Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Real "West" In Washington

One of my dreams since I was a little girl has been to learn how to ride a horse (stereotypical of a little girl, I know). I grew up around people who rode, so I know basic terminology, but I have only been on horses a couple of times in my life. Since coming to the East side of Washington State, I have discovered that I enjoy a slower paced life and I encountered the opportunity to make my inner-child's dream come true. Although it is rather unconventional for a twenty year old to pick up horse back riding, the opportunity arose and in my year of "taking opportunities" that present themselves, I decided to give it a go.

Yesterday was my first day at the barn. Never in my life have I been so excited about scooping poop. I was probably a bit weird since I was the girl that was excited about poop... But nonetheless, I learned how to muck out the stalls, feed the horses and brush them down. It was a lot of work but I still enjoyed learning about a world that I really had no idea about.

Next, I had the chance to work with one of the horses. I got to do some trust exercises with the horse by rope, weaving him in and out of cones in a walk and then a trot. Then it was time to get on. I surprised myself by not being nervous. A rather unusual thing for me. I got right onto the horse (bareback) and then was lead around the arena, cutting back and forth with sharp turns. While we were walking around I had to do certain things such as reach his tail, his ears, and ride with no hands. It was strange how comfortable I became. I was so comfortable so quick that at one point the horse stumbled and I was reassuring the horse instead of freaking out about the horse almost falling!

I know one session with the horses doesn't make me an expert or even a "real" rider, but I'm excited about making one of my dreams come true. Going after opportunities seems to be working rather well  and it is allowing me to meet some really cool people too!
- Susie

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Break in Photos

My spring break was spent going to the dentist, watching Sons of Anarchy, going to the movie theater, dress shopping, and buying cowboy boots :)

Ice cream after watching Kingsman: Secret Service.

Good ol' Calvin Klein. His dresses seem to be the only ones that fit properly. This one is bright red :)

New Silver Jeans!

I went to the local Western store and fell in love...

I returned the next day and bought these bad boys. I haven't worn any other shoes since!

Went to see Cinderella. Excited for up and coming films!

Back to the Burg... I'm just hoping this quarter doesn't kick my butt too much.
- Susie

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Having An Impact

One of the most rewarding things in life is having a positive impact on someone else. I think as humans, we have an innate need to strive toward touching others in one way or another. I know for myself, my goal in life is to reach people through telling stories in film format. I'm inspired by the work of others and I hope to give back to the world by encouraging people through my own work.

A family friend recently contacted me in a lovely message, which in essence said that I had inspired them to start their own blog. Now, if you follow my blog you are well aware of my grammatical errors, infrequent posts, and sometimes lack of interest. However, I try to write real posts, artwork that I'm proud of, or topics that I believe need to be heard. Sometimes my post might be about the hardships that I’m facing in life, which I post because I’m aware that many people are struggling with similar things; I want them to know that they aren’t alone. Other times, I post about what has me excited and inspired, to embolden people to follow their dreams and live in the moment too. So, to hear that I had even a slight bit of an impact in someone's life was incredibly fulfilling. 

So, to the person who contacted me (you know who you are), thank you. I’m glad that my ramblings and photos inspire you!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Take AdVantage

We took a little trip to Vantage and had the chance to witness a beautiful sunset.

- Susie


Went through my photos and found these little gems to share with you!

- Susie

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's Been Too Long!

I feel like it has been way too long since I posted last. After poor decision making, college work, and lack of spending time on photography, I found myself back in a bit of a useless state. When I get in this place, I can't seem to blog. I guess I feel like I don't have anything to say.

One of the small satisfactory things in my life though has been posting a photo to Instagram for each day of the year. Looking at the photos, I can tell which days were uneventful, but the photos that I have taken have meaning to me. I can tell that by the end of the year, I'm going to have some awesome memories to look back on. Right now, I'm in a black & white photo phase. I wonder how long it will last?

As for studying abroad, if you haven't heard I got accepted. I will officially by studying abroad at King's College at the University of Cambridge this summer! I am beyond excited about this opportunity. Not only is it going to be a great academic push and experience, but it will also be culturally rewarding. Having a British accent, people often draw the conclusion that I know everything about England, when in actuality, I have no idea. Yes, I understand traveling and part of the culture, but I have never experienced my homeland. I was three years old when we moved to Norway, so in my mind I am more Norwegian than I am English (even though I have no Norwegian blood in me).

The best part (other than getting to see my family and friends) is that Whit will be meeting me at the end of my program. Together we will be traveling around England, visiting Ireland, and adventuring in Norway. I can tell that our month of traveling is going to be a time in which I will be inexplicably happy. I had a discussion about the last time I felt that happy and I discovered that it's been a while. So, it will be great to get back to that place.

As for now, I am stuck with completing my screenplay, experiencing the male dominance that occurs in the film industry, and the daily struggle of probability and statistics. To my screenplay, I will defeat you. To the kid in my film group, I won't back down. To math, you have two weeks and then I will never see you ever again!


Monday, January 26, 2015

A Weekend of Fun

This past weekend was a nice break from typical college life. On Friday night, we invited a friend over for a girls night, which included dinner, movies, and treats (probably the best combination of things ever!). We watched the fabulous film The Tourist by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and then the newer film Edge of Tomorrow by Doug Liman.

The Tourist is obviously a great film. If it wasn't I wouldn't own it on DVD. Edge of Tomorrow was more the surprise. I am the first to say that I am not a Tom Cruise fan, but in this film he did a good job. Emily Blunt on the other hand is my favorite actress of all time. She can do no wrong! The film kept me wondering what would happen next. It made me question whether the characters would prevail or whether they would fail in their mission. The only fault with the film is that the ending scenes are too dark. As a viewer, we understand that lack of light adds to the scenes mood, but when the lighting becomes too dark, it distracts from the plot as you are so focused on the fact that you can't tell what is happening. Other than that, I thought it was awesome. The ending, depending on the viewer, is either really clever or leaves the viewer wanting more. I thought it was clever!

Then, on Saturday, half the day had passed before I got up. When I did finally appear from my room, I decided I wanted to do something fun a.k.a procrastinate on homework. So, Whit and I decided to venture off to the closest thing we have to a "City." On our way, we discovered a great photo spot, which we will be visiting again sometime with my DSLR. The view is breathtaking!

- Susie