Operation Dreamspace: Windowshopping for the Perfect Space

So let’s say I could drop everything right now and go live the dream in my dream studio, and in the dream location (unlikely), but if I could, where would that be? What EXACTLY would it look like?

I have been windowshopping…

Potential Option #1

It does look like a wide open space, and love the fact that there is a photography area all set up! Pity about the dead animals everywhere… ALSO, I’m not crazy about it being right in the central city, how can I romanticize about having the warm, fresh by peaceful air flowing in through the french doors, if it’s right on K’ Road?? Although there is the sweet little benefit of being able to hit Revell cafe for vegan pancakes whenever I want…

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Honestly this was the only studio that peaked my interest was available to rent fulltime, not by the hour, IN THE WORLD. So that’s it… the list ends at 1.

So hey, what’s not available?! There was a real theme going with the studios that I did like the look of… notice a theme? 😉 fresh air and sunlight ahhhhhh. Just add on some extra space for a workroom and a recording studio and we’re in business!

Funnily enough my favourite of these is the last one, next door to what looks like a house, and overlooking greenery for miles. OH YES. Looks like that answers a few of my questions around where I should look, and whether I should rent… this is a custom dream which requires a custom solution.

I love little exercises like this! What would your dreamspace look like?

 

Laveena

 

Operation Dreamspace: Update #1

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This is probably going to be a very long operation… better get cracking then!

Honestly most of the work is going to be in getting somewhat good at the things I want to actually DO in my Dreamspace studio for yoga, design and music! And of course consistency is key when it comes to getting better at something, so I have committed to at LEAST the following daily (as a minimum!)

Music

  1. 15 minutes guitar practice,
  2. 15 minutes bass practice,
  3. 30 minutes vocals or show rehearsal while I’m getting ready for this

Design

  1. Sketch out at least one concept wearable art design,
  2. Create one new digital design for Grim Ponie (even if I end up hating it), or learn one new digital design trick

Yoga

  1. Practice daily to increase flexibility
  2. Each week will pick a new pose to tackle ,or circle back to a pose I’ve struggled with, and will spend a good chunk of each daily practice to focus on alignment of, or preparation for this pose

Honestly I find I manage to squeeze in more than the minimum most days, but achieving the minimum is great for confidence, especially when it’s been a busy day at the day job to pay the bills in the meantime!

I’d love to hear of any ideas that helped you master your own craft quickly?!

Share the knowledge!

 

Laveena

Honing in on the Dream

What does your ideal day look like?

Most motivational books I’ve read and people I’ve listened to, ask this question. For the longest time I thought I had a rough idea of what I would like to do for the next 30 years at least, before retiring and doing what I ACTUALLY wanted to do. So I guess, it wasn’t really the correct answer to the question in the first place.

What I should have been doing is thinking about what I would like to be doing with my time if I could retire NOW. That’s where the sugar is. Except for just as long, I didn’t really know what that was either, not the nuts and bolts of every day anyway, up until recently.

Picture this…

Waking up to a large, warm and sunny yoga studio, flooded with light. I would spend my morning practising and teaching yoga, and meditating in the morning light.

The remainder of the day would be spent researching design inspiration, and creating amazing pieces in the sunny workroom attached to the yoga studio.

The night would be spent making music, eating good food with my favourite people, and perhaps a good glass of the red stuff.

All very romantic I know… I know in practice it wouldn’t be all as easy and breezy as it sounds! but I’ll be damned if I’m just going to wait until I’m in my 60’s to have it!

Now that I know what I want, and can just about feel that warm morning sun on my face I don’t want to wait! Operation “Dreamspace” is now underway! 🙂

I am of course still very amateur in all 3 of the areas which I plan to take up my time with, which is an obstacle in itself because I don’t know enough about either of them to jump into a career in a particular area so it will take time to gain the skills (and the funds) I need around my day-job, but hey, this is progress!

Time to re-focus and hone-in on those dreams!

I’d love to hear what your answer would be? ♥

 

Laveena

 

Letting go to get success

I’m beginning to realise that the key to realise that the key to getting where I want to go may lie in letting go.

