Art & Soul

Let’s go analog for a moment: imagine one thing that you always wanted to do but haven’t done yet. What would it be and how would it feel? Close your eyes and paint a picture.

Words: Helen Woltering
Artworks: Debora Saveriano

Living the dream, going for what we want and letting it change our lives is scary for most of us. If dreams seem to be too big, we postpone them to ‘someday’. ‘Someday’ becomes a word that is rooted deep our vocabulary without knowing the significance of it’s meaning. ‘Someday’ means you stay in your comfort zone a little longer, ‘someday’ means you prioritise ‘urgencies’ such as emails, phone calls, meetings over the things that truly matter to you. ‘Someday means you compromise mediocre over exceptional. What if ‘someday’ was today and there was no more time to do the things you always wanted to do?

Planning your life begins with listening to what your heart has to say and having an idea of what you really want to accomplish in your life. Chris Guillebeau, American entrepreneur and blogger of the ‘Art of Non-Conformity’ Blog found out what stops people from moving forward: it is having no clear sense of direction. This is not surprising when looking at the education system. We are taught algebra but we don’t get any guidance on how to figure out our lives. According to Guillebau, the biggest challenges are inside ourselves: the fear of failure, the fear of success and fear of change in general.

Fear keeps people from answering seemingly easy questions such as ‘who am I’ and ‘what do I want’? Mick Ukleja, American author and Leadership Consultant, found out that identities are often tied to what you were due to past experiences, but not who you are right now or who you will be in the future. Self-reflection has become a luxury in a world governed by clocks and whistles, not many people can seem to afford it anymore. By postponing essential things to ‘someday’ we can drift further away from ourselves than we might think.

Imagine, when pilots take off only 0.2%, so one compass degree too much North, South, West or East, they can end up hundreds of miles away from the actual destination. Therefore the seemingly small procrastinations we make might have a much bigger impact than we think. But there is a turning point in our lives where we need to listen to our internal compass and be true to ourselves. Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret Law of Attraction, claims that visualising what you want and seeing your goal in front of your eyes will help to manifest it into your life.

If ‘someday’ was today, we should get behind the steering wheel and drive in the direction of our dreams. We asked five women in their mid twenties to tell us who they want to be in five years and turned their future vision into an artwork for them to see the bigger picture.

Laura Yvonne

International Law student at the University of London, UK

That’s me
Curious, courageous, empathetic

My dream is
To live a courageous and loving life that constantly challenges me.

I feel most connected to myself when
When I live in the moment and when I’m with people where the connection is so strong and intense that I completely forget about the world around me.

Something I always wanted to do
Throw a huge garden party with my friends from all over the world: Istanbul, Iran, India, Germany, London…

One thing I want to make happen in the next five years…
Work outside the EU and absorb as many cultures as I can.

My next step is…
Saying yes to all the things that my heart wants and say no to the things that do not feel right, and finish my Master’s successfully of course.

A word that I should use more often
Love, I think it’s the only way to overcome life’s challenges, whatever those might be.

Julian Frisse

Managing editor, Munich, Germany, 29 years-old

That’s me
Communicative, chaotic, curious

My dream is…
To be unconditionally happy and manage to do something that makes other people happy as well and therefore improves their lives.

I feel most connected to myself when
I can dance.

Something I always wanted to do …
Living abroad for a longer period of time, probably New York.

One thing I want to make happen in the next five years…
I want to travel more.

My next step is…
Planning a trip to Mexico and finally give myself a break.

A word that I should use more often
Yes – because the word means commitment.

Antje Graul

Phd Marketing and Business student at Leeds Business School, 26 years-old, Leeds, United Kingdom

That’s me
Warm-hearted, ambitious, vulnerable

My dream is
To get on a plane, traveling to different places without booking it in advance, just going where my heart would take me.

I feel most connected to myself when
I feel comfortable and free. When I am all alone, watching the ocean.

Something I always wanted to do
Paragliding!

One thing I want to make happen in the next five years…
Meeting someone who loves me for who I am.

A word that I should use more often
Wanderlust – Live is not meant to be lived in one place, it is a continuous discovery.

Jamina Nicolaysen

Youtube Beauty Vlogger @jamina1404, 27 years-old, Hamburg, Germany

That’s me
Passionate, positive, confident

My dream is
To be happy and pleased with my career. “Love what you’re doing” Living in a beautiful nicely decorated home, with my future husband, two children and two dogs. I am a family person.

I feel most connected to myself when
I am able to live the life I’ve created for myself. When I can run my own business and be creative. I want to know that the content I produce reflects my personality and inspires other people and therefore makes their lives a little bit more beautiful.

Something I always wanted to do
Travelling to Madagascar.

One thing I want to make happen in the next five years…
I feel like the next five years will shape my life, career-wise and on a personal level. It is impossible to name one thing. I am in a phase of transition, again. Having my own business is my baby, until one, day I have a real one. Getting a dog, as silly as it sounds, but it is one of the things on my to-do list.

My next step is…
Investing in new equipment to refine my videos.

A word that I should use more often
Willpower – Nothing is impossible in life, if you work hard. Everything pays of at the end of the day.

Martiya Johnsen

Make-up artist, 28 years-old, London, United Kingdom

That’s me
Kind, creative funny

My dream is
To become an agency represented makeup artist, servicing big fashion shows and clients globally.

I feel most connected to myself when
I am with my husband and my kids.

I always wanted to
Loose some weight to be healthier and to keep up with my children. I don’t mean being terribly skinny, but I want to feel good in my skin.

One thing that I want to make happen in the next five years
I want to work on a back up plan and do my Masters in English so that I can work as a teacher and adjunct professor because the creative industry is very competitive and it can take time to progress as a make-up artist, but I am confident enough to make it.

My next step is
To collaborate with creative in London and expand my portfolio.

A word that I should use more often
Contentment – Because sometimes, I have to be satisfied with what I have. Gratitude is the key to being happy.

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