This Time, It’s Personal

The mission is simple. Create. Create love, peace, art, inspiration, care, heart, honesty, a full picture of what it’s really about.”

– Andra Knox

Hello. It’s me. It has certainly been awhile.

Can you believe we’re almost in May? We killed it at Boutiques Fair in March – it was incredible seeing all your lovely faces.

We launched our jade facial rollers which were a runaway hit about three times over.

And we are just about to pop up at Buro’s charity market on Sat 22 April (2pm to 6pm at The Co.) for #Burogivesback.

But can I tell you a secret? As great as this season’s been, it hasn’t been without its challenges. For example, it’s getting exhausting watching people visiting our booths only to take pictures and “adapt” (to put it nicely) our handpainted props and VM for their campaigns and stores.

Those who blatantly stand infront of our booths to say, “See what they’ve did there? They’ve created height”, and after taking 30 pictures as if it were some styling workshop then ask, “Is it ok we take pictures?”

And to think that Einstein said the secret to creativity was knowing where to hide your sources.

An editor friend of ours whose work gets ahem, remixed all the time reminded us that imitation is the highest form of flattery.

We try so hard to remember Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on creativity, Big Magic which explains that sometimes someone isn’t copying you per se, it’s just merely multiple discovery. Meaning to say, a researcher in South Sudan could reach the same scientific findings as her counterpart in London at the same time. Nobody copied anybody. It was all coincidence.

Except sometimes you know it isn’t. And it sucks. And you just have to bear it and move on. Alors. 

The beautiful thing about creativity though, is that you may copy someone, but you’ll never be able to replicate their process or intent.

But before we go to a bad place, time to log off, burn some sage/palo santo and de-internet…

Peace, Please

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.”

― G.K. Chesterton

We’ll be taking a little break over the New Year to realign our thoughts, dream new dreams, and perhaps even press delete on ideas that aren’t really working out for us. You can count us to be back at the store & ready to ship orders from 9 January 2017.

Greatest lessons learnt in 2016:

  • Where you see is where you go
  • “Don’t do what makes you happy. Do what makes you great” – Charlie Day
  • Your thoughts and attitudes shape your health. All those unresolved feelings of anger, hurt, envy, unforgiveness, fear, guilt, heartbreak… they do nothing but turn inwards and hurt you in the end. This year I discovered just how much of a toll they take on your wellbeing. If you’re feeling stuck and quite literally sick and bothered, I hope you’ll get a chance to sit down and get real uncomfortable with those feelings so that you can work through them. Hopefully, you will find yourself so tired of having to carry this burden that you can finally forgive yourself, forgive others, and let it go.
  • Perfectionism, as Elizabeth Gilbert writes in her book Big Magic (one of my favourite reads this year), is the couture version of fear.
  • And finally, it’s always so much better to focus on your own shit and grow what you have, rather than wishing for more and neglecting your ready resources.

What did you learn this year?

Ultimately, we couldn’t have gotten through 2016 without your support. Thank you for your friendship, your orders, your lovely posts and comments – they keep us going.

Merry & Bright

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We Are The Times

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.”

– Saint Augustine

The world seems like it’s in such a fragile state these days. It’s easy to lose hope and wonder what the point is, especially after the upset of the recent US Presidential Elections.

As someone with family and friends in the States, as a woman, I feel their anguish at this divisive outcome. It was a blow to progress, to inclusion, to women and men both ‘white’ and of colour, ethnicity and religion – not just in the United States of Anxiety as it was so widely defined in memes. It’s a terrifying message that reverberates throughout the globe.

It was dear Mmerci client who Insta-messaged on the night of Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. Though we’ve never met, last evening, we, along with millions of others sat infront of our tvs, laptops, phones and wondered what went wrong. We balked at this buffoon. How someone with a known track record – not for public service – but all the wrong, deplorable things – could be allowed to govern this superpower. Like others, we hated that Hillary apologised. She has nothing to be sorry for.

Jenna Kutcher

If you missed her speech, here are the cliff’s notes: 

“Many of you are at the beginning of your professional public and political careers. You will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”

“Never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”

“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dream.”

We may not be American, but we are women. Mothers, bosses, leaders, partners. Let’s continue to love and fight for each other with this same spirit of inclusion, regardless of our ambitions or life choices.

We’re still with her.

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