Sarah Hesp

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Music, Songs and Such Part Four — May 27, 2018

Music, Songs and Such Part Four

Lately I have been very busy finding new music as I got Spotify Premium a few weeks ago. I have been listening to a lot of music so I thought I would come on here to share some of my new favourites!

god save our young blood // børns

supernatural // børns

silvertongue // young the giant

cecilia // simon and garfunkel

for elise // saint motel

my type // saint motel

cold cold man // saint motel

(honestly all

disco yes // tom misch

how big, how blue, how beautiful // florence + the machine

sweet tooth // scott helman

i love my friends // foster the people

up to no good // the hoosiers

this is america // childish gambino

loving is easy // rex orange county

the less i know the better // tame impala

You can find all of these songs and more on my Spotify linked here. My music place is slightly all over the place if you couldn’t already tell… So likely there is something for everyone.

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Places I Went in Atlanta — May 11, 2018

Places I Went in Atlanta

2 weeks ago yesterday I got back home from Atlanta, Georgia, where I was attending the International Career Development Conference run by DECA.

During my time there my friends and I tried to see as much of the city as we could, while also balancing preparation for our competition.

First, we saw some pretty cool koi fish when visiting the competition centre.

We also took lots of photos, here is one of me!

The Mercedes-Benz stadium was astounding and we visited the building on our first official day there. I found the statue outside to be interesting so I snapped this photo.

I also had Chick-fil-a for the first time. Hands down my new favourite fast food place.

On our last full day in Atlanta we were free to explore, and my classmates and I chose to visit two places, the first one being the Georgia Aquarium.

After that, we finished the day off by visiting the World of Coca-Cola.

After that it was adios to Atlanta, and the next day we headed back home to Canada.

Living Alone — December 30, 2017

Living Alone

I have come to the conclusion that I would actually really like living alone after university.

Being extroverted I have always loved surrounding myself with people and talking with others and that has not changed, nor do I think it ever will.

However I have thought about the idea of having an entire home to myself doing whatever I please.

Just imagine it: No one would be around to disturb you, meaning that you would not be disturbing anyone by having sing-alongs to 80s Smash Hits or hour-long thinking out loud sessions. You would have all this space to think and grow.

All the rooms are yours, to fill with whatever you please. No having to share with a sibling or compromise with anyone else. You could even have a room filled with mirrors or movie posters for fun and it would be up to you.

Having to do everything for yourself may be what some consider a nuisance, coming from a family that helped you out whenever needed. However you come to realize that you can function just fine.

You can actually even do more with your newfound creativity and independence, living by yourself.

Studying — December 17, 2017

Studying

I have been pretty busy lately due to projects and assignments from class as 2017 is coming close to an end. The break is sorely needed at this point in the school year and thankfully only one week away!

Last weekend I decided to film while I was attempting to study and work on assignments which resulted in the video below.

Favourite Colours — December 10, 2017

Favourite Colours

When people ask me what my favourite colour is, I never know what to answer with. I cannot possibly just pick one colour.

I do not just like colours because they are pretty, but because of what they symbolize and remind me of. That makes each of them special to me.

If I am made to choose, I tend to go with blue. Not a standard blue but cerulean or navy, something rich and dark or darker. Blue reminds of the ocean, of the salty breeze in the air and the lapping of the waves on the sand. It also reminds me of my mom as it is one of her favourite colours which she incorporates into her art. The colour blue is special to me because it is special to her as well.

Grey is a dull colour according to many, (including my mom) but it reminds me of clouds, and days inside. I love rainy days and the bursts of creativity they bring with them, which the colour grey reminds me of.

White is a very modern colour that goes with just about anything. Everything in my room is the colour white, which gives it somewhat of an empty look if you were to take everything out of it. However the colour allows me to fill up the room with my own colourful creativity which stands on the milky coloured walls.

The colour red is a one that I actually do not know how I feel about, but am including nonetheless. Red to me is such a passionate colour, and a colour I used to hate with a passion. Recently it has been creeping into my life in little ways and I have grown to like it, as I have become passionate about a few things myself.

PSA: Don’t Hide Your Mistakes — October 22, 2017

PSA: Don’t Hide Your Mistakes

I remember when an eraser was my best friend. With a few strokes, that unplanned line was long gone, or a misspelled word had vanished from my page.

 

I loved writing in pencil because nothing was “set in stone”. You had unlimited do overs, infinite lives.

 

Now, note the past tense, loved. Because while I used to bask in the idea of erasing it all away, I learned that (figuratively and literally), mistakes can be good.

 

I now write in pen, for most of what I do. I love seeing where I started with something, versus where I end up.

