This Crazy Adventure

6 Feb

I’m not sure what it is about a freshen up, but in all areas of life, it adds a bit of spark, excitement and motivation. I’ve always felt that blogging is just the same and as such, I’ve spent the last few weeks adding little things to this blog, taking a few away, and generally making it look a little more like our website, which has also had a little update – new products and all.

I was looking back a little over this blog and realised that my two goals I set last year, I achieved! In case you didn’t know, I have spent the last 8 months travelling to places, which, now upon reflection, were amazing, inspiring and some, beyond comprehesion. I grew, I learnt many MANY new things, and while at the time it didn’t seem like such a big deal, before and after, it is… it was! The time I’ve spent away from home will be a time that is always close to my heart and I have so many photos and memories from it all that will forever remind me of what I can achieve if I put my mind to it.

Currently Josh and I are settled and living in Canada – a decision we made on a whim and all things aligned perfectly to get us here. I wrote about it over here, and if you are interested in our journey you should check out more of the So Much To See blog we write. I’m really excited for this new year and all the adventure it holds. I feel so lucky to have readers and fans of So Little Time and the products we make.

This year I made a few goals, plenty of them travel based and a couple were about growing up, taking myself more seriously and spending this unstable year seeking and learning new ways of doing things. Mostly I wanted this year to be wild and adventurous and all about exploration.

I spent some time last year in two museums that really changed the way I think about creativity and pursuing it as a career. I visited the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and was struck by the enormous amount of time each man spent on exploration. It was years of trial and error, different styles and mediums and attempts (but note: never failures) at achieving “their style”. Walking through those museums, I was often asking, “is that really a Picasso? It looks nothing like his work”. Having always questioned “style and outcome” of myself, and being constantly concerned with the challenge of refining that to just one thing, my eyes were really opened to the idea that exploration to abundance will take you to areas of your creativity that are unexplored and therefore untapped.  I then realised that once these artists had found their niche, that was all they were known for, yet their previous work had so much life and unexplored possibilities. Who wants to be boxed into just one thing that you are known for for the rest of your creative life? Don’t you think that Daniel Radcliffe will always be Harry Potter?

I have plenty more to say on this topic, as it relates to so many of my epiphanies from my travels last year, and I hope to write more about them soon, but for the moment my goal this year is to try new things (creatively speaking) and learn as much as I can about the process. I’ve already taken a silversmithing course, which I’ll report on in a few weeks, and have already been creative with paper and glue and setting up a home. I hope this year will be full of DIY posts, reports on my latest creative endeavours and news on the direction I hope So Little Time will go. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a crazy ride.