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Vivian Maier, where have you been all my life?


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This year at TIFF I saw a documentary that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. I.LOVE.DOCUMENTARIES. It’s a fact. Everyone should know it. I once stayed in all day and watched a documentary about the typefaceHelvetica and then proceeded to watch one about confessions of somesuperheroes, orphaned animals after Hurricane Katrina and then finished off with Meryl Streep and Monther Courage. My social life is huge.

TIFF is a great place to see new and interesting documentaries. Last year I was obsessed with CASTING BY. This year the film I couldn’t stop talking about (it’s true, ask my friends and family) was FINDING VIVIAN MAIER. There is nothing I like more that a documentary about an interesting and mysterious person. Someone who I’ve never heard of and that I can later google for hours until I know absolutely everything about them. Once again, huge social life.

Vivan Maier is a giant mystery because she was discovered after her death. There really wasn’t anything about her out there until John Maloof, an amateur historian from Chicago discovered her photographs and made it his mission to give her the attention and praise she deserved. Maloof bought a box of her photographs at an auction and soon discovered he had stumbled upon something special. He became obsessed with her and soon found out that her personal life was just as beautiful, fascinating and mysterious as her photographs.

I won’t to tell you the rest of the story because you need to watch the documentary and experience it yourself. However, I will say that Maloof has done an incredible job showcasing Maier’s work around the world. This documentary and the books of her photographs that have now been published will guarantee that Maier will not be forgotten. Her work is so special that anyone that sees it will realize what a gift it was that she ever lived.

Learning about people like Maier remind me that no path is ever the right path. No one can  tell you the best way to live your life or ever make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong. Vivian Maier definitely marched to the beat of her own drummer and she chose a life that was fulfilling FOR HER. She didn’t compromise herself or her art for anyone, and she definitely didn’t take photographs for anyone’s approval but her own.

Below are some of the gorgeous photographs featured in the documentary. I’m in love with  the thought that she just walked around the city and captured candid moments that no one else would have paid attention to. She also knew what was going to be visually interesting even if the picture seemed like it was of nothing in particular. I’m obsessed.

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To live a creative life…

This is one of my favorite quotes about creativity, or ever, actually. This design is also one of the most girly, whimsical and pretty things I’ve seen. Who doesn’t love when words and design collide to create something like this? Brilliant.

Here are some more quotes about creativity to remind us that a creative path is the only path. Use them as needed.

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense” – Pablo Picasso

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” – Dr. Seuss

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it” – Dee Hock

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts” – Rita Mae Brown

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own and other people’s models, learn to be ourselves and allow our natural channel to open.” — Shakti Gawain

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” – George Bernard Shaw

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” — John Maynard Keynes

“From 30,000 feet, creating looks like art. From ground level, it’s a to-do list” – Ben Arment

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working” – Pablo Picasso

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” – Nietzsche

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” – Albert Einstein

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” – Osho

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Take the time…

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This is me easing my way back into blogging.

On a rainy day like today I wish I was wherever this picture was taken….and I also wish I knew whoever created this image because they are probably awesome.

I saw this today and it immediately put a smile on my face. It definitely speaks to me and reminds me of all the beautiful people I know who work so hard and sacrifice so much to pursue their passion. I’m talking to you, Sheridan MT Class of ’08 ;)

Let’s all make a better effort to live life, laugh often, take a breath and not worry so much about our crazy careers. It might even help us. (In an interesting twist……I can’t come to the party tonight because I have to work!)

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Seattle Loves Books

I have always heard amazing things about Seattle, but their public library might be the greatest thing about the city. My friend sent me this video months ago and I think I might be partially responsible for the thousands upon thousands of views it has gotten. Curiously, every time I watch it I’m at the edge of my seat wondering if it will actually work! Clearly I’m very, very simple ;)

The massive domino chain was created to celebrate the launch of the 2013 Summer Reading Program and could possibly have set a world record!

I’ve decided that next to reading them the next best use of books is this. Enjoy.

Three sites that will get you excited about being a girl…or woman…(or whichever you’re feeling like on any particular day)

This is what happens when I don’t have to go to work. I spend copious amounts of time online reading everything and anything that will entertain my ADD (I’ll never admit it) mind. I can’t just sleep in all day or watch countless hours of Breaking Bad so I can finally catch up! No. No, I have to fuel my restless brain and fill it up with the thoughts and ponderings of some of the most creative and inspiring minds on the internet. To be fair, I actually KNOW men and women who are incredibly bright and amazing….but they don’t have blogs. And they can’t always meet me at my favorite coffee shop. So, I’m left with finding my fix on the world wide web.

In the last few years there have been 3 websites that have never failed to amuse, educate and inspire me. They each satisfy my various moods and they each have a unique point of view. I’d be a jerk if I didn’t admit that they inspired me to start my little blog.

