things. assembling things. i am making new stencils. i am doing murals. i am leaving my creations all around town for people to discover and take home if they want to. i am having pop up sales in random locations. i am having “shows” in nontraditional places, not in galleries. in bars, in coffee shops, at restaurants, at friends’ houses. i am hosting once a month parties/shows/salons at my own house, in the backyard.
i am writing all the time. writing blog posts, writing in journals, writing on paintings and furniture and walls. putting words together in ways that make sense and don’t make sense but regardless are out there and making other people think and feel and react.
i am playing music, other people’s music, djing… in my living room, for friends at my house and other places, bars, art openings, poetry readings. i am discovering new music that sets my spirit soaring and sharing mixes of this music with others. i am making podcasts about music and art and life and sharing those with the world.
i am taking pictures. with my phone, or with a nice camera. i am sharing photos on my instagram and my blog and in all the places i am sharing art. i am incorporating photos into my other art. i am publishing books of my photos to put on coffee tables and in libraries and to give to friends.
i am building an art empire. i am collaborating with other artists and writers and thinkers and djs and people who make music and art in all of its various forms. i am bringing them into my world and i am hanging out in and contributing to theirs.
i am outdoors breathing fresh air and soaking up sunshine, enjoying the beautiful place that i live in. i am exercising my body and feeling good. i am eating better but still enjoying the bounty of the city that i live in with all it’s amazing culinary delights. i don’t deny myself but i also am taking care of myself.
i am traveling to other places, some i’ve been to before but many i have not. i am endlessly inspired by my travels and do it as often as i can, to see art, to see people, to hear music, to be inspired. to learn. to grow.
i am vibrant and alive and enjoying the hell out of life and tapping into the energy of the universe and reflecting it back and spreading love and positivity and feeling good about it. feeling fulfilled and like i’m contributing to the betterment of the world. the world is a beautiful place full of love and light and i am so happy and grateful every day to be in it.
and through all of this, i am supported and loved and rewarded financially and taken care of. and sharing it all. because there is enough. there’s more than enough to go around for all of us. and i don’t worry about money because money is energy and i’ve learned how to tap into the energy of the universe.
yeah. for reals.
sometimes i catch glimpses of this life, this vision, and really feel it, taste it, hear it, see it.. like I am actually living it, like I could be living it. like i should be living it. like i can be living it. i’ve had some version of this vision my whole life. and many elements of this vision, this life, i have made happen.. on their own, one at a time. i’ve been a writer. i’ve been a dj. i’ve been an artist. i’ve been a crafter. i’ve produced events. but i’ve not managed to merge them all, or sustain them for long periods of time where i can really build upon what i’ve accomplished. these accomplishments have existed on their own and in their own space and time and then i’ve dropped them to pursue other things. i’ve been a serial unitasker.
maybe i have just been assembling all the pieces, all the skills, and waiting for the time to be right to pull them all together. maybe that time is now. these last few months, the vision, the glimpses, of this integrated creative life have been strong and recurring and have been pulling me in a direction of action and change. i’m tired of living a small little life where i don’t feel like i’m living up to my potential. i’m tired of feeling like everyone around me is a badass and somehow is clued into something i’m not, somehow has some kinda magic that i don’t in terms of making shit happen, realizing their dreams, helping other people, affecting change, making the world a better place and feeling fulfilled while doing it.
and the time is running out in my life to build all of this that i know i am capable of… while i am still young enough and physically and mentally sharp enough to do so. i’m not yet “old” but i’m no longer “young.”
is this my midlife crisis? maybe. i do feel at a crossroads. i’ve been feeling it for a while and have been wallowing in despair about what to do and how to do it. but i think the universe has been communicating with me in very clear ways over the past year, and the clouds have been lifting, the glimpses of this other life have been coming more into focus, little by little.
