PHOTOGRAPH: Hiromi Uematsu
WORDS: Micah Celi
In the middle of all the bustle of our schedules and daily grind, a slow afternoon over a cup of coffee and insightful conversation gives us a perfect moment to breathe and get fresh perspectives about life.
More often than not, we get caught up in our routine and day to day hustle. Keeping ourselves busy that we forget about what we really want. We let our passion take the back seat. We lose attention on the things that also matter to us (aside from our career). Welcome to this life phase we call “adulting”.
A month after we launched The Local Folke as a community, fifteen creative strangers graced the first official volume of TLF Gathering. The attendance came as a wonderful surprise since the gathering was held on a weekday.
The theme “Truth to Table: Adulting” was relevant to everyone gathered around the table.
We are at this point where life struck us that we need to make conscious efforts and responsible decisions to make ourselves better.
Each person around the table is taking different paths but not really have life all figured out. Some are students wondering what to do after college, some are at the stage of making the transition from dependence to independence, some are successful in their entrepreneurial ventures and some are thinking about quitting their job and seeking out much more fulfilling ventures. In a nutshell, we are all almost at the same phase but different pace. We just kept on learning from one’s share of his/her own stories.
What makes the afternoon more interesting is that we all found ourselves realizing something we haven’t really thought about for quite some time. It’s powerful how one question can make you seriously think about life, assess your current situation and alter your actions. Questions that make us think about yesterday’s lessons and today’s blessings.
The enthusiasm to share insights runs through the table. Everyone could relate well with one’s struggles to another. Most found themselves guilty of productivity thieves: procrastination, cramming work, perfectionism, self-criticism. But as adults striving to be better, we try to help each other with useful life hacks and tips.
The afternoon was really golden. We spent the hours talking and laughing about “how to adult” whilst overlooking the golf course and chasing the sun set from our location, The Other Office. The place was pretty great as it gives you a real Baguio ambiance and it offers wide variety of dishes. We couldn’t be more thankful for accommodating us really well!
We ended during the dusk with everyone’s heart pumped up. Each left with a gift from local produce: Amparo’s Apothecary’s Organic Benguet Scrub Soap, cute pine ensemble from Everything is Pine and The Local Folke’s mug merchandise.
This gathering made us realize that we choose our path, we are now creating our own future and we have the power to do so. Out of the meaningful conversations that transpired during the gathering, it was fulfilling to witness a collaboration that is being cooked among the guests. This is one of the reasons why we do what we do. Isn’t it wonderful to gather like-minded people and see them create something great out of their raw ideas?
We may all be busy crafting our own career but we found our common ground: we all have our creative spirit. Aspiring to put our hands on passion projects. But usually, we cannot do it full time or cannot do it at all because of being confined in a job he/she hates or for whatever reasons. We saw that struggle. And this is one of the things that The Local Folke Community is working on, that is why we put up gatherings like this. Our goal is to connect people and help them produce something they’ve been dreaming to work on.
The Local Folke Gathering Vol 1.
These are the creatives that joined the first creative gathering, minus Hiromi Uematsu who take these wonderful portraits, Mikka Alaia of The Local Folke who shared the whole experience with everyone. The goal is to create a community of creatives who are willing to work together and collaborate with everyone.