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Today is Friday. My ‘off day’. Which in general means no one comes to the office (we work from Monday – Thursday) and then I shoot on Saturdays. But on a Friday, it’s only me and Iaan. On Fridays I work on some personal admin, meet friends for coffee, catch up on work or I just fill myself with inspiration. And today I decided to launch something new. Inspiration Friday. ‘Inspiration Friday’ is all about being inspired, filling your mind with positive & exciting things!

I believe inspiration is all around us! But we need to make time for it.

Nadia Meli and her husband Eddy (awesome photographers from Germany) stayed with us last week. While visiting us, Nadia did an awesome shoot for my new website (which is something exciting coming in the next few months). I’m eagerly waiting to see all the pics and will share them on the blog too, but here is one I really love that Nadia forwarded to me.

Nadia also spoke at a KIKI meet-up and while listening to her, I was so inspired by her story! One thing I remembered, was when she said, “we have to make time for inspiration“. And that is so true!

For some time I’ve been so busy doing things, that I forgot about filling myself up with inspiration. So from today, that is changing.

Iaan and I always joke when people ask us what we do. It’s actually a very difficult question, because what do we really do? Iaan has a degree in Law and Business, as well as financial planning. But he makes websites, runs the business side of KIKI, The Pretty Blog and Christine Meintjes. He does talks on social media and ‘plays’ around on the internet. I on the other hand, have a degree in Visual Communication, but I’m a photographer. I have no idea how to spell or correct my grammar (and it’s something I’m really trying to improve), but I love blogging and writing. Together we throw all our skills in one big bowl and we build businesses from our crazy ideas. And in a ‘jokey’ way, to make it all shorter, we end up saying: “We’re changing the world!” :D

It might sound stupid and we might see a confused look on the person’s face, but right there in the middle of our hearts, we really believe we can. Not just us, but all of us together. Everything you do, has the potential to change and influence the world! And I believe it, really!

A long time ago Iaan showed me this video. It’s his ULTIMATE favourite video and whenever I want to be inspired, I think of this video. It’s all about remembering when you were a child and how dreams seemed to be so ‘reachable’ and somewhere, in the process of ‘growing up’, we actually have less faith and believe everything is so complicated.

So if you’d like to be inspired today, watch this video.

Iaan also found this awesome project on Kickstarter today. Some of you might have seen it on his facebook profile, but I just had to share it here too, because these things rock my world!!

As Iaan said: “I have said this before and I will say it again and it is time you say it with me and agree! Social Media (the internet and information) HAS (not will, it is done) changed your world!

Here’s another example – over $1mil made in one day!

Collaboration, community, contribution etc is rocking the world right now!”

How awesome is this! Keep those dreams alive and be inspired! (the bottom one is a video too :)

  1. 10/02/2012 , 2:48 pm

    Dear Christine, thank you so much for sharing. This was exactly what I needed today! THANK YOU!

  2. 10/02/2012 , 3:22 pm

    THANK YOU from the bottom of my little heart Christine! For being such a beautiful person, you and Iaan, you made this last week in SA so special for us. Can’t wait to be back <3 Be inspired! Can't wait to see the results of your inspirations :)

  3. 10/02/2012 , 3:31 pm

    Thank you Christine and Iaan for continuing to be such a huge inspiration to us all :)

  4. 10/02/2012 , 3:40 pm

    Love this – the video is SUPERB! :)

    Thanks for the inspiration – looking forward to the next inspiring Friday sessions :)

    x

  5. 10/02/2012 , 4:14 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration, since discovering you both we have started to see things differently and are in the middle of making changes to our business and life. What a difference a person can make indeed :) xx

  6. 10/02/2012 , 4:16 pm

    You give so much – thank you!!!

  7. 10/02/2012 , 7:22 pm

    Thanx Christine & Iaan, you guys are awesome! i know what i will be looking for EVERY Friday!

  8. 11/02/2012 , 1:30 am

    Thanks you so much Christine and Iaan. You seems read my mind and what you said is exactly what I feel. You and Iaan are my inspiration and drive me to do what I’m doing now. So thanks so much and you definitely change my world. :-)

  9. 11/02/2012 , 11:55 am

    I love the way you structure your week ::: Something I don’t do nearly enough is setting time aside for inspiration , but then I’m not a “pure” web developer, being a full time future’s trader I use coding to “break” from numbers, stats & pressure :::

    **seeing you guys happy together like this is enough inspiration for me !

  10. 11/02/2012 , 6:42 pm

    Julle twee is net legendaries! World changers!

  11. 11/02/2012 , 7:09 pm

    Man, that is an awesome video about being a kid! Love it so much!

  12. 25/06/2012 , 3:13 pm

    This was a really fantastic post – thanks for sharing about being inspired and looking for opportunities to grow. I think we often get scared about the *risk*, but sometimes it’s so worth it :)

    Loved the video!