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Checkpoint [Aug. 11th, 2010|12:00 am]
Braden
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Current Music |Drake - Lust For Life]

It's crazy how different my life is from the last time I posted. Since the new year started I've experienced a lot and grown so much. Working full time has been an adjustment but it's opened up many doors for me and has given me a sense of pride knowing I'm doing something that's actually worthwhile. Is it something I'm gonna do for the rest of my life? No... but it's a great stepping stone on the way.

Having a direction in life changes so much. 9 months ago, I was working part time, frustrated I wasn't doing anything worthwhile, single and feeling stuck in a rut. Now I'm finally finding all the things I've wanted in life. A great job, awesome friends and family, and a beautiful girlfriend who really gets me like not many people have before. I said 2010 would be legendary and so far it's living up to the billing.

Some great experiences along the way.... Vegas trip in April, business trips to Calgary for work, Folk Fest, roadtrip to Sask with Pete and Mat to see Drake.... and there's still 4 more months left in this year! I honestly can't wait to see what they bring. Life just keeps getting better
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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2009|12:30 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |jubilantjubilant]
[Current Music |Sunny Hours Reprise - Long Beach Dub Allstars]

I started off 2009 posting about how 2008 had been a year where I had learned more about myself than ever before. Looking back over this past year, I would say 09 eclipsed 08. So many big changes in 09.... started coming out of my shell and partying more early in the year.... can't even count the number of good parties that were had in 09. on top of this, i was able to finish strong in university in my final term before graduating in june with my 4 year bachelor of business administration... finally something real to show the hard work i put in not only over the 5 years i was at u of w, but also my entire education. things finally paid off. little did i know back in june what a challenge it would be putting my degree to use.... but finally after searching and continuing to work at future shop, the call came just a few weeks ago, and i am finally heading down a real career path... but more about that later. 09 had many other interesting moments.
 
Perhaps the most memorable was the outrageous 2 week road trip that i embarked on with 3 of my closest friends... we saw pretty much everything the western United States had to offer.... drinking beers and meeting some new friends at Mt. Rushmore... seeing the most star-filled sky I have ever seen during a  pitch black Wyoming night....driving into Denver at 5am and seeing the sun come up over the mountains.... finding this tiny little ghetto park straight outta Mexico in the middle of Utah.... camping at the Grand Canyon.... crossing over the Hoover Dam at the Arizona/Nevada border..... 3 of the craziest nights ever in Vegas.... chilling on the beaches at Long Beach and Newport.... driving down sunset boulevard and finding the coolest little pub in Los Angeles... followed by stargazing by the Hollywood sign...camping in Monterey and finding a crazy Cinqo de Mayo party in the mountains.... checking out Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge....camping by the redwoods.... showing the guys around Seattle.... partying late night on Granville in Vancouver... having one final wild night in Osoyoos, and then one awesome very long drive home straight to Winnipeg.... I will never forget that trip and I was so glad I got to share it with Tyler, Mat and Aaron.

Another amazing trip saw the Worden bros and myself head down to Texas for a week to visit our dear friend Nikki... highlights included "hurricanes" in south dakota.... the children of the corn field in missouri.... never going to bed before 4 am and never waking up before 1pm....patron and grey goose (NAW I DONT GET HANGOVERS!!), the river tubing, seeing the Cowboys practice, the San Antonio riverwalk, Dick's, and the Alamo... great trip boys... great trip indeed.

Summer was an excellent time this year. I loved being accepted as a full fledged member of the cabin crew at Tyson's.... we did it boys... we finished that keg hard!! And we got to become wizards and poseidon!! Folk Fest was also something else.... I can't even begin to describe what those 4 days were like haha... its best summed up by..... "you guys.... this is the world" LOL.

Fall brought some fun times too... since I was only working and not in school there was more time to see friends and thats exactly what I did... awesome parties including the Hell party and Halloween.

Overall... I grew a lot this year... I know it sounds cliched but its true. I've seen some friends grow closer and some grow more distant... i've had love ones leave but I know theyre always with me... I've seen some doors shut while others now swing wide open.... and I know because of this that while 2009 was the year of awesomeness.... 2010 will be LEGENDARY!!! New job, full ownership of a car, new attitude.... 2010 will be a year of change, and i predict it will be all for that better. I personally cannot wait for this new year to start.
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Well I Am... I'm Ready To Be New Again, I'm Ready To Hear You Say Who I Am Is Quite Enough [Oct. 4th, 2009|11:32 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |New Again - Taking Back Sunday]

Taking a look at my last post... I've realized that a lot of the goals i've been striving for and the opportunities i've been waiting on could possibly becoming reality sooner than later.

