Thursday, September 30, 2010

seriouslythoughwhatareyoudoing?



September has been all about love. I've flooded this blog with photos and films and people I love and things that I'm crushing on but I've neglected a little what this blog is really about, not only what I'm seeing and watching and listening to or thinking but what I'm doing. Which, I guess, from here on out is a question I can't really escape from and in hindsight was a great choice for a blog-title that happens to be a challenge to myself to do something. Seriously Grace, what are you doing??

There's a quote that I'm no doubt getting half-wrong but from what I remember it goes something like 'Go to every class, take every opportunity'. Having said that, I'm more than guilty of ditching classes to go to the beach and too often I sleep in instead of going to lectures. Despite this, one thing I've learned this year is that if you want to do something you love, you have to find out what that is, and sometimes in the process you have to do a lot of things you don't know if you'll love, things you may even hate, before you figure out exactly what it is you want to be doing.

It's a little like having relationships, you can't dismiss everybody on the basis that 'when you know you know' or just to hold out for some ideal. Sometimes (though, of course there are exceptions) you need to find out what's out there. In order to find out what I want to be doing (career-wise, job-wise, for-the-rest-of-my-life-wise) I've been interning this year at two very different organisations.

Over the last couple of months interning I've understood more about what I do and do not want to be doing, about what kind of life I want to be living - before I start living it and realise ten years down the track I should of done something else. Even though it can be gruelling I think getting experience and taking control of your own education (in the institutional as well as broader sense) is the only way you'll learn what you want to be doing - even if it means doing something you eventually realise you don't want to. Interning for me has meant I've been able to meet people doing what I may eventually be doing. I've been able to pick their brains and find out what public relations is like from the inside out. Not only that, but it's made me seriously think about what kind of PR, if any, I want to be doing - and if working in that industry is something I genuinely want to do.

There are a lot of things people waste their time on, I can name too many off the top of my head that I let take my time, but internships - and finding out more about what your future will look like is definitely not one of them.

What to you want to do, really? 

Let me know, I'm currently seeking an alternate life path (see: ice-cream taster, professional clown, leprechaun-impersonator etc. :p ) but on a serious note I'm keen to share in some dreaming! Say it aloud and share it with me, you know you want to!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

mymindisamessyroom



 1. Vogue Russia 2. Mel Gibson 3. Tattoologist

Today I'm thinking in black and white, because sometimes things get a little messy in techni-colour.
1. Relationships end.
2. People change.
3. You can't press rewind.

What happens after a relationship is over?
What makes people change?
What makes somebody do something they know they can't take back?

Monday, September 27, 2010

theworldisbig

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road 2. The Tattoologist 3. PostSecret

A few years ago I graduated Highschool, and left behind everything that was part of it. Now, I've had cause to look back and see how things have changed, how my friends and I have become other people, with other dreams and different lives. It's strange to think how quickly things can change - or maybe how slowly, but without us noticing. There's been a lot that's turned out not as we had planned, there've been unexpected relationships and multiple career changes. There have been friends moving in and out of home, getting jobs and dropping out of university, going overseas and having massive life-changing-experiences worthy of box-office-movie-storylines ala 'Eat Pray Love'. Sometimes it makes me scared because its real and other times it feels completely fictional. Whatever it is, it reminds me again how large the world is, how quickly things can change and what a great need there is to dance on tables, wear crazy clothes, try every ice-cream flavour you've ever wanted, tell somebody how amazing you always secretly thought they were, make up with your friends and be nice to your family. The world is big, life is short and there's no time to waste!

Hace unos años que me gradué escuela secundaria, y dejó atrás todas las cosas que sucedieron allí. Ahora, he tenido una razón a mirar atrás y ver cómo las cosas han cambiado, cómo mis amigos y yo se han convertido en otras personas, con otros sueños y vidas diferentes. Es extraño pensar lo rápido que las cosas pueden cambiar - o tal vez la lentitud con que hacer - sin que nos demos cuenta. Ha habido muchas cosas que no se volvió a cabo como se había previsto, ha habido relaciones inesperadas y múltiples cambios de carrera. Ha habido amigos que entran y salen de la casa, conseguir trabajo y el abandono de la universidad, va en el extranjero y tener muchas experiencias de cambio de vida similar a 'Come, Reza, Ama'. A veces, me da miedo porque es real y otros que se siente completamente ficticia. Sea lo que sea, me recuerda una vez más cuán grande es el mundo, con qué rapidez pueden cambiar las cosas y lo que es una gran necesidad que hay que bailar sobre las mesas, llevar ropa loco, probar todos los sabores de helado alguna vez has querido, decirle a alguien cómo increíble que siempre pensaron que estaban en secreto, hacer las paces con sus amigos y ser amable con su familia. El mundo es grande, la vida es corta y no hay tiempo que perder!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

