February 17, 2012

Making house a home: a crafty idea

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my last post. That moment really took the wind out of my sails, the feedback wasn't helpful, polite, or kind, but rather attacked my ability to fit in with Kiwi culture. Or should I say, certain peoples narrow-minded view of Kiwi culture, and how I'm too this and that to really get it, and how it must be because I'm American (either forgetting I'm Canadian, or too confused to just say North American.) Seems like some of my colleagues really want to know more about my life and expect me to open up about my weekends and who I really am (because they think I'm too professional and reserved) without realising that maybe I don't want to share with them. (My view is that I'd do this if I wanted to, not because I'm inept, or oblivious to culture. Alas, I don't want to rant anymore, because I could talk in circles on this topic, especially how one could be a professional in a professional business. These are work people, some of whom are my friends, but mostly not, so I can't get hung up on this.)

Anyways, I've picked myself up, realising moving oneself around the world to a new country will be met with crisitism I suppose (maybe how you dress, or talk - because we all know I don't sound like I'm from here.) It's easy to judge others - I'm sure we've all done it, but we always know better. I love New Zealand, love the culture, and love my friends that I've welcomed into my world. I'll never be a Kiwi, I'm a proud Canadian who's been fortunate enough to move around fitting each new place into my life. And I'm smart enough to know I'm fitting in just fine. So I'm back with a brighter attitude, one that isn't woe-is-me life is tough because it's not. Life is grand here, and I'm loving it.

In other news, slowly achieving operation making house a home. Here's a quick craft that's been on my must-do list for over a year now.

Take one thrify canvas art print in a funky plastic frame:

And three coats (and three days later, needs 24 hours to dry) of black chalkboard paint:

One heck of a cute chalkboard.
Even cuter when the boyfriend puts it to good use on Valentine's Day.

February 7, 2012

On being you

I was on a roll lately and trying to keep up with blogging, and then life happened. It's been one of those weeks that's hard to get over. I tend to dwell on things, think too much... what would I say if I could tell them what I really think. What do I want to say? How would I say it? How would I respond differently? What should I have said? What would someone else do? Repeat.

I had one of those moments when you uncover what someone really thinks of you. And sometimes it stings. I guess I just never expected it to happen at work. In a feedback session. Ouch. And it's knocked off my rose-tinted glasses that I've had on. It's most certainly not the end the of the world though. But. It sucked.

I've found lots of inspiration online that has given me a laugh. Made me put it in perspective.

Here's a old-time fav commerical, that is quite fitting.

I think you should always be yourself. And hopefully you'll find people that get you. It's ok if they don't. It really is. It's just hard getting to that point to realise that.

There, that feels better already.