Category Archives: #NOTETOSELF

#NOTETOSELF – LETTERS FROM THE PHI TA KHON FESTIVAL – THAILAND

The first of the South East Asian #NOTETOSELF letters!

Mari – Phi Ta Khon Festival – Thailand June 2015:
Mari is a travel journalist with bundles of energy and  an inspiring love for her job. Just over a year ago she started as an intern for a Norwegian travel magazine and now gets paid to see the wonders of the world!

Mari at Phi Ta Khon Festival - Dan Sai, Thailand - June 2015.

Amy – Phi Ta Khon Festival – Thailand June 2015:
The absolute joy I felt seeing my first Thai celebration (along with all the phallic objects flying around) made me think of the first stage of the Buddhist wheel of life:

“The extraordinary chance of your existence”

Amy at Phi Ta Khon Festival - Dan Sai, Thailand - June 2015

For more about the Phi Ta Khon Festival read ‘Undiscovered Thailand – Festivals of Issan’.

Click to read more about the #NOTETOSELF project and the full worldwide gallery!

 

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#NOTETOSELF – FEAR IS TEMPORARY.

Jo spent 5 months in South East Asia, Australia and finally New Zealand. She spent her last week hitchhiking, jumping off cliffs and getting tattooed. Before she flew home to England she wrote herself this message – a perfect piece of advice to remember the freedom of fearlessness.

“FEAR IS TEMPORARY. ACHIEVEMENT LASTS FOREVER”.

Jo in New Zealand with the #NOTETOSELF project - Fear is temporary. Achievement lasts forever.
Jo in New Zealand

#NOTETOSELF – VALENTINE’S DAY – LETTERS FROM LONDON

Last weekend countries around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day!

Here in England I took the #NOTETOSELF project to the streets and asked the good people of London to show us what they’d write to themselves or the world in a Valentine’s card!

See the results for yourself in the first ever XSTATICWORLD video…

‘Your Smile’ by The Going Goods.

Check out our photos of all these lovely people and our brilliant day below –
and in the full #NOTETOSELF gallery here.

Massive thanks to Henry Dell, Frankie Checkley, Megan Street and The Going Goods.

How did the #NOTETOSELF project get started? Find out here.

Get in touch:
xstaticworld@gmail.com

On Twitter: @XstaticWorld / @XstaticGibbo
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#NOTETOSELF – THE RAINBOW SERPENT FESTIVAL – AUSTRALIA

Last weekend a good friend of mine, Stefano Dinami, took the #NOTETOSELF project to the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Victoria, Australia.

The Rainbow Serpent Festival is a boutique electronic music, arts and lifestyle festival in Lexton, Victoria. Organisers say “it’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony”.

Photo from sonicgravy.com
Photo from sonicgravy.com

Inspired by Burning Man theme camps Stefano and his team set out to create a glitter-fuelled paradise of their own – and so the ‘Glam and Cheese Toasties’ camp was born. They offered festival-goers three unique tents for relaxing, doing yoga, drinking and most importantly;
applying glitter.

Glam and Cheese Toasties at the Rainbow Serpent Festival, Australia #NOTETOSELF
Glam and Cheese Toasties

After an important Glam and Cheese initiation ceremony on the first night (Lick glitter. Sip tequila. Eat a lemon Starburst.) the team hit the festival and got to work approaching strangers with a piece of paper and a Sharpie. The results were phenomenal. Stefano said:

“Everyone we approached was really excited about writing their future selves a letter. I also got a lot of joy out of doing it so don’t imagine it was ever a chore for me!”

According to Stefano the camps, art, music and lifestyle at Rainbow Serpent was enough to make you feel like you were in a little slice of Black Rock City – from the major EDM stages to the Bean-Bag-Babylon Camp, the roller disco, the donated-alcohol free bars and the lifestyle village hosting guided meditation, yoga and hula-hooping. Although, Rainbow Serpent did have its own unique charm with a beautiful market village as well as world music, electro-swing, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville, circus performers and much more.

Sylvie - Rainbow Serpent Festival - Australia 2015 #NOTETOSELF

 “Our world’s population was 16,500 – big enough for a great party but small enough to see the same friendly faces day-to-day. Everyone I met was no doubt having a special time and we all wished it didn’t have to come to an end so soon – this party should last 7 days!”

Chelsea - Rainbow Serpent Festival - Australia 2015 #NOTETOSELF

See all eleven #NOTETOSELF letters from the Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015 and their wonderful owners below. See the full #NOTETOSELF gallery here.

Stefano was with me all the way while collecting these letters at Burning Man and he even received his own letter all the way from England recently. Now he’s paid it forward and at some point this year he’ll provide a bunch of strangers and friends with a fantastic gift. I can’t thank Stefano enough for his tremendous support as we spread the #NOTETOSELF project as far and wide as possible.

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#NOTETOSELF – JOIN THE PROJECT (WORLDWIDE)

I simply remember - Burning Man USA 2014 - the #NOTETOSELF project with XSTATICWORLD

Last year at Burning Man, USA I asked 25 strangers to write a letter to themselves in the real world or “default world” as it’s known in Black Rock City. This could be anything – whether it be a memory, a feeling, good advice for the future or just something they wanted to express to the “default world” version of themselves.

The messages were heart-warming, most following a theme of embracing one’s self and remembering to love. Fascinatingly nobody held back on sharing their hopes, dreams, fears and insecurities with themselves and someone they’d never met.

Bryce - Burning Man USA 2014 - Burning Man USA 2014 - the #NOTETOSELF project with XSTATICWORLD

I took each person’s address and brought the letters back to England. Now five months later (when hopefully these people have completely forgotten they ever took part) I have returned the messages to their rightful owners with letters going out all over America, Australia and Europe.

Jarred - Burning Man USA 2014 - Burning Man USA 2014 - the #NOTETOSELF project with XSTATICWORLD

I have always expressed my belief that we are closest to the true versions of ourselves at festivals (aside from the drinking and drugs associated with most) – we are free; free from our jobs, our commitments, the days of the week, the time of day and the problems of the world.

In these letters most people, in one way or another, told themselves to remember a feeling. We are thrust back into the real world so suddenly after an experience that we quickly forget how free we were and how easily we found happiness – so what better than our own words to remind us?

Stefano - Burning Man USA 2014 - Burning Man USA 2014 - the #NOTETOSELF project with XSTATICWORLD

Everybody I asked to write a letter was delighted, excited and grateful for the project and it made me feel wonderful to be able to give such a gift. That’s why I’ve decided to continue gifting around the world and launch the #NOTETOSELF project.

I invite you all to join me and spread the #NOTETOSELF project as far and wide as possible! Whether you’re at a festival or event, travelling, on holiday or even celebrating in your home ask yourself if somebody around you would want to remember the feeling of right now.

1. Find anything to write on and ask someone to write a letter to themselves in the “real world”,
2. take a photo of that person with their letter at that place and time,
3. ask them to write their address on the back then post it when you feel the time is right,
4. ask that person to do the same for someone else next time they have the chance.
5. Lastly write one to yourself while you’re there!

Please Tweet or Instagram your photos using #NOTETOSELF or email xstaticworld@gmail.com so we can build an ever-growing online gallery that we can all look to when we need to remember a bit of happiness.

This is a free gift you can give to a complete stranger and yourself. Enjoy it!

Check out the full up-to-date gallery here.

Thank you.