2017 kind of felt like this gif – alone by a glacier in the midst of a thunderstorm but I survived and that’s pretty good considering.

It was a psychologically difficult year due to politics and the constant reassurance that my existence and of those I love are simply not wanted anymore in the country I was born and raised in. Then there was the move and getting to know a whole new area. What made things bearable was the Internet, honestly. Finding journalists and creatives of color surviving and creating helped a lot. Discovered creating as a coping mechanism.

I have plans and dreams for 2018. “Exercise my heart”. Take better care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally. Let myself be vulnerable. Ask for help. And continue to survive.