Lessons in Creative Living…

Lessons in Creative Living…

 

LESSON 1 – Finding Your Imagination…

Sometimes good things can come from doing nothing, from just being still and allowing the mind to wander. From daydreaming… I find, it’s the ideal way to begin any kind of creative journey…

Freeing yourself from the monotony of day-to-day living and letting your imagination take you where it pleases is one of the most effective ways to resolve what you need and desire from life. How is it possible to connect with a true sense of who you are if you don’t take the time to reflect on all aspects of how you are living? How is it possible to create a life you love living in and conjure an ambience that soothes your soul, if you don’t stop to acknowledgement the kinds of experiences and environments that make your heart sing…

In childhood, we all instinctively appreciate the benefits that come when we use our imaginations. By daydreaming, creating our own alternative worlds, we learn about the complexity of relationships and the environment in which we live. It’s how we begin to understand our basic emotions, what makes us happy and sad.

Have you ever observed children when they are building their own private world? Whether it’s a wooden cubby house, or simply a sheet thrown over a chair, their process of creating and inhabiting secret spaces is simple and pure – the name of the game, although they are possibly not conscious of it, is simply to nurture the spirit. How wonderful to possess the inner freedom to create a world that truly reflects the needs of your soul…

Alas, as we grow into adults many of us lose the capacity to dream. Purpose takes over from play. The drive for success takes over from experimentation. But is it ever too late to begin again?

So today, take the time to stop, to daydream – and remember the things that nurutre your spirit. That’s the first step to creative living. Once you create the space in your heart and mind you’ll be amazed at what creative thoughts bound forth…

An Hour Of Power

 

A couple of weeks back we had a visit at the Farm from Lyndall Stewart. Lyndall is creating gorgeous terrariums and is in the process of transitioning from creative pastime to creative business. Lyndall had a condensed Styling 101 and Building Your Brand workshop in one morning.

It was an Hour of Power!
Since then, we received an email from Lyndall that I thought may inspire those of you looking at taking a creative leap…
“I’ve been meaning to write to you since my return from Bangalow a few weeks ago to tell you how very much I appreciated your time and tea. Your advice was so helpful – in particular, you were great at giving me the confidence to say that my creativity is valuable and there’s nothing wrong with earning a living from it!

So, in that vein I’m happy to tell you that today I placed my very first selection of terrariums on consignment at The Design Hunter! I had some lovely photos done as we discussed, and I kept the cost down by having them done at home by a specialist food photographer and styling them myself.”

Love hearing these stories of women taking taking control of their mojo!

Taking The Leap

Taking The Leap

 


I’m lucky to be surrounded by a lot of women in my life… Women of all sorts…. Young, old, mothers, daughters, sisters, careerists, creatives, homemakers, tall, short, blonde, brunette… And for every woman that I meet, in whatever shape or size – I come away from the experience learning something… Of being inspired in some way… You see, every woman has a tale to tell. The tale of love, of pain, of joy, of tears, of adventure, of longing, of hope, of dreams… Women are inspiring – the way we wear our lives so close to the skin. This is what makes us who we are. This is what makes us unique.

I’m lucky in the work that I do – that I hear the unique stories of women on a daily basis. The workshops that I run give me an insiders view into what drives us as a collective – and what inhibits us. What are our most common fears. And what’s stopping us from moving ahead in our lives and inparticular, our careers… Last week, I was lucky to meet so many gorgeous women who came to Adairs for the book signings. Each woman told me her story. Of course, the series of events were different for every one. But there was a thread of similarity that underpinned every tale. That similarity was, in fact, a fear. The fear of taking the leap.

It was Kylie (yes, Kylie, this is for you!) – whom I met last week at a signing – that laid it out so beautifully. I mother with young children, Kylie has spent the last few years dabbling in painting, in sewing and a little interior design. She’s a creative woman. A woman who loves and who needs to express her true self on a daily basis – and uses these mediums as her way of finding her daily creative. But Kylie is at a crossroads. The kids are growing up. She senses that they have edged a little closer to living their own lives. And the time has come to ‘do’ something with her talents. She came to me to find some clarity on how she may be able to move forward. What could she do with these skills that she’s accrued? What does she really have to offer? Is it really possible to make money from a creative career? These questions keep spinning around in her head, so much so, that she finds she spends day after day walking around in a metaphorical circle! Until, the thought of it all becomes too much and she retreats back into her regular routine – with a fear that she might never work it out… From there, a crisis of confidence ensues – she contemplates giving it all up. And the cycle begins again.

