Monday, 20 January 2014

Kellie's Buried Life

Kellie's Buried Life: 25 visuals video

My Buried Life: 
1. Go back to Australia with my family
2. Get a tattoo
3. Go to California
4. Travel to New York
5. Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef
6. Spend a Christmas in Australia
7. Be successful
8. Have my own apartment
9. Travel with my sister
10. Become more fit and strong
11. Get over my fear of driving
12. Get a part time job
13. Spend New Year’s Eve in New York
14. Have my own family
15. Visit the Rocky Mountains
16. Travel to Vancouver
17. Always keep a sketchbook
18. Go to Wisconsin and ride all of the roller coasters
19. Take a tropical vacation
20. See the Hollywood sign in person
21. Take a taxi in New York
22. Make sure I take pictures and record videos of my family
23. Go indoor skydiving
24. Go to the Q1 tower again
25. Go somewhere without prior planning
26. Have a pen pal
27. Take a photo of the same thing for a year to show growth and change
28. Go horseback riding on a tropical beach
29. Go zip lining
30. Travel with a best friend
31. Have a nicer signature
32. Have a lemonade stand
33. Do a drawing every day for a year
34. Donate blood
35. Learn to walk in high heels
36. Go to Fiji
37. Unexpectedly meet a celebrity
38. Release helium balloons every day for a month with wishes written on them
39. Have a trampoline
40. Get a massage
41. Get a pedicure
42. Go to Universal Studios
43. Go on a vacation to go to a bunch of water parks
44. Take a train ride
45. Buy a sewing machine
46. Never stop painting
47. Go para sailing
48. Hand out cards with nice messages written on them
49. Swim with dolphins
50. Watch a live taping of a show
51. See a shooting star
52. Ride the underwater roller coaster in Japan
53. Become an organ donor
54. Ride a cable car in San Francisco
55. Go to a drive in movie theater
56. Take a yoga/exercise
57. Make a clay pot
58. Take a polar plunge
59. Ride a double decker bus in London
60. Fly a kite
61. Go Zorbing
62. Carve initials into a tree
63. Hike in a rain forest
64. Adopt a puppy
65. Bungee jump
66. Eat sushi in Japan
67. Vacation in Greece
68. Have a pool in my backyard
69. Adopt a kitty
70. Have more confidence
71. Do something that scares me
72. Fall in love
73. Go on a winter sleigh ride
74. Live a happy life
75. Stop over thinking everything

Authors Note:
Hello. My name is Kellie. This is a quick look into want I want to accomplish in my life, excluding all the essential stuff like careers and being successful.... I currently live with my mom, dad, brother and sister. We live a pretty normal life. Everyone in my family, besides my mom, was born in Australia. In 2000 we moved here to Canada (I know, insane, right?!). The last time we returned to Australia was in 2005... it is now 2013. 
I based my list on things that I feel would make my life a little more amazing. I haven't had the chance to travel extensively so many of my points on my list involved some sort of travelling. I didn't want to make my list over the top impossible so I tried to make it as realistic as I could but still kept it inspired by what I want in my life. You'll find some things are very personal and then you'll find some on the opposite end of the spectrum with very random things. 
Chances are all of the things on my list won't be completed but it's good to have some ideas as what would make myself happier. Even if I don't even finish half of my list, I'll know that I took the time and effort to really think about things that I want to do before I die. :)

Now What?
I think the first step in making some of the things on my list possible is to think that out of all my points, which one stands out most and which one is necessary for you to complete. Something that is absolutely vital that I complete is trying to go back to Australia with my family. I haven't seen a lot of my family in over 5 years so I think it's time that we go see them. I need to focus on getting a part time job to save a lot money for a possible vacation. Taking a huge vacation like that is so expensive and it may take a really long time to save up. This is definitely a long term task but it's one that I want to take on first. This goal doesn't rely on only me, my family also has to do their part as well. If I can manage this goal I can also achieve many others. There are many points on my bucket list that involve going back to Australia so it's basically killing two birds with one stone. I don't know if absolutely everything on my list is possible but I know if I can do this one, it will make up for ones I can't do. Out of everything on my list, this is one that I feel like I need to complete. If I only can manage to do this task I would definitely be content and not worry about anything else that is on my bucket list.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Social Fiction Project: Five Dollar Island

