How I Work
As a creative professional, freelancing in a variety of projects, I don’t have a simple bio to offer, so perhaps it’s better to discuss how I work, rather than what I do – see the rest of the site for that.
Defining a vision, a concept, is as important in creating artwork as in starting a business project. If I see a need for something and consider all the pros and cons, I’m able to create a long-term strategy, organizational structure, supporting documentation, branding and promotion. I’m best used to initiate projects and develop ideas, then training others to run them while I remain in a consulting position.
The bridging function has to do with being a conduit of information. It’s the basis of translation – I take not just the words, but the thoughts behind them and make them understandable to a different audience. Through writing, I become the bridge between the fictional world and the reader. My art takes people into the world of plants. In other ways, I very much enjoy connecting people – seeing their needs and matching them. The Lynx Newsletter is a good example of bridging.
One of my ultimate joys in life is enabling others to do their thing – whatever it may be. I prefer to call this role a facilitator or a guide – someone who knows the terrain, has access to options, identifies potential and provides tools. In personal development coaching, my skills are largely on the diagnostic side. In web development or writing, I like to provide further sources. A healer friend once said that my life mission is to stand on a crossroad and point people in the right direction, not lead them by the hand. She also reminded me that this particular position is very responsible, because it tends to be at the very beginning of the journey or project. For the same reason, it is also very rewarding.
I feel at home when I can process a large amount of data, identify the common threads, and then crystallize them into a pure, simple output. This is what I do in animal-assisted therapy projects, in research for historic fiction or in personal-development coaching. It’s also the same principle used to boil down information for a web or marketing presentation.
I have very little time and patience for endless meetings, beating around the bushes or pointless intellectual exercises. “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do” is one of my favorite philosophies. I do value defining visions and quality preparation, but if things don’t have clear outcome and practical use, I quickly lose interest. Also in spiritual development (both my own and as a guide) I strive toward practical implementation in daily life. Even the loftiest ideas simply have to work in our current 3D world.