I feel creativity is like a natural spring water… it must come out naturally… you can not force the water to spring out… or can you?
It feels too depressing to say you cannot learn to be creative… because it just is too sad if that is true…
I am remembering those Japanese kids who I used to teach English in Japan. They were 3-5 years old kindergarten students… and they were SOOOOOO amazingly CREATIVE!! every single one of them.
So wasn’t everyone started life as super creative being?? What happened to those super UNcreative people??
Uncreative people must have been creative to start and learnt to be uncreative at one point in their lives… maybe because they learnt to listen to others and stopped listening to oneself…? mmm maybe… ?
If that is how to make uncreative people, then if one learn to stop listening to others and start to listen to oneself… can one be creative again?? mmmm maybe…?
… let’s close eyes… and feel who we are… and start listening to ourselves… to be creative again!!
VOILA! YES!! we can learn to be creative!!
and again, really really the world needs more creativity… to be happier, to be more harmonious,… simply to be better!!
So, I have been one of those who are really really really … like REALLY bad at what Marie Kondo does; throwing things away.
YES Gift boxes, ribbons, old clothes, wrapping papers, and so on they spark joy in me. and Yes I do want to keep them…
I had been wondering why I am like this… then I realized there is a pattern in my thought process when I decide to keep things….
“wow! this is great to make ( ) !”
I most always want to make something out of those unwanted things.
Hooray! the time is now finally accepting this “reuse and remake” concept.
Remake and reuse, such as “upcycling” and “eco-fashion” are not just eco friendly hobbies anymore, they are mandatory life challenges for the world to survive…
I had worked as a fashion designer for a long time, so naturally I love fashion!! yet nowadays I hardly buy new clothes as I find so many interesting old clothes everywhere. With a bit of creativity those unwanted clothes are somethings so wanted again. I find joy of making my own fashion and clothes and love being creative about it… Some people call that sustainable.. wow so trendy… lol.
This morning I got a phone call from a friend who works for a big cooperation in the US, and she was telling me how big companies are now try to learn sustainability from small businesses. I was not sure what they are trying to learn … are there anything to learn actually… ? and if there are, how can you learn how to be creative?
sustainability is strongly connected to creativity…
So if you are creative, being sustainable is not only easy but also so much fun!!!
Just an idea could save this planet.
and this thought made me sooooo powerful and motivated today!! to be who I am and enjoy being who I am.
Maybe I am not Marie Kondo who I admire so much… but I decided to embrace who I am today and see what I could offer through me.
A Grande dry cappuccino,with whole milk, long shot! Extra hot! and Cinnamon on top!
That is how I liked to order my cup at a starbucks in New York! And the barista made it for me without questioning nothing…
Now I ask the same in a Starbucks in Japan and either the barista looked like I just spoke unknown words, or I am asking impossible task to a person who is just working for a coffee shop… the other day some barista who used to live in the US told me there is no long shot available at Starbucks coffee in Japan…
What!? I can not believe it!! (Long shots mean that when you make espresso, you put a bit more hot water to make a shot.) The barista told me they just push buttons to make their coffee so the amount of hot water cannot be adjusted..-
OMG really? Starbucks Coffee!? You are not the same in Japan!! how dare you!?
I wonder if coffee is a local thing… Even starbucks could not offer the same for the world…
Actually, there are a few other things I am shocked by the Japanese coffee culture. Here are some examples…
The opening time of the coffee shop is late. Too late indeed.
In coffee shops, they often roast delicious coffee beans in-house, and it is not that rare to find out the barista studied the most beautiful method of making coffee… but then they do not offer real milk… they often offer this thing called “coffee fresh” which is just a hydrogenated oil. Yuck!!
Their coffee cups are small.
First of all, the coffee drink I know is a drink that we often drink in the morning. The early morning should be the prime time of a coffee shop… but not in Japan.
