It is almost the end of the first month of 2015! Happy (late) New Year, I wish that you got all the sunshine and all the beautiful moonlight this year.
2014 was a year of postcards. Most of the postcards I got, are from my sister. She visited 3 continents last year alone (say whaaat). She did tremendous works to get there, and I think I should started to do so :)) The other postcard are from Vina (who constantly sent me postcards from countries across Europe. Vin, maafin akulah gak pernah ngirimin kamu), from Keyno (who traveled to Belgium for a business trip), from Insan (who traveled to Japan and magically watched the Arctic Monkeys) and others. May all of you got more fun journey this year.
Last year was seriously good year after all, I had fun. Though I didn’t travel much nor achieving any better, but I (still) have fun. Probably because I tried to do what I want to do since a long time ago. Having a homeware business, going to Bali, and the rest of the bucket list. My scholarship program has been made to its 4th year, though I’m getting a little lazy to update the financial report every month (astaga Megaaa, maafin aku yang malas ini). But to have something that reminds you to give back is a good feeling after all.
(image taken from here)
Diana Rikasari published her book last year, and it was a no brainer for me to have it. I’ve been her admirer for a long long time. I’ve been buying her shoes a lot. I’ve been reading her blog, her Instagram, and everything I guess :)) She is my vision of ‘better person’. Diana Rikasari is a fashion blogger. The world of fashion is complicated and mean, it’s a jungle out there. The way she handles ‘haters’ and life problem is just epically kind and inspiring. I think she doesn’t have any mean bones in her. Once, I watched her interview about this ‘inspiring’ kind of thing. She said that she is astonished by how many people that have been inspired by her, when all she’s doing is just taking pictures and writes on her laptop. I guess once again, I’ve been falling in love with words and colors :)
She is one of a few things that reminds us to put some profit of Kawung Living and put it to better use. We’ve been adopting her charity model to give IDR 5.000 for every purchase of our product. Believe us, we’ve already been doing some counting also (ha!). We agreed to focus in women empowerment, just because women is a rock star. I am a total feminist by heart and I always believe you don’t have any boundaries whatsoever for being one. So here is for us, to you. All you beautiful Indonesian women. We are proud to become one.
Last year, a 2000 m2 space called Indoestri is opened for public. They want to make a community of learners, makers and all kinds of creative people. It’s a really good concept space, where you can learn various workshop from Woodworking to Pottery, Metalworking to Brand Starting, etc. They also offer annual membership that let their member to go on any given workshop they’ll held. Their workshop class is ranging from IDR 500.000 to IDR 1.000.000 for non-members. I guess it is worth all the money considering excellent guest mentor (Ayu Larasati previously held her Pottery class there FTW) and cozy space. But for me, it is a little bit pricey. Though someday, I really wanted to attend one of their classes.
LivingLoving also held some intimate gatherings slash workshops last year. The subject is ranging from food photography to playing with flowers. Ayang Cempaka also held classes about painting with water color, which is so envying!
(My Maken Stitch Tote Bag Kit in the making)
Last one, this is my personal favorite. There is one local brand named Maken, run by a talented crafter name Ojan. He (yes, a he) is a Jogja based crafter who has been blogging for years (I do admire him for a long time). Maken is not only providing you home décor product but also some simple DIY Kit, like stitch tote bag and stitch plywood. Their goal is also to make everyone feels the spirit of making things.
I really wanted to do something like that (and also having stationary line, haha). I have been writing some idea about making simple DIY Kit myself. Someday (maybe when I do not have any full time job anymore), I think I can really make that happen :P
So the theme of 2015 is to…
(Image taken from here)
I put this wallpaper on my phone in the hope that every time I see it, it will remind me about doing many new things in many new ways. I got this awesome wallpaper from Design is Yay, a blog by Wita Puspita of Pippa Paper. I super love her, her works, and kind of happy to have another source to go on to the internet.
I mean, social media like Instagram and Twitter (sorry Facebook, you are too ‘politics’ these days) are fun, but the joy of reading a blog and article on a website is pure bliss. So for everyone who has a neglected blog, you may wanted to visit that once more. Write a paragraph, about everything you feel, everything you see, everything you like, just everything. And for everyone who has been wanted to make a blog, do that, never look back! The time you do that, please tell me :3 Because one or two times, I do wanted to be that soulless person at public transportation who doesn’t bother looking up and just sucked into my phone screen. On that kind of time, your writing will meant a lot to me :))
2014 was a good one, but 2015 would be awesome (according to this wild wild child inside :P). For 2015, I guess I kind of want to do all things from this list.
(…and kids, that’s how I spent undesirable amount of time of writing 2015 goal :)) Image taken from various sources of Google searching)
I want to learn and create a lot of things. Making a self-made product has been giving me more respect about things and the effort behind its making. Starting Kawung Living has been an awakening for me. Because I finally realized that the possibility of doing and creating everything you want, is endless. Especially in this rich country named Indonesia. I mean, you got natural resources like crazy and talented people like everywhere. Even when they are not posting something on Instagram, they are artist for sure!
I think I have blabbering and writing for hours right now. I guess I have been enjoying taking a break after countless sleep of making this website. Though it is just mess up right now, I like how it turned out. We don’t have any extra budget to hire professionals to make our website, so making it simple is just a right thing to do. Besides, I’m already ticked out my first goal for 2015 (haha!).
Good night, professional dreamer. May the odds always be in your favor :3