• Jan
  • 23
  • 2011

A Spark of Creativity and I’m on Fire!

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Brian Steinhobel (and lightsabre)

It is no secret (anymore) that I have the most incredible job ever, and with it has come the opportunity to fly freely into a positively-charged creative space. This new environment has offered me so much of “me” in terms of giving back my energy and helping me uncover these dormant little secrets called “creativity” and “freedom of expression“. They were always there; just hidden under a pile of pragmatic poop. 

Every day has seen me uncover a little bit of this awesome~ness, with a particularly pertinent moment unfolding towards the end of this last week. Friday afternoon saw a bunch of us attending a talk by Brian Steinhobel; infamous Industrial Designer who is incredibly brilliant at the same time as being just a regular “ou”. It was an incredible honour to be sitting sharing casual chit-chat with this man, especially after he gave us a run-through of all the things he has (so far) accomplished in his life. I know that every person present walked out afterwards feeling nothing less than inspired; I for one felt a great sense of purpose, and a need to get on with things without hesitation.
One thing he mentioned to us, when faced with the “issue” of finding inspiration, was that he thoroughly enjoyed painting. I used to paint – really well, I might add – but when I did  brief calculation in my head, I realised that I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush with the purpose to create art in more than 10 years. How the hell did that fly by without me noticing? This is precisely my point. I have all these incredible talents; all this “stuff” in me that combines to form the person that I am, and yet half the time I don’t even acknowledge it, let alone bring it to life. Days go by, months and then years, and before I know it I’m pushing 34 and I’ve left a huge chunk of behind somewhere in my 20’s!


I have since decided that there is no time like the present to start painting again. Which is exactly what I did. Today! And it was so frikkin’ fabulous. I feel like I am on this road towards garnering all my super-hero strengths that were always so inherent in me. My hands were completely covered in acrylic  today (as were the floors) and my bursting heart was singing merry, little songs of joy as I swished the brush from one side of the canvas to the other. 
My heart swelled a little more as my son marvelled at my work saying that I was a professional! Not quite, but in his eyes I can be anything. In saying that, I think I need to adopt his vantage point and realise that I can be anything; I can do anything; I can paint! And I can be inspired. How utterly divine!
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  • Jan
  • 16
  • 2011

Joining the Ranks of the Techno-Geeks

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iPhone 4 showing the home screen.Image via Wikipedia
It was time for me to upgrade my phone a little while ago… a simple case of just going to MTN, finding the latest and greatest deal and walking away with a new phone. My last chosen upgrade was based on the fact that I got a free X-Box with the world’s most inadequate Samsung phone. Not a good move since even the X-Box is now broken from overuse and abuse, and the Samsung lasted all of about 1 year and 2 months.

As one of my new bosses so rightly said of me recently, I am not very “tech savvy” and my standpoint on the use of mobile phones has always been for making calls, sending the odd sms, or for waking me up in the morning. So what gives with all the fancy gadgets? Why do I need a camera on my phone when I’ve got a perfectly cool point and click as well as a spanking Canon 550D? I can log onto the internet at home or at work… don’t need my phone for that. GPS? Blah! I’ve got a great sense of direction.

That was until yesterday, when I walked into MTN to upgrade my phone and found out that they had just received stock of the infamous iPhone 4’s. Hmmm. I also discovered that a tasty little 300 Mb data bundle came at a ridiculously low price, offering me everything I thought I didn’t need with the simple application of signature to paper. The hypocrite to my hippie ways succumbed and I am now the proud owner of the sexiest phone I have ever possessed. I am also totally addicted to its adept and ingenious ways, and can see how this phone would break up relationships! I spent the entire day fiddling with it and finding my way, relishing in the clever little applications and amazing interface.

I can now freely and openly admit with little restraint, that I am a total convert. iPhone; you rock! And I am so glad to have met you… Little R300 Nokia, I loved you and you were always there for me but you are a much better match for my 7 year old son.

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  • Jan
  • 07
  • 2011

Getting the juices flowing…

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Nope, that is not as bad as it sounds :) 
I have just finished my first week at Quirk (albeit a 3 day week), and I can feel a part of me opening up to new ideas, new inspiration and a whole world of possibility. I feel as though I have been living the last few months under the impression that being creative was an automatic process. It has taken me 3 days to realise that my creative energy needs nurturing… it needs to be fed, to be taught. 
Why did I neglect this for so long?
The answer comes with a pointless discussion, but what better time to embark on yet another journey of self-discovery and exploration than the beginning of 2011? And what better place than in a small little society of incredibly talented little Quirkstars?
I’m so amped – I love my new job – this year is going to be bloody marvelous! Happy Belated New Year!
  • Dec
  • 08
  • 2010

Writing is my drug… (Day 22 of the 30 Day Trial)

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I just can’t get enough…. I just can’t get enough… All I need is 24-7 ADSL, a laptop with a little more memory than mine and I’d be raging through torrents of words, figures of speech and intricate little stories. I am completely addicated to forcing my opinion onto the world! hahahaha…. poor you. 
I also have so much to say, almost TOO much! I keep on getting lost in my train of thought because it keeps on branching out in so many directions. I’m feeling like I’m at the peak of my writing inspiration and yet I don’t know what to write about first; my fingers actually can’t keep up with my head! As I write this I just think of a caffeine addict who has actually passed the point of no return and is desperately trying to keep up with the intense speed and accelerated thoughts, but the damn fingers won’t keep up!

