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    As you may well know, Creative Women’s Circle (CWC) has been independently run for over 10 years, the majority of that time by myself, Tess McCabe, with the assistance of a host of talented creative women across Australia contributing to the running of our events and blog.

    Over that time CWC’s presence and importance to the Australian creative community has grown, as has its official Membership database.

    Now, to ensure the sustainability of CWC and its continued growth into the future, the time is right for the structure of CWC to change from a largely ‘one-woman’-run micro-business, to a registered incorporated association.

    What does that mean for CWC?

    An incorporated association structure will allow Members to be more involved in the future direction of CWC and how it can best serve their needs via our events, website, Member services and more. Profits from CWC will continue to go back into the organisation to fund it, and the association structure will also make CWC better placed to apply for funding for special programs and projects to benefit Members.

    Who will run CWC?

    The association will utilise the skills, experience and enthusiasm of a Board of dedicated creative women to steer CWC into the future. This Board will ensure the sustainability of CWC as an entity that serves its Members and the creative community as a whole. All current CWC Members will have the opportunity to volunteer to be a board member once the registration and incorporation process is complete.

    What can I do to help?

    To start this exciting new chapter, we are asking all current CWC Members to vote to incorporate CWC. With the majority of you supporting this decision we can begin the formal process of becoming a registered non-profit association.

    Please review the proposed ‘model rules’* of the association and cast your vote to incorporate CWC here. (Votes are due by 18 June 2015.)

    Thanks for your support as we take this big step together!

    Tess McCabe

    P.S. If you’re not currently a Member but would like to vote, you can join here.

    *The Model Rules are a standard set of guidelines for registered associations, set out by Consumer Affairs Victoria. Questions can be directed to admin@creativewomenscircle.com.au, or you can find out more at www.consumer.vic.gov.au.


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    How to integrate more travel into your creative work/life

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    By Diana Scully
    To run and operate your own business and live a creative lifestyle is a dream I never knew I wanted… until now. The freedom, the flexibility, the autonomy, the decision making that gives me the drive and ambition – it really makes work so much more interesting and engaging for me.

    But I have found that to operate your own business and live a creative lifestyle is hard work and not easy to disconnect from, especially in the beginning. The expectations you set for yourself usually exceed anything you’ve experienced in the corporate/commercial world and are most often the hardest to fulfil with complete contentment.

    So where does travel fit into your work/life balance? Well, sometimes never for some of us. Working for yourself and doing something you love can make you a passionate workaholic and not the ideal candidate for putting time aside to travel.

    Why travel?

    1 / Sometimes a break from our daily routine and all-consuming lifestyle is what we need. To go somewhere where we can remove ourselves from the moment and feel untouched by others. To allow ourselves to breath and think beyond what we already know. I have learnt that this space and time is what helps fuel creativity and motivation in my business. For me, the greatest impact means immersing myself in another city, culture or the great outdoors.

    2 / To find perspective. In our daily rhythms, its hard to move away from our own set structure and routine. Travel offers perspective and allows us to let go more. When we can do this, we feel less guilty about slowing down and to making time for ourselves.
    3 / Travel opens up new opportunities and gives you a little more freedom to enjoy the creative process again. Sometimes even a little trip can be what you need to clear out the junk, change your perspective and help you start fresh.

    So it’s no surprise that integrating more travel into your work/life balance is the key to success in both work and life.  But this doesn’t always mean you need to plan a four week vacation to Europe each year. Not every trip needs to be a big one, somewhere faraway or an expensive one.

    To begin, start small.

    Sometimes all you need is to leave the office for a day and head out for a little R&R. But make it eventful and purposeful. Make sure you spend your time doing something for yourself (and not your business).

    Then, grow this idea into a weekend getaway. Recently I jumped into the car for a road trip down to Bendigo (2 hours from Melbourne) with my husband. I’ve always wanted to explore this country town but never gave myself the opportunity to do so. We spent the day walking the streets, visiting the museum, having a coffee or two and sharing a lunch together. On the road, we listened to our favourite tunes and allowed ourselves to indulge in conversations that did not involve work.What should we do this summer? What’s next to renovate at home? Who should we invite over for dinner on the weekend?

    The great thing about a short trip is that you don’t need to plan in advance or set up much preparation. If you wake and the weather is good, then just do it!

    But for some of us, a day trip is just not going to cut it. And I hear you… So try to work your way up to a vacation over a long weekend or extend public holiday period like Easter or Christmas.

    This will require a little planning ahead, so use this opportunity to inform your clients and suppliers of your absence. You can also set up social media posts in advance so you don’t need to worry about them while you are away, and if necessary, find someone to manage a few tasks until you return.

    This time frame gives you the opportunity to explore outside your city and home environment. Why not jump into the car and hit the road? Or better yet, grab a cheap air fare and travel interstate. If you don’t give yourself a break from home and your daily routines, you may find yourself running errands and tying up loose ends at home for the week. Making the effort to travel, spend some time in a new location or outside amongst nature will give you the time and space you’ve no doubt deserved for clarity of thought and rejuvenation.

    Why make a big change?

    But there are some situations in life, where we seek more from travel, than just an opportunity to break away for a few days. Sometimes its about taking a different direction or new path altogether to allow yourself to grow. Maybe its about bringing something to a close and trying something new. Whatever your reason may be, trust in your own instincts if its calling for you to make travel a bigger part of your life.

    And this no doubt can be scary and exciting at the same time. Taking time out from your daily demands and current work arrangements to give something back to yourself may help you determine which direction to take next. And for you, this may mean moving to a new city or better yet, a new country.

    In any case, I have found that travel is an essential ingredient to keeping life interesting and entertaining. It’s not about just traveling in your 20s and then coaching yourself to settle down and take on life as an “adult”. And for this reason, I want travel to remain a part of who I am. I want to find ways to integrate travel into my personal life and also my work too. Travel injects me with enthusiasm, perspective and an appreciation for interior design around the world. I not only learn what makes my home important to me, but discover what it means for others too.

    What next steps will you take to integrate more travel into your work/life?

    { All images courtesy of Death to the Stock Photo }
    Interior Designer, Diana Scully owns and operates her own interior design firm, Spaces by Diana that’s all about designing beautiful, personalised homes to reflect the people who live in it. Diana also has her own lifestyle blog, Spaces + Places, where she regularly writes about inspiring spaces to see and visit from around the world and shares her recent travel adventures. This year she has plans to spend time abroad in the US. Follow Diana on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest.
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