Quick lil post of the photos I took of Noa. Massive thanks to her for being an such a gorgeous model (who can also perfect serious faces unlike me) and keeping me company, it was such a lovely day!
Currently in Bali and oh my goodness what a time it has been. Last time I was here was 4 years ago, now I'm much older meaning a lot of things like well I can legally drink but also I'm allowed to roam on my own and have my own little experience within the family holiday. Posts on my Bali adventure will be coming to a blog near you soon.
Until next time,
OH MY GOODNESS I am so so so excited to be sharing this shoot with you guys! It's been months since I last modelled and been even longer since I've taken photos of someone modelling (part 2 coming shortly).
My friend Noa and I drove (yes drove I got my licence!) down the peninsula looking for this one field in particular as we had both seen many photos before and knew it was the perfect location for this shoot. After driving through a golf course, getting weird looks from tradies, walking through mud, using a rope to reach the beach AND breaking my favourite drink bottle; we made it. And I am so happy with how the everything turned out, so props to Noa for her creativity!
My whole entire outfit is thrifted (expect the jewellery and Noa's hat) so I can't exactly say where I got each item from, but what I will say is that I recommend op shopping 100%. It's so so so much better for the environment than buying new clothes, plus it's cheaper and you can find a one of a kind piece!
Other news... I'm flying off to Bali, tomorrow! which means I should probably post this already and get some zzzz for my early wake up call! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Until next time,
It's weird to think how much i've grown. I don't know if i would have done something like this a year ago or not? I'm quite proud of myself. Even though I haven't had any real conversations with anyone yet, I don't mind because i am already somewhat out of my comfort zone but also not because i don't mind being alone.
the sunrise @ the beach was the most incredible sunrise I have ever seen, like ever, I almost cried.
I think I lived in the moment quite well this morning. I enjoyed the run/walk. Again the sunrise was absolutely stunning. I felt in a dream or a movie, it was so perfect. Just like nature is. It is what it is. Most certainly waking up to see the sunrise tomorrow. Might bike ride?? Can do anything.
Something I realised whilst eating lunch...
I'm trying to make the most out of this holiday because I paid for it. I want, I need, I must make the most out of it and appreciate it so much more. I am. I am enjoying this more because it. I finally understand. I'm just quite happy I must say.
Sat and read, still find it hard to get fully endorsed in a book, always have to stop and start in a sitting.
All I know is that I want to do something bigger than me.
Came out of class feeling very relaxed, floating, high, dazed but also focused maybe, calm, but most of all just present.
I sit at the beach feeling alive.
Living deliberately, being awake, and learning what the soul thrives on
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ that is truly everyones purpose in life.
Until next time,
23/6/16 - Thursday @ Melb
-doesn't feel like we are going
24/6/16 @ Doha airport
-hot, smells different
-one month no eating in daylight
Rome - first impressions
-everyone taking a photo of everything, are people actually taking everything in?
-realising we are not in Melbourne
28/6/16 @ beach in Sorrento
-just hit me that we are actually in Italy, on the other side of the world
-really like it, almost feels like a home, a place where i'd live
-pretty view/ streets
Happiness is a state of being, not a place/people/person/thing. I know this for a fact. Yes these can make you happy, but not always. Happiness is within.
Going overseas, I expected a fresh start, all my worries, fears and heartaches would go away. How can you expect them to disappear when all of those things live in your mind? The mind is always with you. It's all about learning to control your thoughts and attitude. Think less and live more.
Remember you are in a different country. You probably won't see any of these people again and if you do, it's because you'll be best friends with them.
-not as colourful as the internet
-would have liked to stay longer and got a real feel for the towns
-beach was really nice
-jumping off the rock was fun
-men running from the police
-mixture of Rome and Milan
-heaps of shopping
-witnessed a proposal, almost cried, love is so beautiful
-very much a city, many tourists
-took ages to find canal
-2 euro book shop, very attractive guy, why didn't i talk to him?
-feels different visiting the second time
-really good to catch up with friends
-wish we stayed longer and seen everyone
-dinner @ lidia's was wonderful, best place I've been for dinner. incredible hosts.
