Monday, August 25, 2008

some of my digital photography

Paul in Blue ............................. Mike as George Michael

Jamie's Gone Country ......................... Paul by Candlelight

Paul in the jungle .............. Perhaps an album cover?

Jamie the bad girl in the alley........... and in the woods

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The last 6 months ... an update

It's been so long since I posted! I guess now that Britney is getting her shit together, there's less opportunity for me to lord my successes over her. Good for her, though!

It has been a crazy couple of months since that last post, and I have definitely embarked upon my own journey of healing, self-discovery, and whirlwind change:
- I quit my job (that I had held for 6 1/2 years!!)

- I have seen Cher and George Michael in concert, I met Carly Simon and watched her perform live for the first time, plus had the opportunity to see Tina Turner live again for the first time in 8 years (at a special Oprah Winfrey taping in Las Vegas [pictured at right] two days before my birthday!!)

- I moved out of an apartment that had stifled me almost the entire time I was there into a beautiful house at the bottom of the Hollywood hills with two great friends who support and inspire me.

- I have taken vacations to Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and more.

- I also met a very special guy (pictured at right) that I think earns the title of first official relationship in my more than ten years of dating the menz. He has brought me a new kind of happiness, and we've shared so many amazing experiences that are brand new and so thrilling (perhaps the best so far has been being cuddled up on the beach in Santa Monica watching the 4th of July fireworks - what a night!!)

- I also have shorn off my locks of blond that I hid behind for
years and for awhile wore a very tight dark buzz cut that made my social presence about me not about my fabulous hair - although by now I've reintroduced some blonde into a faux-hawk that I have dubbed my skunk stripe.

- I have renewed my interest in photography and have bought a new camera and have been taking pictures and signing up for classes and trying to see if there's any future for me in a more creative field than I've ever tried before as a way to earn a living. (I'll have to post some of my efforts in an upcoming blog post)

- I've begun doing a steady regimen of cardio fir the first time in my life, alternating between tennis and hiking up Runyan Canyon (a beautiful vista set between two mountains that kick my ass every time I climb them!!) And the pounds are just falling off as my endurance continually increases and I keep surprising myself with what I can do.

- I've also tried to cleanse my life by selling off 10 huge boxes of my clothes, and more than 1,000 of my CDs and DVDs - having stuff is no longer a source of pride, it became a burden and an obsession nowhere near as fulfilling as the freedom I am experiencing now.

There are many more "small victories" that I could fill this page with, but I love that I don't have to. I have nothing to prove, and am so satisfied to know that I feel for the first time in ages that I am on a path towards happiness and a fuller, healthier life