2017 was a year that felt surreal, and not in the best way. It seems like this has been the case for many, but for me it was a year that went quick and I'm glad it did. At the end of 2016, I began journaling and dreaming up what 2017 would look like with a few things I envisioned happening. They definitely started to happen, just not in the way I had thought...
Here's a few highlights from the year, along with some challenges I faced:
Entering 2017 having just finished being a part of this video, "Perfect Illusion" Lady Gaga, was quite a surprise. I got a blind casting and got called in the next morning for a secret video shoot to dance and I thought, "I really don't feel like giving 12 hours of my night right now..." but went anyway, and it was such an incredible project to be a part of. I slowly felt music creeping back into my life and it was a great way to start the year.
Spent February in NYC for Fashion Week and my Birthday. It was my 3rd year attending, and while it was such a great experience again, I was beginning to feel the exhaustion of the past year hitting me. When I returned to LA, I had to quickly begin prepping to move.
Second year for Coachella- always the most fun, unpredictable, exhausting weekend all in one. Got to work with some incredible people and see old and new friends before getting away to Europe!
Jetted off to Istanbul and celebrated my beautiful cousin's wedding and spent 2 weeks with family.
Next stop was London. A place I've felt connected to for years, and had been waiting to experience. Originally I was planning to go for Fashion week, but ended up pushing the trip to April, and it was beautiful to spend it with no agenda other than exploration. The idea of moving there has always been in the back of my mind along with NYC, so I can't wait for more opportunities in this great city.
The first half of the year felt like a tornado of events. From moving, to traveling, to Airbnb's for a month (because my new apartment wasn't ready), to finally moving in, in April. I only settled in for a few days before it was time to leave again for Coachella, Turkey, then London until May. Before I knew it, it was Summer.
Getaway to Miramonte Hotel in Palm Springs to kick off the summer.
During the summer, I was in the beginning stages of recording my new single (going back into the studio for the first time in 10 years) and starting up as many writing sessions as I could. It's something I had been waiting for, and with the emotional events of the year, I felt catapulted into the studio with such a sense of vulnerability and readiness. It was on my list of to-do's this year, and before I knew it, it became my cave for 7 months upon completing the song in December.
Writing and recording this song was my healing place and my hope for creating something beautiful out of such a difficult year.
2017 has certainly been a theme of dependency, trust, and learning joy all in a completely new, deeper way. I can honestly say that it's been incredible, yet one of the most difficult years I've experienced. Looking at 2018, I'm feeling more at home within LA and the pace of my life. I'm excited to continue this blog, along with a deeper focus on my music. I'm so incredibly thankful for all of you that have read my blog, followed along in Insta, and have supported anywhere else. Looking forward to a new 2018!