Artistry in an age of conflict

Here's someone who I look up to.  Of course, it's Saturday morning, and I'm still waking up, boiling some water for tea, and have about 4 weeks of Health Psychology to review before my exam in a few days.  But I went online to check out what's new in the world of VICE, and came across this interview.

I'd love to meet Molly one day.  I think her passion and understanding of 'art as the message' is beautiful, and I was inspired by her this morning.  I like how she articulates locating herself within her artistry, and how this relates to the message she creates with her work.  Inspired.

My feel that my style is still emerging.  I find myself taking on a multitude of projects, but in the end, all of these shape me, and my style - and at times, they break me.  I like how Molly said it - (abridged version) "You have to work as hard as you can, and when you've reached the point where everything cracks, you will empty everything out that was clichèd about you, something new emerges".  I thought this was a powerful truth.  It makes me realize why I push myself the way I do - and that it's okay to do so.

 

#Disappoint, #ThanksObama

Have you ever spent a couple hours typing away at a piece for your online writing course, and then suddenly the window you were working in suddenly decides to close and you've lost all your work? Yeah, that just happened, right now..

What can I say, it's Murphy's Law.  But, I cannot hold my computer responsible.  It was, effectively, me who clumsily pushed buttons on the keyboard - from which, entered the magic code that nullified my writing document.  It was meant to be, I suppose.

But yes, I think what I was writing about was more or less about the immense stress I've been under trying to get all my assignments in on time.  It's been challenging, but at the same time, I've been feeling alright about things.  I know me, and I work best with a fire lit underneath me.

I'm looking forward to next semester in school as well.  I'm taking art and music courses, so this will be an interesting transition from intellectual to artistic.  I'm ready for a change though; fiending for it!

Surviving Exams

Although my body does not fare well on caffeine, at least I can enjoy a decaffeinated macchiato from time to time from my favourite spot in TO, Darkhorse.

It has been challenging - managing school and work.  But, I'm not complaining.  I have been on the road for 11 weeks now with work, and the travel season is slowly coming to an end.  I get to sleep in my own bed, rather than the ones I rent from day to day.  And, I get to cook my own food, instead of enjoying eating out on the company card for every meal.

This website is long overdue, as I've been looking forward to putting my thoughts and experiences in a place to show others.  I'm happy to had had the opportunity to learn more about the process, and am excited to see what comes of it.

In the meanwhile, I'll just sit here and enjoy my final macchiato on per diem...