Bringing It Back to Basics.

Hello lovelies.

I realized I haven’t written here in months and I apologize. I’ve been trying to figure out why all the tasks have seemed SO big and where all my enjoyment in telling stories and interviewing people went. Between Local Ladies, and a new website, a second year of school, and work, everything just started to seem way to big to conquer and as a result, I was discouraged before I even started. So, I’m bringing it back to basics. Back to the good ol’ blog, where I’ll be posting everything. Regardless of what people may think, regardless of it’s “professional”, I’m going to tell my stories and the stories of those around me who inspire.

So, now that that’s out of the way. What’s new? 

Local Ladies had its premiere screening in September, selling out the atrium of Innovation Guelph and raising almost $400 for Women in Crisis. Local Ladies has also made the jump to being year round instead of just one month. I’ll be interviewing women who inspire me and posting the interviews all year long. So, keep your eyes peeled here for those videos.

I started second year of school, but now we’re on strike…so I’m just trying to get all of my work done despite the strike. It’s a whole stressful thing! But hey, such is life. I’ve taken many naps and I am READY to hustle. Well, like half ready. I did just add a bunch of new movies to my Netflix queue too…

(Psst…it’s almost Oscars season too.)

Talk soon, ok?

Advertisements

Young and In Love….With Film? Check Out TIFF’s Young Creators Co-Lab.

Young filmmakers and movie enthusiasts will gather in Toronto this weekend for TIFF Next Wave 2017. The three-day event will feature 19 screenings, a 24-hour film challenge, and a Battle of the Scores.

Attendees will also be able to participate in the Young Creators Co-Lab, where they will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with other young filmmakers and industry professionals. The Co-Lab schedule includes two panels; Women of the Web: Taking Space in the Digital Sphere, and Making the Change: A Conversation About Systemic Racism, The Media and Evolving the Story.

“I think sort of as like inspiration and also affirmation to what young creators are already doing, the panels are in place to support them on their journey,” said Brigid Tierney, senior coordinator at TIFF. “But I think young people are really leading the way so we’re just responding to things that they are asking for and things they’re participating in.” In keeping with the themes of diversity and inclusion in the media, the co-lab ends with a Close-Up with James Laxton, the cinematographer on Oscar-nominated film Moonlight.

The festival itself is planned by a committee of twelve students, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old. For all the young filmmakers looking for inspiration, collaboration and knowledge, the Co-Lab is worth taking a look at. With the world constantly changing, young filmmakers have the opportunity to drive the conversations on diversity, and representation in both on and off screen. When asked what she hopes participants take away from the event, Tierney said “We notice a lot of our high-schoolers, sometimes they don’t go to art high schools and they feel like they’re the only ones who are like really into film. So I hope that they meet other people who are into film, maybe people to work with and collaborate with.”

The TIFF Next Wave Young Creator Co-Lab is on Feb. 17th at 9:30am-5pm in the TIFF Bell Lightbox. You can find more info on the co-lab and all the other parts of the festival at their website; http://www.tiff.net/next-wave/.

Sometimes I Feel Ugly. But Who Doesn’t?

Hey lovelies.

So, here’s the thing. I felt really crappy about myself this past weekend, which was especially inconvenient since I had the Guelph Blogger meetup and Book Exchange on Sunday. If there’s anywhere I don’t want to feel like an ugly potato, it’s around my friends. I want to have fun, and not be worried about my chubby arms or a potential double chin in photos. Why am I telling you this? Why am I sharing my weekend body struggle with you? I’m not looking for pity or compliments, I’m looking to start the conversation of “hey, this happens, it’s okay”. Because everyone deals with body insecurities at some point, and I think it’s important to talk about. 

So imagine my annoyance the day before, trying to pick out an outfit. In my eyes, everything looks awful. Clothes I loved two days prior were suddenly the ugliest things I had ever seen. I settled on a green polka dot dress, which was super comfy, and went ‘fuck it, I’ll look the same no matter what I put on’. Headed out to the blogger meetup, which ended up just being a really great coffee date with my friend Katherine. Amazing conversation, and she is so supportive of everything I work on. After coffee, I ran across the street to pick up a lip balm from the new Truth Beauty Company in Guelph. Upon entering the store, the sales associate says to me “WHERE did you get your dress? I was admiring it from across the street!” which was super sweet, and brightened my day just a tad bit more. Then on my way home, a man said he liked my necklace. Finally, I spent my afternoon with the book exchange group. The greatest group of ladies I know, and some of my favorite people to spend time with. My hair and makeup were complimented multiple times throughout the exchange. Clearly no one else thought I was a horrendous looking monster, so why did I feel this way?

But it wasn’t all of this that changed my attitude, it was when a friend said she didn’t see herself as attractive. And I’m looking at her going ‘this girl is freaking gorgeous, how is she missing that?’. Why was I so apt to tell my friend she was beautiful and encourage her to be kind to herself, but when I say awful things to myself (the one person I am stuck with for my entire life), I allow it to be the truth? You see, we all have that stupid little voice in the back of our head that tells us we are not beautiful or worthy. It’s our job to protect ourselves from that voice, teach our brain that talking to yourself that way is toxic and unacceptable.

Self-love doesn’t happen overnight, and it something you have to work at every damn day. You have to train yourself to catch those negative thoughts and stop them in their tracks. One of my tricks for doing this (and Loey Lane taught me this), is whenever I catch myself saying something mean about my body, I talk to myself about it like a small child. Checking in and saying “hey, that’s not okay, I like Katie.” can act as a reminder to be kind to myself the same way I would be kind to a friend. It sounds silly, but it works. 

I may feel fat and ugly some days. But I still feel funny, smart, strong, sexy, and awesome most days. Here’s to making that an every day occurrence, one positive thought at a time.

*Also, huge thank you to Denice Charles for taking these pictures and letting me use them. She is amazing.