- Detoxify from the noise. Watch, read and follow what and who contribute something toward your growth, progress and happiness.
- Water and cultivate the things that bring you joy.
- Don’t hold out on the nicer things just for special occasions. You deserve special all the time. Give them to yourself.
- Support establishments and businesses that align with your ethics and ethos.
- Give to the ones that show up. No more real estate to tenants that aren’t in escrow.
- If there is no return on your investment, it’s bankruptcy for the soul. Your time is worth gold.
- Cull that “friends” list. Unfriending and/or blocking is vital to protect your peace. Not all of those “friends” want the best for you and social media connections are not a unit of measure for quality.
- Don’t wait for it or them.
- Speak to and about yourself in a kinder manner.
- Give yourself the grace you give others.
- Write the unsent letter. Burn it and release the ashes to the sea. Rid yourself of those feelings they didn’t deserve.
- Amplify your sense of gratitude.
- It is beyond ok to say no without an explanation or apology.
- Foster a greater sense of empathy and compassion.
- Focus on your part of the equation, it’s the only thing you have control over.
- Kindness is free. Use it often.
- Sit with it before you choose to respond.
- More living, less apologies.
- When you’re projected on, remember that’s their shit and you don’t have to take it on. Their behavior will always say more about them than it ever will about you. Your truth will always be a shield from misplaced blame.
- Ask for help when you really need it. The right ones will show up for you.
- If you have to tell them how you want and need to be treated, they’re not the kind of people that belong in your life.
- Pay compliments often.
- Tell them you love them…. more.
- Honor: your space, what your body and mind implore for, your integrity, her/their space and growth.
- You don’t owe anyone shit, or your silence.
- Read and finish the books on your nightstand.
- You don’t “have to” do anything you don’t want to or don’t feel comfortable with.
- Don’t believe in empty apologies with unmatched behavior.
- Better yet, don’t wait for apologies that will never arrive. Forgive yourself instead.
- Say “thank you” and “I appreciate you”. Often.
- Scratch off a couple items on the “I always wanted to do/try/go there” list.
- The relationship with Yourself will always be your greatest love story.
- Have the days you deserve and the nights you want.
And just like that 2021 comes to a close. It’s interesting how a year can go by so fast yet drag at tortoise speed. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t yet another challenging year but I seek comfort in the fact that a lot of those feelings were collective. A whole lot of fight or flight and survival mode. Adjustments to new ways of life on so many levels.
What a timeline to be living, pandemic year two. And yet despite the hardships and force to adjust to whatever our new reality is, I still managed to make the best of what and where I could.
2021, A Recap
A roof over our heads, in a city we love that continues to grace us with spectacular sunsets and wonderful neighbors who look out for us like family.
Grateful to have work that allows me do so from home.
We were lucky enough to have our health, for the most part.
We welcomed our danger noodle Lucifer into our home
Covid vaccines, too many covid tests, more than one close call for my own comfort.
We celebrated her 15th and my 47th year of life.
Reza graduated middle school, got her septum pierced, went back to in person school for her Freshman year of High School at a school we really wanted her to go to.
The medicinal nature of being able to see and hug friends again.
A last minute visit from Catherine.
Sharing meals and Chicano Park with my birthday twin.
Car rides for slushies filled with laughter, singing and attitude
So many beautiful meals.
The long time e-friends I got to meet in person FINALLY. The deepened connections with existing ones. The new friends I’ve made and the ones that sloughed off like dead skin.
Finding beauty in so many of the often overlooked little things.
Exercising boundaries like a motherfucker.
A short trip to NC that ended in a heinous visit to the ER for a kidney stone. Painful as absolute fuck. But I got a piece of Sara + James to take home with me.
Overseas exchanges of laughter, exquisitely worded banter and worship.
Fell in love with the use of color, caring for plants, arranging flowers, journaling and making a home.
Another solo art show called Encanto and all of it was incredibly well received. You have no idea how hard it was to create this one throughout all the struggles of the year.
The cats celebrated their 10th birthday with Us.
Continued but not surprising disappointments.
Went out on some really beautiful and fun dates.
Made my name change official.
Found a deeper value in the quiet of my own company.
One too many jokes about ass with the Heaux. Shai Hulud Ronald.
The taste of shared truth, vulnerability, accountability, new connection dynamics, mutual respect and admiration
Liberty Station in the rain.
