The Weekly #24

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What I’ve Been Up To:

  1. I just finished reading Evil Plans! Read my review here.
  2. I spent some time exploring the outdoors because it’s finally autumn!
  3. On Saturday I went to the Made in Canada Etsy market! Post coming soon.
  4. Also on Saturday I did some filming at the first annual Cambridge International Festival.

You May Have Missed:

 Reasons Autumn is my Favourite Season

Exploring The Vault

What Are Your “Evil Plans?”

Last Week’s Goals:

I did a bunch of editing to my ebook, which I am really happy with! However, I haven’t made the cover page yet because I still don’t know how I want it to look.

My photos have been printed and have already arrived. They look really good and I’m really happy!

This Week’s Goals:

In case you haven’t heard (email subscribers receive news first! Sign up here) I’m finally launching the Peace and Chaos Photography print shop on Etsy this Thursday! There’s a lot of work to do before launch day, but I’m positive I can get everything done.

Design cover page for my ebook. It needs to get finished. I just have to figure out how exactly I want it to look.

Create business cards. Peace and Chaos is finally expanding in the ways I’ve wanted it to and I would love to get some business cards printed so I can start promoting my little business in person.

Help Nick get more items posted on Tubular Retro. Have I mentioned that we have a lot of great items already in the shop, with so much more just waiting to be listed?! This includes housewares, home decor items, and very soon, vintage clothes!

What do you hope to accomplish this week?


What Are Your “Evil Plans?”

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I was sad to hear that Sarah from The Laughing Medusa ended the Self-Love Book Club, but it’s understandable. As much as I enjoyed participating, and I really loved the books we read including this one, this one and especially this one, I always seemed to have a difficult time finding the books that were chosen and it was getting quite expensive for me.

However, I love the idea of sharing what I’m reading with you and so I have decided to continue this little monthly adventure on my own.

This month I read Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination by Hugh MacLeod.

“Everybody needs an evil plan. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to actually start doing something they love, doing something that matters.”

This is how the book starts. Obviously, for someone like myself, this statement really hit home because I honestly feel that we all really need an “evil plan” in life.

For years I struggled to find my own and often questioned how other people could simply settle for an “average” life without having any crazy dreams to chase. Turns out, we’re a rare breed. Luckily the internet and blogging have opened infinite possibilities for us to not only work on our “evil plans,” but to also meet others like us.

Going back to this book though.  It’s a rather short book, 179 pages (many of them are illustrations), but it packs a pretty good punch. Evil Plans is humourous, inspiring, and straight to the point.

MacLeod talks a lot about branding and marketing and since he formerly worked in advertisement this makes sense. He has a lot of great advice to offer when it comes to marketing and branding your own evil plan. For example: “It is your soul, and the purpose and beliefs your soul embodies, that people will buy into.”

I like this statement because I realized that it’s actually very true. I’m more likely to buy a product if the company’s beliefs match my own beliefs, or follow a blog if the blogger’s ideas are similar to my own, or read a book if the author shares some of the same values as mine.

Page 38 is titled Make Art Every Day. Simple enough on it’s own but MacLeod goes on to share some of his own experience from when he was just starting out as a cartoonist. How instead of going home and watching TV he would go his local coffee shop and sit there for hours just drawing cartoons. Evil Plans is full of stories from not only his own experience and life, but he shares stories from his friends’ experiences as well. Further ahead in this chapter it reads, “I didn’t wait for the money, I didn’t wait to ‘be discovered,’ I didn’t wait for the approval from others. I just got on with it, every day.”

I’ve been told time and time again, and have read over and over, that no matter what your craft is you have to work on it every day. MacLeod simplifies this idea in this four-page chapter. Like I said, his writing style is very straight to the point. He doesn’t sugar-coat his ideas or constantly repeat the same information.

The initial thing that drew me to this book at Chapters was when I read the back sleeve that says, “When you pursue your own Evil Plan, everyone else might think you’re nuts. Until they see you start to conquer your world.” I’ve struggled with this for a long time and have even written about keeping my dreams a secret, aka my “evil plans.” In all honesty, most of my friends think I am more than a little nuts, they think I’m completely gonzo, but MacLeod has encouraged me to keep going, to continue following my evil plans and hopefully, one day soon, it will have all paid off.

If you, like me, feel like you have an evil plan just waiting to transpire I highly recommend you read this book! And maybe MacLeod’s other books, too. I know I can’t wait to read Ignore Everybody and Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear!

Have you read any of Hugh MacLeod’s books? If yes, did you like them? If no, are you going to read one now?!


Exploring The Vault

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On September 19, I had the pleasure of talking to the owner of The Vault, Zack Wilson, here in Cambridge, Ontario.

When I first walked into The Vault I was blown away by the amount of collectibles that cover every surface. There are posters, action figures, magazines, masks, lunch boxes, pins, CDs, clothes and thousands of movies! Wilson estimated that there are most likely more than 20,000 movies in his shop; 2600 of which are rentals.

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Wilson wanted to make movies when he was younger. After having a child he realized that he would prefer a job closer to home. Luckily, news about his ever-expanding movie collection had gotten around and soon friends and family began asking him if they could buy copies. Since Wilson has always had excellent connections with distributors he would buy multiple copies of movies for a great price, making it easy for him to profit off of his own collection. He started selling movies out of the trunk of his car.

