Saturday, 30 December 2017

2017 RECAP!

Hello lovelies!
It’s time for my year recap. In this post I shall share my thoughts, cosplays and some pictures of my year.

I don’t know how to start this really. I want to go over my thoughts one last time and reflect on my year! Most of the pictures from Japan are taken by Eetu Lampsijärvi! 

Let’s start with the cosplays, I think that's the easiest way to approach it.
We started the year with planning and deciding our costumes for the summit. We chose ambitious 5 costumes per head so if needed we could skip few if it felt like it. My line up was Kiki, Ryuuko, Kay, Trucy and Anwar. I took 4 costumes to Japan so I left Kay out. In the end I didn’t wear Trucy which was bit of a bummer but I wore it to Tracon. I still have Kay in the making and I’m going to finish it before I leave to my exchange student program.

I visited many conventions this year: Desucon Frostbite, Yukicon, Tampere Kuplii, Desucon and Tracon , GameXpo and of course the World Cosplay Summit.

 I made new costumes such as Ryuuko, Trucy, Anwar, Ponyo, Akko, Elise and casual closet Sayori and my old costumes were Kiki and Pink Badger. I also did many different casual looks for student parties or just for fun. This year was truly year for makeup. I think I’ve gotten better in making costumes and using makeup! 
Pic by Punapanda
Pic by Jessica Mennander
Pic by Giro
Pic by Jessica Mennander

Pic by Henna Jylhä
Pic by Henna Jylhä

Pic by Danten Shiro

The whole year I was pretty critical about my own work, I wanted to become and be the best as I could, in the end it got pretty tough and I felt like breaking in half. The whole year was truly a learning curve. Me pushing myself to the limit. I loved the rush of it, making myself work hard and I also learned that I am not unbreakable and sometimes you just feel shit and it is okay. When it got closer to Summit the more nervous I was and more tense I got. There was no room for doubt. I will go to Japan this summer and we will compete there. No exceptions. I didn’t want to show any sign of weakness and my stomach felt like burning all the time. 

The moment we stepped into the airplane and we started our journey, I felt relieved. There’s nothing more we can do. This is it. Finally. 10 months was long time to prepare for something this big. It gets into your system, every nerve and cell breathes World Cosplay Summit. It was all I could think of, it was all that I could dream of.

I’ve learned so much this year. So so so much. I’ve learned to take breaks, ask help, I am not unbreakable, I am human with human feelings. I’ve grown so much and I feel like this whole year was very important experience for my growth as a person. Sometimes I felt so bad I wanted to just quit, sometimes I felt so good of the opportunity I was given. It was sort of double edged blade. You get this amazing experience, but you need to prepare yourself mentally and you know the costumes. A lot of things goes into WCS, you need to be prepared. You need to know that in 10 months you and your partner are ready to rock the stage.

What is up for me next year you ask?

Next year is going to be very different for me. I am still sorta recovering from WCS and five years of nonstop cosplay is just something I haven’t thought as a big deal. But it is. It’s like I am an engine that keeps on running and it can’t stop right away. It needs to cool down slowly and slow down. I feel like I am at that Slowing down phrase of the recovering process. 

There are new things in life such as going to study in Japan, learning Japanese, thinking about my future. Life isn’t ALL about cosplay anymore and it is STRANGE. I feel sometimes that things are off since there’s no this super massive life goal that you need to prepare to. I’ve also discovered that there is life after WCS and you might also do cosplay just for fun. Shocker! So I am still sorta exhausted of the 10 months of preparing but it is nice just to do nothing sometimes if you feel like doing nothing. 
Pic by Jessica Mennander
This year I got so many new friends. So so many. Everybody are so nice and there’s this warm feel of community. I am truly thankful of every one of you. Everybody here in Finland and around the world. 

2017 was so nice… I feel to lucky and humble. I can’t wait for 2018. Thank you for tuning in in these blogposts, youtube videos and other social media. I’ll still keep posting every month in here, so stay tuned for next blogpost and…. HAPPY NEW YEAR LOVELIES! 

Hugs and kisses!

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