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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?

Create & Destroy! Ninjas or Laser beams?

19 Mar
Alicia In Wonderland Text

From "Alice in Wonderland", on the wall at Inspire Bar, West End {photo: alicia camenzuli}

It’s a new week and I have decided to sharpen my focus. After a few weeks of being hard on myself for not producing enough, not being dedicated enough, not being enough, I know it’s time for a change. My goal has been to become more creative. I have asked myself, again, how I should be going about this and why it is so difficult. I have many habits and ingrained beliefs surrounding my creativity that I have not confronted. These sly little beliefs have lived long enough. They have been well fed and free range, so I don’t feel so bad that it’s their time to go. This week I am creating new habits and un-creating those old, heavy, chain and ball beliefs I have carried around for too long. The strong, amazing me, the one hiding behind these creatures, the person I am becoming, is {in this moment} these things:

  • Practices regular yoga
  • Is an excellent runner
  • Is a joyful creative
  • Feels strong and healthy
  • Seldom sways from the present
  • Is always learning
  • Is thankful and happy for every opportunity, no matter how small.

I don’t feel I am these things right now. But these are the things I want for myself. The things that I become excited about being. The people around me deserve to have the best version of myself I can create. The only way I can become this is to start now.

So… I am destroying, one by one, again and again, until they die… the ideas that have allowed fear to dictate how I choose to”Be Alicia”. I am envisioning myself at the command of a laser beam at this point, or a group of ninjas. Probably ninjas are best for this application. Yes.

The truth is…

  • I don’t need to fit into anyones idea of what I should be
  • I don’t need to make myself smaller to make others more comfortable
  • I don’t need to be afraid of doing things that have not been done before
  • I don’t need to be afraid just because others are afraid
  • I can make a difference by being myself, so can you.

By moving physically towards this better self, I believe my artworks and creativity will blossom. As I gain strength, my identity and visualisation will gain strength. As I become more flexible, as too will my creativity and flow.

Who is your best self and what is your truth? I urge you to write it down, and make your own statement!

What do you want to create and/or destroy this week?



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