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When business began to grow he opened a small booth in Cambridge’s flea market. Soon enough his little horror shop was too big for that space and he had to move again. Now in his third location, a basement located at 15 Queen St. E. Cambridge, Ontario, he has the space he needs to hold his large collection of horror movies and collectibles. Not only that, but an empty space in the back is slowly being renovated into a small theatre indie filmmakers can rent out to screen their films to family and friends, and will be the place where his new Monster Club can also watch movies and discuss them.

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own horror movie, you’ll be happy to know that you can also rent out professional video equipment at The Vault!

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Wilson has big plans for The Vault, one of them of which is coming up soon. Wilson has teamed up with Kerri Mercer of Black Orchid Designs and Alison Saunders of Rowan Photography Studios to bring Cambridge the third annual Cambridge Zombie Walk!

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Nick, Sidney and I will be attending the Cambridge Zombie Walk for sure and I can’t wait!

If you’re a horror movie or sci-fi fan The Vault is one store you will definitely want to check out if you’re in the area. Zack is a seriously awesome guy and I really enjoyed exploring The Vault and talking to him about horror movies.

I also did a short video on this for school. You can find it here.

What’s your favourite horror movie?


Reasons Autumn is My Favourite Season

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Happy Autumn!

Outside the sun is shining, it’s cool enough to wear a cozy sweater, it smells like cinnamon and vanilla in my apartment and the view from my window is full of trees that are finally changing colours.

Clear signs that it’s here! It’s officially here! Today marks the official first day of autumn and it’s my very favourite season. And today is the most perfect first day of autumn!

There are many reasons to feel grateful for this season:

1. The Clothes!

I love being able to wear a cozy sweater and a great pair of boots. Summer is bathing suit season, and shorts, and dresses, and all sorts of other clothing items I really don’t want to wear in a series of neon colours. But fall time is all sorts of yay! Bring on the skinny jeans and the chunky, knit sweaters! Show me the leopard prints, the deep reds and purples. I want to wear black pants with a dark long-sleeved shirt. I want a funky hat to go with my long hair that I can finally wear down without having it stick to the back of my neck. I’m excited that my make-up isn’t going to sweat off my face any more! Hooray!

2. Inspiring Colours

Red, orange, yellow and brown – the colours of autumn are vibrant, warm and welcoming. I get so inspired to go outside and take pictures when it’s autumn. And it also inspires me create more art, to write more, to read more. I feel so creative in the fall and I feel so much more motivated to get outdoors and walk the trails with my camera

3. Halloween and Getting Scared!

For as long as I can remember Halloween has always been my favourite holiday. When I was 7-years-old my two favourite movies were Nightmare On Elm Street and Day of the Dead. My cousin and I would read ghost stories together and then make up our own. The thing is, I love being scared! And I love dressing up! Not to mention, free chocolate bars! What’s not to love about Halloween? And an even better reason to love Halloween: my daughter was born on Halloween!

4. Delicious Scents

When I think of autumn I think of vanilla chai tea, pumpkin pie, cinnamon scented candles. And when I smell these scents of vanilla, pumpkin or cinnamon, I think of autumn. They just seem to go hand-in-hand.

5. Adventures!

As I mentioned above, I love Halloween and I love going outside when the leaves have begun to change! There are so many things to do in the fall, like exploring all of the beautiful trails south-western Ontario has to offer, or going apple picking, running around haunted houses at different theme parks (like the one at Canada’s Wonderland!), and going to the pumpkin patch! So much fun!

What’s your favourite season and what do you love about it?!


The Weekly #23

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Every week I set new goals and share a quick update on my life. You can read last week’s post here.

The past three weeks have been go-go-go! And I have to admit, I love staying busy! But it is a little bit tiring. If not now, when I’m still fairly young, then when? Right?

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What I’ve Been Up To:

  1. It’s been really nice outside and we’ve been trying to get out as much as possible! Even out in the rain. :)
  2. I did an interview at The Vault for school on Friday. Seriously awesome store, and I’ll be sharing a blog post on it later this week!
  3. I’ve been exploring my city a little bit more and I’ve decided to start sharing more about my adventures.
  4. My awesome friend Sarah modeled some of our vintage clothes for us and we’ll be posting them on Tubular Retro soon!

You May Have Missed:

We All Have Our Stories

Self-Love Doesn’t Have to be All Rainbows and Sequins

Last Week’s Goals:

Some how, above all odds and my usual laid-back attitude, I’ve managed to stay extremely organized and get everything done on time! My school work is going well, my hobbies and family life are going well, and I’ve managed to keep my place (somewhat) clean. With help, of course, from Nick and my mom.

Unfortunately, even though I’ve managed to keep up with school and my home life, I didn’t find the time to work on my ebook at all. I’m not too worried though. I can always do it this week.

However, I did find a great print shop! It’s not in my city, but it is close by. I haven’t used them yet, but I’m going to send an order in soon and I’m quite confident that I will be happy with the results.

This Week’s Goals:

Like I mentioned above, I didn’t work on my ebook this past week, so I would like to do some work on it this week. Mostly it’s just some minor edits and a cover page. Easy enough, right?

Send my photos to get printed! Yay!

Other than that I just need to keep up with my school work and continue having fun! I’m excited to start sharing more of my city with all of you.

How was your week?