There is a lot of research happening on the subject of happiness. A plethora of books have been written and help groups established. At a recent MiB (http://www.mibconnections.com/)
luncheon I was delighted to have the opportunity to hear Gillian Leithman speak on the subject. She offers a range of workshops including one entitled “The Art and Science of Happiness” (http://lifeskillstoolbox.ca/)
Gillian spoke about three types of activites that make you happy:
1. Pleasurable activities; ones that are fleeting.
2. “Flow” activities; ones in which you lose all sense of time.
3. Meaningful activities; ones which infuse your life with meaning and purpose.
Those smiling faces in the photo are an example of #3. Volunteering at Beaconsfield High School making jewellery with the kids not only ignites many great new design ideas, but gives me so much pleasure. I am so grateful to have to opportunity to interact with those wonderful kids. Which brings me to Gillian’s other main idea…to keep a Gratitude Journal. She challenged us to keep a journal for 31 days and write 5 things that we are grateful for at the end of each day. Document even the littlest things and to write different things each day. The idea is that the more you identify the positive aspects of your life, the more you will attract the positive and not focus on the negative.
After another inspirational We2 breakfast meeting (http://networkingmontreal.com) I was motivated to do a blog post in their theme of the day “What I know”. There were so many inspiring ideas by so many dynamic women this morning. The big idea that I hold onto after all these years making jewellery, arts & crafts and Art is “Never Give Up!”. I have been making wire jewellery for 22 years. After getting my Fine Arts degree I worked in graphic design for one year then realized that I never wanted to be under the creative thumb of a boss. I left my job, my friends and my apartment in Toronto for a new life in Montreal.I began by selling on the street and over the years have sold to boutiques and at craft shows. All the while I took on part-time jobs to supplement my income, many of them creative (teaching art, doing crafts at birthday parties, educating in a daycare). It’s only in the last two years that our business has taken off thanks to the internet and social media. Although paying off our mortgage is a perk, I have the same degree of creative satisfaction that I have had for the past 22 years. I never questioned what I was doing all these years. I just knew I wanted to do something creative. It’s all about doing what you love and being true to yourself and your passions. Never give up on what you love. That’s what I know!
I am very happy to be a member of We2 (The Women’s Entrepreneurial Exchange) here in Montreal. We have wonderful breakfast meetings with dynamic speakers. There are so many great opportunities and exchanges. I encourage women in all areas of business and arts to experience a meeting. More information on their website attached:
An amazing time was had at the Viva Vida Art Gallery last night. We celebrated Allison’s birthday in this beautiful venue in the heart of the Pointe Claire Village. We were surrounded by contemporary art with fabulous music in the background. Allison began painting on the plain canvas, followed by her sons Eric and Padraic. Friends added images in their personal style all the while integrating the sections into one unified whole. This was a truly unique experience and a fabulous idea for networking meetings, ice-breakers, motivational sessions and creative workshops! Contact Nedia at http://vivavidaartgallery.com for more information!