Knowing I can care about and miss someone but not have them be in my life anymore because they’re just not good for my healing or growth.
Watching R mature and grow into a pretty exceptional person.
Raised the bar.
Singing Selena on a pulmonia with Liz
Tears that encapsulated so many different emotions and for so many different reasons. And allowed myself to honor those feelings.
The awareness that arrived when those blinders really came off.
Road tripping, singing, camping, hiking and crying in Death Valley with Ginny.
Deleted old FB accounts for good.
Accepted and practiced the art of present living as best I could.
Our monthly couch session of re-watching Disney favorites.
A trip to Mazatlan to see my Parents that was hard, necessary, grounding and perspective giving (this is a whole other post that I am not quite ready for just yet)
The strength in Coven numbers that surround me with their excellent friendship, support and loyalty.
Missed Bee way too much and it sucks that we just don’t know when we will be able to travel. It is the longest I have gone without seeing her.
De Doorn – Amenra
Engine Of Hell – Emma Ruth Rundle
Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
An Evening With Silk Sonic – Silk Sonic
Songs That Were On Heavy Repeat:
Smokin’ Out The Window – Silk Sonic
Happier Than Ever – Billie Eilish (what an anthem)
Hand Out The Drugs – Kite
Ogentroost – Amenra
American Money – Børns
Brain – Banks
Running Up That Hill – Meg Myers
Riding Crop by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Fantabulosa on his letter
Jonny Cota Parfum
cedar + balsam
anything Sleepy by LUSH
The weather thwarted my usual pilgrimage to Sunset Cliffs to see the last sunset of the year. However, I do get to spend my NYE alone, at home with my cats. Being out doesn’t feel comfortable or right to be honest. Now, a ritual bath and the writing of my intentions for 2022 on the other hand? Absolutely.
If there’s one thing that pandemic life has taught me is that everything can change often and exponentially. Let’s see where we go from here, day to day, hour to hour. Right here.
It’s interesting to see things from ages ago. The faces I used to make, the company I kept, the manner in which I used to see and navigate the world. I’ve spent months contemplating what to do with old social media accounts that I deactivated several years ago. They just sit there collecting e-dust. Untouched. For a while I just liked to pretend it wasn’t there because the idea of it was daunting. There was so much there for me to endure. Nothing but memories that felt like daggers every time I saw them.
I guess that’s where the growth is in ways, because for once in a great while, I could look at the photos, the messages, and it not cut as deep as it used to because the truth is, this is where we are now. Is it a bummer? Absolutely. I can’t help but ask myself how I managed to get here. I mean, I know why but it’s a real mindfuck. How do you go from being someones friend or lady, to the diminutive adjectives used in the place where my name used to be? And just like that, we are strangers once more.
Nothing like skimming through decades+ worth of imagery and words to send you back to wonderful moments, the color of your life, the moments you forgot about and the sometimes dark that hid behind smiles. The lies that so many of us tell ourselves for the need to keep up the facade and expectations. Instead of being honest about how messy we all can be. I was done with that and now more than ever, it resonates even harder. I’m messy and complex… but so much more honest with myself.
I miss writing, reading and somewhere along the lines I fell prey to the drugs of attention and empty validations. It isn’t what I am about and in hindsight, never was. The great distraction and I thought I knew it all. The mirror we look away from because what looks back isn’t its best.
In any event the files were requested and as soon as I obtain them, I plan for a full on delete. I am fucking tired of the fb machine and how unproductive it has become. Not when I have art to create, things to say in person or in written form and a lot more authentic living to be doing.
Time to build something better.
Xmas is a week away but the past 24 hours have been mine. This will be the first one in 15 years that I don’t get to spend it with my girl. It makes me sad but she understands why. The beauty of it all is that tradition is what we make of it and I’ve always been kind of a rule breaker anyway. We adjust the sails and course to the wind.
Last night we went to see Ghostbusters Afterlife, the first time we had set foot in a theater since 2019. It’s such an unsettling feeling especially since she and I have been so cautious with public outings. But we got a relatively empty theater, snuggled up and watched a perfectly done film that hit us in the laughs and tears all at once. I forgot how much I enjoy our adventures, even when they’re the simplest of moments like holding hands and squeezing them when another moment of nostalgia kicked us in the feels box.
