Top Photo: Morgan Filliol
Middle & Bottom Photo: Tanya Krotovskaya
I know that I’ve been M.I.A, but I can explain in one word. Finals. There were no trainers on Tuesday. There were slippers (and outfits that will 100% never appear on this blog) last Tuesday. To compensate, I’ve included some of my favourite outtakes from past blog posts!
Since its the end of the school year, this post is quite special to me. I have SURVIVED two semesters of weekly / bi-weekly blogging! To say that this blog has been a learning experience would be an understatement. Not only have I learned my way around WordPress, tripods and improving my social media, but I’ve also improved myself in ways that I never expected. Below, I’ve listed some important lessons I’ve learned from blogging (in a hope that you too, will finally have the balls to start your own blog. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).
6 Things I’ve learned….
1. The art of not caring
I say art only because this one was a challenge for me. Every time someone would take my picture, even in normal social situations, I’d feel self conscious and awkward. Now, I’ve gotten to the point of caring so little that I now take half my photos with a tripod. This ‘bravery’ has seeped into other areas of my life. It has been magical.
2. Developing a Vision
Whether its Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, Facebook or just everyday life, I’ve learned the importance of having a clear vision in order to achieve what you want. Because of this realization, I’ve accomplished 90% of my goal list from January 2015.
Not only does one need a vision to make stuff happen, but being POSITIVE is crucial. Even when the lighting is poor, the wind is raging, or fellow pedestrians are being difficult, maintaining a positive attitude has made even the tough moments fun.
4. Looking Put Together
Now that my friends teasingly call me “princess in trainers”, I have subconsciously lived up to the monicker. For my blog photos, I used to change into an outfit I wasn’t actually wearing. In recent posts, I no longer need to — and I think the results have been much better!
5. Appreciating Details
The photographers I work with (shoutout Yelim Lee & Tanya) have taught me the importance of atmospheric details and photo composition. Because of their wisdom, I’ve become more detail oriented, putting 100% into everything I do.
6. Nothing is Perfect
That being said, nothing can ever be perfect. My former International Relations tutor told me something I’ll never forget. “Honestly, Steph, I wrote 5000 words yesterday and I look back now and hate everything I wrote.” Sure, this statement sounds negative, but for me, it has helped me relax about everything I do a little more. We all improve everyday — and that’s a good thing. Through my blog, this lesson has been further nailed into my brain. A year from now, this blogpost will probably be cringe-worthy. Or maybe I’ll even edit it tomorrow. We’ll see.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post! Next week, I’ll be back in Canada for the summer.