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Life Beyond 21 is Living


So it’s been awhile. And a lot of things in my life have changed…

I turned 25 on my last birthday. I’m in a committed partnership. We just bought a building. not a house, a building. Enough space for his business and for us to live. We moved in together (this is a first for me – I have never lived with a boy and said that I would never do so until I was very very sure, I’m very independent). I have studio space in it as well, paintings on the walls and all the freedom to play and practice trumpet whenever I please. I journeyed to Iceland for New Years. I finally finished school this year and am qualified as a designer. I now have an extended family here in Moncton. My Sistema co-workers have become my family. I started taking trumpet lessons again with someone who continuously encourages me to play my best. I’m going back on a European tour with NBYO to Vienna, Prague and Leipzig. I’m exploring Rome with my love. I’m getting paid to paint, to design, and to play.

My heart has two loves. one sleeps beside me, the other is the ocean.

My heart has two loves. One sleeps beside me, the other is the ocean.

Sure there have been trying times and valleys to the mountain views, but with all the good, who could focus on the negative?





Lesson of the Day


Insight is gained when surrounded by the people who influence the most. Mentors, friends who went through university with me, and family. My family includes my uni friends; either continuing school or stepping into the real world or both. I travelled to central Canada and saw them this weekend and the discussions had on planes, trains and automobiles presented these conclusions in my head.

1. The world we live in is a beautiful one.

2. You have gifts to make it more beautiful.

3. We cannot change the world however we can create change in our world.

4. Love. Pure and simple. It is not complicated. If it is, it’s not right.

5. Forgiveness. Like love, unconditional; but hard.

6. Your friends will always be there. Even if they seem far away. If they love you, it doesn’t matter how much time or distance there is between you.

7. Foster the relationships that are important. Forget the ones that aren’t.

8. Anything and anyone can inspire your creativity.

9. You can inspire anyone’s creativity you just may not know you have at the time.

10. The simplest words mean the most. So say them.

11. There is always a better choice in hindsight.

12. A life of regret is a life looking backwards not forwards.

13. Age is a perception of time.

14. Age does not dictate greatness or when or if. Actions do.

So lessons acknowledged… But are they learnt? Hmmmm…. That’s the real question.

And we’re off


I write from 30,000 feet above the ground. I’m on my way to British Columbia. And I feel like I’m on Cloud Nine. Punny I know, and my boyfriend would laugh and say that he’s rubbing off on me and that I secretly love puns which I will never admit to. But seriously… I’m on cloud nine right now. I haven’t flown anywhere since I came back from Europe almost 18 months ago.. (Wow.. Has it really been that long? Time flies.)


I made another pun.

Back on track… My older sister moved in April last year and I haven’t been out. She came home once since she moved and I’m excited to visit her part of the world. and honestly… she’s one of my best friends and I miss her. We’re a lot a like she and I. So I’m seeing my sister 🙂

Also I had a great day at work yesterday. I only had one student and I forced her (the meany I am) to do a quick study and play it for the beginners. She’s having some trouble reading music so sight reading is good for her. It means she isn’t playing from memory but is instead forced to read the music that’s written on the page. She did really well. It’s hard to play under pressure and I want to boost her confidence in her playing. So two thumbs up! We had a great time and I really enjoy working with her. Progress!!

I also handed in an application to McKenzie College. It’s a private college that focuses on art and design. So portfolio is finished and away, application is finished, scholarship letters written. And I had a really good meeting with the president. He wants me to start the graphic design program in may. Except.. I haven’t told you the two best things yet… I wouldn’t have to complete the foundation visual arts year. They want me to start in the second year graphic design program right away. And I’m a top candidate for their most substantial scholarship.. WHHAAAAATTTTT????!!!!

That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard all day.