Success, what is it? Part One

I’ve been thinking about the term success and what it means, especially for creatives or the creative industry. It’s a strange time to discuss the term success, with everything going on. However, maybe it is also an amazing opportunity to reflect on social constructs, maybe during this time it is easier to see what is important. The word ‘success’ started as a neutral term. It wasn’t good or bad, it was just an outcome. It fits into the process of doing something, the result neither positive nor negative. Think of the word succeed, not in its positive connotation but in…

This is not it. Success.

I’ve been researching the topic or idea of success for this weeks post, and got well into it until I became sick. (Not Covid-19). So, I’m posting about not posting… not very successful eh? However, I am going to continue on this topic for next week and I’m finding it to be a very engaging one. There are many sides to the term, especially for creatives who can struggle with the cultural understanding of success as it relates to wealth, fame or the idea of winning. So the next post is to dig into this term, (it may even be…

Creating a Garden

Instead of discussing creativity, or how to approach it – I thought I would track our creative weekend, (which was a spontaneous idea to create a garden). We’ve had a super busy summer, and haven’t spent a lot of time at home, or outside, but thought we’d just do it anyway… make the most of the warm autumn days ahead. We have had herbs and vegetables growing, but no nice space to enjoy so the focus was to tidy up, give the area some shape and add colour. Luckily we had bought a lot of $1 small terracotta pots, cheap…

The Rise of Second-hand Shopping

Last year Newshub reported that second-hand shopping is growing at a “phenomenal rate”, and the trend is likely to rise as customers seek out greener alternatives to fashion. In this same report Newshub suggested that second-hand alternatives will out grow fast-fashion in the next 10 years. United Nations environment article, Putting the brakes on Fast Fashion states: The fashion industry produces 20 percent of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water…

You’re Your Biggest Asset

You know those times when filling out some financial form or statement and you have to list your assets: house, rental property, investments, bonds, vehicles… and so on it goes. We all write down or tick different things according to our situation. I always have this moment where I think, ‘I don’t have enough’, or ‘I need more things that other people have’. I’m not sure about your culture, but in mine we keep our financial circumstances private. I live in a house – but do I own or rent? My partner has a vehicle – but does he own…

Creating (In) A Team

Creating in a team can be complicated, especially if team members don’t agree to the direction of a particular element of the process. I’ve worked in a number of team situations, and in different positions within teams. One of the biggest complaints I hear about the creative team process is when members ideas are not used. Being a team member, does not mean the creative idea you come up with will be chosen, however, to work well and really enjoy the process you need to be willing to constantly offer up ideas. And that is all it is – just…

Stepping through ikigai towards Invincible Summer

My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. Falsely yours Albert Camus: The Myth of…

Creative Energy: Part Two

This week I’m returning to the topic of Creative Energy. I wasn’t initially planning to write a part two, however the topic is multi-faceted; there could easily be a part three… One aspect of energy is time. Often I’ve completed my day at work, commuted home, and now, wanting to do something creative, I realise I’m just too tired. I feel like my time is ‘spent’, my energy falls away, and I struggle just to do a few jobs before falling into bed. This is an aspect of my life I have been reflecting on for the last few years….

In the Life: A Day in Photos

I’m going in a slightly different direction this week. We decided to head off on a road trip, so here is my day in photography. We started our trip with a visit to the carwash, (which was much needed). I love going through the wash, always captured by the colours and movement. Then we drove from Auckland to Paeroa, a small town in the Waikato. Paeroa has some super cool antique stores, everything from Victorian era pieces, to shops specialising in retro. Also love stopping into The Refinery, which has amazing food and GREAT COFFEE. From Paeroa we drove to…

Creative Energy

In Quora a question was placed some years ago: “What is creative energy, and where does it come from?” Anthony Torres gave this answer: It is the energy of an active, open minded individual who is channeling their inner-will to pursue change with an absence of worldly interference. Creative energy, in general, will come from within, but more specifically, should come from the soul. I just thought this was a beautiful way to begin thinking about creative energy, especially to note the idea of “absence of worldly interference.” I’m guessing this suggests our constant buffering of our attention, such as;…