-feels like we have been gone for months
-easy to wake up
-will be good to be home
Until next time,
This is going to be a bit of an update post as I've been very busy the past few months! Or should I say almost 6! I did just whisper 'holy shit' to myself as it's actually been almost 6 months since I finished school ahh!
Ive been working 2 jobs and that's pretty much the only productivity in my life at the moment... Although I have been working on myself which is something. What I mean by this is meditating, journalling, reading, forming good habits, going to bed at a reasonable hour, learning about different things and just getting to know myself better.
I've also been trying to get my hours up (driving) so I can go for my license because I was a lazy poo between the ages of 16-18 (still am tbh) and drove about 5 hours, I'm now up to 75 which I've pretty much done in the past 6 months so not long now until I'll be on the road my friends!
I have some festivals coming up (Groovin and Splendour eeeeeeep) which I'm very much looking forward to. Ever since going to BTV over new years I know I'm a festival girl. There's just a vibe about them that makes me want to dance all day long.
There's probably heaps more to update on but to sum up the past 6 months in a scatter of thoughts...
Connections with people
Partying.. maybe a little too much
Saving every penny for travel (or at least trying)
Watching too much netflix (Shameless why do you have to be so good)
Mini adventures (with friends or by myself)
Walks, runs, yoga, meditation, all things good for the mind body and soul
Figuring out what I want to do with my life
and just feeling alive
Also special thanks to Ash for taking these photos! I'm freakin in love with everything about them.
Until next time,
I've dabbled in film photography a few times, the first time with a solid old canon ae1 at the transition between afternoon and twilight, which created a beautiful nostalgic quality that film enhances a lot. I'm a perfectionist, especially when it comes to my art, so I feared that not being able to immediately see the photo I had just shot would impact the smoothness of the creative process, but it ended up doing the opposite. I felt so much freer to focus on setting up the shot properly than if I was shooting on digital, where the immediacy can act as a reprimand for not getting it right. the aesthetic beauty of each shot, and the physicality of holding a printed photograph, make it feel like I am truly creating art. I picked up the most basic film camera for $2 at the op shop and went to Adelaide where a friend gave me a half-used roll of film to load into it, and I shot my memories on that, and when I had them developed I saw that light leaks had burst orange onto some, the colours were disproportionately vibrant, and some of our memories had both blended together in an array of double exposures which created an amazing textural effect and bonded us closer together, it felt collaborative and real. I decided to sell that one and get a better semi-digital film camera, but some of the charm is lost, as I miss the lack of flash and the intimacy of fully operating it. I'm trying to shoot a roll a month now - the physical ability to hold moments in your hands, like those from a decade-old forgotten disposable, is well worth the time, patience, relinquishment of full control and reverence it requires to shoot on film. I'm new to it, and I'm not the best at capturing fleeting moments at all, but it's a nice feeling to know that I'm cataloguing my life for my future in such a creative way.
Film photography to me is something so special and so unique. There’s something so wonderfully experimental about not knowing what you will end up with; how every photograph is different. In this digitalised world, we take documentation and instant photography for granted, where it almost loses its sense of magic. Film photography strays from the norm and forces us to truly consider the importance of a single moment.
It was only last year when I started using film, and boy have I been hooked since. Knowing that you only have a certain amount of shots makes the experience of taking the photos so rare and special. You think to yourself; these people mean a lot to me, I want to capture their souls, which is something that film photography does tremendously. I honestly love any thing old school, that's a reason why I love film so much. It really brings out that 70's vibe that digital can never do. I'm also a person who feels guilty when taking photos on a phone, or has their phone out in public full stop. I feel much more comfortable carrying around a camera where I'm free to take photos of whatever. One of my favourite things about film is the excitement of getting the roll back, seeing how the photos turned out. I know these moments captured on film will be moments I'll remember forever.