theresaplaceiliketogo

 Rozelle in four shots
All photos by me


I'm currently an intern at an agency in Rozelle, a pretty little 'burb about ten minutes from the heart of Sydney. If you're from Australia you'll notice that the weather Gods have finally decided to smile and spring is in full swing. My second day interning I decided to take a wander down from the pretty little vintage stores and cafes and discovered, ten minutes down the road a lovely little lunch-break place complete with a bench under a tree in front of the water. There are boats sleeping and fitness-junkies running circles. There are dogs running wild and that smell of the sea, not that fish-market smell but that salty-sea-spray-feeling. The sun likes to join in and make a day of it. I love that Sydney is so sprawled out, there's always a suburb I've never been and cafes and secret places to stumble upon.

What do you love about where you live?

En este momento, soy pasante en una agencia en Rozelle, un hermoso lugar 10 minutos del corazon de Sydney. Si eres de Australia sabrás que finalmente primavera esta aqui. En mi segundo dia de trabajo decidi a caminar a los almacenes y pequeños cafés - y descubrí - no muy lejos de estas calles - era un lugar perfecto poco para comer mi almuerzo.


Hay barcos y la forma física-adictos a correr círculos. Hay perros corriendo salvaje y que el olor del mar, no es que el olor de pescado del mercado, sino que sal-mar en la brisa.  Me encanta que Sydney es tan tirado, siempre hay un barrio que nunca he sido y cafés y lugares secretos para tropezar.
¿Qué te gusta del lugar donde vives?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

yougottahaveambition

 1. Joaquin Phoenix 2. Dakota Fanning 3. Meryl Streep 4. Martin Luther King

As a university student and a twenty-something I often get asked 'what are you doing?' or 'what are you going to do?' and 'what have you done so far?' It's easy, especially when you don't know the answers to any of the above questions, to get a little scared, to get a lot discouraged. But one of the things I think keeps coming back to me is ambition

It's something I admire a lot in other people, that I admire sometimes to the point of envy. Where do they get that passion, where do they get that drive? It's really easy to get caught up in somebody elses' purpose because you don't know what your own is, because you haven't found it yet. It's really hard to tell the world to shove it where the sun don't shine and be awesome your own way instead. 

The people in my pictures are people I admire for their ambition, their focus, their drive and their determination. Joaquin Phoenix for the fact he dedicated a year of his life to method-acting a character, Dakota Fanning & Meryl Streep for their discipline and focus in producing a mass of films without the scandal and tag of celebrity and Martin Luther King for his visionary ambition that has stretched on for eternity, into reality. It's this quality in other people that's helped me make my own decisions in terms of what kind of work I want to be doing, and what kind of person I don't want to be. The best advice I ever got was to find what you like doing and find a way to make it what you're doing.

What's your hidden ambition? What do you want to do? What's stopping you?

[Lo siento si mi gramatica es incorrecto!] Como una estudiante universitaria y un veinte-algo muchas veces me preguntan '¿qué estás haciendo?'o '¿qué estarás hacer?' y '¿qué hiciste?' Es fácil, especialmente cuando no sabe las respuestas, para tener un poco miedo. Pero una cosa que me sigue volviendo a la ambición. 

Es una cosa que admiro mucho en otras personas, que admiro a veces hasta el punto de la envidia. ¿De dónde sacan su pasión? Es demasiado fácil a olvidar sus propias ambiciones, su propósito real… tal vez porque no todavía la ha buscado. Es muy difícil a decirle al mundo que van a hacer su propia cosa, y no lo que el mundo quiere de ti.

La gente en mis fotos admiro por su ambición, su enfoque y su determinación. Joaquin Phoenix por el facto que él dedico un ano de su vida a un carácter, Dakota Fanning & Meryl Streep por su disciplina y el foco en la producción de una masa de películas sin el escándalo y la etiqueta de la celebridad y Martin Luther King por su ambición visionaria que se extendia por toda la eternidad. Es esta cualidad en otras personas que me ayudó a tomar mis propias decisiones en cuanto a que tipo de trabajo que quiero ser. El mejor consejo que he recibido fue para encontrar lo que te gusta hacer y encontrar una manera de hacer que lo que estás haciendo.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

smalltownsfullofsunshine

All images : Elvis & Annabelle

This weekend I spent eating ice-cream by a lake, being sprayed unexpectedly by waves in Cave Beach and lying with my feet dangling  over the pier while the sun poured down in buckets. I spent hours on a train with the scenes out the window changing from buildings and suits to graffiti and houses to a large canyon and a lake littered with yachts and dingy boats and finally to a small town past the central coast of Sydney. It was banana pancakes for breakfast and falling asleep on bunk-beds. Laughing over a recently acquired pet and fish and chips for dinner. Memories in the making.

