ART OF LIVING

The art of finding your beast- and other fantastical stories…

 

Jumi Awomosu- Interior Stylist
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?

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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 🙂

The School of Artful Living on adamleipzig- Finding your life’s purpose
www.adamleipzig.com

 

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…

Jumi Awomosu- Lifestyle Writer

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?

Still reading? Want to see more?  Why not connect with me over on social media too! Follow me here on Instagram @the_school_of_artful_living

 

Be creative.

      Be colourful

     Be authentic.

Seek art in the act of everyday living…

#LiveAnArtfulExistence

36 thoughts on “The art of finding your beast- and other fantastical stories…

    1. Thank’s Christine yes it seems we have! You are doing so well with your skincare business and yes I do think it’s important for us all to know our worth! Lets cheers to knowing your worth and of course, to artful living!

  1. Such an interesting story. I love reading how you found your “why”. It must have felt like fog lifting and the sun flooding you with clarity. Looking forward to reading your journey.

    1. Thank you Juan! I really appreciate you reading this and your lovely comment! Yes it has been a long journey but I am glad the fog has finally started clearing!I’m looking forward to going on this journey with you 😉 Have you found your why yet?

        1. Ah brilliant! I look forward to discovering that with you I’m still on the journey too… but should be exciting!

    1. Ha ha brilliant! Well I’m glad I could finally get it out there! This blogging stuff is so technical, at the moment I’m just going to keep it very simple! Thanks for your encouraging words!

  2. Hey Jumi
    Your blog is beautiful and I love this piece. It’s honest, humble and heartfelt. I think many people nowadays are looking for a life of purpose and fulfillment so this message is timely and living your truth inspires others more than words.
    Keep creating and sharing, you never know how far your ripple may spread
    Thanks😊

    1. Awww David what a lovely comment! Glad you enjoyed the piece and it means a lot that you read it and enjoyed it! Thanks for all your guidance love and support… and I hope you keep reading:-)

  3. Such a wonderful read! I’m super excited to continue following your journey and embark on my own 🙂
    Looking forward to your next post! Xx

  4. Ah, finding your beast and your ‘why’ is so important. It feels like the world is getting bigger and with more options…but with more options comes more confusion and indecision. It’s important to stop and have a sense-check now and again, and those 5 questions are a great place to start.

    1. Yes I really do think they are… I can be quite fickle at times but with this I get to stop and think back to what I’m doing all this… so thank you for your lovely comment!

  5. I love the fact that you find your purpose i suppose everyone wants to do it too and those questions that you ask yourself help to narrow ans motive your goal to achieve it x i wil be checking this video link as i am so curious x

    1. Do let me know the result when you do I’m so curious to know what other people find out about themselves too!Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

    1. I think it’s so important to find your why… it just make’s everything more meaningful… if in doubt you can always refer back to your purpose! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. You’ve found your Ikigai. It’s one of the big lifestyle trends for this year. I think that in this fast paced digital world lots of people are feeling a bit lost and are seeking their life purpose. So pleased that you’ve found yours.

    1. This is very insightful information! Maybe I should have called it The art of finding your Ikgai! I think I remember reading a post on your blog on lifestyle trends a little while back… can I just say I love your blog… in fact I think I’m going to go and take a look see at what’s on there at the minute! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  7. I am still searching I have to admit but it does not really bother me either way (knowing or not knowing my why). I am a nurturer, I like looking after my family and friends and don’t go into the why. This was a very interesting first post Jumi and a great introduction to the way you think!

    1. Ahh thanks so much Jenny for reading and commenting! Its seems to me you may have already found your why …. you do it to make people happy, to make them feel looked after…. you do it for the love! Through your blog you are spreading the love through colour! I’m glad you like the post and hope you continue reading!

  8. oh hello! I feel like I am on a bit of similar journey. Trying many things, being creative and finding my path. I think it important to enjoy the journey of discovering yourself. I love reading more about you and definitely will be watching your story of Artful Existence 🙂 Sending virtual hugs x

    1. Hello hello! So happy to be connecting with likeminded individuals! It really is so important… I think no matter what you are doing and no matter what your exact why is. I really think is so good to be able to make a positive impact on people’s lives… sounds cheesy but I think it’s true! Sending virtual hugs back! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much for reading! Please do! If you get the chance please do let me know the results I’d be very intrigued to know!

    1. Yes Mary,

      For me this really is all about the journey too! That’s the exciting part! Thank you for your comment 🙂

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