Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives. Which is exactly why I love this interview series.
This week, please welcome Paola Dias- a photographer, writer, and mother whom I've had the extreme pleasure of getting to know through these interwebs. (As she lives in Brazil, I may never have gotten the opportunity otherwise.)
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I am not working on my creative projects as much as I would like. And that upsets me a lot. My creative projects nurture my soul and are very important in my journey.
Some days can go by and I don't write or photograph or bake anything. The ideas are coming but they are not turned into real action. It's a sad feeling of not being productive and not careful with the things that are very important to me. Life takes the lead and we must step in to reclaim creativity as a priority. It is my choice and no one will make it for me.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I am so grateful for my mornings. I am grateful every day for the rise of a new day. I am a morning person and it's when I am the most productive. It's when I can have a couple of hours to work on my own personal projects. The silence and the energy of people wakening inspire my own day.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
My toughest moment is when I act like Wonder Woman. I overwhelm myself with too much to do and not enough time. I am learning to respect my pace and myself. Getting out of balance drains my energy and I feel exhausted by the end of the day.
What do you wish you were more conscious of?
I do wish I would be more conscious of living in the present. I do believe this is one of the important lessons of life, at least for me. I am guiding my journey to learn about it and to practice it. But it's hard. My beloved monkey mind lives to challenge me to invite it back to now, to here, to my breath, to this precise moment. All my practices are helping me to be more balanced and therefore I do feel I am more present, more aware of being present.
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
It's a great question. It's a challenge, an exercise and a practice. It´s about focus, priority and respecting your own pace. I just began a "Routine/Schedule Project.” But this time I am doing it with high regard to myself, my pace and my energy level. I always worked on routines based on the hours and just spread the things that I wanted to do through the day. Now, I've learned to have the most creative work done by early hours when I have time and energy. Not at the end of the day when my energy is so low. I never thought about it, so those schedules never worked. Who sets reading time after lunch? Well, I already did. LOL
The routine is crucial to help me focus on the important things. My creativity is essential to my being and I feel that this routine helps me to keep the craft alive. I have a consistent frequency and the ideas flow easily to me when I am constantly involved with my passions. This is not a rigid structure, it's made to respect the flow of life, otherwise I will start having the scarcity talk and that is not the intention.
I am a baker, a photographer, a talker, a writer and mostly I am a passionate family person. I am working on a dream a have since my teen years. I am writing a story that I hope to turn into a novel. I am writing, writing and writing some more. I am letting my imagination take me to this journey of hard work and pleasure. I am loving this experience a lot. I have not set a deadline but I am accountable to accomplish it.
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Photography website is: www.paoladias.com