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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Memory lane part one: Hobart

On Christmas day the bear and I flew into Hobart, Tasmania.

This is the city where I went to uni. I studied fine art at the the lovely old building on the port. You can just see the pink facade in the shot of the fishing boats.

I grew up on the nw of tas and left for the mainland the first time in 2001, and after a brief return for more study I finally left for good in 2004.

This visit had been 7 years in the making. I don't have any family living there, but quite a few friends. And, as I discovered on this holiday, lots of good memories.

The not so good thing about Hobart and Tas in general, is that everything closes on public holidays and Sunday too. So flying down Christmas day was not so great in hindsight. Also not much wifi. But if you hunt around there are still some treasures!

For us it was the Laundry cafe in Salamanca (see porridge shot), the Jam Jar in battery point (lovely brick building), and the Henry Jones Art hotel restaurant where we had Christmas dinner.

I loved all the old buildings and laughed at myself for not noticing them when I lived there. Old buildings features often pop up in my art.

I took the bear up and down the streets marveling at places that are still there and pointing out gaps where others are no longer. I pointed out where I had gone to see the violent femmes, the chocolate shops, the coffee shop with the loft, and buildings and gardens I painted.

Our fourth and last day was a normal trading day. We rushed to see music shops, antiques houses and witness people in the streets before heading to the Taste of Tasmania. If you haven't been to this it is well worth it. The best tasting festival, and free entry!

The daylight savings provided light until 9pm. That day we used all our waking hours up! At the taste we did a red hat tour of the brewery stands which included ciders. This was amazing and we will do one of these again in the future for sure.

I didn't want to leave Hobart so soon. Next time we will consider the public holiday thing so we can do more.

Monday, January 23, 2012


I'm going to do a couple of blogs before the workshop next month. I want to provide a bit of background and show some behind the scenes preparation.

The idea of setting goals vs the reality of setting goals can be so far apart. The bear and I have listed goals on our to do list for years.

On the weekend we got around to writing them down; a huge accomplishment. It took a three week holiday to name what had been the blocking points to achieving this. If you are not getting something important done identifying what is stopping you can provide clues for achieving your task.

For us it was time and distractions. Pretty common stumbling points I expect. We don't have any children so work and electronic devices (and iview) are what keeps us busy. We thought if we could get away somewhere we might actually get it done.

The opportunity came up to add an extra night to our weekend away (big day out). We had to keep in mind that the extra day was for setting goals. Especially me, because I can get distracted by anything anywhere.

We had a chat about goals and what goals we wanted to set. We chose a ten year scenario, ie where do we want to be. During the activity we also added some things we want to have done along the way, and plans for this year.

Making a list of what defines us and what we value helped immensely. This served as a criteria when we got a bit stuck.

We haven't finished with the goals. The next step is to do the budget. But as they say in motivational courses - how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

If you are coming along to the workshop it would be helpful to have a rough idea of your goals for your business and thoughts about what defines it.

Love to hear your comments and what works for you!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Not sure if this link will work (I'm using the blogger app).

Anyway, big news: I'm running another workshop for BrisStyle!
Yay. The last one was 2009! It was on business planning in the creative industry. This one is the same topic but I'll adapt it to include new tools. Even going to make a little handbook for it! I'm going to use my little chick in the images. Maybe even a little zine will emerge.

I will keep posting developments on here about it.

On the home front things are happening too. When I'm not glued to Damages episodes I'm sorting out the apartment to help stream production and inspiration. Here is a little vignette I created with Christmas pressies and wedding paraphernalia.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Lazy days

I am getting around to posting about Tas. Just not now.

I've been getting some odd jobs done that I kept putting off last year.

It's leaving me feeling happy and determined to keep making good choices. A bit like new years resolutions.

The chicken stamps had been on my too do list for months! They look super!