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Hi, Im Johanna. A digital designer & artist located on the South Coast of NSW in Australia. This is the home base for my internet wanderings - its a visual diary of all things art // design // photography // fashion // summer.

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Week 21, 2017

Floating The Days Away

This week I tried something new… a Cocoon Float. For those that don’t know – it’s where you float in a sensory deprivation type pod for one hour. It was my first time doing something like this and it was………. an experience!

It took me a while to process exactly how I felt about it once I’d finished the float. I still find it hard to put into words – I’m a bit conflicted.  I went through such a range of emotions while floating. From anxiety, doubt and claustrophobia to bliss, boredom and then mindfully thoughtful.

All in all, I don’t think I’d do it again – but I am kinda glad that I tried it once. One thing that I will say is I left with a heavy sense of peace and when I climbed into bed that night, I slept so well. A deep, calm sleep. So maybe there is something in it after all?  Have you ever tried Cocoon Floats before? I’m interested to hear other people’s opinion…

The week that was:

I checked out Vivid in Sydney on the weekend. Awesome to watch.. and its always fabulous being on the iconic Sydney Harbour.
#goals – Just be yourself, no matter what your age.
I participated in a 5 day Instagram course by Jenna Kutcher. It was interesting doing some of the challenges and made me stretch myself a bit which is always good I think. I think I will look at doing more challenges in the future. Any recommendations?
5 tips to help you thrive
Stuck for a book to read. Get un-stuck here
This Constance Hall post resonated with me

Favourite photography shots this week
My heart bleeds for

MANCHESTER

I can’t let the week go by without acknowledging the atrocities of the terrorist attack on Manchester this week. I actively avoided the news for most of the day until I felt ready to hear it. With tears streaming down my face I finally watched ABC news at about 10 pm that night… So despicable.

I will never be able to understand how someone can actively want to do harm to someone else. It’s not in my psyche to even wound anyone with words, let alone physically.

I feel such pain for the families affected and I wish them love in the healing process – if you ever can heal completely from something like this. And I thank the helpers.. the people that were there to help, aid and assist in any way they can. Always, the helpers are there.

Big love to anyone affected by this horrible event.

ON MY PLAYLIST

Skunkhour // Up to our necks in it

Hubby & I took a little trip to Sydney on Saturday night to watch an old school Aussie band play. Skunkhour.

If you were anywhere near the vicinity of Sydney in the late 90’s early 2000’s you would have come across this band playing their smooth, funky bass riddled tunes in a hotspot such as the Annadale hotel or headlining a summer festival somewhere.

“Up to our Necks in It” was one of their biggest hits and truly worthy of a place in my musical recap this week. Enjoy!

Winter is coming...

Winter Boots perfect for the office

Im on the hunt for some regular Winter boots that I can wear to the office – which means comfy for daily trekking up the street plus versatile and stylish at the same time. Here are some of my top picks so far and ALL of them are under $150.

Get on it.
ps. I hate winter.

TV VIEWING

Genius // The life of Albert Einstein

I mentioned in a previous post that I had started watching Genius on National Geographic channel. This last week’s episode – Episode 5 – was kinda important and I feel like I need to address it. It covered a subject that is very hard to get right.. That is, a woman’s struggle with ambition vs family.

The episode covers the struggle for Albert Einstein’s first wife Mileva Marić – who was a brilliant physicist in her own right. She fell in love with Albert and nature being nature – had children with him. However, then begins the internal struggle between academy / career and family. As mothers, we all want to fiercely be there and love our families, but we also want to hold on and embrace what makes us tick.

This particular example was made even more pronounced by the time period that Mileva was born into. Nowadays, we are lucky that we don’t have to make such a black & white decision, but we still carry the hangover of prejudice and stigma from ages past- where a woman’s duty was first to her family and second to herself.

I feel for Mileva – just as I feel for Albert who couldn’t quite grasp her inner turmoil. It was a tormented struggle for Mileva and a strain on their relationship and her mental health. A powerful, emotional moment in the episode is where Marie Curie – the epitome of what Mileva wants to be – is sitting in front of Mileva and tells her that she envy’s her – namely her relationships with her sons. Because she (Marie) worked so much and put her work first that she now had no relationship with her children.

Powerful cinema and very thought-provoking indeed.

Behind every great man is a great woman rolling her eyes.

1 Comment
  • Cassie
    May 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve tried floating I think 3 times now. The first time, I was like you, range of emotions. Really unsure. Second time, much better. Third time, so peaceful and blissful! I’d love to do it again but it’s a bit pricey! I found the first time I kept waiting for something to happen haha. Like overwhelming peacefulness to roll over me. But I think the idea is just to actually check out for the hour.

    I’ve never been in Sydney for Vivid before but would love to see it! Looks amazing!

    Like you, I was very sad to hear about Manchester. Those ones hit home the worst. The one’s that could so easily be you or anyone else you know. I know that’s not right and all atrocities are terrible no matter where they are or how far removed we are. But it still hits you that the world can be so unsafe everywhere these days. And those poor children. I can’t…

    See you next Sunday!

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