The Creative Life of Thanuja Gunatillake – Santé Photography

Welcome to this first instalment of The Creative Life interview series! 

I believe that we’re all creative and that we can bring it into many facets of our life.
Each month I will interview people to find out how they express and nurture their creativity, as well as how they make room for it with everything else that’s going on in their lives. I’m also interested in learning about how they approach the business side of things if they have one.

So please, allow me to introduce you to…

The Creative Life of Thanuja Gunatillake.

Thanuja Gunatillake is the founder and owner of Santé Photography. Thanuja set up Santé to capture those special moments and people in life that are worth celebrating. While Santé Photography is her labour of love, Thanuja is also a devoted Mum and works full-time in transport advocacy.

Inner Creative Blog - The Creative Life of Thanuja Gunatillake. innercreative.com.au. Photo credit: Thanuja Gunatillake©Santé Photography

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Mandala Inspiration – Tribute to ANZAC Day

Welcome to the Mandala Inspiration series at Inner Creative!

This week’s mandala is a tribute to ANZAC Day.

ANZAC Day (on the 25th of April) marks the landing of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand) forces on Gallipoli in 1915. It’s a national day of remembrance for all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died during war or in service. Lest we forget.

I created this mandala a year ago during my 30 day Mandala Play Adventure. I made a stone rubbing from a local war memorial last ANZAC Day morning (hence the texture and bumpiness 🙂 ).

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What does creativity really give you?

Creativity is within all of us.

It’s in how we express ourselves, our ideas and how we do things. We use our creativity when we pick out what to wear in the morning, what we use our lunch break, how we talk with our colleagues or friends, and solve any issues that arise.

The problem is not that we don’t have creativity. It’s that we mightn’t be used to tapping into it, and if we do we mightn’t have the confidence to truly express ourselves or our ideas.

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Creative Tool: Want easier, better decision making?

Do you want to get better at making decisions, or working out if something’s right for you? Do you want to stop muddling through every business decision, making things up on the fly, or as you go along?

There are lots of factors to consider when trying to make the right decision for you. But one thing that helps is understanding your values.

Inner Creative Blog - Creative Values Tool: Want easier, better decision making? innercreative.com.au - Image Credit: Karen Arnold

Have you ever made a decision that looked good on paper, but still made you feel uneasy? Often when we’re feeling conflicted about a choice it can mean that it’s in conflict with one or more of our values. When you know what your values are, it’s easier to work out what’s important to you and know what you stand for. The opportunity might just need a small tweak to realign it with your values and give it the go ahead.

In this blog, I’ll share a Creative Values Tool that you can use to quickly work out what your top 3-5 values are. Value exercises are also great for creating a shared identity for your team, so that everyone’s on the same page. Continue reading