Your business, Dreamy Moons, is full of vibrant and beautiful art pieces. What was it like to take the leap into making art for a living?
It was risky, exciting, freeing. When I went to high school I planned on studying art or design but got scared of the competition in the creative field. Instead, I went to University to study natural health science. It was very interesting, and I loved my course, but after two years something just didn’t feel right. I had zero time for creativity and I started feeling like I was losing touch with my creative side. While I was studying, I opened my Etsy shop DreamyMoons to motivate me to create. I thought to myself: if people like my art, then I will actually have motivation and a purpose to paint again. After just a few months, my Etsy shop took off and I found myself spending more time painting than studying. I fell in love with being creative all over again. That is when I decided to take a break from my studies, and then my plans changed from taking a break to officially quitting and pursuing my true passion, which was art from the very beginning.
You talk about your art as being a kind of meditation. Do you naturally slip into that state of being while creating, or is there anything you do to help yourself align with that meditative state?
Music. Always. It sets the mood and makes my painting experience ten times more magical. It has the power to teleport me into another world and intensifies my imagination. Suddenly, the colours are more vivid and I have a story in my mind that needs to be told through watercolours.
It’s amazing to see how your art is influenced by your travels and explorations in nature. What destination has inspired you most deeply so far?
New Zealand. Snow-capped mountains have never failed to inspire me. New Zealand is a very underrated far-away corner of the Earth, and for that I am so grateful. Roads are empty, nature is pure, lakes are sapphire blue and there's a sense of freedom in the air. All I need to reconnect to Mother Nature and get the creative flow started.
Do you think that your past spiritual experiences have contributed to your ability to thrive and trust in your business?
Yes, absolutely. If I didn’t embody the mindset I have, I doubt DreamyMoons would go this far. I fully trust myself, I create intuitively and find joy in inspiring others and don’t attach myself to the ‘monetary’ side of my business.
What is one misconception you think people may have about spirituality?
That you can’t be spiritual and at the same time be a successful business woman. That you can’t grow financially while maintaining the exact same beliefs about the Universe, abundance, mindfulness and gratitude. But, of course, you can! Because if you embody a mindset of abundance, you WILL grow naturally. It’s a natural process that should be cherished. No values or beliefs have to be compromised in the process, in fact keeping the same values and beliefs helps attract abundance in the long run.
How does being in the public eye through your YouTube videos and social media channels affect your lifestyle?
Through being in the public eye, more people find out about my art and see my work. That is what inspires me to create more and more. I create for myself too, but knowing that my art makes others happy gives what I do a bigger purpose.
Can you describe your version of a perfect day?
Waking up to the morning sunrise light hitting my eyes. Brewing a cup of herbal tea, doing some stretches or light yoga outside in the grass, barefoot. Going for a swim in the ocean or a creek to wake me up. Playing my favourite music, making a smoothie and painting outside in the sun. Then jumping in the car with friends and going somewhere beautiful to explore. Maybe a small hike or to see a waterfall. Coming back home and cooking lunch together, roasting veggies and chopping up a huge salad. Eating outside, talking about life and sharing our intentions and future plans. Day dreaming. Swimming in the calm ocean at sunset. Feeling free and fulfilled. Having dinner with my beautiful mum. Seeing her smile and laugh. Climbing into bed before 10 pm and listening to a guided meditation before drifting off to sleep.
What is something that most people don’t know about you from your online presence?
I want my photos and videos not only reflect moments of my life, but to make others feel inspired, calm, or help them on their spiritual journey. What I don’t show is that I definitely get overwhelmed and stressed at times. I don’t have a mathematical mind, so everything related to accounting and bookkeeping stresses me out, purely because I can never fully understand it all. Right now I stress out about not having staff to help me package, but to have staff I need to move out, but to move out I need time to plan and organize. I stress! I don’t hide that, but rather feel that showing that won’t benefit anyone.
What is your favourite feeling, and can you describe it?
This is hard because I have so many. I have a very close relationship with my mother, so knowing that she is happy and healthy gives me the best feeling. But another one that popped into my mind as soon as I read this question, is a feeling I felt on my very first hike in New Zealand. I was looking in the mountains and I realized that they don’t exist for anyone, they don’t look beautiful for us, they just are, they just exist. Even if I wasn’t there, they would still stand strong and beautiful. The purpose of the mountains is just to exist. As I am writing this, the mountains are still there, even if I don’t see them. It’s a magical feeling knowing that all the places you’ve ever been to exist at this very moment. For some reason, that just blows my mind!
What is your definition of a Wylde Woman?
A woman who isn’t afraid to take risks to follow her passion. A woman who stays true to herself regardless of the opinions of others. A woman who freely and unapologetically expresses herself.