the art of relaxation

I deal with a pretty big amount of stress and anxiety. Right now, on top of all my school responsibilities, I’m in the midst of trying to find a new place to live by the first of May. I’ve already moved twice since CreComm started last September, and I’m so incredibly exhausted of the whole process. I’m also trying to look for a summer job so I can pay off my line of credit and get some work experience.

With all of these things going on, along with being an introvert, it can be really hard for me to relax and recharge. But I still try. Here are some activities I do to calm myself.

Do a guided meditation – At night, when I’m laying in bed and my head is spinning with all of the things I need to do, I will put on a guided meditation by Michael Sealey. He has an extremely soothing voice. Some of his videos include: releasing negativity, meeting your higher self, and many many more. Check out his channel.

Take a bath – There’s nothing that a warm bath won’t help, even just a little bit. I love turning off the lights and lounging in the tub with a few drops of lavender oil. I guess it sort of resembles being in the womb and not having any worries or responsibilities? Ha.

Stretch out – Sitting at school all day and carrying around a backpack really strains the muscles in my body and can cause some pretty nasty knots. It feels great to stretch and regain some flexibility and circulation in problem areas. I usually watch a video on YouTube so I can follow along and not get distracted.

Make fresh ginger tea – Brewing up some ginger tea and adding honey is one of my favorite acts of self-care. There are so many benefits of fresh ginger tea: it stimulates appetite, relieves tired muscles, and helps to soothe a sore stomach. Ginger root is available at most grocery stores, and the tea itself is very easy to make.

What do you like to do to chill out? Comment and let me know!

leather sewing

When I visited Belgium in 2013, I scored a beautiful black leather jacket with a quilted sheer red lining. A few days later, I traveled to Clisson, France for a metal festival called Hellfest and picked up several black, white, and red embroidered patches to decorate my leather with. (Yes, I love color coordination and specifically these three colors together.)

It’s not easy sewing patches onto leather, but having the right tools to begin with will make the process much smoother.

I recommend buying bonded nylon thread. It’s thick, durable, and it comes in many different colors.

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Black and red bonded nylon thread.

You will definitely need to buy a thimble. But don’t waste your time or money getting one from a dollar store. They are cheap and will fall off your thumb, which is very annoying when trying to complete a project. Invest in a high-quality thimble.

You will also need a Glovers needle. This heavy needle has a sharp triangular point that makes it easy to pierce leather.

All of these products can be purchased in downtown Winnipeg at a store called Warkov-Safeer located at 462 Hargrave Street.

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Thimble and Glovers needle.

When I sewed these patches onto my jacket, I did not use any sort of adhesive to keep them in place. I just held them down with one hand and sewed with the other, partially because I didn’t have the right pins, and also ’cause I didn’t want to make any additional, unnecessary holes.

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Venom. One of the first black metal bands, hailing from the UK.
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Sepultura. Brazilian thrash metal.
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Voivod. Underrated progressive thrash from Quebec.

The jacket turned out beautifully and I look forward to adding more patches as I see fit.

event poster

Since Judas Priest passed Winnipeg in 2011 on their Epitaph tour, five local musicians teamed up and formed a Priest cover band to make up for it.

I had the honor of making stage decorations (which consisted of painted cardboard chains and homemade Judas Priest flags), singing backup vocals, and making the poster for the event.

Using Priest’s cover artwork for Killing Machine, I removed the sunglasses from the model and replaced them with an image of a disco ball. Copyright infringement galore. Oops!

JPDP 2011

At the show, the band and I covered songs including Turbo Lover, Starbreaker, Diamonds and Rust, and Metal Gods. It was my first time performing with a heavy metal band, and hopefully it won’t be the last!