Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Vlog of Truth (5)

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Scholar of Life" love it.

-Cassie

Cher said...

I love your blog and I love how much I can relate to what you just said. I feel like I can never do what I want to because of money, but obviously I just need to channel that energy into something else productive. great video :)

Deua said...

OK. too many things to say.

1. love your tie dye shirt
2. your hair looks amazing
3. i wish i didn't go away this weekend so we could hang out and have this conversation in person
4. yes, yes, yes. you know how i feel about creative/talented people. completely agree with you.

I'll stop talking now because I had another 5 points lined up in my head and this is just getting lame. I hope I'll see you soon and we can have a hippie talk. hahahah

Þomeline said...

You're my fave "freaking hippie" in the blog world ♥ and I really hope that your blog helps you channel all your creativity, I know mine does. I totally hear you about how writing all those papers can really drain it out of you, I hope you never feel like it has left you, xox

Helen said...

Well that was the most surreal internet related experience I've had in a long time. For some reason I never realised you'd have a canadian accent before this. Which is probably due to me being a bit dense.

I know how you feel about money too, even with all my savings and whatnot I still can't afford to go to the art school I wanted. Or travel much. Though I did here the stay-cation was in fashion this year.
Oh and good luck with your creativity mission :)

kasmslo said...

Oh god dear I LOVE YOU.
Hey, if you like books on art you'll enjoy my next few blog entries. I know EXACTLY how you feel about essays and work. Seriously. They tend to take time away from my blog as well. It's vexing. Coming from my perspective, I can't do a blog entry unless it is like PERFECT and HUGE so university (and life in general) sucks away any time I can put into it to achieve that sort of perfectionist ambition. And I guess I loose a lot of followers in the process. Just keep on going! I myself have found I have grown a lot from blogging. It's actually a really powerful experience/process of enlightenment.

Dhu said...

It's taken me forever to really place who it is you remind me of, but you kind of remind me of my English teacher. (Who's really awesome, so that's a compliment.)

Everytime I go to the libray I ask myself why I don't go there every freaking day, but then it's always forever before I go back. I don't know why and it kind of bothers me.

Peacock's Hat said...

Isabel, I want to give you a hug.
I completely understand what you mean, I kind of got talked out of doing a fashion degree by my mum when I was 15- and I love doing my English/Politics degree now but the fact I was talked out of it makes me feel guilty, because it's still what I want to do really now.
I feel so grateful now for the British education system and university loans!
I also feel like my blog could always be better- better layout, more interesting stuff to talk about than just me prancing around, something that seems a little less frivolous. Because much as I love fashion and realise it's something fun to be enjoyed, learning about the appalling rate rape in South Africa feels a little more important to be shared than the fact I got a new pair of shoes.
Sorry, I've rattled on rather, but just to say, I love your blog and when I first found it it felt like I'd found a friend, despite never having met you or spoken to you. Such is the power of blogging, and you always speak with such openess and laughter that it feels like a conversation with a friend. Anyway, I'll shut up now. xx

Savannah Burton said...

You've always been my favorite blogger because you seem so real and you seem to pore your soul into your outfits, not because it is an obligation to "inspire the people" but because your just being yourself. I think your writing is great and I don't think you need to improve on your creativity or your writing at all. When first saw your blog I didn't have one and you were the one who inspired me to channel my energy and my soul into art and outfits and just creativity in general. Oh god I just realized I have talked way more than everyone else!!! Oops!! your friend,
Savannah

Marlena said...

I feel your pain Isabel! Money is a bitch.
I hope you get your creative energy back soon! And I just thought I would add that I heart you and your blog!(but you already knew that.right?) <3

Anonymous said...

i think you're kinda super
:]

Taj said...

OMG!!
why are are both feeling the same way at the same time??!! I swear I just made a list of books/zines to read and educational things to do!
It really bothers me when I see really awesome creative people doing really awesome creative things, and I'm just sitting at home doing nothing!
Starting today theres gonna be a change.
p.s.I you, your blog and your hair.

Mark said...

That was so honest and real and beautiful. I really hope you get to travel to the places you want to go. I'm sure your fans would help you and give you a place to stay... why not tell everyone your wishlist of travel spot and see if someone's near one? It really can't hurt to try, can it? You might be surprised at how quickly some obstacles can be overcome.

Katy said...

I have similar feelings about wanting to be more of a creator and less of a consumer. I think that you have already have a wonderful creation with this blog, and I hope you continue to think of things to create that are satisfying and fulfilling. It is hard sometimes being a student and feeling tied down with financial concerns (my student loans will probably drive me to insanity some day). But think also about places you could travel without spending lots of money - even camping a few hours away is fun and cheap :)

Stephanie said...