Film photography for me represents a lot more than digital images. There's something special about the grainy, raw quality it possesses that makes it seem more down to earth, more real. When I look at film photos they completely immerse me in a teenage coming of age kind of vibe, which I absolutely adore! Film reminds me of generations that lived out their youth before our time and all the crazy, no-good stuff they got up to. They're the kind of photos I can picture myself looking back on when I'm a grandma and thinking "God damn I had fun”.
For as long as I can remember I've been obsessed with capturing memories. I think I'm obsessed with nostalgia more than anything. That warm rosey feeling you get when you find an old dress or your first stuffed toy, and in my case my old photos!
To me film photography captures that sense of nostalgia, I was guess that is where my passion for photography has stemmed from. I was introduced to film through my high school art classes. Soon I found myself hiding in the school darkroom hour upon hour, creating art and capturing moments in time.
Through school I learnt to love the classics; Cindy Sherman, Dorothea Lang, Max Dupain, and more contemporary artists like Gregory Crewdson and Martin Parr. To me these dreamy and saturated aesthetics encapsulate what the world of film has to offer. Harsh saturation, The raw texture of film and the art of composition are all part of this unique aesthetic which I try to bring into my own film work and style.
I guess this new instagram account is an extension of my love for photography and fulfilling this artistic urge through the capture of my friends and my never ending need to capture the now. Whilst I am just taking "happy snaps" every photo is considered through an artistic mind set and I love that artistic freedom in my life!
Shooting in black and white is really something else.
After a few rolls down, though I'm still an amateur at the art, I've found why I now prefer film > digital.
Even if the photos don't come out 100%, as you don't want to waste an entire roll perfecting the shot, they capture the moment at a far deeper spiritual level. I don't care how corny it may sound, but these photos are imprinting stronger memories than digital ever has. I guess this is because you really stop and think about what moment or person or thing you're trying to capture and why you want to retain its presence.
I hope you enjoyed this post! It was something different but I hope to continue doing collaborations like this, look out for part 2!!
Until next time,
A visual summary of 2016:
Hello everyone! How are we? I'm slightly hungover but apart from that I'm loving life with all of this freedom that finishing school has brought.
The other day Sophie and I took a drive down the Peninsula to see if we could discover a few pretty places. After a few wrong turns and no through roads we stumbled across this paradise. It makes me realise how incredibly lucky I am to live where I live.
I'll keep this post short so I'm going to sign off here. I hope you are all having a wonderul day/night where ever you are in the world.
P.S below is a video that I filmed of the day, feel free to watch Soph and I get lost, some pure awkwardness and pretty sunsets :)
A little piece written a few months ago...
Ever had one of those days where you have no plans but to stay home and get work done, then by the time the sun has disappeared and it’s time to wind down you realise you have accomplished nothing?
I’ve just had one of those days, though since just reflecting only now I realise I actually got quite a lot down even though it wasn’t what I needed to.
I feel like we all put pressure on ourselves these days to be productive 24/7, well at least I do. And I’m writing to let you know that it’s okay. It’s okay that you didn’t complete the tasks you set for the day, try again tomorrow. Keep working at the pace you physicaly and mentally can. Gradually push yourself to be the best version of yourself.
Today I was semi productive without even realising. Although I didn’t do any homework, I worked on myself and I let myself relax - two of the most important things.
-made myself tea + drank the tea without forgetting about it
-showered and got dressed
-danced in my room listening to some uplifting tunes
-went through my memory box and got rid of everything from the box that no longer serves me
-starting fixing up and redesigning my website
-made my shoe compartment a mini desk to work at and hold school books (v happy with this and don't know why I didn't think of it earlier)
-cleaned my room + made bed
-kept hydrated throughout the day
-read blog posts
-discovered some photography ideas
-slept in to 9:39 which is something I very much needed
-wrote this post
-started writing a letter
-added things to my wall
-ate pretty healthy
So those are some things I accomplished today- whenever you are feeling regretful and guilty about a day because you didn’t do what you set out to do or weren't productive even the slightest- write a list of everything you did, you’d be surprised at what you achieved, even if it’s only small.
