Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. There is no attempt to hide the damage but instead it is highlighted and made beautiful as it makes the object unique.
I like to think that my brain and my veins are laced with gold.
Unique and beautiful because of the history, not despite it.
No judgement; just healing.
Mad Max, a character that’s lived through generations. My first exposure to the story and the character was through this film although the character, created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, was brought to life first in 1979.
Set in a desolate and post-apocalyptic Australia, Fury Road finds Max (Tom Hardy) in a battle for his life with a corrupt civilization and their war lord leader, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). In Max’s attempts at escaping he pairs up with Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and her fight to free the five young wives of Immortan Joe and bring them to the greener pastures she remembers from childhood.
I was hesitant to share this. It felt too personal and made me feel exposed. But in light of Bell Let’s Talk Day and the effort to end the stigma around Depression and Mental Illness, I thought I would share it with you. It’s an excerpt from some free-fall writing I did last week.
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina has been nominated for two Oscars this year: Visual Effects and Best Original Screenplay. This doesn’t seem like enough though as so much more of this film demands your attention.
British actor Domhnall Gleeson portrays an American programmer who is called to a remote estate to test the human qualities of a newly developed Artificial Intelligence. During the evaluation Caleb discovers that AI creator Nathan (Oscar Isaac) may have some skeletons in his closet.
Pancakes are the food of the gods … or they could be! Young and old, flapjacks are a comfort food that fills the belly and the sweet tooth! They can be healthy, dessert, or even dinner! Nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner!
Since being vegan I’ve missed out on pancakes as the rest of my family indulged in their fluffy treats! But not anymore!
I write for a depression community called NewLifeOutlook; using my experience with depression and anxiety to hopefully share some knowledge and light or hope to others who are suffering.
I’ve written articles such as:
– The Importance of Talking About Depression
– Combating Depression After Moving
– Mental Illness in the Media
– How to Help Someone With Depression
I really enjoy it! I had never considered myself much of a writer until taking on the project and it sparked a love affair for me. It showed me that despite how much I want to save the world, sometimes giving a single person hope can be just as powerful.
I’m incredibly late writing this review as it’s been about a week since I’ve seen it but I was struggling to find the right words.
To put it plainly – the beauty and detail in this movie are awe inspiring! Director Guillermo del Toro sets the bar high for the many other films to be released in the near future. While Crimson Peak hasn’t received the attention and praise that I believe it deserves, it certainly has the makings of a cult classic for the few that enjoyed the film’s unique genre and exquisite visualization.
At the risk of sounding “old” – wtf is wrong with kids these days?! Though I suppose it isn’t exclusive to youths because so many of my own generation are guilty of the same thing. I’m referring to the ‘DGAF’ attitude that seems to be so abundant! It’s on tshirts, phone cases, tote bags, pillows, and painted across the faces of those who sport it.
Before I dive in too deep – let me just say that I understand where it comes from. I get it. You don’t care what others think so you can continue to be who you are and stay true to you without their judgement. “DGAF what they think” … but has it come too far?
After seeing the Wantable review over at The Wolf and The Wardrobe and hearing her rave so much about how much she loves it, how could I not purchase my own?
What is Wantable?
Basically, it’s a subscription box. The fun part is that you get to choose a box from accessories, lingerie, cosmetics, sports apparel, or others. You could even choose more than one if your budget allows! I chose the accessories box because who doesn’t love jewelry?
I’m always looking for a new way to be more organized. I’ve got 800 lists, a stack of sticky notes, a mountain of scrap paper, and probably about 30 notebooks all abandoned as attempts to keep track of my scattered thoughts and ideas. While my phone does a pretty good job of keeping track of the important things like birthday and appointments, I feel like the thoughts and moments of inspiration are lost in the chaos of flying papers and 60 notes in my iPhone.
I was scrolling through Pinterest a while ago trying to find ideas for “organizing tips for apartments” and came across The Bullet Journal. I’m still doing a bit of research to get a better understanding but it seems to be pretty life-changing for some people. What it is (as I understand it) is an organization system that uses a series of symbols (or bullet points) to track your days, weeks, months, to-do lists, thoughts, ideas, sketches, and essentially everything you can possibly “brain-dump” onto a journal page. You can customize it to work best for you but the developer, Ryder Carroll, has some pretty good tips for getting started over on the Bullet Journal website.
There are also hundreds of pins, boards, and comments on Pinterest as well for how to customize and manipulate the Bullet Journal into something that works best for you and your needs.
So why am I telling you all of this?
Not just to inspire you, but I’m planning on diving in to my own Bullet Journal. I’ll try to post again in a month to update you on my progress and how/if it’s helped at all. For now – here’s what I’ve done to get started.
- I bought a notebook, yes another one, but I felt the start of a new project justified a brand new notebook. Plus I loved the grid lines that were used in the example. I may opt for another style when this book is complete but for now, this is what I’m going with.
- I picked up some coloured pens/markers because I find colour coding things also helps me to be organized, plus I can then feed my slightly more creative streak into customizing it!
- I did some more research via Pinterest, and watched and re-watched the Getting Started video to narrow down what things I wanted to include in my journal and which things I could probably leave out. For example I need to have a weekly task-list in addition to my daily list, but felt that monthly was too long. So I’ve made space for that within my own journal.
- Dive in! No hesitation, no fear of the pretty, clean, blank page – just go! I’ll make mistakes and mis-spell things or accidentally scribble along the way but as long as it continues to function the way I need it to then my OCD will need to calm itself. It’s not always going to be perfect and crisp. That’s the beauty of a worn old notebook anyway!
I realize that I bought brand name products which can get pricey so if you’re on a budget there are a lot of options available! Some other suggestions I saw were to get some washi tape or stickers to customize it and add to it but that seemed to ‘crafty’ for me and I just wanted to get started.
Have you tried Bullet Journaling? How did it work for you? Any tips for a newbie?
Until next time!