Follow your true passion

You know the great actor John Malkovich right? 

You've seen him in many superb films playing all sorts of different characters. Well, turns out, he has a great passion for fashion design.

I came across this fantastic short video (a collaboration between Squarespace and John Malkovich) and just loved the feeling and inspirational nature of it. Yes, John is an actor and so is suited to playing out a convincing role in this like his many other movies but the underlying message is just so important - you just have to find a way to indulge your true passions as much as possible - surely that's the key to happiness?

And remember that even stars like John Malkovich feel the same internal tug of war that goes on with things you feel you "should" be doing to satisfy someone else's agenda.

Change your life. Take your time. Take the long way.

It's very important to have lots of moments in life where you have time to just sit and ponder. I think this is what holidays do, they make us feel like we have time and it's at these moments that we feel our big, ambitious life goals are closest to the surface.
It shouldn't have to take a trip overseas to create this feeling - you can create your own sanctuary (with a  little help from me), no matter how small and simple, within your own outdoor space.

If you're wanting a sanctuary of your own, let's grab a coffee

By the way, the headline of this blog is taken from the brilliant documentary Long Way Round with Charley Boorman and Ewan Mcgregor (unfortunately, no relation to me). It's a great reminder to step off the merry-go-round and do something completely different and possibly a little crazy.

My partner Amanda and Jaime (from the fabulous La Placeta in Portugos, southern Spain) quietly sitting, looking over the many mountains  and out towards the coast of North Africa as part of our trek from Portugos to Trevelez.

One of my favourites

When i first came across this amazing space, I immediately fell in love. It has such a fine balance of materials and i could definitely see myself enjoying a Sunday morning coffee on that bench - here are a few points I picked up on;

  1. Look at the laser cut pattern in the weathering steel fence - like me, you've probably seen hundreds that don't look right - this has the right amount of see through and blockage.
  2. The angles used create a huge amount of interest - almost like it's not exposing itself all at once.
  3. Look at how things line up - multiple materials are in line but not in a way that makes it look contrived.
  4. The pond has an incredible colour and texture to it - not just plain black.

Hilgard Residence
Created By: Mary Barensfeld Architecture
Photography: Joe Fletcher Photography