Living in the Moment
“The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.” Oscar Wilde
Hi. My name is Viviann and welcome to this site.
I’ve always liked to think in terms of boats and sailing. During the years I lived and worked onboard both sail and motor yachts, I experienced a life where there was no room to live any other way than authentically. It soon became clear if you could navigate or not and if you could keep your dinner down in rough seas and if not, which way to turn when puking overboard. (Down wind please.) The marine environment very quickly put you in your place, no matter what expertise you claimed to have.
These photos show the thrill I felt on my “maiden voyage” as a first time business owner. I was hosting an art exhibition in my postage stamp-sized art gallery in Tallinn, Estonia. The year was 1997 and we were exhibiting the works of an established textile artist and an up and coming young painter. We sold the entire painting exhibition to GlaxoSmithKline who had just opened a new office in Tallinn. Talk about a fantastic feeling!
In these images I see the relief I felt for getting the gallery opened in a reasonable time frame of six months. All the major renovations had been completed including a shopfront with a small display window (behind me in the picture). Now I could window dress! Prior to that I had a little room on the first floor but with no window. I had to work hard to get the word out that I was open for business but finding my salon meant going through a small labyrinth to locate it!
I also see traces of trepidation on my face that reflect my concerns of falling short of providing my clientele excellent picture framing services as well as quality art exhibitions. Any negative emotions would then be eclipsed by a sense of newness, turning a new page and starting a fresh new chapter in virgin territory. It was a constant challenge keeping balance between fear and euphoria. I learned the best attitude to have was simply to live in the moment and do the best you could because as a good friend always reminded me, “this too shall pass”.
A New Way of Doing Things
I realized I was spearheading a new way of doing things in a country that had been stagnating under a fifty year soviet regime. I felt optimistic and was curious as to where this would all lead me. I had about 7-9 people working for me split between working in Tallinn taking orders, framing pictures, and selling art. The other half of my team was located about 45 minutes out of the city in a quiet provincial town manufacturing picture frames.
I also see gratitude towards my last minute investor who helped me to leave my teaching position so that I could focus on my business full time.
I was moving into creating a legacy where the unpredictable became more predictable but the insights had to be earned by way of true grit and determination.
Have you ever noticed how those poignant moments, when captured and relived, add a sense of renewed satisfaction to our lives?
When we take a moment to stop and savor those special milestones that punctuate our life’s journey we find that they enrich our lives with deeper meaning.
Are you taking the time to live and savor the moment?
Does your life have meaning?
Being an Experience Junkie Has Its Payoff
I started on my journey at 19. Young and inexperienced I saw the world as one big adventure trip and never thought beyond one thrill to the next. I considered myself an experience junkie where I jumped from one experience to the next. Different archetypes came to the fore and shape shifted me to where I am now, forty years later, at a better understanding of what is needed to live a meaningful life.
I’d like to share my stories that show how perseverance has its rewards for those who may feel they are still stuck in a long dark tunnel seemingly leading nowhere. Often I’ve felt exactly the same way only to emerge through the tunnel faster than I ever expected into a fresh, new situation that buoyed me up to a sense of gratitude and optimism. I would love to hear about your life’s experiences and how you feel they have made you into the person you are today. Feel free to contact me and let’s connect.