2014 was an incredibly significant time of growth, change & discovery for me on so many levels. Really excited about continuing on that trajectory this year.
One thing I’ve learned for sure is, no matter how much I try & plan, there are always a few surprises along the way…
Happy New Year everybody, may 2015 exceed all your wildest hopes & dreams.
So much to be grateful for…
Being a massive childhood fan of the franchise, I had so much fun attending the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere at Fox Studios in Sydney recently.
Megan Fox, Will Arnett and the producers all came out for it too, there was definitely a buzz in the air!
Cowabunga! Haha :p…
With my buddy, Gabriel Sohn. His first premiere.
WEARING | Nana Judy Jeans & t-shirt, Windsor Smith PARE boots, LEVIS shirt, Culet Jewellery chain, TRIWA watch.
PHOTOS | Paul Cush
A lot of people don’t know, but back in the day I was pretty handy with a pencil and paper. I loved to draw.
As a kid I would design things – people, weapons, houses, whatever. As a teenager I went to a short-course in animation, and even contributed art to my high school’s monthly comic book. Then, for whatever reason, I just stopped.
And I’m not sure that it’s because I’m under the weather right now and around the house, but today was the first time in what feels like several lifetimes that I decided, “I’m gonna draw something…”.
So I dug the sketch pad that my baby brother, Andre, bought me out of hiding, and – not even knowing where to start – I just started drawing. And it felt good. Pretty rusty, but still got it.
Funny how revisiting a creative part of yourself like that can be almost therapeutic. Pretty cool. Think I might just have to start doing it some more.
Last weekend I had the pleasure & privliedge of performing at the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2014.
From the ace opening night, to heading out on the Paspaley IV mother ship, to performing at the Polo, to Dinner Under The Stars on Cable Beach, man… I was constantly pinching myself. Honestly felt like I wasn’t even in Australia.
Special thanks to Marilynne for having me out there & making me feel like a king, I absolutely loved it.
Some video/pic highlights…
With the lovely Samantha Harris on opening night.
Office for the past few days. Not mad at it.
An education on pearls & tasting pearl meat for the first time. Awesome.
Upstairs aboard the Paspaley IV mother ship, the chef hooked up this killer spread for us. Wowsers. Hungry anyone?
Saturday attire. Wearing Nana Judy.
With this crazy cat, our resident celebrity DJ for the weekend, Daimon Downey. South Africans represent!
After an ace first day of Cable Beach Polo, I had the privilege of being one of 160 guests invited to attend the Dinner Under The Stars, set on Cable Beach, just metres from the water.
Guest chef, C. Barklay Dodge, flew in from Aspen (Colorado) to create an incredible 5-course menu that was nothing short of world-class. Wowsers.
I’ve been blessed to travel the world & experience a lot of great things, but nothing quite like last night. Exquisite.
One of my favorite moments of the past few days. These kids right here worked so hard, volunteering their time & cleaning up after the polo horses in the heat. I wanted to do something fun for these little unsung heroes, so I had them join me on stage spur-of-moment for my last song. I literally choreographed them live, during the the actual performance & they absolutely smashed it! So good. The experience made their day, which makes me so happy. It’s a small thing, but yet another reminder (for myself more than anyone) that when you just step out & take risks – especially when it involves lifting up others – you can’t go wrong. – Photo by Yane Sotiroski
Congrats to the GPG Group team of Paul Webb, Ross Ainsley & Sam Hopkinson for taking home honors & the Paspaley International Cup! – Photo by Yane Sotiroski
From the new issue of Men’s Style.
Thanks Stylemology & Nana Judy for my threads, I love them.
It’s been a year to the day that I lost my beautiful second mom, Audrey Phillips, to cancer. This video is not only a tribute to honor her legacy, but to also uplift anyone facing a similar situation.
Love you, Audrey, miss you so much…
The support from my fans continues to blow me away.
Some even traveled from interstate just to see me perform at Young Heroes Festival as part of Australia’s annual Youth Week. Man … that is just crazy to me! So grateful.
Hit the new MINI launch in Sydney with X-Factor fam, Jacinta Gulisano. Epic night!
The UK’s Daily Mail covered the event, you can check out the full article by clicking the pic of us below.
:: W e a r i n g ::
Nana Judy & Windsor Smith
On set with Kate Peck for TONI&GUY. Amazing day!
Watch this space…
I recently hosted the JMA Entertainment’s Open Night.
JMA are responsible for forming Justice Crew and also for grooming talent. Jai Waetford, Omar Dean and myself all underwent training and preparation at JMA ahead of The X-Factor last year, so it was an honor to give back by hosting their Open Night.
Judging from the exciting new crop of talent I saw perform, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them on our screens again this year.
Going crayyy with X-Factor fam, Adirabelle :p.
Reunion with some of my X-Factor fam. Always good. Spent an incredibly special, life-changing moment in time with these guys (and all the rest of the Top 12). Proud of everyone and so excited about what’s to come…
:: W e a r i n g ::
Jana Judy everything else.
Man, it’s a new page in my life in so many ways.
I’m learning a lot, growing a lot, living a lot and being challenged more than ever before. I’m becoming so much more OK with actually not having all the answers, and realizing:
“You know what, I don’t have to strive to be perfect anymore, or be anything other than just … me.”
A lot of times, I have to consciously fight and rebel against perfectionism, because for so long it had a strong grip on me. It’s not my natural bent. Perfectionism really enslaved me most of my life, but last year – after a series of events and a culmination of experiences – something just broke inside.
Ever since that moment, it’s been like meeting someone new for the first time.
2014 is all about continuing along that new path. Wanna thank everyone who’s been in my corner, whether you’re close to me or supporting from afar. That you love, encourage and have my back means the world – for real.
I’ve never been more excited about life. Let’s get it!
Aw thanks for the love, LEVI’s! Right back at you ;).
Wow what a cool moment having an iconic brand like yourselves show me support like that. Grateful.
Everyone else, you can get your own Where You At tees at my store.
To say that this past weekend has been special is an understatement.
What an incredible moment performing with my Jireh family again – more than a decade later – at Parachute Festival. We reunited in tribute of Audrey Phillips, who we lost last year.
Man… In so many ways, this past week has just set my 2014 up so beautifully. Here are a just a few of the many memories made…
Flew back into Australia to perform at the JMA Showcase 2013, along with my The X-Factor fam Jai Waetford and Omar Dean, as well as Sarah Ellen, Angel Tupai and Angel Tairua.
If you’re an aspiring singer, dancer, artist or performer wanting to sharpen your craft, JMA Entertainment is the place to go.
Screenshot from limo footage, shot by Danielle Payne. Vid coming soon.
Always good to see the bro, Eman (Justice Crew).
With the hosts of the night, Latifa & Christian. Did an ace job!
VIDEO: Love you, Sydney!