People line up at a New York’s Starbucks before work. Even ordinary coffee shops start early in the morning. That’s just how it is in NYC…
A little while ago, I was supposed to meet with co-workes at 7 am to go on a business trip together. I arrived the meeting place maybe 20min. to 7am, so I had a bit of time… and I saw a coffee shop there, a well-known franchised coffeeshop Mr. Donut… I walked over to the store to only know it was closed because they open 9am or 10am, something like that… I remember I stood there a few second because I could not believe what I just read… Who is going to buy coffee at such a time! ! ! ? ? And I remember feeling a bit of anger on top of frustration at that time…
OK, now, let’s image google “morning commute in NYC”… here are some pics I found immediately.
A coffee cup in hand!!!
I am feeling the culture shock … specifically the coffee culture shock in Japan…
And what’s that creamer which does not even need refrigeration and have such a long shelf life … It ’s not milk, what is it then??? Not so sure… so you would still use that in your artisanally hand dripped coffee!?
In the US, it is not rare that coffee shops offer all types of milk… from organic milk to all percentage of fat to … various alternative options such as hemp, cashew, and almond milk.
I live in a Colombians neighborhood where the coffee is their vital culture… the coffee of course is great and the real milk is carefully steamed even in a diner or at a “Bodega” coffee stand in a corner! I must say they know what they are doing!!
And finally, in Japan, just like everything else… the Ordinary coffee cup also is small. Very small…
If you come to New York someday, let’s have breakfast and have coffee in a diner ~. I’m sure you will be shocked but in a good way!
Besides being a fashion designer, as a part of a lifestyle design, I practice and also teach yoga… Currently I have hot yoga classes in a studio called Zen and Yoga in forest hills NY. Yesterday before my yoga class, one lovely couple who come regularly to my class complemented me so generously… I obviously was flattered, but confirmed that people are like mirrors… because I felt the same way about them… They are such beautiful people… they courageously came in to the hot yoga room, and stick to the practice… keeping open minds and coming back to the mats… and they come together every week. They support each other… I honestly believe the world peace starts with supporting your immediate surrounding first… so I have been admiring their beings and efforts week after week… and I see them getting stronger every week, that has been so empowering…
So when they complemented me, I knew that they see themselves in me also… we mirror each other…
If I tell you that the greatest teacher of all for you is actually YOU… do you believe me?
We all have the teacher in us. It is the inner wisdom…
One great teacher can try to teach 100 people the same thing, but they probably will learn it 100 different ways… maybe some do and maybe some don’t right away. It is really up to the person to learn … but when you did learn, you did it, yourself… not the “teacher”.
I do “teach” yoga every week… but my students are also my teachers… they reflect all my elements, happiness, anger, love, compassion, fears, worries, etc etc…
As it may seem challenging as it is… life is so beautiful… because of you… So thank you those who come into my life….
This is the last new moon for 2018… I am setting my intention to believe in myself even more and move forward to spread my B•hū•UR message for the next full moon and year!!
Opening my online store BhuUR.com in August 2018, miraculously, I made a few sales … I so appreciate your support… Thank you so much!!
I was so happy to receive this picture from this beautiful customer (J.J) on her beautiful vacation!! She is wearing one of B•hū•UR’s tops, “I 💖 2cu Happy” french terry top! Awww … She looks SO CUTE!!
I loved this photo so much, first with her permission I put it on my instagram @rikarikastudio, and on facebook… I got good responses on the posts… So I asked her if I can use the pictures for my website…
She said YES! and VOILAVOILA! the first B•hū•UR fashion ambassador was born!
B•hū•UR Ambassador!! yes yes that’s it!! I felt I could connect with the world with my message (Be Who You Are!) more with her example! She made it easier for this top to connect with others!! She is an ambassador!!
I would love to see you happy!! Please send me your pictures wearing B•hū•UR designs and be inspired to inspire others to be who they are!!
Yes! Just B•hū•UR !!
Be the next B•hū•UR model and ambassador !!
Thank you for spreading the love and the message… xoxo
Today one of my Namastees was sold!!! and it will be worn by a lady called Ms.Nama! It is now Nama’s tee!
A few days ago, I taught a yoga class wearing my Namastee-shirt… After the class I was asked by one of the yogis who took my class where I got the T-shirt I was wearing!!
