Throwback Thursday! Yes! Believe it or not, that is in fact me in that first picture. I was probably around 14-15 years old 😅 . I grew up in a fairly small, but diverse city, and everyone dressed like 90s rappers at the time 😂 . This style was particularly appealing to me because the baggy clothes would hide my emerging feminine figure, which i hated. It also made me fairly intimidating, and I was really insecure, so that worked in my favor 🤷🏻♂️ . Back then, I had a crazy, toxic idea of what masculinity was. I thought I had to be tough, hide my emotions in order to be accepted by the guys. This was an extremely low point in my life because I was trying so hard to deny the fact that I was trans, and just embrace myself as a butch lesbian. Unfortunately, this left me alienated from a lot of people. I was known, but far from popular, if you know what I mean 😔 . This was probably the most depressed I have ever been, and for a long time. At school and with friends I would act fine. It was when I was home alone, usually at night, that I would sit and wallow. Wonder what life all meant and if I would ever be happy, or even just comfortable in my own skin 😥 . I’m so glad that I made it thru that phase in my life and had the strength to finally come out as transgender. I wouldn’t say transitioning cured my depression. But it definitely has lessened the grip that depression had on my life. Most days I am able to push past it, and see my tasks thru. Other days, it still completely debulitates me. Monday was one of those days ☹️ . Everyone needs a mental health day sometimes. I’m glad I took mine when I did. The next day, after sleeping for 12 hours 😅 I felt like a whole new person! I really needed that! Finishing the week strong!😁 . Give me 👍🏼 if you’re doing the same! . . . #throwbackthursday#tbt#thirstythursday#thirsttrap#thirsttrapthursdays#throwback#teenager#transformation#transition#changes#growingup#glowup
I've officially chosen to attend the University of Massachusetts Medical School starting this August in their MD program. They've been my top school for a long time, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be accepted! I got to tour around the UMass campus today while on spring break. It will be great to be back home in New England after four years in the midwest. Only two more months of premed, and then on to the real thing!
I always feel vulnerable when creating art. It’s like riding into a battlefield where you’re both the conqueror and the defeated. You challenge theology, religion, political law, and all sorts of beliefs while exploring the hidden stories in your soul. You begin to let go of the reason of this world and end up healed and broken—inspired and drained. . . While working on my Christmas fantasy book, I’ve been exploring the themes of innocence and guilt while crafting a brand new world. This story has already taught me one cannot exist without the other. Like light and darkness, we only know a wound because we were once whole. . . Here’s to every artist out there daring to bare their souls; daring to heal wounds. We exist to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comforted.
Many times we throw attacks from opposite sides. For instance, jab and rear kick, or cross and lead kick. Let's change it up a bit. Throwing an attack from the same side twice can help you change the timing of the fight, and become a bit more tricky. Check it! 👊 ------------------------------------------------------------- With: @alo.508 FULL VID: https://youtu.be/GU-sJAu3Dh0
I had such a great time at @newstreetglass within the @worcestercraftcenter This amazing opportunity came from being awarded first place at the @glassartsociety Student Exhibition in 2018. There are so many people to thank but id really like to shout out @glassymomo and @meredithmakesglass for freeing up their schedule and volunteering many hours to help me turn glass and ideas. These sculptures are mainly focused on highlighting the uniqueness of glass as a material from being able to hold such vibrant colors to being gooey and sticky. I was also interested in utilizing the entire studio and getting all the glass residents to help out. so at the demo we were blowing glass on two benches while assembling on the third. Im also very grateful for the amazing @benyosefglass who drove up to help me out for the demo. I hope to have these up on my website soon! Also, Pablo Soto is teaching a weekend class there soon! Look it up! VC: @glassymomo
Did you attend "Builders Trade" in Worcester, MA in 2003, 04, 05? I only have two photos on my desk and this is one of them. This #tbts photo is from 2005 and includes about half of the regular @finehomebuilding authors and editors who were at the show doing demonstrations. L-R Rick Arnold, Larry Haun, Cheryl Lewis (show organizer), Andy Engel (@aeinct ), Gary Striegler ( @craftsmanbuilders ), Tom O'Brien, Myron Ferguson ( @thatdrywallguy ) and me. Not pictured - Gary Katz (@ katzroadshow), Tom Meehan, Chris Green, Roe Osborn ( @roeosborn ) , Dan Morrison ( @protradecraft ), Jed Dixon, Mike Kennedy, Chuck Bickford ( @chuckbickford ) We worked like crazy for 4 long days preparing everything for the demonstrations on a Friday and Saturday in mid February. The show was an arrangement between Fine Homebuilding and the Western Mass Builders Asso. At the time FHB had about 350,000 subscribers so they figured the show would be well attended. Builders and residential tradecraft folks came from all over the US, Canada and a few other countries - It was an opportunity for many of FHB's BreakTime members who had connected through the web forum to get together in person. Our generation's version of an IG meetup. Unfortunately the attendance never exceeded 1800 and an ill-timed snowstorm one year prevented a lot of regional people from driving in so show didn't continue. I'm not sure what we were thinking but several of us led "Sawdust Seminars" in carpeted ballrooms the day before the expo floor exhibits opened. Rick and I did a roof cutting course. We prepped a 20 ft x 16 ft x 20 ft 'L' shaped set of 4 ft tall walls. Then calculated, cut and installed rafters with about 15 in attendance. Jed Dixon and Mike Kennedy built a set of curved stairs and showed how to hand carve custom volutes. Even after trying our best to clean up when finished, we got backcharged for cleaning sawdust out of the carpet. In the early - mid 2000s there