i don’t want to reach the end of my life, i don’t want to be on my deathbed, thinking about this other life, this parallel universe, this vision of the life i wanted to live, could have lived, should have lived, dreamed about in some way since i was a little girl and that was so close and within my grasp because i actually had all the skills i needed to make it happen… i don’t want to have that regret that i didn’t go for it, that i just didn’t take the chance, the risk, make the move, defy the inertia, and make it happen.
so the time is now. to take action. to start doing instead of just talking. to take risks. maybe even to fail. but at least to try. i have to at least try. and perhaps in trying, if not this particular vision of another life, but some other version that is not what i am living now, will make itself clear.
so here we go.
hey y’all – so i don’t really have enough stuff together to do a sale at my house as i would have hoped this holiday season (unless i get crazy productive in the next few weeks), but i do have a few things up on my etsy shop and some teespring designs up right now. here are those links:
i’m working on a few different canvases right now and some furniture and signs but not sure how much i will get done, so stay tuned!
ok, so i really thought i was done with these, since the 40th was the final festival and this shirt seems to not really have much relevance outside of festival… i though to myself, who would want these after fest? so i didn’t print up a bunch to take to fest to sell cuz i thought, a) so many women had ordered them that the market was saturated, and, b) i didn’t want to end up with extra cuz i’d never be able to sell them and it would be a loss. so i did a big print run in the spring and kept selling off the extras til right before fest. i had FOUR left that i took with me to fest and they sold to the workers at the craft sale in like 3 minutes!
yes, i should have printed more. clearly.
and last wednesday, when i emerged from the woods and my cell phone finally downloaded all my emails from the past 3 weeks, i had 5 requests already for shirts. plus 3 workers who begged me on my drive out the gate to reprint them after i got home. so i knew i needed to do one last run.
so here we go. this is what i posted this morning on facebook on various michfest pages. i already have 15 shirt orders! i love you crazy womyn!! your thirst for humorous unofficial fest memorabilia is unending!
“hey y’all, i know lots of womyn who did fundraising shirts or other items are doing post-fest runs and folks are probably short on money coming off of fest… so i’m gonna do pre-orders and leave it open for a couple of weeks. also to just give myself time to get back into life and find the time to print.
but if you want one of the LAST run of WE’RE IN THE FUCKING WOODS tanks, i’m taking pre-orders via paypal – email@example.com. $15 for the shirt plus $6 for priority shipping = $21. (i use priority cuz it saves me having to pay for packaging supplies.) or if you need me to invoice you, fb message me or email me at the above address. (don’t just respond here cuz i’m trying not to be on facebook as much and i might miss it.) PLEASE INDICATE WHAT SIZE(S) YOU NEED.
alternately, if you would rather use your debit card via squarecash, it’s: https://cash.me/$mags. but please send me a message with your address and size.
(i will run the teespring campaign that offers shirts other than ribbed tanks after i do the handprinted run. too hard to keep track of multiple things at once.)
honestly, the screen for this shirt is deteriorating and i’ve been fixing/patching it up but it’s really just about beyond repair and i’m not gonna make a new one, so this really is the last printing with it. i didn’t think anyone would want the shirt after festival but i’ve gotten so many requests – i am humbled and so very grateful.
thank you all SO much for all your love and support with this and all my creations over the years. it has truly been my honor to celebrate our culture with you via my work. xoxo”
ok y’all, as you may notice, i have deleted the previous post with all the ordering information about the “we’re in the fucking woods” shirts because i am no longer taking orders. i have printed all the shirts i have and all but a few are spoken for. i will post again when it is all sorted out with what is left but there’s not many. if you send me an order now i will just be returning it as i don’t have time or energy to keep printing these things throughout the summer.
however, i will be posting a teespring campaign in just a few days so you can order that way. they will look mostly the same, though i wasn’t able to exactly match the font and i think the design will print a little larger on the shirts. but you’ll have many more shirt styles to choose from. so hang tight.
and thank you to everyone who put in an order. i’m headed to the post office right now with 25+ packages to get shipped out to all of you who pre-ordered. you should get them by the end of the week.
see you in the (beautiful) fucking woods!