Happiness = Do what you love?

 

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LL Cool J as a motivational Speaker? Yes!

The singer, rapper, actor had some great commentary when asked about job satisfaction: “Do what you love; you’ll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get this one right away.”

He’s partially right, but he never finished the story and that’s where most of us give up.

It’s been said that creative people are the luckiest on earth, mostly because they are already existing on a level that brings a certain kind of  fulfillment. Now whether that is a job, a hobby or something else is entirely up to the them. For us, ..it’s the ebb & flow of creativity from one career field to the next that has been like a lifeline in a sea of change.

None of us are one thing,…we are all multi-faceted. We make choices,…we live with those choices. Change, as  noted, is inevitable. The easy thing would be to say “do what you love and the money will come”. There is a book with that moniker but it isn’t exactly true. Of course job fulfillment is essential; hating what you do can’t be good for anything much! But do you always get paid for what you love doing? Not really. I love riding my bike along the riverfront. It makes me happy but I don’t get paid for it.

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However, I do love creating. We all love creating beautiful things; revamping items here at Omforme. Spinning gold from straw is a nice colloquialism that’s bantered about a lot around here. And yes, others find what we do to have value – which brings in a whole other dimension to our job satifaction. We’re glad to able to please others with our goods and make a living from it at the same time. Not everyone can say that and we know we are lucky in that aspect.

Balance between loving what you do and being able to make a living off of it takes a recipe: Passion (motivation enough to go to work everyday), focus (figuring out a plan & where you are going) and lots of perseverance (getting through the rough patches). For us it starts with building great relationships with people. Good people. People who are interested in our creativity whether it comes in a form of restoring an item of theirs, revamping it into something else, or selling an item we’ve worked hard on to make beautiful once again. After that, it’s all about the furniture and how our creative translations helps enliven a piece that will become a work of functional art in your home. Each step forward is earned as well as  kind of self reflection to make sure we are on the right path.

When new customers come over to our studio, it’s always amusing to see the look of absolute amazement in their reactions to all our goodies around the place. One of the best parts for me personally is to watch their imaginations run wild with inspiration. Excitement ensues with the chattering of ideas that we, in turn, make into a “Reality”. There are few limits at our studio and new customers realize that right away once exposed. That’s where our biggest portion of happiness with job satisfaction comes into play. Making others happy by doing what we love and getting rewarded for it every time.

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We are teaming up with other insanely talented lighting and furniture designers to offer a cream of the crop Pop-Up Shop. IT’s all in the works, but please stay tuned as we will be announcing the when & where soon.

Risky Business: Choosing Colour

risky_businessWhen was the last time you played it safe? For me it was the other night when I went to my favorite Chinese restaurant and ordered the same thing off the menu despite the multitude of new items available. I guess it was the easiest thing to do but it got me to wondering: Why did I do that?,…. and furthermore, how did I even discover this restaurant in the first place if I didn’t go out of my comfort zone to begin with?

The same can be said for choosing furnishings for your home. Playing it safe is the easiest route. Big Box stores know this, which is why they are filled with pared down basics in tasteful tones of the moment that lead consumers to believe they are being smart in their design choices. For the most part, caution in spending your money wisely on investment pieces like furniture is a good thing, but opting for safety can yield results you might not anticipate: Dullness.

Green-Sofa5-300x225When asked, most people say they love colour, but their homes hardly ever reflect it, why? That’s because most people worry about making a mistake with colour and go the safe route instead. It stops them in their tracks, frozen in fear. What if it’s not right? Well then, my question is, what if the world blew up tomorrow and you didn’t paint your home your favorite shade of persimmon to enjoy for 1 day beforehand?

Big Box retailers and designer showrooms use monochromatic colour schemes because they know it will sell. They know it’s not stepping outside the box and they are relying on your fear to purchase their neutral goods. But colour, like most things, is a representation of character, of joy if you let it. It can be a barometer for how you greet life and it has been proven to definitely affect your moods. It is a rarity that I meet anyone who says their favourite colour is beige.

Yet for all it’s safety, even beige can get dated. So can grey, taupe, navy, brown & black. Yep,.. they’re all good neutrals and yes they have their place. Yet there is more to this world than those conservative tones. Just look outside in nature and a world of bright, intense, beautiful colour exists that for some reason because it’s nature and not, say a chair, that it’s okay for it to be saturated in colour. Our fear of colour inside our homes is simply a misnomer. As a matter of fact there is a term for it: Chromophobia. It is a veil that needs to be pulled away from our eyes so that we can enjoy what nature has given us freely.

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Mid Century Widdicomb Chairs in Ombre Finish

If you want to conquer your fear of colour, here are a few tips:

1) Start small. Buy a bright coloured chair or stool. Even a saturated tablecloth can ease the transition to colour.

2) Paint a small room, such as a powder room or guest bedroom, a saturated bright shade like orange (gasp, I know) But realize that it’s only paint,…..it can be repainted.

3) This may be obvious, but start with your favorite colour outside of neutrals first. Introduce those favorites in open areas where you can see it easily. Eventually you’ll get used to it to the point that you may feel at a loss when that colour is gone.

4) Take a deep breath and realize you have nothing to lose by adding colour into your life. All colour is temporary, and you can just as easily remove it if you change your mind.

5) Don’t worry what your neighbors think,…they don’t live in your house. You do!

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Hollywood Regency Turquoise Table with Damask Mirror Top

 

Yes, it’s a crazy notion,…a green plaid sofa in my living room? Fuchsia sconces on the wall? That’s risky business mister! But really, what do you have to lose other than your stifled sense of fun and/or adventure. It’s not a permanent mark like a scar on your forehead. Enjoy it for the moment and if for no other reason than a bright green sofa makes you happy. Live your life,……live it in colour!

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