Sunday, 23 February 2014

Fair Trading

Money may make the world go round, but only in one direction.

Recently I have been dipping my toe in creative ventures and daring to put a dream of mine into action by building up my creative business. As you will have heard, I have been taking part, as an artist, in festivals and events. Putting my skills and knowledge to the test by committing to jobs that involve completing  an end product on time, not just making stuff and things for myself. I have also been building my mobile photo booth service, which has been an unbelievable success and huge amount of fun.

On top of all this I have not lost the desire to write. It is my ultimate dream job. I plitter away at my blogs, short stories and such.  All just passing time, enjoying myself, while writing book number 3. All in the vain hope of being ‘discovered’.

When I finally launched my website I decided I was going to be flexible and open to trading with people. I like swapsies. Ever since I was a child and my friends and I used to swap clothes, much to our parents annoyance. Or as a builders labourer I learnt many skills and have been happily helping people out for a straight swap of time or mutually agreed items since. I swap artwork for garden plants. Or wallpapering for caravans. Its not that I detest money, I know its impossible to get by in this society without it. And I do love to spend it in all those retail outlets, where only cash will do. But I prefer coming to an agreement of how we can help out each other. Sometimes I can do this as a straight time swap. I think Timebanking is a fabulous concept. 

Since being open to trading skills or crafts, I have had many offers of business and opportunities come my way. Its been a revelation. I may not have made lots of money, but I’ve gained so much more. Some of it professional direction and marketing approaches. Some of it physical labour and actual things. Its impressed me no end. Saying no when someone doesn’t have your fee closes the door. Saying yes to working something out you can both benefit from, keeps them open.

Money may make the world go round, but fair trade makes it eclectic.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Bag of squirrels

Today has been a battle of my nerves? Why, why, why? I have the most epic story brewing. Something I have held my tongue still over. Something I have only shared for a source of support and understanding with my very nearest and dearest friends. For almost three years now. I cannot disclose this story just yet..for it has legal connotations and could ultimately loose me my day job (the one that pays the bills.)

But right now the whole god damn awful messy thing is culminating. The months are drawing in. The end is in sight. We know not what that ending is but it is on its way. And in one way or another it is going to change our lives, forever.

We wait with aching hearts, bated breath and a rather large gin to gulp down upon its arrival.

Today has been a milestone. And I have been a bag of nerves. And the day has ended with no ultimate resolution. The story goes on, the ending taking longer to unfold. I felt quite depressed about it all. Who wouldn’t with anything that takes this long to sort out? I typed hell out of my key board at work.  Zumba’ed my ass off afterwards, spraying frustrated sweat all over my fellow exercisers. I have struggled to see those tiny little bonuses we all appreciate on a normal day. 

But then I came home to the most amazing email. An interesting request of my creative writing. And it made my heart soar! Now I feel utterly inspired to be hopeful for a different future. I feel blessed. Something positive is going my way. 
Perhaps, if I may be so bold, a dream to be realised.
I don’t want to jinx myself by announcing my good fortune until I have confirmed it ‘in the bag.’ But suffice to say, it is a wonderful offer and has made my day. 

And its made all the stress and worry of today, all those nerves go away.

Hope is a beautiful thing. As is really loud music through your headphones. As is smiling.

Life is a seesaw roller coaster bag of squirrels cream cake thingy innit???