Posts tagged inspire
{Ah, Mondays} Work stuffs

Hi there everyone. Yes, it seems to be Monday. I sometimes need a bit of a push on this day of the week, so this is the start of a new series. A titbit of inspiration to have with your breakfast.I hope that you are all remembering to be mindful and present in all that you do? I know that it isn't easy... so let's hear it from one of the greats to remind us to keep trucking:

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Keep going dear readers! Over and out.

{To live} Feminism, change and Emma Watson
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Emma Watson has been appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. I love that someone who could just be out spending her thousands on drinking and clothes, sitting on yachts in the Med… has chosen to be openly passionate and involved about a cause that so many of us take for granted. She is using her fame for good. (Superhero joke, I digress…)

Just the other day, people in the office were talking about Scotland’s lack of interest in politics before the independence referendum. It’s hard to believe that less than a century ago, in the United Kingdom, women were turning to violence in desperation in order to show how much they wanted to be allowed to vote. Even after the First World War, where women worked in factories and pulled their weight in hospitals and other industries once see as male-only, after all that… Only a set few were allowed to vote.

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Today, many women still do not have this right. From education to voting, the world is still divided in some areas by gender. Emma Watson rightly says:

I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.

She acknowledges that most people see her simply as Hermione from the Harry Potter series, but she hasn’t let that label limit her. This movement allows us to look at how social expectations and limitations affect both men and women, and how we can face up to things in order to move forward. Something that resonated with me in particular was her statement

In my nervousness for this speech and my moments of doubt, I’ve told myself firmly, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?

So many of us tend to bumble along, holding strong opinions about things but never acting on them. I despair about farmers being paid so little for their produce, yet I keep forgetting to order an organic box of veg from the nearby farm instead of supporting big chains like Tesco. I despair about sweat shops, yet I have shopped at Primark. We can do so many little things to make a difference. It’s not news to everyone that if we all do nothing, nothing will change. I was so inspired by this couple in Cape Town who have the courage to break the mould and do something to initiate change.

Her call to action is simple, she is asking men and boys worldwide to sign up at www.heforshe.org, to show that they are part of the movement towards unity, towards change. If you haven’t already, please share this movement on your social media platforms.

Image source. Please note that Hillel the Elder originally said "If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?"

{To create} Order is freedom
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My sister and I spotted this on Pinterest this past weekend and it really resonated with us. One doesn't often associate the words "fierce and original" with "steady and well-ordered". Being organised in life can often feel like an uphill, daily battle. What I have come to realise is that once you have your affairs, tasks and possessions in order, and have a system that you trust and find easy to use, continuing in that fashion is so much easier. For me, the beauty of this quote is that it tells us that creativity doesn't have to grow from chaos or desperation (which is an assumption I have leant on in the past). A simple example: if you think about painting, there is something so appealing about a fresh canvas, perfect lighting, paints laid out in order, and clean brushes. Going even deeper into that example, going to art classes and practicing those techniques eventually results in more freedom of expression because you are able to push the seeming boundaries of your capabilities and produce grander results. So, taking time to organise your life to accommodate practice, studying, having a clean ordered environment, aiming for consistency, actually leads to more creativity.

Go forth and conquer the suggestion that you are a disorganised person, too busy floundering in the resultant chaos to stop and develop your own unique ideas. Put things in order to allow yourself to create and be truly inspired by your own capabilities.

Source: Thank you to Eva Jorgensen of The Sycamore Street Press who hand lettered this beautiful quote and has inspired my sister and I to add more order to our lives.

{To honour} Nelson Mandela
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Today we honour this wonderful man. Nelson Mandela has shown the world that kindness, grace and forgiveness are stronger than greed or evil. He leaves us with hope and inspires us to follow in his path, to love... to do everything with passion; to be patient, but also to strive for what you know to be right; to embrace the good and never give up.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

May we all go forward in love, to live lives of significance and courage, and allow his qualities to live on. Thank you Madiba.

{To inspire} Invincible Summer

As the days grow warmer here in South Africa, I have been thinking of a well known quote by a french philosopher:

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

I love the idea of having all that you need at hand, and simply realising it makes it accessible. No one is born shy or afraid, we develop negative traits through influence and knocks. Ironically, it's often a really difficult experience/hard knock that helps you tap into that internal strength out of pure necessity. The trick is to hold onto that strength and carry it forward, knowing that you are capable and great instead of accepting thoughts of inadequacy and being surprised when you achieve something.

I know this seems awfully deep for a Friday, but my own experiences, as well as seeing friends doubt themselves lately, led to recurring thoughts about how wonderful they are and how unfounded those doubts are. Claim your greatness guys! Go forth and conquer :)

On that note, here are some rather pretty typographic designs and illustrations to delight and inspire as Spring moves into Summer.

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A quick side note, if you haven't see Anna Rifle's look book yet, do yourself a favour and check it out here.

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{With gratitude} Stacey Burr Design

EvaBlack_soar This wonderful piece by Eva Black truly inspired me the last few months. Creatives that discover their niche and work hard to make a living out of it motivate me to go the same way. As a first step, I finally completed my portfolio site. Yes indeed, Stacey Burr Design now has a home, a base, a place for clients to see what I'm all about. Having started it last year, I put everything on hold while working for an awesome company full time for over a year. Deciding to go it alone recently, and find what it is that makes me tick; from calligraphy and illustration to web design, reminded me that in this day and age, one needs a website to really exist : ) With a lot of coffee, many an hour collecting old projects and clicking away on Photoshop, loads of help and encouragement from loved ones, in particular my family and boyfriend, it is done: { staceyburrdesign.com }

I have been overwhelmed with the response. Thank-you to everyone who's liked the page, sent me feedback and messages of encouragement. You have all made me feel like I'm doing the right thing. : ) Climbing every mountain and all that (ahem, Sound of Music, cough).

Love and robot hugs, The Burr