You May Kiss The Bride!

wedding kimono, TokyoWe stumbled upon this scene (a wedding fair? a rehearsal?) in Kyoto and were so hooked we forgot all about the Ginkakuji Temple and other things we were to see that day.

Here are some lampshades I made with wedding kimonos.

If only these embroideries could speak!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA– Would look fabulous on a crystal lamp base, don’t you think?

The bride shook her fringe – ‘Yes, it would’ – she said and for a moment immersed herself in the memories of that day – with guests arriving early and the butterflies in her stomach when he looked at her, painted white from head to toe, as was the custom 30 years ago, wearing that bridal kimono her father spent a fortune on – she knew it was worth it.

Many years on – it still was.


An alternative resume

Participating in a business course lately turns out to be not only about figures.

I had a chance to experience that first hand as all participants were asked to write what at first seemed like an alternative entrepreneur’s (but not only!) CV.

Here’s what I wrote in a frenzy after a prolonged blank stare at the sheet of paper first –      What I’ve learned and where:

From my mother and my husband – optimism – there’s always a 3rd solution to solve the problem.
From hobbies and activities – as a Polish native, I’ve learned a lot of my English by loving to read, write and talk about it (book club!)
In my private life I felt I am capable of practically anything in the world when I had my baby. Multitasking and time management skills are part of the package. Also, I discovered that if you really want something very badly – it actually happens!
In my professional life – making visuals, designing products, improving products, writing descriptions, recognising and understanding customers’ needs.
At college – I’ve learned to use 2D and 3D software. And also – that commitment is crucial for project completion, as non commitment was immediately evident at the end of term shows.
As a teenager – that I can live through a lot without ever leaving the house. In case you’re concerned – I also learned to make friends around that time.
At school I discovered my love for reading, making things and painting.

As I wrote all that, and as everyone at the table started sharing their stories I suddenly felt the room was filling with wealth of experience, skills and motivation.

Try it now! How? By looking back at your life – what have you learned?:

  • – at school?

  • – as a teenager?

  • – at college?

  • – in your first…second job?

  • – in your private life?

  • – with your hobbies, activities?

  • – from your parents?

How would your friends, colleagues and family describe you?

Have you written it all down? How does it make you feel?