She got to open gifts from me this morning. Not a whole lot but things I knew she needed and really wanted. A lunch date, finding a rad copy of one of her holy grails at the record store, and now I wake with the whole household piled up on the couch, from a nap in the light of our spooky tree and the last Full Moon of 2021.
I hope she knows that every day with her is my Christmas morning and I’m fortunate enough to have had so many of those. She really has no idea how utterly grateful I am for it and her and no amount of colorfully wrapped boxes pieced together with tape can ever measure up to the time we get to share in the most crucial of her years. Or maybe she does? Happiest of Yules my Darling.
I have a trip home to make in the next couple of days. I’m nervous as fuck about it on so many counts. Another first since January 2019, a pandemic that continues, a confrontation with the realities of the mortal coil. Every visit made is one step closer to the possibility that it could be the last time I see my Mother breathing. What remains of her, anyway. A bittersweet journey, and one of the many heavy loads I have been carrying as of late but most people don’t know, or care to understand.
I don’t speak about a lot of things publicly, not how I used to. I had a lot of reasons not to, still do. My peace and her privacy being the biggest motivators. There is a lot to be said about the ideas of perception and reality. I don’t care about said perceptions and haven’t for a great while. I am used to taking the hits, blame and finger pointing for things I had zero play in and that isn’t something that has changed and sadly, won’t. But if there’s one thing I will not do anymore of is be subdued while traveling on my avenue of Truth. I don’t owe that shit to anyone, especially when Respect Blvd. was turned into a one way street.
These corners were dusty for a great while, it’s time to do things a little bit differently.
beautiful meals and holiday themed libations with excellent company
the bittersweet anticipation of a looming pilgrimage home
when plans go as hoped for, if not better
Our mutual respect, admiration and appreciation
frozen yogurt runs and bouncing to music with Her in the car
plush socks and a winter storm
rain and a xmas tree
when that karmic retribution finally arrives
when I crack open my journal to Your letter falling out
warm mugs in cold hands
conversations that flow like smooth lubrication
in tears holding Her hand to a chorus of gay men singing holiday songs
“hand out the drugs” by Kite. on repeat, in the rain
Coven reinforcements who remind me I don’t have to do it alone
holiday cards arriving in the mail
knowing I don’t have to pretend or fake it till I make it
being met where I am
the girl and I making holiday gifts in the kitchen to Silk Sonic’s “fly as me”
singing Megan Thee Stallion with Her and her friend in the car
sleeping familiars on my desk as I work
eggnog flavored nonsense
when you feel a connection plunge into a more profound depth
when I now find humor in things that used set me off
group chat inside jokes (love you bitches)
witnessing my squad reap the rewards of all their hard work
candid conversations filled with perfectly imperfect humanity
homemade lemon meringue sugar body scrub
the BEST neighbors
the sound of His voice so vivid I could feel the sparkle and smiles when it finally arrived
smell of: cedar + balsam, Fantabulosa, fireplace from outside
revelry in Our devilry.
we will always have spells and gravity gazes from across the room grey skies parting to rain traveling sideways
My annual birthday post comes late. It was my party and I will cry if I want to. I did. Truth be told it was a hard day – life doesn’t stop, even for special days and it’s not every day your birthday ends in a rare lunar eclipse. I am such a fucking Scorpio.
46 left me with so much…
Happy reunions with loved ones I hadn’t seen in far too long, an undiscovered vertebra that told me to take none of that shit, being kissed mercilessly, revelations that plummeted disappointment to lower depths, friendship that continues to be loyal as fuck, solidified and deepened connections, songs that cut me deeply, art that moved me, endless amounts of laughter with my Daughter and watching her be a god dammed warrior, tribe, tested comfort zones, being met, seen and accepted for nothing less than I am without agenda.
I got on a plane again, met several e-friends for the first time, passed a kidney stone (not recommended), too many covid tests, got vaccinated, had another successful solo art show, fell in love with taking care of my plants and arranging flowers, saw Nothing, went to Death Valley, reclaimed my motherfucking name, saw the world with a more amplified sense of wonder, wrote and wrote and wrote some more… and shared it all because I have nothing to hide. And a really big one? The out loud admittance that my previous life was abusive and unkind in many places – only to be packaged and sold as “love”. It wasn’t. I am not ashamed of Her, she didn’t know better and really wasn’t sure who she was just yet. I thought I did. I like who I am becoming so much more.
