Lessons from this semester

Lessons from this semester: (or at least I hope they are lessons and I don’t repeat the same things over again)

  1. Getting what you ask for and getting what you want are not the same thing.
  2. To figure out what you like, you need to experience what you don’t like.
  3. Some things in life are scary. They are often the most rewarding things. Don’t be a pussy.
  4. Failing = Learning (and if life is about learning, then failure is success)
  5. There is a time and a place for everything.
  6. Follow your heart and you intuition. If something feels like a bad idea, it probably is… don’t be stupid (but if you fail see #4).
  7. Don’t walk in the mud with nice shoes. Metaphorically and literally.
  8. DIPLOMACY is an amazing skill to have. (Must. Work. On. This.)
  9. 720p and 1080p are NOT the same quality. (see #2).
  10. Positivity and gratitude are always the answer.
  11. When other people disappoint you, it is an opportunity for you to not disappoint others. (see #2).
  12. Criticism is awesome, it helps you learn. (however see #5).
  13. When challenges come up: recognize them (do not dismiss or ignore them), accept them, find the opportunity they present, and practice gratitude.

That is all. For now.

Oh! and don’t forget to dance! : )

Best Slideshow Song Ever

I think I like everything about this song. I like that he plays it to her and she is sort of sleeping. I like the lyrics. I like how it is just a voice and a guitar (all one really needs in life somtimes). I like that is is simple. And I like that it makes for a good slideshow song, and helped me realize what an awesome past few semesters i’ve had. I am so glad to have such awesome friends and I am so proud of myself for fulfilling so many of my goals.

Cheers : )

Best Conversation Ever

Paulina: Do you wanna be a random creature of awesomeness?

Jenni: YES I WANT TO BE A RANDOM CREATURE OF AWESOMENESS HAHAHAHAH!

….

Paulina: She can be the Asian one. She can be a dragon.

Jenni: OMG I’M A DRAGON

Paulina: You are a metaphor….

Paulina: Crazy shit going on.

Jenni: [Yeah] we all wear a sheet over ourselves… and pretend to be a dragon.

Paulina: I don’t think you can explain art. It’s more of an expression.

Wow. That last one was actually a pretty good quote. LOL! I heart university.

NaNoWriPo #2: Sky-think

Sky-think

By Jenni Rempel

you may think a storm is brewing

but it could just be you that’s stewing.

even when the clouds are white

they will look grey without a light,

to shine beyond the surface of the sky…

to illuminate the drifters floating by…

for wether we weather the sea,

depends only on you and on me.

Movie Binge

I’ve been really sick lately. I couldn’t sleep. So last weekend I watched movies.

Nowhere Boy: I really enjoyed this film! I’m not sure how factual the storyline was but it was very well done. Someone really took care with the art direction and framing, which also made it stand out to me. I spent the first half of the movie trying to place the lead actor, and then I realized (okay, maybe I IMDB searched him ahah) he was in Kickass! What a difference! haha, very well done though, definitely a recommended film.

Dogtooth: This is a very strange movie. Very good. But very strange.

It deals with two parents who keep their adult children at home and teach them lies about the outside world. Of all the movies I watched on the weekend this one has stuck out the most to me. It was disturbing, funny, and makes for a strange caricature of modern society. There are so many things the family could represent, so much symbolism. This one would be fun to go analytical on.

It is interesting that this is a foreign film, so part of the strangeness may come from cultural differences, and I think part of it is intended.

Garden Party: I really liked this movie! I had wanted to watch it for a long time, after seeing a series of youtube videos they posted as promotion. They paid actors in Hollywood $100 to tell their sceezy stories of the saddest things they’ve done to get paid. There were some pretty funny ones.

It’s interesting because in the marketing and synopsis they really highlight Willa’s character and how she is trying to find a normal way to make money, however I didn’t think that was a very prominent part of the film at all. For me what really stood out was the struggles surrounding sexuality. Confused, abused, using, taking advantage of… The film really shows the ways we are all using eachother. It also led me to an interesting revelation. In society, we like to punish the oppressor. You do something bad, it is your fault. However, strange as it sounds, I really feel like the oppressed party plays a role in that relationship. Who gives power to the oppressor? How are they able to carry out their bad deeds? Perhaps if we stopped enabling people and giving them power over ourselves, we would have less challenges surrounding power. So much to consider!

PS: I could only find this “garden party true story”… but there were some good ones!

How I scored free vegan shoes

Have you heard of freecycle? It is this awesome site where you can give, and get stuff for free! It cuts down on waste and I’ve found it very helpful.. I mean everyone loves free stuff!

Today was the first time i’d ever received anything (in the past i’ve been a giver) and it was lovely. I got to meet this awesome vegetarian who gifted me these vegan doc martins! How awesome! I look forward to rocking them soon : )

Rainboots Made in Canada!

Today I want on a voyage to North Vancouver and stopped at this little shop in the North Van Quay called “Learn & Play!”  Not only did they have awesome stuffed animals and toys… but they also had rainboots that are made in Canada!

I got these nice purple ones. Cheaper than my last high quality rainboots (which lasted 4 years), they are weatherproof, ethical and adorable. What more could I ask for? Check them out online at the official Kamik website!