Journal Entry 013

 

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"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." - Nelson Mandela

 

This happens to be one of my favourite quotes of all time. It really sends home the notion that although we may not recognize our progress on a day-to-day basis, it's through juxtaposition that we can truly grasp how far we've come. 

And that theme has rung true on so many levels for me.

The first time it really hit me was after leaving for University. My first time coming home after moving to Ottawa, I believe it was Thanksgiving weekend 2007, I was baffled by how everything had changed in only a matter of weeks. I noticed all the minute little details of my family home, like a new candle decorating the living room coffee table down to how full the fridge was with food I’d never seen.

But what I noticed the most was that I’d gotten so used to living on my own, doing my own laundry, attending undergraduate classes and meeting new people – I’d been so busy, and failed to notice how much I’d changed. I had spent the prior few weeks learning how to do my own laundry, getting used to undergraduate classes and meeting new people – it had barely occurred to me that I’d actually been changing, too.

Coming back to my hometown for the last time in 2015, after having spent 4 years in 4 different cities working various jobs, I once again felt the impact of how much I’d changed. But the irony is that even though I’ve stayed in the same city since that time, I still have these moments. I’ll compare my current self to my past self and think, “when did that happen? How did I change so much without even noticing it?”

And this is a blessing. It’s not about changing jobs or moving cities, but rather experiencing new things, choosing to lean into your discomfort, and focusing on your personal growth. But change is a choice, not a given. And it’s an opportunity for new pathways, more intricate projects, larger payoff and a higher sense of ease with your life.  

Because if nothing ever changes, then nothing ever changes.

 

What I'm loving lately

this list of Cheryl Strayed's favourite things
this video that's had me wanting to visit New Orleans since I first watched it
this article that discusses the differences between grown ups and adult children
this take on what happens when you're raised by anxious parents

five things to know about being friends with an INFJ
eleven ted talks to get you through your quarterlife crisis
this approach to worrying "better"
ten female trailblazers in the realm of design

eight mantras to tame your inner critic
are writers born or made? jack kerouac weighs in
my brand new etsy print featuring a quote by johnny cash

five books by women for women that everyone should read
how to be more confident, a definitive step by step guide

 

WHAT I'M GRATEFUL FOR

white walls
new blossoms
like-minded connections
having an eye for design

slow mornings
words that flow like water
raspberry-scented candles

new lessons to learn
finishing books

being the change
warmer weather
blundstone boots
contagious ideas
familiar territory

 

WORDS TO USE MORE OFTEN

Futile: incapable of producing any result, ineffective, useless, not successful, trifling, frivolous, unimportant;
Mercurial: changeable; volatile, fickle, flighty, erratic. animated, lively, sprightly, quick-witted;
Akin: allied by nature, having the same properties, having or showing an affinity, kindred;
Immersive: activity that occupies most of one's attention, time, or energy; being absorbed by;
Ardour: great warmth of feeling, fervor, passion, intense devotion, eagerness, or enthusiasm, zeal.

 

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

The strangeness of Time. Not in its passing, which can seem infinite, like a tunnel whose end you can’t see, whose beginning you’ve forgotten, but in the sudden realization that something finite, has passed, and is irretrievable.
— Joyce Carol Oates
 

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