I've lived in my four storey building for seven years. The first thing I did when I moved in was put up hooks all around my balcony and ran a clothesline around the perimeter. I didn't do a whole lot after that. I tried having a dinner table and chairs out there but it never felt right. A few years ago after hanging out with friends on a pile of sleeping bags picnic style, I realized it was a nice place to sleep.
Outside, but sheltered so you have a decent amount of privacy. From then on when my apartment got a little too warm on those occasional nights in a Vancouver summer, I would pile the blankets and pillows out there to sleep and keep cool. It's pretty enjoyable so it's become part of my summer routine. This year I decided to put in a little effort and create a space that could still be used beyond sleeping and hanging clothes. It's become my summer room. I can take my laptop out there and do my photo editing, watch movies, or have friends over, and often use it as photography space. The southern light is diffused and it turns into a giant soft box, which is great lighting.
And I knew I wanted to play with colour...
It wasn't a major fuss to do. I found three pieces of multi-use furniture and filled it with pillows. I'm not a huge fan of roses but tulips are out of season and when I saw these Rainbow Roses, I knew they would coordinate with the textiles. So I went with it.
I'm looking forward to spending A LOT of time out here.
Today's my 32nd birthday.
I put together a list of some things I've learned over the years.
32 in 32 ...living and still learning.
1) You can't trust the government or corporations.
2) Your intuition knows more than you may realize in the moment, the best thing you can do is
3) Relationships/friendships evolve and not all last forever.
4) Confidence is sexy but so is passion.
5) If you want something done, do it yourself.
6) Never stop being curious.
7) Never stop daydreaming.
8) Your technology doesn't define your talent. Skill and dedication shapes your craft.
9) Hindsight may be 20/20 but foresight is understanding
10) In some cases the "3 strikes you're out" rule is too generous.
11) Don't take it personal, don't make it personal.
12) Acknowledging my connection to water and that it provides me with a sense of relief.
13) Experiencing a death of someone close to you puts a lot of things into perspective.
14) Being introverted is beneficial.
15) Patience can be a secret weapon.
16) Being a realist is not the same as being a pessimist.
17) The best advice I've gotten is from Led Zeppelin's The Rain Song; "It's just a little rain". It's the
18) Do what you feel is right in your heart.
19) Focus on the achievements and let yourself celebrate and be proud of them.
20) It's ok to go your own way.
21) Many systems are outdated and broken, figure out how to work around them.
22) Recognize but try not to over analyze.
23) Everyone's a hypocrite at some point.
24) Despite, never in spite.
25) Religion and spirituality are different.
26) You are the best parts of your parents, keep cognizant of their worst parts.
27) Holidays and birthdays are meaningless when you don't believe in time.
28) Death should not be feared.
29) Freelance does not mean on-call, or free.
30) Architecture is so much bigger than buildings.
31) Photography changed the world.
32) Our brains are magical.