Every day I invite myself to...
Make stuff happen now. Do it, don’t talk about it. Leap from the ledge into the everything that matters to me. Make it up as I go.
Laugh on the way down. Don’t take failure too seriously. Don’t get wrapped up in success. Treat everything as information that can help me take the next step.
Find my people and hug them a lot. Be bold faced and courageous in my hunt for the people who get me. Hug and be hugged. Every day. Actually, metaphorically, share and receive the love as much as I can.
Be a fierce defender of the right to art. Know its value and vote for it with my feet. Participate as a viewer, as a casual maker, as a professional.
Know thyself. Because it makes me more generous, more kind, more selfless, more able to forgive the fallibility of my fellow passengers. More able to give my gifts in service of the greater good.
Invest my attention, money and time thoughtfully. I become what I invest in. Make choices, refuse to be seduced by bright shiny things that give me gas. Water the pot plants that I want to grow.
...unfortunately the current approach to ticketing (where we give your money back at the door) doesn't quite work for accounting purposes.
When I collect less donations than I sell tickets I end up topping up the difference so that the tax department is happy...it's complex...but apparently that's how it works!
At September's Campfire we all talked about it and decided on the following approach.
Tickets will scale from $5 - $50 (or more if you are feeling super generous). The ticket will automatically be donated to charity (so no money back at the door). We will all still decide together which charity.
I recommend you choose the amount you pay based on two questions:
- What amount would be enough to make me feel committed and actually turn up even if I am having a bad hair day that day?
- How much would I like to give away to charity this month?
At next month's Campfire I want to chat with everyone about using a portion of each ticket to help cover cost of the space and running costs. I'd like to make it a sustainable event that we could run from any space.
I'm also thinking about how we show our support for the amazing musician who comes each month and helps as 'an on the spot' accompanist and brings the piano bingo or guitar juke box magic.
When it comes to me being paid...I've thought a lot about this. At this stage I really like running the monthly event in Fitzroy as my gift to my community. And I would encourage you to think about other ways you can support what I am making. You can
- join my mailing list at lukehockley.com.au (scroll to the bottom of the page)
- Read the Dear Self blog and share it with friends.
- Come to any other performances I have on.
- And soon you will be able to go to my shop and buy some very special things.
I think it is critical that we use this monthly opportunity to be reflect upon the great advantage that we have (particularly living in the country we do) and collectively sending our money to organisations that do good things. I also think designing a model for Campfire that is sustainable is really important (for obvious reasons).
Your feedback on all of this is very welcome, as always. To help with that I have set up a survey for you to fill out. It is only a couple of questions and will only take a few minutes...
Some beautiful person dropped these off at my studio yesterday!
I wasn't here...apparently they are from Genevieve but we may have that name wrong.
Can anyone shine some light on this mystery? I'd love to be able to say thank you to whomever it was.