Exploring Inspired Minds: 5 Creative Entrepreneurs on the Meaning of Self

Monday, March 13th 2017


When it comes to creative entrepreneurs, we believe it’s those who give most intensely of themselves that tend to find their place, their purpose and their success. The connection is too powerful, too ever-present to be refuted.

As we explore the idea of self, we realize how in awe we are of those who have the courage to expose their depths and their essence through their work. Those whose selves are so enmeshed with what they create, they’re unable to be separated. It’s a level of authenticity that can’t be simulated, and it’s intoxicating to observe.

We selected a group of intensely creative entrepreneurs who we feel embody this concept and asked to take a glimpse into their inner workings. We wanted to know what nourishes and drives these women, whose work and sense of self conjoin rather than collide.


Lisa MessengerCollective Hub founder and editor in chief, author and speaker

When do you feel most like yourself?

For me life is about being comfortable with duality. I feel most myself both when I’m living a very big full life running a global multimedia business, being on stage speaking to thousands of people, connecting with our community, coming up with new product lines and doing a multitude of other visionary things associated with the Collective Hub brand. But I feel equally myself when I’m doing the simple things that feed my soul – meditating, cooking great food and sharing it with friends, running on the beach with my dog Benny or doing a yoga class. I believe that to live a really big public life authentically and be 100 per cent on purpose (the extravert side of me), I need to blend that with a really quiet, simple life of re-energising, connecting and nurturing myself (the introvert side of me). It's about being unafraid to do life my own way, on my terms. 

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

I’ve just got back from another 17 days meditating in India, so March for me is about integrating this spiritual way of being into my everyday life in Australia. I think it's important to travel and immerse ourselves in different cultures, but the important thing is to be able to utilise those tools and skills to support us in our everyday existence. I have about eight big speaking gigs in March all over Australia, we are building some big extensions for the Collective Hub brand including masterclasses, education and co-working spaces so I’ll be working on those as well. But I’ll also continue with my spiritual practices and rituals which include a lot of meditation and yoga and me time. This time and space for me gives me the strength to really bring my A-game to my public work.

Samantha WillsSamantha Wills founder and creative director and Samantha Wills Foundation founder

When do you feel most like yourself?

I feel most myself when I am with my best girlfriends. When you surround yourself with good people, they bring out the good in you, and there is something magical and magnetic about being the truest version of yourself. 

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

I have been traveling like crazy the first two months of this year, so I am excited to spend time with my girlfriends in the Napa Valley. I am going to focus on getting back to my exercise regime, and healthy eating. When all these elements align, it feels peaceful and strong within. 

Alexandra ElleAuthor, writer and creative

When do you feel most like yourself?

When I am by myself (the introvert in me all the way) and doing something I love. Alone time has been my saving grace and believe it or not, it really strengthens my connection with my husband.

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

By remembering and honoring my voice.

Bliss LauBliss Lau founder and jewelry designer, Parsons School of Design educator

When do you feel most like yourself?

There are about ten versions of myself that I am now comfortable living in. I love to be a student, a teacher, a partner, a boss, a woman, a creative, a thinker, a giver, a receiver, an introvert - where I am determines which personality arises.

In the last year, I have felt more myself than ever before. In retrospect, I owe this to the 2016 launch of my "Ceremony" collection. Previously, I did not realize I was missing that piece of myself. It is true that I found my place in the world, and it brings comfort to all the other moments.

As a creative person, the journey through my own work continuously challenges my relationship to self. The process of making brings out fear, hope, and so much self-questioning but I believe that is what has helped me grow as an artist. I remember the moment when I finished my first collection of bodychains in 2007 - this was before anyone was making pieces for the body. That moment, I knew regardless of other’s judgements, I was proud of this body of work. That changed my sense of self, because I had birthed an internal sense of satisfaction and strength and therefore reached a new version of self.

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

Through little moments. I brew chai every day over the stove, adding the honey and milk slowly - it takes a while - then I sit an enjoy it. It’s a magical way to start the day. The other is beautiful objects, I am a collector of things, they make me smile, and give me so much joy.

Lately I have also been reading history books about subjects that I am passionate about - biographies of artists and creative people mostly. I love hearing how other people’s journeys were different than my own and how they lived through the challenge of life.

March also marks a very special month for me because I am traveling to Japan for three weeks to do my first artist in residency program. I have not ever taken time away from running my business to just sit with myself, encapsulated in ideas, and take the time to execute them. It will be so wonderful! 

Rosemary Masic – Nevenka founder, creative director and designer

When do you feel most like yourself?

For me, it is very important to feel my way through life and channel my energy in the right direction. I feel most myself when I fully emerge into my creative process. That’s what brings peace and a lightness to my being. I also feel most myself when I nurture and take care of my body – practicing yoga, hanging out in nature, going for walks on the beach (where I live) with my fur baby Stella, or running around The Tan (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne) at dusk. Connecting with people that believe in me and my dreams and surrounding myself with beautiful like-minded women. Seeing what impact Nevenka has on their lives, definitely fills me with joy and love and makes me feel that I am on the right path.

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

This March is bringing in a lot of exciting creative projects and will start with a trip to London and Paris for me. I will honor myself by travelling - which always fills my soul and inspires me - and sharing my story and Nevenka with the people I meet and expanding her reach even further.

Christy BairdLoho Bride founder and creative director

When do you feel most like yourself?

When I'm in the store by myself, working with my favorite playlist on (which I'm doing right now!). I think the store is such a reflection of my taste and ideals that it becomes a safe haven. I can collect my thoughts and be surrounded in a place that I created; it's quite emotional at times.

How will you honor yourself throughout March?

