Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: End of the Year Review

Started the year off in cold snowy Cleveland Ohio, living with my awesome boyfriend (who is in the photo hiding), in the basement of an old apartment. It was cozy enough.... yet, I found that I was often unhappy... Unhappy with my situation, unhappy with modeling, unhappy with my lack of travel, unhappy that I could never get my mustang out of the snow drifts (and even if I could, there was no way to drive it safely)....




















I did love that Pat had a job where we scored free tickets to shows.... it made Cleveland kinda tolerable....


This was the first time in three years I had a steady place to live (since before I was traveling around the country, living out of my car). It was the first time in my life, that overcame my fear of commitment to a person whom I have been dating since I was 21. It was the first time that I felt some sort of responsibility for someone other than myself....

























During my snowy depression in Ohio, I quit modeling for a few months and did nothing but workout and watch movies (I looked fantastic! Seriously). I pleaded with the boyfriend to move somewhere with me when our lease ran up. "Where?" he asked me. - I gave him a little list of places I like and we checked off places until we agreed on Austin.... At the time, I really did not believe we would ever move out of Ohio. I was sure we were there forever.... But having the list made me feel better.


End of January, I got hired by Penthouse to shoot for Danni.com - Met a bunch of cool pornstars, had the chance to see how a photoshoot works in a million dollar home. In January, I also found out that modeling-persona was being printed on Adult Boxes in almost every Porn shop in America (man, they should have paid me more for that for that shoot)























For my birthday, in March - Matthew (my bestest friend in the whole world) and I traveled down to Key West - It was a grand adventure! I rented a car, we ran out of money, and Matt and I camped super low budget for two weeks - living off of free campground coffee, the McDonald dollar menu, and fantastic neighbors who felt guilty that Matt and I were only eating once a day. We swam with dolophins, slept in the shade, read books, watched brilliant mindblowing sunsets, and braved bad tropical storms from our tiny flattened rainstorm tent - it was like a sappy romance novel .... well... without the sex.


Tried to avoid Cleveland as much as possible until the snow melted - In May, I flew out California to check out the Coachella Festival with my modeling buddy Tracy Jordan.... oh the sun so abundant out there in Joshua Tree! In the 110 degree weather, Tracy and I cooked in our midget tent (oh my god, it was a 3x4 foot tent! Tracy and I had to cuddle to make it work...) We danced and partied until the early hours of the morning - The Coachella trip was followed by Tracy's birthday at the Perez Hilton party.... So many stories in that particular month that I cannot re-hash.... but seriously, that was a trip....


June, I was published in the Special Edition Black and White Magazine - thanks to Matthew McMullen Smith, a young upcoming photographer in NYC.


Also went to Sedona with my boyfriend's family. I have been there at least eight times prior, but never did I stay in a resort - Helicopters over the Grand Canyon, riverboats through the Colorado River, Off-roading with Hummer vechicles, getting to know his family a little bit better. For the first time ever, Pat even let me inform a few of his family members that my modeling involves being naked... it was awesome... I really hate lying all the time.


It Was around that time, where all the blog readers pitched in and bought me a pair of glasses.... : ) I love you guys so much, thanks for helping me see again!


























Around July, Pat told me that he was putting in his two weeks notice - he was completely serious about moving to Austin "Whoaaat!?" Truly never expected it.... Pat was going to trust me enough to quit his job, live without income or a place to sleep every night. He was going to move to city he had never seen before, a city he had no ties to, no family in, no jobs lined up, no apartment to live in - He was trusting me that much.... "Oh my god, I am moving to Texas!" Estatic. Fucking estatic....

August - Man - August. That was the month! I cannot explain it to you. Packing up the house, figuring out how to model my way down to Austin and make enough money for two cars, gas, hotels, food, sight seeing, Burning Man and first month's rent... and THEN I found Perry, the stray male/female cat, at the MethMotel - Which lead to a boyfriend, a cat, Burning Man, AND an apartment that did not exist yet... wow..... We had a great time. Two months on the road..... Such an adventure, totally blind.... Nashville, Alabama, New Orleans, Texas (which we bypassed, for the most part, because Burning Man), dropped the cat off in Arizona with a college photographer....

Burning Man.... Pat's first year, my third year.... No need to explain it - My entire year revolves around it..... that is just how special it is to me...



September, after Burning Man, I kidnapped Matthew and Patrick and we drove out to Harbin Hot Springs for a few days - I love the magic of Harbin - and Matthew still talks about it..... Eventually in late September, Pat and I made it back down to Texas - In only five days, we had found the cutest apartment ever, only 5 miles from downtown, with the coolest roommates ever (they are like family to me now), and I am SO happy! In come cases, location will not make a difference in your life, in my case - it made all the difference.....

I Keep reading that everyone wants the year to end - but for me, it was a very decent year.... A LOT of great things happened.... Love, trust, relationships, adventure, new cities, friends, great photos. I am looking forward to 2010, but if it could stay 2009 for a few more months, it would be fine by me...

My New Years Resolution is to Volunteer! I want to get more involved with the community - I have the time for it - I want to put it to use!

6 comments:

Chris Taylor said...

From the way you've described it, it was indeed a terrific year.

I had only started reading your blog in the fall, so I didn't know all the prior details and your recap is a great summation.

Completely understand where you're coming from re: basement apartments. I live in the Great White North (so we actually enjoy snow up here), but I spent a couple weeks in a basement apartment a few years ago. While it wasn't an awful place to live, seeing the world every day through small slits high on the wall is about as close to an incarcerated prisoner's perspective as I care to get.

Glad you're enjoying Austin and, most of all, glad that you have a sterling friend and supporter in Patrick, who was willing to pack up and move halfway across the country to be with you. Sounds like a keeper.

PD said...

If that's what you want to do, then do it. An eventful, busy year. Better that than boring. Still gets me on how fast time goes by.

Happy New Year London!
May 2010 be all that you want it to be.
:)

J.B. King said...

Sounds like you had some big adventures in 2009. Hopefully things get better and bigger in 2010! I've enjoyed reading your blog and love the new Twitter background. Hopefully you'll have more pictures like those soon.

Anonymous said...

London, Still proud of the picture of you in the bath :) Happy New Year from England x

GroovaciousK said...

I'm right with you on 2009. I had my big relocation. I modeled across the country. I had you as my guide. I love you so much. You have no idea how much you inspire me with your writing, your ability, your encouraging words and your never say die way of living that is pure, pure joy. You are definitely a highlight in my 2009.
Love and blessings in your continuing adventure!
me

vikingman said...

Oh wow what a year!

Thank You for a so wonderful summary!!

Wishing You a wonderful 2010, might all Your dreams and wishes come true,
in bestest health, of course!

PD, good to hear form You again,

wishing You a smashing 2010 too !!