The place and the weather kind of reminds me of this movie that I love - Elvis & Annabelle, sunflowers and beaches and a slow-drawling Texas town. It's dark and moody but is amazingly light and filled with smiles. If you get the chance to watch it you definitely should, its not what you would expect at all and exactly that good kind of surprise. How was your weekend?

Viernes es mi dia favorita.. y sabado tambien.. y no puedo olvidar Domingo! ¿Cómo fue tu fin de semana? ¿Qué recuerdos hiciste?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

theolderyougetthelessyouknow

1. Ashley & MaryKate Olsen 2. Michael Jackson 3. My Girl 4. Tatoologist

Wasn't everything more amazing when you were a kid? Everything seemed enormous and impossible to believe. It didn't take much to shock, to impress, to induce a reaction. Today I spent the afternoon laughing out loud with kids pretending to be cats and sharks and dinosaurs. Kids have this unbelievable ability to cut through everything and get straight to the point, to reduce everything in life to the bottom line and ask the big questions. And everything makes them laugh. Laughing makes them laugh. It makes you wonder why we all think growing up means growing older and getting over it all. Here's a secret - it doesn't!

Lessons learnt today: laugh more, smile always, play with your friends and speak your mind. Look at life with wide eyes and a slightly tilted head and in a big voice ask 'why?' or 'why not?'

Niños tienen una gran capacidad para felicidad y definitivamente podemos aprender una cosa or dos de ellos!

Monday, September 13, 2010

thefirsttimeyoufallinlove

Photos by friends 1. Rome rooftop 2. A beach in Greece 3. Athens stairway

La primera vez que me enamoré fue en y con Europa. Tal vez fue antes de que llegué sabía que Europa era el lugar que había estado buscando. Era extraño y diferente, antiguos y nuevos, y tan hermoso. Ha sido más de tres años desde que se enamoró de Europa por primera vez y no puedo esperar para pasar un año viviendo allí el año que viene.

Tranduccion:
The first time I fell in love was in and with Europe. Maybe it was before I arrived that I knew Europe was the place I had been looking for. It was foreign and different, old and new and stunning. It's been more than three years since I fell in Love with Europe for the first time and I can't wait to spend a year living there next year.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

openyourearslistenwithyoureyes

Sometimes you don't need pictures. Here are some of my favourite words from some of my favourite books. 

"Madeline, my wife, never used to wear a watch. She does now, I am told. For a long time, in a very inexact way, I had kept time for her. There was the time before we were married and the time after. There was the time before I was hospitalised and the time after. There was the time she needed me and the time after. And there is now." - Elliot Perlman (The Reasons I won't be coming)

"Sometimes Webb believed that he would never experience a better feeling than when he was looking at her, would never see anything or anybody bursting with more life and spirit. Sometimes he felt he needed to inhale it and place it in a storage area in his soul. Just in case. "
- Melina Marchetta (On the Jellicoe Road)

"She repeats things until they are true, or until she can't tell whether they are true or not. She has become an expert at confusing what is with what was with what should be with what could be. She avoids mirrors, and lifts a powerful telescope to find herself. She aims it into the sky, and can see, or so she thinks, past the blue, past the black, even past the stars, and back into a different black, and a different blue - an arc that begins with her eye and ends with a narrow house" - Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated)

"There's the ambiguity of human relationships, for instance. A relationship between two people, just like a sequence of words, is ambiguous if it is open to different interpretations. And if two people do have differing views about their relationship - I don't just mean about its state, I mean about its very nature - then that difference can affect the entire course of their lives." - Elliot Perlman (Seven Types of Ambiguity)

"Brod discovered 613 sadnesses, each perfectly unique, each a singular emotion, no more similar to any other sadness than to anger, ecstasy, guilt or frustration. Mirror Sadness. Sadness of Domesticated Birds. Sadness of Being Sad in Front of One's Parent. Humor Sadness. Sadness of Love Without Release." - Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated)

"We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch. No, "sketch" is not quite a word, because a sketch is an outline of something, the groundwork for a picture, whereas the sketch that is our life is a sketch for nothing, an outline with no picture." - Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

theburiedlife

 Four guys - one massive bucket list.

But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;
A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to inquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us--to know
Whence our lives come and where they go.

It probably all started when Mandy Moore played the preacher's dying daughter in 'A Walk to Remember'. In the movie she starts a list of things to do. Join the peace core. Get a tattoo. Then it was Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in 'The Bucket List', flying out of airplanes and laughing till they cried. Now, it's a hit cable TV show - 'The Buried Life'.

