The art of finding your beast!!! Now, I know this might sound a little strange of a post title for a blog on artful living but hear me out!
When you think about finding your beast, what images are conjured up in your mind? Dungeons and dragons… perhaps a little touch of Harry Potter to feed your imagination? Or are you more of an Avatar style character riding the Ikran?
The art I speak of is in actual fact… finding your life’s purpose… in other words, that thing that you were put here on this Earth to do. For me, it really is a beast because it’s not always as simple to pin down as you’d ideally hope for.
My journey in getting to this point… (knowing and understanding my life’s purpose) hasn’t been as easy as one might imagine. I’ve always known I wanted to do something creative but for a long time, I had been torn between all the different roles I could potentially fulfil…Food Critic, Interior Designer, Special Effects Make-up Artist… Food Taster/ Tester, whatever you want to call it… can you tell I love food? Anyway… the list went on and on and on.
If you’d have asked any one of my friends a few years ago, they’d tell you stories of my million and one different ideas for fulfilling my dreams. I often felt like my head was churning with creative activity soon to burst like a powerful explosion of multi-coloured skittles.
At the time I was in search of clarity and with my mind working at speeds of around 190mph I needed it fast!
Fortunately for me, a little while ago I came across a man called David Love. I met David whilst working in one of the schools where I had been teaching and coincidentally, it seems our paths were truly meant to cross. At the time David was a practising hypnotherapist and life coach and thankfully so! David helped me on the path to discovering what was at my very core … Some call it ‘finding your why’ and I have to say I highly recommend it!
He essentially did this by asking me to picture what my ideal world would look like and then asking me 5 simple questions…
A bit of Q&A now for you based on my own answers…
- Who are you? A teacher and creative with unique ways of thinking
- What do you do? Inspire the same creativity in others
- Who do you do it for? Creatives & explorers.
- What do those people want? To be able to live creative, colourful and authentic lives.
- And what do those people get out of it? They feel confident to develop and share their knowledge to also help others achieve the same.
The questions in question were originally created a guy called Adam Leipzig; I have attached a video link here just in case you were curious and wanted to find out your own life’s purpose 🙂
After carrying out his enquiry, David sent me an email containing the following information:
“Your life’s purpose is to use your creativity and uniqueness to teach and inspire people to be creative, colourful & authentic, to share freely and help others.”
Pause…When I first read the email, I have to admit that I was a little perplexed. I mean, it was interesting information, but at the time I wasn’t exactly clear on what this actually meant. I was secretly hoping for a more literal and concrete definition such as your life’s purpose is to be a Butcher, a Baker a candlestick maker… you get the idea?!
For a while, I forgot about David’s email and bumbled along with life as normal. In many ways, some might argue that I was already fulfilling my lives purpose as a Teacher of Art and Design. For me though…something was missing. As time went on… still with that niggling feeling at the back of my mind…I had to ask … How?
How could I use my creativity and uniqueness to teach and inspire people to be creative, colourful & authentic, share freely and help others.”
I decided it was time to explore new avenues…
When I really thought about my passions in life, what really get’s me going. I’d say for as long as I can remember, I’ve been completely, madly and utterly obsessed with all thing art, interiors and lifestyle. From observing wonderful paintings to exploring the different architectural features of a space, to imagining delicious colour, textural and material combinations in my mind. Let’s just say when it comes to the topic it’s something that I do lose sleep over …. but, in a good way!
I think deep down I always knew that at some point I would need to explore this passion but was held back by fear. Fear and an innate disliking for auto-cad!
I’ve now decided that I can no longer let fear hold me back… sod the auto-cad! I’ve been working as an Interior Stylist alongside my teaching work for a while now and I’m now hoping to somehow combine the amazing worlds of art, interiors and creative thinking to pursue my passions in life! Because for me art within context is so much more powerful and a space without art is well… a damn shame really!
I can finally say I’m at the beginning of my own journey to artful living. I’ve finally found my beast and no I’m not referring to the one in this painting!
I’m on a mission to share my ideas on artful living through not just the physical creation of art but also through developing artful ways of thinking. I’m going to be sharing my journey right here from the very beginning! Why Not come along and join me for the ride?
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