Work & Wellness

Work & Wellness

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.

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Finding my Tribe

Finding my Tribe

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.

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Process Art

Process Art

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.

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The Liminal Space

The Liminal Space

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!

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The Future of My Identity

The Future of My Identity

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?!  

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21 Day Challenge

21 Day Challenge

Today I began a 21 Day Get Fit Challenge!

I am freaking out a little but super excited to get fit, feel good, eat right and be healthier.  It's time!  I feel like it's the missing piece to my life.  I am on this journey of self-discovery and development. 

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As My Journey Unfolds

As My Journey Unfolds

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!  

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Artist Life

Artist Life

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!

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My journey continues…

My journey continues…

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!!!

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