The bucket list

Bucket list meaning:
"a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime"

Yesterday marked the end of another part of my professional career in technology allowing me to tick off yet another item on my bucket list: work with an early stage technology startup!

On Monday I will be joining an early stage Australian startup Bookwell (bookwell.com.au) as Head of Sales, which is something I am really looking forward to and excited about.

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This opportunity is another reminder that you can never really plan for what is going to truly happen in life, but only be prepared to handle change. I have always wanted to work for a startup, and continue to quench my thirst for learning. Joining Bookwell will allow me to do this, especially as it will throw me into an industry which I know very little about. But I know with persistence and sheer hard work, it won't take long for things to really take off.

This year, I want to keep sharing with you stories on what keeps me passionate and driven throughout my life. I realise that I can never really give up 'working or staying involved' in the technology space as it is one of my passions. But I can never give up recent new found joys such as my ceramics practice either!

Luv,
Belinda x

New studio and new direction for 2018

As we reach the end of 2017, I am trying to slow back down and reflect on achievements and learnings for the year passed. Needless to say, it's been crazy and hectic.

I started a new pottery studio with two others (Deb Taylor and Agatha Pupaher) in a bid to provide space to the growing number of people in our community interested in this art and craft.

After a few months, however, I discovered that trying to balance running a studio, with work, my own ceramic practice and most importantly supporting my family, was too much. I had all of a sudden gotten 'busy' again and lost sight of why I had made the decisions in my life to slow down a few years ago.

So it was time to break away and go on my own as a ceramicist/potter.

 scenes from my new studio dec 2017

scenes from my new studio dec 2017

Moving studios will allow me more concentrated focus on developing my skills and growing my business into the future. And I am hoping to share with you some of the new things planned early in the new year.

My new studio also now allows me to spend quality time with my growing son and the rest of my family. As I get older, I realise even more the importance of family. They are the ones who will always be by my side, no matter the circumstances and I have to cherish every moment and opportunity to be with them.

How did you get started?

Many people ask me how I got started with ceramics. And to be honest, the answer is not a profound calling! The truth is, I got started with ceramics because I had enough of constantly buying stuff online and thought to myself ... surely it would be easy to make myself a dinner set.

With a new goal at hand, I spent all night trawling through the internet trying to find a pottery course close by ... finally found one ... enrolled in the next available course ... and patiently waited for the first day to arrive. This was back in early 2013.

After my first lesson I was addicted. However, it wasn't easy! The first pieces I made were awful, but at the time, I thought it looked great :-) Surely this thing I have just made could pass as a cup, and surely I can make 8 of these exactly the same.

Well, over four years on and my family is still waiting for our dinner set made by me and also a set of matching cups to drink from. They could be waiting for a while. We only use seconds/samples at home!

I have never looked back from that first lesson. I have found a new passion where I can create, really slow my thoughts and pace of living. I am also honoured to be able share the beauty of handmade with you, which I hope you all enjoy.

 

 learning to throw

learning to throw

AFL Grand Final Day 2017

Even though I'm a Sydney-sider through and through, I have been addicted to AFL since my son started playing when he was 5 years old. The game is pretty exciting and full on at the best of times. The Swans didn't make it this year, but still I sit with the family glued to the TV watching in anticipation on who will win.

 watching the game in the comfort of home

watching the game in the comfort of home

Dinner has been put on hold and we are resorting to eating junk food ... but hey, it is the grand final after all!

Please excuse the brevity of this first post as I'm not used to blogging. Here's hoping that my blogs will get better over time.