Where are you all staying? I’m looking for a decently priced hotel that’s within walking distance to the venue, as I don’t have a car to get around. I was originally planning to stay at the hostel, but it’s already completely booked, and it appears they don’t have a waiting list, which was the case last year……
30 day tumblr challenge: Day 13- What can you not live without?
I can’t live without the following things:
1. Art (any form of it- illustration, music, film, photography, etc.):
Art is an absolute necessity for me. It is a means of expression and escape. It is a form of beauty, and the world would be a very boring place without different forms of art. The earth without art is just ‘eh’.
2. My friends and family: I love them all; they’re all very supportive and just fun to be around.
3. My laptop: For teh internetz- recreational use and for research, you can find a lot of interesting things online.
4. My electric guitar: Playing the guitar has become a hobby of mine now, and in the future I’m thinking of starting some sort of doom metal/sludge/drone project.
5. Coffee: self-explanatory.
6. Chocolate: self-explanatory.
7. Nature: One of the most beautiful things in life. Nothing makes me feel better like going for a walk outside, particularly through a forest.
8. My camera: I’m a very visual person, so I like to take lots of pictures of what I see around me.
9. Books: Bookworm for life!
10. Travel: Why stay in one place? There’s so much to see!
30 day tumblr challenge: Day 11- What is your favorite quote? How does it relate to your life?
I think my favourite quote is:
"You’ve got to experience failure to understand that you can survive it.”
I feel that this quote applies to my life because there are many times I have been afraid of taking chances for fear of failing; I have been afraid of taking chances for fear of not coming back from my failures. I’m learning that you must take risks, and yes, you can survive failures- they make you stronger, and you learn from them. How are you supposed to learn anything if you don’t fail?
Or, it would be this quote:
"There is seldom any rational reason for having regrets about past deeds or events. Because the past does not exist in any way other than in your memory.” - Paul Wilson
This quote applies to my life for obvious reasons: I have a difficult time letting go of what has happened in the past. But in the end, the past is the past, and you just have to focus on creating the best future that you can. There’s no sense in hanging onto something you can’t change.
30 day tumblr challenge: Day 8- If you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?
This is a tough question, because there are a few places I would love to live.
In Canada, I’d consider moving to Montréal. I’ve made five trips to the city now, and I’ve enjoyed it each time. I always find something new to discover there (although I try to do this for every place I go to, even in my home city). I love the architecture and the overall feel of the city. My favourite area is Old Montréal, which feels like a mini Europe with the cobblestone streets. The music scene is great, and It’s full of culture and art too, which is a bonus. I’d like a home around Rue du Square St Louis since there are some amazing Victorian homes, but it’s probably out of league. Oh, and did I mention I love the spiral staircases that are a feature of many homes there? :D It might help if I brush up on my French though (I plan on becoming fluent in the language eventually.
Another place in Canada I would consider moving to is Canso, Nova Scotia. I made the trip there last summer for my Grampa’s funeral (it was his hometown as a young boy), and I was just amazed by what I saw. It’s a 4 hour drive away from Halifax (although that turns into a longer time because of the twisting and turning roads, which aren’t that well kept- there are lots of bumps and potholes). Canso is a small town, the easternmost point of Canada. It is absolutely beautiful there, located right by the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by nature, which is my ideal home. It’s so peaceful there. I can’t even describe how beautiful it is, you just have to see it for yourself. Also, there’s a ton of old architecture there. The only problem is that you absolutely need a car to get around to other places.
Outside of Canada, I would consider a few places in Europe….maybe Iceland, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy…..I’m not too sure but I know that from what I’ve seen in photos, there’s a ton of stunning art, architecture and nature there.
I haven’t felt this good in a while. I’m halfway through my second semester of my third year of university, which means I am that much closer to graduating. It’s hard to believe I’m come so far after all the challenges that school has presented. I could have quit a long time ago, but I didn’t- and I’m really proud of that. I had doubts about whether I should keep going, whether the classes would be worth it, and has thoughts about if I should even continue to pursue my dream career. I always felt so frustrated (and still do at times) because of grades. High grades are difficult to get in university, and I realize that. The grades won’t matter once I’ve graduated, it’s the portfolio that counts. I would like to get decent grades, to pass my classes- and i think as long as I try my best, I can do that. I will never strive for perfection, I always want my art to have some flaws.
But as I was painting some images for my storybook project last night, I was overcome with this feeling of contentedness that I can’t really explain- I really feel like I’m meant to create, to share my vision of art with people. So what if some people don’t like my art? Art is in the eye of the beholder, something to be appreciated and debated over, something to stir up thoughts and questions. I am developing as an artist, I can see my style and my thoughts evolving. When I started university, I never thought I would be painting so much; I saw myself using pencil crayons in my art after graduating. That has changed drastically; my style has gone from something unsure of itself and without a voice, into something that is becoming more sure of itself, something with a voice and a message. Now I constantly find myself using gouache and inks; I have moved from a more modeled look, away from realism, into something more bold and decorative. I like the direction my art is taking. I don’t really know how to explain what I am feeling, but I do not feel this way very often. It’s a good thing.
I am also feeling more content lately because I am realizing there are certain things I can change, but other things I cannot. I have begun to accept this more and more, and it will definitely be something to be worked on overtime.
Also, I have come to the realization that I do not need to know a ton of people to be happy. I am perfectly content with my friends; I have a few close friends I really appreciate. I am also enjoying getting to know certain people better and making connections with them. While some of these people may remain acquaintances (I am ok with that), I can really see myself becoming closer to a few of these people. I still don’t talk much, but sometimes fewer words can be more powerful. I am slowly working on overcoming my social anxiety, and getting to know these people better is just one of the steps I am taking to do that. I have days where I just want to be by myself, but that’s fine by me. We all need time by ourselves to think things through.
I am just worried that this positivity is going to be overcome by a wave of depression again- but that is still something I am working on too. Everyday is a process and a chance to think things through.