The more I learnt about Hayao Miyazaki’s process, the less I feared creative collaboration. Following my idol’s approach, I was able to be assured that sharing my ideas with other creatives could be an enriching experience and help bring my projects to fruition.
When I came to the realisation that both the career I had spent years studying towards, and the job I had worked so hard at were not for me, I went into crisis mode. I spent the better part of a year agonising over all the possibilities. I had so many interests, and strengths, that I could potentially turn into a career. With my career search, inevitably came the soul-searching. I had to consider facets of myself that I never had before, and I was confronted with the age-old questions: “Who am I?”
Content Warning: This article mentions sexual assault and harassment. For a lot of people who haven’t done it before, pole dance sounds terrifying. Even to those who have been doing it for a while, some tricks look more intimidating than a medieval torture device. When I first started, I couldn’t figure out how to spin…
Just like how a recipe has an estimated preparation and cooking time, societal values have decided that we must follow a certain timeline as to when we hit milestones: finish high school at 18/19, go straight to university and finish at 22, get a career level job and start climbing the ranks from there. But just as cooking from a recipe can take us longer than the prescribed time, so can life.
Keeping up with the trends in your creative industry and understanding them can be stressful. I know at times I’ve felt that the consumption of my creative mediums has felt more like a chore rather than fun. I asked myself: How can a writer balance the need to read and be influenced by the greats while keeping afloat in the constantly shifting landscape of ever-readily available content fed to us every day?
Job rejection is a large part of the job searching experience, and while you may feel alone in this, you definitely aren’t. Every person, including myself, has been in the position of searching for their first job. So, if you’re job-seeking for the first time or the 30th, read on for advice on how you can remain hopeful through this time.
I first read Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist in 2017. I read it again in 2019. And then again in 2021. Every time I have returned to the pages of The Alchemist, I have found something new to learn, a new perspective to take on or another reason to return to it again a few years…
When you hear the word philanthropist what do you think of? Many of us are likely to conjure up personalities like Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, or Warren Buffet. But it is a common misconception that the word philanthropist is reserved for the uber-rich who give away millions upon millions of dollars every year….
Determined for me to experience the magic of reading, my Grandma applied her first Law of Knitting. Like a good ball of wool, she enlisted the help of Roald Dahl’s classic tale The Witches. Using her Laws of Knitting, My Grandma helped nurture my love of reading. You can’t expect to knit a scarf in one go. You’re going to be slow as your hands learn how to move and thread the wool. You’re going to have to backtrack if you drop a stitch.
“Stop comparing yourself to others.” It’s easier said than done, right? I know I am guilty of this quality but as Franklin Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy” and comparing your own talents to someone else’s will ultimately self-sabotage your own. When you begin to compete with yourself you essentially begin to drown out the success of others. Instead of focusing on what age so and so published their first novel, you shift the focus to, if I focus on this manuscript and set myself a deadline, I could look at publishing this soon. By doing this you ultimately develop an action plan to mapping out your success.