This I mean my mind to serve ’til/ Service is but Magic/ Moving through the world/ And mind itself is Magic /Coursing through the flesh /And flesh itself is Magic/ Dancing on a clock/ And time itself the magic length of God.

Listening to some iconic 60s while writing this (‘God is alive Magic is afoot’ which was written by Leonard Cohen, but turned into a song by Buffy Sainte-Marie)….

So, I have some news to share which is now official: I will be leaving the industry in New Zealand soon.

I have been offered an opportunity to advance my studies, and have decided I must risk the unknown to pursue this. I’m excited to work hard towards this! I’m so grateful to everyone who have made it (and continue to make it) possible for me to support my journey thus far –clients, friends, industry professionals alike; I would have never been able to go after greater opportunities without it.

This December will be the last month I will be available, with some January 2019 possibility, though that admittedly is very unlikely. I really hope to see more of everyone before I leave…..

Serena x

 

💌Notice💌

I’m away again!

15th October till the 23rd of October. Last availability will be this weekend 13th Saturday (11am -11.30pm), 14th Sunday (11am – 11.30pm) and Monday 15th (mornings only).

I hope everyone will have a fantastic and relaxing labour weekend then, too.

In November I will be releasing some new pictures & my site will be down momentarily as my theme will change✨

My reading list lately – my love for Marguerite Yourcenar grows —Memoirs of Hadrian is excellent, beautiful, wonderful etc., etc.,

I also just binge watched Sharp Objects, an 8 episode mini-series based on Gillian Flynn’s book of the same name (I have not read any of her works, nor seen the movie adaptation of Gone Girl however), the premise of which drew me in because as some of you would know, I’m an absolute addict to thrillers (particularly crime thrillers, action as well).

I haven’t watched something with such a terse and overwhelmingly disconsolate atmosphere for a while. It seems to constrain your focus and smudge the bright spots of the soul. Dreariness par excellence. It is a tad on the nose sometimes though; otherwise — a recommended watch!

x

Serena

remnants of my thoughts: The Seventh Seal/Det sjunde inseglet

Introducing a film by one of my favourite directors, Ingmar Bergman: The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)

Or a meditation on the infinite (faith) whilst being a finite being

Or finding redemption on the way home

The setting: a crusader awakes washed ashore, he meets Death, and makes a gambit: a challenge with Death to a game of chess to anticipate the receivership of his soul…he can no longer face existence in the absence of God, yet he cannot die without one last attempt to saviour his own soul (or more precisely the God within himself): one last struggle against nothingness to not only understand his being, but for the redemption of his being, for all that his life has been in the face of darkness, in the absence of God and its violation by violence around him –can he redeem it (his soul, mercy) one last time, that which had been lost?

Every year or so, I like to re-watch the Seventh Seal. It grips me just as when I first watched it so many years ago. The themes remain the same: of faith and struggle, when met with the indifference of humanity and the silence of God; and so the despair of existence –what I like to summarise as: the state of falling through nothing and wanting to land on something, the drive to redeem what good is left of one’s life in the face of one’s end.

This film may sound dreary and bleak –but this is not true. It ends with the gentleness of an offered meal of milk and strawberries…and where he had sought God, at the end it is the kindness and love by sharing a bowl of fresh milk and wild strawberries that he finds his answer.

x

Serena

🎏Notice🎏

Hello lovers, gents one and all;

This is a perfunctory notice to let you know I will be away from Auckland from the 28th August until the 12th September, perhaps I’ll be back earlier, or perhaps later….I’ll be sure to let you know either ways.

That means next week will be my last week of availability, and then I will be off for approximately two weeks.

My available dates for next week are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday anytime after 4pm, Saturday from the afternoon onward and Sunday all day.

I’ll be keeping this blog updated, and have some fascinating things in the works while I am away…..

 

Bisous x

Serena

Felt the urge to share this as I found myself listening to this old classic again 🎶💕🙌✨

Áspri méra ke ya mas/ ‘there will be better days, even for us’ by Agnes Baltsa

Hope everyone is having a lovely week!

X Serena