Tada! e-hem… I designed it!!!!!!!! I was so surprised and definitely flattered to be asked about my product!
But the surprise did not stop there… He told me his wife’s nick name is Nama and he would want to get the tee shirt for her… because then it will be really Nama’s tee-shirt!! ( Awww what a thoughtful husband…)
I was so surprised how beautiful and humorous a coincidence can be!! and really loved how my design is so personal to some people even at unconscious level!
I could not help but to customize the graphic for this special occasion…!!
I hope my Namastee will be happy to be Nama’s tee now…
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For me, it was a very organic month… It really felt like it allowed me to go with the flow… I started teaching more yoga organically, reconnected with friends organically, traveled organically, decluttered my place and rearranged my furniture organically… lol
Organically means I did not plan to… I was just ready to…
I was asked to teach more yoga classes… I was not looking to… but I wanted to… so I just said YES when I was asked. I subbed a few classes too, so taught in a hot room, regular room, in an office, and even in a gym! It is challenging but so much fun to put myself out there with what I love… a bit like designing products… lol. and, I got more phone calls and text messages from random friends, and just embracing those opportunities I was surrounded by good friends, including my college friends that I have not seen for many years!!… I also visited some of my friends’ places that is located a few hours away from my place, and it felt like vacations! You see my picture? That is me on a farm in NJ with my friends’ dog Rosie! it was so relaxing and so nice to be in touch with the nature and the (halloween) season… and oh wow… I am not sure if I am happy about this, but I rearranged my furniture because I got mice in my apartment while I was away for a few days!! Boohoo… I was looking for the holes on the wall and I moved and rearranged some furnitures now… it looks actually much better than before though…!! and since … mice had a party in my place, I throw away some items otherwise I would have still clinging on to… and this was something I wanted to do for a long time… lol.
As for creative activities as a designer, this too unfolded organically… I could not do a lot of things I planned to such as opening my Etsy store (lol, coming soon) and move forward to more design works… (lol coming soon too) but I got a new SSD and Hard drives for my MacBook! My friend who is super talented at apple products helped me to upgrade my vintage 2012 MacBook with Max Memory and high speed performance!! Whoa!!! So now I have no choice but to perform my best as I cannot blame my “vintage” MacBook for slowness anymore… lol
Sometimes embracing the NOW is not easy… because I am not certain and could always have the sense of being out of control… but we have to trust intuition more… because at the end.. it all works out organically and sometimes even more perfectly than perfectly planned plans…
So cheers to the organic month… Looking forward to what November will bring to us…
Wow! Time flies! and it is already October and another new moon…(yesterday)…
It is a good time to set and renew our intentions for this cycle… It may sound silly but it helps me to keep myself being guided.
Around the last full moon, I got a new offer to teach a weekly class at a yoga studio… I setted an intention to teach more yoga classes on that cycle… and voila, it fulfilled… Now it is time to set a new intention… what could it be…?
Teaching yoga in NYC is really interesting… Sometimes I am mesmerized by the contrast of the super busy life styles of New Yorkers and the super dedicated yoga practice of theirs… and we have so many great yogis in this urban environment…
I really enjoy both sides of life, New York and Yoga… and that inspired me to create this new “Namaste collection… “
It was a therapeutic design approach coming from my fun spirit and I enjoyed building the collection… I was already so satisfied to just see the products in my online store… but awww I am so thankful that some people actually bought the items!! This makes me feel I am connected to them.
So have you had a chance to look at my “Namaste collection” ?It is now available in my store…
In the collection, I have a new favorite tee called “Namastee” lol.
It is a Tee shirt saying Namastee on the chest and why it says so… teehee. I wanted to make this design when I needed to run from a yoga class in Brooklyn I had just taught and needed to run to teach another yoga class in Queens… My hands were busy getting the paperworks, my mat, my bags, my water, and then as I was leaving I was saying good byes and namastes to the clients… just without the hand gesture… omg isn’t that important? Oh well… what can I do? I am a busy urban yogi… lol. but I do care!! A LOT!! so the Namastee was born.
Let’s see if this tee shirt will bring me more peace for the next class… lol
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