Thursday, 25 September 2014

Thursday's thoughts

Hello everyone,
So, I don't have a Great Unknown interview for this week, because life happened, as I'm sure you all have experienced. But anyway, here are some of my thoughts from today. :)

I have been thinking lately about how much we are influenced by the things we see around us. And how this happens, whether we realise it or not. And how even if we realise that it is happening, it is hard to change how we feel about it.

For example, since watching YouTube videos, I have found that I am now far more interested in make-up, because I see people talking about it, getting excited about it, and explaining it. They have 'romanticised' the idea of make-up for me. Interestingly, I haven't started wearing make-up on a regular basis, but I think this is because the practicality and reality of make-up is not really something that I can be bothered with everyday.

And then there is the fact that I find myself looking forward to hot chocolates and cold winters nights, and autumn leaves, despite the fact that New Zealand is going into spring, and everyone here can't wait for spring and summer. And I can't wait for summer either, it is just that sometimes I will be reading a 'sweater weather' blog post and thinking, ooh, that sounds absolutely lovely, I wish it was autumn.

Also, just all of the little things that you get to do when you are an adult. Like go away for a weekend with friends and not family, or have a house of your own to decorate, or be independent. And to be honest, I mostly don't want to leave home yet, I'm quite happy being still at home (alas, not for much longer!) but because most of the blogs that I read are written by bloggers who are older than me, I see all of this, just casually woven into their lives, and it seems so nice.

I think that is probably the thing. That all of these things seem so normal to the people who have them, they're just an ordinary part of their daily lives. And so, we must think subconsciously that ergo they should be a part of our daily lives too.

ps. I just went through and replied to all the comments on the last three posts if you were wondering if I was ever going to get around to doing that. :)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blogger Love tag

Hey guys!
So, Sinead recently tagged me in this tag, and I think that this sort of tag is the best, because it can be hard to find other blogs out there, and I always love reading other people's recommendations. So here goes!

What was the first blog you ever came across?
Well, that would be A Cup of Jo, looking over my mum's shoulder. I still really enjoy reading her blog, it's a good'un. :)

Favourite beauty blog reads?
I'm not much of a beauty person, but I do enjoy Libby's blog, as well as Mint Candy Lilies, which aren't strictly beauty, but have some pretty good recommendations, as well as lovely personalities. Mostly I watch big vloggers like Zoella, Sprinkleofglitter, Tanya Burr and FleurDeForce for beauty related stuff.

Best blogging friend? 
I consider myself quite lucky, in that I have made quite a few friends in the blogging world. I have even been lucky enough to meet three of them, Meg, Sam and Jes, who I'm sure you've heard plenty about already. And then there is the lovely Anne, who I'm sure you have also heard about, as well as  quite a few others, but this does say best blogging friend, and those four are probably mine. :)

5 blogs that everyone should be reading?
1. The Wild and Wily ways of a Brunette "Bombshell"
2. All of the blogs of my blogging friends above, not just because they're my friends, but because they have the best blogs.
3. Cider with Rosie
4. Sleepwalking in NY
5. Dreaming Again

Your favourite way to read blogs?
On my laptop in the evening with a hot chocolate, often listening to music.

Bloggers that inspire me?
Without fail number one on my list of 5 blogs, she inspires me to write, and to think, and to be creative. It's Leli also is a wonderful blog to get you thinking. I love blogs that make you think, and help you to form new opinions. They say you should change your mind about something significant everyday, but I don't think I quite manage that! :)

Favourite blog design/look?
Gosh, um, there are so many good ones! I love Sam's, and Fleur's, and this isn't a blog design, but I love the feel of The S Diaries, the posts always transport me to wherever Shawnee is.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
That it encourages me to write, and that it is something that is just mine. Everything about it I have done by myself, and so all of the achievements from it are solely my own, which is a pretty amazing thing. :)

Name a blogger that you would most like to see write a book in the future?
Just because I would love to have something tangible written by her, Meg from The Wild and Wily ways of a Brunette "Bombshell", but also, I think I would thoroughly enjoy a good fiction novel by Lissa from Sleepwalking in NY. :)

I am going to be a bit of a cop-out, and say, I tag anyone who wants to do it! Because I'm tired, and it's a Sunday afternoon.

