We spend our entire lives evolving and discovering who we are as individuals. At least, I’d like to think we are always evolving and growing into the person we are destined to be.
To sit down and try to write a short biography has always been tedious for myself, as for most others I can imagine.
Words never express how I truly feel, or can accurately describe everything going on inside of myself. I mean, how can a paragraph or two capture everything you have experienced since the day you came into this world. To give someone a clear concept of who you are as an individual?
There are some people in this world who have such a powerful way with words. Creative souls who can take simple letters from the alphabet and create an entire realm. Where faeries dance in circles, as fireflies illuminate the darkest of nights and where dragons soar above the barren lands, looking for a princess hidden high in her tower. These people I am eternally grateful for, they have a talent I truly appreciate and at times, secretly envy. Now, if only they would write a biography for me. One in which I could copy and paste whenever needed.
Until that day comes, I believe I’m on my own to do such.
My name is Brianna Gosselin. I am a 25-year-old creative soul who is always yearning to explore. I am currently living in a small city near Toronto. The beauty of where I live is surreal; there are many trees, the downtown is a beautiful haven (full of cozy cafes, used book stores, a local art shop, wonderful creative outlets), the community is positive and embracing and…did I mention trees? Within minutes you can be on the outskirts of town and surrounded by wildlife. Although, you don’t even have to leave town to do such. There is a wonderful, large area of woods a few blocks from my parents place (what I consider a sanctuary). Trails go on forever, trees, creeks and wildlife are everywhere. It is the perfect place to become lost in, especially if you have a cute cocker spaniel and a sweet gentleman by your side.
To say I am a lover of trees is an understatement.
Do you ever hear of those people who walk away from the everyday chaos, they go backpacking, pack everything up in a Winnebago, build a magnificent home in the trees? That’s me…well what I dream of doing anyways. I’m a care free spirit that would love to throw the concept of money, and clocks out the window. Although at the same time, I crave structure and discipline. One extreme from another…never makes for a dull moment in my life. To achieve a balanced lifestyle of the two is my ultimate goal and one I’m still struggling with.
One day I hope to have a small home in either East City or close to downtown. A home big enough to hold my family and I, nothing more than what is needed. I always find it strange when people have two living rooms. One for formal entertaining and one for relaxing, The same goes for dinning rooms. I under stand their beliefs behind such, but truly find it bizarre. Why not take one of those rooms and turn it into something you feel passionate about? A room for gardening, quilting, art, woodworking, library, playroom….something that you would love and enjoy. Not something for show or to impress others, but for YOU. And if entertaining in two different dinning rooms or living rooms is your thing, then by all means go for it. customize them to what you like and by no one else’s standards.
A small home in East City or the Avenues here in town, with hopefully a large yard. A space to have a beautiful vegetable/fruit garden, complete with herbs and an apple tree. A small fish pond would be an added bonus. I would care for the gardens all summer long, enjoying what they have to offer and cooking with care. Once fall comes, I would begin pickling and working on preserving the vegetables and fruit for the pantry. A pantry filled with preserves, pickings, grains and real food. None of this by-product stuff. I can’t believe there is even such a thing as food by products. Let alone packaging advertises “made with real fruit”, why should it ever be made with something besides such?
To have a solid foundation for home but with he freedom to produce the quality food I believe in is the balance of structure needed in my life, to have the family I wish for. The free spirit in me will make a living from creating art and sharing with the world what I truly see. To teach art in a creative way, to show others how to paint with their spirits. Introduce healing gifts the world of creativity offers.
To work with others and lead art retreats, where you create, heal, explore who you are, how to care for yourself, see what’s around you in a new light, to nourish both your body and soul.
My home will be a safe place for all those who visit. Friends, family, and those of all different types will gather for laughs, talks, food, drinks, art and more.
Those are some things I dream of in the future…as for who I am now in my life…
I am an artist.
I am a health conscious person when it comes to food. I enjoy to bake and cook, both which I am making time to do more of. I am opening up more to being physically active and hope to continue with the determination of such.
I am a person who is heavily influenced to what is around me. I have many things that inspire me, motivate me, allow me to be creative. Family, friends, parents, beings, experiences, and emotions make me who I am and what I create.
I am an art instructor. I teach art to youth at the Art School of Peterborough and hope to be exploring more of this world.