It’s time for the reflection post. I specifically began this journey with the Narrowed Adventure Handbook in order to point out where I’m going, so for a little more insight, here’s where I’ve been.
2010 was a really amazing year for me. So many doors opened, and I jumped in almost all of them. Some were great, some were not so good, but I feel more complete having explored them.
mid-routine by La Photographie
I traveled to Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Seattle, all for festivals that I was honored to be a featured performer at. I also made my international performing debut at the Toronto Burlesque Festival. I also performed in several local shows, as well as traveling to Knoxville and Chicago frequently. I met amazing women new and experienced in the burlesque world, and made fast friends. I love this community of men and women!
I also started my own business, the Delinquent Debutantes, Nashville’s first burlesque school. It is probably the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done! But it has been so rewarding! My students are the best ever. I love going to class every day and watching them shimmy and laugh (seriously, best job ever!).
I produced my first burlesque show, and although I don’t enjoy that side as much as performing and teaching, it’s been a wonderful entry into that side of shows.
Widening my range of performing, I learned to eat fire, which is now one of my most favorite things! I also began taking aerial silks, which is so hard and so foreign to my body and mind, and therefore amazingly freeing, as I don’t have any notion of whether I should be “good” at this.
Although I completed my teacher training at the end of 2009, I began teaching yoga in earnest in 2010. I have learned so much just by learning how to teach and relate to people in a new, instructive way and by using the body as a way of healing. It’s led me to meditate at least once a week, and whenever I feel grumpy or weird for no reason, usually a quick yoga session is able to bring me back to myself.
Ze abode. Click for bigger images!
Keith and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in October on 10/10/10! Marriage has been amazing so far! I love having my best friend and lover as a roommate to share with. We are both very busy still, with Keith in grad school and all my shows, but it keeps things exciting and new.
We adopted a new kitten into our lives, Bellatrix, and her along with Uther, have been so wonderful. I get anxious in homes with no critters because I’m just so used to them! They are little terrors, but really enhance my life, even if that’s just waking me up for food when I would normally sleep in.
Most life-changing, we bought a house! This was terrifying and still seems weird to think about, but it’s nice to know that our monthly rent is going toward something, even if it is in tiny increments. I love our cottage in East Nashville though, much more than I ever thought I would enjoy being back in Nashville. The city has been wonderful for me.
I let this slide for 2010, as evidenced by the sparsity of this blog. Although I picked up a few assignments through Nashville Arts, Fringe, Tennessean, and most notably, writing my burlesque life for Her Magazine, the publishing industry has been rather closed to me. I’ve compensated by being able to copy write for the Mayor’s Office and other clients, but I do so miss creative profiles and even straight journalism assignments. I do have some really fun things cooking for 2011 though, so be on the lookout!
Here are my favorites and most popular on Fish nor Fowl this year:
- How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
- The Horror Movie Work Out Plan
- How to Get a Burlesque Gig
- Snow Shoot NSFW
- The Perfect Pincurl Tutorial
- No Make-Up Week
- Shoot with La Photographie NSFW
- The Narrow Adventure Handbook
snow shoot by Chad McClarnon
Drive-in movies, long hair, wearing skirts and dresses every day, kisses in the snow, false eyelashes, rhinestones, shaking muscles for full body exhausting workouts, glitter heels, dirty jazz, rough drafts, Chicago loves, early morning flights,Florence and the Machine, Battlestar Galactica marathons, vuvuzelas, working in pajamas, new Nashville friends, road trips with naughty distractions, Dragon*Con, arm balances, stretching, The Goon, watching Nashville rise from the flood, Dark Lord Day, impromptu photo shoots, American Gods, The Burlesque Handbook, tassel twirling.
Thank you 2010, for bringing me amazing, different places to go and people to meet. I’m dubbing you my Anything and Everything Year.