I didn’t drink alcohol this week. It feels so good to write that again. There were certainly temptations. It’s better when I don’t drink.
I’m listening to “Chalk” by Flume on repeat right now. I hate chalk in real life, so much so that I told my teachers I was allergic growing up so I wouldn’t have to write on a board with chalk. This song is a banger.
This week was out of the ordinary. You may even call it auspicious really.
We got back from Miami on Sunday, exhausted and inspired. I had a lot of catching up to do, but I was able to make time for a few special projects on the torch. We’re planning an upcoming drop with the OG artist Worm and he asked for some of my composition notebook prep to include a collab or two in the release. I remember the first time I met Worm at AGE in Vegas back when I was a young fan boy. I admired him and his work. Now I feel so privileged to call him a friend and truly honored to be asked to collaborate.
The other project I made this week was a fumed twisty cup for my girlfriend who came to spend a few days with me. She has a few things from the studio but I wanted to make something special for her to have a piece of mine.
We spent a few days away from the studio snowboarding together and on Thursday we got the rope drop for Vail’s Back Bowls. We were knee deep in powder laughing incessantly and smiling so hard our faces hurt. I had so much fun.
The relationship is new and I haven’t been in a serious relationship for around a decade. We’re learning about ourselves and each other. I’m doing some reading on my own about attachment styles in attempt to build a healthy foundation with my partner.
I’m very happy.
We spent a night together in Denver before her flight out. She lives on the road so we try to make quality time together when we’re in the same place. I took her on a dinner date and we are just enjoying each others company. We’re learning about each other and ourselves.
Friday was a lot of running around and that evening I made it by Explore Gallery for the Ornamental show. It was so nice to see our community out there and to feel more connected to everyone by just stepping outside my bubble. I used to feel like an outsider sometimes which very well could be due to the fact that I rarely leave my mountain oasis. Now I’m making an effort to be more present and my interactions feel more authentic and less awkward.
For the next few weeks I’ll be focused on some side work and spending minimal time at the studio. I’m hoping to get some riding in if we get more snow, and I have a few more pieces (or prep) I want to get done before the end of the year. I’m taking some time for introspection and planning so that when I return in 2024 I can optimize my productivity and not feel burnt out.
As per usual, I want to share more here today but I’m feeling my responsibilities pull me away.
Thank you for tuning in and being a part of my journey. Enjoy your Sunday.
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On Sundays I reflect.