There has always been a warm place in my heart and a strong desire in my hands for art and creativity; I have carried this strong desire with me everywhere and throughout all facets of my life – as a dream or an aspiration that I somehow never found the time to place at the top of my priorities list, and which remained merely a hobby among the many obligations of work and raising a family.
At the age of 52 and following many long deliberations, I have decided to allow my creativity to become the central influence in my activities.
One of the reactions that I repeatedly heard when I mentioned that I planned to leave my longstanding occupation as manpower office manager was: "Okay, if you can allow yourself that freedom…"
My instinctive reply, without forethought, was that I, and only I, can allow myself this, because permission comes from our own hearts, from inside us and from no one else.
The years that had gone by in the raising of a family and in seeing my two children grow up, allowed me very little time and resources for creative activities, and I realized the time had come to set things straight; to grant myself first priority, to realize my dream and to leave behind my doubts and fears, which were so naturally a portion of this step.
With the whole hearted support of my family I relinquished my position of employment and my part in earning a living to realize a dream, with the awareness that it was time to give to myself. I knew we would face economic changes and challenges, but this was the price we had agreed to pay.
When I had determined my objective, I underwent personal coaching to set my goals and carry them through, and particularly to hush the doubting, negative voices that prevent most of us from daring to be what we really wish to be.
A phrase that helped me to understand that my decision had been a correct one, despite my fears and uncertainties towards the future, and which became a landmark for me, was: "We do not choose the times in which we live, but we do choose what we do during these times."
I have fallen in love with Papeir Mache – with its many levels of creativity, its unlimited, joyful colorfulness and the use of recyclable materials that so suits my personal philosophy, it has won my heart and has become my central creative activity.
And for you who are still hesitating, I would like to say: Let yourselves dream and dare to succeed!