Nobody Likes You When You’re 23: 5 Goals Before 24


Yours truly in Times Square, NYC, October 2017

Here’s the thing, I don’t like putting my goals or aspirations down on paper for others to see; the main reason being that if I don’t accomplish them, it’s always embarrassing to have failed. This is the age I aim to stop being embarrassed by the small defeats and just keep working at them until they’ve been accomplished. So, feel free to disregard the title of this post (aside from the Blink-182 reference, take that baby in), as I’m not pushing myself too hard to get it all done before my next birthday. BUT, as the great Michael Scott once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky”.

1) Get better (or at least make a valiant effort) at preparing and cooking meals. I get to move back in with one of my best friends in March, and she’s going to be working 5 days a week. I’m still in the process of getting a job back in the city (I’ve been living at home for a bit because Vancouver is so dang expensive. So expensive in fact, that it recently beat out Manhattan and San Francisco as the most costly city in North America. Yikes.), but I’ve been interviewing for one that I think I would really enjoy. It’s shift work, and would require me to be away from home for days at a time, sometimes on weekends — but when I would have the chance to be home, I’d be able to prepare meals and try to better myself in general… which is a perfect segway to…

2) Get in shape. For real. No, actually. I have never been, and never will be, that person who finds joy in being active. Yes, I love hiking and I will hike to the ends of the earth, but there is no way — and no one — who will ever convince me to join a fitness class. (Been there, done that, cried a lot in the locker room). There are several contributing factors to my weight fluctuation. I’m not sure I feel comfortable getting into all of them right now, but one of the reasons is my constant battle with depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder. Yes, here’s the written confirmation. I eat a bunch, and then hardly eat anything. It’s a vicious cycle. Sometimes I eat one meal a day, sometimes I sleep all day and skip food entirely, and other days I eat anything and everything in sight; consequently feeling like out-and-out shit and full of self-loathing. I try and I try to get it under control, but it’s one of the most difficult things in my life to take charge of. I do 3 to 5 miles of aerobic walking a day, 7 days a week. I also fall in and out of doing HIIT circuits (basically when I don’t feel like walking) with weights, etc. In short, my life is a mess and I want to try my absolute darndest at being kinder to myself and my body.

3) Write more. When I’m on my medication, I find it more difficult to get the words out on paper. Like, I need to work really hard at it. I envy those who can just decide that they’re going to sit down and pump out 10 pages of a script on Monday evening. I’ve tried weaning off pills to increase creativity in the past, but it caused more problems than it solved. A lot more. It’s devastating to be mentally unable to do something when it’s what you really, really want to do. I figure that there must be a way to train myself to just sit and spew out whatever comes to mind on the page, even if it’s absolute garbage. Rewrites are the divine sanction of the writing world. Being able to complete another feature and a pilot would be a major accomplishment.

4) Change someone’s (or something’s) life. I mean, preferably for the better. Try to get that bad juju out of their hair. In all seriousness, if I can change someone’s life for the better, be it sponsoring a child in need, saving an animal’s life, or simply being the most supportive friend that I can. I would love to travel to developing countries and teach them about sustainable menstrual care, or entertain children in refugee camps, but the money to do will be slightly out of reach, living in the city. I’ll find a way, one of these days. Another downside of city life is that it’s impossible to adopt pets when you’re renting a place. One day I’ll own all of the animals in the whole wide world that need homes.

5) Learn more. I love to learn. Contrary to my opinions on high school, the learning aspect wasn’t so bad. It was the social aspect. One time, I made the mistake of taking French and Spanish in the same semester, which made for the respective teachers asking if I was currently taking the other class (the verbs are very similar, yet different). At the moment, I’m only fluent in French and English, but I would love to learn more. The two I’m most interested in are Arabic and Romanian, but I feel since Romanian is also a Romance language, I may have an easier time grasping it than something as unique as Arabic. I’m still working on memorizing all the world’s capitals too. I have all of them down except the African countries, which are harder than they look. Of course, the best way to learn is through experiences, so traveling is naturally included in this. This year I’ve done pretty well on the travel front. In January 2017, I went to Disneyland, then in May I ventured off to France and Madagascar, in October I was touring Central Park in New York City, and in December, I was dining with ghosts in New Orleans. On the 10th, I’m heading back to Southern California (I was just there for most of January), with 3 wonderful ladies, where we will spend a fabulous Galentine’s Day (and our birthdays!) dining at Goofy’s Kitchen and riding ALL the rides at Disneyland and DCA.

