Creatives we love share how staying connected to their work — and the world — fuels them.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Art has a wondrous way of bringing us closer — whether it’s sparking great conversation or feeling a connection to someone else’s perspective. It comes as no surprise that those behind the work that inspires us are just as motivated to express themselves as they are to foster community.
Below, five of our favorite lightworkers dish about how art, joy, and connection reflect their passions as well as fuel their work.
“If you have five minutes, an hour, or a spare day, you can be of service to your own community. [Knowing this has] helped me so much through the pandemic, being able to put my efforts into something that created positive light and love in the world. It elevates yourself, and it elevates others.” — Amy Yeung, fashion designer and founder of Orenda Tribe
“As my work has progressed — as both an art therapist and a group running coach — I’ve realized how much the two feed each other. Art and movement both give everyone tools to be their best, healthiest, strongest selves.” — Jessie Zapo, creative art therapist and founder of Girls Run NYC
“Art is everything to me — it’s playing piano, drawing, writing stories, and so much more. And when you combine art with connection, that’s when it equals joy. Whether it’s doodling pictures back and forth with my husband for fun, going to art museums with friends, or writing and sharing stories with others. Art is personal expression and when shared, it’s the ultimate way to have others say (without saying), ‘I see you. I hear you. I get you.’ That is pure joy.” — Margit Detweiler, founder of Tuenight (and Keys Soulcare Editorial Director!)
“Lead life to better yourself, not to best anyone else, so you can show up from a place of love, empathy, sharing, and joy.” — Martina Duran, founder of Textured Waves
“When artists are at work, they’re aware of the effect — of whatever message they’re sending and of their energy. But at the same time, they can be themselves. To create, they must come from a place within. And the more authentic you are with that, the more you can reach other folks. Because a real thing comes from a real place.” — Ming Smith, photographer