This is a blog post to go alongside my 'Here is a video' that I've uploaded on Youtube. The video is quite over the place, so I wanted to write up this to coincide with the video.
Originally I wanted to put up a video or blog post explaining everything about the past year of my life. For what though? I don't owe anyone anything, just like you don't owe anyone anything. Unless you need to pay your friend back for something. You should probably do that.
I wanted to make this post to hopefully explain everything. I was hoping after school and exams were over that my life would have sorted itself out. The days after finishing school I realised that absolutely nothing had changed. Nothing in my mind or my environment around me had gotten any clearer. And that's okay.
It's up to you what you share in this world, whether that be just your name or your life story. I know sometime in the future I'll talk about this year briefly because I know it would help a lot of people but for now I'm still trying to figure things out and navigate my way through this crazy adventure called life.
I know for sure that I will talk and write about the positives aspects of the year because there sure was a hell of a lot!
Anyway I guess I wanted to quickly share this with you even if it makes no sense, because it gives me some closure. I am so so excited for what the future will bring. Let's do this!
Oh god I know this is very late, extremely late in fact as it's already February! Where does the time go? Any who better late than never, am I right?
2015, What a year it was! In this post I just want to share some life lessons I have learnt over the past year, whether that be at the beginning of 2015, a few months ago or even just yesterday. Or even just things that I am slowly learning, but these are all lessons that I must learn for a brighter 2016.
1. Remove all the negative people from your life- these are the people bringing you down, making you sad, making you angry
2. Knowing when to move on
3. People will be selfish & inconsiderate- that's okay, let the assholes be assholes. You'll sleep better a night
4. There is so much more to life than we ever imagined- look at the stars, smell that fresh air, talk to people- it's kinda amazing
5. It's okay not to be perfect- we are all on our on journey, comparison will bring you down
6. Music can take away all your worries
7. Friends and family and literally the most supportive people you'll ever have- stay close to them
8. "Its okay to lose people but never lose yourself"
9. Living in the moment
10. You can't force things, everything happens at the right moment for the right reason- the universe will guide you
11. You are the most important being in your life
12. You only get what you give
Even though these lessons are brief - I hope you can take something away from this.
Until next time,
Hey guys, long time no see!
It's been a while since I last wrote because I have actually been super busy whether that be with catching up with friends, school, having some me time or holidaying in SA!
The last week of school holidays, my family and I ventured to Robe in South Australia. It was a very peaceful and relaxing time as all we did was eat and beach it, and a bit of homework here are there as I had left it to the last minute, yet again. We also visited Mount Gambier where we have family for a few days. It was a good time to have a "cleanse", just in time for school starting.
And speaking of school I hope you are all surviving your first few days back. I know it's crazy but I'm actually looking forward to school this year -the subjects I'm doing I love (apart from English lol), the people in my life are so so supportive and the mindset I have right now is a positive one.
Until next time,
So it's the 4th today, that's already 4 days into 2016!
So in this post I just want to look back on my 30 New Year's resolutions and see how I went, quite surprisingly I did better than I thought!
1. Get a job- Done!
2. Devote more time to reading novels- Need to work on, I only read 3 books this year...
3. Less time on technology- Definitely achieved this later on in the year
4. Wake up earlier and go to bed earlier- Also achieved this, went to bed at 9pm most nights then woke up at 7am or earlier
5. Cook more often- Need to work on
6. Stretch everyday- Need to work on but not a huge worry
7. Stay hydrated- Also need to work on but have been drinking more water recently
8. Be outside more- I work, study, read and eat outside now
9. Study more about life because I enjoy it, not because I have to- I did this but not as much as I would like, I still have so much to learn about this universe
10. Walk/run everyday- I do this everyday now
11. Make the most of everyday- I still spend a couple of hours wasting time but overall I do make the most of my day
12. Meditate- I think I meditated once last year, needs a big improvement
13. Start yoga- Never did and I don't know if I will, doesn't bother me too much
14. Listen to more music- Yes this is a big tick
15. Finish homework the day I get it- hahahaha what a joke Brooke
16. Be more willing to talk to others and strangers- I had new conversations with people I already knew, not necessarily strangers but I definitely had more interesting conversations with people
17. Spend less, save more- If it's one thing I'm good at it's saving so this was easy although I have been spending too much money of food lately, the price you pay for having a social life I guess
18. Make a good, healthy breakfast more often- Just like cooking this never happened, Mum would cook and I would clean
19. Eat/drink more smoothies- Need to work on this
20. Eat more variety of food- I guess I achieved this to some extent
21. Eat more food (healthy of course!)- I still need to eat larger quantities of food
22. Spend more time with family- Never had a games night so need to improve on this
23. Start to cut out processed and packaged food- Need to work on this
24. Keep up with my creative journal- I definitely wrote heaps of thoughts, particularly the last 3 months of the year, however I didn't do much art and creative things in my journal
