DREAM SHOP NOW OPEN!

Hey Everyone!

We have two big and wonderful news from Curiously Creative!

Firstly, we have finally got our online store up! Wooohooo! Its been a looong journey to get here. The more I worked on it, the more I was unleashing a can of ass whooping worms! Though as much as I hate to admit it, the struggle did push me to get clear on what we needed to do and who we wanted to be as Curiously Creative.

Which brings us to our second big and wonderful news! We have partnered up with the amazing ‘I have a dream’ foundation in NZ and have committed to donate 10% of each online sale to this wonderful organisation! Say what!? Say hell. yess!!

I first heard about them 3 years ago and since then they have been pulling my heart strings. One of those feelings of when you know, you just know, you know? Might have something to do with their mind blowing commitment to tackling child poverty via long term support to empower these kids. I care deeply about supporting the wellbeing of kids so the desire to support them was a no brainer.

Though I would be lying if I said that turning that desire into reality was easy. Oh no. It came with its own can of worms! Which was fighting against that voice in the head that says you don’t have enough to give. That maybe you should wait till you are rich and famous before you do stuff like this. Turns out, it tends to kick your fear hormones in to overdrive! Its just too easy to notice the lack instead of the abundance. As really, if truth be told, I have much to be grateful for. Including the freedom, the safety, the ability, the support and the environment that allows me create and pursue my dreams. But there are too many kiddo’s that have too many odds stacked against them. Having a dream is awesome and having the opportunities, the courage and the support to pursue those dreams is the biggest gift we could receive.

As one of my favourite humans Dr Terarai Trent says: ”A dream has more meaning when it is tied to the betterment of your community”. Being able to help kids fulfil their dreams would be one of the biggest honours and measures of success. This is exactly what the ‘I have a dream’ foundation does. They help kids facing material hardship achieve academic and life success by providing support and caring mentorship from primary school all the way through to tertiary education and beyond.

Curiously Creative’s purpose has always been to share joy and creative living with everything we do and I am so excited to be able to make us all co-contributors and co-creators in this new chapter. So if you like our products head over HERE or to help kiwi kids receive the most head on HERE!

With lots of love and a massive splash of joy
Akriti
Your creative curiosity advocate.

TAKING PRIDE

Hi Everyone,

A very happy new year to you all! It might feel a bit late but the Curiously Creative year of 2019 is just starting back now as I have be travelling and taking time off to reacquaint myself with myself. Travelling always helps me regain perspective, passion, inspiration and mostly clarity in many areas of life. And this trip was no exception. I saw so much skill, passion, creativity and a new found awareness of what your potential can be.

I was especially touched by old heritage buildings and architecture. Buildings that stand the test of time, last for centuries, inspire and warrant appreciation from people and generations well beyond its times.

They made me think.

What is it about these buildings that are chosen to be preserved, to continue enjoying, to be repurposed, all whilst maintaining its original integrity?

Solemn shrines that invoke a culture of gratitude and respect.
Marine office buildings, a heritage site and home to modern art and products.
The embellishing outside windows of old prison cells.
A braille plan for blind guests to navigate the art gallery. Making it more accessible.

It all seemed to filter down to one big takeaway.

Taking pride in the work...

That regardless of the motivation or intention behind these creations, they are treasured because they are unique, and they are unique because there was so much pride and care taken in to crafting and designing them. The people, stories, and creations were all a reflection of just that.

So what does it mean to have pride in your work though I wondered. I think for me it means

To have ambition
To stretch yourself
To work hard
To care
To have vision
And most of all to practice patience

With a trust and knowingness that it matters and it will matter. For you, for others, over time, forever, always. What ever the season, What ever the times. When you take pride in your work, you push yourself automatically, not because you feel you should but because you feel called to do so. It becomes a reflex. And pushing yourself with the right intention is a reflex that gets easier with practice. With such a fast paced world obsessed with a particular idea of success that views slow growth as failure, it seems so refreshing to allow yourself the time to imagine your potential from from a wider lens. I heard this quote in one of the galleries I visited:

“The idea that objects outlive humans. Look at one thing at a time, look at them slowly.“

I wonder what the objects we create would look like if we took that mindset. Would we perhaps create more things of value?

Perhaps.

I'm curious.

What does taking pride in your work mean to you? And how would you do things differently if you were to look at things slowly and creating things knowing that they could outlive you.

With lots of love and a massive splash of joy
Akriti
Your creative curiosity advocate.

YOU GOT THIS!

Hey everyone and some special friends (you know who you are)

Today's blog is a bit different. Today I am burning to pay a homage.

To the people who maintain their courage to stay kind,
to have the courage to stand for what's right,
to have the courage to bring joy and betterment to an imperfect world.

To the people who act with integrity,
the ones who fight through, over, around and under their emotions and experiences to find what it means to accept and honour their truth and self worth.

To the people who find that integrity, that conviction, and that courage to walk in that arena despite the discomfort only to discover that all the comfort you need is right within you.

That you can be better, that you deserve better.

Creativity isn't about the things we create, it's about the life we navigate. One courageous choice at a time.

You got this!


With lots of love and a massive splash of joy
Akriti
Your creative curiosity advocate.