A friend request incoming from a friend here in Chicago has brought me back, and a few scrolls through my friends list finds me smiling to myself. At first when I looked at my journal it twisted my emotions a bit. Flickr seems to have changed the links to most of my photos here, even the photo on my bio page was down due to an issue with my server. Looking at my journal felt like looking into your former closet at your parents house, kinda. Familiar, but distant enough to feel confusing, and a lot of things are missing. A reminder of how uncomfortable with myself I was, and how much more comfortable I need to learn to be.
But it's also a reminder of how much I've done for me. I cannot remember when the last time I felt as happy and at peace as I have felt since I've moved to Chicago. It comes with it's stresses of course, but it was all so much easier than I expected. I am helped greatly in this of course, in that I've met amazing and supportive people, and that I already knew some delightful people who were supportive and willing to help me connect with Chicago and it's people.
My last significant post, excluding the one where I challenged myself to push my comfort zones, was a sort of wrap up to august of 2013. It's June of 2015 now. So, briefly:
*Last July I broke up with Baxter after nearly 4 years of being together. It was rough but the right choice. I've been rocking a single-lyfe year since then, and it's been necessary and healthy. Starting to experience feelings™ for a boy here, not sure it's an ideal situation, but it's nice to have feelings™, either way, honestly.
*In January I moved to Chicago. Best choice I've made ever. I love it here. I love the people, I love the weather, I love the city, I love what I've been doing. Moving here and getting on 5 or 6 shows in just 6 months has been really validating. Already having a paycheck from improv feels so promising for my goals in this city. But even if improv didn't work out, I think this change was so necessary for me and I love the new friends I've made.
*In the last post I was just starting to make it in Boston, before leaving there I was on the ComedySportz mainstage team, 2 improv boston house teams, several smaller independent projects, I directed a team and taught classes.
*Since moving here I've gotten into Second City's Musical Improv Conservatory, an MCL house team, a ComedySportz house team, Storytown, Antic's Roadshow, a scripted musical called Tapped, a staged reading of 1776 and a few smaller shows.
*Dealt with a lot of psycho-emotional issues and came out for the best
*I took a lot of photos, of course. Some on film, some on digital. I'll figure out how getting them here is going to go.
*I'm getting new headshots and submitting applications to agents [whaaat!?]