I came across an interesting quote from Howard Schultz, while reading the story of Starbucks. He wrote that, “from my personal experience, I’d say that the more uninspiring your origins, the more likely you are to use your imagination and invent worlds where everything seems possible.” I cannot agree with his statement more. Since my childhood, they called me a dreamer. I loved to see the world as a different place. A world full of adventures, inspiration, great explorations and magic. It’s not a surprise that stories became my best friends. Books, movies, cartoons, and life stories.

In the last 22 years, since I know how to write, I’ve been on a quest — to find my creative voice and authenticity. Through hard work and determination, I found a way towards creative living. I built up a lifestyle that resonated with my inner child, ready to create and express every single day. Through faith and stubborn belief, I never quit or gave up on my imagination and dreams, even though my goals seemed unrealistic from time to time. As a child, I dreamt of becoming a dancer, writer, scientist, entrepreneur. In one way or another, I managed to manifest all these different areas. I work for myself as a creative entrepreneur, travel around the world as a dancer, writing my first book as a writer, and dedicate part of my life to research and finding innovative solutions.

Although, I haven’t finished professional education in dancing or writing, at a certain point in life, I gave myself the permission to create. I decided to take risks, go against societal, parental and peer expectations, and give up short-term stability for long-term success. I’m not there yet where I imagine to be, but I definitely arrived to a safe place. A place where I’m free to create, a place where I’m free to travel, a place where I’m free to express my ideas, a place where I’m able to engage in meaningful activities in every second of my life.

What I learnt throughout the last years is that the outside world will always have an opinion about our art and creativity, and they’ll always judge it in one way or another. The grotesque thing of this situation is that the judgment has nothing to do with our life or our art. People eventually stick us into categories and boxes. They can say flattering things about us in one moment, and they can be rather disdainful in another. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter at all. The best thing is letting people have their opinion and being in love with creating itself. The most important lesson I learnt is accepting that we don’t need other people’s permission, blessing, or understanding in order to make creative work.

Happiness lies in the act itself, and not the rewards it might bring.

APRIL 2016

Book Finished Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project –» LINK

Favorite Video Elizabeth Gilbert & Marie Forleo on Fear, Authenticity, and Big Magic –» LINK

Suggested Article on Creative Living Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life, TED Ideas –» LINK