Hello, Autumn Equinox!

UPCOMING FALL/WINTER INDUSTRY EVENTS

YNOT Cam Awards – Hollywood, CA (10/24/2018)

Exxxotica New Jersey – Edison, NJ (11/02 – 11/04/2018)

Inked Awards – Edison, NJ (11/03/2018)

Xbiz LA + Xbiz Awards – West Hollywood, CA (01/14 – 01/18/2019)

AVN Week – Las Vegas, NV (01/23 – 01/26/2019)

At Streamate headquarters in Seattle, WA, we’re savoring every last ray of sunshine. Every last clear, blue-skied day. Every opportunity to walk from the office to the nearest coffee house without a torrential downpour flattening that morning’s meticulously styled coiffure. And those fierce knee-high suede boots? You know the ones with the ruching on the side that hug your legs so perfectly? Don’t even. I’ve learned the hard way over the years (and many unfortunate wet-sock episodes later) not to even bother unless the product label reads Gortex or Neoprene, as anything else is sure to be drowned under a deluge on their maiden sashay down Stewart Street. Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

I sat down this evening to reflect on the significance of autumn beyond pumpkin spiced lattes and cuffing season. During the autumn equinox in the Northern hemisphere, day and night are the same length. Some cultures associate this day with balance (hello, Libra season!), which prompted me to wonder: how do we manage to find our own personal balance throughout the day-to-day this time of year? As the days grow shorter, and we march toward the impending busy-ness of the holidays, it’s really easy to hunker down indoors and slip into a spiral of work, and to-do lists, and upcoming event-planning, or figuring out how to make and save more money, that it’s easy to fall into the habit of self-neglect. We’re all guilty of this at some point or another. We work hard in a crusade to achieve our goals, and live our lives, and take care of our loved ones that, at times, it can feel overwhelming. Sexy, right? But how can we possibly manage to produce our best work, or play the roles that we need to play whether it be parent, partner, pet owner, friend, neighbor, or otherwise, if we don’t take care of ourselves first?

With this question, dear friends, I encourage you to find balance in your day starting with doing something for yourself… something that makes you feel good, or even better- fucking amazing. Whether it be taking time in the morning to slowly sip coffee while scrolling through IG, or taking a mid-day break to get your nails done, or catching happy hour after a long cam session. This isn’t just self-care, but self-preservation, so you can continue to crush your goals and then some. Finding balance doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, but merely taking an hour out of the 24 each day for just you. If you’re like me, there simply never feels like there are enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you want or need to, but taking time for yourself to step away and power down for a bit will allow you some perspective as well as time to re-energize- to bring things into clearer focus when you do eventually return.

XO,

Vanessa

Director of Talent Recruiting

Streamate Network

 

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