Soul Cities for the Creative Soul

I love Lu Sierra. I love her confidence and her defiance. She is very direct and straight to the point. That’s what makes her attractive. She’s a model and the one who trains the Miss Universes at the Miss Universe pageant.

At the beginning of her career she moved to Paris from New York in order to be taken seriously as a model. Over there is where she was truly discovered and her career skyrocketed. If not for that possibly she would have never made it as a model.

That got me thinking about creative cities. There are some places where your creative career might never really take off depending on the scales of success that you want to reach.

I guess you feel it when you’re there. In New York she was signed to a major agency but was only a showroom girl. Meaning that she was never actually seen on the runway and had no portfolio. In Paris they took her seriously.

Paris is also known as one of the places in the world that’s perfect for creatives. I was watching a video by the YouTuber Damon Dominique and he mentioned that one of the things that he loved about Paris was that over there creatives are taken seriously. You can day that “I’m a writer” and people won’t then ask you what you do for money…

But everyone’s creative city or should I say soul city is different. I was reading a book called “The Simply Luxurious Life” and the author spoke of soul city. Where you really feel like you belong. Perhaps it was just that Damon’s soul city is Paris. Because I bet there are some creatives who really hate Paris and have not managed to further their career there.

I guess a creative’s soul city is the place where you feel the most creative…or where you can do nothing and no one will judge you for it. I’ve read about people finding their soul cities in Shanghai, New York, Toronto, London, Seoul, Kyoto etc. It’s not a one size fits all situation.

I don’t know if I’ve found my soul city yet but I have a pretty good clue. But then again, I haven’t yet experienced enough of the world to say for certain what my soul city. But then again this one city I’ve experienced enough of to know how much I love it.

One can never know the true beauty of a place as a tourist. Which is why I guess we never really get to know a place for what it truly is.

There are so many things that we evaluate in life and realize that in the pursuit of perfection we miss what was really perfect for us looking for the next best thing or thinking that something better in life is coming along. And it’s only later on in life that we realize that we have up on a very good opportunity. In many cases this usually happens in the context of relationships. You date someone that’s awesome with you but think you’re too young to commit and eventually the relat withers out from lack of commitment, years later after settling for a relationship that’s alot less than what you gave up on you begin to realize that you should have committed before.

But perhaps this can also be applied to soul cities. With the digital nomad revolution that has happened or maybe I should say that this is a trait of millennials and Gen Zers, we always believe that there’s something better out there.

But the older I grow the more I begin to realize that the old saying is true “A rolling stone doesn’t gather any moss”. But then in this time and age, a stone that can’t respond to paradigm shifts, adjust themselves and move accordingly won’t survive in this extremely volatile generation as well.

But these are just my existential thoughts. Or maybe I’m just having a girl crush on Lu Sierra.

7 thoughts on “Soul Cities for the Creative Soul”

  1. Re — Paris, France and Soul Cities

    France, by default, has this very sad/Yin energy.

    Meditating and waking up in France makes me sad and cry, even if I’m not terribly sad at the moment.

    This energy is sorta grounding, but it was very YIN and it feels like you can get burnt out easily there, even without doing much.

    Hence, lack of productivity, scattered mind, messy rooms – it’s just its French vibe (Swiss vibe is soulless which is way scarier) that really determines everything else, and what people are like living there. It just feels like you neet extra five hours to face the outside world, and even then there’s just so much red tape and obstacles, that it’s hard to feel your “flow” and be productive and “in the zone”.

    It’s always just a place that makes me so so so sad, even when I’m not. Sometimes I think French boys want to be with a girl just not to experience so much of this loneliness and dread and not because they truly are interested in that other person.

    Did you notice that different countries and cities have different energies that influence everything else? France is definitely such a sad energy place.


    1. Yeah every city has this feel to it. My personal favorite city is Cape Town. It has this chilled yet fun vibe that I looooooove. The people are amazing too. The downside is that there’s also large amounts of poverty that’s the result of apartheid and that contributes to high crime levels in some areas. No city is perfect 🥲


      1. Sorry, I meant “for all the good reasons you mentioned” — obviously, I dislike the downsides such as poverty, apartheid, and crime and I hope things change for the better.

        I like your blog and its unique voice, keep at it!


      2. I think we need to get real about how racist still is white South Africa, though.

        Behind this “veener” of friendly people, are a bunch of pretentious and snotty social climbers.


        They won’t talk to you unless they can use you in some way or if you’re from Australia (they like to tell themselves that SA almost could have been Australia, which, Australia is built on pillars of egalitarianism and respecting each other) and that is also the best way to get them to suck up to you.

        Say you’re from America or Australia and watch them act all helpful and friendly and fawn over you.

        England attempted (and succeeded) integrating black people, as did Canada, as did Australia, heck, even France did it, but SA? They still cling on to old glory days. Poverty they created? No shame driving expensive cars through those slums. Humility? Oh you wish! Arrogance and this snobby attitude?

        Omg. RANKING all the world’s countries from most desirable (a lot of money to less) being in a position RUINING black lives, wait, and STILL ruining black lives while their glory days are over.

        They love THE IDEA of Norway and Australia (only the BEST for white South Africans) even though they would be treated there like second class citizens just like they treat different people from different countries. Only they treat other people on the basis how much they can use them, not because of egalitarianism.

        You say they’re direct, and I guess, but just because someone is direct that doesn’t make them your friend and a good person. At the end of the day, direct racist and a snob is still, at the end of the day, a racist and a snob.

        They don’t see past class, colour, or their own selfish privilege. Just because someone expresses annoyance at you, that doesn’t make them any less evil, because they still see you as a lesser human being. Shame, indeed.

        Soul Cities are also places where one feels love from other people, and acceptance, not a place where they are constantly looked down on.

        I’m sorry, but white South Africans don’t deserve any pity if they STILL behave arrogantly to just so many countries and other races.

        If you feel my comment is worded too strongly, feel free to remove it.

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      3. Heya, I totally get where you’re coming from. And also agree with every one of your points. You mentioned points that I didn’t even know how to express myself which is the awesome thing about being able to share our voice and perspective.


  2. Also, other than my personal feelings about Paris, I definitely agree with the concept of Dream Cities. There are places and cities that just help us be productive more, have laws and policies that are in our favour, or we can simply meet our tribe.

    I think it’s important to understand how are people like us treated based on our race/status/socio-economic background — is there potential to make friends and associate with good people? Can our career grow?

    Because we can keep learning but having freedom of a place to put theory into practice is what’s really the key to growth. I personally don’t like Paris but obviously many people make it work.


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