HAPPY BETTERMENT DAY!

Hi everyone! As many of you may know, we recently celebrated Curiously Creative’s 1st Birthday! Woohoo! Right!?

Honestly my first reaction to realising that it was going to be the 1 year mark soon was "Oh shit!" Because I had these big plans and lists of things I wanted to do by the end of the first year..

But as my friend Tash shared with me once, that in the Aboriginal culture, its less about celebrating an arbitrary age and more about celebrating your betterment. So in this sense it's been a great way to reflect back and celebrate our birthday from that perspective. 

As we look back, it does feel surreal but hopeful to be on this journey.

The illustrations started out of a desperation to stay occupied during a depressive unemployment stage and to have something to give when money was no longer an available currency but time was. Then somehow, accidentally stumbling in to joy, healing, and the realisation that I was denying myself something I wanted to do and be all along.

Never would I have predicted that through that experience we would be here!

Goes to show, to never give up on your curiosity, because you just never know where it may lead you. I recall a quote by Leo Burnett that really hits home for me today. That,

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects is still the secret..”

Being in our early years, the moments of doubts are extremely rife! And it has been your presence, engagement and support that kept us going. Having people to share the journey makes this journey much more joyful and rewarding to be on.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Can't wait to see what our second year of existence brings us and how we can be of more service, joy and inspiration for many more years to come.

With lots of love, gratitude and a massive splash of joy

Akriti
Your creative curiosity advocate

LIL BIG WINS

Hi everyone! Okay, so wonder woman might be so last season at this stage but I'm still working on what I learnt from my favourite scene in it. It was when she is at the train station and sees an ice cream vendor and cart and tastes ice cream from him for the first time. To which her response is:

"This is amazing! you should be so proud"

and I was like, YES!

We take so much of our experiences for granted. Pride in our work shouldn't be reserved for just the big things. There are so many little things that we get through everyday that qualify as progress too.

I have been so focused on what hasn't been done that I lost sight of how far I had already come. So now when doubt of whether I have done enough or been enough creeps up, I just ask myself, "Did I make progress?" And the answer is always yes! Even if it looked different to where you thought you would be.

And then go grab a bowl of ice cream and marvel at its invention! Because seriously, life without ice cream would be pretty shit.


With lots of love and a massive splash of joy

Akriti
Your creative curiosity advocate

 

 

FROM A PLACE OF LOVE

Hi everyone! Welcome to blog#3! Today I share one of my experiences with the ‘P’ word. One of the biggest buzzwords, and also a word of dread. That word. PURPOSE. 

In the midst of figuring out what my thing was, I got invited to a wonderful workshop organised by my lovely friend Keri Clarke and her mentor Peleg Top. As we were wrapping up the session, Peleg asked us this “What question do you have, that if you had the answer to, it would change your life? “ and ofcourse you can guess what I asked! “WHAT IS MY PURPOSE!??” Peleg then asked me what I THOUGHT my purpose was. In that moment of pressure, without even knowing what it meant yet, I blurted out 2 words that came to mind. And that was Joy and Healing.

Peleg’s next response was something so simple, organic and clear in its nature that it shifted everything for us all.

He said “I think we all share a common purpose, but that purpose gets articulated differently from person to person based on each of our talents, gifts and who we are. Our soul. But at the core, we all share a similar purpose, and that in my opinion is to love. My purpose it to love. How I do it, is unique to me based on my experiences. If your purpose is to love and you want to do it through bringing people joy and healing, that is awesome. What does that look like specifically for you? Are you actually practicing that in everything that you do? If that is a purpose you can connect to, what does a purpose of love mean to you and look like for you?

LIGHTBULB!

This gave me immense relief, immediate clarity and reassurance.

Immense relief, because it turned out I already have a purpose. It was simply to love through joy and healing. I did not really need to quantify, explain or write a bio beyond that.

Immediate clarity, because based on how I identified with that purpose, I was able to look at the various things I had going and filter them through what allowed me to experience and share more love, joy and healing. It gave me the courage to let go of things and narrowed down my list very quickly.

Reassurance, that it was okay to change direction and I don’t have to figure out or nail a career to practice that purpose. I could be practicing it in all aspects of my life. In the way I honour and look after myself, figure out what’s important to me, improve my relationships, improve my conversations, interact with strangers. Pretty much how I show up to everything I do. Easier said then done right! ;) Definitely the work of a lifetime!

So really things that I learnt and have to keep reminding myself of every now and again is that:

1. My purpose can be just a word or two or a feeling. Does not have to be a well executed bio.
2. My purpose doesn’t have to be unique to me but is unique to how I practice it
3. There is ultimately only one purpose. To see, and do from a place of love.
4. Overthinking is not my friend!
5. Spontaneous moments of combustion = Clarity!

So what does operating from a place of love look and feel like for you?


With love, light and a massive splash of joy

Akriti
Creative Curiosity Advocate


Ps. You can find out more about the wonderful people I mention in this post and how they are following their creative curiosities below. :)

Peleg Top - www.pelegtop.com
Keri Clarke - www.heroines.co.nz