Createspaces is a monthly feature where we get to “snoop around” the spaces of creatives, whether they are a painter, designer, blogger or memory-keeper. It’s an attempt to discover what makes a space conducive for creating. Mind you, it’s NOT about having a picturesque, jumped-right-out-of-a-magazine workspace but rather, a way for us to see creatives in their natural habitat.
I virtually chanced upon Kaila's online presence through one of Abbey Sy's Instagram post (PS. I also featured Abbey's createspace!) and I was smitten. First, she lives in Japan. Second, the kawaii is strong with this one. Kawaii is Japanese for "cute" and Kaila definitely has her own brand of kawaii in everything that she does. Enough of me raving; I'll let her do the talking ;)
Let's discover where kawaii meets Kaila!
A little bit of introduction...
I'm Kaila, a Kawaii Lifestyle + Motivational Blogger. I run The Rainbowholic Me blog. I love sharing things that I adore and get inspiration from. I am heavenly influenced by Kawaii / Japanese culture. I've been living and working in Japan for almost 5 years already.
I have a day job / work in our company that involves a lot of admin work. In order to put my Advertising Management degree / marketing skills into practice, I apply everything that I have learned throughout the years as the creative director / store manager of Japan Lover Me Store by coming up with effective online promotional campaigns with my team here in Japan and in Manila.
Here’s a big one: what do you create? What kind of creator are you?
I create and jumpstart online web projects such as OurKawaii.Tokyo, JapanLover.me, Kaila Sensei, Kawaii DIY, and etcetera. For more of my projects / work, you can access my (unupdated) online creative portfolio here.
I'm also self-taught webdesigner / website creator. I've been fiddling around HTML codes and tinkering Adobe Photoshop since I was 13/14. A decade later, I'm still doing what I am immensely passionate about.
Okay, let us in on the secret: where is your createspace? Where is that sweet spot where everything gets done?
Oh no, this is a hard question. Haha! As a creative, I find it hard to be in the same place / routine everyday so I try to get myself inspired and motivated by having my own "mobile" workspace. There are days that I feel like brainstorming in my favorite cafe and there are also days I just want to stay at home inside my room. There is really no definite "sweet spot" where everything gets done because it would always depend on my mood.
What makes this space your createspace?
I guess that the common denominator among my favorite "createspaces" (cafe / room / office area) would be the presence of my handy planner (or any favorite notebook). I don't think I can function or think clearly when I don't have any notebook and my favorite set of pens with me. Sometimes, before I would blog or disseminate tasks to my team, I write and list down my thoughts first.
What are your five favorite things about your space?
My five favorite things are: My Paper Stone Planner, MUJI colored pens, washi tapes, post-its, and my kawaii-fied Macbook pro. If I am allowed to add another one, I would add my Wacom pen tablet (that keeps me 200% more productive haha).
How crazy does this space get?
I don't have a photo of a messier version of it but this one is pretty messy already. I think, hehe!
What do you wish to change in this space if your could?
Can somebody from MUJI / IKEA revamp my entire createspace? Haha! Kidding aside, I think I'm okay with my multiple createspace... s. I like my own world customized.
If you're not here, where are you?
I'm probably somewhere in Tokyo with my camera as my date. I love taking photos a lot! :)
Don't you just want to follow Kaila around Tokyo? I love how her createspace is location-independent! She's a living proof that you don't *need* a fancy studio or a dedicated office to get.things.done. All you need is yourself, your creativity and your passion to make your dreams happen. Visit Kaila at her website, Instagram and Twitter!
Is Kaila's location-independent createspace similar to yours? Let us know in the comments!
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