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Day Two: Mindset – Have you got what it takes to be an Suitcase Entrepreneur?

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Whoa – big questions to tackle today. Yikes!

If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be?

My mind is running mad with ideas about what I don’t want me life to be; not depressed, not living in my parents beach house (even though its awesome and I could not afford it), not single, not poor, not bored etc etc etc – I could spew forth numerous ‘not…’s’ but I have a funny feeling that these answers are not what the question is actually asking. Furthermore, stating that I want to be Rachel Green who actually married Joey Tribbiani is not the right path either.

So, if I were literally to wake up tomorrow, I would want to get out of bed with no snooze, walk Butler (my Jack Russell X) and after a scrummy breakfast, I would be into my studio to work on a commission for a client for a few hours, off to lunch with a friend or colleague  and then spending the afternoon creating, maybe even collaboratively. I would be planning my next travels which would include a holiday but also work and meeting up with other creatives or people who I find inspirational, this travel might include work such as speaking or teaching, sharing my skills and knowledge with others and encouraging them to be more creative and happy in their lives. Generally my days would not be hectic but planned and allow enough time to enjoy and find inspiration from my surroundings.

I would be designing interiors for people that reflect their personality and provide them with the physical spaces that they happily call home. I would design products to fill these spaces and that others can assemble/make themselves or add their own touch to and I would most definitely be making/crafting/creating.

I would be inspired, awake, noticing myself smile, calm and confident, excited about my future, enjoying the company of others and providing support to others, in love, nice to be around and happy.

Wowza! Not the most precise description but its honest and it terrifies me.



My seriously good Opshop treasure

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They say it takes 21 days to create a new habbit

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BUT, I am starting out on a 30 day blog-athon called the 30 Day Challenge run by Natalie Sisson The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

My first challenge is to share why I have decided to enter the bloggersphere and what I hope to achieve through being a part of the challenge. So, here goes…

I became another statistic, one of many who reached Burn Out in the teaching profession. So, after a decade of cajouling students into learning, I myself have gone back into the world of learning new skills myself. I was living and working in Christchurch, NZ, when the 2010 earthquakes hit and have suffered post traumatic stress syndrome since. 3 years on, my mental health is still precarious, my income sporadic and many of my hopes and dreams seem to be on the back burner while I piece together a life that I am happy to live. 

Through all of the turmoil, both on land and in my head, I have come to realise that there are many who do not have a steady income, do not work for others, are happy to be doing what they do and are excited about how they fund their lives. My mind struggles to comprehend these facts but they give me hope.

Crafting has become a source of therapy and pocket money for me. It has opened up a whole new world that I didn’t know existed. This fancy word, Entrepreneur, something I never associated with myself, is slowly becoming an adjective for me. I have always been creative, top art student at school but didn’t persue a creative career. One of the reasons being that I was unsure how creatives made a living, especially in little old NZ. I never dreamed of riches but poor wasn’t a live ambition either. While still teaching the odd lesson, I now spend most of my days, making paper flowers and perusing a dream to live a creative and happy life, either funded through my paper florist business Fijoafox Paper Florist or, in the future, interior design.

For me the world of blogging has been a source of inspiration, hope and dream building. I hope to share my journey to create a more beautiful and creative life for myself, blogging being a part of this. Paper flowers and all things crafty, including my passion for DIY and power tools, will of course feature along with some mental moments. I look forward to meeting more creatives, crafters, entrepreneur and building a community of like minded peeps.

For me, this challenge provides me with a vehicle to create new habits and grow my voice in a supported environment. I am scared, nervous and excited and hope to see this through to the very end. 30 days, sounds like a lot of blogging to me, eeeeek!!!

Flowers and Love

Buy your own flowers hand crafted by Fijoafox Paper Florist at

Buy your own flowers hand crafted by Fijoafox Paper Florist at

As Valentines Day approaches for another year, I have started to wonder why this celebration of love pivots around the giving and recieving of flowers. So, this is some of what I have found out.

For centuries flowers have been associated with and symbolised fertility, love, marriage and ROMANCE. Mid February has traditionally been a time of celebration for fertility festivals for many centuries.

But, it is a young Roman priest Valentine, who in the 3rd Century was sentenced to death for performing marriage rites to young men and their loves, who cemented February as the month of LOVE.

At this time Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage of young men because he believed they made the strongest soldiers. The young priest believed this to be unjust and so performed the ceremony in secret. When he was foundout, he was sentenced to death. But, awaiting his sentence, he fell in love with the jailors young daughter and before his death on 14 February, he sent her a letter signed “From Your Valentine”, words that are still used today.

Years later, Valentine was cannonised, made a saint, and Pope Gelasius declared 14 February the day to honour Saint Valentine.

The giving of flowers to your special someone became more fashionable during mid 1700’s when the French and English discovered the siginificance of the meaning of flowers when visiting Turkey. An entire language of flowers was found which gave meaning to different flower types. Later the Victorians developed the floriography (language of flowers) and used flowers as a way to express their emotions, something which was not considered proper in normal society.

The giving and recieving of flowers is not the sole domain of loved up youngsters. Flowers are now used for all occassions; for love, for grief, for support, for apologising and for new life.

I love recieving flowers as much as the next girl and might just think of poor Saint Valentine who was a bit of a rebel, standing up for love and marriage.

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