We had the good fortune of connecting with Natalie Wiswell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natalie, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I often find myself in this spot. Since the moment I began in my mom’s belly☺ Life is all about the risk and making a choice to move forward. We can stop to rest, to feel sad, to feel angry, to feel helpless, but then we should move forward. If we don’t make the choice to keep going we would not be able to be born or to grow, physically and spiritually.
They say, that it is truly scary for the baby to be born. They do not take it as a beginning. They think it is the end. Its world was so comfortable, it took care of him, nurtured, gave warmth, protection and shelter. But all of a sudden it is starting to act hostilely. There is no more space to move. There is a lack of oxygen. Everything is shaking, pushing nonstop and becomes more and more intense. But despite all the fears, not knowing anything about the future, the baby chooses to keep going! And a new world, a new life and a new beginning welcomes him.
Our life circumstances often remind us of this challenging process of birth.
What helps me to choose life and keep on going?
Realising, that I only have one life and I want to live it fully and complete the mission of my soul. Any sort of creative process helps to remember that. It reminds me of my little self, full of dreams and hopes, authentic and fearless, believing in myself.
Being in a supportive community helps a lot. Surrounding myself with friends who believe in me, support and share similar dreams and ideas, who keeps on going no matter what, who get scared and hesitate, but dare to make choices and dare saying YES to life. For example a community that Voyage Houston creates here;)
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an artist. I do paintings. I travel with my works, exhibit internationally, participate in artistic events and create those myself. The last two major events I participated in were the Florence Biennale XII, in Florence, Italy and an Art Auction and Charity Evening in order to support young Balinese kids who want to study and find jobs that they like and can excel at.
I did not come to this level of confidence at once. There was a long time when I did not believe in myself and I did not think I was doing something special. What I did not realise is that for any creative process there must be a certain journey before things start to clear out and get together. Self-doubt will never stop. So let’s just ignore it!
I have always invested into kindness and into being a light. However it took me time to become super clear in my intentions. I do believe it’s brave and challenging to make something that is coming from love. I’m not only talking about my paintings, or this text. It’s about everything we are doing. It does not matter what. What matters is how? With what energy and intention?
I feel like the world is awakening and now it’s the time of changes. Time for even better cooperation of all the creative people for the sake of a better present and future for all. Time for sharing and opening and loving. Time for beauty and truth.
Because that is a real treasure and that is what really is needed at the end. Your own voice that has something to share with others. Something that you really believe deep inside. Something that your soul is shouting for!
I hope this will forever be the idea of my artistic brand!;)
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would probably take my friends around Bali, Indonesia, as it is the place where I’m living right now:) I believe you should fall in love with the place where you are at the moment and with people who live there. Each place has its own spirit, energy and the way to make friends is to appreciate it. Its habits and culture, and being grateful. It does not matter if you have the passport of this country or not. Then, the place will share its secrets with you;) They call Bali, The Island of the Gods. They say if you come here with good intentions the island will double it. If you come with bad…well, better come with good intentions:) I think this can be referred to any place on earth and any people.
It’s the people of Bali who make this island so special. They make your heart melt. They praise children and ancestors as gods. They never rise their voice at children and are never violent towards them. To hurt a child means to offend a God. They highly respect their elderly. They are super smiley and soft and they make the best jokes ever:)
One of my favourite spots here in Bali is Munduk, a place up in the mountains, with beautiful lakes and walks through the jungle to waterfalls. As you walk in the jungle there you can see many exotic plants and fruits, find and eat a pineapple or get soaking wet under the tropical pouring rain☺ Bali is famous for its yoga shalas and spiritual practices. If you are ever in Bali I do recommend a cacao and kirtan ceremony at Udara Spa in Munggu. Or meeting the sunrise on the top of Mt Batur could be another option;)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m shouting out to all the brave ones out there, the ones who hesitate, suffer, do mistakes, fall down, but stand up again and again and finally learn how to walk their own walk, how to dance their own dance, how to fly to their own star, and sing (or shoutout) with their own voice!
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