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Day 11: More Photos Of China :)


Today marks one year until my love, Mike, & I say ‘I Do’ β™₯ So we spent the day just relaxing, walking around our neighborhood – in the literally freezing -7 temperatures. It was a great day πŸ™‚ We did some shopping, then went to the park & played on the swings, followed by sitting on a park bench & marvelling at the beauty of the lake freezing over. Coming from Melbourne, where it very rarely reaches 0 degrees, & never snows, all this is very exciting for us – it’s supposed to start snowing tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Here are the photos, & my creative task for today – Day 11 of Art Every Day Month. (I also still need to upload photos of all the other things I’ve created over the past few days so stay tuned!)

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Keep Smiling! πŸ™‚

Jen xo

Day 4: Photography!

Welcome to Day 4 of Art Every Day Month! I decided to go for a walk around my neighbourhood here in Daqing & take some photos as my creative task for the day.

Leeks hanging outside our building.

The street outside our gated complex.










We live inΒ Heilongjiang province, which is the northern most province of China – in between Russia & North Korea. It’s funny to think that I’m living in the oil capital of China, a big city with a population of over 2 million people, when only a few months ago I was inΒ Melbourne & had never even heard of Daqing. But now here I am, experiencing an amazingly different world than the one I grew up in.

Cropped photo of the entrance to one of the many apartment buildings.

Our graffiti covered front door.









One of the biggest differences we are experiencing at the moment is the weather. Back home the southern hemisphere, we would usually be getting ready for summer right about now, but instead we are wearing huge winter jackets & even buying balaclavas for when winter really hits over the next couple of weeks. The temperature in winter often reaches -30Β°C, something I have certainly never experienced before!Β It has already snowed once & the rivers are starting to freeze…

The small river near our building, starting to freeze.




So, that’s my art for today! And now you also know a little bit more about me & my life πŸ™‚

Keep Smiling! πŸ™‚

Jen xo

Words To Live By…

“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”

~ Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Eat, Pray, Love‘.

World Peace In This Piece Of The World.


'Peace Everywhere' By Jen Saunders

I wrote this in my journal as I was on my way to China a few months ago.

‘I’m sitting atΒ Singapore Changi Airport, waiting to board our flight to Beijing. From where I sit I can see two Indian men sitting side by side at their terminal. Both have their arms folded & heads tilted back & to the left as they sleep with their mouths open. I can hear a French man ‘Oui-Oui-ing’ as he chats on his mobile phone. I look to my left & see an old man & a little girl colouring pictures together, she calls him ‘Opa’. I look to my right & smile at an asian toddler, who is proudly giggling at his attempt to walk whilst his Dad holds his hands. A Muslim woman wearing a burka sits across from me & sings softly to her little girl as she cradles her in her arms.

In this moment, in this little pocket of the world, peace is real.’

Whenever I hear about war, inequality, hatred or any of the negativity that the news media so desperately clings to, I try to remember this one moment in which we were all the same, no matter the colour of our skin, the language we spoke or the clothes we wore. We were just people, some of us on our way to new destinations, others on their way home, but all just enjoying the moment with the people they love & sharing a smile or two with a stranger. Peace happens everyday, all we need to do is see it.

Keep smiling πŸ™‚

Jen xo

An Introduction…

In this, my very first post on this blog, I am going to attempt to tell you who I am & what I’m doing here… Even though I don’t even know the answers to those questions myself just yet πŸ™‚

So, I will be very brief. This is me in point form:

  • My name is Jen πŸ™‚
  • I’m 23.
  • Originally from Melbourne, Australia but currently living in Daqing, Northern China for a year.
  • I’m an artist – I paint, draw, photograph, photoshop, print, write… I’m also a qualified Makeup Artist.
  • I’m engaged to an awesome, afro-haired, incurable optimist named Mike.

In this blog I will be writing about whatever I’m interested in at any one time, as well as things/people/places that inspire me, lessons I’ve learned, experiences I’ve had… as it says in the ‘About Me’ section;Β I’m addicted to learning new things & am constantly finding new thought-provoking quotes, books, websites, people, stories, places etc that inspire me & I wanted a place to put all these things together, as well as include my own experiences, thoughts & creations that may be able to inspire others.

Some topics I intend to cover include; art; philosophy; spirituality; health; music; books; tv/film; self-discovery; relationships; travel; career… & I’m sure many other subjects will pop up too. If people read my posts & find inspiration from them, then that’s awesome, if not that’s fine too πŸ™‚

I’m on a quest to find more meaning & truth in my life & the world & I hope to use this blog as a way to document my findings.

I’ll leave it at that for now, it’s a very brief introduction I know, but seeing as this blog will be written by me & about me, there’s no doubt that much more will be revealed with every post.

Until then, Peace πŸ™‚

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