First of all, if you were wondering why yesterday’s newsy had more typos than usual, it’s because I WENT THROUGH AND FIXED THEM ALL AT THE END BUT MY FINAL VERSION DIDN’T SAVE. I know I love a low-stakes error, but I do NOT allow that many typos usually, damn.
Anyway, typos aside, I feel like we haven’t had time to catch up lately (as in properly - I am aware that I literally talk to you every damn day), so I think it feels like time for a life update!!!
I’m going to the States!!
Suuuuuper last minute but super exciting. I got a v exciting call up to spend a few days in Austin, Texas for a few days in September to do some things with a cool new startup (it’s called Excellent
and I’m really jazzed about being involved in their mahi.) So, next Thursday I’m flying off to San Francisco to see my cousins who live over there and I’ve never visited, and then next Monday I’ll be in Austin!!!
All of this is to say that the newsy will be a bit sporadic over the next few weeks, so please give me a lil bit of grace!!!! All of this is also to say that if you have any recs for while I’m over there, let me know! It’s a flying visit but who knows???
The SYSCA Roadie
We’ve been teasing this but the gals and I are also hitting the road in October to drive from Auckland to Dunedin and come see as many of you as we can at as many of the uni’s as we can! At this stage we’re still ✨planning✨ but we’ve been in contact with a bunch of media lecturers, some of the cool uni clubs, the uni magazines… we’re trying to squeeze in as much as poss! We’re also going to be doing some cute coffee catch-ups in each of the cities we stop at where you can come see us/ hang out!! We’re planning to kick this off in early October (during the last week of lectures for most of you) but will give you a more solid timetable when we’ve got our shit together!!
Battle of the Ad Bands
We’ve also been chatting about this a fair bit on our podcasts and you all must be wondering wtf we’re on about. Well, the SYSCA team works in an office alongside a creative agency called ‘Daylight’ and every year in Tāmaki Makaurau there is a competition called ‘battle of the ad bands.’
To cut a long story short, Liv and I (who sang together all through high school - and Liv still sings) are in the band, so we’ve been doing a lot of practising for that and it’s really fun!!!
Dungeons and Dragons
Liv, Rubes and I are obsessed with this game. We’re playing again tonight and I just couldn’t recommend it more!
My mental health
I’m feeling pretty good right now!!! I honestly haven’t felt mentally down (drained yes, but down, no) since starting this newsletter, so I honestly think I owe a lot of my stability and happiness to all of you, which is a lovely thing to feel. This time of year tends to get pretty hard for me - this time a few years ago I was in a hospital in India looking after my little brother and trying to get him back to New Zealand, so all those iPhone reminders of what I was doing ‘a few years ago today’ can be a bit jarring. It’s also coming up to what would have been his 22nd birthday, and then three days after that, it will be three years since he passed away. That falls on a weekend this year, so I’ll get to spend it with Jimmy in all the ways he would want me to, so that’ll be nice.
I think that’s all from me at the mo, but lastly just a giant hug to all of you for sticking with me and supporting me through the chaos that is life, and allowing me to do this as a job.