I, along with all of my fellow collegians with one semester left of college and graduation lurking, are asked the same question on a day to day basis.
“What are you going to do after you graduate?”
Don’t get me wrong here, it’s a curious question on everyone’s mind, and one that can yield all types of answers. I, myself wonder about the future lives of my peers, and what they will be doing in a year, 2 years, even 10 years down the line.
This question is very “big picture”, if you will. The type that you want to answer with:
“live in a big city with a French bull dog named Frank in a cozy apartment with character”
“but really, be honest, what do you really want to do?”
Being honest, here are the 7 things that I want to do, realistically.
I want to travel. It’s obvious, I know. But it’s undeniably true. There is a wealth of knowledge in experiencing culture, food, and life in general first hand. There are only so many places that books, articles, and photographs can take you.
I want to trust in serendipitous moments. There is an immense power in serendipity, and I fully intend to continue allowing myself to see where those moments take me.
I don’t want to stop learning, reading or listening. I want to continue to be a sponge, soaking in stories and information about anything and everything under the sun. Knowledge is strength.
I want a job. I’m so ecstatic to see what kind of path my future career takes me. With a bachelors of science in landscape architecture, my options are open. I want to feel passionate about what I do, and how I do it. I’m aware there will be bad days, trying days, and moments of frustration, but I feel ready to accept the challenge.
I want to live in a new city. Exploration of new places and spaces forces me out of my comfort zone. I don’t know which city or state I’ll be living in. So when I know, you’ll know.
I want to spend valuable time with my family and friends. They are gold, and time with them is precious.
I want to read the New York Times with a fabulous cup of coffee every Sunday morning…with my French bull dog, Frank.
Due to a quiet weekend in, I watched a ton of movies.
Here’s what I watched:
I loved it. The documentary takes you behind the scenes of the modern reinvention of couture by the new creative director of Dior, Raf Simons.
Available on Netflix.
This movie tilted more on the side of odd. But, the idea a meal this extravagant is fascinating to watch unfold. I mostly rented it to view the cinematography of the food, but in the end received a whole lot more.
Available on iTunes Movie.
A documentary on the work of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief for American Vogue. A look into the fierce lady and also gave great insight into the fashion industry. Magazine editing plays a major role in deciding what’s “in” and “out”.
Available on Netflix.
If you know me, you know I love James Bond. If you know me well, you know that I’m obsessed with James Bond. I loved it, mostly for the music score, and Daniel Craig just doing his thing. I’m curious about the plot of his 5th and final movie as Bond.
Only in theaters.
A fascinating look into the stories and lives of 3 whistle-blowers. Extremely interesting and gives a different perspective under the light of a balanced government system.
Available on Netflix.
Not a movie, but a docu-series. If you haven’t watched it, I strongly encourage you to. It is absolutely fantastic, and I continuously re-watch episodes because they are that fantastic.
Background: For one weekend, a group of florists decorated an abandoned house in Detroit with living vegetation and materials to pay homage to the families and memories once made within the home.
The house had visible scars to the infrastructure. It was clear, that within the last 10-15 years, the house had experienced a type of abuse from the 4 seasons, and those seeking shelter. The artists taking part in this collaboration however, didn’t want to hide the house’s scars, bumps, and bruises, but rather show the tenderness and homey nature this home once held. The living vegetation helped to paint a lovely picture of the true image of this home, from vegetated paintings on the wall, to a literal flower bed in the bedroom. Each of the rooms in the house stayed true to their original use; the kitchen showcased edible vegetables, the dining room a decorated gathering space, and the bathrooms adorned with moss to mimic carpeting. After the weekend came to a close, the home was to be demolished as a part of the Reclaim Detroit project, and be converted into a flower farm.
Here are some photos from THE FLOWER HOUSE. In case you want to see more- check out their website.