Hollow Tree’s 1871 series evokes the scents during an era of pioneers and prospectors exploring and prospecting in British Columbia. BC joined confederation in 1871. Ushered in by our Father of Confederation and our second Premier: Amor De Cosmos. Amor negotiated that British Columbia would join the Dominion only if the Railroad was built to the Pacific. The Railroad was paramount and historical for the Dominion of Canada and it took 10 years for the Railroad to reach the Pacific Ocean. Amor also created the first forestry, farming and fisheries policies in 1872. A pioneer on land-use policy. The five scents and top notes:
Prospector: bay leaves
I remember when I lived in whistler a lot of the time I complained. It was too cold, I missed home, it was too expensive, the town was too isolated. Looking back several years later I loved the time I spent there. The friendships I made, the people I worked with, even the relationship I was in, are all memories I’ll never forget. Being young and free to travel and able to live in such a cool place really was amazing.
You have to appreciate what’s happening around you and enjoy the moment because nothing last forever. It’s hard to appreciate the life we lead because we all have problems but it’s our outlook that creates the reality we have. I’ve learnt to stop just every now and then and say to myself, this is a good moment, I’m happy.
When you’re at home dreaming of your dreams. Always doubting myself, always double guessing, always feeling like a underdog, always trying. I guess if you keep chipping away at something, even if you haven’t made it yet you can still leave a mark.
It just seems so fucken hard to be everything you want to be, expecially when no one gives you a chance, you have to try to fine that chance. Create it yourself. No one gives you a job, you have to earn it, no one buys you a house, you have to work for it. I guess if someone gave me something for free I wouldn’t want it anyways, so I may as well enjoy fighting for it because I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Be fearful of someone who has nothing to lose cos they will take their opportunities when they get it.
The hours you spend working while no one is looking is what counts. I would hate to think how many hours I’ve spent on Kitsonpt when im not training people. It’s been my life for nearly 6 years now.
It’s the same with standup. By the time I got the stats and facts, worked out the images and then made it all fit into a 60 minute talk it would have been atleast 100 hours. Keep in mind I had no idea what I was doing, I’d never even used a PowerPoint before. Then once I got my content right I had to start practicing actually presenting it. I’d never talked in front of a audience before so I started practicing everyday front of the mirror. Every night I’d watch public speaking and PowerPoint videos to see how they delivered there talks. If you’d work out the money I’ve made from it compared to my hourly rate you’d laugh.
It’s the same deal with my writing, my first short story was 20,000 words. I’d never written a fictional short story before and on top of that I’m poor at typing and I can’t spell very well. It took hours and hours to finish. Editing it took two times longer then writing it. I just completed my second story, this one hit 50,000 words, so you can imagine the time I put into it. The point is, when I was younger I would think it’s silly or even embarrassing to work on things that take so much time and that might not even work out. But what I’ve realised it doesn’t matter if it fails, what matters is the satisfaction and pride you have when you look back and say, hey I did that, no one else. I did something on my own with passion and with care. Be proud of your endeavours and if people don’t believe in them, well boo hoo to them cos it really doesn’t matter does it. If I listened to every one else I’d most probably doing a job I hate and living a life that isn’t for me.