Culture Corner: Love Is In The Air

This month I have surrounded myself with all things love. Like the rest of the nation, I have been hooked by Love Island, I am team Ovie all the way and am not quite sure what I'll do at 9pm each night after it ends next week - any tips to get past this grieving period are very much welcomed! I’ve been listening to Deliciously Ella’s podcast ‘Who, Why & How We Love' with Laura Mucha and I launched ‘Love Stories’ the latest addition to my illustrated map collection.

I have also been reading Dr Gary Chapman’s ‘The 5 Love Languages,’ a guide to identifying, understanding and speaking love languages. 

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t know there was one let alone five, so wanted to share some of what I learnt. 

The five languages of love are:

Physical touch

Words of affirmation

Quality time

Acts of service. 

Receiving gifts

It was such an interesting read, learning how each individual speaks a different language, I discovered that I'm special and have a bilingual love language as I speak both physical touch and words of affirmation. It also delves into the difference between the obsession of the natural high ‘in love’ you experience within the first two years of a relationship (also known as the honeymoon period) compared to the emotional need to feel loved and the wish for security, self-worth and significance, after this time.

A lot of what the book covers seems simple, but it’s not until someone else points things out that you think of course I should be doing that, for example it suggestions that you should try and give your loved one a compliment a day. Everyone loves a compliment, it makes you feel so good about yourself, especially coming from someone closest to you. The book also talks about acts of kindness and how we should make a list of four small things that you’d like each other to do, to show how much you love. We all want our partners to be mind readers but lets face it, no one is, so setting out intentions makes for a happier relationship.

As well as reading the book, I also recommend taking their 5 Languages of Love Test - don’t panic it's nothing to do with compatibility, I found the results helped to spark great and positive conversations perfect for a date night.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been re-working my portfolio and it highlighted that a lot of my work is inspired by love, my personalised wedding and anniversary illustrations, even my Egg & Solider print, so having a deeper understanding of the emotion, makes each individual art piece that bit more meaningful.

Culture Corner: A Night With Dolly Alderton & Sara Tasker

Being a one woman band business I feel it is important to enrich both my personal and work life with the inspiration, knowledge and support of other creatives within the industry, be that through a podcast, book or exhibition, to keep myself, business and work growing.

In honour of International Women’s Day it seemed only apt that this month’s source of inspiration were to come from two ultimate boss women that I admire very much, Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton. I was lucky enough to be invited along to their ‘Hashtag Authentic’ an evening with, where over the hour they pondered all things social media, modern careers and using the internet as a springboard to help make creative dreams a reality.

If you are yet to stumble across Sara Tasker and Dolly Alderton I highly recommend that you do so!

The evenings discussion centred around success and how we should not be afraid from celebrating it and not be shying away from what we work hard for. People wanting to share their successes is so important to my business, I rely on clients old and new wanting to celebrate personal achievements and milestones. When a brief comes through for a ‘New Born Baby’ or ‘1st Anniversary’ print I can’t help but smile and get pleasure out of illustrating these accomplishments. I then got thinking about how I celebrate my own success particularly within work. After the ladies delved a lot deeper into the world of social media I realised my answer was instagram. I use the social channel to showcase my works and achievements and it is a powerful tool that I am grateful is helping to keep my creative dreams a reality.

The night was throughly inspiring and very entertaining trust me when I say you need to visit Dolly’s twitter page for the best one liner, laugh out loud tweets! I also learnt that you cannot take negative reviews to heart, a vulnerability hangover is the perfect way to describe the feelings you experience the day a night on the town and Mirabeau Rose is one beautifully drinkable wine!

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