46 showed me that my truth continues to be the sharpest knife in my arsenal, that fear and insecurity are poison and I don’t give a fuck what people think of me. The greatest love of my life will always be Me, I enjoy my own company and that being wanted is far more meaningful than feeling needed. Because if there’s something that 46 gave me in abundance is choosing to not settle for mediocrity and bare minimum efforts from anyone. To tell those ghosts that come knocking again, “thanks but no thanks”. She showed me how to say “go fuck yourself” with silence or a gaze, how to stand my ground, how my peace has no price tag, that I enjoy being and feeling utterly free to live a life on my own terms, how to truly be accountable when I needed to be and when to hold others to the same standards because I deserve the world.
The most valuable lesson? Self worth. Every inch of my Olympus is not an altar for mortals to pray at, much less reside in. I am not a liner note kind of woman, I am the whole leather bound anthology and only the worthy will get to be a part of this story. And if they’re lucky? Turn. My. Pages.
Hello 47. Let’s see what you got.
I sensed it in the air from the second I woke this morning. A fragrance of Earth, salt, sea and magic. I could feel it coming and it has not been disappointing thus far. A clap so loud the house shook, the aroma of soil, asphalt and renewal rising into my lungs.
My missives are usually scrawled in ink on paper these days… sometimes for me, sometimes for those I know care to read, or when asked to, just because he loves seeing certain things wielded by my hand. And what would have been a hand written entry has surprisingly found itself in these dusted off parts of me. Maybe I will scan those scrawled pages so those revelatory words can be felt, just as much as seen.
Nonetheless, on a whim I opened this page several days ago and re-read the very few entries that remain public. Sparse, but colorful and jagged, like a rare piece of sea glass. What a ride it has been since then, since before then, and never in a million years did I expect to be where I am now. So much has happened.
I cannot even begin to list out the amounts of things, beings, experiences, emotions and wisdom the last year has given me. Treasures and revelry with those who are willing to ride this ride without fear or abandon. Willing to slam the brakes or step on my pedals just to see how fast she can go.
I have fallen in love with everything around me. With words, scents, prose, poetry, art and flora. Every day I am shown selfless care, truth and wonder from places far and wide or sometimes in my own back yard – a welcome revelation from the least expected of places. All a journey to being the Me I always knew was within, but they didn’t want me to be. Unapologetically raw, devastatingly sensual, brimming with peace in my own truth.
This hasn’t been without its hardships, that’s for sure. Painful lessons of violations and eye-opening disappointments that felt more like nails holding my eyelids open than the gentle light coming over the horizon. All while living through the most bizarre of unplanned timelines filled with death, ignorance and abject cruelty, some of which arrived in the places I least expected them from. Add trying to guide and shape not only my life, but the one I brought into this world? Ouch. A perpetual juggling of daggers and every once in a while, a little blood is inevitable – but I do my best to make sure it isn’t at my own hand. I am not in the business of wounding and I have a lot of scars, what’s one more?
My space is brimming with the sound of water hitting concrete, the trains wailing by and the occasional laugh from the couch by the light of my life – who continues to make everything so very worth it.
The veil thins and I can feel my intuition searing through my veins. And if what she is telling me is correct, there are a lot of really incredible and wicked things working their way to find and savor me.
I just need to open the door, sink my feet into the water and let the sky pour her majesty onto my skin…
And let the storm in.
It’s Mother’s Day weekend and I already have the best gift I could have asked for. I’m so incredibly grateful for what she brought into my world. Not sure what I did to get this winning lottery ticket of a person in my life. Don’t pinch me because being her Mom is a dream come true.
The bond we have will never be superseded. Not time nor space. Nothing and NO ONE will get between us and fuck, have I worked HARD for her and us. Of this you can be assured.
We continue to teach each other about growth, resilience and resolve – through laughter and tears, mistakes, profanity, awesomely bad music, balance, indulgence, adventure, acceptance and honesty.
This perfect, not so tiny human gives me drive, intention and fight. Tooth and fucking nail. She deserves the world and I will do everything I can to make sure she gets it. And I will remind her of it till breath stops filing my lungs. It was always just us anyway.
Happy Mother’s Day to us, Reza. Thank you for choosing me to be yours.