You found me! My very first blog post. An exciting day and a desire for a long time. I hope that as you read my thoughts, stories and notes you will be inspired. I have always loved stories. Each one of us has then. Each unique and different. Our stories define who we are. I worked at Dutch Television for many years and I have had the privilege to have interviewed many people and tell their stories. Finding out who they really are and the circumstances that shaped and defined their lives.
One of the programmes I made was to interview couples, where one of the two had a terminal disease and faced death. These interview were always intense and really brought to the surface things that really mattered. Without all the clutter and noise just pure emotion, naked truths and moments savoured. I always had to think of what the Bible teaches. That we are to live each day as if it is our last. Not in a morbid sense but in an attitude of gratefulness and determination to make each day count. This is how I want to live. Making the most of moments. To share what I have, seek for what I have lost and chase after the things I long for. This life is not a dress rehearsal but our only chance at it! So make it count.
As an artist this is often a bumpy road. The seeking, the finding and savouring. This is the essence of my stories and you could call it a quest...finding, keeping and savouring me...who I really am. Finding my sense of purpose, why I am here on earth, as an artists, as a creator of life. Holding on to dreams, letting go of disappointments, accepting failure and savouring each victory.
I recently turned 50 and honestly as I come to turns with this number (because that is all it is) I am beginning to see its advantages. There is a road behind me I can reflect on and glean from. There are lessons learnt and wisdom gained. After working in the television world for 10 years I made a major career shift. I went back to school and studied art and design. A passion I had always had and wanted to develop. After three years of hard work and a lot of perseverance I graduated with honours, majoring in fashion and textile design.
Each house and designer taught me something unique about design techniques, entrepreneurship or making it (or not) in the design business. These lessons I have taken with me on my own journey and will share them with you in my future posts. My heart is to help floundering artist flourish.
Thanks again for visiting my blog. There is lots more to come as I share my experiences and insights in becoming an ARTIST that that is not FLOUNDERING but FLOURISHES.
I will end this post with one of my favourite Nelson Mandela quotes:
'There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.'