EXPLORE: my ‘word of the year’ for 2022.
The concept of having a ‘word of the year’ is something I’ve played with for many years. Sometimes I’ve picked one and promptly forgotten all about it, but more recently I’ve been more intentional. For example:
2020 was ACCEPT…
which turned out to be prophectic. Covid-19 smashed the international plans I had and gave most small businesses a thorough shake-up. Working to accept the ongoing uncertainty definitely helped.
2021 was YES…
which led me to accept the opportunity to tramp the South Island section of ‘Te Araroa – the long pathway’, which I set out on in December.
This segued seamlessly into 2022 being EXPLORE…
The first two months of 2022 were spent continuing to explore Aotearoa’s beautiful back country and completing my 75 day Te Araroa journey.
“Exploration is curiosity put into action.” DON WALSH
2022 is also a milestone year for Pogo. This month I’m celebrating 15 years in business.
I’m very proud of reaching this point and appreciate the flexibility working for myself has afforded me and my family. I also have a wonderful support network of friends and fellow businesses that has brought opportunities and helped me grow and develop over the years (such as co-authoring a book). Chrysalis for Women has been a big part of that support.
But, I have missed the “creative soup” of working with other designers. With less demands on my time on the homefront, it’s been a perfect time to get out and explore what other creatives are up to in Wellington.
Exploring creative events in Wellington
Here are some of the events I’ve discovered in Wellington. I started with a free Creative HQ evening talk, which in turn has led to other events, meeting more people and finding out about other workshops, ideas and resources. It has required investing some time and a willingness to accept the potential awkwardness of a roomful of strangers. So far it’s been well worth the effort.
- Creative HQ
Online talks and presentations
- Mindset of Design festival
powered by Creative HQ
- Secret Secret Club ‘The coolest little coworking studio in Pōneke’.
- Creative Mornings
- Breakfast lecture series for the creative community
- Design Assembly
- Online talks, workshops and design community.
- I’m really looking forward to upcoming workshops in July.
- TEDx Kāpiti
- Ideas worth spreading.
I’m excited to see where else these events will lead me how they will help shape Pogo.