Art, Instagram, Social Media

Wednesday Wisdom: HaleyDrewThis

It’s September now. My favourite month of the year. A month of renewals, wisdom, and changes. Ah, the possibilities…

Now that I’m in Australia now, the seasons have flipped with it going into spring (or in my case in Queensland, it’s getting warmer!).

But I think the wisdom of September remains.

I was going to post a motivational quote, but then I saw this on my Instagram just now, and I think it’s full of wisdom to remind us to keep doing the best we can.

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Keep doing the best u can, September

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Art, Fun Stuff, Instagram, Social Media

Art on Instagram

I love art.

Growing up, I would attend art classes. Then, art museums became hotspots whenever I went travelling. And for the last five years, I’ve been really into travel photography.

One of the most accessible way for me to get art is via Instagram. Since I’ve been using the platform for my photography portfolio, it soon made more sense to follow other artists and designers, than celebrities who post selfies.

One of my favourite accounts is Josie Doodles (@josie.doodles). A fellow Australian in Sydney, she doodles these little balls of water-coloured balls in regards to important topics, such as mental health, emotions, and current happenings.

In a special post recently, she upped up one by pairing a doodled animation with music:

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Journalism, Review

Film Review: The Children Act

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If Emma Thompson doesn’t win an Oscar for her latest role in The Children’s Act (2018), I will actually cry!

Probably the best act I’ve ever seen her give, Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Nanny McPhee) gives an excellent performance as the Honourable Mrs Justice Maye, who buckling under the heavy weight of difficult cases regarding vulnerable children. As she states: “the law takes over your life”. Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Shall We Dance) plays wonderfully beside her as the neglected husband, Jack Maye, who tries his ever best to discuss – like a proper adult – about their floundering marriage.

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Europe, Photography, Roaming

Travel Tuesday: Roaming the Homeland

I was so worried about returning home after my stint in Canada.

Was I going to see it with a new pair of eyes or was I going to be bored in the same-old-same-old way? Would things for me to discover or was I going to be frustrated and restless being in my home country again?

Thankfully, it’s been the former.

Having had travelled around North America, it has made me aware of how little I go out to discover the UK. I’ve been very fortunate living in various parts of the United Kingdom: in York, Brighton, and Bristol. But due to not having my own mode of transport, I wasn’t able to roam far.*

Now I am armed with a new car – weather and energy permitting – I have been gifted with the opportunity to discover new places, such as Painshill Park:

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Art and Culture, Tributes

Wednesday Wisdom: Maya Angelou

Even within poems, wisdom can be found and kept.

To celebrate Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday, Google Doodle did a video of the poem with the author’s voice and other people who have been inspired by her words too.

Still I Rise by Maya Angleou was published in 1978 and I believe these words still ring true today, especially with many issues going on today. Including the violence and inequality against women, the school walk outs against shootings, and phobia against the the LGBT+ community.

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