This entry is a little more collage-based than my usual. I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of life I’d like to have in the future — a home (whatever size) with plenty of light, adornments of my own making, and an overall sense of comfort and belonging; days filled with good books, films and music; afternoons spent writing or exploring my surroundings. I keep telling people that if I could skip my college years and go straight into my twenties, I would. I’m just so ready for that part of my life.
A foray into hand lettering, using lyrics from Ships in the Night by Mat Kearney — I’ve had his latest album on repeat for the last couple of weeks.
A few days ago I made a masterlist of every place in the world I want to travel; it turned out to be three pages long. I decided to start doing occasional travel spotlights in my journal, and Paris is especially to dear to me, so I thought I’d start there! [x]
My first real attempt at hand lettering. I did this in honor of the Sandy Hook shooting, because all I could think was that this merits not just mourning, but action.
I always have
a feeling of
We can feel we’re close.
My first attempt at blackout—or in my case, color-out—poetry.
6. Through the Looking Glass
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
My friends and I decided to go Wonderland a few years ago, and the photo in this spread is my favorite of the lot. Because the inhabitants of Wonderland are seen only as reflections in the looking glass, we have to wonder if they really were all in Alice’s head or not.
On the opposing page sits a teacup, inscribed with some key Wonderlandian phrases and quotes.
Friends and cousins, confidantes and girlfriends. The two oldest of our generation on the lake. From bursting into tears on black ice to planning our futures, we’ve always been close, and it better stay that way.
Groth & Bennet, ‘98
4. The Stars
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." -Attributed to Galileo
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Vincent & the Doctor (Doctor Who, 5x10)
3. What is a picture worth?
I just got a DSLR recently, so this entry is about photographs and what they mean to me. My cursive is hard to read, so here it is:
"Some say a picture is worth a thousand words. Some say it’s cruel to trap your subjects in one unchanging moment, because if you truly love something or someone, you let them change. I believe neither. I feel that pictures are milestones as well as moments; for me, Queen of Nostalgia, it’s a way of keeping memories fresh, and remembering the emotions that go with the snapshot. While that can sometimes be painful, I feel that it’s also part of what makes us human; not just feeling, but understanding what we feel and being able to master it. I let myself feel something, and then tell myself, ‘Alright, time to let it go now.’
Sure, photos bring us back in time, and some say we shouldn’t wallow in the past. But the world is moving so quickly these days, and capturing one small moment, like a breath held underwater, is precious.
And in terms of wallowing, I don’t think that’s at all true. I mean, how can we know where to go from here, if we don’t know where we have already been? Before you ask where you’re going, know where you’re coming from. Because only then can you truly appreciate the present.”