Get Real: Roller Derby Makes the Tough Things Easier

One of my favorite things about roller derby aside from the fact that it’s totally, 100% DIY, is that it pushes me in other areas of my life. You get used to putting yourself in uncomfortable situations in every game, every scrimmage, even practices.

You’re up jamming against the best player on the team. You’re the only blocker on the track & you have to trust yourself. You’re being coached by one of your heroes. You can’t back out, your team needs you. You quickly learn that giving up is not an option.

Every skater is radically different–that one thing that comes easy to you might make another person want to go hide in the bathroom. You can’t hide; because your team is there to push you along. You overcome being uncomfortable. I’ve learned that even if you think you’re standing up for yourself in life, you could be even more. You learn that you’re stronger than you think.

Because derby poses many challenges each and every time you go out there on the track, it has taught me that tough things in life aren’t as daunting as they may seem. There’s been many times where my mind has played tricks on me saying things like ‘This isn’t my best skill, gosh, how will I get through this drill’ ‘I’m too tired, I don’t want to do this anymore‘ More times than I can count it ended up being not nearly as bad as I thought. Also, everyone has times when they’re thinking ‘I’m not feeling practice today, maybe i’ll stay home.’ Every time that has happened to me, I’ve ended up being incredibly thankful that I did go. You have a bad practice? you get over it. You get over things quickly in derby because it’s so fast moving. You don’t have time or energy to dwell on things or hold grudges. In roller derby you have to suck it up, kick ass, and move on. ♥

Do you have a hobby that pushes you more than others? What keeps you strong?


‘Get Real’ is a monthly-ish series on Completely Unfinished featuring honest ‘real talk’ & more personal posts.

Resisting.

Artwork I purchased on a thrifting adventure, frame and all. It has pretty much become my favorite piece of art in the house. Looked it up and found it was made by Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. I’ve never heard of the place, and the boyfriend is really into theater, so now I want to go and check out what sounds like a great unique time.

I love having this hanging up as a constant reminder of my values. It’s good to check up on yourself and make sure you’re doing what’s right for you & to be always changing and growing, like the flowers. Be extraordinary in your actions & resist what you don’t believe in.

A more lengthy post soon– took an impromptu blogging break for the summer!

Screenprinting in Brooklyn

[excuse the clutter of my laundry]

This past Saturday I drove to Brooklyn for a t-shirt screenprinting workshop I signed myself up for. Back in high school I did a lot of stenciling on t-shirts, and when I was in college I started getting into screenprinting after majoring in graphic design & was getting better at designing. I asked my dad to help me make some wooden frames, bought some emulsion, ink, etc and would develop screens in my dorm room and shared bathroom. I was hooked! I made some t-shirts for myself and printed a couple designs on shirts and bags for my Etsy shop at the time. (When I mean a couple, I mean literally a few– I was doing this very small scale!) I eventually even printed t-shirts for an on campus club I was a part of.

Since college, I haven’t done too much screenprinting and I’ve been itching to get back into it. I thought about how I could be taking more advantage of my surroundings since moving closer to the city–I did some research and found a couple screenprinting studios right in Brooklyn.

Here’s the process of my design — initial sketch, finished digital version on transparency film, and pushing ink through the screen.

When I got there the folks at Gowanus print lab had our screens developed so we could just go ahead and print print print! I wish I could have taken more photos when I was there but my hands were busy handling the ink and squeegee!

I was able to print on 5 shirts, a tote bag, and some poster paper. Also, i’m super glad I picked the silver ink. I learned a lot and loved being able to print in a professional place instead of the hard way I was doing it before.

I can’t wait to go back and do some more printing. When I do make more, this is likely to be the first screenprinted design in the shop. I’ve been planning on putting shirts & bags in there sometime soon and this was just the kick in the ass I needed :)

My Essentials

I came across this agency’s site which has a brilliant team page featuring a unique visual of each team member’s essentials. I couldn’t help but ponder over what couple things I would choose for my own essentials in life. Here’s what I picked!

- Dot Grid notebook by Behance
- Macbook
- Rollerskates
- Black coffee
- Sewing supplies
- Canon Rebel DSLR

Notice how the colors match? Totally not planned! Looking over it now the only adjustment I would make is to add a guitar cable :)

Do we have any similar essentials? Are yours similar to any on the awesome team page I linked above?

Adventureland

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After work on Friday, I spent the late afternoon at the local amusement park called Adventureland. It was a lot bigger than I remember it being as a kid!

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Usually when I edit photos I end up desaturating them, but I wanted to try something different this time around: increased saturation.

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frisbee

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The dinky kids lady bug roller coaster was my favorite.

Do you usually edit photos in the same style, or change it up often? Have you been to any amusement parks yet this summer?