25. Make my bed every morning- Yes I actually succeeded in this!
26. Care for the planet more- Everyday I am reducing my impact on this planet, one step at a time
27. Restart business- Well this never happened and won't for a long time, I don't want too much on my plate
28. Brainstorm ideas for change- Definitely brainstormed just need action
29. Brainstorm ideas for my future- Working on it
30. Keep up with my blog- This was a fail as this only started happening in December 2015 so hopefully it will continue on until 2016
Until next time,
Hey hey everyone! It's Sunday morning and I've been awake since 6am. I'm feeling quite motivated to do something productive today so I thought I'd write this blog post to start it off!
This post was shot in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, where Georgia, Emily and I spent the day talking for literally hours, eating yummy food, taking photos, swimming and exploring. It was such a lovely day filled of real conversation and laughter.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas spent with family and friends! And yesterday maybe scored some bargains with shopping on Boxing Day! Now to look forward to the New Year!
Until next time,
Okay I think from now on I'm just going to number these things because I realised it's been over a week now since I posted "Thoughts Week 1".
So what's been happening? For me I have been non-stop ever since school finished. I had the Taylor Swift concert, which may I say was amazing. I spent 4 days in Sydney which you can check out here. I've been catching up with friends, watching movies, doing homework, going to the beach, exercising and working. In fact I'm working everyday from now until Christmas eve. So if I'm absent from here and Instagram you know why - I've come home from work and passed out on my bed.
My thoughts were just wandering and I realised I literally have not mentioned Christmas once this whole December! For me Christmas isn't the greatest deal. It's just a time to be spent with family and friends. I haven't really thought about it this year because it doesn't feel like it's happening!
So far I have already started to fulfil my "goal" of living. I have actually been doing things that make me feel alive! Crazy huh! And I have also been taking risks. I'm always one to say "take the risk or you will regret it" but I never actually take the risk. Sometimes you just need to think about the outcome there may be if you do take a particular risk. I took a risk this week to figure out something in my life and it made things clearer.
I am already loving this fresh start and new beginning since Summer holidays began; and it's not even 2016 yet, that's when it really begins! (but keep in mind, you don't need the new year to begin something you want to begin, but I do believe the new year is perfect to leave behind all the negative things that happened in 2015 and to hold onto the good memories and start fresh for 2016!)
Okay i'll stop now before things start to not make sense.
Until next time,
Hello everyone! I've only been on holidays for a week but so so much has been happening!
As a few of you may know from Instagram, I went to Sydney for a few nights and stayed with my good friend Georgia from milkywayblogger!
Here's a quick summary of what we got up to!
Day 1- Settling in, shopping, movie watching and planning!
Day 2- More shopping, filming, meeting up with the amazing Emily from emilyjaneblog. We went to a local park and talked for hours about all different sorts of things, took some silly photos, went for a swim, got icy poles, and then had to say goodbye :( It was such a lovely day!
Day 3- Slept in very late, too much public transport and rain but visited the mca which never fails to deliver! Had lunch and did more shopping! I basically did all my christmas shopping on this trip if you can't already tell :') Then that night we went out for dinner with Georgia's family, was very yummy, as was the ice cream!
Day 4- Caught my flight home to Melbourne! Then went to work in the afternoon. Boy was I and still am exhausted!
