Giving a lecture and telling my business story in front of a group of women business owners, I was asked to share some insights and thoughts I find useful to me. The story started with me as a child, the adult I became and the dramatic change I made at the age of 42. At the end, I shared these 10
insights & thoughts, which I thought you may find useful too:
- I chose to be happy. Those who follow my posts are familiar with the ones in which I make a list of things that I am grateful for, especially in frustrating or unfamiliar moments. This changes my perspective.
- I show myself up front! After years of silence, hiding and caring for others, I am able to write my dreams and publish them in the world and communicate with people through my story. That's how the galleries from London and Rome came to acknowledge me.
- I provide my audience with quality artwork, but also connect the work to my life, to human situations which they relate to.
- I open my heart and studio with love to people who want to come and learn, I give information generously and try to help them grow. I believe that a good dispersion only creates more circles of goodness. I do not expect anything back. Each meeting and each visitor is a lesson and a gift.
- I respond to challenges and opportunities! Or like something someone recently told me: "Say yes and figure out how!"
- I also share unpleasant experiences, admit failure and hope that people will learn from that so they will not have to experiment it themselves. I look at myself in the mirror and feel whole, though far from perfect. I accept myself and therefore no longer preoccupied with what others will think of me.
- I study. All the time!
- I've created a group of independent, supportive cycle of friends around me whom I can share my dilemmas with, as I help and advise them as much as I can.
- I apply, ask, send, initiate and am willing to accept "no" as an answer. There were times I would not do things unless I was sure to have a positive answer.
- I remind myself to thank every day for what's good but more than that, I do not accept the good for granted.