Hi! I'm Telana Simpson, and I'm trading
one matchstick for offices. I started this project on 12 June 2006,
and will be trading items up until I get offices. Do you want an exclusive party with rock band WONDERboom, my latest item up for trade?
Send me an email (email@example.com)
or give me a buzz or sms on +27837302979 to make your offer. When I
get my offices, I'll be contributing some space to mentoring a start-up
entrepreneurial enterprise. I'm in Jozi, South Africa, and will go anywhere
in South Africa to make the trade- I'll even consider anywhere in the
world if the trade is right!
the movie about my story here.
If you're not sure what I'm talking about, read this 2
pager that explains my story so far. It'll make a light bulb turn
The more I talk
about the onematchstick office space, the more the image in my mind becomes
about talking through with someone about what is in your thoughts that brings
not only energy to it, but clarity and focus.
And it's similar to why I find coaching so powerful - being asked the
right questions and then hearing your voice answer them, is powerful stuff for
change and creation.
And today, I got
to gain clarity from meeting up with Stacey and have her ask me a heap of
questions on what I envision the onematchstick office to look like, and what it
will be used for.
Stacey is one of the
most curious and creative people I have had the pleasure of meeting through
this onematchstick journey. We traded one of her Story Scarves for one of my
Springleap T-shirts in a three-way trade, and have been friends ever
since. Recently I joined her in a yarn
bomb flashmob in Soweto for one billion rising, and was so moved by the
messages of the girls doing the dancing.
And so I was
delighted when she contacted me after my last blog and shared that she had more
talents I didn't know about. I learnt
that Stacey has some architectural tendencies and a touch of interior design
flare. Just enough of the kind of
knowledge to ask me the right questions and decipher my little doodle of the
ideal space for the onematchstick office, which I did recently while admiring
Mr Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” when I was babysitting for my friend.
questions and our colour coded calculations, we now know the ideal amount of
space that I would like for the onematchstick office. And the magic number is:
Now, to find
someone with 220m2 of space willing to trade with me for the "Rock the House" with
WONDERboom offer, or something else that I can then trade backwards to the rock
Only thing is I
have no concept or experience with "square meters" when it comes to physical space, and
so need a bit of guidance or advice. (I'm far more familiar with the inner space of our minds and emotions!) I
have the image in my mind of my ideal onematchstick office, but how to
translate that into the amount of actual space I would need, is where I get a bit
Hence, I'm looking
for an architect who would be able to ask me the right questions, and then just
give me a sense of how I answer what must be the most asked question that I get
from burning the matchstick at both ends: "How much space do you want, Telana?"
So, do you know an
architect – or are you the one - who'd enjoy the best red velvet cupcake in
Jozi with some coffee sometime really soon?
Or maybe you would prefer one of Jozi's best korma curries and naan? Whatever your palate desires, I'd so appreciate a bit of your
time and expertise.
Please get in touch with me
From a very
motivated and excited 'matchstick girl
still on the lookout for that Man having a mid-life crisis, and for that Lover,
I’m also going to start looking for a Hostess!
someone who loves to throw a party, and enjoys the company of her guests. She tends to see life as a miracle worth
celebrating, and any excuse to rejoice is an occasion to send out invitations,
organise scrumptious snacks, pop a bottle or two of bubbly and say “Here’s to
very creative, and enjoys the process of thinking up themes, finding unusual
table decorations, or some form of talent to entertain.
have I got some talent (they’re good looking too!) to entertain this Hostess and
Here’s a glimpse
you the Hostess I’m looking for? Could
you imagine having these Rockstars come play their gig at your house, with all the
lighting and sound needed, and even a DJ to keep the party rocking till the
wee hours of the morning? Would this be
an experience worth raising your glass and saying “Cheers!” to?
He goes out there and
makes things happen, and knows a thing or two about what makes the people in
his life happy.
looking for a woman to share his life with, and who's life he wants to witness
and be a part of. He's moved passed the fear
of commitment "stage", and knows that his freedom lies in his choices.
And he's ready
to choose this woman he's found. He does
not only want to choose her now, but also every day for the rest of his life.
him, supports him when he needs it and yet challenges him too, just when he
needs it. She's loving, beautiful, and
ready to choose him back.
And so it's time
to ask her to be his- forever and ever.
And because this is such a significant moment in both their lives, he
wants a special, unique and yet grand gesture to accompany the moment.
He also knows
her – he knows her well and she loves music.
She enjoys music even more when it's live. And even more when it's a band
she's a fan of.
chatting recently with Pepe Marais, who I traded with ages ago, and this conversation
got me thinking:
outcome of my thinking: Forget about candles. I’m going to
burn this matchstick at both ends!
by that I mean trade up and down.
been trading up from a matchstick, so why not try trade down as well, from the
other end, and see if I can meet in the middle?
my end goal being an office, what if I could find the office now and then the person
who will trade with me (for find the person and then the office), and find out
what he or she would want for that space?
could do that, then I would go to the few people I know of, who want my Rock the House experience with WONDERboom but haven’t yet made me a formal offer,
and see if they can offer me what the person who has the office wants.
then voila! I could succeed! It might
take a few in between trading steps, but hey – burning the matchstick from both ends
can only help... Can't it?
facebook, twitter and here on my blog I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks
more about my dream onematchstick office.
And hoping it’ll help me find the last person I'll trade with, or spark a connection in your mind of someone you know who
has premises to offer so you’ll make the introduction.
...who’s having a
mid-life crisis and loves rock concerts!
Yes. That’s the
that’s the criteria, I’ve been reading up about the concept of “mid-life crisis”. Now I’m convinced even more that some guy who is somewhere in the
middle of his life and is having a little wobble from realizing that fact, and
so is in transition and wanting to experience more of life, would be interested
in my latest “life experience” up for trade.
Wikipedia says he’d be experiencing feelings of
searching for “an undefined dream or goal” and have a “desire to achieve a
feeling of youthfulness”. He’d also be
behaving in a way that acquires “unusual or expensive items such as motorbikes,
boats, clothing, sports cars, jewelry, gadgets, tattoos, piercings, etc.”
So the “Rock the
House” experience provides an awesome way to feel like a teenager again, one
who’s attending their first rock concert. Only this is even better as you get
to go “back stage” any time and hang with the rock stars! Plus they will come to your after party, and bring
What a goal it
would be to find a way to trade with me for this opportunity. And, I’m hoping
this Man’s always had a secret little dream of having his own rock concert!
indication that he’d be a possible candidate for me to trade with is the
sign of a mid-life crisis which is that the person plays just to play. Also he does mischievous things that appear
out of character, surprising people who know him.
So throwing a
rock concert at his home for all his friends, and having such a party till the
wee hours of the morning with WONDERboom (who know how to party!), would be
such a fit.