I love new year, any new year, Chinese New Year, Parsi New year or Ugadi (meaning dawn of a new age) the Kannada new year. I love the fact that I can leave a whole year behind me, irrespective of whether it was good, bad or average. I like that kind of closure.
I love this feeling of starting over again and having a fresh year ahead of me, filled with new chances and new experiences. A new year means you get another go at designing a life that you love. You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? A new year reminds you to go do them.
I’m soon collaborating with a brand that I love – the Japanese brand of ‘no brand, quality goods’ – Muji. I like to think their products are for ‘little rich minimalists’ because they don’t come cheap. Muji products ‘spark joy’ – they are simple, utilitarian and beautiful. They also have a whole section dedicated to organizing, something I absolutely love as a self-admitted clutter-hater. I recently read about Marie Kondo’s KonMari method. The KonMari Method is the tidying method Kondo created out of her lifelong work and passion for organizing. Her book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up explains the basics of the KonMari method. Its most unique characteristic is the question “does it spark joy?” which is the determining factor for deciding what to keep and what to give or throw away. When you use joy as your standard, you confront each of your things earnestly, and reflect on whether they make you happy in the present.
Consequently, you will begin to realize what kinds of things you want to surround yourself with and what your idea of happiness really is. Then, you can apply this decision-making standard of “joy” to your work and relationships. You will begin to feel more confident in recognizing and pursuing what makes you happy. In fact, people who apply the KonMari Method take steps toward their ideal life by changing jobs, starting their own businesses, or improving their health and diet.
Too many of us are trapped in wrong jobs, toxic relationships and unhealthy lifestyle choices – it is suicidal the way we live, the way we self-destruct with each passing day. All this without a pause for thought. A new year is a chance to pause and look within. So any new year is another chance to reflect on what brings you joy, put the pieces together, and prepare to start a new chapter. Because, it’s never too late to be what you might have been. Right?
A fresh start. A new beginning. A new life. That is what Easter is also all about.
I’m going to be collaborating with Muji to conduct an in-store Easter children’s art workshop – Sapna Dube X Muji : ‘Make it yourself : Tote Bag Design Workshop’ on March 31st & April 1st 2018 at Muji, VR Bengaluru, Whitefield Road, Bangalore. In addition, I will be holding other arty kids Easter workshops/activities in association with VR Bengaluru called ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ : Activities include Egg Bunting, Pin the Bunny’s Tail, Egg Painting & Easter Egg Hunt.
Please don’t forget to register for it at this link : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXc9MKORJKgZOaIx0slhh9yJkPcby731ipnX8L374D21dCNw/viewform?c=0&w=1
For more details go here: https://www.vrbengaluru.com/events-details.asp?id=120
See you there!
P.S : This is how I turned a plain tote bag into irresistible arm candy : http://sapnadube.com/diy-all-over-sticker-bag/
This is how creative an Easter egg painting activity I’d organized in 2012 was : http://sapnadube.com/happy-easter/