Figured i’d put these together in one post!
Thank you MEOWBOX, you made Buddy & Ruby so happy.
Taking transit requires me to mask, even if I don’t think about it.
I am forced to take on traits that are seemingly exclusive for those who are classified as neurotypical. I have to be confident, organized and seemingly comfortable with everything around me.
The crowds, the chatter, the uneven lighting, the sound of the skytrain screeching along the tracks, the announcements, rude bus drivers, the varying smells and sometimes putrid odors. It may very well seem like i am complaining but I am constantly reminded that the world is not built for me. I am left handed and i’m autistic – which can feel like a double whammy.
Often times, when i am exposed to many different sensory inputs, I must decompress. I have to sleep a whole lot and often times I don’t feel like talking. My attention span suffers too, i can’t even sit through a 22 minute episode of a television show that I usually enjoy. I have to commend myself through the carsickness that seems to overcome me a whole lot recently.
I am constantly reminded of how hard merely existing is. It makes me incredibly fatigued.
My Birthday was a couple days ago and I felt as though a new decade in my life deserves a tribute.
This past year I have felt like a lot has changed. I’m not sure if it’s for the better or if it’s just me being a persistent piece of work. I don’t feel as though i’m any different than I was as a teenager. Perhaps less of a social circle, more angry and frustrated. Less energetic and definitely more anxious. Those are not the most positive attributes but I honestly believe that i’m trying to live my best life and create some social change.
This year, I was featured in a local newspaper earlier in September. I also have multiple speaking opportunities coming up and I have done nearly 50 collaborations with various brands and attractions. My traffic to my website has increased significantly from last year (1,454 visitors in 2017 and so far 5,243 this year, apparently that’s a 260 percent increase!) which, I firmly believe, is a true testament to my hard work and fierce diligence.
I am able to express myself through art, writing, videos, and podcasts. I always said I wanted to start a blog and I feel that I am finally in the right headspace to contribute my voice to a bigger cause. I have only been diagnosed as an Autistic individual since I was 28 years old and now that i’m 30, the clarity and self-awareness continues to grow.
The hurdles I faced as an infant, child, teenager and now adult are just things I need to live with and I am so lucky to have some incredible people on this journey with me.
Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.
Thank you TUBIFY for giving Justin & I this opportunity to try your delicious, organic, refreshing freezies. Watch my video below!
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Today I embark on a new (actually, continuation) of a journey I was once on. I was with an amazing company for 3 years. I helped set the store up and, sadly, I helped shut it down too.
Now that i’ve relocated to Vancouver, there’s another location. I was lucky enough to get hired and today is my very first day. I’m so happy to be able to utilize my art supply knowledge once again. I’m a bit rusty so i’ll definitely need to refresh and revive my memory. It’s incredibly nice to be able to ramble about different products and connect with customers on a creative level. It also helps to inspire me and keep my creative flow going. I also love the fact i’m going to meet new, local, likeminded people.
I’m finally focusing more on myself. I have to help my Mom clean out a car soon. I need to go to costco and return bottles. Life goes on. I still need to work more on my Retrophiliac & Co. bags…but all in due time, right?
I have been hyper focused on creating my “Retrophiliac & Co.” Product line with my Mum. I also quit my job and moved to Vancouver. I’m currently sleeping on a couch and living between my Mum’s & my older Sister’s place. I do have to say, i’m happier.
This is more information on what we’re working on, I would love for you to share & if you’d like, pre-order.
Thank you! Would love to hear from you.
I have so many things to review (tea, beauty products etc) but I just haven’t had enough time or energy lately.
I did reserve some of my energy and I made this:
I also got brand new glasses:
I saved up some of my tips and dipped in to savings to get this:
I’m SUPER amateur with sewing but I plan on getting some vintage fabric and secondhand supplies to teach myself the basics!
And my Boyfriend spoiled our cats and got them this amazing tree:
I’m also coming up on my 6 month anniversary with work and a cool vacation i’m going to document on my blog!
Thanks for all your incredible support as well.
My Boyfriend Justin and I were fortunate enough to win a couples photoshoot from Sydney of Sydney’s Snaps Photography. I was enamoured by her work and was very excited! We decided on Gastown in Vancouver, BC for the location. Gastown has great significance in our romantic relationship: it’s where we met just over 6 years ago.
Sydney was able to capture the best of us. She gave us great direction and knew all the best locations! It was a truly great experience and something I won’t soon forget. I would hope you take the chance to check out Sydney’s other work and her facebook page.
East Vancouver is like a world of it’s own. It’s urban, hip and full of variety. In the midst of it all is East Vanity Parlour which provides an out-of-this-world glamorous experience!
Their bio reads:
A BLENDING OF PASSION & NOSTALGIC BADASSONE PART KITCHEN CUT – ONE PART SCULPTED MASTERPIECE – A SPLASH OF COUTURE HAIR COLOUR – A DASH OF SPILLED BEANS -A SHAKE, STIR, AND SERVE OVER A CULT FOLLOWING.GUARANTEED TO KICK START ANY PARTY.
EVP is involved in all kinds of programs that help the environment and empower individuals!
I had the pleasure of having Shimona Henry cut, colour and style my hair. Her expert precision, attention to detail and wonderful conversation made me completely at ease.
Shimona is all about creating haircuts and styles that make a statement. She’s been working as a makeup artist and hair stylist (film sets, photoshoots & bridal) for over a decade. She also runs her very own company called Pin-Up Perfection Photography est. 2006.
Shimona and I share a passion for vintage and it was amazing to connect with someone who knew what I was talking about!
Graduating at the top of her class, she was the student of the year at John Casablancas in 2016. Her love for colourful hairstyles and building strong connections with her customers is a driving passion with versatility and uniqueness being the name of the game! Need a fab new do? Her hours are 10am to 8pm Sunday to Wednesday. She also shares her wisdom and knowledge at East Vanity Parlour in group demos as well as one-on-one sessions!
Connect with Shimona:
I was so lucky to be given the most incredible hair cut and colour i’ve EVER HAD. Shimona made excellent suggestions and asked how I wear my hair and my maintenance routine. This is the first time I felt guided and had kind, professional advice.
The cut was done a few weeks before the colour! Shimona bleached my hair and used Joico products for the colour. She finished it off with some product and cute hair straightener curls!
Need a new do? Get in touch with them!
Pictures of me were taken by my Boyfriend, Justin Kawin!
I have started a BRAND NEW Podcast called “Autistic Speaking”! Please listen here:
And my NEWEST Youtube Series “Margaux Talks Tea”
I would LOVE if you could let me know what you think of these two new ventures!