Maybe I have actually just had too much coffee. Hmmm……

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  • Dec
  • 06
  • 2010

This 30 Day Trial is Exhausting! (Day 21 of the 30 Day Trial)

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Run freeImage by Today is a good day via Flickr
It’s Monday night, and my brain and bod are still pulling themselves towards themselves after an amazing weekend of indulgence. I’ve spent the entire day running around like a mom on steroids getting Christmas prezzies organised for the kids, seeing movers, fetching kids, carrying kids, feeding kids, entertaining kids, organising appointments, setting up interviews for potential stories, and then also trying to write a blog for my other little piece of virtual realty: The Difference between Yoga & Pilates. Yes it is a shamless plug, but being that it is on my other piece of internet real estate, I can do whatever the hell I want! 😛
Anyways… what I was going to say is that this trying to come up with a new blog every night is really tiring! Especially when you’re still feeling the effects of tequila and over-excitement, as well as being off work for the first day and trying to cram everything into one little period of sun-to-moon. *sigh*
This is where the word “trial” comes into this exercise – it ain’t easy! And it is through sheer determination and the refusal to fail that I’m actually managing to waffle on long enough to make a blog entry about it. Tomorrow will be better :) Time for some bubbles, bath and bed. And you need not know what happens after that. Byeeeeeeeeeeee….
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  • Dec
  • 03
  • 2010

My Last Day at Stargaze Media (Day 18 of the 30 Day Trial)

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San Diego (July 16, 2005) - Two women wave goo...Image via Wikipedia
So today ends an era in my life; and with the ending comes a fresh start at something new… something that is so built for me. Although I have been counting down the seconds until 4:30pm on Friday the 3rd of December, I met the moment with extreme trepidation and a sprinkling of sadness. Lets face it; you spend the majority of your day in one place so you are bound to become attached to the surroundings, the energetic space that you create around yourself and of course… the people. Aaah the people. These fabulous beings that are all completely unique; each offering a special beauty that resonates with different parts of your character. They have become my little day-time family and my heart broke when we had to part ways and say good bye with such finality.
They all clubbed together and bought me the most divine orchid, along with a massive box of Belgian Chocolates, a bottle of bubbly, a beautiful candle, a necklace and a card that they all signed. Naturally the sentiment just made me crumble into a million pieces… I felt so loved and so special, and if for nothing else my time there was so worthwhile just to have been able to share it with these amazing people.I miss miss them all terribly; even the grumpy ones!

So now that this little segment is over, it is time to move on – onwards and upwards; next stop – the absolute unlimited! :)

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  • Dec
  • 02
  • 2010

Replace me? Never! (Day 17 of the 30 Day Trial)

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#76 - The Harvest WriterImage by JohnONolan via Flickr
I’ve been interviewing copywriters to replace me in my role at Stargaze, and today I think I found the perfect candidate. She is intelligent with a dry sense of humour, quirky and cool and she writes beautifully… The funny thing is that now through chatting to her about making an offer I am almost jealous that she is going to be filling up the space that I will leave… Weird? Or a natural reaction to the obvious loss I will feel after having been there for almost two years? 
I am so happy to be leaving and I know that the decision I have made is for my own personal growth… so why the envy? Maybe I want them to need me to the point of never being able to replace me? A nice smidgen of warmth for my ego, but the reality is that no one is indispensible. I know I am being ridiculous, and after I overcome the emotion of saying good bye to all my dear friends at work, I will more than likely be “over it”… Still, it is funny how the human mind and heart operate. Mine appears to be extremely confused and wants a little bit of everything for itself! Greedy guts…
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  • Nov
  • 30
  • 2010

The Halfway Mark (Day 15 of the 30 Day Trial)

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Do you find my brain? - Auf der Suche nach mei...Image by alles-schlumpf via Flickr
So here I am… half way through my first 30 Day Trial. I originally embarked on this little venture to try and enrich my day by creating a space for my mind to roam free, while also abiding by certain constraints. I wanted to try it to see if it would give me some kind of structure that would help channel my crazy little monkey mind. And it has… not only have I found that I am able to write about anything no matter what the circumstances, but I’ve also found a perfect little niche for my own personal therapy.

Putting a number on it and making a project out of it has just made it seem like something that can be accomplished; a challenge for lack of a better word. Without it I might not have been so committed, but at the same time I would have lost out on this valuable Kat-Time that I now find so rewarding. Anyways, I’m talking like it is over and I’ve only just stepped onto 2nd base! Home is still a bit of a way away…

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  • Nov
  • 26
  • 2010

Day 10 of the 30 Day Trial was a slip up due to X-Mas Function

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But I am granting myself amnesty in lieu of terrible drunken-ness and bad attempts at dancing!
  • Nov
  • 19
  • 2010

Lack of sleep (Day 4 of the 30 Day Trial)

Posted by Katherine Stott In Careers & Writing, Health & Fitness | Comments Off on Lack of sleep (Day 4 of the 30 Day Trial)
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The vicious circle of lack of sleep has caught up with me. All this concern and worry about other people has got my knickers in a knot, resulting in countless sleepless nights – tossing and turning while playing out scenarios of ugly confrontation in my head. So what do I do to counteract the slump I find myself in the next day? I drink copious amounts of coffee. Actually not copious… Just one or two, but the canteen makes them frikkin’ strong so they count as three in one! 
So then… I get home in the evening – all wirey and pumped up because I’ve been blitzing my brain with caffeine, and I can’t sleep. And so the cycle continues. *sigh* 
Just talking about it is exhausting me.
So finally… it is the weekend and I can find some semblance of a normal life again and in doing so find my Zen. I don’t have to think about work; I don’t have to think about the kids tonight because they are sleeping out; I don’t have to think about me, you, them or us… I can just BE. And by the time Sunday evening rolls around I will have found my balance again.How incredibly marvelous.
For now, Mike and I are going to go and burn off the caffeine with some spicy, tantalising and delicious curry from Ghazal. Oh happy flippin’ BEAUTIFUL days! Happy Kat.
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