Anyway, here’s to 23.

By Emily, on February 1st, 2018, under Personal // Comments Off on Nobody Likes You When You’re 23: 5 Goals Before 24


Emily Does the Disney Tag!


Me and my boy, Petey

If you know me, or have been following me for any amount of time, you know that saying I’m a massive Disney fan is the understatement of the century. Everything about it just makes me feel… at home. That’s why I’ve taken this random tag from the interwebs (credit to whoever thought ‘er up) and answered some questions. Forgive any errors, it’s 3am.

1) Favorite Character
Peter Pan, I’ve read the book so many times I’ve lost count, nearly worn out the VHS, and used to leave notes for Peter at my window as a child.
2) Favorite Princess
Mulan! But I do love Tiana, Jasmine, and Ariel as well!
3) Favorite Heroine
I love, love, love Elizabeth Swann from the Pirates franchise. What a badass. Kida from Atlantis is up there as well.
4) Favorite Prince
Aladdin, all the way. But Eric is a total babe too.
5) Favorite Hero
I’m gonna go with Hercules on this one.
6) Favorite Animal
All of the Aristocats, Simba, and Lady. Oh shit, and Mr. Big from Zootopia.
7) Favorite Sidekick
Only number 7 and the questions are already killing me. Probably Pascal because I love chameleons (lizards in general), and he’s freakin’ adorable. Honorable mentions go to Genie, Mushu, and the dynamic duo that is Timon & Pumbaa.
8) Favorite Villain
Probably Hades — I’ve never really felt a connection to any of the villains (that’s a good thing, right?), but the god of the underworld got jokes. How about my least favourite villain though, huh? Nobody’s asking, but that would Madam Mim. I know she’s only in the movie for, like, 5 minutes, but to this day she still scares the shit out of me.
9) Favorite Original Character (Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, etc)
I guess Mickey, because he’s the lil dude that started it all.
10) Favorite Love Song
“A Whole New World”. I’m. Obsessed.
11) Favorite Song
Um, how dare you? There are so, so many, but I can’t help but sing along AND feel inspired to work out when “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” comes on, so for the sake of giving a solid answer, there ya go.
12) Favorite Villain Song
“Mother Knows Best” or “Poor Unfortunate Souls”.
13) Least Favorite Song
Honestly, I’m not a fan of any of the songs from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
14) Favorite Kiss
Maybe Tiana and Prince Naveen, but I don’t think I have a favourite.
15) The First Movie You Saw
Not a clue, but if I were to take an educated guess I would assume my mom showed them to be in chronological order, so likely Snow White. If not, then probably The Artistocats.
16) Favorite Classic
If we’re talkin’ animated then obviously Peter Pan, if we’re talkin’ live action then Swiss Family Robinson.
17) Song that always gets stuck in your head
“How Far I’ll Go” and “You’re Welcome”. Every. Single. Time.
18) Favorite Pixar Film
A Bug’s Life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was the weird kid who had a crush on Flik.
19) Least Favorite Pixar Film
Wall-E. He’s a cutie, but I couldn’t finish it.
20) Favorite Sequel
The Lion King: Simba’s Pride hands down.
21) Overrated Movie
I know I should say Frozen, but I’m saying Alice in Wonderland.
22) Underrated Movie
For this one, I was trying to think of films that it’s impossible to find merch for, and I’ve noticed that they’ve started putting some of these characters on shirts, but I’d love to see more stuff with The Fox and the Hound.
23) Movie That Makes You Laugh
All of them?
24) Movie That Makes You Cry
Also all of them?
25) The Saddest Scene From Your Favorite Movie
The ending.
26) Saddest Death
Mufasa and Ray!
27) Favorite Quote
I’m not so much a fan of the movie (though I do love the actual place) but in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo says, “Today is a good day to try,” and I think that’s an excellent motto for anyone battling a mental illness.
28) Favorite Theme Park
I’ve only ever been to the OG Disneyland, but I honestly don’t think any others could compare. It’s where the magic all began.
29) Favorite Theme Attraction
Indiana Jones, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain, or Splash Mountain! In DCA, I love Grizzly River Run, Tower of Terror (RIP), and California Screamin’.
30) Favorite Theme Park Show
I love both the Paint the Night Parade and the Soundsational Parade. When my friend and I were in Disney for 2 weeks straight, we watched Paint the Night every. single. day. Still not sick of it. It also has my favourite Owl City song.

