Thursday, 13 February 2014

Behind Winking Plum

Hello readers,

This is a note on inspiration - my own inspiration for starting winking plum. An inspiration I wish to share with the world...

At the age of 16, my parents sent me to a career counselor.  I had been good at some school subjects, great at others, but passionate about few.  At an age where little of my life had been lived and I was uncertain about what my future held, consulting a counselor was a critical point in the journey I am now well into.

I am 27 years old.  It has been 10 years since I stepped out of school dresses and jumped into independent youth where I found Pearl Jam, design, friends, comedy, cats, Pretoria and my husband.  It's an outrageous combination.  A combination that makes me an individual.  A combination that prevents me from ever being satisfied with the standard journey that any job could offer me.
I have always been creative.  While most children had friends, I escaped into a dream world of pictures, animations, drawing and making.  Creating has always given me happiness.  In creating, I attempt to spread joy and delight.  Whether it is in comedy, cooking, writing or design, creativity is innate to my being.

After taking the advice of the counselor and studying architecture, I interned for 2 years in architectural practices, I got married, packed up my things and moved to Pretoria.

At the age of 25, I graduated with a masters degree in interior architecture.  I loved studying.  My intellect was continuously challenged and I found extreme satisfaction in research and design.  With a hungry mind and excitement for a career in design, I went on the job search.

Two months later, I started working at Design Partnership. A month after that, I performed my first comedy gig.  Since then, life has been full.  I juggled a 2 hour a day commute, full design career and part time comedy gigs for 2 solid years with the support of my amazing husband.  I did well.  I got promoted in my design career and I was a runner up on a Comedy Central competition, pushing me from an open spot to a support comedian.  I thought I had everything.  I felt happy but there was always something in the back of my mind telling me this isn't it.

The father of the nation spoke directly to me.  If I was honest with myself, I was not doing what I had set out to do 10 years ago, embarking on a journey of creativity.  Although I was 80% happy at Design Partnership, it wasn't everything I had wanted or everything I could offer. No other job would give me that.

I realised I am capable of more.  I needed independence and the opportunity to prove to myself that I could build something I would be proud of.  I am a creative, not a piece of a puzzle to somebody else's dream.  It is the reason I became a designer and the reason I have started winking plum.

Let the legacy of growth and achievement seep into your being.  Ask yourself, what am I doing and then ask, what could I be doing?  Be bold, be brave and live your own legacy.  Don't settle, live a life that is the one you are capable of living.  Take these inspiring words from Madiba and put them up on your wall!  It could be life changing!.


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