The title for this post is also the title of a book written by Kat Von D. After reading Karren Brady’s book “Strong Woman” I felt really inspired not only in terms of business but as a human being. I turned 17 yesterday and actually, 17 is my lucky number and always has been so here’s hoping this year is going to be the best one yet.
Kat Von D.
I’m on page 72 of her book and I’m developing a new reason to love her. I’ve always admired her artistic brilliance and her strong attitude, in fact for my birthday last year I was given a funky photoframe which I actually put a picture of Kat Von D in. Yeah so anyway, her tough exterior is just a façade! Everybody hides their insecurities to some degree and I just want to share a quote from page 60-
“I can’t win. I really can’t. And neither can anyone else. I can’t win and that’s totally okay.”
Here Kat was talking about how no matter what you do, somebody is always going to think you’re brilliant and equally somebody is always going to think you’re rubbish and that at the end of the day it’s okay because what really matters is how you feel about yourself. I haven’t had to read very much to feel like I understand Kat Von D, and understand how I feel about Sense Of Self. The way I feel reading this book is how I want people to feel when they hear about my business or look at my designs. I feel inspired. I feel empowered. I feel excited. But more importantly I feel understood. The way she speaks of her tattoos and art really puts on paper how I want others to feel when they hear about my ideas for business and for the world.
This book was a gift for my birthday from my best friend in the entire universe and honestly I don’t think there is enough time to express how blown away I was. It’s one of the most thoughtful presents I have ever received and from somebody who also has inspired me. Andrew has supported me when my self esteem wasn’t soaring and has inspired some excellent designs that I’m working on at the moment. Him and I are very similar in some ways and I’m really lucky to know him.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I have a few days off before my college induction day which is exciting. Ahh. Welcome to the real world I guess!
Recently I have been really excited by ink and pen drawings. I have a bottle of ‘non-clogging, pigmented, waterproof calligraphy ink’ with a dippig nib pen and then like, a gazillion biros. I like drawing with fine line pens and making it look sketchy or smudging the ink with water and letting it fade over the page. So some of my recent design ideas are very monochromatic and linear.
As a side project (not related to the business) I have drawn out my plan for a big painting on a canvas (not very big actually) but I have promised myself that I will TAKE MY TIME because I am guilty of rushing.
I start college in September but my induction day is in 8 days- aah!
Wish me luck…
Wow okay I didn’t expect working to be so physically exhausting. I just want to sleep and eat all the time (haha want I mean I do)
I must say I now understand why taking time out for myself is essential.
I’ve been thinking not so much of ideas but being in the gallery with so many different people is really interesting. Some of the people I work with have studied fine art for years and I was shown a few examples of their work and just wow okay just wow.
I also had a think about Sense Of Self and how I want it to make people feel. I decided that I want it to make people feel like the feeling you have when you suddenly have an amazing idea that you can’t wait to get working on and tell everybody about. If that makes sense. Like a little party popper in the pit of your stomach.
Please don’t forget that I am always looking for ideas or inspiration or feedback etc etc.
Well after today I’ll have finished my first week at work! Reading Karren Brady’s book on the train to give me a kind of attitude focus. It’s uncanny how very similar her and I are to be quite honest. Anyway, my shift starts in one hour and I can’t wait. I love being in the gallery. Yesterday I saw a painting (in the private exhibition that opens today) and I thought it was pretty blah but I had two hours to wander and think about it and look at it. Would you believe now I love it?! I find the gallery atmosphere really exciting and it fills me with joy to be in the physical building with all the different people.
As I’m a gallery attendant I have plenty of thinking time too which is brilliant from a business point of view as I have some more ideas and a plan as to what I’m actually trying to achieve.
Currently zooming over the bridge towards Edinburgh. Bring on the day!