March was an insanely busy month. The digital marketing company I work with took on 3 new clients. I went to a natural products expo and volunteered at the LA Marathon while sick. Dan and I took amazing engagement photos in Long Beach, and we also managed to go on an adventure out to see the super blooms in Anza Borrego State Park. Also, in the last few weeks, I’ve started something new in my life, that I’m just not ready to fully share about – but it’s time-consuming and fun.
My new mantra is I am an abundance of energy and good health. It’s the only way I can look at my to-do list and not spiral out. Yet, the underlying stress of the month definitely manifested itself yesterday as in the middle of a dental filling I started to have a panic attack. I do have a fair level of dental anxiety, but I’ve never had a panic attack. So while my mouth is wide open, the dentist is doing his thing, and I’m listening to Hindustani music to drown out the drilling; I felt my jaw tremble, body start to shake, and I just went into “mind over matter” mode. Fortunately, I was able to get through the attack but not without a few tears.
Why am I sharing my dental panic attack? Basically, as a reminder that as much as one might think they are a machine we’re actually human. Stress will manifest in the most inconvenient ways, so maybe I should have done a yoga flow that morning knowing the anxiety I already have about the dentist. I’ve become more and more aware of my stress levels. Every unicorn hair on my head is a reminder of how my body reacts to stress. With the awareness, I’ve also learned tricks to help manage it. Like even though it was a stress inducing month, I also managed to balance it out with enough fun that I feel I’m not feeling completely burned out. I think I’m finally getting a grasp on how to manage work and play (said in the voice of Sarah from the Labyrinth).
So, I had a surge of creativity this last week that helped me build out my new playlist ‘cactus bloom’. I also gave Blanket Fort Adventures a little makeover with a new aesthetic on the blog, youtube, and twitter. I have felt a shift within and I want what I’m doing now to reflect that too. April is going to be equally non-stop. Dan and I are headed back to the Coachella record store, my client “50 objects / stories of the Japanese American Incarceration” will finally launch, and the wedding will only be 7 months away ( so I need to send out save the dates, start a wedding website, look into this and that).
I am an abundance of energy and good health!!
Cactus Bloom : 2hrs 14 mins | “Pretty Please” – Leon Triplett / “Snowqueen of Texas” – The Mamas & The Papas / “Love” – Lana Del Rey / “Seagull” – Living Hour / “Mile End” – Pulp / “Drone” – Chastity Belt / “The Meeting of the Waters” – Fionn Regan / “Open Letter to Forever” – Fred Thomas / “I’d Rather Dance With You” – Kings of Convenience / “Bee Bein’ Strugglin” – The Octopus Project / “Prospect Hummer” – Animal Collective / “I’ll Believe in Anything” – Wold Parada / “Stay In” – tomemitsu / “Damaged Goods” – Gang og Four / “Jamz” – Sales / “Indian Food” – Dumbo Gets Mad / “Parade” – Kevin Morby / “Poor Relations” – Mr Twin Sister / “Ivy” – Sales / “Age” – X-Ray Spex / “Oh No” – Jack and Eliza / “Berlin, Without Return” – Voxtrot / “Born & Raised” – Fake Problems / “Contraption Soul Desert” – Thee Oh Sees / ” After the Moment” – Craft Spells / “Black Magick” – Ty Segall / “She Dont’ Use Jelly” – The Flaming Lips / ” I Wanna Be Forgotten” – Bass Drum of Death / “Roadrunner” – The Modern Lovers / “Korakrit” – The Octopus Project / “A Girl Like You” – Edwyn Collins / “That’s Us” – Wild Combination / “To Move On” – Alex Izenberg / “Water” – Jamacian Queens