Overall it was an amazing trip, and I'd just like to say thank you again to Georgia for welcoming me into her home! I think the most incredible thing that can happen online is meeting someone and being able to travel across the country or even the globe and then converse in real life with them! Technically we actually met overseas not through the internet but because of your blogs we have stayed in touch and been friends ever since! That is definitely a positive of the internet and social media, I must say.
I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays so far!
Until next time,
The quotes above are just the beginning of your/mine/our travelling journey; wanderlust- a strong desire to travel.
For my Studio Arts theme, I'm doing travel and it's really getting me thinking about how incredible the world is and how there is so much to be seen! I would like to post more "inspiration" posts like this on rookiebrookie to inspire you guys to get out there and adventure into the wilderness! (And to help me with my Studio Arts folio haha, but hopefully I can incorporate what I'm doing in my folio, on this website as well!)
Speaking of getting out there and travelling, I'm actually embarking on an adventure to Sydney! Tomorrow! How exciting?? I'll be there for a few days staying with my good friend Georgia from milkywayblogger! I am so so so soooooooo excited!! Keep your eyes peeled for many exciting things eep!
Until next time,
Hey everyone! Long time no write, but I'm here today to spread my current thoughts.
Today was my last day of school for 2015. And boy does it feel good. But also very surreal, it feels very much like I'm going back to school on Monday for some reason. But yay for holidays! This means I can forget about anyone or anything that is negative in my life right now. I always see the Summer holidays as a fresh start. A new beginning. A new adventure, something like the candid photos presented above. I have these photos here for inspiration, especially for me of what I want my holidays to be like. I don't want to be looking at these photos too often, in fact not at all, I want to be actually doing these things (quite ironic I know but) I want to be hanging out with friends, listening to music, talking, laughing, listening, writing, being creative, being with nature, being with myself and just living.
Ever since using social media less, things have been different. Everyday I learn something new and I have a new conversation with someone about something that's actually interesting. This week I went to the beach a couple of times- woke up at 6am- ran to the beach with my family- went for a swim- then run back. It was such a good feeling, so liberating.
The main point I'm trying to get across in this post is that I want everyone to do one thing every day of the holidays that makes you feel alive. That may be going for a walk around your neighbourhood, catching up with an old friend, going to a party, talking to a friend that you know but don't really know, skinny dipping, writing in a journal, skydiving, or reading an eye-opening book. Whatever it is, just do it. Do whatever you want to do. Please just take the risk you need to take to get where you want to be. Start now. Enjoy right now.
I could ramble on all night but I better stop here. And you better stop too, put that screen down.
I'm thinking of doing this kind of thing once a week, just a time and platform to write whatever is in my head at the current time. At the moment it's called "thoughts" but i'll see if I can come up with a better name any time soon haha
Until next time,
This photo shoot was shot so long ago, but it was actually a really awesome day, therefore I want to post it. I think I may have mentioned it in one of my last posts that I don't really want to post about fashion anymore, it's just not my thing. So this post is not about fashion, but roof tops.
You can find them in every city. And they are an amazing place to just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's definitely one of my favourite things to do when I go to the city, just exploring them, taking photos on them but most importantly just hanging out with who ever and talking, thats the best part.
Now many people ask, where abouts these roof tops are? you don't need to ask, just explore the city of Melbourne or wherever you're from. Hint - all the roof tops I visit are actually just car parks, so start from there.
Lovely people who feature ~
Until next time,
This post is a tad overdue, and I apologise but most of you would have heard that I went skydiving a few months ago and I must say what a crazy experience it was.
Ever since my dad went 10 years ago (I would have been 6 years old) I have wanted to go skydiving, its most definitely been a childhood dream of mine.
It was actually cancelled twice and on the third time lucky I went.
To summarise, I was only slightly nervous before actually jumping, but once we were free falling it was incredible. Then watching the view as we floated down was amazing. Apart from feeling a bit sick afterwards (which is very normal), It was a crazy experience which I would recommend to anyone!
