My motto for the year. I believe you can choose to be happy, motivated, positive, offended, etc. And I am choosing the good vibes. Now I know it is not that easy, and life can sometimes be a real jerk, but I think I have a solution. After watching the TEDtalk by Matt Cutts, Trying something new for 30 days, I got a little plan. We sometimes forget what we have, or the people we have in our lives. I know I sometimes need a reminder.

The Plan: A 30 Day iPhone Photo challenge. This will help me to actually stop and notice the little things and the good vibes in my life.

You are welcome to follow me on Instagram to see how this all pans out. You can even join if you feel like you need to be reminded of the good vibes in your life. I also created a little iPhone background to remind me everyday. You can download it here if you also feel like a little reminder.

iPhone background

It's a new year

After a long, relaxing break it’s time to return to the real world.  If you are anything like me, it took another week just to get into the swing of things.  So to make the transition easier, I thought I’d make a playlist.  Nothing too elaborate, just a few pick-me-up songs I’ve listened to lately.  Enjoy!

I'll stop wearing black, when they invent a darker colour

Today I was busy unpacking and repacking my closet and was surprised by all the dull and depressing colours in there. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind at all. If I see something I like, I will find it in black or white and if I have to, maybe grey, and then buy two. I have never been someone who wears bright colours. Or dresses for that matter. At least not until I was able to dress myself and was allowed to choose my own clothes. A great victory for 4 year old me.

But that is just my point. I wonder when we got scared of colour. When you ask kids what’s their favourite colour they will, without thinking, shout out Red or Blue or Rainbow, because some kids just want to have it all. They also haven’t heard of how black makes you look skinnier and that red is not for everyone.

I for one am the biggest culprit here. But the other day I decided to treat myself to a jersey and my biggest fear was realized. My size was not in black. Or white. Or even second best, dark navy. So I opted for the bright-kindergarden-happy-in-your-face yellow jersey. And you know what? It actually makes me really happy when I wear it. And bonus, I can spot it easily in the black hole that is my closet. I won’t go and change my style now or anything, but I will admit that a little bit of screaming yellow in your life is not such a bad idea. Every 20 years or so.

I found this very interesting article about 5 people that only wear ONE colour every day of their lives - and it is not black. It is worth a read, some interesting reasons for their choices.

Skill Swap

A while ago a few of us sat in a garden on a Saturday afternoon talking about life, the ridiculous price some people ask for a glass of wine and ideas in general. I told my friends about this idea I had, which is not at all revolutionary, but I thought it was still cool to try.

Basically what I wanted to try is to barter with my design skills. I would offer my design expertise for small projects or passion projects, and in return be paid in "skills" or "talents". So basically, I could design a logo for a bee company, and in return that person could give me honey, or show me how to make honey. Make sense? Cool.

So my crazy talented friend Gawie Joubert asked me to design a logo for him, and in return I got my own Gawie Joubert Artwork, which I am over the moon about.
Be sure to check his work out here.

He wanted something very simple and structured, but that still shows his personality. I decided to play around with the idea of ink blotches bleeding into the paper, as his medium of choice is ink.

And now for the amazing artwork. Thank you Gawie! I absolutely love it. And so does my little home.

He currently has an exhibition running at David Krut Projects, The Benediction of Shade 2 - Joburg: City of Trees. It is running from 1 November 2014 - 31 January 2015. Go and check it out.

Texting is tacky. Calling is awkward. Email is old.

My favorite filmmaker, artist, and writer, Miranda July, just released her own app, Somebody. Now if you are familiar with her work, you would know that this lady is one talented lass and has the most interesting ideas and projects I have ever seen.

It is basically a new messenger app, but instead of sending your message straight to your friend, a stranger that is near your friend will receive the message and deliver it.  So you can either let a stranger deliver your message or you can be the stranger to deliver the message. Confused? Don't worry, here is a short film Miranda wrote, directed and starred in (told you - talent) to explain all.