By Emily, on September 12th, 2017, under Personal // Comments Off on Emily Does the Disney Tag!


MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: The Top 5

When I started writing down my bucket list, I realized that it primarily consisted of places I wanted to experience. That’s right, experience. There are so many things I want to do, and almost no country that I don’t want to visit. Here is a list of things I’m insistent that I must do before my day comes.

Jordan, The Middle East: Over the past, maybe 4 or 5 years, I’ve become increasingly interested in everything about The Middle East; but the country that has excited me most is Jordan. I’m the first person to admit that Indiana Jones is one of my favourite franchises, so it shouldn’t be at all surprising that I dream of following in Dr. Jones’ footsteps. The ancient city of Petra is considered one of the “New7Wonders of the World” (def: a campaign started in 2000 to choose Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments), and, in my opinion, it’s one of the most fascinating. To visit would be an absolute dream, but there’s something else that might top even that: a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun rise over Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan that made my bucket list. That said, as far as this list goes, a hot air balloon ride and a stay at a Bedouin Camp are just the tip of the iceberg.

Romania, Europe: Traveling to what is sometimes called, “The Land Beyond the Forest”, isn’t something on everyone’s bucket list, in fact, the question I get most when I tell people that it’s high on mine is generally, “Why?” I guess the simplest answer is that I love the horror genre, and Romania is home to the historic region of Transylvania, whose villages with fortified churches are 1 out of 7 of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spending Hallowe’en traveling through the small medieval towns and exploring Bran Castle (rumored to be the inspiration for Dracula’s place of residence) is definitely something I must to do. In fact, my friend Kenzie and I are hoping to make the trip in October 2018.

Botswana, Africa: I’ve thought long and hard about the place I most want to travel in Africa (quite honestly, I’d love to visit them all), and though throughout this series you’ll find plenty more of them, Botswana has taken its place in my Top 5. You’ll mostly find that it’s due to the abundance of wildlife, and the 3 different types of safaris you can enjoy in the area. I recently read an article on Lonely Planet which I believe says it best as, “the enchanting Okavango Delta, the rich habitats of the Chobe River valley and the blistering sands of the Kalahari Desert”, each one unique with its game. I’d love to stay at an eco/wildlife lodge at some point.

The Amazon, South America: As previously mentioned, one of my favourite things to do is see the diversity of wildlife the world has to offer, and an Amazon cruise is an incredible way to make the most of it. I don’t have a preference which section of the river I visit, but I have read that in Peru I could check off seeing both sloths AND manatees in close proximity. Thankfully, I think you can find those funny looking pink dolphins everywhere. Ideally, I’d love to travel the entire length, but I doubt I’ll ever make enough bank for that. I also thought it would be fun to volunteer in the jungle; helping with reforestation and animal inventories, but then I remembered that spiders the size of small puppies live there, and decided I would feel much safer sleeping on the boat and only making daily excursions into the rainforest. Spider-sized puppies? Adorable. Where can I get one? Puppy-sized spiders? Fine as long as I don’t have to look at them or be within eyeshot to see it eat a gecko. The idea of camping out in the jungle is exciting to me, but I’m not sure I would get any sleep. Percy Fawcett I will never be. Last but not least, I think it would be enlightening to visit local indigenous families, as well as experience shamanism firsthand.

