Thursday, 19 April 2018


As of yesterday, I am free of exams! Which means that I will never again write an exam as a biology undergraduate student. Five years ago that statement seemed so very, very far away, and today, it is already one day old. What I love most about April is that (once exams are over) my camera and I become best friends again. The long winter is over, and magnolia buds, glorious springtime blossoms, and rays of golden warmth make themselves known again. What a beautiful time it is!

Much love, Vivi   

Friday, 9 February 2018

Symphony of Colour

The past month has been a whirlwind of activity. I realized the other day just *how* busy things have been, which surprised me because I've been very calm and have been in a self-proclaimed "non-stressful" season. I don't think I realized how challenging preparing for a medical school interview would be. Although I loved the discussions and brain workouts that came with every practice session, I can't deny the challenge that accompanied actively practicing critical thinking, art interpretation, and analyzing ethical and social issues. It certainly opened up my eyes to relevant issues that I hadn't previously given much thought. I did a lot of reading and investigating, and sought out friends, family, and professors who I knew had more knowledge than me. What a learning curve! But I must say, what a fantastic learning curve! 

I'd like to call this past season of life a Symphony of Colour, not entirely in the literal sense, but mostly in the figurative way. I've had shades of thought fill my mind, tones and highlights of reflection, and new combinations of ideas invigorate creativity. It has been quite exciting.

Now, I must wait until May (yes, MAY!) to hear the results of my interview. Applying to medical school has been no small feat, but it has been an incredible journey of growth. Here's to a new season, a new journey, and graduating in June! 

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Christmas Time, Oh Christmas Time!

Things I've loved this Christmas season: 
  • Baking a double layer pecan cake to kick off the Christmas treats (which included a large amount of cookies eaten so quickly that no camera could capture them...)
  • Crocheting my very first blanket! 
  • A fresh snowfall right in time for Christmas
  • Exploring classic Christmas treats with marzipan fruit creations. Apples, oranges, plums, grapes, pears, and bananas!  
  • A family Christmas dinner with a plethora of vegetables and creative dishes
This Christmas time has been a very peaceful and rejuvenating season, filled with excellent food and time spent with loved ones. I have begun reading an annotated version of Emma by Jane Austen, and oh my, the eloquent sentences and 19th century humor is fantastic. I officially start the final semester of my undergrad degree this Tuesday, so I'm indulging in all of the leisure reading I can fit in before textbooks take over... :) 

Much love, Vivi 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Dandelions, penny boards, and two lovely people

I took these photos of two absolutely wonderful people, Shelby and Tanner, a couple of months ago in late summer. The sun was a hazy red due to smoke moving south from the B.C. wildfires, and the evening air was warm and calm. These two make "couples photography" so easy. I follow around with my camera, happily snapping away as Shelby and Tanner fly around on penny boards, frolic in open fields, and hang out in front of a vintage school house. These are some of my favorite photos of these two - aren't they good looking?! And even more, they are two of the most fantastic people this world has. Thanks for making photography so fun, you two!  

Much love, Vivi     

Monday, 9 October 2017

Let Autumn Roll in Softly

With five weeks of my final year of university behind me, it's at last beginning to feel like autumn. 

The vibrant greens of leaves remove themselves from center stage as shades of burgundy and warm ocher yellow come to life. Gourds, crisp apples, and pumpkin pie fill the shelves of grocery stores, and with welcome arms we bring them into our home. The evenings are that magical kind of warm, with quilts and knitted goods and socks of familiar comfort. Decorations that smell of cinnamon and clove make their way from cupboards and totes, and memories, they come back quickly. 

Wishing you and your's a wonderful Thanksgiving, Canadian friends! Soak up the beautiful time with loved ones and ponder on some thoughts of thankfulness. What's on my heart right now? Thankful for peace, thankful for decisions made, thankful for people, thankful for resilience.    

Much love, Vivi 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Fruit of the Garden

Today is the final day of August, marking five more days until the beginning of the fall semester. I'm excited to get back into the swing of lectures and assignments, new faces and familiar ones, university coffee and yam fries... Until then, I'm soaking up these last days of summer. 

The garden was particularly beautiful this summer; the blueberry bush bore its first fruit, the ochre yellow roses bloomed in both June and August, and an abundance of wild lavatera made itself known in lush collections of purple petals. I've grown to appreciate summer more. Nature manages to flourish despite piercing heat and lack of rain, and it gives us moments of peace to place our minds on throughout our days.    

Jane Austen captures it so well:

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Happy last day of August, friends! Here's to an excellent September! 

Much love, Vivi

Monday, 24 July 2017

The food of July

July has been, and continues to be, a really, really, excellent month. Amidst the final stretch of studying for my July 22nd exam (which is now an ever-distant memory!) there were really wonderful celebrations with friends and family. There was a constant flow of people in and out of the house this month, where I was able to spend time with both new and old faces. My brother baked the most beautiful chocolate cake, my mom blew us all away with new creations for the table, and eating food outdoors has become a regular occurrence. Don't worry after seeing all the sweet treats I consume - I promise I eat spinach (almost) daily! ;) 

I hope these photos inspire you to put on your favourite apron, whip up a delicious treat, and invite loved ones over to share!

Much love, Vivi