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Episode 2: Alexis Crimes

Here it is, hot off the press. This episode was recorded earlier today on December 28. It features my best friend and former professional athlete Alexis Crimes. In it, we discuss the power of athleticism, being freshman starters for our High School basketball team, and Lex finding her style. This is another pandemic phone call check-in, enjoy!

Winter Break Shenanigans: I made a Podcast

Alright, well I finally did that thing I have saying I was going to do. I made a Podcast. It’s called A Little Bit of J. The first episode features my childhood friends, Emily & Haley. If you looking for something new, or merely need some audio to kill time on your walk, give it a listen! This is my first time playing with audio levels and using a plug-in microphone. Here’s to being a beginner and trying new things. A special thank you to everyone who has hyped me up this week! I might have just sat on the audio and never followed through if it wasn’t for the support from everyone. A big thank you.

-J

Hello, September!

So far, there’s a lot to love about September. The month began with a pep in my step feeling hopeful and excited about life and the possibilities for unexpected magic and adventure. With a camping trip to Rincon Beach in Ventura coming up, it’s easy for me to focus on what’s ahead and use the future to propel me forward. And yet, I am working on appreciating the day while I’m in fully in it. All twenty-four hours of taking the day as it comes.

While I walk, I call close friends and family to catch-up or vent about current struggles and frustrations. Immediately I feel better once I’ve expressed a bit of the heaviness that lies on top of my chest. Talking feels like a re-set and chance to try again at mastering my reactivity to life.

Each day, I to try face fear head-on and give myself grace when I avoid putting myself out there. I try to do something kind like mailing a book to an old friend or texting a college teammate/roommate whose pregnant and alone because her husband is in the (NBA) Bubble to catch up. I splurge on craft beer on Tuesdays because there’s comfort in routine, especially in a pandemic. I seek a culture that inspires me to accept the moment and dream big.

I am currently reading and almost finished with the Alchemist. The last time I read this book I was in the thick of my Saturn Return and dreaming about finding a job and moving to Washington. Four years later, I’m in Washington, and ready hit re-sit on my career. I know it’s time to keep pushing myself to go after things that feel exciting and aligned with my Personal Legend. Why not keep pushing for excellence and focus on attaining a career that could change and fulfills my life purpose.

This is the fourth week that I have managed to sit down with my laptop and crank out something creative for this blog. Each week, I feel excited to pick something new to write about and to see what my fingers type. I am currently working on passing a Beer Serving Certificate. In all honesty, I did not pass on my first attempt today. That’s okay. I’ll study more and get in next week.

Hopefully, by next Tuesday, I’ll have a certificate to share and a new minimal modern updated resume. I’m also working on dropping a few lbs to fit into a pair Topo Design shorts and work pants I bought on sale that are none refundable.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures and things that happened from September 1-8:

  • On a particularly rough day after getting off of the phone with a friend, I found two free rubber plants on while ona a walk with Luna (my dog). 10/1/ moment!
  • Rented a Gig car and took Lu to our favorite dog park to have a swim on a hot end of summer day.
  • Found a cute grafittie that reminded me of Basquiat.
  • Realized my Bird of Paradise is thriving and I am a solid plant mom.
  • Gorgeous summer “urban hike” sunset walks around the city with Lu.
  • A visit to Mount Rainier National Park!
  • I finally got the righ low light, candle and plant combo that gives my place a cozy feel.

Happy International Dog Day!

Happy International Dog Day!!!! Especially, to those lucky pitty owners who jump through a few extra hoops to take care of a “banned breed” pup. If you know, you know. Here’s a list, in no particular order, of my favorite things about having and taking care of a 70-pound 4-legged bestie for the past six years:

– An adventure buddy to join you on road trips, hikes, and late-night runs in the city.
– Cuddles, snuggles, and da love when you get home.
– Walks on walks on walks on walks.
– Introducing me to new people at breweries.
– Being able to put her in a sweater when it’s cold.
– Waking up a few times a night to let her back under the covers.
– Watching her tongue wag on hot days.
– Figuring out ways to get her to drink water on hot days.

I love Luna. She is my family. My daughter. She keeps me safe. Thank you Luna, girl.

Missing Ventura….

I miss sitting in the backyard of my parents’ house in Ventura with my sisters as we watch our pups play together. Enjoying the California sun and sipping Chief Peak beer from Topa Topa. I miss running and surfing at C-Street. I miss hiking Arroyo Verde at sunset. I miss eating menudo on Sunday mornings. I miss a life that I created for myself out of necessity when COVID hit in March. A life that I thought I had outgrown and grew tired of four years ago when I decided to move to Washington State for something new at the tail end of a tough Saturn Return.

I returned to my apartment in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill and to my job as a Director at a school at the end of April. I have tried to pick up my life since COVID hit, but the difference from when I left-off to now in this “new normal,” makes it easy to romanticize the initial shelter in place moment of COVID. You miss what you can’t have and familiarity breeds contempt is at the forefront of my thoughts.

My younger sister thinks it’s only a matter of time until I return and maybe she is right. I do not know.