This photograph was taken in the summer of 2005 just as Audrey was leaving Montreal for her new life in Toronto. It is Audrey’s Facebook profile picture and is one of my favorite photographs of her. Audrey was looking snazzy and stylish on her way to a wedding. We walked to the Metro where she was meeting some friends and snapped this image as we crossed a park in St. Henri.
My good friend Rachelle is pregnant and I am enjoying reading her blog that has some great photos of her new baby bump. I also noticed that another old friend Jenny is also pregnant and have started reading her blog. At the moment babies are not in my immediate future. Still I find the whole experience fascinating and get a kick out of these blogs. Here are some photos of Rachelle that were taken the last time I saw her at the Victoria Art Gallery in August 2006.
Over the past few days Facebook has put me in touch with many old friends and I can’t help but contemplate my personal history and how we grow and change in connection to those around us. In 1998 at age 22 I returned to Ottawa after a year spent abroad as an international student in Edinburgh, Scotland. This was a truly tough and low point in my life. I felt personally devastated after the breakup of my first serious relationship and had no idea of who I was or what to expect out of life. The people I surrounded myself with did not have my best interest at heart. They took me for granted and looked down on me. Not wanting to see my true light. I was just “silly-weird photographer Joanna” and my clothes, hair, appearance and personality were criticized for being creative and not looking right.
At that point in my life I was finishing my Fine Art degree at the University of Ottawa in 2000. That spring I started working at a framing store to learn the skills of displaying and exhibiting fine art. Carrie who managed the bead store across the street would soon become a friend and before long a whole world of people would come crashing into my life. However this time things were different. Instead of being awkward I was treated as elegant. Instead of bizarre I was thought of as artistic. Instead of “weird photographer girl” I was considered a talented young woman. In a nutshell this is a short way of describing how I came into being me.
The person we are is impacted by our personality, talent, and drive- but it is also influenced by the people we choose to surround ourselves with. If you surround yourself with people who do not see the best in you or who put you down, you will never reach your true potential, or ever be happy. However, if you surround yourself with those who appreciate you, care for you, and want the best for you then guess what? Chances are that chasing your dreams and finding happiness will be just around the corner.
This post is dedicated to a group of friends that I met in Ottawa in 2000- before moving to Montreal in 2002. Sarah, Carrie, Rachelle, Chris M, and Audrey. Truly I can’t quite express what a positive influence you had in my life because- quite simply- you believed in me. Thanks a lot.
The marketing software company HubSpot sponsored an event at Irving Plaza in New York, NY on Thursday February 18th to provide an overview of their services to potential clients and marketers. HubSpot markets through Web 2.0, social media, email marketing, CRM, and blogs. The event began at 2pm and began with a session on how […]
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This was a special race as it took place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I had wanted to run a Vancouver race for a while and it was an absolute pleasure to run through UBC, West Van, and Stanley Park for 13.10 miles. The course began at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena and ran along SW […]
It was a great experience to run my first marathon at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on April 26th. I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group and met a lot of interesting people on the course. Our pacer Steve had run 13 marathons in one year and I connected with others who traveled across […]