There have been a lot of big changes here, both good and bad. New merchandise, new prices on services, and some big projects put to rest. Frustrating injuries, mental health issues, and breakups. This year is all about learning to take the good with the bad, learning from life as we move through it.
So first, the good news;
I've finally gotten a small run of merchandise for product shoots! Not only is apparel comfortable and accurately-sized, but the full-colour designs are some of the most vibrant I've ever seen! As a band guy it makes me a bit uncomfortable wearing my own merchandise but honestly, I can't help but wear those wicked socks as often as I wash em.
There's a bunch more designed and ready to go, but I'll be ordering sample runs and doing shoots with them before releasing them as a complete run. Expect some interesting spacey designs on shirts, leggings, skirts, and much more in time for the Spring. Big thanks to Printful for servicing our designs, I'm sure everyone will appreciate the quality. Also, I've finally upgraded to a Sony FS5, which is a major step up from a crop-factor sensor!
Now for the hard stuff...
It's been a difficult season. First, I split up with my ex-fiancée and haven't had the easiest time with it. While it was a massive change in my life, it ultimately was for the best and has shown me some much-needed adjustments I've needed to make in myself for a long time.
Following that, I've had to deal with a bad bout of lateral epicondylitis, more commonly known as tennis elbow or computer elbow. It's put me in a position where I have to simply heal, which means no typing for school, no typing at work, no playing bass or drums, and no editing work. Needless to say, having to stop doing more or less everything I do, even if just for short time, has been brutal.
The mixture of these two events has left me in a bit of a weird place. I've been working hard mentally ordering my responsibilities for when I get back to work, attempting to find alternate ways of doing the most pressing work, and figuring out how to get back to just being myself again. All the while, I've been unable to get much physical activity in while healing, so it's been a lot of mental work without any real physical outlet for my stress.
This too shall pass.
While I've been facing a lot of difficulties lately, I'm still hopeful. I realize all of this is temporary, and just another challenge along my path. Life isn't really about achieving a state of permanent happiness, but about being about to meet and overcome the challenges that come our way in life. Once I'm done healing, it's going to be a straight shot to graduation, then going full time with Shopify and Stay Heavy Studios for the summer!
Again, thanks for reading and staying tuned. Be sure to check out our upcoming shows with Vultures on Facebook and at VulturesOfficial.com, I hope to see you there! Expect plenty of new content on the SHS Youtube and Instagram as well, lots of backlogged content to catch up on!