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It's been a long time, are you still there?

1. I haven't written to you in a long time, but I'm still here! And I'm 33 now. I've read and heard that thirty three is supposed to be a really transformative year. A year of growth and renewal and finding out who the fuck I'm really supposed to be. So far, so good. I have a 33 list, I'll share that with you later, but one of the things is to go camping for the first time. Like a chingona camping trip at Enchanted Rock when it's not hot. Do you wanna come? I don't even know where to start.

2. I'm currently sitting and typing at CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery and it's so cute and so fancy and the coffee is so good. So so so. + I'm sitting on a couch that very much resembles the one one Friends. Where's Smelly Cat? 
What kills me about these kinds of places (Rosella, Halcyon, etc) is that they're nowhere near the hood. One day I'll open up a panaderia/coffee shop that plays cumbias and boleros and is smack in the middle of the South Side. I can't wait.

3. I've been thinking a lot about VeryThat and what it's become and where I want it to go. Are you ready? I am. I wanna take it all the way back to where I started with my odd and end accessories, and those cool ass magnets I used to make, loteria sets, etc and then bring it all the way to the work I'm doing now with tiles and graphics. Hecho a mano love. 

4. I have so much to do in the next few weeks. My list is scary long, pero I'm ready to tackle it. I was freaking out over the last couple days, but today I was reminded that everything I've have been confronted with has been survived. I'm a survivor (I'm not gon give up). So as I start this week and look at closing out this month with my ever growing scary list, I KNOW I'm going to tackle it down and do it well. I got this. You got this. 

5. Having said that, I'm looking forward to next month! I want to take a road trip somewhere far and beautiful. Perhaps California. I've never been, can you even believe it? Wanna come with me? Want to spin around like you're about to hit a piñata and walk towards a map and just point? Want to climb in my car with just a few things in tow, gas money, and some wanderlust? Let's go. 

Go to go, love you.
Cristina <3 

Five things.

1. Today has been VERY productive!  After a few weeks of being creatively stumped and unable to produce like I usually do, it feels like I finally broke through. It's been a frustrating little while, because although I know I have shows and I have to stay on my social media game (ew, did I just say that?), I've had a crazy ass block. Today was different! I've been working on and off on Mujeres Mercado, making tiles and other cositas for VeryThat, and getting some laundry and cleaning done in between. Yes, I spent the entire day at home; yes, that means I have been in my underwear getting these things done, and yes-- this is my job! 

2. I was thinking about where I was this time last year. Looking for shows to supplement my income, living mostly off my savings, and still unsure about what the future held. This is right around the time where things started coming together for me. For those like me, you know that this is when things get a little crazy- am I ready? I better be! I realize I can no longer remember off the top of my head what events I have coming up, the little teal calendar I carry around has become my lifeline and the next few months are already bananas. THIS MAKES ME HAPPY. 

3. On Tuesday (the 16th) some of us from Mujeres Mercado made our way to Pleasanton for a Diez y Seis event sponsored by their Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. There were 7 of us set up and although it wasn't as busy as some shows are, it was a really nice time to connect with each other. As artists, as locals-never-lived-anywhere-else's and as new-to-SAers. We all sat and had dinner together, learned things about each other than't don't really come up during busy shows. How do we find time to do this when we're not gigging? I would love to figure that out because that time spent together was something I didn't know I needed. 

4. Hitting "add friend" was nerve wrecking twice in the last month. I reconnected with two friends that once meant the world to me. I never thought I'd be the one to make the move, it never crossed my mind that we could one day be okay-- but there it was. Confirmation that things can be moved on from and forgiveness can be real. Maybe we'll never be as close as we were in that era, but knowing they're out there in this big and scary world without me knowing they're okay became too much. I am so grateful they each reached out and seemed genuinely happy to reconnect. 

5. So many things have happened in the last few months and I was reminded of a meeting I was so nervous for earlier this Summer. I remembered my mom's motivational text (verbatim cause she's cute like that), "Tu eres chingona y todo the va a salir como tu quieres te apoyo 100 por ciento i love you."