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The Artist | Mimi Chuan

I’ve been following Mimi on Instagram for the longest time, and I finally reached out recently to ask if she’d like to be featured over here on the blog. Mimi, known as Mimskii on Instagram, creates the most beautiful ceramic pieces that are simple, yet striking and quite lovely to look at. I asked Mimi a few questions about her creative practice. Here’s what she had to say…


What keeps you inspired?
Creation. I thrive when frolicking in nature.

What made you gravitate towards clay as a medium?
I feel like clay is a very grounding and forgiving medium. I am a hand builder (as opposed to wheel work) So it requires (alot of) patience and each piece is incredibly unique and no 2 pieces look the same. The process cannot be rushed (or mass produced) and it’s a little bit unpredictable. It feels raw and of the earth. I love that.

Favourite piece to date?
My current “Rising Suns” tumblers that will form part of my first capsule collection (hōm) being released early next year (2019).

Dream collaboration?
There are so many incredibly creative and talented individuals that I don’t know if I can name just one. But that being said, my most recent collaboration with Melissa of Studio Melissa Louise on Floral Slumber, was an absolute dream. I really admire her work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and her ability to translate her creative talents across different disciplines (interior design, candles, digital marketing etc.) It was such a fun experience and would love to do it again.

Your style in three words?
improvisational, minimal and true to hand and material.

Find more of Mimi’s work on her Instagram.
Nabeela x
(Photographs were provided by Mimi)

A Note on Exams

It feels like I write a post like this every exam season, but the truth is, every time the exam period comes around, I notice new things, and learn more about myself, and others, and what works to get through heavy workloads and stressful times.

I’ve always been a planner, so planning and organizing my studying  feels very natural to me. If you’re someone who struggles to maintain order and stick to a plan, a more brief outline of the content you need to cover before your exams will work just fine. I always find that having a clear plan of what work I’m going to do and when I’m going to do it helps to ease some of my anxiety around exams, because I can see that I have enough time to get through everything.

My friends and I start asking teachers for breakdowns as soon as we get back to school in term four. It really helps to know what content needs to be covered as early as possible. For subjects where these breakdowns aren’t given, I make my own, and just keep a running list as the term progresses.

Try keeping your room and desk area neat. It  can really help to unclutter your mind. So if you have a few minutes, just spend it filing away important papers, recycling the ones you don’t need, taking the dirty mugs down to the kitchen and sorting out your pens. It’ll do wonders.

Making sure that you get enough sleep is important too. As easy as it is to stay up until 3am before a big paper, it’ll catch up with you and you’ll burn out really quickly. Set a bedtime rule and try and stick to it as best you can. (Mine is 11pm – mostly).

Lastly, just remember that no matter how important and anxiety-inducing exams may feel, they’re just exams. You have a life after them. Your self-care doesn’t have to stop. Work hard, but allow yourself enough time to just pause and catch your breath.

Hope this helps a bit. I wish you all well over these exams!

Nabeela x

 

 

Fresh Starts + Goal-Setting / Get To Work Book

Though I don’t believe that a new year is the only time to make fresh starts and set new goals (after all, every day is a fresh start), it is a great time to lay out plans for the year ahead, set goals and carve a path to achieve what you’ve set out to do. 

With 2017 drawing to a close, it may be a good idea to take some time to reflect on what you have achieved this year,  what you may want to work on and what goals you want to set for 2018. I personally find that the more SMART my goals are (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound), the less likely they are to hang in the air, and just remain goals.  

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Luckily for us, there are incredible people out there creating awesome, well thought-out tools to help us reach our full potential and plan out our days so they are filled with productive tasks, enjoyable hobbies and much sought after time to relax. One of these people is Elise Blaha Cripe, the founder of Get To Work Book and the host of the wonderfully interesting podcast, Elise Gets Crafty. Get To Work Book has been created to help one to achieve goals by working on them in small, manageable chunks and one day at a time so that they can become a reality. Its all about getting stuff done. 

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I love the clean lines and minimal colour palette

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I sent Elise a few questions about goal-setting and the Get To Work Book. Here’s what she had to say…

What inspired you to start Get To Work Book?

I really wanted a planner that was simple in design without a lot of extra colors or flourishes. I had learned a lot about working towards big projects over the years and was excited to incorporate some of those aspects.

If you had to give people one piece of advice when it comes to goal-setting, what would it be?

Start with something that is manageable but still hard enough to feel exciting. Tell people about the goals you are working towards and document your progress as you go.

Do you think there is added value in putting goals on paper and not just keeping them in your head, or in an app on your phone?  

For me, absolutely. I am a very visual person and “seeing” my tasks on paper can keep me motivated. I also like the sensation of crossing things off which is never as satisfying on my phone.

How do you stay inspired to keep on hustling, and how do you ensure that you still have time for yourself?

I have found that “making breeds making” so the more I stay engaged and creative, the more creative ideas I have. When I am feeling uninspired, I try to return to an old hobby in order to get my momentum back. I’m an introvert and so making sure I have personal time is a huge priority – just as important to me as work.

I hope this inspires you to take action and make your goals happen. You can do anything if you set you set your mind to it. 

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You can pick up a copy of the 2018 Jan – December Get To Work Book here.

Nabeela x

PS: Stay tuned for part 2 – a more detailed review early 2018

{Disclaimer: I was sent a Get To Work Book to review here on my blog. As always, all my opinions and thoughts are my own, and I would never recommend a product that I don’t truly love and believe is worthwhile}

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