Pardon the redundancy, but in 2020, I will be posting on my site a lot more this year since I’m trying to moderate my use of social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. For those that have seen this on my Instagram account and reading it again, thank you. For those that haven’t seen this list, please feel free to share your lessons learned. 🙌

Ten things I’ve learned from the past decade:

10) Be humble.

9) Patience really is a virtue.

8) Healing takes time, it can’t be rushed and when you attempt to rush it, well, you’re making things more difficult for yourself.

7) Things are not always what they seem. Take time to learn (see #9).

6) Life is hard and strange, yet filled with a lot of wonderful and unexpected things.

5) Sleep, eat well, and hydrate on a regular and consistent basis.

4) Your real friends and chosen family are the ones you can have difficult conversations with and still feel love (probably more so than before the tough conversation).

3) Expect change and check-in with yourself on a regular basis.

2) It’s perfectly OK to ask for help and support when you need it.

1) Follow your gut, your intuition, and steer clear when everything in you tells you to do so.

A decade ago, I was going through some really painful moments in my life (such as, coming close to death). So, I’m not surprised that the past few years have been challenging and sorrowful for different reasons. Working on yourself never goes away, no matter your circumstances. As the hierophant reminds us, there is more than what you see before you. Please remember that, life beyond any screen is so much more than what we see. So, please, don’t compare yourself or think you haven’t achieved anything. If you were in pain, sick, in danger, compromised in anyway, please know I see and hear you. There is so much more we don’t see in the world. Whoever you are, reading this, I hope you‘re kind to yourself today and hereafter. You’re so much more than mere images. ♥️

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January is coming to a close! How is this possible? In any case, this is long overdue, but I figured I would look back at 2013 to re-invigorate and remind myself of what is possible in 2014!

January – Curated a solo exhibition for sound artist, musician, and composer David Molina at Asterisk SF Magazine + Gallery

February – Hosted a Wednesday Forum at the California College of the Arts with forum for the Visual and Critical Studies department with brilliant scholar Mabel O. Wilson

March – Had the pleasure of presenting on a panel at the Theorizing the Web 2013 conference and my recap of the event was published to Creative Applications Network  and wrote features for artist and designer Kristin Neidlinger and Scott Kildall for Ideas Issue for Asterisk SF Magazine

April – Had the opportunity to get a review for Will Rogan’s exhibition Blanking Out at the Altman Siegal Gallery published to Daily Serving / Attended A Simple Collective Salon on New Media Arts in the Bay Area. This space is absolutely worth checking out. For a (physically) small space, founder and director Rhiannon MacFadyen has A LOT of big ideas and events happening in 2014.

May – WANT.HERE.YOU.NOW. exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts review published in Hyperallergic

June – I had the pleasure of writing a review for Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Seduction’s exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts published in Daily Serving

July – Jennifer Locke performance ~ Yes, that is me in Appointment 5

August – Helped organized and co-facilitated a class on fourth wave feminism and digital activism at the AF3IRM Summer School of Women’s Activism / ZERO1 Summer programming for 2013 included co-presenting with Ben Valentine on the topic of new media and internet art and the role of the writer

September – Such a treat to see biological anthropologist present at the Being Human Conference 2013 on one of my favorite topicslove!

OctoberAF3IRM Congress and annual conference on transnational feminism in New York. I must say, it was a beautiful sight to see almost every face at the annual conference belonged to a womyn of color. Phenomenal.

November – I had the pleasure of co-presenting on panel with The Civic Beat (Ben Valentine and An Xiao Mina) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – Dissident Future Arts and Ideas Festival / Saw Janelle Monae at the Warfield with my high school best friend ~ Such a great night! / Berkeley South Asian Radical Activist History Walk with the AF3IRM SF Bay Area Chapter members

December – The New Asterisk Magazine (re)launch and Night Issue, feature on the Asian Art Museum and Q & A with Dario Smith of The Bellwether Project

AND had a pretty sweet year in grad school. NOW, I’m getting ready to finish off my last semester! 🙂

I can’t believe it has taken me a month to post anything! There has been so much activity to report as well. I had the opportunity to visit the Headlands Center for the Arts with my cohort. It was a great experience seeing the artists studios, meeting Satch Hoyt, and Todos Por La Praxis during our visit. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Enjoy!!