Episode 9: Finding Connection in Quarantine

I’ll be honest, it’s rough out here y’all. Like many I’ve become caught in the monotonous daily loop with little end in sight. With my daughter home from school for the rest of the year I’ve added the challenge of being mother, teacher and playmate to my list of roles.

Fortunately for me, a creative opportunity fell into my lap not long after the start of quarantine that is helping to keep me busy and sane. My new role as artist relations and curation manager for Art Parlour is helping me flex my skills to bring artists of all mediums together for one of a kind virtual events, and I’m excited to share it with you all.

Art Parlour is not just an opportunity for the PNW creative community to connect, let’s make this a global movement for artists and musicians to collaborate and network!

For more information on how to get your work featured, send me an email at michelle.artparlour@gmail.com. ❤️

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As always, like, comment and subscribe if you like what you see!

Stay safe and healthy out there.

– Miss Michelle Mai

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Music – “Mint Leaves” by Jeff Kaale

Episode 7: Side Effects of the Coronavirus

With recent events surrounding Coronavirus in the last few weeks, there’s been an understandable uptick in public anxiety— but unfortunately racism and xenophobia towards Chinese and Asian communities have seen an increase as well. 😒 I say this not to downplay the unending racism that black and brown people have to deal with on the daily, because this is the reality many of my friends face— but I’m here to say that racism in general is NOT OK. So let’s do better. 🤙🏼

It’s important during these uncertain times that we stay safe, but also informed. Spreading misinformation is no help to anyone, and we must all do our part to support our neighbors and community members. A lot of folks are hurting right now and the Seattle economy is being hit hard. COVID-19 isn’t just affecting our physical and mental health, it’s affecting our livelihoods. If you are one of those fortunate enough to be getting paid to work from home, and you are financially able, please do your part to support your local community and businesses. Not to mention, let’s do our best to support all the artists, service industry workers and other freelancers who depend on gigs to pay their bills who are having clients cancel. It’s getting wild out here. 😅

I will do my best to share financial support resources for the local community as I come across them. We’re all in this together y’all, please stay healthy and safe. 🙏🏼❤️ 

Birthday Girl 2013!

Here are just a few highlights from Sofie’s big Birthday two Sundays ago!

STILL can’t believe my little girl is TWO!

It was such a long, fun, day, but I’m so glad the weather cooperated and we were able to take her to the zoo.

Morning started off with birthday waffles, opening presents, I got her some new clothes, shoes and a purse! She loves the purse, has to take it with her everywhere now, she’s got her own little lip balm in it and a compact mirror. God, I’m gonna turn her into such a mini-me! Haha.

After breakfast we headed out to the Woodland Park Zoo.
The Zoo was great, we made it mostly around the park, spent almost all afternoon there walking around and seeing animals. It was my first visit to the zoo here as well, pretty neat, but also kind of a bummer. Couldn’t help but feel bad for some of the animals in there, it’s a cool experience, but I’d much rather see them in their natural habitats…

Anywho, we saw a huge list of animals; penguins, monkeys, leopards, zebras, hippos, gorillas… all kinds of cool creatures.

I would say the best part of our zoo visit was the very last exhibit we visited: the snow leopards!

When we got there all the snow leopards were way far off and the closest was turned away from us; after watching for a few minutes, we were almost ready to head out since Sofie was so tired. Then, the leopard closest to us turned around and came right up the glass in front of Sofie! She was so excited, the thing would have been nose to nose with her had the glass not been there. It was the coolest moment, and so glad I captured it!

We walked through the gift shop right before leaving and I couldn’t help but pick out a stuffed snow leopard doll to keep as a little keepsake from the day.
Sofie still talks about how it “looked right at” her, so friggen cute.

Enjoy some of our highlight pictures from her birthday morning and trip to the zoo!

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Opening Presents!

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Not sure about this one… 🙂DSC_0147 DSC_0150

At the Zoo!

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The Snow Leopard!

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Sofia 365: Day 337

Day 337: 2.10.13

Happy Tuesday everyone, a few more posts today…

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Sunday was a busy day of working, as are most weekends nowadays.

In the morning I was back again doing hair and makeup for the set of Causality, a webseries, for a few hours. Afterwards, I headed out to a charity event for breast cancer called Speed Rack on Capitol Hill. I was helping to do hair and makeup for the female bartenders that were competing in a speed bar-tending competition, all in support of breast cancer research. I got to work with a few of my makeup artist friends and also hang out and watch the event for a bit, it was volunteer, but we got lots of free drinks and even a free bottle of booze to take home, pretty sweet. I think that was the first time I’d ever been paid in alcohol before; it was a fun event to watch though, these girls are super talented!