Such an inspiring video, and I totally relate to wanting to be more creative and learn more about everything. Oh, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves libraries :)

Mimi said...

You inspire me so much (:

I can relate to what you're saying. My family is not financially well-off either. I guess I've been a little scared to graduate (class of '11, wooo), because I know that I will have to take responsibility for my life then: paying rent, working part-time jobs, studying hard to succeed, erm ... surviving university life... But watching your video, I feel a little better. At least I know that other people can do this... Maybe it won't be so bad.

I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the blog, although I think it's creative enough already :D And nobody needs money to have fun, right! There's so much to do out there, so much world to see. Isabel, you're going to have such a great summer.

I hope you get to travel in the (near) future! I've always wanted to as well. My friends talk about it all the time, what they're going to do after grad, what places they're going, and it sometimes makes me feel excluded, because I can't afford it.

I'm putting my hope in scholarships. Otherwise, all this work, and IB, will be wasted. I will NOT apply for student loans. UNLESS I really need it. My mom just paid off hers a while ago.

Urooba said...

Oh man, I totally know what you mean.
I'm graduating high school in ~3months and have no idea what to do!

I always thought I'd be going into the Sciences, but I realized this year, I hate 'em!
And I want to travel this summer, but of course that would be a financially unwise decision.

Nice video! and blog! and tie-dyed shirt!

Chuck said...

Hi! First time commenter here, but long time reader and fan of your blog. I can totally relate to what you're going through, and I recommend you check out stuff you should know podcasts to give you a little shot of knowledge. They are insanely good at giving you the gist of a number of topics (including modern cannibalism) and they are so easy to listen to while commuting to work and such. I hope you enjoy!

Robyn said...

That was a very moving and heart-felt little video you've put together!
I totally understand where you are comnig from with the financial walls holding you back.
My issue is that I pour everything into things I do really want to do, and then suddenly realize that I need it for school. ack!

-Robyn

Shopper said...

You should covert people or something. I think learning and spending time in libraries is not so simple, because working in office is more... appreciated in prevail circles. But I decided to be better person. Thanks for this video.

Kat said...

aww, dude :P i know kinda how you feel :L lol well i dont have a job atm but college is so stressful and im not as creative/imaginative as i used to be which is sad :( i used to draw, write, make up stories ALL the time, miss those days :(
though i think money problems enhance creativity as i have to try and show off my style with what i have and what i can afford which is funner in a way :) (if thats a word... lol)
you seem a really sweet, genuin person! i'd love to be your friend haha
i wish i could travel more too :) i love going to different countries and experiencing different ways of life and culture

http://fashionpeach17.blogspot.com

Anna said...

I really liked this :) and your voice really fits you I think.
And I just wanted to say that I love your blog and your style and your hair, and that what you write isn't at all boring to me! so yeah, keep going :)

Anastassia Chepelkevitch said...

I'm only 14 and I know that you're happy, but this video made me emotional! I want to be something that I love but I'm not going to be successful in it, and I'm scared I'm not going to travel... Since I want to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, I'm going to have to pour my heart and soul into school, rent, and necessities. But at the same time, I want to go to school in a major that I love... But hearing that I have to write a bunch of these essays and time-draining homework mabobs, scares me! But... that's life...
It looked like you were about to cry so I got tears in my eyes too!
Then again, I'm sick...

LJ said...

I know how you feel. I tend to channel my frustrations into journalism for my university paper or writing stories or sewing.
But I am studying English so atleast I can read as part of my education, which is pretty awesome.
The biggest problem I have at the moment is deciding what I want to be. Over here we have student loans so I have lots of money I own but atleast I don't have to worry about it in the mean time. But I graduate this year, so argh, I do soon.

Anonymous said...

anon today, I know how you feel girl. there are so many things I cannot do now and many things out of control. trust me when i say you are doing the right thing.

angie said...

I love your blog and after reading this I can relate totally. Just last year I had this same dilemma and I was slaving away at 2 jobs just to pay for school and I've always been like a closet artsy person but because of everything I have to do I've just had to hide it and then last summer I just said screw it and started doing my own thing and honestly I've been the happiest I've ever been. I mean, school is still ridiculously expensive and I never have extra money after I pay bills, but at least I'm being creative (I make clothes) and I get to do something I like and hopefully when I graduate I can go full-time with this fashion thing haha. Hang in there, everything gets better!

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Valerie said...

ii know what you mean i can relate. great blog
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Angelica said...

I can relate to what you said so much. I am trapped at my college 9 months out of the year and I have to put in all this time for my schoolwork, but I feel so bored and restless and like life is passing me by. I haven't had time to really focus on anything creative in years, so I have all these ideas fermenting in my head and no time to actually realize them. This was a really great entry. Looking forward to what you have in store for your blog in future :)

Obscene Rabbit said...

i can truly relate to a lot of the things you have talked about.

i was also thinking while watching your video post, you somewhat remind me of dita von teese

antevorta said...

