1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?
    I’ve been creating art in some form or another since I was young, so I suppose it’s always been an innate part of my being. I don’t recall a point where I ever chose to start doing art, just seemed obvious and natural to always be creating -wether it showed up as painting, drawing, tattooing, pottery, cooking, crafting, or writing.
2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective.
    At vaayu I feel like I’ve been on a journey of exploring new mediums and really a how it feels to blend my own creative process with other people and a ‘deadline’. I’ve always been most comfortable creating in my own space and with no pressure but my own so it’s been a really special experience being a resident artist and having a bit of external pressure to keep me in a focused state.
3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?
    My creative process usually starts with an idea that comes pretty swiftly and clearly. Kind of like a blue print. I try and roughly sketch it out as quick as possible so I can really capture it when it’s fresh. Then, slowly as I refine my sketch other ideas trickle in. I oftenspend a lot of time in a measurement/ mathematical state, laying everything out so that it’s perfect and symmetrical. I know processes like that drive some artists nuts but I absolutely love the process of perfecting symmetry. Something about it sets such a contained tone for my more flowy creative side to come out. Then, I’ll transfer the idea to a larger scale ‘canvas’ and from there I becomes more of an intuitive flow state, just trusting my creative abilities. Over all I would say that style of art that I am inspired to create takes time, steady attention to detail, and patience. Which I love because I feel like each piece has time to take me on such a journey, through excitement, loving it, hating it, having to dig deep for some drop of inspiration to keep going, then falling in love with the piece all over again. The art of perservenance. As far as ideal studio goes, I love creative in a really aesthetically pleasing, spacious environment. Usually alone or with close friends, good tunes, a steady stream of stimulants like maté or cacao haha. Setting space is definitely important for me to create my best work.
4) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?
    Yes lots of long term goals and dream aspirations. Right now I’m really excited to dive deeper into tattooing and have that be a main pillar of artist expression for me. There’s something uniquely special and intimate about that art form that has captured me. Someday perhaps it will become a solid ‘career’ path. Also, id love to keep painting. I feel a new found love for the medium and am excited to keep exploring it and understanding the technique more. I envision working on some pretty big paintings that I put at least a few months into each. Lastly, I’m excited to explore painting some murals soon.
5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting?
    Mmmm no. There are so many variables that go into why a piece could take a week or why it would take a few months. I will say I’ve never taken less than a week of consistent focus to create something and feel like that’s my minimum time frame. For me a quality ride over quantity. I also don’t feel like I have an established enough style or preferred medium to know how long a piece will take.
6) Where do you seek inspiration from for your art?
    I would say my main inspirations are all quite earthy. I naturally draw inspiration from animals and the elements. The geometric aspect to my art is even coming from the perfect structure of everything that exists in the natural world. I also study astrology quite extensively so I love getting an idea and seeing if it has a similar tone to what’s happening with the planets then playing off those parallels and letting them feed more inspiration into whatever I’m creating. This is a tough question to narrow down though, I wouldn’t want to leave anything out… I suppose I’m inspired by everything, by existing. I’m inspired by the idea that I can create literally anything I dream up, and the possibilities there are endless.
7) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?
    Likely not. I haven’t had any inspiration to tie my art into a book of any sort. Mainly because it’s not that way I would want to present my work. Perhaps if it was just the right situation though.
8) You recently switched from the ink on paper style to acrylic style? How do you think it has affected your work?
    I would say after spending a bit of time dabbling in paint now I simply found another outlet for creating that I love. I still feel quite inspired to create with pen for a few reasons. One I love the simplicity of just using black and another background tone or two. Second the meticulous detail you can achieve with a pen is so satisfying. And lastly it pairs well with the tattooing. Painting though, has added a whole new layer of ideas to what is possible with creativity. So very excited to play more with the effects of layering paint in different ways and exploring having a wider color spectrum than, well, just black haha. It’s amazing how dynamic and alive a painting can start to feel as it comes to life. Another tool for the tool belt.
9) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?
    Mmmm no actually. I have a handful of artists that im deeply inspired by but I don’t think my dream would be to have them be a part of this particular show. That dream seems better suited for sometime in the future once I’ve perfected my craft a bit more:)
10) Is the aim of your work to instil any particular beliefs in the audience?
    Ah I like that question. Consciously no not at all. I never really have a preconceived idea about what sort of message I want to be sending through my art. Though once I create something it does seem to have that effect of containing a message. A lot of the times I create from a space of something I’m personally going through or realizing. No one else is usually in mind… conciously. Though, since we are all so incredibly interconnected, that in no way feels purely subjective. Everyone can relate to every emotion and relate to one another through the collective conscious. Something I am personally needing to express through my art will without a doubt be understood and felt by others.
11) Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?
    On peoples bodies:) As well as adding to the atmosphere of people’s homes.
12) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators?
    Hmmm I would say something I’ve been learning recently that has been quite revolutionary is the notion of balancing the left and right brain- the creative side of art and the practical. I’ve found through personal experience and watching other artists, that often the scales of left and right brain can be heavily tilted to the right. Which seems To create the idea of ‘starving artists’. There is a whole other side to the art that involves thinking logically about what your goals are with your craftand how to bring them to life in the world. Be resourceful. once I starting understanding how to ground my art in a practical sense, how to use the right tools for specific visions, how share my work with people effectively, and how to network with those in the field, I started to see how much positive feed back and abundance can come with being an artists. That being said, I’m still just opening up the doors of possibility but even a peak at what’s possible has got me inspired to navigate my craft with a balance of creativity and practicality.
