Archive for July, 2010

A year of the body

July 28, 2010

So its like this.  I read an article about a woman who dedicated a year of her life to the pursuit of happiness.  Not is some esoteric between the ears kind of pursuit, but a practical, follow the advice about what-do-actually-do to encourage those happy feelings to dominate the emotions.  Having read widely she broke the reccendations into 12 areas and dedicated each one to a month.  Thinking, quite rightly I think, that a month was about right to see if something actually worked.  She had a month of sleep, a month of good eating, a month of fun.  You get the picture.  I was intrigued.  And having just turned 40 (a year or so ago) I’ve started investigating how to make the body feel as good as it can.  Staving off aches and pains, encourging immunity, dodging the spare tire, keeping the skin firm. And with everything one can do, I’m struggling to get it all into a day – or even a week, to really see which ones might make a difference.  And lets face it, without making a difference, I’m not really interested.  Hmmmm, I thought, I like this idea of planning it out into a year.  Making a true go of each ‘thing’.  Giving something a real shot and wieghing it up against other reccommendations.  But being a happy sort of person to start with, the pursuit of that wasn’t so much my concern.  Feeling better physically though – no that’s got me interested.  The things that spring to mind are: 1. water – drinking 8 glasses, chemical and bottle free every day, 2. meditation – twice a day for twenty minutes, 3. greens – eating a cup of fresh greens at two meals a day 4. exercise – spending twenty minutes every day with your heart rate over 100, six days a week. 5. yoga – stretching three times a week 6. hair, nails and face – doing each every day – having a manicure, pedicure, facial and hair style once a week 7. sex – make love at least 5 times a week 8. swimming in the sea – every day 9. adrenaline – doing something that scares you every day 10. clothes and shoes – clean out your waldrobe, buy a new outfit and be mindful of your outfit at all times, 11.  Skin – moisturise every day, have a massage every week, pluck, shave, laser, scrub, 12. Sleep – get 8 hours every night.  Oh I like the sound of all of it.  It will take something for sure.  I start on Sunday the 1st of August with Water.  Its a easy one I think to start with.  We will see.  August 1 to July 31. Its an odd year, for a not so odd pursuit.  Nothing like the present to start making the body feel good.  Thanks whoever did the year of happiness. I’m inspired and motivated.


The day club

July 14, 2010

The day club.  It’s taken off.  In the nine or ten years its been running, I’ve had people from all over NZ, in fact, all over the world come and enjoy it.  It’s not a cult, but it has a slightly revolutionary flavour.  What I love is that it took off with virtually no marketing effort from me.  It became a word of mouth phononomen almost over night.  The first few groups I had through, told their friends, who told their friends.  Suddenly I was making such a contribution to the schools their kids were going to it was on the news, which totally got the ball rolling.  I had bookings months in advance.  Exciting times.  Its worked out to be about 20 groups a year come through – with about 4 people each and about 90 % of people buy something.  The thing I love about it, is it ticks all the boxes of the things I love.  I get to meet each person without feeling like I have to rush off to the next.  They are all interesting and fun.  They are all coming with the intention of buying something.  I get many commissions.  The schools get huge benefit from it.  The first year of doing it, I made about $25,000 for schools in Auckland.  That is a good fundraising effort!  The next year it was more like $35,000 and its just continued to raise each year.  After a couple of years the Day Club then had an exhibition.  A law firm approached me and asked me if I’d be happy to donate the same 20% to schools if they put on an exhibition, and invited their client base, plus a couple of schools from the area.   It was a huge success.  The first year was a sell out show and has continued to be ever since.  We have five artists participating in the exhibition, and my gallery on Waiheke has expanded now to have work from several artists.  It has become a calendar event in Auckland.  The Herald has done many articles.  Metro has been there.   Cambell live did a piece on it.  The other thing I like is that it has contributed to Waiheke being seen to be part an integral part of the NZ art scene.  Its always been an ‘arty’ place, but people now come here in particular for the art.  There is the sculpture on the gulf, the winter art festival, the open studios and the community gallery.  All very high standard.  All very worth visiting.  Its just lovely to have folks come to the gallery who have come to the island specificcally to see the art.  It makes me feel good about what I have helped to be part of.  I love my island. I love me life.