I hear ya about being a poor student! But sometimes having to scrape money together inspires a lot more creativity than having everything you want already! I worked a bunch of crap minimum wage jobs when I was in uni - waitressing, cleaning, etc - but I'm kinda glad I had that experience because it made me work harder to try and achieve other things. And now I'm teaching English in Korea - which is a great way to travel the world AND pay off debt. There are always ways to do the things you wanna do, even without much money!

Anonymous said...

You are a very interesting person.

olivias-pizzaz said...

I love your accent! aww I hope everything gets better! I'm the same with paying for my own education and rent etc, so I totally know how you feel. Great post!! You are doing are great job with your blog so its defs worth it.
xx

Hat said...

I like this a lot! Adds another dimension to your blog. Great stuff
xxx

AFitz said...

Isabel, lady, i can empathize. 'tis what's so great about fashion and reading, i think - treating them as outlets for expressing yourself daily, and a constant source of inspiration and knowledge. I don't think it's possible to ever know too much - the more i read, the more i want to learn. So I feel you, girl, about wanting to up the ante this summer. I can't wait to see how it influences your already great blog.

Anonymous said...

I can totally relate, and you inspire me. Lovely vlog of Truth! Thought I would also throw it out there that while I was watching your video I was suddenly struck by how much you remind me of Winona Ryder-- in the Little Women days. I love your hair, and also the library, and wish I was travelling right now. Here's to hoping?

Jenny said...

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within one than a secure future."

— Jon Krakauer

Thank you! I love your blog!

Malthusite said...

Geez, calm down there, Canada. You're young. Well, a little bit younger than me, anyway. Just have a good time. Worry about the other things when you aren't having a good time. That's the secret to a happy life. Although the Byzantines are definitely part of the fun. They may call it Constantinople, but it'll always be Byzantium to me. Cheer up, yeah?

Raúl Valdivia said...

Since you have so many comments I'm not sure if you'll read this but I'll leave it here anyway. I've ben following you for some time and until I watched this video I had the idea that you didn't know exactly what you were doing, I thought your sense of style wasn't really flattering or well planned but now I understand a lot of things about you. Like the fact that you can not chose every little thing you wear and despite that you manage to communicate your message with the way you look. I get it. I get you. I'm a 21 year old boy from Honduras, and I have the same struggle, it's not that we want to be wealthy or a have a jet set life, it's just that we want to do what we like to do and sadly is not possible because it's not financialy viable. And yeah having corporate-robot jobs sucks and it is really dangerous for you and your creativity. Also be careful if you happen to find a very nice job that pays a lot but gets you farther from where you're supossed to be. I worked for 3 months in PR and traveled a lot but it was disgusting, I had to put up with a shallow promiscous relative and spent most of the time partying or hanging out with people with whom I had nothing in common whatsoever. Now I'm very VERY poor but I'm starting to do things that I like. You should get into sewing classes. Something cheap, an hour a day or something. Just don't get discouraged, follow your heart and do not waste your time doing things you hate. Also remember, birds of a feather flick together :) if you ever want to talk email me: otowilches@gmail.com
http://fashionplusothermonopolies.blogspot.com

Damsels said...

i hope you get to read this ,, since it must be an older post , i am catching up thru bloglovin on everything ive missed .


and this was a really great vlog .. i am stunned that you could sort of put yourself out there even in a small way..and that does definitely inspire me to want to be better in some way .

also i was happy to hear that the blog means so much to you . sometimes i think people in my life never realize that my bog means a lot to me but its great to know at least that the communtiy of bloggers i'm in understands and feels the same .

also i feel the same way about my path in life , and jsut want to let you know that plentyof people have decided at all ages to quit where they were if they were unhappy and do something they loved so dont feel like you have lost your chance at being an artist .if it feels the same later on in life jsut know that it is never too late .. i have heard incredible stories of people like bankers who have quit their jobs to be trapeze artist .

sometimes i wonder if i did the right thing by pursuing an english degree to be a professor and a novelist ..because honestly i never thought i would be until i gave up on the fashion thing and then just decided ok well i guess i'll be a writer . which think i'm good at .

between you and me my secret dream is to an economist but i dont have the courage to pursue it since i think i might not be good at it or that i am too far back in math to get there. god i am full of contradictions .

kelly said...

I Have that same poster in the background.. well, did my freshman year of college.. you're not from Gainesville are you??

yb said...

you remind me of a young winona ryder

Old Magic Moon said...

I usally never writte to blogger but I just want you to know that you inspired to do something so I am goning to start a blog to express who am I. So Thank you!