“If you align in any moment with the flow of life as it presents itself, all will unfold in the right way at the right time with a certain spontaneity and ease.”
― Tosha Silver, Outrageous Openness
After quitting my corporate job in 2008, I set off on a photography expedition across SE Asia and NZ with lofty dreams of becoming a pro photographer. I didn't quite know what that would look like, but hoped it involved a lot of travel and working for National Geographic:)
It was the grandest year of my life, full of adventure, intrigue and amazing people. Just what I had always wanted! I came back to Canada with the intent on going back to NZ to live and work and continuing the adventure until my health started to take a weird turn.
This was the beginning of a very different path than I had imagined. I did not go back to NZ. Long story short, I spent the next several years sporadically homebound due to a very mysterious illness. I had a lot of really good days but also a lot of really bad ones which kept me from travelling and photographing as much as I wanted to, and was especially hard on my finances. I had to figure out a way to make a living another way. Thus began the road to a different dream - one that I had forgotten about.
When I lived in the UK in my twenties, I would go on my days off to Camden Town or Portobello Road to check out local artists and talked to many who were making an actual living at it. I thought, what a life! To be able to share your work with the world and in such a beautiful setting.
So, I decided to use the image library I already had to make jewelry and other products to sell at local markets and online. It certainly was not always easy, but I am so thankful that I had the means to make this living despite my circumstances and I am now so grateful for the littlest of things. Just being able to get out of bed and go to my work bench is such a beautiful thing!
I am still not out of the water, BUT I am well a lot more than not (thanks to my Homeopath!) and through all this I have become more spiritual, grateful and self loving.
I have stamped the phrase, "No Mud No Lotus" on several of my jewelry designs because I relate to it so much. Hardships can be extremely soul sucking and awful but without them, there are many blessings I would never have known, had my life not have gone this way.
I have met many beautiful souls I may never have, built a life here in Vancouver (one that I resisted for so long because I wanted to be trotting the globe instead!), realized new talents, a new business, learned to ask for help and became closer to my family and friends.
Each day is a gift and everything can change in a moment. I have learned to surrender and trust the flow of life. If one lets go of the life they had planned, there is no telling what might be in store for you around the corner!
“What is meant for you is always meant to find you."
- Indian Poet-Saint Lalleshwar