June was a good month, but it was a busy month. (Though when is that ever not the case?!) We were engaged in a half-dozen community events and marketing projects and were only at our house nine nights this month. I’m excited for July as we have a number of projects we’re kicking off—in Murfreesboro, Ohio and at a couple of Tennessee state parks—as well as headed out to Portugal for the long-awaited creative entrepreneur workshop we’re teaching.
But for now, this is how June shook out:
We traveled back to our beloved Oklahoma City. This trip was all about art and OKC’s mural scene, and I couldn’t have been happier. If you haven’t been to Oklahoma, I highly suggest putting this underrated city on your travel list.
The Blonde Mule highlighted me as one of her bitches. It’s a good thing, I swear!
I was also part of a female vent session regarding working in a social media management position. Similar to my “13 questions NOT to ask a travel writer,” Kim compiled a list of things you should never broach with a social media manager and you should definitely give it a read.
We produced a free community-wide luau. The marketing portion of it, in which SVV dressed up as Left Shark and posed at businesses all across the community, was my favorite part of the whole ordeal.
I’m in Austin! I couldn’t be more excited to be back in one of my favorite cities working with my favorite hotel brand, Fairmont, on another content project highlighting the city and the company’s newest property.
I attended my 10th Bonnaroo. This was possibly our most low-key Roo to date, and we still had a blast. As I mentioned in the post, the best Bonnaroos are the ones where you go in with zero expectations or plans.
I wrote this essay about our Manchester mural project for Mic. The mural project was a doozy—met with far more controversy than you’d think an American flag could stir up—and we are still getting resistance from the old folks on the Historic Zoning Commission. Expect more updates as our grassroots art movement evolves….
Anxiety, anxiety, anxiety. I’ve struggled with anxiety ever since my teens; it reached a tipping point about 10 years ago when various medications and therapists didn’t work, and I had to learn how to tackle it myself. Due to the nature of how this year has gone, I’m nearly to my tipping point again, and it sucks. I know what I need—routine, a regular workout regimen again, back to healthy eating—but it’s going to be awhile until our schedule dies down to reincorporate all those things once more. Until then, I’m trying to take small steps toward improving my mental and emotional well-being.
We had to drop a long-term client. Sometimes you have to do the hard thing, and the hard thing is often the right thing, whether it takes you a long time to admit it or not. In this case, we’d been strung along for a while and not treated as we should have been—for example, not being paid for four months!—and we just realized it was time to part ways.