Creating the MOOD of Magic for the Holiday Season
Have you ever craved something different to do at the end of December?
Consider combining travel, design, adventure, connection with friends and family during the holiday season. It is truly magical!
This time last year I decided to venture across the pond to visit my relatives in the UK. Some live in London and others live on the British Channel Island of Jersey. I also traveled to Paris, a city I had never been to, on the Eurorail.
I wanted to explore everything - places I hadn’t been, museums I hadn’t seen, food I hadn’t eaten, conversations I hadn’t had, books I hadn’t read.
Among a slew of other intangible and unexplainable things. I traveled alone connecting along the way with family, friends and fellow travelers.
I know traveling opens up my sensory experiences of the world. Particularly design. It gets me out of my comfort zone, my structure, and awakens me to new inspiration. It’s a connection to humanity. Somehow I create connection in these experiences.
‘Psychological studies have shown that an individual’s level of creativity (and the open-mindedness that facilitates it) can be directly influenced by the amount of traveling that they do. But perhaps more surprisingly, the creative benefit that an individual gains from traveling can be drastically impacted by how immersed they become into the culture that they’re visiting. Designers should not just aspire to travel, but also to immerse themselves into the different cultures, languages, and experiences that they encounter while abroad.’ Austin Knight
London and Jersey was about family. I’ve been several times, and each time I’m hosted with an abundance of welcoming warmth. In Jersey, we walked along the barren beaches full of seaweed and shells. I admired homes built out of lighthouses, taking in all the textures enjoying the chilly, salty air on my face on the coast of the English channel.
I took the Eurorail from London to Paris through the French countryside. I was struck by the beauty of the frost on the trees, grass and farmlands as we flew at stop speed. When we arrived at the train station I ventured to unload my bags at a glorious little boutique hotel in the heart of Paris called Hotel R. Paris is known as the ultimate walking city of the world, and I resolved myself to walking. It was cold, adding to the breathtaking beauty of everything!
The sites of the cities and landscapes I enjoyed along the way. Being on foot most of the way, was instrumental to deepening my senses of the cities and places I traveled to. Navigating my way through unfamiliar roads and pathways was thrilling and forced me to engage with the world around me.
At the end of my trip, at Tate Museum, I picked up a book written by Marina Abramovic called ‘Walk Through Walls: A Memoir’. This book has haunted me [in a good way] for most of 2017.
Abramovic was incredibly dedicated to her art, she went beyond all boundaries to be an artist true to herself. There are many lessons here.
Adventuring is not only good for your soul but also for your craft. No matter what you do. Accounting, Law, Medicine, parenting… Get out there. It’s a big beautiful world to be discovered, enjoyed, sustained by. As you expand your horizons, so do you expand your mind.