Archives for Month: November 2013

We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but I still feel like it’s a nice day to be thankful for something, anything. After reading Nicole’s post titled 5 (Often Overlooked) Things To Be Grateful For This Year – I decided to write my own personal version.

1. Something your body can do

After years of ballet, hell yeah, I can dance. And not even just ballet. I can dance. I’m really thankful for that. I know a lot of people who are self-conscious or don’t think they can dance. I am happy that I put in a lot of work to be able to dance, and took the time to learn. But I never stopped and appreciated that I actually have that ability.

2. The people who help you without even knowing it

I want to say thanks to those people I rarely talk to. Those people who have commented on my blog posts and cheered me up when I was feeling like trash. So many comments put a smile on my face. Just sharing your stories with me, or commenting on my photographs. They help me feel better about myself. That’s something I have struggled with for the past year, and I have only just come to a point where I feel great about myself.

Those people who put me on the door to photograph a show. It’s a tiny, tiny thing. But they have no idea that it means a lot to me. Whether I am seeing my favourite band or not. Indirectly, it’s like a note of acceptance. Yes, you can photograph this band. And by saying yes, you are giving me the opportunity. To experience something. To better my skills. To share my photos with people. You’re not just helping me, but helping a lot of people.

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On Monday (25th November) it was my brother Brandon’s 18th birthday. I contributed to his new PC, which he built himself last week (he was ridiculously excited, having finished high school and all). He’s very proud of it and obviously very happy with it. New monitor, faster processor, the works. I also bought him Guild Wars 2 for PC. As a family, we got him a really cool world globe, amongst other things.

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These photos were taken about a month ago (6th October — I have been a bit lax) when James and I went to the annual Tulip Time Festival. It was really lovely last year but this year was a disappointment because the strong winds had gotten to the tulips and cut some of them clean off their stalks. I guess all in all it wasn’t worth it, either, because it was far to travel and there wasn’t much to see.

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On Friday night I went to see Hey Geronimo again, for the twelfth time. They are my favourite band, and I happily try to bring a friend with me each and every time, though I have seen them a handful of times alone. On Friday though, Tristan and my cousin Ricky came along. Ricky has been living with us for the past few months, I guess he’s settling in alright. I don’t talk to him much because he’s studying and attending classes, so he hasn’t really been the topic of many posts.

Anyway! Ricky was keen to come along this time after I asked him this time last year (during his short visit here) if he wanted to come see my favourite band. I thought, you know, try and get another friend (or in this case, family member) into gigging or at least get a taste of live music. He said he really enjoyed it this time as well, which is great to hear.

It was raining really heavily on Friday. In the morning it seemed alright, but by evening there was lightning and a bit of thunder. My mum phoned me before Tristan picked us up, and told us to please cancel and not go (she thought the rain would get to us). I freaked out and told her there was no way I was missing this. Which, in my words, is basically just, “Nooooooo!” Because

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Swan Lake is undeniably, impeccably, absolutely, ultimately, without a doubt, completely and totally my favourite ballet. Everything about it, the music, the dancing, the story, the costumes (yes, the costumes!) are just… ugh, breathtaking. So it was truly a wonderful experience when I was able to experience watching Swan Lake last night with James and my friend Dom. I don’t think it took much convincing for James to come along, which is really great because it usually takes a brick and two shovels to get him to accompany me to see a live band. But I know that he appreciates the hard work that goes into a ballet performance, likely because I am so passionate about the dance myself. There was no need to convince Dom — he was exposed to the dance through his years of photography and he dearly loves it as well.

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On Friday I was a pretty awful friend and dragged Tristan out to see Lime Cordiale even though his sinuses were bunged up. I got him to try a place called Wok On Inn and he had some sweet chili chicken noodles with cashews. I didn’t order anything because I wasn’t hungry and I just had a latte. The waitress gave us two forks; I guess she thought we were sharing. (I would have scoffed down half the noodles if I was actually hungry though, bwahaha.)

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For my final university assignment we had the option of doing a written reflection, a written portfolio, or a proposal for a degree by research. I chose the easiest – a 2,000-word written reflection of my learning throughout the degree. Knowing the way I roll with most personal reflections, I struggle to reach the word limit and think of ways to waffle my way through. We’re required to make use of academic literature and include references to support our learning.

I fleshed out about 2,000 words in just a few hours last week, with much encouragement from Tristan, before I gave up and thought, I need to get out of the house, so, get out of the house I shall (and we went and had ice cream). I hadn’t included a single reference, because let’s face it – it doesn’t make sense to refer to academic literature when you’re doing your own personal reflection. Why does my learning in this subject need to be backed up by a theory? Right?

Well… wrong. Sort of.

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James and I went to the Newtown Community Festival yesterday. We went last year, but this year we were a bit disappointed. I guess it was because it rained a little and most of the time this year the stalls were the same. To be honest, I find most festivals are pretty similar year after year. A band I like, Palms, was playing that day, but I wasn’t too keen on hanging around a few more hours to see them because the rest of the festival was not that interesting.

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Recently I have been doing finicky things like updating thumbnails on my old blog posts and cleaning out my computer – stuff that I want to be free of in the new year. In the past few years I haven’t seen the new year as much of a time to change or turn over new leafs. It has been more of a reflection of the year gone by, acknowledging the bad times, but smiling about the good things that happened, and looking back on it as positively as I can. Granted, I have had some very low points in the past few years, mainly due to stress from having a lot of work to do. I have tried pushing myself with goals, I have welcomed in the new year quietly, but this time, I want to make sure I do this positively.

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Post-it notes on a wall. Things to do. Great things to do.

This isn’t another project. In fact, I have forbidden myself to call it as such, because I have started far too many projects in the past that have never finished. Of course, I should keep my options open, but after saying Project Simplify Georgie was the last project I would ever have (and it looks like I never kept it […]

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