Also, if you aren't a New Zealander, you may not know, but yesterday was election day, and we re-elected John Key as Prime Minister. I missed out on voting this time round by not that much though, so I was a bit annoyed that I didn't get to vote! Just a bit of current events for ya there. :)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Great Unknown - Kristina

What subjects did you take in your last year of (high)school? What were your favourite subjects?
My last year of highschool... oh goodness, that was so long ago (nearly ten years, since I graduated early). I was home-schooled, but I also took classes outside of home, and I remember my English/writing classes with much fondness. I think in my last year of school we went through Hamlet, and read it out loud, and I was Ophelia. It was so much fun!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Morning tea, macarons and mischief

Last weekend I met up with my dear friend, Laura, who I haven't been able to see much of recently, and sat in the sweetest little cafe and chatted.
How beautiful is she? :)

We recently got a new camera lens, and so I was so excited to try it out! It's a 35mm lens, and I think I'm in love. It is so very wonderful, if any of you are wondering whether you should get one, GET ONE!!! Downside is you might not stop taking photos, ever, ... but they'll all be beautiful, so who cares?!

We had a macaron and a hot chocolate each, and talked about all sorts of things. It was so lovely.
The cafe is in a little art gallery (don't art galleries always seem to have nice cafes?!) and so we had a little nosey afterwards as well. :)

As I was taking photos I could feel the funny looks, but in the name of all bloggers I continued. It's good to get my small town used to people having cameras, and using them. :)

Laura had a great time taking pictures too, the one in which you could see my shoulder is one she took. She actually took lots, but I was in most of them, and unfortunately I'm just not that confident about my face. I'm working on it, but for the moment I'm just not comfortable with putting up pictures where I was having a bad skin day, even though I believe that everyone of my friends is beautiful no matter what their skin looks like.

And there we have the double standards that I'm pretty sure most people put on themselves.
I hope you've all had a lovely week, I'm in the middle of mock exams right now, yay!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Great Unknown - Lissa

One of Lissa's beautiful drawings that is a semi-self portrait :)
What subjects did you take in your last year of school? What were your favourite subjects?
The last one, I think, was a English Literature class where we read stories and talk about them. I think there was a choice between that class and something else that I had to take in order to graduate. I guess I somehow missed a few credits. I think I did a lot of staring at the floor in that class. It was quite slow and very quiet as most of the students weren't up to talking and neither was I.
Favorite subject? I would say 'life drawing/painting.' There was this one class with a male model though I have no memory of what he looked like and it's probably because I pretty much spent the whole time looking at anything but the center of him, so to speak. Yeah, I was a complete prude back then. It was also my first time seeing a naked guy and I'm pretty sure I was not the only one who was uncomfortable.

What did you do in your first year after leaving school?
Nothing much. That is to say, I sent out resumes, replied to phone calls, went on job interviews and not much else. There was one particular incident that happened during that period that stayed with me. I was yelled/scolded at (via phone) for canceling an interview, which I thought was very unprofessional of the lady. It wasn't even an interview for a job but a job placement center where they try to place you for a job. She yelled at me and threatened me that I would never work in this town again or something similar as I cannot remember her exact words. Since I can't remember her name or her company, I cannot even ask her why or what was it that I did to offend her. I don't think canceling an appointment should be met with such harsh treatment. All that yelling freaked me out for a couple of days. I really thought something terrible would happen. I could hardly function for those few days. I just wished I had hanged up on her sooner. I could still remember that day but it's more cloudy now of cause but, things like stays with you a long while.

If you have had more than one job since you left school, what were they?
I once worked in a police station. Well, 'work' might not be the right term. Perhaps it was like being an intern of sorts. It was one of those summer programs that I've enrolled in. I did some filing and lots of hanging around the station along with these two guys whom seemed more comfortable being there than me. All I remember from the experience is the smell of someone's cologne, music on the radio and how clean the station was. Honestly, I did enjoyed being there even if I was bore half of the time.

