November 05, 2017

22 Before 23 Update

How did I do on achieving my 22 goals before my most recent birthday?

1. Watch more films by WTFs
Yes!  I totally did!  You can keep track of my progress here.  Only 27 more to go!

2. Create a proper website/portfolio
I'm getting there.  

3. Bullet journal every day
Almost!  There are some days when I feel too busy, or I'm not home in the evening.  Poor excuses. For my mental health, I want to stick to updating it every day.

4. Fill a sketchbook
Sort of forgot about this one.

5. Compile and publish a zine
Huzzar!

6. Compete in Minnesota's 48 Hour Film Fest

7. Continue Word of the Hour Redux with Nicole
This happened to some extent, and we're going to start again soon.

8. Continue producing Ink Clings with Lauren
We've lost focus on this joint project.  I don't think we'll continue and that's okay.

9. Read 15 books

10. Cook a new healthy meal every month
Bahahaha, no.  But my boyfriend cooks :)

11. Speak up for my needs
Yes, on several occasions.  I will practice doing it more, too.

12. Budget better
I've been on top of my spreadsheets.  Do I cut out Spotify Premium?  I'm torn.

13. Do projects with Photoshop and AfterEffects
I liked this.

14. Use my DSLR more
I believe I meant for photography and not filmmaking.  Regardless, this did not happen.

15. Travel to D.C.
I'll be creating a whole post about a video soon.

16. SECRET?
Shhhhh.

17. Use social media with more intention
I'm barely on Twitter and I'm trying to only post on Instagram and Facebook when it makes sense.  Doing my best now to also only check once a day!

18. Start an ETC circle with Twin Cities pals
Spectacular fail.

19. Practice my DIY spirituality (dancing, meditating, conversing with strangers)
I have somewhat lost sight of what this looks like for me.  I want to start meditating again.

20. Finishing editing PGT

21. Shoot and screen my claymation documentary
Yep!  Reading this reminds me to invite friends to a private screening of GRIEF.  The plan will be to host several and bring people together to talk about the difficult topic.  Together, we heal. 

22. Talk less, smile more
Way to have quantifiable goals, Lizzie.

12/22 -- I'll take it. 

August 24, 2017

There Are No Rules

 
I'm currently visiting my childhood home in central Florida.  I've only run into one high school acquaintance at the grocery store so far.  It's strange.  I'm like a bonafide adult now.  I caught myself dishing out advice to a teenager on the plane ride here.  (I hope it didn't feel too unsolicited.)

As much as I live my life with intention and suffused with meaning, I'm trying hard not to read too much into my writing here.  I think I'm still figuring out how much I want to share via this platform as opposed to my Instagram, or my Tinyletter—or frankly anything online for that matter.  In the ever increasingly obtrusive digital age, I've enjoyed retaining some privacy.

That said, I return to this blog more often than not, actually.  I feel fond for a past self who chose to publicly document so much.  I love being able to browse my archives, groaning at the ignorant comments or admiring my adolescent yearnings.  I remember feeling like if I could just get out of Florida, I could establish a happier path for myself.  Now, I bring up my Floridian roots practically any chance I get.  Diners at the restaurant had to hear about how I didn't think it was hot outside because I grew up amid constant heat and humidity.  You also best believe I have so many thoughts and feelings about the trailer for Sean Baker's The Florida Project.  One day I would love to make a short video series all about Florida, tackling stereotypes and misconceptions.  Also, space.

My life feels fluid, constantly grappling for identities and seeking more understanding each day.  I love the messy, emotional Lizzie who is seriously trying her best to heal.  Always have, always will.

April 16, 2017

22 Before 23

My long time blogger pal Maggie recently posted her "25 before 26" list and I was inspired to do the same.  With approximately six more months before October 10, 2017, here are my goals:
  1. Watch more films by WTFs
  2. Create a proper website/portfolio
  3. Bullet journal every day
  4. Fill a sketchbook
  5. Compile and publish a zine
  6. Compete in Minnesota's 48 Hour Film Fest
  7. Continue Word of the Hour Redux with Nicole
  8. Continue producing Ink Clings with Lauren
  9. Read 15 books
  10. Cook a new healthy meal every month
  11. Speak up for my needs
  12. Budget better
  13. Do projects with Photoshop and AfterEffects
  14. Use my DSLR more
  15. Travel to D.C.

  16. Use social media with more intention
  17. Start an ETC circle with Twin Cities pals
  18. Practice my DIY spirituality (dancing, meditating, conversing with strangers)
  19. Finish editing PGT
  20. Shoot and screen my claymation documentary
  21. Talk less, smile more