Kate McKenzie

A collection of thoughts and reflections as we journey with Worldviews Project.

Risk Taking

  I am learning a lot about taking risks lately.  I’m learning that most everything you start is a little awkward, yucky and difficult at the beginning.  Whether it’s making friends in a new city, trying something new or just putting yourself out there there is a point when you want to turn and run and stop trying because public displays of learning and risks are difficult! I’m learning that when I trust others and learn from their mentorship Continue reading

Inspirational “Tuesday” – First Steps

 Hi Everyone!  I had difficulties finding a fast enough wifi connection to upload my film yesterday but here it is today!  As I set out to talk to others about how they started their own inspirational initiatives I wanted to document my first steps too.  Unlike many other travellers I am not escaping from something bad which makes this journey different than others I’ve had in the past where I was eager for warmer climates, different experiences, or a change of pace.  This time around I can honestly say my life is amazing and leaving behind that life, especially Leor and my friends and family has been hard.  The moment of hope for me was a conversation with two amazing cafe owners, Andreas & Diana! Their generosity in taking the time to help me brush up on my Spanish and tell me about their country amazed me!  What a simple way to make a difference -welcome a stranger into your space!  Any of us could do that!

5 Ways to Focus on the Positive

Over the last couple of weeks I have been focused on trying to find funding for Worldviews Project.  Each day I wake up and start off early phoning people, sending out funding proposals, emailing and keeping my fingers crossed that one of them will respond with a “yes!”  So what do you do when you face rejection?  What are the solutions?  How do you stay positive in the face of so much competition? Continue reading

Inspirational Art: 100 year old window?

Unconventional CanvasesI decided to try using some unconventional canvases.  It started when one of my neighbours was hauling out window panes to her truck to get rid of them.  I looked at them and saw an awesome opportunity – art canvases!

My neighbour told me that the windows had come from her home and were 100 years old.  What an amazing chance! I would get to create art on something that was older than me! It’s inspiring to start looking at objects as having potential for art.  It changes your perspective to look for beauty and art in everyday objects and find ways to bring out the themes of Worldviews Project in each of them.    Now I’m working with wood, bamboo, slate and even an old wash board! Has anyone else found unconventional canvases?  I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!

Inspirational Art: The first step

Art Preparation

A wise friend of mine told me that the first step towards becoming an artist is to call yourself an artist.  I believe that she was exactly right, how often do we under-estimate what we can do and hesitate from calling ourselves what we are.  I think far too often I have not done something because I determined I was not good enough, not professional enough or not experienced enough to start.  In reality, I think the secret may be in just doing it.  In this spirit, I have started creating art. 

I have worked as an artist in the past doing both graphic art and free-lance work for textbook publishers however, I have never had my own art show! It’s quite daunting to create pieces and hope, keeping my fingers crossed, that someone will like it enough to want to buy it, especially now that the stakes are higher and I am relying on this money to help me in my social enterprise.  Either way though, I’m doing it, I’m going to start.  I figure if I’m going to ask others to get involved and take daring first steps towards creating solutions to common global issues, I have to be willing to take those steps myself.