Latvia, Europe: Again, not a place on everyone’s gap year travel agenda. The interest stems from an essay I wrote in 6th grade. We had to choose a place and write about what the holidays were like in said country. I’ve always liked to do things differently, so while my classmates chose places like France, Italy, or Spain, I decided on Latvia. Essentially, I think it was because I looked a map of Europe and it was the only country I’d never heard of that I could actually pronounce properly. Who knows! Either way, ever since researching and writing that essay (in French), I’ve always wanted to spend Christmas there. They have a massive evergreen decorated in Riga’s town square, which is (allegedly) where the world’s first Christmas tree originated. The food doesn’t appeal to me too much (neither does that in Romania), but I know they make gingerbread and I could live off of that for a couple of weeks!

So there ya have it. It took me a while to decide how to categorize this series, but I think I’ve finally got a handle on it. Expect a post like this every week for the next month or so. (If I have time! I’ve been working on a ton of different projects, plus I currently have my summer day job.)

By Emily, on September 1st, 2017, under Personal, Travel // Comments Off on MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST: The Top 5


BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Vampires

This Week’s Theme: Vampires

What comes to mind when you hear the word “vampire”? Are you of the Twilight generation who picture a sexy, sparkling specimen of a man, or do you envision a spooky old plantation house in Louisiana inhabited by Brad Pitt? Either way, vampires are a huge part of popular culture and something that have always intrigued me. I’m even going to admit to you that when I was 14 I traveled to Forks, Washington to experience the Twilight hype first-hand.

Here are some of my vampire favourites!

The Lost Boys: No vampire list would be complete without this 80’s classic. I have two favourite movies, and this is one of them. The film is full of iconic quotes and memorable characters. It’s also the first of many films to star “The Two Coreys”, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. IMDb’s simple plot description goes as follows: After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. “Lost Boys” also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Edward Herrmann, Dianne Wiest, and Jason Patric to name a few. I think I was 12 or 13 when I watched the movie for the first time, and my preteen self wished I had lived through the 80s even more than before. I was head-over-heels in love with Corey Haim. Watching it now, he’s a little young for me, but Jason Patric could get it. When Haim passed away in 2010, I admittedly spent the entire day of school in the counselor’s office. Even though he was old enough to be my dad, I was heartbroken. I’ve since been in touch with both “Frog Brothers” via Twitter — Jamison Newlander even follows me! It killed me and now I’m undead. I don’t know if he remembers but he agreed to be in one of my films and I’m holding him to it. I have the Tweets to prove it!

American Vampire In high school, my friend Jesse lent me the first collection in the “American Vampire” series. Here’s the synopsis (credz to Wikipedia): The series imagines vampires as a population made up of many different secret species, and charts moments of vampire evolution and inter-species conflict throughout history. The focus of the series is a new American bloodline of vampires, born in the American West in the late 19th century. The first of this new species is a notorious outlaw named Skinner Sweet, who wakes from death, after being infected, to find he has become a new kind of vampire, something stronger and faster than what came before, impervious to sunlight, with a new set of strengths and weaknesses. The series goes on to track his movements through various decades of American history—along with the movements of his first and only known progeny: Pearl Jones, a young woman working as a struggling actress in the 1920s silent film industry when she is attacked by a coven of European vampires hiding in Hollywood. Sweet saves her (uncharacteristically) by giving her his blood, thereby turning her into an American vampire like him, at which point she seeks revenge on the classic vampires who attacked her in life. The complicated and charged relationship Jones has with Sweet is another focus of the series.

Vampire Lamp from Amazon: This beauty sits on my night table, right by my coffin bookshelf. It adds a bit of gothic air to my pink, orange, and yellow room. You can pick it up here if your unstaked heart desires.

Romania: Romania is another place I’m dying to visit. I’ve been wanting to go on one of the “Hallowe’en Tours” and spend the holiday in one of the spookiest countries in the world. They have hundreds of incredible castles, medieval villages, and a spellbinding culture. Not only that, but last year I discovered a Romanian boyband which clearly made all of my dreams come true. I’ll bless you by including a music video below. I know it’s not really “vampirey” but trust me, there is always time for boybands. I’m in love with Plaid Boy. I don’t know what they’re saying but I bet it’s romantic!


Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Vampira: I think I’ve mentioned it before, but there is also a shade called “Nosferatu” in her liquid lip which fits with this week’s theme too. Both are lovely — if you’re into gothic colours, her lipsticks are definitely the way to go. The Studded series have 3 different finishes to choose from (all different colours, mind you): matte, shimmer, and metallic.

Well, I’m still off adventuring in Madagascar, but I’ll be back in a few days. So, so excited to update you all!

xoxo

By Emily, on May 29th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Vampires


BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Bugs

This Week’s Theme: Bugs

As you read this, I’m quite literally on a flight and off to adventure the wilds of Madagascar! I’m sure while I’m there I’ll be encountering a large number of weird and wacky insects. Which is why I’ve chosen aforementioned subject as this week’s theme. I had four items in mind, and had to stretch a bit for the fifth, but regardless, here are five of my favourite “bug” related things!

ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lip in Love Bug I adore the mahogany colour of this lipstick. It looks great with so many outfits and it’s super easy on the wallet at $6.

Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg Jake is my favourite singer, so I’m a little bias, but I think his debut and self-titled album is also his best. I don’t think there’s a single bad song on this record. His unique voice and old school folk jams make for the perfect album. Will Hermes of Rolling Stone spills the truth tea in that Bugg “does what countrywomen Adele and Amy Winehouse did with soul: He yokes the spirit and styles of dated genres to the now… vivid storytelling helps keep Bugg out of the nostalgia swamp.” Some of my favourite tracks from the album are “Simple as This” (which one of these days I plan to have some lyrics of tattooed on my body, written of course in his own handwriting), “Lightning Bolt”, “Two Fingers” “Broken”, and “Seen It All”.


My future tattoo courteous of Jake

A Bug’s Life: An unpopular opinion, yes, but A Bug’s Life is my favourite Pixar Film! This is kinda messed up, but I totally had a crush on Flik when I was a kid. I was also obsessed with Dot and wanted to be Princess Atta. To this day, it holds a special place in my heart. That said, I’ve always thought it was kind of weird that Disneyland dedicated an entire “land” to it. Not that I’m complaining, but it just doesn’t seem that it ever reached the popularity or commercial success that, say, Toy Story, did. But will that stop the Bug’s Land bathroom from being my favourite place to pee at Disneyland? Absolutely not.

Y: The Last Man: This one is where I’m reaching a little bit. Technically the story has zip to do with bugs, but when I first read it, my initial guess was that some sort of bug wiped out the entire male population. I’m not going to spoil anything, but you can probably safely assume if I was right or not. This is another Brian K. Vaughan specialty (I talk about him briefly in another post with the mention of Paper Girls). This series is one of a kind in the comic world. They’ve made several unsuccessful attempts to turn it into a show and I’m kinda mad about it. I NEED TO SEE THIS ON SCREEN. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting the artist, Pia Guerra (who resides in the Vancouver area), a few times and have had some custom art commissioned. She’s amazing. Here’s the plot (credz to the Vertigo Comics website) to get you stoked: This is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

Little Rascals: Everyone knows this movie so I don’t even have to explain it. In fact, I think I quote it on a daily basis. It’s based on the classic 1920’s show Our Gang, which ran all the way through to the 1940s. “So Emily, what does this have to do with bugs?” you ask. Bug Hall! Bug Hall is the actor who starred as “Alfalfa” in the 1994 film — he’s my favourite character, besides Porky who was played by my pal Zac Mabry, of course. (Hi Zac if you’re reading this.) In 2014, the cast (give or a take a couple) reunited for the 20th Anniversary. A photoshoot, videos, and stories from the set ensued.

There we go! Bugs galore! I can’t wait to update you guys about my time in Madagascar (and Paris too!). I would love to post as it happens, but I’ve left all my electronics at home in Canada for both safety and so I won’t be distracted by the computer and can experience every aspect to the fullest.

xoxo

By Emily, on May 15th, 2017, under Bi-Weekly Faves, Personal // Comments Off on BI-WEEKLY FAVES: Bugs