Five Dollar Island
Created by Kellie Jeffery 
five-dollar island
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“Ahhh!” I squeal. “Ryan, come look at this!” My newlywed husband started to walk over from getting our breakfast ready.
“Did you find something?” He asks me as he notices the ad pulled up on the laptop screen.
“I actually might have! Look at this…. It says the island is off the coast of the Cuban Islands. This actually looks promising.”
“But Julie, it has no price listed and they don’t have a phone number!” He seemed uninterested as he made his way back to the kitchen.
“But can’t we go on an adventure? We can take our honeymoon money and use it for this trip. We have been saving forever to find a perfect island. What if this is our moment?” I realize how cheesy I sound, but I pout my lip anyway.
“Okay, I see your point but I just don’t know if this is even real,” my husband says as he puts on his glasses to take a closer look.
“Pleaseee,”I beg as I grab onto his arm, hoping he will see the determination in my eyes.
“Let’s do it,” Ryan states as a smile appears on his face.
“Yes!” I scream in excitement. “Thank you, thank you!”
“Okay, okay,” he says as he tries to push me off of him. “Let’s just try to get organized.”
We booked two plane tickets to the gorgeous Cuban Islands. We just needed to pack our belongings and find a boat to get us to the island.
“Look at what I got Julie,” Ryan says as we open the door to leave for the airport.“It’s a postcard of New York. Just in case we fall in love with this island, we’ll have something to remember New York by.”
“Ryan, that’s perfect!” I give him a quick, tight hug to show my gratitude.
We planned on visiting the island and if we liked it enough, we would stay there for a few weeks and return to New York to sell our furniture, apartment, and our car.
We just landed in the Cuban Islands where the warm, sticky air instantly refreshed our skin. We soon found a boatman who agreed to take us out to see the island.
“Here’s a map of where you want to go. Your island isn’t on the map but I drew it on because I know where it is and I’ve heard a lot about this island,” the boatman says. I found it odd because he kind of mumbled off the last part of the sentence.
“Alright!”My husband says excitedly. He heaves our baggage onto the small creaky speedboat. We had to purchase our own boat that will trail behind the first boat so we can return back to the island on our own.
The hum of the boat takes over my thoughts and the speed creates a wind which encases our bodies. I squeeze my husband’s hand as I catch him staring at me. The island comes into view as we travel closer to the horizon. The warm water splashes my face which brings me back to reality.
We eventually reach the shore of the island and the picturesque scene was breathtaking. These thoughts were shortly interrupted by a Cuban man running from the tree line.
“Hello, my friends!” he shouts. “I’m so happy to see you! You’re here for the island, right?” He pants as he spits outs his words.
“Yes, yes. We are here for the island,” my happiness exudes from my presence.
“Let’s tour the island! We waste no time.” He hurries the boatman along and he takes our luggage and puts it by a large tree.
The island is beautiful and barren and had a salty aroma in the air from the sea water. The lush green trees create patterns with the leaves as they flow in the wind, which has noticeably gotten stronger.
“So,” my husband speaks up as we finish the brief tour. “We love it and we would like to purchase this island. We have $5000 cash and we can get more….”
“No, no, no, Mr. Ryan. Too much,” the owner interrupts shaking his hands. “I only want five.”
“Sure, five thousand dollars,” Ryan shrugs. “Honey, get the cash from my backpack.”
“No! I want only five dollars,” the owner says.
“What?” Ryan gawks. “Five dollars?”
“Yes…and maybe have the boatman take me to the mainland.”
“Ah, sure!”Ryan turns to greet me with a smile “Aren’t you happy Julie?” He notices me staring off into the distance.
“Obviously!”my voices trembles as I speak.
I took a five dollar bill from my change purse and hand it to the owner. He looks at me for what seems like a second too long, as if he was warning me. The boatman and the owner make their way to the boat and leave us alone.
Ryan embraces me in a tight hug but as his thoughts are consumed by happiness, mine were elsewhere. As I look over Ryan’s shoulder I notice the wind has come to a dead stop. The blue sky had started to fade into an exquisite magenta colour as the sun has started to set. This was concerning as it was only 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
I was quite happy a few minutes ago but now I was starting to worry. I had just handed over a crisp five dollar bill to the previous owner of this mysterious island. I now felt a cold, dark presence surrounding us. We had finally found what we were looking for; a picturesque island far away from the pollution filled air of New York. But the question is why would this man sell us this island for only five dollars when we were willing to spend five thousand?! This island seemed beautiful at first glance. It was perfect. We began to shiver as a cold draft crept upon us and I realized we were alone.
How could something be so convincingly beautiful when something much darker and horrifying was hidden within?

Tuesday, 31 December 2013


This year will be a lot different than others. First of all I'm finishing high school and then I will be embarking on the adventure of university. Another thing is that I will be figuring who my real friends will be. Once high school ends I don't think I will be seeing a lot of people I talk to now. That makes me sad to think because I've spent the past four years adapting to school and the people and it will probably end very quickly. I can only think of a few friends that I will probably stay close to.... I will also turn 18 this year which stresses me out because I don't feel that old. I will inherit roles and responsibilities that I'm not used to...ugh life is scary.....

New York

I think one year I'd really like to go to New York for New year's eve. I am watching it on tv and I think it would be an awesome experience. I want to go to New York regardless but to be in the environment if New York on new years eve I think would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Thinking about 2014

Some things I want to accomplish in 2014:
-apply to university
-go to university
-get a job
-save up for potential Australia vacation
-graduate high school being happy
-enjoy graduation
-get over certain fears
-stop worrying so much
-get over fear of people (sounds dumb, I know)
-get over fear of being alone in a crowd/ friends (weird, I know right?)
-learn to do what you want to do, not what others want
-keep good friends after graduation
-actually do exercise

Reflecting on 2013

Some fantastic things that happened in 2013:
-wrote first IB exam
-met my favourite band
-saw my favourite band in concert
-made 2 really good friends
-actually went out this summer
-started my final year in high school
-signed up for fashion show (I wasn't going to do so I'm proud of myself)
-passed my drivers test on the second try!
-bought my grad dress
-bought tickets to see a band I've already seen twice
-designed a logo for my dad's new company
-tried to get a job

There's more I just can't think of

Friday, 27 December 2013

I feel like since Christmas has just past, this post kinda makes sense. I saw this post on tumblr and I really liked the quote and I thought I should incorporate it into some sort of thing in my sketchbook. I feel like sometimes people forget Christmas should be spent with family and thinking about things you are thankful for and are caught up in the gifts and material things. This quote can be taken a few ways. There is the aspect of being ''free'' with flowers in your hair and ''running wild'' but I think it can also mean something else. Having diamonds and expensive gifts are nice but rather having flowers and thoughtful gifts. Not everything is about money and spending, but enjoying life.