You need to check them out for yourself, but here is a little taste of what they each have to offer! In no particular order:

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HelloGiggles is my go-to site when I want to smile. It’s a self-proclaimed positive online community for women, although men are always welcome. They cover a variety of topics like fashion, love, DYI, pop culture and friendship…but the special thing about them is that they’re alway positive. Even the reader comments couldn’t be more lovely. I consider myself to be a nice person but hellogiggles reminds me that I can always be nicer…and less cynical! The site was founded by  Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Rossi…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the daily giggles.

Check out one of my recent favorite posts: Who doesn’t like a good Top 10 List?

326729_240625109306455_5946286_o-640x230Rookie is my guilty pleasure. No, I take that back. I’m not guilty about it at all. I’m just sorry it wasn’t around when I was a teenager. Rookie is filled with stories, lessons, art and playlists (my favorite), designed for teenage girls and created/edited by Tavi Gevinson. Tavi, a teen herself, has been doing this for a few years now and has the ability to be so truthful and candid in her young thoughts that she is able to relate to not only her peers, but anyone who is open to the memories of growing up and feeling a lot of feelings. She posts three times daily, after school, and has a really talented roster of contributors. I definitely suggest everyone to take a stroll down high school memory lane…

Here is a recent post that I absolutely went nuts over. For anyone who takes themselves too seriously. Good job!

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Last but not least is BUST Magazine. Obviously this is a physical, actual, real life magazine that you can, and should, buy at the store, but I also love to check them out online. They call themselves ‘the magazine for women who want to get something off their chests’. I love the attitude. They are a magazine for women, by women, and cover every aspect of the female experience you could possibly imagine. They are fierce and funny and never shy away from a risky topic. If you want to feel empowered this is a must read.

This for anyone having a quarter life freak out. Read this and feel better about all of it.

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I Miss You

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17 years ago today I lost one of my favorite people in the world. My uncle, David. The life of the party. The flawed, funny, loud and loyal rock of our family. I’ve spent a good portion of today, like I do every October 2nd, thinking of him. I think of him every day, actually. Our whole family does. My cousin, his daughter, posted a picture of him today on Facebook and our family has had a nice time recalling old memories and expressing how much we miss him.

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As I started to write this post it somehow became a moment to moment recount of what happened to me, to us, when we found out he had died. I quickly deleted everything and realized that it wasn’t really a story I wanted to, or needed to tell. I simply wanted to honour him here, and have a little something to share with my family as we spend the day remembering him. I have no doubt that he watches over all of us and I think he would get a kick out of being written about on a blog. He would have loved it, in fact. He liked attention and he wouldn’t deny it if he was still here!

However, I will say this. Losing someone suddenly and tragically at a young age was one of the most informing moments of my life. I know that all of us, especially the ‘kids’ in our family, somehow changed after it happened. In some ways it made us irrationally afraid of certain things, it made us cynical about life, and it made us question everything. But, It also brought us all closer together. For me, it made me want to pursue my passions and desires more than ever. I know that’s what he would be doing if he was still here, and I know it’s what he would want for all of us. Tio, this is for you.

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Los quiero muchooooooo!

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10 Reasons ‘After Lately’ Deserves A Season 4: I’m Talking To You, E! Network

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If you haven’t seen any episodes of After Lately you are ridiculous, or….you just don’t have money to pay for cable and you don’t get the E! Network, in which case, I’m sorry.

(Sidebar – E!, what’s up with you not letting Canadians watch your videos on Youtube? What is up with that? We deserve access to Chelsea Handler and the gang as much as any American. You can, however, keep almost everything else on your network to yourselves.)

ANYWAY, I won’t bore you with personal details of my obsession, but I did feel the need to publicly state that After Lately is one of the funniest things I’ve seen on television (or online) in a very long time. A very, very, long time. E!, you were onto something that was getting closer and closer to the brilliance that was 30 Rock….and then you blew it! I hear that there will NOT be a season 4 of After Lately and this news is devastating. Don’t you see that you could have carried the torch for hilarious mockumentary office comedies?? 30 Rock and The Office….and you. It could have been you! I need an explanation immediately.

I realize that we, the fans, need to take matters into our own hands. So, I’m hoping that we can all harass E! until they cave and we start seeing new After Lately behind-the-scenes pictures of Brad Wollack stalking Chelsea at her own home, or Sarah Colonna and her ridiculously amazing hair. Let’s tweet and retweet until they get sick of us and give us what we want. It really worked for me as kid.

But seriously, After Lately is pretty special. For me, there is nothing better than comedy created out of love and by a group of people that are just trying to make each other laugh. Who knows if my observations are true….but that’s what it looks like to me. And I’m usually right about these things…just sayin’ ;)

Just in case you needed any more reason to chant ‘give us more Lately‘, here are my Top 10 Reason ‘After Lately’ Deserves A Season 4:

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 I’m grateful when I find art and words that inspire me. If you take the time you can find astounding things on the lovely internet. I found this piece online yesterday and fell in love with it right away.

It was created by a printing company called Studio on Fire. I will post more about them soon because they are incredible. For now please absorb these words and think about them throughout your day.

For more inspiration online you must check out Brain Pickings!