Minimalism & Balance

29 Jan


As long as I can remember I have been goal orientated. Pushing myself beyond my expectations, beyond my bodies capabilities all to obtain my goals. I was brought up to believe I could have anything I wanted, and it’s true. I can, if I work hard enough. Working hard to achieve my goals I have come a long way. When I look at my career I can see how much I have achieved and am content. My all or nothing methods though are not sustainable and my accomplishments have come at a price. My body has suffered from always being put second, or third and so have many of my interests and more creative ventures.

A wise friend of mine shared some advice that to get 50% you  need to give up 50%

Life is 100% full already so if you want to add new things you need to let go of some others. It’s all about balance.

Balance is not about instant delivery, its about knowing when to use the force behind you and when to relax and reflect. Accepting and embracing that both are powerful and important actions. To achieve what I strive for, “letting go” is becoming the most important step to moving forward.

Recently I have been interested in minimalism. It started with a wardrobe clean-out that led me to find Project 333. 33 Items of clothing for 3 months. Bliss! Since this discovery I have been researching and it makes so much sense. Letting go of things has started to allow me to find more space for experience. I am feeling calmer and have a growing sense of possibility.

Instead of adding endless things, items and jobs to my “plan” I am now going to focus on things I can remove from my life, to make more space for the important things. Relationships, Creativity and Health.


Finding a Job to Keep…

24 Apr
Photo: Alicia Camenzuli - Crystal Castle Bamboo Walk

Photo: Alicia Camenzuli - Crystal Castle Bamboo Walk

It’s been a while since I’ve written. I have been busy. I am now looking for my next paid job.

It’s hard and exciting to be looking for work. My biggest fear is accepting the wrong position, jumping in too soon, forgetting why I’m after a new job in the first place. I am ready now though. I have had my rest and am rearing to get into my next challenge.

I believe that we are the sum of all our experiences and I have had quite a few. Wouldn’t it be great for employers to look at us for what we are able to do with the skills we have developed, rather than {so literally} what we have done so far as a limitation. As I have said in earlier posts, no job is going to fulfil every one of my requirements. So, still, my intention is to put my eggs in more than one basket. I am looking for something that will meet my most important expectations… If I have these, I will be happy.

* A great team of like-minded people

* A position that has challenges and responsibility

* A company that values its people and the environment

* A position where I can share and learn

Areas like creativity, hands on building, business development, creating a change, sharing my skills for humanitarian gain… These, if not at work, I can do myself, through {appletreefox} and by developing the way I live outside of work. My goal is for both areas of my life to fuel each-other. The more inspired I am at work, the more I can carry this energy to my home activities, and vice versa.

Long term, I see myself either working for and developing a company that I love, or running my own part time business, growing my own produce and creating artwork to sell. Two directions, who knows what will happen? I just want to enjoy the journey. That’s the point isn’t it. Simple, everyday, happiness. I no longer feel the need to take over the world, just to do well in whatever I do.

In the meantime… I am going to work on gathering my skills, in all those areas I have not had a chance to explore yet. I am planning to join a local permaculture group as a volunteer, start making solar power lamps out of some gourds from the farm, keep working on a vege cookbook and practice riding motorbikes. Artworks are still on the agenda, though lately I have been more interested in the garden so I’m going with that.

Health is also high on my agenda at the moment. I am back to running 4.5km twice a week. Looking to get up to three times and increase my distance. Running by the water is just beautiful. Along with running comes the need for better nutrition. I will talk about this in more detail another day.

For now though, any job ideas are welcome! Also ideas on how to choose the right position!

What opportunities are available that are beyond my expectations?

She can draw…

21 Mar

The point of this whole excercise has been to be more creative… and it’s finally happening. Sometimes you do need to address the reasons for your inactivity before you can really get moving. Writing here has allowed me to move forwards and let myself have a little fun.

Despite my present lack of camera and editing programs {this would normally stop me in my tracks, its not perfect!!!}

I want to share these with you… Perfection can wait.

Search & Destroy Sketch - alicia camenzuli

alicia camenzuli - growing label

"A Growing Label" by alicia camenzuli

"Winter fox" by alicia camenzuli

"Winter fox" by alicia camenzuli

Winter fox is my favourite. I plan on adding colour to a select few of my sketches and starting to sell limited print runs. Also just adding another page to my site and creating a gallery, with beautifully colour balanced photographs! Lovely!

Do you have a favourite? Where would you like to see my prints… On paper, on fabric, on the street?

P.S. Subscribe to my blog or join my page on facebook before I open my shop and there will be special treats for my early followers!

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