Ring a bell anyone? The story of Kylie is the story of so many of us. It seems that we women are all underpinned with a similar tale to tell. ¬†How do we turn what we love to do creatively, into what we love to do for a living. And more importantly, how do we build our confidence and push through our fears…

My advice to Kylie was simple. She needed to take a leap of faith. And to take that leap of faith – she needed to change her internal dialogue. So many women are scared to take the leap of faith – trusting their talents and backing themselves 100%. I don’t know what the barrier is for us. Perhaps it’s education. Perhaps it’s upbringing. Perhaps it’s a mix of a lot of things that holds us back. But when it comes down to it – taking a leap is the only way forward. Whenever I’m at a crossroads – questioning my ability to make something happen – I try and imagine myself at 80 years of age. Looking back over my life. Over the choices that I’ve made. At the opportunities I didn’t take. I know – that at 80 – the mountain will look like a very small molehill – and I’ll be kicking myself at not – at the very least – trying to move towards turning my dreams into a reality. The key is understanding this one key point – that every successful creative struggles with their fears. That, although the process becomes easier when you gain more experience and confidence – we still question our abilities. The difference is this. That everyday, regardless of fear – we take a leap of faith – in ourselves. We do it anyway. We throw ourselves out on the metaphorical edge – we expose ourselves to the market. We cross fingers that our decisions are well received. We take the wins. We accept the losses. And we wake to find another day. Hopefully, not too battle scarred! And with a smile…

Today, in your life – take the leap of faith you need to help you move towards realizing your dreams. It can be a small leap (more of a hop perhaps!) – but take action. Imagine yourself at 80. And remember, the motto – no regrets…

It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It…

It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It…

 

I love working with people – creative people inparticular. What’s inspiring about creatives, is that they are never short of ideas. Ideas make the world go around; they inspire innovation, they inspire beauty and a better way to do things. So I was very excited to have recently been approached by a gorgeous creative woman who asked me if I would work with her on an idea she had for a business. A creative business. A dream that she wanted to turn from an idea into a living, breathing reality. Turning creativity into a business isn’t an easy task. It takes not only confidence that the idea will fly, but also the structure and impetus to ensure that the idea will survive. Being creative is a beautiful thing. I’m a big supporter of it… When we create, we are offered an opportunity to connect with a true sense of ourself – creativity is an honesty, a truth. To be creative, it’s important to feel free. To feel uninhibited so that you can connect with the deepest, most reflective part of yourself. Running a creative business, on the other hand, requires a completely different set of skills and for most of us creatives, those skills aren’t innate – they need to be taught… And so, I’ve been having a hoot of a time, working with my client to bring brand to life. Our first mission was to work on her story. As with all creativity – behind every great brand resides a story. The story consists of the intention of the brand. Where was it seeded, how it grew, flowered and began to take shape. Story consists of the why – not the what or the hows. At the heart of every great brand lies a story. I like to think that my brand is the story of freedom – of whimsy, of individuality and spirit. When creating my brand, story was my first pit stop. And even though my brand is still in its infancy – story was the most important place to start. You see, once your story is in place – then you have a foundation to build a business, one layer at a time. My clients brand was just an idea. Now it’s a story. Next it will have a structure. A path to follow. And one step at a time, will build into a business that flies… I never get tired of watching it happen…

Classics Last Forever….

Classics Last Forever….

Going back through old photographs I came across this pic of my lounge room nook in my previous house in Camp Cove in Sydney. I loved this space – it was teeny tiny – but cosy and relaxing at the same time. This colour palette is such a departure from the blues and greens that surround me in at the farm – it was my first attempt at decorating and the warm tones were exactly what the doctor ordered at the time. As well as the colour palette, I’m struck that – after 20 years – two pieces of design in this room have stood the test of time… The first is the David Trubridge pendant light shade. The geometric cut outs were new and exciting when they were first released to market – and after 15 years still hold a strong space in the world of design. The second is my zinc topped Terence Conran coffee table. This coffee table is old, old, old – and from a range that Conran produced for Country Road many moons ago. I still have this table – and love it to bits… It’s classic shape and materials coupled with it’s robust construction has kept it relevant in the fleeting world of design. When it comes to design – whilst fashion is just such fun – nothing beats a design classic… Like an E-Type Jag – they are simple, sophisticated and the love lasts forever…

Mood Board Inspirations…

MoodBoard-Flowers

There’s something intensely satisfying about collecting beautiful things. To have, to hold and to keep safe something of beauty is one of life’s precious gifts. At the heart of beauty lies a kind of peace and a rhythm. When disparate, often opposing elements come together, seemingly at random, to create a new thing that inspires joy – well, what could be more heavenly than that. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is no one type of beauty that somehow supercedes all others. There are many. At the core, beauty is more than what you see. It’s what you feel when you see it. If you feel blessed, if you feel a joy – then you know there is beauty about…

I find such beauty in flowers of all kinds. The promise of new life in an opening bloom never fails to uplift. However, it’s not only new life that inspires. Following the life cycle of a flower, from blooming to dying is a poignant experience. It’s natural. It’s life. There’s such beauty in the cycle of life…

And so, today’s moodboard is about the cycle of life and the peace that’s gently held in the hands of beauty…

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