In this cold, cold tundra (though today I was informed, “it’s only chilly, wait until winter…”) every bit of colour and positivity counts. I have yet to encounter a blizzard, a long power-out, or the days with 20 hours of darkness, but it won’t be long. I’m working to forge friendships and build personal strength that will get me through the winter.
In my last post featuring positive graffiti, I featured a local artist and someone (unknown) who had changed F*** the police to Hug the police. I found some more today on a photo walk that made me smile and that I wanted to share with you.
Murphy’s law is something that you come to expect and anticipate here. Staff shortages, unpredictable weather, losing your internet if the wind is too strong or it rains. I really like the graffiti I found that says “Lucky you Murphy” because Murphy’s law never leaves you feeling lucky. Things go wrong up here, and you just have to deal with it and keep going. I hope you enjoy these pictures and that you remember that you can get through whatever is going on in your life right now.
If you are clever, you can probably see what the word graffiti used to say before it was changed to something more positive.
“I wish you didn’t have to fly away”
“Shucks, you’re #1”
“Lucky you, Murphy”
“Cook’n peachy” – on a second glance, I realized this probably says “Look’n peachy” … guess I had food on the brain.
“you kno you luff it”
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Magical narwal!I will always find graffiti intriguing. I have never done large-scale art, I have always been more at home with my nose in small sketch books at home and scrawling on paper napkins when eating out. Iqaluit has been great for the street art (not only graf, but there are also stone and metal sculptures everywhere). My brother in law’s friend was commissioned to do these murals. These ones pictured are on the side of the fire station, I have yet to photograph the very large mural near the hospital, though that is another one I must get some pictures of.
This is one of my favourites. It’s completely magical and I just love it. The colours and concept are amazing.
Some other non-commissioned street I’ve come across include “HUG the police” on the side of a shed, and “west coast Thug Life” on a shipping container. I could make a whole album of things I find in the tundra. One of the most interesting so far was that plastic boot. There is a lot of litter, I wish I had the time and resources to repurpose them into something cool. But they are fun to just come across when I’m running too.
Dumpcano, you ask? Our dump has its own Twitter account, because it’s on fire. It has been for months. I can read about the drama in the local newspaper. I have only really skimmed our newspaper, though that’s something I’d like to be more diligent with, in order to connect myself better to the community.
Life in the North has thus far been an incredible thing. I feel healthier, happier, and more whole. I’ve met some first-class people at my job as a waitress. I can easily walk to work, the store, the library, the ocean. My runs through the tundra are challenging and breathtaking. My love bank is filled every day by three amazing little boys who want to draw and play and dance endlessly with me. I have stuck with my vegan lifestyle. The 6 weeks I’ve been here have flown by.
I’m feeling endlessly inspired by this new environment. I can’t wait to share more through blogging and YouTube!
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One of the biggest questions people try to answer is this: How can I be happy?
My answer is this: do what excites you. Pursue your passions. Choose self-love and make time and space in your life for the things you love.
Place yourself in the situations where you will get to practice your art (whatever it may be), spend time with the people you cherish, and surround yourself with individuals you admire and who make you better.
Here are some of the things I love to do.
I love to be behind the camera to capture every moment around me, so that in the future I can look back on happy times and places I have explored.
I love to make art. Drawing mainly, but any form is fun for me.
I love to eat healthfully and make my food aesthetically pleasing and Instagram it all. (@jessihannahjay)
I love to make music. Piano, guitar, singing, writing… This was on Main St. in Vancouver.
What would you do more of if you had the time? What activity or group of people makes you feel alive? What can you cut out to make room for what you love?
The more you envision the life you desire, the more you practice things you like in every small choice throughout the day, the closer you will get to a life you love.