Mental Health

Reflections on Mental Health Day

A little late to the party, but today is World Mental Health Day. Let’s be honest, every day is world mental health day, but for the sake of its official date, here is a personal account sharing my experiences and feelings to contribute to spreading awareness and advocacy against the negative social stigma.

Last week was the first week of October. To most people, it’s the start of Fall, the start of the countdown to Halloween, the start of the countdown to the holidays with the new year to follow. To me… it’s the mark of anniversaries and the memory of when one chapter of my life ended and a new one began.

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Mental Health, Mixed Bag of Thoughts

Love at Airports

Holy my lanta – it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything, and for that, there will be a formal “update” post with what I’ve been up to and what’s coming to my blogosphere. But for now… I wanted to share a profound observation and experience I had recently…

It was midday at the Portland airport as I killed time waiting for one of my best friends to arrive. I was reading a book at Starbucks, facing the exit doors toward baggage claim.

Periodically I heard shouts and screams of joy and looked up (SQUIRREL!) to see people embracing, hugging, kissing, smiling. It’s like that opening and closing scene from one of my favorite movies I watch annually—Love Actually.

Love Actually airport gif

Witnessing everyone reunite with loved ones in these random unfolding moments is to witness love in its primal form. That moment of a jolt of happiness and the warm feelings of being with the people you love—whether it’s family, friends or your significant other.

Sometimes we categorize “seeing love” in specific defined moments around holidays, anniversaries, birthdays or relationships, but take a backseat and people-watch at airports (okay, but don’t get creepy) and you’ll see pure love at its finest!

xoxo
Siri

Photography

Photos: Why Don’t We – 03/29/18

This is a hella late post, and I apologize! Things have been crazy with adjusting to my new work schedule and balancing my travels/social life with it.

BUT! Here is my blog post about the Why Don’t We concert back at the end of March. I know what you’re thinking — they’re just a bunch of teenage pretty boys. Yes, yes they are. However, I like to invest in fledgling groups like this. Continue reading “Photos: Why Don’t We – 03/29/18”

Mental Health, Mixed Bag of Thoughts

27

It’s been a week since I turned 27, and since then, I’ve thought about my life and how it’s progressed, reviewing and reliving vivid things that constantly play in my head. I’m sure we all think about our life every day, but with three years to go ‘til the big 30, it hella puts my life into perspective. My ID may indicate that I am, indeed, 27, but I mentally feel like I’m still 22 – forever 22. Why? Because at this current moment, my life is not where I thought it would be. Things I thought I’d have accomplished by now are not fulfilled, and I’m still figuring myself out, trying to find out who I am.

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Photography

Photos: We Came As Romans – 03/23/18

Recently, I saw We Came As Romans headline their Cold Like War tour, and they came to Houston at Scout Bar. The band has been a mainstay of mine since… 2011? I last saw them this past November, but they were an opening band, which was strange to see to be honest, with a much shorter set list.

I randomly came across We Came As Romans at South by Southwest in Austin. My best friend/partner and I had a break between filming interviews with bands, so we decided to hit up a showcase with a lineup of bands we loved from our punk/emo scene. Little did we know that we’d fall in love with WCAR. Well, it happened, and as fate would have it, we were assigned to cover a festival in Houston–right after the crazy week at SXSW–which WCAR was playing. Fast forward to the Take Action tour where we interviewed Kyle Pavone, Andy Glass and Dave Stephens from the band, and I was ecstatic, glowing with anticipation and excitement hiding underneath professionalism (video below).

Anyway, this show at Scout Bar was a CHALLENGE. There was no photo barrier AND We Came As Romans decided to present a dark toned ambience with flashing colored lights, which I had to capture the perfect moments of them performing. And these guys don’t sit still, either–another thing to tackle. Nevertheless I did my best to maneuver and predict good opportunities to click the shutter button.

Here’s my review for Music Connection magazine of the band’s performance:

http://www.musicconnection.com/we-came-as-romans-houston-tx/

We Came As Romans has managed to stay in my ears’ airwaves–especially with their new album, Cold Like War, which sounds phenomenal, by the way. It really was the facelift of sound they needed that didn’t quite take off with their previous self-titled album.

PHOTOS:
*Photos from previous bands–The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempted Fate–will be posted in a separate blog.