Until next time,
Right here is a playlist I created just 'now'. It's all the songs I have had on repeat for the past month. Some new, some old. I absolutely love every single one as most have some sort of message that I can relate to in some way and/or are just really, really good songs.
Also here is a quote I discovered the other day from a story a year 9 wrote at my school-
"The only way to distinguish the real from the fake is to displace yourself from reality."
And I feel like it exactly relates to what the past few weeks have been like. You need to take a break from social media (the 'reality' that everyone is consumed in) to realise what the real things are in your life, that you do for you and what the fake things are in your life that you do for others- people you may not even know.
Just something to think about.
Until next time,
I DID NOT PROOF READ THIS SO IF THERE ARE ANY MISTAKES SORRY I JUST WROTE A LOT OF STUFF THAT ARE MY RAW THOUGHTS + WARNING SHIT GETS PERSONAL, I'M REALLY SCARED TO POST THIS BUT YOU CAN'T GROW WITHOUT A LITTLE RISK AND CHANGE OKAY MOVING ON WITH THE POST.
Well to everybody reading this! It's been a while since I last posted and heres why-
I had a break from my phone for a month and social media for 2 weeks. It completely opened my eyes. I have learnt so so much I can't even begin to comprehend how much I have learnt in this short amount of time.
Here are some of the thoughts that have been whirling through my head over the past month, some things I have learnt and some things I have been doing (in no particular order) Maybe some of these things you can relate to or can help you.
Okay so there is a lot there and most of may or may not make sense. And some of you may or may not agree. But when it comes down to it, I had the most amazing time without social media. So much so that when I got back on it I deleted Facebook, snapchat and my private Instagram and oh man does it feel good not to waste time constantly switching between apps and scrolling for absolutely so reason at all. Just viewing and comparing.
Now I'm not saying social is the complete bad guy. We all just need to find the balance. Say 20% social media/internet and 80% real life. Social media is a tool that can be used positively to create change and spread a message. You can also develop real life connections from it like I have with other bloggers and Instagrammers. Plus I have had the amazing opportunity to work with The National Gallery of Victoria several times and I am so grateful for that. I realised that all I thought about was making a career out of Instagram (even at this time I didn't realise you could make money of Instagram so I don't know how I would be making a living) and I was just posting for that. And I guess I'm saying sorry to mainly myself for thinking that and continuing Instagram for that sole reason. During this time away I realise that's not what I want to do, yes it would be lovely to make some money off Instagram but I only want it as a hobby. What I really want to do when I'm older is help create change and solve climate change and world poverty. And I hope I can do this through University studies but also if possible on here.
When it comes down to it, we need to figure out our key values and passions in life. And just focus on them. Take in every moment, don't waste opportunities, connections with people and learning experiences. Stimulate yourself through deep conversations without people, developing and creating ideas and concepts, learning through novels, articles, documentaries and listening to what people say and questioning what they do and what you do yourself.
Also please refrain from using social media all the time, the only way I find I can do this is either by completing not using it, deleting it and/or turning off my phone. This is the only way you can understand most of the things I am saying in this post if I'm being honest. Because when Essena Oneill coming out with all this quitting social media at first I did think she was crazy, although I did understand and somewhat agree with some things she was saying. Then it wasn't until I got completely off social media did I realise exactly where she was coming from, oh my goodness, just do it please. Everything begins to make sense and you realise you can actually live.
Now some of you may not be able to relate to this because you may not be consumed but the brain washing of social media and validation and are maybe not addicted to your phone, so please just ignore what I've said lol. But if you have a feeling you may be wasting time on social media and/or using it for social validation please just don't use social media for one week. I'm trying not to generalise in this post but it's hard not to as everyone is so so different, if you feel like you don't use social media for validation then thats amazing or you feel like you aren't addicted to your phone thats also amazing. You just need to look at this from your own perspective and think about what relates to you. For me it wasn't about comparing myself to other women's bodies, I never really posted photos of me for the validation of my body (however this is something young girls do) it was more I was addicted to my phone, to scrolling through my feed on different social media, to comparing my life to others without even realising and trying to get to the top of this impossible competition (which I also didn't realise). I want to be "real" from now on, not saying I was fake before, most of the photos I post on Instagram I really enjoy taking but I just don't want to have to feel like I need to take this photo, to then upload, then to get likes, and then more followers. Now after this journey I finally could not give a poo about likes and followers, legit I didn't think it was possible. Now to just posting raw, game changing and "me" content. Because I don't think I could ever leave Instagram, the community on there is incredible and the ability to share content through there and on here is an amazing opportunity if you make the most of it. And you can.
