How saying ‘yes’ can lead to your next chapter
by Valerie Khoo
A few weeks ago, I was interviewed on The Wabi Sabi series podcast, hosted by Michelle Cox on “Finding your genius”. Michelle actually invited me on to her podcast quite a while ago but I delayed getting back to her because, to be honest, I wondered whether I had anything interesting or worthwhile to say!
She starts with a single question and then the conversation unfolds – and goes deep – from there. Michelle is a super talented ceramicist (and board director and author and a billion other things) so I loved chatting to her. You can listen to it here.
But, more importantly, the act of saying yes to this has led to so much more …
It turns out that Michelle doesn’t live far away from me. And has also founded an incredible makers’ studio, in Avalon Beach in Sydney, which is home to a handful of creatives.
She mentioned that she was potentially looking for an artist to share the space with. And, as I had been without a studio for almost six months (and had become creatively stuck as a result), it was a serendipitous moment!
In short, we’re now colleagues in the gorgeous space Atelier 9 Avalon and I feel like I have a new lease on life. As soon as I started painting there, it felt like my creative mojo starting flowing again. And it’s not just a trickle, the ideas just won’t stop!
Inspired by the beaches, I’ve gone coastal! I’ll be honest, I have no idea where this will lead. But, as I mentioned in my last newsletter, I’m just being led by creating work I enjoy instead of trying to create art based on some kind of strategy. I’m so much happier as a result. (You can see what I mean about Enjoyment vs Strategy here.)
I also finally got the guts to list my artwork on Bluethumb. If you’re interested to check it out, you can see it here.