Letting go of the little things that aren’t directly connected to my dreams, and accepting that the rest of my life may not look or feel at all perfect. I have been soo caught up in messages from successful people about creating a culture and standard for yourself in all aspects of your life. But lately it occurred to me that if I just concentrated my efforts to detail while working on my dreams in order to succeed, that success while make room in my life to worry about the rest later. Because worrying about whether I get my washing done on schedule every Saturday on schedule each week sure wasn’t helping me focus on the important things.

More importantly, it opened up much larger and much more productive chunks of time where I could focus solely on working on my dreams, and GET SHIT done, rather than stopping and starting on lots of little things all day. In my eyes a whole Saturday focused on design or sewing up an idea is much more productive than housework, which could be slotted in elsewhere throughout the week.

I guess it’s about pioritising first while I’m still in a startup phase, and trying to do everything myself!

Do what works for you, listen to the advice of other’s but evaluate whether it’s appropriate for you and accept or reject at will. It’s your life, only you know what’s going to work best for you.

Laveena

What’s on your bucket list?

I feel like this is a really powerful question to ask yourself.

What task would you have to achieve, hill you would have to climb, etc. Before you could be completely satisfied and ready to kick that bucket for good?

A friend asked this recently, and it got me thinking… As a quick answer, I rattled off:

1. Showing at the World of Wearable Arts Festival

2. Hold my own dream fashion show

3. Visit every country

4. Cuddle a sloth

5. Learn from some of the top yogi’s in India

6. Meditate with monks

7. Start a foundation which empowers the unempowered

I’m 100% sure there are other things to add to this list, and that I’d never actually be satisfied anyway hahaha, but it’s a good thought exercise.

What is on your bucket list?

Stay curious

Laveena

The Artist’s Dilemma: Bills vs Passion

As I follow my heart to what is undoubtedly a more and more creative calling, a realm of possibility seems to grow exponentially with each step.

The ideas and opportunities really are endless. For the first time in my life I feel like I am only limited by my own imagination and drive (although some of this is possibly also due to my efforts to learn from as much as possible from as many successful people as possible, including their mindset).

Regardless of the why, it is both overwhelming and INCREDIBLY EXCITING! The anticipation is killing me! I am like a pot boiling on high on the stove (almost) unchecked.

I say almost because a girl’s still gotta pay her bills… And unless said girl is particularly good at her chosen practice, it is unlikely she will be able to pay her bills with any profits from it, and need to take time away from their passion to make some moolah. Being the ‘late bloomer’ that I am, I find myself in the unlikely category…. The frustration is soo real but soo common! I get it, there are soo many of us in this boat, creative and otherwise.

Gary Vee says the key to success is patience and hard work. Let’s hope so! Cause I’m all in!

Can you relate? How do you deal with it?

Stay hungry 🖤

Laveena

Quitting School

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Dear Diary,

They say that when you’re outside of your comfort zone, that’s when you grow. This morning I realised that sometimes my comfort zone is in finishing something, even if I don’t think it’s working, just in case it does.

Yesterday I went into school thinking I should finish the last 2 months of classes, because although I had doubts about whether the remainder of the content was going to benefit me, I optimistically thought to myself that there would probably be a couple extra things I would pick up and take with me into future ventures, so I should give it a shot. Then something happened in the middle of my first class for the day.

As I sat there I realised that I was staying because I thought it ‘was the right thing to do’. Right for who? I don’t need the certificate at the end, and I have a million creative ideas building up inside of me that I could be learning about and experimenting with, that are more related to the (less mainstream) path of fashion and design that I gravitate towards.

Staying until the end was the ‘comfortable’ thing to do. I was staying to tick a box that society had given me, when I had already ticked my own (to learn as much as I could about fashion design and construction), as we had covered all of these things in the course already.

In the past I’ve had an awful habit of staying in bad situations, or situations that were a complete waste of my time, just because I wasn’t 100% sure that leaving was the right choice. It is a habit I know I need to break. There is NEVER ANY WAY OF KNOWING what the right choice is! I need to start listening to my intuition, and trusting my gut, and dealing with the fact that sometimes, I may just be wrong.

I realised that I needed to pull the plug and get moving to the next chapter of my creative journey ASAP, starting with digging out all of my half-finished projects in my workroom at home, and working up to a very exciting workshop with an established local couture designer in about a months time!! Soo freaking excited! More on that later 😉

Stay electric!

 

Laveena