November was incredibly warm and sunny weather-wise, but still quite stressful. Despite that, we'll try to focus on the positive here and reflect on all the good things that happened in my life this month. I would be very curious to read about your November experiences in the comments below!
Meeting Rand Hummel
I was honored to begin November with an increadibly inspiring weekend when we had Rand at our church in Vienna. He shared a lot of Bible-based wisdom as well as his personal wins and struggles. It lifted me up so much that the following week which was meant to be stressful turned into a week full of hope and gratefulness.
Traveling to Germany
I kind of unlearned to travel alone abroad, that's why when I was going to the bus station to take a night bus to Ulm I was quite anxious. But it turned into both relaxed and productive weekend with my Ukrainian friend Oksana - 'cause I made not one, but two blog posts about that trip! You can read those by clicking on the links up here ↑.
First vlog is live
Back in September I was in Lviv, Ukraine, visiting my friends and I vlogged with my new camera I was able to buy via crowdfunding - and it's finally live! It was a challenge to find a place in Vienna where I can edit videos for free - but I found one. It took some time to get used to the new software (Adobe Premiere + Mac = double trouble for me), however it's a new skill which will definitely come in handy in the future. More vlogs to come, people!
Developed my first film
One of the subjects at die Graphische is a dark room, where we learn to shoot and develop black-and-white film. I've never done this before, and it's so cool to learn how pictures were produced earlier. Plus it's always a fun time with my group mates.
Shooting at WU Wien and Hauptbucherei
One of my assignments for this semester is to create a documentary series about the library and its workers. Vienna University of Economy and Business (WU Wien) has the most beautiful and spaceship-like architecture I've seen in my life, and it was such a great opportunity to explore its Learning Center and learn more about the people who work there. This is what I like the most about photography - it makes me discover people and places I wouldn't discover otherwise.
The Main Public Vienna Library (Hauptbücherei Wien) has a compteley different atmosphere. It's cosier, kids and families-oriented, with lots of chairs and sofas. You can spend the whole day there doing all kids of activities - listening to music, reading books and magazines, surfing the Net, learning languages or just taking a nap :)
Of course, a lot of tragic events happened in November. Unfortunately they do not stop happening, the level of their appearance in our social media timeline depends solely on the media coverage. So let's be kind to the people next to us and look for the ways to help them and be generous even when they don't ask us to.
The rest of the month was spent editing, taking pictures, sleeping, traveling with public transport and skyping with the dear ones. I am learning to change my attitude to problems and to remain grateful and joyful despite the circumstances. "But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You". (Psalm 5:11)
What helped me to stay afloat in terms of mood and positivity are Daily devotional journal by Rand Hummel and a handmade 5 minute journal. It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters, and it will take me the whole life to learn this lesson, but it is truly the most important one.
"We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them."-William Arthur Ward