I am so completely grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities that have manifested from this new blog! I have met some amazing people who inspire me to reach higher than I thought possible, smile bigger, challenge myself to learn and grow.
One such blog author is Kate Swoboda from Your Courageous Life . As you will discover, Kate is incredibly talented with words, photos, and videos. All that she creates and shares, inspires me in some way, encourages me to be “me” and to celebrate all that is me. I was honored to be included in the following video called “Your Wisdom”.
I want you to get to know Kate, and to visit her site, because she has some fabulous retreats coming up that you may be interested in, and because she is so creative I know that her writing and her productions will touch your heart in some way. Although her schedule is extremely busy, Kate took the time to answer a few questions for me.
Thanks, Joy–and thank you for inviting me to say hello. 😉 To answer your question, I think of it as the world, and the people in it, as being generous. The world provides all of these great, beautiful images (and the sunsets! the sunsets!). And so many people have provided so much wisdom, whether that’s the wisdom with the most recent video project or just in general, the assorted investments of time and love that people have put into growing who I am. I’m inspired to give back and I love collaboration.
2. When you realize you have free time with no commitments or obligations, what are the first two things that come to mind?
Ahhhhhhhhh! would be the first! 😉 The second is just taking things slowly, that quality of just being. I can people-watch all day and find that immensely restorative.
3. I like to encourage my readers to look at something familiar in a different way. We have recently discovered new ways to view fog and dark. How do you feel about fog and/or dark?
Well, my initial impulse is that I dislike both! 😉 I’m a sunny days kind of girl all the way. However…If I’m reframing, I would move towards a photographic perspective (I freelance as a portrait photographer as a side bit to what I do as a coach). I think that people’s skin looks the most velvety smooth delicious in overcast light, even though the expectation would be that sunshine would be best. In reality, sunshine creates more shadows on a person’s face, whereas an overcast light (the kind we might get if it were foggy in San Francisco, which is what prompts my association to “fog”) is the most beautiful.
4. You combine your love of travel with your quest for spiritual balance and creative freedom. What place have you been that speaks most loudly to your heart?
At the top of the list is Italy, always Italy. In fact, I’ll be combining my love of travel with spiritual balance and creative freedom with a retreat I’m offering there, in October. I think what I love about Italy is that there’s this serenity to it–I pick it up in the light, in the reverence for the past, in the inclusion of nature. And yet there’s vibrance and energy, too–lots of passion infused in food, in speaking. It balances me in a lot of ways, because I think there are strong pulls within me that crave what is sacred, what is serene, and yet if I get too much of that I am restless and appreciate some time doing something really vibrant, full of energy. So there’s this lovely balance in Italy that I appreciate, and it allows me to sink more deeply into myself. I experience Italy as a visual and sensory feast!
Thank you Kate! And to view this very inspiring video–which I am pleased to have participated in– please click here:
**Please join me this Friday May 21st for my first ever
Fearless Fun Friday Dance Video
filmed on the dock by my boat…..
inspired by my new blogging friend Joy at
Stepping out of my comfort zone and giving you a glimpse of my life…
because I *am*
and Life is