Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

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!)


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: | 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. | 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.

Never Stop Exploring.

One thing I’ve been doing a lot of lately is exploring. I think everyone will know what I mean when I say this, but at the moment it seems that we’re all getting sick of being online & on our computers all the time, correcto?

Another reason I bailed from the 9-5. To get more outside time. No matter how much work I have on, or what I’m doing, I ALWAYS find time to get outside and do a little exploring. This is what keeps me going. I’ve mentioned it here and there in a couple of posts, but I go a little more in depth here.

I’m finding that my outside/exploring time gets me more motivated when I do get back to the computer, or when I have work to do. The more time I spend out and about, the more I get really into my work.

Any of you that do this will know what I’m talking about when I say this time actually helps me become more creative. It refreshes your mind. It leaves all those ‘inspirational’ images & words you saw throughout the last week/month/whatever behind, where they belong, on your computer.

Now it’s your turn to get out and see these things with your own eyes, in real life. 

Instead of having a whole month or two where you’re burning yourself out, weekdays & weekends, try and balance it out! For me at the moment, I have one whole day a week where I don’t do any work, and I’ll go for a road trip, or jump on a train or the ferry or something.

People say ‘Oh man I wish I could do that, but I’m so busy, I don’t have time, I have SO much to do.’ I call bullshit on that. Find the time.

Stop running around like a crazy person and take time to actually LIVE your life.

Extend your deadlines.

Stop being so easily contactable 24/7.

Rather than having one big weekend off every few months, try and balance it out and schedule some ultimate chill out time every week. And I mean serious chill out. No computer, no phone, just exploring time.

The last two Saturdays have been my exploring days… And the weather has held out amazingly for both, which made it all the more awesome. I’ve also acquired a love for my backpack, and trains. (Say wah? Yeah, I never thought I’d say that either.) But somehow throwing a couple of cameras in a backpack and jumping on a train to who knows where, is freakin exciting stuff. On Saturday I went to the Blue Mountains, which is about 2 hours west of Sydney. (And surprisingly it was only about $11 return.) The whole ‘wandering around with a backpack on, with a camera in hand, living it up’ thing is amazing. It’s inspiring. It’s living.

This has probably actually become my fave thing to do. I imagine it’s not going to go away either.

So what I’m trying to say is, get outside to find your inspiration, and don’t compromise your exploring/chill out time for anything. We get so chained to our computers & our ‘online lives’ sometimes, that we forget there’s a world out there to be explored. Even if it is just your own backyard.

*And if you need even more motivation to get outside & away from the crazyness, watch this movie. I’ve watched it about 5 times in the last week… And it’s partly what fueled me to get outside even more. Hopefully it changes the way you think about things, as it did with me.

*pps I’ve fixed up a few buttons & pages on ze blog. Gotta keep it fresh.

THE FREELANCE LIFE | Things I’ve Learned So Far. Part Four. Do your thing! + Freebies!

I think I may have mentioned this in one or two other posts, but one of the things I’ve picked up lately is that you have to stop asking for permission & advice, and just do it. Whatever you want to do, just freakin do it. Stop asking for permission. If you’re onto something good, then it will work out, and if it’s a dud, they hey, you learnt something.

Lately I’ve found the less I ask for people’s opinions, and the more I just start doing, the better it is. Whatever your thing is, just start doing more of it! Doing more of what you love leads to amazing things.

I’ve also made the above image as freebie wallpapers for your computer/iPhone/iPad! I find that having these kind of quotes in your face all the time really helps. A constant reminder to keep at it.

Click here to download!

*I might start going for a record of the longest blog post title ever with this series. I’d be in with a chance.

*Graphics were created especially for, please do not re-distribute, all links must be placed back to this original blog post.

THE FREELANCE LIFE | Things I’ve Learned So Far. Part Two – Get Inspired

In my first post on Friday, one of my things to think about was doing research on other creatives who have taken the jump too.
I think this helped me a lot in taking that final jump, knowing that other people have done it, and reading about their success.

I’ve come across a few awesome people who blog regularly about freelancing, & how they deal with certain freelance biz, like getting clients, getting inspired, etc. They’ve all been a huge inspiration to me so far, and continually produce the goods when it comes to giving awesome advice.

I’ve only included the few very best ones that I’ve stumbled across, as I think sometimes getting lost in the internet & reading too many stories can get a bit intense with about 150 different things flyin round in your brain.
SO, here you go!


01 – Nubby Twiglet. There’s a good chance most people will have heard of Nubby, but if you haven’t, get on that! I’ve been following her for a good few years, I remember reading her blog while I was still studying a good 4 or 5 years ago. She’s never afraid to dish the dirt, good and bad, about being a creative & living the freelance life. She has a stack of good posts about Blogging, Business & Marketing, and LOADS more. I especially loved this post she did not too long ago, about doing what you love in 2012.

02 – Jeremy and Kathleen – Freelance Matters. When I first came across this lady, I knew I was onto something good. Another awesome sauce creative that isn’t afraid to share her advice & lessons with the world. She has a whole section on her blog called ‘Freelance Matters’, totally dedicated to freelance biz!

03 – Women in Business. An Australian website run by Claire Lancaster. The posts & things Claire posts about aren’t always about freelancing, but she has some really awesome advice in general about business & getting your ideas out there. She’s done a few posts with downloadable templates too! I loved these two, How to organise your start up notes, and her One Page Business Plan.


01 – Turning Your Dream Job Into a Reality, by Kimberley Smith. Kim is one hell of an inspiration to so many people, me included! I brought her book last year, when I was starting to think about going full time freelance. She gives it to you straight and hits you with awesome tips & tricks to get you living your dream.

02 – You Are the Map Maker, by Bernadette Jiwa. A big stack of inspiring stories from other creatives who have changed the game. I absolutely loved reading this, & I’m still going back to it when I need a burst of inspiration to get me going again. With contributors like Nubby Twiglet, Jessica Hische, David Airey & more, this is a must read. (And it’s a free PDF!)

So hopefully those few links of goodness will keep you going for a while.

Just remember to take it easy, and don’t get too lost in the internet researching advice & success stories. Get inspired, then go your own way. Carve your own path & live your own life.

Tomorrow I’ll have a few tips about working & productivity!

Good As Photo Blogs

I mentioned last week that I’ve been getting into my photography a lot more lately, and that I’m being inspired by photographers a lot more than designers at the moment. Here’s a mini round up of a few of my fave photo blogs. (Click on the images to go through to their blogs)

01 | Latitudinal Tales

02 | Joe Coleman

03 | Cabin Porn

04 | Sannah

05 | Still Hearty

These kids got skills.

*The top photo is mine, and I’ve also changed my Tumblr to my personal photo blog. I’ve decided to stop doing 52 Weeks of Australia, as I was starting to feel the ‘pressure’ of the project was taking over, and it wasn’t fun for me anymore. I’ll post more photos over there, so if you’ve got Tumblr you can hit me up.

Work Simpler.

I just stumbled across this post by Danielle LaPorte, and I had to do something with those amazing few sentences of advice. I’m actually planning to talk a little about this similar approach when I go into my freelance posts a little more next week.

These few lines come from this amazing post, The Dangerous Terrain of Unnecessary Dream Shrinkage. Where she talks easing up on yourself, but not shrinking your dreams.

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!


*All photos are my own unless otherwise stated. Please credit me if you're going to post them anywhere. Thanks yo!