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Most of you know I love to travel and that traveling the world inspires me. To me, it makes the world and its realities, a smaller place. I’m inspired everywhere I go. I always think to myself, why couldn’t we do that on PEI? Enter the Before I Die PEI wall!
The Before I Die wall is a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. This project was started by Candy Chang on an abandoned house in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. You can watch her Ted Talk on this initiative here!
So back to travelling. Hannah Bell and I were recently sitting in a little random breakfast/coffee shop in Iceland named the Laundromat. We were on the same trip as a group of other Islanders, and I was glad to have had the chance to get to know such an amazing person.
This Iceland trip stirred up so many visions and I told Hannah some of my ideas and dreams that I had for PEI, including the wall. Hannah was ecstatic and took out her notebook. More often than not, my friends who are “do’ers” all have these magic notebooks that they always carry around. Hannah, Executive Director of the PEI Business Women’s Association, is one of these “do’ers.” I’m thankful for this conversation over coffee and the subsequent ones that followed. Hannah connected with Alana Jankov, the Executive Director at The Guild, and voila. A wall was to be built on the side of the Arts Guild in Charlottetown. Huge shout out to Ferguson Davies for doing the install, as well as Culture Days PEI for some funding to make this vision happen. And as the saying goes, the rest is history!
One weekend, my mother (who did more than her share), father, and nieces spent time building our beloved dream wall. Together we painted, stenciled and worked to make it happen, and along the way had many laughs, and learned a lot about each other as we chatted about life and its meaning. Those are the kind of memories that I will cherish forever! Thanks to Ferguson Davies for installing the board the way I envisioned it to be!
My first entry: Make a difference. I hope that by creating this dream wall, I will have made a difference and started the dream cycle for many other Islanders.
“Thinking about death, clarifies our life” – Candy Chang
Summer fun of 2013 is now coming to a close and my littlest darling & her big sister have to head back to school this week. It seems so crazy how fast PEI’s 2 best months of the year can fly by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was at a school and kids were getting on the bus for the last time for the summer break. I remember one child rhyming off all of the things that he would accomplish this summer. I hope he has had the chance to put a check mark beside these items on his summer fun list.
I can only dream and wish for the best for my nieces this year at school. It’s so easy to look back in time and think of things I would have done differently when I was still in school. Right now in this moment as I am writing these, I can still see how some of them still apply in some way or another!
Get involved with after school groups or activities as well as more volunteer.
Play more sports until you find one that you love. It helps clear the mind and exercise is always good! It also plays a huge part in confidence and self worth in girls.
Make new friends and interact with new people instead of always staying with one friend or two. Making new friends opens up your world.
Accepting Yourself as you are at any given time. I think this affects all aspects of your life. Everyone is created unique, so we should embrace it.
Create my own opinions and not follow the ones of others.
Never say “I’m Bored” or try not to feel bored by finding fun and creative ways to express myself.
Not worry about having or not having a love as life doesn’t require a girl to be a princess with a prince to complete her. Life is about so much more.
Not worry about what others think about me.
Not worry in general as much.
Be a Leader by starting new projects that will help your community and open the minds of others.
Be Free by being more open.
It’s quite interesting as I look at this list, how easy they may seem when you are looking back. It’s also quite interesting that some of them I could do better at presently. It seems like my blog post about Sparky heading back to school has just taught me a lesson.
Wishes, Happiness and Love being sent out to all of you who are seeing a child off to school this week. It can’t be easy to let your child walk out the door and hope that you have taught them the best way to make decisions in this world. Trust that you have!
Thanks so much to Wedding Bells for featuring one of our images from the Dreamers shoot in their most recent issue! The article that our image is used in is talking about centerpieces and more specifically flowers! Thank you to Michael Jackson of Prestige Floral’s for creating the most amazingly, beautiful pieces of work for this shoot! The whole group fell in love with them and it wasn’t a surprise to see that Wedding Bells did as well!
The Dreamers shoot has been picked up by a lot of online wedding magazines and is the collaboration of the following PEI Wedding Vendors! We are very grateful to have our work so widely appreciated!
Design Concept – Modern Jane Design – Jane Gallant
Design Concept & Paper Products- Kim Roach Designs – Kim Roach
Photography – Rachel Peters Photography – Rachel Peters
Coordinator – Kiss the Bride – Jennifer Clark
Wedding Cake and Desserts– City View Bakehouse – Jennifer Prinz
Makeup – Michelle Cudmore Makeup Artist – Michelle Cudmore
Hair – Cheryl Weeks
Bride’s Dress – Christina Wu #15508 – The Perfect Pear Bridal – Kelly Moorehead
Grooms Attire – Dows Menswear
Food/Caterer – Five Eleven West restaurant and catering – Emily McKeown
Rings – Norton’s Jewellers – Peter Norton
Tableware – Norton’s Jewellers – Peter Norton
Flowers – Prestige Floral Studio – Michael Jackson
Tables & Chairs – Caseley’s Tent Rentals
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Mahatma Gandhi
Is the quote that reads on Jessica’s arm. She grew up with her mother’s great advice and in that quote is how she lives her life. Her mother taught her from a young age that all people deserve to be treated respectfully and kindly, no matter what the differences are. Jessica believes in acceptance of one another no matter what the situation, and really feels that if we accepted the people around us and tried to understand each other we could change the world. She explains that she got her tattoo to remind her of who she is and the things she has overcome in life.
Jessica is originally from Nova Scotia. Her father’s work brought them to PEI 11 years ago. She is a business student at UPEI, who works at 2 local restaurants and loves to long board. She enjoys the motion of long boarding the most, cruising down the roads after work with the wind blowing across her face as the most relaxing way to spend her evenings. A feeling of calmness.
Jessica identifies with the traits of a typical Pisces: compassionate, adaptable, sensitive, loyal, accepting and imaginative. She has the sign of the zodiac tattooed down her spine. She would like to travel to New Zealand, Hawaii and California in the future. I can totally envision this girl living in any of those places. Jessica has such a chill, cool vibe about her that she would seamlessly fit in as a local.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this young beauty and capturing a slice of her coolness.