Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen.
And I don’t know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.
— Kate Bush, lyrics from Cloudbusting
Lately I’ve received a few very nicely worded rejection letters (emails actually). Hearing “no” doesn’t feel great initially, but it’s not as bad as you might think.
Strangely, rejection is kind of empowering. These little setbacks don’t make me want to quit; quite the opposite they make me feel a little more fearless. Rejection brings out that inner voice that says: “I can do this”. It reminds me that success is the process of doing, not the end result.
The objects in our environment can positively influence our mood and this 3D wall art, “I feel good today” by artist Niels Bruschke of Santiago Design does just that. The whimsical wall decor uses a bicycle as the focal point and gives customers a daily dose of optimism alongside their morning java at erste liebe a popular coffee bar located in Hamburg, Germany.
Asking myself ‘What if?’ has led to all sorts of ideas; some I’ve actually acted on. What if I quit my job? What if I start to design textiles? What if I collaborate with creative people I admire? What if I start to view my world with fresh eyes?
My friends and family must secretly think some of my ideas are a little foolish; but the simple act of asking myself these ‘What if’ types of questions fills me with a sense of possibility that I had been missing before.
No doubt the creators of these three awe-inspiring places are in the habit of asking themselves: What if? I may never get to visit them myself, yet I’m so glad they turned their ‘foolish ideas’ into beautiful realities.
What if we made igloos without the snow? The Igloo Village at Hotel Kakslauttanen offers guests an amazing view of the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of their own private luxury igloo built of special thermal glass; so despite the cozy warmth inside, the glass does not get frosted outside. This one-of-a kind hotel (which I’d love to visit someday) is located 250 km above the Arctic Circle in the Finnish part of Lapland.
What if we remove the campground from camping? The Waldseilgarten mountain resort in Bavaria, Germany offers a camping experience for extreme thrill seekers; pretty much the only people who could actually SLEEP while dangling from a tent far up in the tree tops.
What if we turned a basket into a building? Located in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam, The Wind and Water Café is a massive dome construction made purely out of bamboo and all-natural materials using traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques; and not a single nail. Designed and constructed by “bamboo virtuoso” Vo Trong Nghia, the cafe’s frame measures 30 feet high and features an opening at the very top to let daylight inside.
For years I’ve carried a small notebook with me wherever I go. When it comes time to start a new one, I have a little habit where I crack open the spine and write these three words on the first page, just like this:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
So I thought it was fitting that I use these same three words to begin MY VERY FIRST blog post ever.
Yes is one of my favourite words. It’s enthusiastic and optimistic.
Yes means anything is possible.
Yes can lead to new places or adventures.
It’s one of the best words to HEAR from another person.
Yes, you’ve been accepted.
It’s also one of the best words to SAY.
Yes! I’ll marry you!
I sincerely hope that you will follow along on my playful search for beauty & inspiration in everyday life.
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