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    • 2018 Goals

      2 months ago

      Melissa_ATX

      Hello all! Hope everyone's 2018 is going well.


      Every year I like to set some general goals for myself. Nothing too extravagant or unrealistic so I don't set myself up for disappointment at the end of the year. Just some general things for me to keep in mind for the year. 



      In 2017 my goals were:


      1. Be aware of my mental health, and make an effort to take care of myself, limit stress, and generally be happier. Figuring out the causes of stress and unhappiness is great awareness and helps you fix those issues going forward.
      2. Give more to charity (time and money). I've volunteered at an animal shelter weekly for several years, but last year I expanded that to giving more when I could, both to that shelter and to other causes that were important to me. Any amount of time and effort or money helps someone/something, whether it's a $5 donation to a food bank, or buying a t-shirt where the proceeds go to disaster relief.
      3. Improve my archery skills. I shoot Olympic recurve indoor target archery. It's a really fun sport that can be incredibly frustrating sometimes (like when you're making a small adjustment to your form and it throws your previously good scores off)!



      Here are a few of my 2018 goals:

      1. Make a cosplay of Rey's newest outfit from The Last Jedi. Rey is definitely one of my favorite characters in all of fiction, and I've made 2 of her outfits already (Jakku Scavenger and gray vest Resistance). I have to add to my collection and make that Jedi look! 
      2. Learn new skills. Udemy has some interesting courses, and they seem to have sales frequently (I bought some classes when they were at $10 marked down from $150+). If you want to start a new hobby or pick up some skills that might help your career, sites like that can be a good place to start. If you can't afford to pay for a class, there are always tutorials on blogs and YouTube.
      3. D&D. I've played tabletop RPGs for years (ranging from one shots to games that lasted years), love boardgames (shout out to TableTop!), and for the past few months I've been in my first D&D 5E campaign. Since I've played RPGs before, in this campaign I'm trying to make an effort to develop my roleplaying/acting side more. I'm excited to see where my half-elf rogue takes me this year!



      Anyone else have goals for this year? Goals you accomplished last year? 


    • PAX South 2016 - Cosplay Adventures

      2 years ago

      Melissa_ATX

      I had a blast at PAX South last weekend! I went last year in PAX South's first year of awesome and had a great time. For 2016, PAX South seemed to double in size, and it was definitely a lot to fit into my convention experience with my one-day Saturday badge.


      The biggest change I made from my last year's experience was going in costume. I've always loved making costumes, but last year's PAX inspired me to go into even more detail this time. I went back and forth between several characters (which I will probably cosplay in the future) but I wasn't truly inspired to pour hours, money, and effort into until I saw the new Star Wars movie. I grew up on Star Wars (I literally have no memories of the first time I saw it, because my parents introduced me to it when I was about two years old, before I had long term memory!), so I was very skeptical going into JJ Abrams' movie. Turns out I loved it, I've seen it several times, and Rey has immediately shot up onto my list of favorite Star Wars characters. My choice for a PAX South cosplay became clear.


      I did a lot of research on her costume (thank you to the several people who contributed to the RPF thread on Rey!). I found and bought the actual boots from Po-Zu as my big Christmas present to myself (they are easily the most comfortable shoes I own, so I wear them all the time). A month of trips to Jo-Ann, trips to Lowes, trips to thrift stores, and sewing/gluing/weathering after work every day resulted in a made from scratch, pretty accurate costume that I'm very proud of. (Shout out to friends and family who helped with the staff while I went crazy tea-dying everything and sewing vinyl/leather by hand!)


      PAX in cosplay is very different from PAX otherwise, especially since I was dressed as the main character of a new, HUGE movie and there were actually very few Rey's there. I had photo requests all throughout the day (including two people who asked to hold my hand while we "ran away" in a photo). I also found an awesome Ruby Rose which I had to share on this site. :)


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      My favorite moment from the day by far was meeting "Little Rey." I saw her going up to talk to the people at an exhibitor booth, so I went over and asked her dad if it was alright for me to take a photo with her. The expression on that little girl's face when she turned around to talk to her dad and saw me was priceless! She had such a huge smile on and it totally took me back to when I was little and saw women dressed as Disney princesses. That moment made all of the hours, money, and hard work that went into this costume 100% worth it.

      We took some photos, I told her her goggles were really cool, and she fist bumped one of my friends. (I'm still smiling right now remembering this).


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      My group ended our PAX Saturday with dinner at an Irish pub on the Riverwalk. Huzzah to good friends, good cosplay, and a fun adventure. :)

    • 2 years ago

      Melissa_ATX
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    • emilyweeks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Office Coordinator

      2 months ago

      Just dropping in to say OH HAI  smile

      • Melissa_ATX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 months ago

        Hi! :D

    • Shagrazir

      2 years ago

      I just noticed a facebook-esque People You May Know thing on my profile page. It seems to list people near your listed location. I clicked it out of curiosity. You're new! Welcome to the site! May you find fun and friendship here,

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