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I often catch myself looking at all the little things around me as 'art'. I'm often referred to as someone who 'lives in their own little world'- forever distracted by the life around me. I often find myself staring in awe at the way the evening sun reflects its golden glow throughout my all white kitchen. I notice the way smoke navigates through the air, twisting and turning before it fades away. I open every window when it rains, because the smell brings me back to jumping through puddles hand in hand with my friends. I could watch droplets of water race each other for hours, and I often turn off my music when the birds are singing outside. I don't have a favourite colour, or band, or song, but I have a favourite sound- which happens to be the sound water makes when it splashes. I love the smell of fall, and the exact feeling of heat on my skin when I'm in the sun. I love looking at the ways someones eye colour changes when they are in the sun, or the way people always smile at dogs in passing. To some, just a propagating plant. To me, it brings me back to the days where I'd run barefoot in and out of my grandparents cottage- collecting wildflowers in a vase that looked just like this, to set perfectly in the centre of the kitchen table 💐
If you would have asked me 8 years ago if I thought I'd be entering my 8th year of university, the answer would have been "hell no". But here I am, in what feels like the craziest week, feeling WAY too excited and ready to start this new academic chapter in the fall. Having the ability to attend an undergraduate program, graduate program, and a doctoral program is a PRIVILEGE. I have been blessed with both financial, social, and emotional support that without, a path in academia would not have been possible. With that being said- Academia is not the path I had always envisioned for myself. Like so many others, I come from adversity. I have lived, seen, and experienced both childhood and adult traumas that continue to impact and shape who I am each and every day. Much of my younger years were spent feeling sorry for myself. They were spent navigating through difficult emotions of anger, confusion, and natural hormones that lead me to often push away those who cared the most. However, in 2011, I learned first hand what 'privilege' and 'resilience' meant- and holy crap did that change everything. Despite my adversities, I WAS LUCKY. In 2012 I entered my first year of university. I tried out different courses, explored various programs, and eventually found my niche in the social sciences. I started using my anger and confusion as a tool. I viewed my hardships as paths of guidance, and I sought answers through understanding the social world around me. This turned into me also gaining the conceptual tools to make positive changes in my own life. Now here I am, pushing my boundaries every single day so that I can stand and work in alliance with those who have not been given the same life chances as me. I couldn't imagine the last 7 years doing anything else. My conditions of happiness lie in a world in which we actively work at transforming and dismantling systems of oppression. It relies on compassion, humans taking care of humans, thinking critically, and having a flexible platform to fight alongside others against the vast injustices of the world. Life is about people, not things. Bring on the next 4 years.
sometimes you just have to make your own damn rainbows 🌈 My Saturday has definitely been relaxing to say the least. It was a day spent crafting, and obsessing over making decor pieces that make our apartment peaceful, unique, and very US. made with hemp, lava beads (which are great for diffusing essential oils), and love, I created the perfect little bohemian sun catchers to always catch those rays 🌞
Spent my weekend with the best company 🌿 Moving to Fredericton has been a huge adjustment for me. While I do intentionally spend a ton of time cooped up writing- I wasn't always able to do that in pure solitude. In fact, for many of you who know me from Halifax know that I come from a house of 4 other roommates, a dog, a cat, 8 rats, fish, and an unusual amount of lobsters [or Blue Crayfish if you want to get technical). so YES, as you can imaging moving to a new apartment alone with one cat has been a culture shock to say the least (@brythomps cant wait for you to be at the apartment officially at the end of the summer) Make sure to spend time appreciating and cherishing the moments you get to spend with your loved ones 🌼
If you're judging this picture, you should keep reading 🌿 As many of you know, I have been a content creator and influencer for a few different cannabis company's, such as @birchandfogcanada and @hemprove. However, I've always tried to be relatively discrete with the type of content I post on my profile because of the stigma around Cannabis use. But the reality is- I am one of the many people who rely on Medical Cannabis, and i am not ashamed. There's often a stigma attached to everyday cannabis use, framing patients as 'lazy' stoners who care little about their mental and physical health [or worse, criminals]. However, over the past year of medicinal cannabis use I have not only met so many empowered people who incorporate cannabis into their active, and busy lifestyles, but I've experienced the benefits first hand within my own personal life and career. In fact, while it’s an academic tool while Ive been writing my masters thesis, beginning my PhD, embarking on a journey of growth and discovery, and taking charge of my physical and mental health, cannabis has also helped me in the following ways: 1. enhanced focus 2. increased physical and mental motivation 3. treats chronic pain 4. increases my serotonin 5. works as an anti-depressant & anti-anxiety 6. always enhances creativity Cannabis is not for everyone- and every person responds differently to utilizing the plant. Take time to work with your body and mind to find out what works best for you! Always consider healthier alternatives like edibles, vaping, or tinctures rather than smoking. BUT if it wasn't for my medical cannabis prescription, I wouldn't be able to live my life in such productive and healthy ways - let alone survive graduate school! Being a cannabis user doesn't help me escape reality, it helps me enjoy reality even more 🌿
out with the old, in with the new! A 10 year passport renewal application means that I am now accepting applications for new travel buddies ✈️ If I could wish one wish for all the travellers out there, it would be that I hope you travel to places that bring you home to yourself. Truly, a person stretched by new experiences, new answers, new challenges and new societies should never come back the same person as when they left. So collect memories, collect adventures, and collect pieces of yourself 🗺 where to next?
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