I went on an unannounced blogging break during April, and spent the month looking at my family and home life, reading, writing, doing yoga, wedding planning and focusing on honing my goals. I accidentally took the month away from art practise too; other than carving my first initial into the dining table and a doing couple of inner-critic-disrupting doodles in my journal.
It wasn’t so bad; I think when I’m ready to come back to art I’ll be ready to move with my own approach and stop trying to do art the way I think it should be done. I stepped back from my creative persona, this time without guilt, to rewrite it naturally and dissolve the forced feelings I felt towards creative self-expression. For the first time in forever I was able to peacefully and happily be myself without any attachment to identity.
During this time, I’ve been nutting out some massive ideas and frighteningly exciting dreams for the future, and looking at where HjP fits into all of that. There was an incredible amount of stuff to work through. I hadn’t prepared myself for the massive splurge of inspired ideas or the gentle flex back into naivety. It’s exciting to discover what is possible when we let go of the hopeless idea that we aren’t good enough to make our dreams realities.
I’ve only just emerged from the huge mountain of goals, lists, desires and fears that I created or discovered during April. Each honest reflection of myself uncovered another piece of the huge puzzle that once put together, makes 1 incredible idea. After taking the time to sit with this idea for a few days, nurturing it and allowing self-criticism to fall away, I found my perspective: even if I haven’t discovered how to make it happen, it’s not impossible.
“Figuring out the how, when, and where of what you want is not your job. The universe is a much better master planner than you or I could ever be.” – Mary Beth Maziarz, Kick-Ass Creativity
I arrived at three conclusions about Hijacked Planet:
- It’s a launching pad and showcase for projects and ideas; it is motivation to improve as a writer and artist, and inspires me to inspire others.
- Hijacked Planet will transform organically into a web of constructive bohemia, communicating through inspiration, creative journalism, self-expression, storytelling, activism, art-making, idea and information sharing, and powered by a collective of diverse creatives from across the globe to spread unity, happiness, and peace.
- That for Hijacked Planet to grow into the world-changing phenomenon it desires to be, I will need some help.
Weary wanderers: Rosi and Adelle in Dallas, TX
Adelle is a designer, a traveler and a thinker. I first met her five years ago during a trip across the US. It wasn’t long before we were running amok, philosophising, sharing books, music, tequila, poetry, letters, photographs, ideas, stories and a smelly Contiki bus.
We bonded over our mixed ties to Australia and New Zealand, and explored the parameters of cities like Memphis, Las Vegas and Dallas, bouncing together hyperactively from place to place with auras of freedom and invincibility inside the impossible timeline of the regimented tourism industry.
After that adventure, I returned to Australia, while Adelle went on to Europe and the UK. 5 years later, after moving back to the Southern Hemisphere and doing the corporate, nine-to-five-standard for a while, Adelle quit her day-job and has agreed to help me transform this blog. I can’t speak for both of us, but I am pretty amped to have a comrade to work with and bounce ideas off.
Right now we are working on awesome new content, and hope to start publishing at the beginning of June ; stuff like art journalling, medium and technique exploration, illustrations, artworks and designs, photography, typography, current affairs journalism and creative non-fiction.
In other news, I have finally started writing the manuscript for my graphic novel. After 8 years of characters and plot lines niggling away at my thoughts and visiting me in my dreams, I’ve finally got the ball rolling on actually writing it. More on that further down the track. You might also notice some updates in the way the site looks now: we’ve changed themes, added our profiles to the side bar, and updated the About page.
I can feel a change in this late Autumn breeze. There is a tingling of excitement in every task I complete, finally saying farewell to the serial procrastinator I once was and carving my way towards this idea of “potential”. Tonight I am celebrating this post with a big glass of wine. Here’s to chasing dreams, and making them come true!