Saturday, 13 December 2014

I'll have to check my diary

I've never been much of a diary keeper. When I was in high school, I used one to keep track of school work, but my phone calendar played a much bigger role in organising my schedule. Journals on the other hand, came very naturally to me. I kept inspiration journals all through school, filled with writing, photos, magazine cut outs and pretty much anything. Looking back, they're a pretty accurate glimpse into my loves and lusts as a teenager.

My transition from journals to diaries began while travelling. While overseas, I was obsessed with recording my experiences. I had a blog, vlog and of course, my treasured hand written journals filled with tickets, writing and pretty much every thought that went through my head every day. If my house was on fire, they're in my top 3 items I would save (only behind my laptop and external hard drive and my instruments). I organised myself with a hand drawn calendar, with all my flights, hostels and trips written out. I got in the habit of having my life written down on paper, in planning, and in reflection.

So on my return home, I couldn't go back to my phone calendar. It just wasn't enough. I needed a diary. The search began for the perfect diary. I hated the page a day ones, as I found it impossible for planning. But the one week to 2 page diaries were always too big. I loved the style of filofax diaries, but they were realistically too bulky to carry around. And then I found it, in humble Kikkik. The A6 Inspire diary.

Oh, how sad it looks now. In its hayday, it was a beautiful dark blue, with the cutest patterns inside. And it went everywhere with me this year. It endured being used to take notes at uni when my laptop ran out of memory, having pages torn out to scribble song lyric ideas on, and being absolutely soaked in iced coffee after a particularly sticky disaster in my handbag. Nothing about my diary is neat or ordered. It's messy, dirty and kinda gross by December. But I struggle to remember a day this year that I didn't whip this baby out to check something. Countless eyebrows were raised as I pulled out my diary, when asked if I was free on a certain day. "Let me check my diary", became I phrase used 100% non-ironically.

This diary got me through my first year of university without any late assignments. I organised two jobs, leading a youth group, shooting a feature film, and outstanding lecture and tutorial attendance, with the aid of a diary. I never thought I'd be that person.

So with 2015 around the corner, it was time to invest in a new diary for the new year. And I swear, I did look at other diaries. I went to a bunch of stationary stories, flicked through countless different styles, but the Inspire Diary was just everything I needed.

So I bought another.

The lady in Kikkik tried to give me the usual speech about the diary. Instead, I pulled out the 2014 version and she gave a knowing smile. She gets it. She's a diary person too.

// Buy the A6 Inspire Diary here - this year it has a shiny protective cover on it to ward off any iced coffee //

Friday, 5 December 2014

Shanghai's Child

This semester at university I took a class on documentary making. Our final project was to make a short documentary film. My proposal was chosen and along with two of my classmates, we made a film about my Grandfather, Eric Wilson.

The film is called 'Shanghai's Child'. It's very important to me.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

It's June

Hello dear friends. It's hard to believe that it's already June! Last Friday marked a whole year since Bridget and I jumped on that first plane to LA via New Zealand, and what a year it's been!

2014 has been mad! I've started uni which is very exciting, and a little bit crazy. It's wonderful to be studying again, I really as ready to start university in March! My course has been pretty great so far, a lot of communications theory which isn't the MOST exciting, but it's necessary! The film production things I've done so far have been really interesting and I'm excited to get to do more of that over the next few semesters.

In other news, I'm wrapping up shooting of my first feature film with is RATHER EXCITING. I've had a blast and I can't wait to see how it turns out. I've loved hanging out with the cast and crew and I think it's a pretty sweet little film that we've created!

Uni has (finally) finished for me for the semester as I have no exams (I know, I know, best degree ever) so I have two months of to watch a LOT of television and bake a lot and get snuggly in the incoming cool weather!

I've got two weeks at the snow this winter, back to back with my uni's ski trip and going with my family! So I will spend a LOT of time on the slopes this year which is exciting! I'm getting into a bit of a fitness regime over the next six weeks to prepare before I go so that I don't totally die.

I've decided to get back into blogging about what I'm up to, and I have a few little projects up my sleeve involving my extreme tea collection and baking. So expect more up here over the next few weeks!

Hope your day is sunny,
Soph x

UK Films

Here are the films made on my final few stops across the UK!

Farnborough, Windsor & London Day Trips

Tenby, Wales

London, England - Reprise

Oxford & Bristol, England

Edinburgh & Glasgow, England

Monday, 10 February 2014

London, England Film

Hanging Out in LONDON TOWN

London, England

15th, 16th, 17th and 18th of October

Today I struggled a WEEEEE bit to find my bus, but eventually found myself on my Megabus from Paris to London! The ride was pretty smooth. I kinda forgot that it's not like Busabout where you get a service stop every 2 hours, so I forgot to bring food. SO it was a longggg day! Pretty hungry when I got there! We drove onto a train and went across the channel which was pretty exciting. At the border I got GRILLED about where I was going and more importantly when I was leaving! I drove into London in the late afternoon which was a little bit nice.

My third cousin Gally (reppin the extending family) picked me up from the bus station and helped me navigate the bus system. The buses are red and that is very exciting for me.

I got back to the West/Sutherland household and had dinner with Cathy, Gally and Nina and it was just so lovely to see them all and catch up! I hit the hay pretty early after a long day of travel!

The next day was a bit of a catch up day as I was POOPED from my last few days of travelling! But it was utterly amazing to have MY OWN ROOM and not have to worry about whether my bags were locked or remember to wear thongs in the shower!

Gally dragged me out in the afternoon and we walked through the gorgeous park land in the area! We had dinner as a family (I've missed this) and watched movies until bed time!

The next day we took on London! Gally, Nina and I headed into the city and met up with Colin for lunch. We went to the science museum which was awesome!

Gally and I headed to Oxford St and bought waayyyyyyyyyyyy too much stuff! It was NUTS and exciting and wonderful! I love the chaos of Oxford.

We met up with a friend from home, Amelia, and had frappes and talked and laughed and shopped some more! I bought like 20 pairs of christmas socks because it was necessary.

The next day, I had this excellent day planned, but I managed to get lost trying to find the trainstation (whoops)(it was my first day by myself!) but i eventually got into London and met up with a Sandemans tour! It started at Covent Garden (which i  adore) and we visited: Hyde Park, Churchill's War bunker, the House of Parliment, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Nelson's Column, Horse Guards, Downing St, Big Ben and of course Buckingham Palace!

While we were there, THE QUEEN DROVE OUT OF THE PALACE and WE SAW HER IN THE BACK SEAT and it was possibly the best thing. EVER. Our tour guide said that had never happened before when she was on a tour!

I freaked out about the squirrels, just for something different.

I met up with Gally after the tour and we went to the Borough markets which were AMAZING! So much good food! We had fish and chips and cake and CHEESE! Then we walked over to see the Tower Bridge! So fantastic!

Gally wanted to walk across it but I was a party pooper, because I had literally walked non stop all day! So we retreated home and made pizza and watched kids movies. NO REGRETS!

My night life here in London is WILD.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dear Blogsphere

I got really bad at this. The last 5 weeks of my trip will make it up here eventually. I've been home for almost two months now (yikes!) and life got in the way. Lots has happened and is happening and the next chapter is sneaking up on me!

Happy 2014 everyone who reads this blog (Caitlin, Jacqui, Julia and my parents)! You rock!