FACTS

The last weekend of September/begin October has always been my weekend. For a few years now, I’ve been going to FACTS, Belgium’s comic con, or at least one of them. There are so many of them right now that I lost count. But FACTS has been my first love, and my only one for the moment. Each time this event has been taking place, I had to go. Since last year they organize it two times a year (once around April, then in September/October). And the last one was last weekend. I went on the first of April and it has been the best day of this year so far.

This issue was bigger and better than ever. Loads of stands where you can buy things, several set pieces that have been rebuild, off course loads of Star Wars props and Harry Potter props. And off course you could meet several actors. This year FACTS welcomed Ben McKenzie, Nathan Fillion and Morena Baccarin, Amanda Tapping and Kristian Nairn (Hodor!!). Off course I had to go to some of the Q&A’s, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to get a signature or a picture with one of them.

There was so much to do that I didn’t get the chance to do all that FACTS could offer me this edition. Next time I’ll go the entire weekend, just to have time to enjoy all of it. Next appointment: 21-22 October. In the meanwhile, I’ll continue to enjoy all the pictures and go through all my favourite movies and series to see what I’ll cosplay next time…

What about you? Have you been to FACTS or any other comic con or other event? What did you do in your weekend. Let me know.

love

Anna-Lisa ❤

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Changing My Dreams, And Actually Being Okay With It…

I think it has been a week or more since I last posted on this blog or my book blog and I’m so sorry for it, but it has been crazy these last two weeks. I came from being unemployed, living with my parents and not knowing where to go, not wanting to let my dreams go… To actually changing my dreams, finding work (far away from my home) and therefore also finding myself in a new studio and actually getting to know where I want to go in life.

Do I know it all now? No, and that’s impossible in such a short time, but I learned so much of myself and from myself by having to deal with all the craziness these last weeks. I’ve managed to deal with all the curveballs life threw at me, without ever panicking (as I like to do a lot). And that just fills me with such fulfillment and I’m so proud of myself. Let me explain.

I always wanted to work in film. It has been a dream of mine since I watched the bonus features on the DVD of Peter Pan (the 2003 feature film) and I’ve always led my life as good as possible to make this dream come true, while still trying to make my parents proud of me. So I first went to university, then I started another education, this time in audiovisual techniques (film!!!) but I didn’t finish it because the school just didn’t fit anymore at a certain point.

The fun part was that while I was studying, I did some internships on film sets (Cub, Achter de Wolken, Kattenoog and some other Belgian film sets), so I thought (like anybody would) that I was on the good way to make my dream come true and then I stopped studying and I had to go back to live with my parents.

I just didn’t have any money to pay a studio or an apartment, so I couldn’t do anything else than go back to my home and then I started to notice something. Each time I got a call to work and I told them that I lived in Ypres, I heard the same story: Oh, that’s far away. Will you be able to get here at 6 AM and then go home at 10 PM, and do the same thing the following days, for at least two months? (Here I have to note that it’s almost 1 hour and half from where I live to Antwerp or Brussels, where most of the sets are located). So yeah, nope. I won’t be able to do that. I just couldn’t handle it physically. And it hurt so much to know that my dream was slipping away from me.

At first I was just stuck. I couldn’t understand it. I wanted it so bad and I knew I could do it, but just because I lived so far away, I knew it wouldn’t work. It got me nervous, it got me questioning my abilities. I couldn’t get other jobs either, because I was still hoping to get that call that would pull me back to that world. And then I got a callback from my parents. They sat me down and actually bore down on me until we all were crying. They told me I couldn’t wait anymore and that it hurts to give up your dreams, but life doesn’t wait, why should you? And they were right, it wasn’t really the best timing, but there’s never a good time or way to bring such a thing.

I was mad at them. Seriously mad, I was thinking all kind of crazy thoughts. Until I just sat down with myself and wrote down what I wanted in life. Do I want to work in cinema and what did I like about it? Could I leave it? Do I want to stay here or do I want to grow? Could I stay with my parents or do I wanted to have my own place? Could I wait another few months and do some little jobs to earn a little bit meanwhile? Etcetera…

I just noticed that I wanted to grow. I didn’t want to be content of where I was in my life and who I was as a person. I wanted to grow and evolve and learn new things. I wanted to help people and to talk to people. I’m a great listener and I always was good at feeling when people wanted to talk.

Will it hurt my heart every time I see one of my friends on a new set, doing what I love? Yes, off course. It already does and I don’t think that will change in the future. But I accept that and I’ll use that to keep thinking of how I can go back if I want to at some point in my life. I’m not giving up, but I’m changing a few things to give me a head start in life and I’m moving soon, so at least I’ll be a bit nearer to all that craziness.

This blog post may not be as interesting for you as it is for me. This actually helped me vent and deal with some of my feelings and accept my decisions. It still is hard. Every time my parents ask me if I’m okay with the fact I leave my dream of working in cinema, I just want to cry and hit something and curl in a ball in a corner of my room. (Yes, it’s that bad). But on the other hand: I’m starting this new exciting job where I’ll be able to help people, with nice colleagues and new challenges I’ll have to face, so we’ll see where life takes me, but I’m beyond excited.

If there’s only one thing that you can take away from this, is that you don’t have to give up. If it doesn’t work, don’t give up but be realistic. Do some other job for a while, to earn some money and look for a different way to make your dreams come true. And before you know it, you might get an idea or actually change your dreams a bit or notice that you have another dream that you didn’t know of. Let life surprise you.

I’m not giving up on my dreams, I’m just changing them. Maybe I’ll go back in a few years. Maybe I’ll just start my movie blog up again. Or I’ll get another dream really soon. Right now I’m content of where I’m at and I’m excited to see where I’m going.

xoxo

Anna-Lisa ❤

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Damiaanactie – Helping Good Causes

I love helping people out. I don’t always have the means to give to others that doesn’t have it as good as me, but I try as much as I can. One thing you can count on me doing each year is buying the pens dthe Belgian Damiaanactie sells to raise money. It’s only 6 euros for 4 pens and it all goes to helping people with diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis in Africa. (they call them the poverty diseases)

IMG_2045 I started buying these when I was in high school. At a certain point we had to sell a few of them to family, neighbours and others. I think they wanted to teach us to care for others and to try to help those who need it the most. I can tell you that most of my friends and classmates didn’t take this lesson with them in the following years, but I did. I did sell each year I think 5 packs to my family and neighbours and each year I bought one for myself.

Unfortunately I finished high school and I found it a bit harder to help because I couldn’t get my hands on these anymore, but luckily my youngest sister still goes to high school (she’s in her final year, she grows up so quickly!!) and I was able to buy one from her.

I’m not going to give an entire explanation of what they do, because it’s so much and this post blog would be a few pages long if I continue. I will put a picture her with the explanation on the little paper that came with the pens. You’ll also be able to find their website on the bottom of this post. You may not find this action in your country, but I seriously urge you to look for a good cause that you like and want to support and make it an annual thing to help them out.

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This isn’t the only good cause I support and give money to, but it’s one close to my heart because it’s been there for years and I know it does a good job and they really help people.

Get out there and try to do something good this week. You’ll help someone and make them happy and also feel better because you were able to do something (even if it’s very small).

love

Anna-lisa ❤

http://www.damiaanactie.be/

A gripping montage of what they do… It’s in French, but I think you’ll understand the importance