Wow, so what didn't happen this year? I was accepted to Syracuse University's Newhouse School for graduate school, and I was accepted into - then left - the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship program. I'm glad I came back too; I was able to see and be part of the Centennial Celebration of the Medfield Memorial Public Library that I helped to plan, and could take up as Library Trustee once more!
I completed the General Assembly 10-week certificate program in Digital Marketing in Boston.
My capstone project was a digital marketing plan that helped me to create a foundation to revive an old project. While I'm still working on the project, my presentation led to a new job as 'Marketing Specialist' to start in the new year!
I created the new video series 'Fauxmercials,' which was accepted into and screened in multiple events internationally - including the local Shawna Shea Memorial Film Festival! Short 'Ice Cream For Breakfast' from my undergrad days is still making its rounds in the festival circuit, as well.
My comedy video 'Dump Trump' was so well-done that it was taken too seriously, contemplated upon too deeply (by those who like and dislike Trump alike), and caused so many (all) my friends to be uncomfortable. No one would share it, so that bombed. I always think it's odd; people will complain but won't take action, nor will these same people share a friend's work that relates to the thing they disdain all because they're worried about perception. Interesting that they're not worried about how they come across with their passive disdain, but are worried about how others will look at them for sharing a video on the same topic. Hmmm...
In the summer, I received press with Take Magazine article 'Geena Matuson: The Illusion is Real' for my ongoing series 'The Girl Mirage' - because who doesn't like an eponymous project, amiright? I also received recognition for the Muse Creative Awards with this series, which I'll be expanding in the new year.
I also started a Society6 online shop, though made no announcements to this point. So...surprise! You'll definitely hear more as I work on new designs and product configurations with my work, haha.
Even more on the art front - music producer Aloeight has been collaborating with me, using my art on album covers for hip-hop/trip-hop singles, like 'Tarot Reading ft. Carmine Moth' and 'Ahead feat. Jak Progresso & Indrid Cold'!
Aloeight has been adding the text and making the art work for the album cover, visually mirroring the music. You can find more on Soundcloud.
On a personal note, I struggled with SIBO, or small intestine bacterial overgrowth, which caused many other health issues in its wake. However, I struggled more so to find a decent gastroenterologist, and still haven't found one. Don't you love going to a doctor who has outdated equipment (confirmed by their staff)? Great times. I, and my primary care doctor, were the ones who figured out my illness was caused by my intake of the same probiotic strain for 20 years.
On top of my health issues that took me out of work, my mom discovered she had breast cancer. She quickly had surgery, then radiation treatments, and is now recovering. She's still undergoing various surgeries in the coming year, and I'm so glad I came back from Israel and can spend this time with her.
This year has been about healing both mentally and physically, and I can see it in all those around me. I think the next year will be a sort of "rebirth" year, in a metaphorical sense.
This is truly my time to finish everything I've started - and I'm not starting anything else until I've finished the many projects I had underway. I love the organizing so much that I create new projects just so I can organize them, and finishing them becomes nearly secondary.
However, I'm learning to balance creation and marketing, and can see so many things coming together for me right now.
In fact, when I returned from Israel in late September, I finished my first self-published book 'Dadalectic: Waking Dream.' I know I know, I can't believe it either! It's a poetry-art book influenced by dadaism and surrealism working hand-in-hand, a play of pattern and perception. You can even read a "poetic" interpretation of the time I was almost constricted to death by a boa constrictor at the science museum when I was little. Yes, really. (What can I say? I'm an interesting person.)
As it's the end of the year and holidays abound, I'll make some waves about the book just after New Year's. Be prepared for an awesome "book commercial" and more!
Like I said, this next year will be one of rebirth, a true phoenix from the ashes. This year was a year of mental rebirth, getting to know oneself and learning in order to use all of this new knowledge for the future. I'm excited to see what's gonna happen!