March 16, 2018- Morning musing

Hello there,

so what’s going on this morning? Snow again this weekend? Well, after a work focused winter, spring seems to be following on the same tone.

And it feels like I need to flower, like a human being, have fun and a relaxed feeling of a beautiful day… poetry, love, animals, …

How is it possible to do both?

I was about to get critical of something I saw next to me and changed my mind… this is a sign I need a change of mind-set, some fun and hope that what I am doing is meaningful!

I had a conversation with a friend dating someone she found gorgeous but not so intelligent… which reminds me, where am I on that sector? Probably not to be seen… I don’t have time to plan, to think, to …

the last time I was so busy, I was still a first year student, and then somehow I regretted that.

So, if I am working a lot this time, I need to make sure I don’t let important sides of myself … without enough attention.

I also said I didn’t have time to create, and that wasn’t ok either.

Still, I learnt some things.

I learnt that for some people, creativity and connectedness are not optional.

And that my “work” has to be part of the pleasure of being alive. And conviction and readiness to move to the next level.

So either I transform what I do, or I change it.

Fiction, where are you?

 

https://www.thedailymeditation.com/training-your-imagination-how-to-train-your-imagination-in-easy-steps

 

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October 30, 2017- What to do when you don’t have the key

Hello October,

As I tried to get out this morning I realized a friend who visited me last night left with my keys by mistake. So, what to do, almost locked in?

I send her texts and emails.

A lesson for me also not to leave my keys lying on the table.

Lesson number two: get myself a porte-clés.

I planned to go for a walk, but on the other side, I could make coffee for myself here.

I can finish tidying and putting my clothes in the drawers, they are still here and there after moving in to the new place.

And most of all, I can … Dance!

So what to do if we don’t have the key to the door.

Maybe we can be creative.

We can take the door out.

We can get in or out from the window.

We can look for the key.

Ask for it.

Meditate, pray, and ask for the key.

We can make a key.

And if all this doesn’t work, we could look in our pocket.

http://www.marshclearsight.com/3-keys-rmis-implementation-success/

 

October 19-20, 2017- The Samurai way and the loafer way ;-)

Hello October,

I am taking it easy today after particularly busy yesterday, to restore energy levels and get a sense of orientation. It’s great to have a Samurai attitude when it comes to work, but if you alternate it with a bit of a loafer attitude, it could be also interesting.

My idea is that we need to balance our energy, and some productive loafing could do that. That’s what we do while we sleep for example.

It is very creative to leave our mind wander with no purpose.

And the responsibilities, the bills, the people chasing us around?

The lack of means?

Well, we have survived that far, a couple of hours loafing will not do any harm.

We can meditate in the meanwhile, take care of ourself, give ourselves a foot massage if nothing better is not around…

So here I am, and I know this is the moment to give myself some pleasure.

Because we deserve it!

 

February 10, 2017- Resourcefulness and Creativity for a Breakthrough

Hello February,

I am going around trying to define my breakthrough goal for the next semester, the one that will lift me off my feet. And I think I got it. I want to work for one of the most prestigious art institutions. Why?

Why?

Because it is like a meeting place for interesting people and resources.

It is where action takes place.

And where energy moves.

I want to get there.

Yes!

 

November 10, 2015- Being an alter-native and enjoying it

Dear November

today I went through some major self-questioning on my work: what if people who read my text find my writing alter-native, strange and the worst a bad interpretation of genuinely good writing? I had the feeling that I might be using the same words but I the combination comes up as something different. Am I part of a community or an Alien lost in translation?

What is worst, my freshly acquired mentor in London was not to be found after I send him some of my art work and I started imagining the worst possible scenario. He didn’t want to tell me how he disliked it so he was avoiding me instead.

After some hours of paranoia I decided to call him and we might meet tomorrow.

But in any case, whether he likes what he sees or not, I might need to assume some part of my alter-native-ness, explain and communicate better what seems to be important.

And continue looking for people who would like to come and inhabit my Alter-Land 🙂

alternative teacher certification

http://www.teaching-certification.com/alternative-teaching-certification.html

December 15- Change of Perspective

Dear December,

today I had a meeting with a mentor- he has been organizing successful events for several years, but has evolved a little bit in the margins of the art world that is very closed and codified. How do I know he is a mentor to be? He seemed sincere and not just telling me what I would like to hear.

Now, his main point was that I need to make a difference. Once we have been around a place for a while, we become taken for granted. People stereotype us in a certain way.

It is like a former hair-dresser. I wanted to have longer hair, and she was cutting them short. When I complained she said: ” I just can’t imagine you with longer hair”.

Now, I have long hair, and needless to say, I have lost contact with this lady and her salon for the last years.

Staying with the wannabe boss would have been criminal and I would have been responsible.

