2014 IN REVIEW


January
+ Saw Alvin and squared out the past.
+ Worked at the Steampunk Symposium aboard the Queen Mary, saw Abney Park play!
+ Met Robert and Jody from Abney Park
+ Bonded with Roger
- My friend Hugo passed away
+ Went to Uniform Night at Batcave, 1 year since I met Hugo and Roger


February
- Hugo’s funeral
+ Got to know Roger
+Taking care of Animal
+Hung out with Niki
+ Saw Kyary Pamyu Pamyu live


March
+ Kim visited
+ Taking care of Animal
+ Clubbing fun
+ Villain’s Ball at Batcave… lots of fun!


April
+ Taking care of Animal
+ Saw Crosses live
+ Mom met Roger
+ Renaissance Festival
+ Saw Combichrist and Suicide Commando
+ Went to a VIP Combichrist meet and greet
+ Roger asked me to be his girlfriend


May
- Missed out on Mastodon and Gojira
+ Roger’s birthday adventure
+ Tripnotic
- Fallout with Niki
+ Saw Dawn of Ashes live at their last show


June
+ Saw Ginger V live
+ Saw De/Vision and Carved Souls live
+ Saw Julien-K live


July
+ Séance with Crystal
+ Adam’s birthday celebrations
+ Met Duckie/Carlo
+ Las Vegas trip for Roger’s Mom’s wedding


August
+ Trip to Puerto Rico
+ Hung out with Mom and J. Much needed!
+ Grandpa’s 86th birthday
+ Release the Bats Puerto Rico
+ Bubble tea romance


September
+ Trip to the Dominican Republic
+ Returning to Los Angeles
+ Went to Aless’ house warming party
- Séance gone wrong


October
- Swollen eyelid
+ Dawn of Ashes’ first show as Urilia
+ Mom’s coming to Los Angeles!
+ My 26th birthday at some really beautiful places
+ Touring my favorite city and partying like crazy
+ IAMX concert. Scream!!!


November
+ Began process for playing card oracle certification
+ Met Max
- The last Batcave Hollywood event
+ The Birthday Massacre concert


December
+ Mode:M with Adam to celebrate my last club night before Puerto Rico
+ Puerto Rico trip
+ Reconciliation with my aunt
+ Hanging out with Mom and J. Very necessary!
+ Pledged for the IAMX pre-listening party
- Someone maliciously ripped my work off and didn't accept responsibility

(1) DESCRIBE 2012 IN THREE WORDS:
(A) DEATH.
(B) FALLOUTS.
(C) LESSONS.


(2) WHICH CONCERTS DID YOU VISIT IN 2014?
Abney Park, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Combichrist x 2, Suicide Commando, Crosses, Dawn of Ashes, Ginger V, Carved Souls, De/Vision, Julien-K, Urilia x 3, The Birthday Massacre, and New Years Day.

Wow, those are really very many concerts. Considerably more than the past five years!

(3) WHAT WERE YOUR THREE FAVORITE MOMENTS IN 2014?

(A) Working on board the Queen Mary and seeing Abney Park live. Meeting Abney Park, hanging out with them and getting things signed by them.
(B) The trip to the Dominican Republic with my Mom. We had so much fun!
(C) IAMX night. MAGIC! WOW!


(4) WHICH ONE WAS YOUR FAVORITE MONTH?
That’s always a tough decision for me to take given there has been so, so much growth in store for me this year. It was a very hard year, particularly because of all the losses. Saying goodbye to people isn’t easy for me, and I have to face a lot of sudden departures.

I really loved August. Went someplace I've never been to before, in the company of my Mom, who happens to be one of my favorite people on the planet. She rocks! We had a lot of fun getting drunk at the bar and feasting off the most delectable delights.

(5) WHO WERE THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2014?
 ROGER: My new boyfriend. I never would have believed you if you had told me we would end up dating. When I first met him in person, I wasn’t exactly nice to him, but he persisted with a good face. He never turned on me or resented the fact I did all that was possible to push him away from me. We’ve been through a lot together, which has inevitably brought us closer and demolished the defensive barriers we both placed to keep one another out. I feel like the story of how we met is a bit of a comedy and I have a hard time taking it seriously, but I can’t deny the fact his presence in my life is special. We explore the psyche together, and while I am still learning to read and understand him, I feel like he takes his time to do it as well. ♡♡



J: Of course. How not? This sweet angel of a man has always been there, in the laughter and through all of the tantrums. He reads me so well. We don't even need to talk for him to know what I am thinking. He is worth his weight in gold, and I only wish that we could be sharing the adventures face to face as we used to. We understand one another and we support one another unconditionally. You don't find people like this all the time. He is everything to me, and I could never see my life without him. My Mom loves him, my Grandfather raves about how wonderful he is, and about how badly he wants J to remain in my life. He has a spark to him that attracts people to his life, makes them love him madly, and keeps them around for the laughs. J is real, he is all that is good, and he is the closest person to me to this day. I could not see my life without him and my Mom in it. What an honor to have you! Please don't ever leave.

