“Is that an Alannah Hill dress?” the woman asked the teacher
“Yes. They’re one of my favourite brands, though it took a while to fall back in love with them after Alannah left.
Today I do both Alannah Hill AND Louise Loves….What about you? Do you love Alannah Hill too?”
The blonde woman nodded.
I’ve followed their journey since…like ….forever. And I nearly gave up on them too, but I’m back.
I mean….how can you not be?
Their clothes are just….so…..beautiful….and yes….I do both brands too, though the Louise Loves is a lot harder to get, I find myself at Alannah Hill for the dresses and Louise Loves for the skirts and tops.
The teacher nodded.
“Yes. I couldn’t agree more….
Have we met? I know all my students and I haven’t seen you before…are you here for tonight’s class?”
The blonde nodded.
Well you obviously have an eye for design, so I think you will find this term quite enjoyable.”
The blonde nodded.
“Yes, I must say I am intrigued….”
The teacher smiled.
“Yes it is intriguing, that’s for sure.
Best I go and get started…… it was lovely meeting you…..it’s the first room on the left…..I’ll see you in there.”
The blonde nodded and smiled.
“Welcome to Metamorphosis! We have a new member of our community tonight, so before we begin I want to take a minute to go through our code of conduct.
Metamorphosis is a melting pot from all different walks of life who come to nurture their body, mind, business and soul.
This space encourages:
and we focus on progress not perfection.
At Metamorphosis we encourage:
Self directed learning
The division of labour
A buddy system and
Giving and taking graciously
We encourage ourselves and our peers to “do the work- take action- and implement what we have learned” so we can see our knowledge applied and grow to wisdom.
Because of the many different people here from CEO’s of companies to currently unemployed members and everyone in between, it can be difficult to know how to mingle with others when you feel a gap between you as big as a chasm.
That being said, let’s go over some helpful reminders which all members of the MD community adhere to.
At Metamorphosis we choose to surround ourselves with people who share the values of:
You can show respect to myself and your community by:
- Acknowledging my friendship or contribution regardless of the current social economic status I am in
- Accepting me as I am and not trying to change me
- Giving me freedom to make my own choices even if they differ to what you think is best for me
- Encouraging me to partake in activities which feed my soul
- Respecting my time is finite and if i give it to you it is valuable and should be treated as such
- If I am working for you, then pay me fairly so I can continue sharing my work.
The things we don’t tolerate are:
- Making ourselves second choice because we can not communicate what we want
- Allowing our value to be dictated by someone other than ourselves
- Relying on others for our success or happiness
- Accepting others to dictate our thoughts or emotions
- Allowing other peoples judgement of us to alter our work, our emotions or our actions.
“As community members we make the following statement:
I am a work in progress. I know I will make mistakes. But I will also keep going. I will keep trying and know that success in life is the journey and not the destination.”
The woman smiled broadly.
If we follow these rules our community will always be a place where you can connect, nurture, blossom and grow.
Now we have that out of the way….let’s get onto the fun stuff!
It’s time to create, so buddy up people!
For this exercise you will be pushing creative boundaries.
Pick a partner of the opposite sex….this means if you are a boy then your buddy is a girl….. and if you are a girl then your buddy is a boy.
This exercise is about looking at life from two sides of the same coin….don’t be shy, there are enough boys and girls for an equal split, so let’s hop to it.
Now face your buddy and repeat after me.
As your partner in this project I make a commitment to see it through to the end. Regardless of our creative differences, I will show up each week; I will do the work, and regardless of what it looks like, I will make sure my work gets shipped.
Now, the other half of the partnership needs to take a turn and repeat.
“As your partner in this project I make a commitment to see it through to the end. Regardless of our creative differences, I will show up each week; I will do the work, and regardless of what it looks like, I will make sure my work gets shipped.”
Swap seats please….from this point forward you and your buddy are working together for the next 12 weeks solid.
On your way back to your seats, take a strategy square book from the centre of the table, a glue stick, some scissors and 3 magazines. One male, one female and one neutral.
Are you ready?
It’s time to mash up.