Hey Everyone… I’ve Moved!

If you follow me on Twitter/Facebook you would have seen that I’ve been working on my new website over the last week or so, and it’s HERE! This also means that I’m ‘moving’ Twelve by One into my personal website. So now everything will be under the one place… freshbysian.com.  So I’ll no longer be posting here on Twelve by One.

I’ll still be posting similar kinds of things, and maybe more ‘design’ related stuff… But you can head over HERE to check it out! Don’t forget to add my new blog addy to your readers!

I know there’s always a huge debate with designers/creatives whether to keep the blog/portfolio as separate websites, and whether to have both a business & personal blog, but I’m bringing it all together. I figure that in my personal life my goal is to eventually live a life that doesn’t have a line between work & play, so why not keep that going over my online world.

I’ve also updated my portfolio & a few other things, so have a look around & check it out!

I’ve also launched a new project, called Striking Truths. A collaboration with Bernadette Jiwa, we’re posting a manifesto a day! Click here to check it out.

So head on over & check it out kids! Thanks for all the lovin on Twelve by One, and here’s to more good times.


Things Are Happening

I’m in the process of changing my portfolio website (and also my blog) to WordPress, so if you happen to visit my website & it seems all over the place, that’s whats going on! I will also be moving this blog into my portfolio website. (I’ll let you know when I’ve moved it, so you can add it to your readers etc!).

I was planning to eventually streamline my blog/branding a little, but then I thought about it, and realised, why wait?

I brought this book, Do The Work! by Steven Pressfield, (as reccomended by Marie Forleo in one of her vids!). He talks a lot about resistance to starting projects, and doing the work. He just mentions how we should all just start, start before we’re ready, and worry about the rest later.

It’s true when you think about it. Do as little research as possible, and then just do it. Do it on your own terms. Write the first draft of your book, buy a domain name & start a website, whatever your idea/big thing is, just do it. It’s inevitable that there will be rough patches along the way, but you can’t let that stop you.

So that’s what I’m doing at the moment… Starting before I’m ready, and getting shit done.

I highly recommend buying the book, it will give you a huge kick in the ass. (I got mine off The Book Depositry, here!)

The Weekly Goods.

– Not watching the news is the new watching the news. It’s useless info. And when was the last time you actually made a change for the better in your life based on something you saw in the news? It’s not doing any of us any favors to put so much focus on the bad, so give it a rest. It’ll be so much easier on that grand old mind of yours. Trust me.

This kid never ceases to amaze me with his photography.

– Someone was talking about Bondi the other day.. And it occurred to me that I’ve only been there about 3 times (no joke) over the 2 years I’ve lived in Sydney. Why? Cause everyone goes there.

The 10 Commandments of Freelancing. My fellow freelancers, read this & nod away.

– I had a big ah-ha moment over the weekend. Worrying gets you absolutely nowhere. Stop stressing about the future, and just live in the moment.

– I’m making more of an effort to only hit you with links/things that I think are actually worth checking out, and things that I really love. Tis all about quality, not quantity. 

– I went to La Perouse for the first time the other day. And took some photos. And put them on ma photo blog. It’s a cool chill spot.

Things I love on the internet.

I’ve said it myself, the internet is a huge crazy place, and you have to know when to have a break from it, but you’ve gotta admit, there are some very on the ball people in this world, and they’re using the internet to do cool things. I’ve come across a few awesome services/blogs/websites lately, that are out there to inspire & help make our lives easier.

Here’s 3 goodies that I’ve come across:

revolution.is | I first found out about these guys a few months ago, and I totally forgot about the website. They have a whole bunch of super inspiring stories by people who are livin their dreams.

Quarterly.co | I’m totally in love with this idea. From their website: ‘ Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and get physical items in the mail from them.’ So basically they have a bunch of awesome creatives registered with them, and you can choose to sign up with one, and each quater you’ll receive a special, personalised (aka what they send you may not be for sale, or may not have been seen anywhere else) little package from them, in the mail. They’re all booked up for now, but you can sign up to receive an update when they’re taking more subscriptions again!

Loft Resumes | This is a good one for the non-creatives! A website with a bunch of sweet resume templates. Pretty good idea if you ask me.

