The Darling Tree
This lady. Jo Klima. When I first landed on her Instagram page, I have to admit that I was totally girl crushing. Her art is simply stunning, not to mention that I am totally jealous of her zen den studio space! (see below)
According to her website, "The Darling Tree is an Australian digital design space and art house that produces spirited graphic art and canvas work."
She also offers online courses to inspire and empower likeminded creatives to express their most authentic work, such as her most recent course that starts in March, The Unicorn Project.
Read her inspiring interview below
1. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?
My day always begins with a cup of tea, morning pages (journaling), meditation and one card reading with my favourite deck, Starchild Tarot. This allows me to ease into my day by spending at least an hour on my own sacred practice, and I can feel into my energy and intentions for the day.
2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?
I have a mantra that is from the book ‘The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks as an alarm on my phone each morning which is ‘I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.
3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
If I feel like I don’t have a spare minute to look after myself, it’s usually not true and I’m putting too much priority on something that essentially isn’t as important as my own well being. My morning routine is non-negotiable. I will make sure that I still include some movement into my day, preferably outside. It may be that I just walk home along the river instead of catching the bus. I also make sure that I have healthy food in my fridge so I’m not reaching for the junk food when I’m feeling stressed. Spending time with my friends and my dog helps keep me grounded.
4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
A couple of books (I am always reading more than one at a time!), essential oils, and face mist, a few crystals, some nuts or bliss balls, a small art journal and pens, and some audiobooks or podcasts saved on my phone ready to go.
5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some create inspiration?
I have a special art journal which I started with the intention that it can be ugly, full of mistakes and make no sense whatsoever. Just knowing that and not putting pressure on myself to make something visually stunning or perfect totally frees me up to explore so many different things that I probably wouldn’t have if I wanted to make something that I would post on social media or sell on my site. In this way, you find out so much more about yourself and often you’ll discover a new way of working or come up with fresh ideas that you can really get excited about.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
You have the wisdom within yourself to know what you should do, you don’t need to follow what others tell you or might expect of you. The world is a lot smaller than it seems right now, you can go wherever you desire. If you can dream it, you can pursue it.
7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
Pigeon pose. When I stretch with this pose I always feel like a lot of blocked energy is being released, it feels amazing.
8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She guides us in understanding the true nature of the creative process in a way that resonated so strongly. One of the biggest lessons I’ve taken from the book is the simple idea that creativity doesn’t owe you anything. Not money, success, fame or answers. It simply invites you to come play with it, and it will continue to engage with you if you continue to respond back.
9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
Occasionally I try to read before I go to bed, but sometimes I just catch up on Netflix. I’m a pretty good sleeper so my focus is to have a good practice in the morning.
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