This is my 100th post in 100 days, so it is high time for some reflection. When I started on this adventure, I just was looking for an excuse to get off Facebook and motivation to get out of the house. I was (and still am) obsessed with social media/the internet, but I felt bad for just how many status updates my friends had to put up with. I also felt like I couldn’t indulge my own rambling thoughts on Facebook, after all it isn’t really the appropriate forum for art discussions. And although I had just moved to one of the most amazing cities in the world, it was all too easy for me to just stay home at the weekends. So runawaykiwi was born.
I think my first post took me about an hour to write, but I loved every second of it.
I intended to post a couple of times a week, but this very quickly turned into a mandatory post every day. I am the only person pressuring me to post so often (and sometimes it drives me crazy) – it is my own twist on mindfulness. It gives me the chance, each day, to focus my attention. To be aware of the thoughts in my head.
As an independent and single 20-something. I don’t have anything in my life that has to be consistent – I don’t have to cook everyday, I don’t have to factor in a partner and I have free licence to be selfish. But with runawaykiwi I focus my attention every day, even if I really don’t want to, even if I wake up at 2am and realise I don’t have a post for the next morning. It calms me down, and steadies my thoughts (even at 2am…).
And to be quite honest, if I ever have a day where I feel like I accomplished nothing (i.e. still in pirate pajamas at 6pm), *ding* at least I posted on my blog.
There were two other unexpected side effects. First up is the ego boost I get each morning when I get the ‘like’ notifications (WordPress hosted blogs email you when ever someone likes a post or follows your blog). I know as a Kiwi it is not cool to get a boost from that sort of praise, but I lap it up like maple syrup.
And the second was the courage to start my own business. WARNING SPOILER AHEAD.
I am starting my own jewellery business. I have so far designed three travel themed sterling silver pendants, and am having them manufactured in Birmingham. This is not intended as a career change, more an extension on this blogging hobby. I am so excited and so very proud to have taken this step. The goods should be ready in a couple of weeks, so keep an eye out on my blog/twitter for a preview before they go on sale. The runawaykiwi empire has begun!
Ok that is enough about me, normal art ramblings will resume tomorrow.