Saturday, May 13, 2017

a wild life

Hello! I haven't been around these parts since March... and a few people have asked me recently, "Are you still blogging, Maria?", and I suddenly remember the thing I used to do almost every day! I'm still an avid instagrammer but this blog has been slightly neglected in recent months so I thought I would pop my head in today and update you all on what's been happening...

- I now own a car! And drive myself everywhere! And am absolutely RELISHING in the independence it has brought me. I think it's the reason my quality of life has increased by about 1000% and it has boosted my confidence as a driver (and as a person) incredibly. I'm very happy. 
- I'm now on a part time contract with work (barista!) so I am financially stable also which is another major difference from last year. I rarely have to worry about money these days and that's a wonderful, wonderful thing. 
- Uni isn't going so great - mainly because I can't decide what I'd like to do in life. I'm a very creative person and art makes me happy, so I'm not sure why I decided to study something so morbid. It's taken me about three years to realise that my uni degree isn't exactly my passion, so I'm not sure what I'll be doing for the remaining six months of this year, but I'll keep you updated!
- My house has expanded too! We have two new roomies who have just moved in and I'm really excited to see how things turn out for us all (and to make two new friendships). 
- There's lot of great bands I've found recently too that I would love to share with you! I made a playlist for this month and it features Client Liaison, Methyl Ethel and Meg Mac - three artists I've had on repeat constantly over the last few weeks. I'm seeing Methyl Ethel live in a few weeks too, which will be wonderful. 

I'm home for the weekend for Mother's Day and decided to pop into my old school to pick up my sisters and also say hello to some favourite teachers. It was such a surreal experience - it's been three years since I graduated and if you told me back then I would be living in Brisbane, paying my own bills, driving my own car and living such a vivacious (but also challenging) life, I wouldn't believe you.. but here I am, and as challenging as it can be at times, I'm still so proud of myself for what I've achieved since finishing school. 

Sunday, March 05, 2017

some things cosmic

Have you ever discovered an album that absolutely encapsulates exactly what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing the moment you are actually experiencing it? I recently scrolled through Angel Olsen's past work on Spotify as I was dying for fresh music that still had the same feel of that artists that I absolutely love and I came across her debut album, Strange Cacti, released in 2011. It is honestly one of the most beautiful collections of songs I've listened to.

"Some Things Cosmic" and "Creator, Destroyer" are two songs that I absolutely cannot stop listening to. It's funny too, when I think about what these songs are meant to release in the listener emotionally; when I listen to them now they add to the happiness, dreaminess and dazed feelings I have about life lately, yet I feel they would also provide immense comfort and relevance in moments of sadness and shortcomings, too. I think it's a pretty incredible thing to have achieved as a musical artist: the ability to evoke a whole range of emotions from the listener. It is so hard to explain the impact Angel's music has on me. I just feel so content when I listen to it.

Here's the Spotify direct link for all of you music-fiends that are as obsessed as I am with discovering new jams. Also, if you haven't invested in Spotify premium - what are you waiting for?! 


Friday, February 24, 2017

20 years

Long time, no see! Today is my 20th birthday so I thought it would only be fitting to snap a few photos while out and about with two of my good friends. My roomies surprised me with floating balloons, pancakes and a beautiful new dress this morning and then we went out for a lovely late breakfast in suburban New Farm. It was absolutely the loveliest way to enter a new decade of my life and I take it as a good sign. Tonight we plan on celebrating with karaoke, lots of beverages and of course, dancing. Life has been so busy lately - I have a new room mate, she's hilarious, a wonderful cook and an excellent photographer. Most importantly, I've made a wonderful new friend AND she's French, so I can ask her as many questions about my dream city as I please. Talk soon, hope your February as been lovely! x