Flickr Fave | Yyellowbird

Yet another amazing stream on Flickr. She has a huge range of work, these are just a few of my faves. She doesn’t really have a set ‘subject matter’ that she sticks with, which is kind of nice. A few of her photos have a super sunkissed feel to them though, and they make you want to get outside in the sun & do a little wandering.

Check out Yyellowbird on Flickr here!

5 Reasons Sydney Is Rad

I think some people seem to automatically dismiss Sydney as too ‘expensive’ or too ‘touristy’ sometimes… I guess can see why, but these are just a few of the many reasons why I love it here so much.

01 – It really does have the best of everything! And none of those 3 things are any less cool than the other, they’re all completely awesome. The city is a true, 24/7, hustling, bright light, city, the beaches are out of this world, (and no, I’m not referring to Bondi… There’s more to Syd than Bondi kids!), and the mountains to the West are a total mecca for hikers & explorers. I haven’t been enough other places in the world to compare it to, but you’ve gotta say, Sydney’s got it goin on. And everything is within a couple of hours of eachother.

02 – There’s ALWAYS events happening. Creative & non creative. Food festivals, creative festivals, concerts, everything. Especially in the next few months! Around May/June/July seems to be the hot time for creative awesomeness in this city.

03 – Anyone that follows me on Instagram will know how much I’m in love with Palm Beach. I post it all the time here too, so you get the idea. But it really is one of the most amazing beaches ever. Probs why it’s got it’s own TV show.

04 – Yep, I said it. Melbs is known to be a pretty creative hub in this big old place, but I think Sydney’s got it goin on just as much. There’s always creative events/festivals going on here, which I’m totally in love with. Insight at Apple is one of my fave ones, where they have a talk at the Apple store in George St once a month. Vivid Sydney, is coming up soon, which starts at the end of May! It’s probably one of the/if not the biggest festival in Syd, just because of the HUGE range of stuff that goes down. They have a Vivid Ideas section, where they host a whole bunch of creative talks/seminars/etc. I’ve got tickets to about 3 or 4 events so far!

05 – Most of the time they’re pretty entertaining. Everywhere you go, everyone has some mad accent, or don’t even speak english at all. Good people watching I tell you. They’re always up for a random chat too. Love it.

The Weekly Goods

So this is a new post I’m going to do each week, kind of like Suss These Out, but more ‘personal’ I guess, and just random awesome things that I’ve discovered/found out about/realised during the week. So just less directing you around half the internet. (Although there’s one two awesome links in this post, but they’re worth it). You’ll get the idea once you see what I’ve posted below.

– Trains are awesome. I posted about this the other day, but seriously. Jumping on a train & not really having any ‘set’ destination, and just jumping off wherever you want is the biz. Mostly when you’re heading out of the city & they’re not so packed, and the other people on the train are clearly dressed to get their explorer on just as much as you are. Yes. Please.

– I decided I’m gonna go in search of snow this Winter. It doesn’t exist anywhere remotely close to Sydney… And I haven’t seen actual proper snow for a good few years. (Que shock horror)… So either New Zealand or Thredbo… I’ll be coming for you.

– Vitamin D is good. The sun makes everything better.

– I love looking at statistics for things. I was checking out our sales for 16HOURS and people are still buying Wanderlust (our first issue) like crazy. Maybe it relates back to my post the other day about wanting to get outside & off the computer, and experience ‘life’ more…?

– I found my new fave blog, Think Simple Now. This post about putting an End to Worry is what got me hooked.

– I love Sagmeister. He thinks so differently to everyone else.

– This whole ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway’ stuff is freakin scary. As you can probably imagine. Turns out that freak-outs are pretty much inevitable when you decide to leave your weekly pay cheques behind, in favor of the unknown. It’s all about how you come back from those freak-outs that really matters. 

Hey! I'm Sian, and I’m a free-spirited creative wizard. I have a passion for working with people who are on a mission to live their dream lives, and are electrified by the unknown beauty that the future holds. Twelve by One is my place to share awesome finds + write about this amazing world we're living in. Read more here!


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