Transition Guelph Resilience Festival Reflection

Transition movement. Community resilience festival.

I hope these words, for all of our sakes, appear more in your social circles, online or off. Why? I'll give you a brief summation.

The logo I designed for Transition Guelph

The Transition movement is really an umbrella philosophy towards many of our current societal problems, namely: food, energy, and the environment.  There are layers to this system such as social equality, true economic stability, and holistic approaches to problems, but these mostly stem from those previous three things, and are all very interrelated with one another. 

My Ignite Guelph talk and my advice to public speakers

Instead of making this more of a thought and feeling based reflection, I thought I would gear it more towards helping others who would like to try public speaking. Let me first state that I am absolutely not one to sign up willingly to do this kind of thing.  I've always been fairly shy - far more of an introvert.  This surprises some today, which encourages me to feel as though I'm finding a balance.

Part of the reason I signed up for this was obligatory.  I was nearly going to go with a friend to Nepal several months ago.  The time wasn't right for me, and I told myself that if I didn't join him in Nepal, I would definitely sign up to do an Ignite talk. The feeling of having done what I intended is immensely gratifying. Empowering.

Life drawing - March 20

First piece I've done for a while that made me feel like I'm out of a long plateau.  Very refreshing despite near constant, thoughtful discussion this session.

Things that I think suck about modern life and ways we need to fix it.

I’m not diving into a specifics or details. As best explained by this SNL clip.

Just let me dream damnit.  I'll be adding to or adjusting this post as I come to idealistic, ridiculous solutions.

Too busy – Rid ourselves of 40 hour work week, also value space in our lives more.

Don’t get to do what we’re most passionate about – The above solution should help with this but it would also be great if there was more of a demand for creative pursuits in the world.

First tutoring session

Today I had my first student for the art tutoring sessions I'm beginning to offer.  They're ideally for those looking to get into a post secondary art school.  This student in particular is going to be applying to Sheridan's Animation program in two years, and wanted to get ahead of the game.  Awfully close to home, as that's the program I graduated from nearly two years ago.  I'm extremely excited to finally have an outlet to pass on this knowledge too.  

First ferment - Carrot, Turmeric, and Ginger

So this is my first fermenting experiment since the fermenting workshop I did a few weeks ago.  Our local health food store, the Stone Store, in Guelph has recently been stocking turmeric root, so I thought it might be time to try this out.  Especially considering there are studies suggesting that the good nutrients found in turmeric, the curcurmin, may not be very bioavailable to us in terms of how we digest it.  Fermented turmeric supposedly makes it much more available to us, so I thought I would try to out, and see how it feels!

Derek - Ricky Gervais' step in the right direction for TV

Derek.  What a refreshing step back into TV.  If you’re ready to feel, watch this show.  Season 1 only has 7 episodes, but they might just change you.  At the very least, they’ll make you reflect on your life and your choices, in a very helpful way.  This kind of introspection I hold in highest regard, and never expect from the bright screen that I’ve come to criticize regularly.