What job are you doing at the moment and what does it entail? Do you enjoy it?
I'm a graphic designer. I mostly design newsletters, stationary, logos, posters, really just union-related publications and public relations materials. I do enjoy the work but the schedule is kind of wacky — either it's crazy-busy or slow-crawling but it's very pleasant and I get to do what I want during the weekends.

What job do you want to be doing at the moment?
Right now? I really just like to take a long vacation. Hot weather makes me want to slack off.  But if given the choice, I guess I would like to write fiction/novels. I mean not everyone gets their dream jobs and not everyone gets to do what they love but you can still think about it.

Do you have any regrets? Or any advice?
Doesn't everybody have regrets? Mostly I don't remember them but they appear every now and then as if to remind me I shouldn't think about them.
Advice? I do find advice helpful but when I really need it, I don't remember it. But I suppose if someone came up to me and ask for advice, I would give it to them even if it sounds cliche and cheesy. So my advice is: go and do your own thing. Worry about other people's opinion much, much later or not at all.  Of cause, you don't have take my advice. You are your own person and you do what you like.

Thank-you Lissa!!! This lovely lady has the most beautiful drawings, and writes the sweetest stories, I highly recommend her blog. I think it is awesome that she is working in the creative industry, I love to hear about people with jobs like hers, because everyone close to me in real life just has your typical sort of job, like a doctor, or a teacher, or an accountant. I found this interview very encouraging. :)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Wild Geese and Warm Pearls

I found this poem, Wild Geese by Mary Oliver, and I responded to it, because I couldn't help but write. What a treasure of a poem.
I know it's a duck, but let's just pretend it's a goose.

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

My response
These tears are like warm pearls
in the corner of my eyes.
My head dips in dizziness
and the world disappears for a moment.
I read the words again
and again
They wash over me
small comforts in a world 
that doesn’t seem to care.
I am sitting so still
I can feel the air move past my face.
A song circles in my head
heartbreakingly sad
but the words return me
they take me back to reality.
thank-you for reminding me that the world goes on.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Great Unknown - Jess

What subjects did you take in your last year of school? What were your favourite subjects?
In my last year of school I took Advanced Placement History, General art, physics, statistics, law, English, and French. I definitely enjoyed history, art, and English the most, and very much despised Physics and French (I didn’t need those classes, either! Not sure why I took them, haha).

What did you do in your first year after leaving school?
I went straight into College for an Interior Decorating diploma. In hindsight that was a horrible call, and I would have done much better taking a year off. Unfortunately, back then, it was pretty widely accepted to just go straight into uni, and not many people took a year off. I’ve since gone back to school for something completely different (more on that in a bit!)

Did you do any tertiary education? If so, what was it?
Not entirely certain was tertiary education is - I did 4 years high school, then straight into post-secondary (ie. College/Uni)
(quick note here, in NZ we call anything after high school tertiary, because there are polytechnics, which are more like hands on learning, and don't go to as high a level as universities)

If you have had more than one job since you left school, what were they?
After I graduated from Interior Decorating I worked for a year in a Decorating store as a colour consultant. I really didn’t like it, so I chose to go back to school for something completely different. I’m now taking my Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University, and am in my 3rd year.

What job are you doing at the moment and what does it entail? Do you enjoy it?
Right now I’m finishing up my Bachelor of Science in Nursing, so I’m just working part-time at a restaurant job while I do that. I don’t enjoy it at all, haha.

What job do you want to be doing at the moment?
I would love to be a Nurse, but I have another year left of school! Can’t wait until I graduate and can do something I find meaningful.

Do you have any regrets? Or any advice?
I don’t regret it, because it got me to move to a different city, but I would not have gone for my interior decorating diploma. It was a waste of time, since you don’t actually need it to be an interior decorator, and there are very few jobs here for it.
I would recommend that if you aren’t sure what to do, take a year off to think about it! Travel a little, see the world, find yourself, and then decide what you want to do!

Thank-you very much for being on my blog Jess!!! I have known Jess pretty much since the beginning of my blog, and I've loved participating in her Photography Friday link-up, so it is kind of awesome that now I got to find out a little more about her life and where she's going. :)

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