By finally giving myself a pat on the back. We've had a record month in LA, and in the past, I would catch myself not allowing myself to feel rewarded. Something always had to be better, stronger, more efficient - without sounding like a Daft Punk song - I've learned to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate hardship, appreciate success, but to know they'll cross one another over and over and over again.










The Romance Issue.

Thursday, February 16th 2017

We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything. 

When I look back on 2016, it was a year of foreign travel that spilled with moments that stirred my soul. The nature of a big project last year, (The LANE Man which launches soon!) took me to wildly unexpected places; inside Icelandic Glaciers, to Mayan Ruins and vibrant Mexican towns, a light drenched Californian desert, winter adventures in Wyoming, and road trips through the Swiss Alps. I drew so much from those experiences; the profound beauty of nature and it’s ability to dissolve life’s complexities, rambling conversations with strangers that moved me beyond words, the intoxicating beauty of tiny towns and their aged patina walls washed in pastel tints. I found magic in other people’s mundane, and poetry in human experiences. Travel fuelled me. I was allured by its vibrancy, in love with the way a constant sense of impermanency intensified the need to soak up every moment. I was addicted to the way new surroundings ignited all senses. That beautiful but dizzying world became my new norm for all of last year, and I was convinced there was nothing like travel that could stir the soul.

I found myself obsessed with dreaming up new adventures, excited by the sheer volume of places I’d not yet explored. My fleeting visits back home revolved only around work commitments I couldn’t avoid, I was there because I had to be, I loved the comfort of familiarity for a few days but my gypsy mind would always default back to old ways, a gaze locked on the horizon, fixated on what came next. 

After a year of transience, I landed back in Australia in early January, slowly wrapping my head around needing to stay put for the next 4 months. On a sunrise swim that first morning at home in Sydney, the impact of all that travel hit me hard. The same landscape I’d taken in a hundred times on morning walks was richer in detail, the ocean had an iridescence I hadn’t paid attention to before, the sky was stained a shade of pink that didn’t seem real. I was suddenly viewing my familiar world through a completely new lens. The same romance I found in exploring new destinations, spilled from familiar surroundings. The difference was that this time I was present enough to notice.

I quickly realised that while my passport overflowed with reminders of life changing memories etched in my heart, it was never about the travel. The moments that seeped into my skin were a result of the mindset that travel demands. Travel and its experiences grounded in unfamiliarity, were the perfect alchemy for internal change. Travel taught me a lesson in the importance of presence; one that made me fall deeply in love with all of the little things that had always been right there in front of me. 

As I started working on The Romance Issue, I couldn’t help but find an inextricable link between romance and presence. A belief that romance is hidden everywhere, revealed layer by layer in a myriad of forms when you’re open to seeing it. So rather than focus on romance as being something that’s reliant on another, this month is a celebration of romance that starts with ourselves. The challenge to focus. To look up. To draw on travel’s lessons and extract romance from our every day. To fixate on the detail and beauty of your immediate surroundings. As they are.  In morning light that spills through windows, the simple beauty of fresh flowers, of tiny apartments filled with decadent scents, the experience of live music, the drama of torrential rain, conversations sparked with strangers that shift your headspace, the days that go "wrong" when fate intervenes to change your trajectory. 

Romance is about making time for the things that fill us up in order to be present…getting up an hour early to jump in the ocean at sunrise, watching an old film, leaving your phone off for an entire Sunday to experience the simplicity of uninterrupted and uninfluenced thoughts, scribbling rambling thoughts that make sense to no one but you, creating space and time to just be, exactly as you are, exactly where you are. To realise that romance isn’t something we need to travel to the other side of the world for or work hard to feel, it isn’t always an epic love story, or an exotic overseas adventure, there’s something so profoundly beautiful about the romance thats interlaced with ordinary moments. And the infinite access you have, when you discover that it starts with yourself.

Karissa x

Bracelet: Cartier LOVE

Style Guide Artices:

Theme: Night Swim

Cakes: Eroded Surfaces

Jewelry: Hidden Stones

Bridesmaids: The Blush Edit

Styling: 4 Styling Tips for Simple Table Decor

Photography: Mara Visuals

The LANE New Year's Party on Oscar II

Sunday, February 5th 2017

What a way to kick off the new year! After a big first week back with The LANE girls, looking back at the wild year that was 2016, and planning out 2017 with content that inspires us, stirs us, and we know will push us even harder to create... we finished up with a fun afternoon out on the stunning Oscar II.

A surprise for the team, and a big welcome to the new creative girls that just joined us, we spent the afternoon drinking in views of Sydney Harbour, after a beautiful lunch and champagne on the water. It's definitely not all luxury yachts and languid lunches at The LANE... but after one of the biggest years of growth and change last year and an immense workload for this small but incredibly inspiring team of women I’m so grateful to work with, we could all use a champagne or 10!

In an industry that shifts and changes faster than we can keep up with sometimes, it's rare to carve out moments to really stop and acknowledge how far you've come as a team, to look back at the challenges and successes you've worked through together, but more importantly to remember that in amongst the goal setting and crazy ambition, to enjoy the entire experience; the ups, the downs, the excitement, the stresses, the magic you're creating, and to celebrate it all. To let go from time to time, to be happy with right now without obsessing over what needs to be, and just enjoy all of the little moments in between, on the path to bigger goals.  When I look back at everything we've achieved since launching The LANE 7 years ago, far beyond the bigger events, it's always the little moments between that lead there, which echo the loudest. 

A big thank you to the amazing team at Oscar II for having us. For those considering an engagement party or wedding on the water (which after this afternoon, quickly became an idea we were obsessed with) we can't speak more highly of the beautiful Oscar II. Head over to their website for more details. 

Karissa x

Photography: Samara Leung


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