OMG. I got a huge chunk of my rubber gear in the mail today. Are words really necessary to describe the elation I'm feeling right now? Pictures to follow. Maybe a virtual fashion show? It's like a birthday present, to myself.
Looking back, 25 was a good year.
There's been a lot of positive things happening in my life. Moving into a house, my partner finding a dream job he loves and is good at, making a TON of new friends in Minneapolis, writing this blog, attending my first IML, getting into shape again, working toward competing at MIR...things have been looking up in a lot of areas in my life. I've never been happier than I am now.
I know I haven't been writing on here as much as I used to, my posts have slowed down to about once a week to a week and a half. That's mostly because I've started working out for an hour or more per day. Truly, the hardest thing about working out is trying to find the time to fit it into your schedule. Fortunately I've been able to get into a routine, and although some days I still hate doing it, I'm still pushing myself forward because I'm seeing results. And I can't thank all my friends enough for their motivation to keep going.
The road to MIR is getting shorter. It may sound stupid, but I'm already learning a lot about myself just working on the application, finding a sponsor (thank you Cockpit Minneapolis!), and working out. Working out is something we all should be doing anyway, but my "quest for the sash" is the thing that really motivated me to get going on it. Finding a sponsor has pushed me to talk more to local businesses that support the leather/rubber community, and making those community ties has opened my eyes to another have of our leather world. I guess I could say that going for the sash is already changing my life and we're not even to MIR yet. I'm really excited about it anyway - it'll be a great experience and I'm looking forward to being on stage side-by-side with some friends.
GEAR NIGHT is at the Minneapolis Eagle this Saturday. As much buzz and talk as I have heard, I think we're going to have an amazing turn out, much like we did last month. Even if all you can do is meet the minimum dresscode, PLEASE try to come out and experience what it's like. As always, if you see me there, please stop me and say Hi! I love meeting new people. Besides, I need to find someone to give me 26 spankings.
Then, on Sunday after Gear Night, I get to hop on a plane in the morning to head to Michigan to join the Chicago Hellfire Club for Session B of Inferno. I consider it to be an honor just to be invited, but I'll also be doing a demo there on - what else? - mummification. I'm really pumped about that too and I think it'll be an awesome time, even though I'm a little bit nervous and I don't quite know what to expect!
25 was amazing. I expect 26 is going to be even better.