A few images from a recent shoot at Franks Finer Diner, Fredericton N.B. A classmate and I collaborated to make our vision come to life - we brought in a makeup artist, a hair stylist and carefully chose our model. Here's my images from the shoot:

I find it so interesting that, although my classmate Stephanie and I used the same lighting, model and location we created very different images :)
You can see my classmates images from the same shoot here:

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My last post was all about the goals I have set for myself this year. I know a lot of people make New Years resolutions and don’t follow through, but I want to tell you guys just how easy it is to do anything you set your mind to! :)

We all have mental representations, and we constantly compare our current state with our ideal state. For example, we can all see ourselves being more fit, having new shoes…ect. But often times we don’t envision ourselves doing the actual work to acquire our “visions”. 

To achieve our goals, we must first SET them. Setting goals focuses our attention between present states and ideal states. Goals guide our behaviour, and those who set goals typically out perform those who don't. Don't just keep them in your head, write them down or talk to a friend! 

I'm a very visual person, so I created a "vision" board complete with all of my goals.


The TYPE of goal you set yourself is KEY.

  • Easy goals have require smaller effort, bigger goals require more effort.

  • It’s been scientifically proven that performance improves with difficulty. This means, GO BIG!
    For example:
    You say you’ll do 20 pushups in 2 minutes, If you complete your goal and still have time left over, you’ll start to slack off and put in less effort. If you say you’ll do 100 pushups in 20 minutes, You might not complete your goal but you’re more likely to work hard all the way through and perform better than the 20 pushup goal. 

  • Draws attention to what exactly we need to do to acquire said goal.
  • The more specific the goal is, the more likely you’ll follow through. 
  • This sets in place “mini goals” to accomplish before we complete something bigger.

  • Make it interesting to YOU. Set goals that are compatible with your own interest, needs, values and preferences. 
  • When your goal is related to something you have passion about, it taps into your intrinsic motivation.

Difficulty, specificity and congruence all enhance the performance of achieving your goal!!

One of my goals is to drink TONS of water!

Long-term goals
- Accomplishing long-term goals usually involve accomplishing short-term goals first. Lets say you want to be a doctor. Think about all of the steps you need to complete to get there. You need to finish high school, go to university, get good grades…ect.  When you complete short-term goals, it boosts your motivation, commitment to long-term goal and makes you feel good overall. Long-term goals cannot provide this “feel-good” state for years sometimes!


So you’ve wrote down your goals and you’re ready to start … but not quite yet, there’s still another step!


Goal setting -> Goal striving -> Goal achievement.

Goal striving requires effort, persistence, focused attention and strategic planning. 
Goal striving is all about focusing on the process instead of the outcome. 

For example: If you focus on losing weight you’re more likely to adopt unhealthy habits, whereas if you focus on eating healthy and exercising you’ll see better changes over time. 

Implementation Intensions
  • Your plan needs to specify the “when, where and how” goal striving is to occur. 
  • Thorough planning increases the chance of goal achievement. 

  1. WHAT do you need to do to complete your goal?
  2. WHEN will you do it?
  3. HOW will you do it?
Putting an action plan behind your goals is super important. Asking yourself these questions help get you started as it plans out a how-to manual to complete your goal. Action plans also prevent you from getting distracted and having excuses.

For example:  If you want to get an A+, 
WHAT you need to do is study harder. 
WHEN could mean studying 2 days a week for 2 hours each day.
HOW you do it really depends on how you learn best, but it could mean reading over your notes or making quizzes for yourself.

Put a routine in place and make it a habit! 

(Yes, it’s ok to fail!)

Keep in mind you also need ability, training, coaching and the resources to complete SOME goals. You can have all the motivation in the world but you wont become an NHL star if you don't own skates! 

Goals often fail because they are poorly planned out. Make sure you have everything you need to complete your goal, Including a good support system. Getting feedback (from friends, family, tracking apps…ect) is key to emotional satisfaction. It feels really good when you start seeing results! It also feels really good to be encouraged when you don’t quite attain the goal you set out for. 

Be open with your goals, people WILL help you out. 

Another thing that can hold you back from achieving goals is having TOO MANY at once. This leads to overload and stress. Having conflicting goals is bad too, for example, you want to save money but also want to travel more. 

Injuries, biological factors and financial hardships are some elements that create goal disengagement.  Sometimes you need to give up on a goal that no longer suits you and is unattainable. 

For example:  I was going to the gym, trying to become stronger and I had to have surgery on my knee to reattach a chipped piece of bone. I was laid up on crutches for a month. I could no longer work on my fitness until I fully healed. 

Instead of maintaining effort to achieve my fitness goal, I had to realize it was unattainable for the time and focus my energy on a new goal. 

Focusing on an unattainable goal can lead to psychological distress. Know when to give up on things that no longer suit you!

Write things down, make a plan, make a habit and watch yourself accomplish great things!

Post surgery, back to the gym!

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      Four years ago, I would write down what I wanted to accomplish at the start of every week. I was an ambitious freshman at university with big dreams and high hopes.  Most of the lists have been thrown out or destroyed, but for some reason, one of them was stuck between the pages of an old university textbook. I was looking through the textbook to find a reference, but instead, I found myself amazed with what I had written and what I had accomplished over the last few years. 

     I began to feel very proud of myself. Although my career path had changed, the majority of things on the list had been achieved! It was a really good feeling and it inspired me to write a new list of goals and how to accomplish them. l think goal setting is important because it motivates you to work toward a vision. It helps organize your time and energy to create the life you want to live. Below is a list of my short term goals I want to complete within the next 2 years (or less)!


Receive Photography Diploma 2018

- One more year!!!

STUDY art history and psychology MORE
- To do this: Create Q Cards and study in free time, ACE those quizzes!

Create lots of content while having the resources in college
- To do this: Cyanotypes, film prints, paintings, photography… 

Graduate UNB with Applied Arts Degree 

- 2 more courses to go!

Gain support/ Build a brand through the use of Social Media
- To do this: Know your audience, consistency,  interesting content…

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- To do this: Pick things that interest you: Feng Shui, Roman & Greek History, African American History, Psychology (particularly intrinsic motivation and emotion), Fashion, Photography, Poetry, News, Law of Attraction …ect. 

Do things “NOW” - NOT LATER

- the dishes, studying, laundry, the gym… ect.

Earn an income through artwork while in College

- Prints for sale on my website:

Apply for business startup grants

Apply for scholarships

Reach out to interesting people, get inspired, collaborate

Spend wisely 

Me to me: do you really need that $4 coffee EVERYDAY??? 
Me to me again: …..yes

Travel more

- I want to go back to Toronto and get another tattoo by Trevor J at Adrenaline Tattoos. 
- I would also like to go back NYC this year
- I have also been looking at volunteering for a week in Lima, Peru
- I would like to work outside of Canada this summer

Stay between 100-105 lbs 
My BMI is 18.5 which is NORMAL FYI! This is a healthy weight for my size
Not to mention I FEEL GREAT

Dress for success, be more presentable. 
Because a hoodie with "Abercrombie & Fitch" across the tits just screams mature adult....

Drink 2L of water a day (at least)

Eat Healthier
- No processed junk, TONS of veggies and fruits, try to buy organic or local when you can

Workout at least once a week


Pictures from previous travels: Chinatown (Manhattan), NYC area, Cuba.

I'd like to learn as much as I can, time to study and hit up museums!

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