But how can we change in the eyes of those who are used to take us for part of the scenery? Let’s say for example, that I am known in the art world as a serious but kind of “amateur” organizer, with interesting ideas but not very high-flying.

How can I change this? How can I attract attention in a positive way?

I need something spectacular, but at the same time something other people can relate to. And something with perspective 🙂

Any ideas?

http://tracizeller.com/blog/2013/fridays-five-minute-fix-change-your-perspective/

October 1rst: Make Fashion, not War!

Welcome October!

You arrived in a festive mood in Paris, could it be related to the fashion week? It is important, that gives us ideas for next spring and summer outfits 🙂 It keeps us focusing on spring and sunny days to come…

Chanel’s defilé de mode was even political: “Make fashion not war”!

This is a great message, because we can interpret fashion as art and creativity, LIFE after all!

Creativity, dance, celebrations, getting together is important for relationships to start, friendship, love, …

I have offered a drink in my Platform spot today, to celebrate the success of my summer artistic event;

Well, it was my idea in order to put some positive energy by gathering some of my favorite people;

It all went well, but still, there were some “challenges” to overcome here and there: the wannabe boss, who smiled to me from a distance, but didn’t approach 🙂

This is the new season starting, let’s bring something new and creative this month!

Make Fashion, not War!

The site Satisfashionug.com has posted a series of photos from the Chanel March :http://www.satisfashionug.com/chanel-staged-a-feminist-march-for-its-spring-show/

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June 26- On dentists, shopping and proximity

Dear June,

yes I know: this is not a serious title for a blog that is dedicated to personal development. There is something of a disorder about it. What is the dentist’s role for example? Well, the dentist is what pushed me to shopping.

Please, be understanding! One of the nicest months of the year in terms of temperature, you can only be good-humored. I had a dentist emergency and I went to his cabinet early in the morning. But he wasn’t there. And his assistant told me she would contact me for the afternoon. This dentist gives you an appointment for the next month, so if you have an emergency you’d better stay close and try your best to be taken seriously. She finally managed to find me a place in the afternoon.

But there was no time to go in the direction of the Platform. And I needed something to lift my spirits. I spent the next three hours looking for certain items that were absolutely necessary for my summer wardrobe. And not only. Like a pair of jeans for example. I am not shopping a lot, not because I don’t want to. A question of budget. But discipline is not easy, I love fashion and living in Paris is full of temptations.

The last part of the day involved a farewell meeting with my friend who is visiting and his group of colleagues. We met quiet late, and that meant that we stayed until the last bars were closing. At 2.30 they were considering another round. I felt at ease with everybody, although I met most of them for the first time.

I realize I have a lot of friends on transit, and although this is a way for me to travel without buying a ticket, it is also good to open up to those a little bit closer. With far away friends I feel more secure. Like the case of the passenger next to you on the plane, to whom you tell the story of your life. And then you go your separate ways. Without worrying if what you just said is going to be used against you.

But defending oneself against potential dangers also keeps away some great things.

In the film “Confessions of a shopaholic”, the heroine is creating an imaginary life to protect herself from hardships. But this finally gets in the way of intimacy and relationships. The solution is to find a creative way to accept reality: by transforming it!

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confessions_of_a_Shopaholic_%28film%29

Confessions of a Shopaholic.jpg

 

 

June 17- New Orchid branch: regeneration

Hello dear June,

I know that I haven’t tried a first half of the month update to check on my accomplishments for you. And yes, if you want a direct answer I have been avoiding it. And to distract you even further, I was planing to tell you about a new branch that my baby-orchid is growing. Yes, after she dropped her flowers. This branch is growing under one of the leaves, that is why it has passed unnoticed until now.

Plus, two new flowers blossoming for the bigger plant. After all these good news, do I need to get back to the rest of my day?

Well, I will start with the slightly unproductive side: I have been daydreaming here and there and also playing games with my computer. I have answered two quizzes on Facebook. I also did more serious things, such as planning the representation of the artist who is to perform on Thursday, and emailing people of the Press to remind them of it.

Then, we had a serious discussion with a Platform co-organizer who wanted to get rid of an artist participating to a future event. This person used to be a friend of hers, but now she can’t stand him. Always capricious, and in terms of quality, he is not giving the best of himself.

Is there a way to keep feelings out and be “objective”, having in mind the common good? And what could this be in our case? A great performance? Relationships are crucial when we are a team.

After all, what is our purpose when we work in an artistic field? And more precisely what is mine?

I want to offer new spaces where people can rest, discuss, have fun and feel refreshed. At least. Contribute to the global creativity, to life!

So I need to be fun, creative and in peace with myself, in order to create this sort of situation. And I need others. Yes, impossible to do everything by myself. Others who will contribute their creativity, love and fun.

And for a work of art? True love!

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchid%C3%A9e