 

Mistakes and ideas can be built upon and turned into something beautiful, even better. Not everything has to be picture perfect, so don’t hide your mistakes.

Appreciation Post for Fall — October 9, 2017

Appreciation Post for Fall

Why do I love fall?

 

I love fall because of the sound the leaves make as I walk down my street, crunching under my worn-in black vans.

 

I love fall because of the cool crisp breeze that is pushing at my back as a step onto the bus, heading downtown. The breeze that allows me to retire all my shorts and t-shirts, breaking out beloved sweaters from the depths of my closet.

 

I love fall because as I sit down in my seat, it is “socially acceptable” to whip out my headphones from my backpack, and play jams such as “September” and “Sweater Weather” on repeat, without getting sick of the season-related tunes.

 

I love fall because as I walk into the coffee shop I am embraced by the sweet smells of pumpkin, cinnamon as well as other spices. Soft chatter of university students back in town surrounds me, greeting friends while clutching coffees with bright smiles on their faces.

 

A similar smile lights up on my own face, when I see my friends waiting for me in the corner of the store, ready to study for our first test of the year.

 

The corner where the light shines the brightest, lit up by the Halloween-inspired fairy lights hanging on the wall.

Helpful Study Tips — May 16, 2017

Helpful Study Tips

It is May, which means one thing: final exam are coming up. Since you all are probably starting to prepare for them (basically why I have not written in so long) I thought that I should share some of my favourite study tips and with all of you.

Lately I have been using a lot of these methods and they have been helping a lot when it comes to staying motivated and doing well in all my classes.

  • Experiment! Everyone is different when it comes to studying and preparing for exams, so take some time to use different study methods and see which works best for you (and how you learn and retain information).
  • Redo your notes. Something I do often if I don’t understand a concept is going back and re doing my notes. That way I go over the information again outside of class and I am able to lay out everything in an organized way on my page.
  • Make outlines. Whenever I am studying for a test, it is really helpful to make an outline of everything that you have learned throughout the unit that you may be tested on. That way you can go through all of the points and make sure you understand each one!

For major exams I do the same thing, but I also summarize everything I need to study and put it into one big document.

  • Make things colourful. Making your notes colourful (at least in my case) definitely motivates me to come back and study them as I put so much effort into making the notes look nice. You can also colour code your notes so you associate different colours with different ideas.
  • Keep a planner or bullet journal. Exams can be quite hectic and since it is the end of the year you may also have a lot of other tasks like me. This year I started a bullet journal and it has helped me to keep track of all my assignments and other activities, all in one spot.

Bullet journals can be customized as much as you want, and do not feel as if you need fancy supplies or handwriting to start one! Mine is fairly simple with splashes of colour and works out well for me. I recommend using a dotted or gridded notebook, as they are really easy to use when it comes to planning out your time and adding in things like doodles.

If you have any other tips, feel free to add them in below!

Favourite Photos — March 16, 2017

Favourite Photos

Lately I have taken many photos, and I just recently updated my image gallery here on my blog!

If you like photography I suggest you check that page out, but for this post I have decided to share some of my favourite photos with you, new and old.

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My most recent favourite is this image, of an old camera I bought last summer. It is so bright and simple, and I associate many happy memories with it.

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An image I am quite proud of would be this one. Last summer, I decided to take a photo of my fence in my backyard, focused and unfocused. I then fused the two photos together to create this effect which I was quite happy with.

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Honestly, I am not entirely sure if I was the one who took this photo of The Louvre (or if it was one of my parents). Aside from that, it definitely is one of my favourite photos. This photo was taken in 2011 during a family trip to France, and it is one of my favourites because 1) what a beautiful colour scheme and 2) the trip was amazing, so was the museum. If you cannot tell, I would love to go back to France and Europe in general.

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This image was taken on July 1st, not long before the Canada Day fireworks started. I took many photos that day but this one always stood out because of the colours (and of course the bokeh).

Expressions  — February 21, 2017

Expressions 

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you can’t express yourself?

That one time where your emotions could not be captured, where your feelings were just too much to be anything?

On our phones we have two options. Normal text like this, the equivalent to normal talking and tone. We also have THIS. THIS IS THE EQUIVALENT TO SHOUTING, but it sometimes is not enough. Sometimes your thoughts cannot be portrayed in a standardized font and sometimes your words cannot be conveyed by capitalized letters.

Human emotions simply cannot be contained by what’s on these boxes in our hands, and they sometimes cannot even be contained in ourselves. We are not all one level or the other. Everyone expresses themselves differently, in different ways and to a different degree.

Sometimes we just need to cry, wail, hug someone or jump up and down.
Last time I checked, you couldn’t accurately do that by typing a text message.
(Or here is a suggestion: Apple, you could just make a new font and size!)