I tabled at OC ZineFest at the end of July, where I got to yet again go through the strange and exciting world of selling my own stuffs. Selling and talking and shmoozing seems to come so easily to some- it's an art form I have yet to grasp. Don't get me wrong, I can talk talk talk about other people's work for days, but when it comes to my own...just don't talk to me, yeah? I suppose it comes from a lack of confidence in myself or my work. I believe I jinx myself too when I convince myself no one would be interested. Tabling more only means I can improve on my self-confidence, right? Right. The fest was a lot of fun and I actually managed to walk around at the end and buy a few great zines. Good times.
A few months ago, I submitted to a magazine, Selfish, and was accepted! Exciting and unexpected, as I had definitely forgotten I had submitted. The issue is just about to be unleashed into the world, highlighting what looks to be an amazing group of talented women from all over the world. I'm honored to be included. You can take a peep at the website and purchase the magazine here: Hot and Bothered.
I've mentioned before that I applied to grad schools in England. I've been accepted and I have accepted. Soon, I get to go back to not just being Your Broad, but Your Broad Abroad. This broad is excited, apprehensive, giddy, worried, and all the other emotions that come with making a BIG change. In anticipation of the great amount of money I won't have, I should probably change my moniker to Your (Broke) Broad Abroad. Haha.
Since I made the decision to study abroad, I've done so many things with friends and family. Pow Wow Long Beach, a week long street art event happened and it was such a glorious art-filled week. I spent a lot of the week getting off work and riding my bike around to watch some amazing artists make magic happen on the walls of Long Beach. I got to spend a weekend in a cabin with some of the best ladies I know, celebrating a great lady's birthday, but also celebrating our own beauty and the beauty of having a strong deep connection with women. There were laughs and drinks and talks and walks. It was a much needed time.
I take a step back and realize, man, why am I so lucky? I not only get to leave for a great journey, but I'm leaving behind so much goodness, happiness, and love. I step back and realize how much I will miss it all. I step back and feel all the love I have for the people I know, the people I don't, and the city that has given me so many memories. Eventually, I'd like to give back some of that love and goodness. Gimme some time, Long Beach, and I'll be back to love you just as much as you've loved me.
There are lots of things going on and I can barely take a moment to just stop and reflect. Must make a better point to stop, breathe, think, and repeat. Till next time
Your Broad (Soon to be) Abroad (Again),