Whether I like it or not, I am always finding myself in this liminal space. Writing helps me to explore this space and reflect on how I move through it.Read More
I’ve been on a wellness journey for awhile now and understand more and more that if I am not consistently taking care of my physical ,mental, emotional and spiritual health, then I am not showing up fully as who I am to everything that I do.Read More
I have always been an introvert. As a child, youth, and young adult, I would roam around alone for hours, and hang out by myself all the time. I would get lost in my own thoughts and quite often get into trouble with my teachers and mom for daydreaming in school and at dinner. At times my thoughts would turn into negative self talk and then the loneliness would set in. The loneliness was so deep especially when I was a teen, that I wondered what I was even doing here on this earth.Read More
When I was young I used to create art to escape from my reality. A difficult reality filled with anger, volatility and unpredictable situations. I was always so afraid and anxious about what was in store for me when I got home or woke up. Art, writing and music helped me feel free and even joyful. I felt that I could breathe and move and most importantly express myself using these tools.Read More
Liminal is the Latin word for “threshold”. A time between the ‘what was’ and the ‘what’s next’. It is a place of transition, waiting, not knowing. That moment right before you are about to take the plunge, next step, and make a decision ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It’s an important space filled with choice and great power!Read More
I have been grappling with what identity means to me and the many hats that make me ME! Labels get the best of us and I am no exception. It's almost like in order for me to be seen and heard, I must identify myself first. Hi, my name is Joan Jothi Saldanha and I am a South Asian Canadian woman, wife, mother, artist, entrepreneur. BUT WAIT! I am soooo much more than that! Why do I feel this deep need to fit in?!Read More
Today I share some of what I have been doing, what's ahead, but most importantly, this very moment in time!
I have been working very hard to align my artist/photography practice, facilitation/education, community building, womanhood, motherhood, partnerships, friendships, sisterhoods, spirituality, healing and evolution. Not an easy task!Read More
For the last two years both my kids have been in school fulltime. I decided to pour my heart and soul into my visual art, photography and writing. It’s been an amazing journey with my very first show in the Fall of 2013 as a vendor and then Summer 2014 I did my first Art in the Park, Fall school fair, and a few Christmas shows. It has been a great start!Read More
So my journey continues with a few bumps and some new opportunities. June has been a bit of a challenging month thus far but is now taking a turn for the better. I am sure I can thank Mercury in Retrograde for that in part, and PMS in other parts and just good old unexpected let downs and trip ups on my part. What I have always found so fascinating is the timing of all of these parts set in motion with such synchronicity! Just as the saying goes….when it rains it pours!!!Read More
I have to start by apologizing for my long absence. Life tends to dictate my movements and non-movements these days.
At the end of June my dearest friend, confidante, amazing Woman in my life, my Mother-in-law transitioned into the next realm.Read More
This week’s blog post stems from a recent TED Talk that I watched at my Group Facilitation Training through COPE Community Care Durham. It was a talk by Brené Brown and it had the wheels turning in my head!Read More