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MIA: Exams

I’ve decided to go MIA for the next 17 days until my exams are over. But before I go, I wanted to write out some plans for the summer:

  • Get more portraits in (Belle, Minnie and Jordan!!!!)
  • Make my Portfolio!
  • Photowalks (Lets go Nick! you too Jeremy…I think it’s a much needed catch up)
  • Document the city
  • Take some more photos of my own cooking
  • Get in the studio and learn some lighting!
  • Get my reading on, I’ve got the Photographer’s Eye and Light: Science and Magic waiting for me
  • Go on a couple weekend travels
  • Get sponsors and raise a ton of money for the Richmond BCSPCA‘s Paws for a Cause
  • Figure out what I want to do with the rest of my ife (ie: Urban Planning in Grad schools, etc)

But First, Kill my exams. See ya Later everyone! Since I have no pictures to give you, here’s a cute cat.

Funny Pictures of Cats With Captions
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Summer.

Summer, you’re about to end.

I am not sad though, as I knew this day would eventually arrive. So thank you. Thank you for the sun, the beautiful weather, the great times outdoors, the family, the friends, the drinks, the dancing and driving.

Four months later and I feel rejuvenated and renewed, ready to go on with my education. I feel like I now have a better sense of what is important in my life: my family and friends. With them, I’ve been able to see my growth and their impact that they have had on my life.

From spending an amazing week in Peru with my family, to Camping with my friends and spending random nights talking and eating with the people I care about, this summer’s been good.

The Simple Things.

Why do we feel we need to complicate our lives?

Why haven’t we learned that despite all this new technology and “stuff” at our disposal, it is still the simple things in life which leave the greatest impacts. Sure we have ipods, xboxes, the internet and computers to entertain us, but what about everything else? Despite all this “stuff” we now have, how much happier has it made us?

Rather than sitting at the dinner table and talking to our family, why do we feel it is necessary to eat with headphones on? Instead of updating your facebook status every 15 minutes to let everyone know how enjoyable your night is, why not finish it first, then tell us all about it in the morning? And even better, why not get up from your computer and try something you’ve always wanted to?

Why not go out to a pool for a swim and cool off during this heatwave? How about starting the pile of books you have been meaning to read every since the end of classes? Or what about that painting you started a month ago, but is now sitting in the back of your closet?

I can be almost certain that this message has been sent out multiple times, maybe that is why I am repeating it. The simple message of “get out and do something” has been reiterated to our generation ever since we were in the first grade. And at the beginning of summer, I told myself I would. Instead of doing the regular brainless activities, I wanted something different. So I challenge you, to do the same. To engage in simple activity you’ve been meaning to do all summer. Go…

Ride your bike. Go to the beach. Cook your family dinner. Draw a picture. Write a blog. Read to your sister.

or even just catch up with a friend or two in person.

Do something you love, or try something new. Remember the simple things.