Jason joined me for a bit at the event, then we headed out to grab some food with a couple other of my stylist friends I’d been working with. It was a fun evening and a fun day of working; always nice to be able to work with a group of people that are talented and get along.

Here’s Sofie, chillin’ at my mom’s rocking the sweet sweater my grandma got her from Ecuador.

Sweater Baby.
Sweater Baby.

Sofia 365: Day 336

Day 336: 2.9.13

Last Saturday was another day of shooting for the web series Causality that I have been working on.
I woke up feeling a little under the weather, so I swung by set to get the talent into their makeup for the day and make sure everything was all good before heading back home to rest.
After that, most of the day was filled with lying on the couch being a sicky lazy butt and watching lots of Netflix… lots…

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Sofie spent another day with grandma and grandpa, enjoying lots of Toy Story, I’m sure.

Shy Baby
Shy Baby

Sofia 365: Day 335

Day 335: 2.8.13

I feel like I’m never caught up for long.

‘Tis the life of a busy person… but I say better busy than bored.

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The 8th, I had a nice little morning with Sofie before heading back to Seattle later in the day for work that weekend.

My parents have been so helpful with Sofie lately; I know not everyone has the help and support that I have, and I need to remind myself how lucky I am and appreciate my family for all that they do.

Sofie is a lucky girl too, to have so many people that love and care for her.

Baby Hearts
Baby Hearts

Sofia 365: Day 334

Day 334: 2.7.13

Graaah!

Things have been so crazy lately. My mind has been all over the place and I’ve been so busy, haven’t quite figured out if it’s a good crazy or bad yet…

Well…

I still have a lot to catch up on, but hopefully I’ll have some time to do that this week.

Last Thursday I was still at my parents house with Sofie, but since I had acting workshop that evening I headed out to Seattle in the late afternoon while Sofie stayed behind with my parents again. I was able to get back to my parents house later in the evening after work shop, instead of staying in Seattle.  Sofie was fast asleep by the time I got back, but it was nice to just be able to come home to her.

Had another good acting workshop, and I finally got to pick out a monologue to work on for the end of training. I still need to get that memorized…

Doggie Book
PopEye

Sofia 365: Day 333

Day 333: 2.6.13

I can probably handle doing one post before I head to bed… boy I’ve just been so exhausted lately. Constantly, completely tired, I can’t sleep enough…

I have a lot to catch up on after all…

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Last Wednesday I was still feeling really stressed and overwhelmed with Sofie and everything else happening relationship-wise, and I just decided I needed help.

I headed back to my parents house with Sofie to take a little time to think. I know it seems like I use my parents as a crutch since they are so close and always willing to help me. Maybe I take advantage of it, but it’s hard not to when it is seemingly my “easy way out”. I know I’m lucky to have the help that I do, not everybody does, few people, probably, and I do appreciate the support they give me.

My parents love Sofie, and I know they love and care about the both of us.

I’m young and I still have a lot to figure out about life; I just hope it’s sooner rather than later. Not for myself, but for Sofie’s sake too.

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Sweet Girl

Sofia 365: Day 332

Day 332: 2.5.13

Last Tuesday was a bit of a rough day, I have to admit.

Sofie was being pretty difficult and I could hardly keep patient with her all day.
Trying to run errands with her was a disaster, and I almost wanted to cry when she threw a tantrum in the grocery store.

Worst part is whenever I’m out in public with her and she starts acting out, I feel like everybody else in the vicinity is judging me based on how I deal with the situation. They probably aren’t, but either way, I don’t really win.

Toddlers… they’re very testy aren’t they? One moment she’s giving hugs and kisses, the next she’s screaming on the floor and I can’t get her up.

Bahh, I hope she grows out of this soon…

It was a long day, but in the very least, I had a little time for myself in the evening to wind down.

2.5.13
2.5.13

Sofia 365: Day 331

Day 331: 2.4.13

Phew, another crazy weekend behind me…

And I’m still behind, so boo for that.

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Last Monday, Sofie and I spent a little more time at my parents house before heading home that afternoon.

The keyboard I’ve had at my apartment in Seattle had been broken since we moved in (long story), so I’d been itching to play piano for a while.
My parents still have my upright from my piano lesson days, so I had a little time that morning to play a bit for Sofie. She still doesn’t really have the attention span to teach her much, but she definitely enjoys dancing!

I have to get that girl into some dancing classes or something…

Anywho, after lunch, Sofie and I drove back home to Seattle. We were there just before dinner, and Jason was really excited to see her since he hadn’t in quite a few days.

Nice evening over all. Always good to have everybody together.

2.4.13
2.4.13