Also please just remember to never lose sight of following your values, passions and dreams. That's why we are living on this earth.
Anyway I feel like I have just gone on this massive rant/get everything of my chest, there is much more I'd like to talk about but I feel like I have said enough for now.
Please comment or send me an email through the 'contact' page if you'd like to discuss anything I have mentioned here, I'd love to have a conversation.
Until next time,
I am finally awake and living.
Again here is another late, overdue blog post about my travels to the snow back in mid to late August. I must say it was probably one of the best camps I have ever been on. It was my first time going to the snow since 2008, so I was very excited to go back and experience it in a more older, more mature and more skillful Brooke.
The camp went over 3 days, the Monday morning we went up (I had to set my alarm for 3am!!) and then the Wednesday night we were back at home. We had the choice between skiing and snowboarding, I had already skied before and I guess wanted to try something new so snowboarding it was. And boy it was hard! At the beginning I had no idea what I had gotten myself into, but luckily snowboarding goes by the rule "practice makes perfect" because the more I did it, the better I got at it! And the better I got at the more fun I had! I'll definitely be going back next Winter!
I know it's now Spring going into Summer so this post is no way relevant, but I might have a few Northern Hemisphere friends, so hey guys! and also the snow is soo pretty!
Until next time,
Two posts in one night?? Crazy huh!
Okay so if you guys have me on snapchat you would know that I'm taking a break from my phone, starting from tomorrow. I'm trying to go one month without it but we'll see about that haha, however I can still do most of the things on my phone, on my laptop like posting blog posts on here! I'll be posting once a week, you can follow me on bloglovin to keep updated!
The main reason for ditching my phone is because of exams. I do Year 12 Health and Year 12 Outdoor Education + I have Year 11 SAC's and Exams too, and I think the only way for me to do my best is to eliminate all distractions including my phone. The past few months I haven't really been keeping on top of my school work, always leaving things until the last minute so hopefully this will change things!
Another reason for the phone ditch is because I've seen others do it, such as Essena and Chessie. I knew it would be a positive outcome but hearing what they had to say wanted me to do it even more! Everyone should check out this video Essena posted here, it's such an inspiring video and think people would benefit from this.
ANOTHER reason which I have wanted to talk about for a while is that I haven't been motivated to post exciting content on my blog and Instagram. And I hope that this break we help me become inspired and get back on track! I can't really explain why I haven't been motivated as life is so so good at the moment. But maybe it was and is me comparing myself to other people, especially online. People I haven't even met, like how crazy is that! Like the picture featured above "Comparison will kill you", you shouldn't look at other people and want to be them or have a life exactly like them because they are probably going through some sort of struggle you don't know about, just like everyone does. You are your own person, you are growing at your own pace and you are unique in your own way.
Anyway back to what I was saying.. It just so happens that today, the day before I ditch my phone I get the motivation to finish blog posts from months ago haha. Now that I have this motivation I don't want to waste it so I'll be utilising my time while on this break by planning and creating big things for RookieBrookie and my YouTube channel! I want to change things up and have so many exciting ideas for the future that I can't wait to share with you all eventually.
I want to do more posts like this where I can just express my thoughts without exactly having a purpose I guess but also trying to get some sort of message across at the same time. I don't know what I'm even saying anymore so I'm going to catch you guys later!
So much love for you all
Until next time,
P.S I should say that I may have to cheat a few times and take my phone to work as it's the only way to contact mum when needing to be picked up, but it will only be used for that :)