♡ ADAM: Oh my! I did not expect this relationship to come into my life, but it did and I am so thankful! Adam is very caring and he is the life of the party. He loves to live his life, and he loves making memories with people. I think he brings people together, and I think he’s also very positive. I like that he’s a good listener and he’s always willing to accommodate others. Its been almost a year since he came, and since then I have learned that there are good-natured people out there. He is a terrific listener, and he is very real. I love his authenticity. I love Adam!

CRYSTAL: Sweet, sweet Crystal! The Queen Bee of the club, mommy-to-be and seriously gorgeous girl. She turns heads and she drives the boys crazy. I feel like I am part of her family. She just took me in one day, and after that we never separated. I've learned to open up to people because of her. In turn, she has taught me some of the tough experiences you can encounter in Los Angeles. She's my guiding light!


(6) HAVE YOU MADE PLANS FOR TRAVELING IN 2015?
This year I’m making it back to Japan without doubt. I can’t stand another year not being in my most favorite place on Earth!

I will also be back in Puerto Rico at some point this year.



(7) BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2014?
The Playing Card Oracles. I started dissecting it in January and went all the way up to November before I finished it. Its been a very enlightening read, crammed with information. I would put it down every now and then and months would go by, but then I would pick it up and get immersed back into it.
It inspired me to pursue a professional certification to read playing cards as an oracle. I am taking the courses with Ana Cortez, author of the Playing Card Oracles. So excited!

(8) 5 MUSICIANS YOU LISTENED TO WAY TOO MUCH IN 2014:

DEPECHE MODE
ABNEY PARK
IAMX
BLUTENGEL
AND ONE


(9) WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2015?
I need to make my way back to Tokyo. My soul is begging me to find my way back to the most magical city on Earth.

I am also looking forward to getting my own place and to getting my car situation sorted out. If you didn’t already know, there is no chance I will ever be moving back to Puerto Rico. By choice.

Lastly, I am looking forward to selling stragglers from my tarot card collection. Also, to enjoy the jewels that I have. Some of these decks are hard to find, and only being kept because I resonate so much with them.

I would like to update my lists and offer more variety on my blog. We might be giving Hello Witches a rest for a while and focusing on other divinatory practices that branch out from the tarot cards. Tea leaves, oracle cards, playing cards, and so on. Are you in?


IN RETROSPECT,
I am currently very happy with the life that I live in Los Angeles, and to go anywhere else would be to deny my spirit what is good for it. I have learned so much about myself and the life I want to live within just one year of living here. I realized that I am still growing and progressing as a person. Even though I cannot see the progress as evident as when I was in college, I can still see something changing in myself.

First and foremost, I have never ever before been this positive. My body image self-esteem are all very healthy—the best they’ve ever been—as a result, I’m much more happy and willing to share the love with others as well. Because I am happy, I notice that the people I tend to gravitate towards are happy as well. In an unspoken call for entries, being the best possible expression of myself has attracted others with very similar mindsets. The result is a group of people that love each other and celebrate life together.

I have learned to live with a lot of things that I never thought I would accept, even people that I previously could not stomach. I feel like the more experience I gain, the more tolerant and accepting I am of others. It doesn’t mean that I do not prefer to spend time with people that have similar interests, though. Tarot readers and gothic people are still my favorite crowd.



LESSONS LEARNED:
Love in abundance.
Always have a goal. Or several.
Invest effort in looking nice.
Don’t let anyone step on you.
Tell your friends you love them.
Let go of friends that show you they don’t love you.
Work hard.
Feed your creativity.
Stand up for yourself. Always.
Pamper yourself.
Share your opinions.
Spread love, and don’t watch who it goes to.

Thanks for all the lessons, 2014! It’s time to put you to rest because there is a whole new year coming up!
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