“Hi! My name is Livia and I love design and photography which I've been doing for most of my life. I ♥ Canon cameras; Apple Macs; dabbling in Adobe Creative Suite software; and wrangling XHTML, CSS, basic PHP and Wordpress. Comic Sans and Papyrus fonts scare me. I ♥ eating out with friends. I really ♥ camels. Have you figured out what 'chamelle' means yet? According to some silly online quiz I am a 'hippie'. I believe in environmental sustainability, and like meditation and yoga (when I get around to doing it) so I guess it must be right ;) In October 2010 I moved to France to practise my French and nurture my love of foreign languages (and eat lots of yummy food!). Here, I found plenty of inspiration amongst all the beautiful places and things I see… In May 2011 I moved to Geneva, Switzerland and being a former Sydney beach girl, I am getting used to the beauty of the large lake and the mountains. This blog contains bits and pieces about my life and work. Hope you enjoy reading it, glad you made it this far. Please drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you!
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For the past 2 years or so I have hardly watched any tv and only recently been getting back into it. I actually love tv but compared to the internet, tv feels too slow and sitting through ads drives me nuts. Studies have actually shown that watching too much tv numbs your brain (which probably explains why so many people fall asleep in front of it!). I hate that numbing effect which is why I don’t watch a lot of shows. Anyway, enough about that.
I’ve really been getting into MasterChef, which is kind of funny because I actually have little interest in food and cooking. When I watch it, I’ve been finding myself having all sorts of random thoughts. I guess the reason the show appeals to me is because of the creative side of cooking. I actually had a discussion with a friend about if they’d ever make a reality show about finding a graphic designer, web designer, or photographer (which of course are my interests) since they already have shows about finding singers, dancers, fashion designers and chefs (which are all creative jobs that involve having talent).
So last night, they had celebrity chef Curtis Stone on the show. I wanted to find out more about him so I looked him up. Only about a week ago I was reading about Adriano Zumbo, a man who runs a famed patisserie in Balmain by the same name. I had also been following Delectable’s Su-Yin’s journey and blog. What I think is similar and amazing about all three stories (apart from the fact that they are related to cooking or baking) is that they knew what they wanted to do, followed their heart and passion, and went for it. And are now very successful. Of course having talent helps too.
I am sure there are many thousands of stories just like theirs and I love reading them because I find them inspiring.
Some people just seem to know what they want to do from a young age, whereas others find their ‘groove’ much later in life. I don’t think it matters when you find it. I know my father always knew what he wanted to do. He got into the best university in the country, got his degree and has been working in the same job ever since he graduated. He’s worked in 4 different countries and several different companies but always doing pretty much the same thing. I don’t know when he’ll stop doing it, he’ll probably be like Lorelai’s father in Gilmore Girls when he retires, and go a bit crazy out of ‘boredom’.
Of course it’s different for our generation. It’s much more accepted to have many different career paths throughout one’s life. I can’t say I was one of those people who always knew what they wanted to do. But I did know it had to be creative. I always knew if I didn’t do something creative I would pretty much go insane. I didn’t know what area I wanted to go into because I had too many interests (film/tv being the major one) but from the age of 14 I aimed for a career that involved creativity!
But if you watched this video (which I’ve posted before), it mentions that the kids today are going to be working in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet. There’s no way I could have known in high school that a job such as a ‘web designer’ could exist a few years later.
Basically where I am going with all is this is that I have realized time and time again that if you have a passion for something, you’ll want to do it all the time. It won’t feel like a job, and if you keep doing it you’ll get better and better at it, and become successful. Isn’t that how it works?
You could even relate this to blogging. Why can some people blog 6 times a day, and for others it’s a chore to blog even once every 6 weeks? I think it comes down to passion again. Because if you enjoy doing something, it doesn’t seem like hard work, whereas if it’s something you feel like you should be doing (but don’t really want to) it’ll feel like too much work.
The other thought I had whilst watching Masterchef is: Why are all 3 chef judges male?
I had this discussion with my sister a few years back. Why is it in high school no guy would be caught dead wanting to do home ec (cooking), sewing, hairdressing or anything ‘girly’ yet all the best chefs, hairdressers, make up artists, fashion designers, etc are almost always male? What’s going on there?
Anyway, too much to think about. I need to give my brain a rest (maybe I’ll go watch some tv )
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you agree or disagree with me? What is your passion? Please leave your comment below.
Posted May 14, 2009 by Livia. Read related: my life, tv