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
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…
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!