Sharing the Joy

As I wrote in my morning pages, there was suddenly so much clarity, such a definite sense of purpose and such a strong urgency to lean hard into my intuition.

I create because I need to. I share because I love to. Why does it have to be any more complicated than that?

I don’t create because I must share something multiple times on a social media feed every day. I do it for myself, regardless of social media.

I paint because I love losing myself in the moment. I do mixed media because of the tactile nature of the pastes and the textures. I sew because I never have before and it’s fun!

And the fact that I get to share how I do what I do…it brings me joy! I’m not doing it for “likes” or money…I’m doing it because I truly want to demystify the process and help others enjoy it.

My motivation is to make art accessible. My intent is to encourage and help. My goal is for more people to enjoy the creative process and not be overwhelmed by it.

Not being on social media, many said, will hurt my goal … yes, my reach may suddenly have become very small but even if I help one person experience the joy of creating freely — that, for me, is enough.

I will have made a difference in that one life.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

2 thoughts on “Sharing the Joy

  1. Dear Mansi, today I was scrolling throuhg the post ons IG, just scrolling because after a cel infusion I was sick of the side effects. I was shocked to read that you pull back yourself from social media,.Why are there people who don’t grant others the light in their eyes? Why do they have to be mean and judging, I don’t get that.
    If I ever have said something to you that was painful or disrespect, please let me know. Sometimes because I’m Dutch, I can’t always find the right words to write and can make mistakes.
    I know you and your art for such a short time but love you both.
    Let people talk most of the time it’s envy, only the things your familie and friends say to you are important.
    I end with a very big hug for you.

    1. Henriette, thank you so much for your kind words and your generosity toward me. I am so deeply touched. You’ve always been so encouraging, supportive and appreciative of my work and for that, I thank you. I just got tired of defending myself and my work as original — I always shared my sources of inspiration but sometimes things are perceived in a different way. I wish everyone the best and just want to continue making my art in peace and sharing what I create with those who are interested in it. Thank you so much for the hug. I am so glad you decided to stop by here and I hope to continue seeing your name pop up in the comments here as well as on my YouTube channel. Thank you!

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