I want to make this long post to remind everyone to strike a healthy balance between real life and cosplay. As much as I loved wearing Yunie at Colossal, I had many meltdowns in my process of constructing her.
I really love yuna as a chr so much, so I wanted to be as true as I could to Tetsuya's design. When I thought things weren't perfect, I felt like a failure and wanted to trash the whole thing. But whenever I get in those sewing ruts, it's important to take a deep breath and step back. Even if you're on a tight timeline, it's vital to be in the right mindset when you're creating quality work. Otherwise, you'll end up making silly mistakes, like accidentally cutting a hole in your garment while snipping thread. These mistakes will cost you more time fixing them than if you just took a 20 min break to truly clear your head. While I love sharing my WIP with you guys, don't forget that social media is always carefully curated. Even tho I would laugh and joke about how I was in a cave for the 2 months I spent making Yuna while working full time, this statement was 100% true. Every ounce of my spare time was poured into making Yunie, & it was to the point where it became extremely unhealthy. I was consistently stressed bc of adulting /cosplay and was running on very little sleep for months. I burnt myself out bc I also sincerely underestimated how much detail this cos entailed, given my skill level.
That being said, I'm glad that I had an amazing support system. @jaypee_kun came to my house multiple times to drop off dinner/Starbucks & my sis @slumberbliss helped me finish my prop guns ;v; 💕
I also had friends and followers who messaged me words of encouragement throughout the whole process, and I want to say thank you to everyone. It really means a lot to me & I'm grateful to you all. 💚
I'm still trying to find that balance between making coses and adulting, but this is my reminder to everyone to stop and smell the 🌹. At the end of the day, your health, 💓 and mental state are more important than cosplay. I know it feels like many of you are living a double life as Hannah Montana, but there is more to life than what's in front of you ☺️.