New Year New Intentions //

The first few weeks of a new year always make me incredibly grateful and reflective and I think it's nice to set good intentions from the beginning.

2017 had its ups and downs in both my personal life and in business. At times I felt like I was dragging myself around with little to no energy at all, and definately no time to run a business whilst still holding down another fulltime job. Although 2017 didn't go quite to plan I am so damn excited for all the opportunities coming my way and for what this year will bring! There's such a beautiful element of the unknown and seeing what will unfold in the months to come naturally.

SO with this new year already 26 days down, I’ve setup Rose Dawn Creative for the next 12 months with the following intentions:

  • Be kind always
  • Appreciate every opportunity
  • Dont be concerned about competitors
  • Fail forward and fail fast (don't dwell on mistakes just keep going)
  • Find calm in the midst of chaos
  • Face things/ tasks straight away (answering all those emails)
  • Be comfortable in the uncomfortable
  • Make others Happy


"The noblest art is that of making others happy." -P.T. Barnum


Aint that the truth! I just watched the greatest showman and fell in love with this quote, it has been on my mind ever since. Out of all of my intentions making my brides happy is the most important to me and ultimately what I want to achieve every time I create something.

What are your intentions for the year to come? I’d love to know where all of your heads are at, what are the challenges you’re facing, what do you want to overcome? Personal, business, whatever.


Happy New year to you all, I hope this next 12 months brings all the love, joy and happiness you could ask for. Oh and flowers lots of flowers.  X

Urban Mindfulness //

I live in Auckland, NZ and I often find that the City life can take its toll on me and leave me feeling stressed and agitated. Perhaps it's because I'm constantly running late and stuck in traffic or switching from my fulltime gig to my side hustle. Coffee is usually the quick fix for many of us and although I enjoy a daily brew or two (just look at my instagram),  I need a different boost of energy and happiness which I can only get through practicing mindfulness.

Within Buddhism, the practice of mindfulness was developed in monastic settings in which monks were often cut-off from the outside world. Even Western contemporary writers of mindfulness typically live in rural settings, which probably is not a coincidence. So, where does this leave us city dwellers?

In Auckland we are blessed with an abundance of nature within and city and I urge you, wherever you are, to find those small pockets of green hidden in your neibourhood and simply stop, listen and be present in the moment. My all time favourate place in the city is the winter gardens in the Domain, I could literally spend hours here taking in the ever changing flora and fauna. If you haven't been do it!

There are many ways to achieve mindfulness for me its being in nature, but for you It could be as simple as stopping to take in the sights and smells on the way to work, or putting a beautiful plant or flower in your office. Maybe you can even surrender to the traffic, or allow yourself to get lost in a moment.

Whatever it is, if you allow yourself to stop and be present you will find the daily stresses will start to dissolve.