And we introduce you to…..(drum roll please)…. the ever delightful Georgia (George, Gee, G) Lejeune from our Sydney Rummages! When this girl isn’t working or writing (which, to be honest is a lot of the time!), you can find her in a hot pink leotard dancing to Tina Arena.
Can you tell us a little bit about your sweet self? I always find this question difficult to answer because it ends up feeling like I’m writing a job application. Here goes: I’m a former circus freak and current writer who recently migrated from Brisbane to the big smoke of Sydney. I work for a magazine publishing company in my day life and I cheat on it with my own digital magazine for teenage girls in my evenings. I’m adventurous, opinionated, and passionate and it really annoys me when people don’t give me the courtesy wave when I let them into traffic.
What do you like to do to keep your toes tapping and the neurons in your brain
firing? i.e. What do you do in your spare time? I have a severe addiction to lycra, 80s beats and leotards and I get my fix doing a weekly 80s aerobics class called Retrosweat (if you live in Sydney I implore you to check it out). I also love to rock climb, I have several books on the go at all times, I love listening to podcasts and I get most of my energy from being around people, so I’m always up for an adventure/catch up.
Is your creative process rigid, fluid, sporadic? And how do you stay in the
groove? My creative process is pretty sporadic, but I get most of my grand ideas when I’m in
the shower or just drifting off to sleep. I get inspired when I’m around other creative movers and shakers and when I’m discovering/reading/watching/listening to the interesting things people in the world are doing. I find having a creative friend who you can bounce ideas off and work with to be really great for keeping me accountable to things that I say I’ll do. My co-editor Sonya Gellert helps keep me excited about making!
What are your hopes, dreams and fantasies? Mostly I hope for a world of acceptance, where people can feel comfortable with who they are or feel supported on their journey in finding out who they are. I think that the only way we can do that is by sharing stories and I want to be a facilitator/enabler for this storytelling.
What’s the best or the worst advice you’ve ever received? Worst: When you stop trying/searching then the thing you want to happen will happen. Best: If you want to do something or achieve something then go out there and make it happen. Don’t wait for someone to hand you your dreams on a plate, because it will never feel as satisfying or be what you really want. Also, make sure you take time to look back and take stock of what you’ve achieved. It’s easy to get caught up in the next goal and to forget that you’ve come a long way and achieved a lot.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party and what would you serve up?
I would have Jane Austen, Amy Poehler and my sister Maeve (because she would be super pissed at me if I had a dinner party with those two ladies and she wasn’t invited). I would serve up lots of fresh seafood! And syrupy baklava for dessert.
What do you like about working for Suitcase Rummage? I love the community vibe of the whole day. It’s such a great culmination of a diverse set of people. I also love some of the great finds I pick up and then getting to show them off the next day at work.
What tips can you share about being aware of your impacts on the world? (Ethical fashion, sustainable living, recycling, composting, etc.) Do your research and think about your purchases before you go out and buy willy- nilly. I find it so easy to fall into the trap of buying a little something because it’s cheap and easy. But I’m trying to challenge myself to buy better quality, even if it’s slightly more expensive. Also, include people in the conversation and find out tips
and tricks from other people – it’s better if there are more people on board.
Which artists/thinkers/creatives are you obsessed with at the moment?Deborah Frances White – she hosts a podcast that I love called The Guilty Feminist. Shannon Dooley – she is the bombshell behind my favourite 80s workout Retrosweat. Richard Fidler – I can’t get enough of listening to his interviews on ‘Conversations With Richard Fidler’ which you can get as a podcast or listen to on ABC Radio National. Julia Jacklin – really loving listening to her album ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ while I write/procrastinate writing
What are your favourite things to do in your city? Explore new patches of nature! My favourite thing about Sydney is that there are so many different types of topography and natural beauty so close to the city. I love going to McIvers ladies baths, near Coogee, for some relaxation and beach bathing. I also love that there is always something to do. Going out to live music, a performance or a new restaurant is pretty exciting.
Where can we find your work? You can see some of my written work at www.littlewren.com.au and follow us on instagram @littlewren_mag