Merry Christmas 🎄


I can’t believe that December is already upon us – time is passing so quickly and I’m left wondering have I truly made all these moments count?
Becoming documentary film makers has been one of the grandest decisions in our extraordinary adventures with Fresh Independence.

As we weave the fabric of ‘Selfless’ together we remember, how friends old and new have impacted this journey with the delicate, yet bold threads of colour they bear.
You are no exception and this Christmas season I want to share some thoughts right here.

In a technicolour reflection I would like to hit the replay button and watch myself as a Director – leaping with ease and grace over hurdles never believed possible – but truth is if I slow the frame down I will see a woman sometimes crawling other times holding on – but smiling and inspired for the momentum found.

Having learned we will never reach the finish line without proper tools in our dream box – purpose in hand – heart tucked safely in pocket – and will to fuel us forward.
I can’t shake the feeling ‘Selfless’ has been placed upon our hearts to help it find wings to fly. That we’ve been left on our own so long to protect the pureness of the concept, allowing it to grow organically. Learning much in this process, and though there are miles yet to go – we are going there.

Funny I don’t recognize myself at times – I don’t often stop to look in the mirror much these days, because self reflection is something much deeper now.
Happy for roads less traveled and ventured upon because they have led us to you, and special moments we’ve shared whether big or small – each imprinting upon and bringing us to this place of gratitude.

This year I’ve come to understand that growing pains are simply that – and on the other side of anything difficult is a better version of yourself – surrounded by kindred spirits – hearts dancing to the beat of hope – and souls rejoicing for the connection of something imperfectly perfect.

No encounter is ever lost in time for each imprint on the essence of who we are and gently (or not) point us to that place we are needed most.

On a recent shoot some words found scribbled on a wall resonated within: ‘If knowing is half the battle – then what is the other half?’
May we each rise to our calling as more moments turn to days, to weeks, to another year.

I hope these words find your heart running over with peace – love and joy this season.

Merry Christmas my beautiful friend.🎄
Kim Laureen

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Nate Maingard – Cape Town, South Africa / London

Nate Maingard is living proof that amazing things come from Capetown where the surf is cold, the mountains rugged and raw creativity runs wild and free.

We caught up with him to find out more about the man behind his music.

Now located in London, Nate Maingard brings forth his organic essence and love for mankind in his latest album ‘In the Shadows’ which will drop on 12/12/13 but you can Pre Order it right here, right now:

I N   T H E   S H A D O W S 

1. Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours and where you are from.

I’m from a little village in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town. The village is named Scarborough and I grew up with the ocean and the mountain as my neighbours. I think those early years shaped my views of life a huge amount. Home is a recurring theme in my music.

a capetown

2. How do you best describe your musical style?

I would say lyrical and melodic. If we go for a genre, then indie-folk or folk-rock would probably describe it.

 3. When did you know music was going to be an important part of your life?

I come from a musical family and so I’ve always been around music. I think it started with lyrics for me though. From a very young age I was fascinated by the images lyrics could make in my mind; so I just grew into this place of writing music from wanting to communicate in the same way music has communicated with me.

4. Which lyrics are closest to your heart and tell us what they mean to you.

“See me trapped within this construct

Beating at the locked up door and

Gripped tight deep within my fist

Is the key to all I’ve missed

That the pain is just the teacher

And the cage is just a myth.”

I love that verse because it’s so true for me that sometimes I push so hard to make things how I want them to be when if I just relaxed the things I need already rest right in the palm of my hand.

a Nate collage

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