They started as four friends in their early twenties who were tired of doing what everyone wanted them to do and decided to be awesome instead, they'd saved money from working in the mines and - inspired by the above poem by Matthew Arnold - set out to travel the world and cross off an 100-item list of things to do before they die. Play basketball with Obama, tour with a band, jump off a waterfall.. It's the kind of epic things you expect to write on paper - and not see fully realised.

I think it's too easy to get trapped doing things you don't want to, to live a life that doesn't feel like yours - it's too easy to forget the big dreams you had when you were a kid, too easy to think they can't be reached. But The Buried Life and these four guys - funny Canadians - a bit like 'Jackass' - they make you want to dream big, and just go for it. Get writing on that list, if you haven't already.

What's on your bucket list?
lo que está en tu lista de cosas que hacer antes de morir?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

belargerthanlife

'You can be anywhere when your life begins. When the future opens up in front of you. And you may not even realize it at first, but it's already happening' - Crazy/Beautiful
1. Crazy/Beautiful 2. My Sister's Keeper 3. John Lennon, Yoko Ono & son 4. Where the wild things are

On Monday night I had the pleasure of hearing the youngest Bishop in Australia speak in a small pub in Parramatta, he shared with us the story of his life, and while there were a lot of things that stuck with me this in particular kept replaying in my head..(with slight editing by me *ahem)..

"Politicians A lot of people are so scared of being shot down they often don’t stand up for anything. They try and make themselves the smallest possible target by disclosing to the public as little as possible, by hiding the values they believe in for fear."

In Australia, we're not as used to the spotlight as our American cousins, we've got something called 'Tall Poppy Syndrome' and you're more likely to be applauded for taking a back-seat than riding shotgun..We're never ones to raise hands in lectures and quickly write off those who do as 'know-it-alls' and -'show-offs'.. but what is that saying about us? I've been quoting too much.. mostly because I can't find words of my own to say what I want to say. And somebody always says it better..
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson
Heed the call - go on - be larger than life - sin miedo, sin limitaciones - ser más grande que la vida.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

thescienceofsleep

Stéphanie:I'm not sure I should accept this gift. Why do I deserve a present anyway?
Stephane: Because...for the occasion that you are pretty.
 Stephane: [Shows 3-D glasses] You can see real life in 3-D.  Stéphanie: Isn't life already in 3-D?  Stephane: No but, yeah but, come on.

A movie favourite - about love, language and dreams - this movie is a dream, exactly like one. Whimsical, funny and a little left of centre. You wake up slightly non-plussed and hazy-eyed, smiling but you can't put your finger on exactly why. Forests in boats, a tv show in dream-time, a life size toy horse, a marriage proposal and a lot of make-believe. The movie plays out like dreams do, and Stephane is lost, socially inept and completely adorable. Like 'Once', 'Across the Universe' or Gondry's other film 'Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind' its the good kind of different.

Gael Garcia Bernal plays Stephane - from the Motor Cycle Diaries and many other things.. a Mexican actor and director who - by default of speaking spanish - of course I love already, but besides the spanish - sus ojos, sus peliculas y muchas otras cosas - me encanta!

Monday, September 6, 2010

havesomefirebeunstoppable

Tattooligist, Sarah Connor - Terminator, hardtoexplain, Lady Gaga, Scarlett O'Hara - Gone with the Wind

Sometimes it's hard to write without caring what people think. Let's be honest - isn't everyone a little scared being laughed at? In the vein of September.. this is a bit of a love-in for pictures of fearlessness and people I wish I was and whose hardcore middle-finger-up-at-the-world attitude has helped me shake off the nerves,  harden up and face the world front-on.

In the words of Christina Yang 'Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You're on your own. Be on your own.'

What gives you courage?

Traduccion: A veces es dificil a escribir sin importar lo que la gente piensa. Honestamente - todas personas tienen un poco miedo de que se rieran de otras personas. Este September... esto es un poco de amor por fotos que muestran la falta de miedo y personas que quiero ser como.. 


lo que te da coraje?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

timeismoneyandbabyweremillionaires


1. natalie portman 2. Brittany Murphy & Alicia Silverstone 3. Kate Moss & Johnny Depp 4. Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt 5. Drew Barrymore 6. Julia Styles & Heath Ledger 7. Heath Ledger

"In the idealism of youth, a person sees truth. In it he or she possesses riches that he or she should not exchange for anything.We must all be aware of the fact that life wants to rob us of faith in the good and true, and our enthusiasm for it. But we need not relinquish it." - Albert Schweitzer