I'm cautiously optimistic on a few things and only time will tell over the next couple weeks if some major pieces of the puzzle fall into place, but there is a definite opportunity to captialize and seize what i want:

potential new employment opportunity - interview is on tuesday, a lot of what i'd like to accomplish starts here... a new job gives me a new start, a chance to make a lot more money and an escape from the dead-end world of retail

i'd also like to take it upon myself to get in better shape and start getting more healthy... i'm a creature of routine and i think with the proper motivation this is a very achievable goal

there is a potential female interest i'm currently hoping to pursue and so far so good.... i think this one could be a real good challenge that could stretch me in a lot of good ways

overall, a lot of stuff could fall into place and i welcome the challenges that all the change will bring.... life's really starting to open up
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Breakin Barriers, Tearin' Walls Like It's Berlin [Aug. 24th, 2009|01:33 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |determineddetermined]
[Current Music |Fallin - Asher Roth]

I'm finding myself in a major stage of transition. Change is clearly in the air.... and personally I like it. I'm ready. I've been too indifferent towards big change before but now I'm striving for it. This summer has been a learning experience on many levels. I've been able to travel on a few occassions and I know I'm always gonna treasure these experiences.
 
I've gotten to see a lot of my friends and I've learned some things about the people around me. Some I've just discovered this summer, some I've known only a few years, and others I've known almost my whole life.... yet it seems that no matter which category a friend falls into, I still seem to be learning new things about them all. This has included some good and some bad and through experiences this summer I've grown closer to some and farther from others. I'm of the mindset though that you learn from every experience in your life and how you react  shapes who you become.

It's going to be odd not going back to university in a couple weeks but I know that I've got bigger and better things waiting for me ahead, and in the mean time I'm gonna enjoy the rest of this relaxing period.

I would argue that I've been tested a few times this summer, but I'm still here standing, and I actually think its made me stronger and more clear minded. I've got a sense of determination now to enter a new stage of life with my head held high and the knowledge that I can go as far as I'm willing to push myself.

I'm ready to embrace a new era and face all challenges head on
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2009|01:13 am]
Braden
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[Current Music |The Scientist - Coldplay]

Coldplay just blew my mind..... whoa, possibly the best concert i've ever been to. Here's my list of songs I wanted to hear... not too bad at all


Shiver
Yellow
High Speed
Everything's Not Lost
In My Place
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
The Scientist
Clocks
Warning Sign
AMSTERDAM 
Fix You
X&Y
Speed of Sound
Lost
Lovers in Japan

Viva La Vida
Violet Hill

Strawberry Swing
Life in Technicolor II
Rainy Day
Prospekt's March
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(no subject) [May. 25th, 2009|12:35 am]
Braden
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[Current Music |Things Are Getting Better - N.E.R.D.]

I am pretty much 100% satisfied with life at this very moment
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(no subject) [Apr. 24th, 2009|02:15 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |The Sounds I Missed Out On - The Tremulance]

I'm done... forever. Wow, this is such a strange feeling... no assignments to hand in, no papers to write, no exams to cram for... ever again. I think it will take a while before the realization actually sets in that a great chapter on my life is about to close, but a new one is waiting to be written.

I have a couple ideas of what I would like to do with my life from here in terms of a career and I will probably look more into that in a couple months. For the time being, I am more focused on thoroughly enjoying this summer. There is so much I would like to do and see.... I think theres really a lot of potential here
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(no subject) [Apr. 10th, 2009|01:59 am]
Braden
[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |Hard Sun - Eddie Vedder]

So I just watched Into the Wild tonight... wow I'm not sure the last time I've seen a movie that had such a profound impact after watching. I know that Chris McCandless' story was obviously "Hollywoodized" to a certain extent but regardless, I think there was a lot of a value to be taken from his story.  And I dunno, I just really enjoyed it and felt connected to it more than any movie I've seen in a long time.

"And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind death stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head."

If nothing else, this movie has made me want to experience the world around me more now than ever before.
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(no subject) [Mar. 13th, 2009|02:45 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |Rainy Day - Coldplay]

 YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA COLDPLAY! I hope that on June 15th I hear at least most of the following:

Shiver
Yellow
High Speed
Everything's Not Lost
In My Place
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
The Scientist
Clocks
Warning Sign
AMSTERDAM (Love this song, would make my day if they played it)
Fix You
X&Y
Speed of Sound
Lost
Lovers in Japan
Viva La Vida
Violet Hill
Strawberry Swing
Life in Technicolor II
Rainy Day
Prospekt's March

I have to say this would be my ideal setlist
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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2009|09:22 pm]
Braden
[Current Mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[Current Music |On Top Of The World - T.I. featuring Ludacris]

If the first month is going to be an indicator, 2009 could quite possibly be the year of AWESOMENESS

"They say what goes up must come down, But I ain't reached my cruising altitude, Take a look at what I did but can you imagine what I'm about to do"
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