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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art and music?
    My name is Keenan. I am from the west coast of the US and I am 23 years old. Creating has always been my source of inspiration and purpose, ever since I was a kid. I initially got into art in a very natural way. Mostly just doodling on my desk and skipping class to go hangout in the art room at school. In high school I was focused mostly on art, while at the same time, having a growing appreciation for music. I didn’t start playing with creating music till after high school, although my love and appreciation for the sonic arts was very strong my entire life. After high school, I took art quite seriously and made a bit of a business out of it. At the same time, I was becoming more and more inspired by music. Splitting my time evenly between the two. In the past few years, I have started to weigh my focus and attention more on music. It feels natural to me to balance things that way. Lots of opportunity and inspiration has blossomed with the sonic arts and I foresee hat continuing to be my main focus and trajectory into the future.
2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective.
    At vaayu, I offer my music at events and play sets every so often. I use the space as a work environment that also feels like a home and a community. India family.
3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?
    It’s been a bit different here because of the different environment. But, a normal day back home looks like – Starting off with a morning practice of some sort, making some breakfast and a morning beverage. Hopping into the studio for about four hours before taking a mid day lunch and nature break. After that, I’ll usually get back into the studio for a few more hours till around 5/6pm. The morning is usually my most inspired work hours. Either that, or later at night.
    As far as the creative process, that always changes for me. Pretty unpredictable. I try to have different seeds that spark the initial idea, like a sample I found or a melody I write. That is followed by adding a bunch of ideas/layers to that initial seed, which creates a natural flow towards creating a more and more complete piece of music. Usually creating lots of layers and ideas, then removing the ones that don’t serve the sound best. Layering and refining until it feels and sounds right.
4) Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you?
    I want to produce an album that can be played by a electronic/live band. I’d like to tour an album that way.
5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a song?
    The main idea of a track (80% of it), will take 3-4 weeks. Then usually another month or two to refine it to 100% completion. So roughly two months to finish a song completely. But I usually work on a few tracks at the same time.
6) Do you think your music reflects your personality in any way?
    Yeah I think so. I’ve heard people say it it suited my calm personality.
6) Where do you seek inspiration from for your music and art?
    Really everything is a factor towards the inspiration for art I create. Mostly, I’d say I get inspiration from other art/artists and music/musicians. When I hear a song that I really connect to or feel inspired from, I will sometimes use the inspiration from that song to start a track. Nature is my second biggest inspiration.
7) would you ever consider creating back ground scores for films? Are there any particular stories/genres of film that you are drawn to?
    I have thought of that, and would be open to it. Although, I am mostly drawn to making albums and playing them live. I could see myself making a film score when I’m older.
8) Tell us a little bit more about the geometric patterns you use in your work, do they contain concepts or ideas that you are trying to convey?
    The relationship I have with the geometry and designs is quite simple. I have just been drawn to design style artwork, symmetry, shapes and geometry. Plus the idea of fusing that with organic, nature inspired elements.
9) Any artists/musician (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition?
    Not really, I’m too critical of my creations to want to show them off to my inspirations at this point.
10) Is the aim of your work to instil any particular beliefs in the audience?
    To evoke inspiration in others
11) Where would you like to see your art and music if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything?
    I’d like to start moving toward design work on the art end of things. So id love to do clothing design, album artwork and things like that. As for the music. I’d like to just grow my audience more and more. Creating a fan base that’s looking forward to new music. Sharing it via the internet and touring sounds great to me.
12) Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
    There is no need for attention at the start. If you love to make music, onit for yourself and refine your sound. Analyze your inspirations and take notes form them. Don’t make decisions based off money. Stay curious. Be the observer, and trust the process.
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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?
    Hello! My name is Preetal Dongre and I am an art director, graphic designer, illustrator and street artist residing in Mumbai. Art for me was a natural progression as I was born into a family of architects and artists. When I was little, I used to accompany my mother, an architect and interior designer on her site visits and used to make plan and section drawing of fictional dream houses. My grandfather used to paint on weekends and that sparked a curiosity in me. Being brought up in such a creative environment, drawing came naturally to me. After completing my degree in philosophy, I attended Design school in Pune which broadened my idea of the word ‘art’. It split it into ‘art’ and ‘design’ allowing me to explore each with a better understanding of both. Philosophy helped me a lot in this.
2) Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective
    After Design school, my creative path naturally leaned towards graphic design. As I started working on design projects day in and day out, I started feeling bound to deadlines, clients and designing for an end user I was designing for. In this career path, somewhere down the line, the part of me that wanted to create only for creating’s sake was left behind. The painter/artist/ illustrator side of me was left unexplored. My role here at the Vision Collective is to rediscover that part of me. To look inward and express outward in an environment that can nurture this process and in a dedicated time and space free from client briefs. To unleash my potential and explore ideas and the platform it requires to realize its potential as an artist and a visual thinker.
3) Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like?
    I love to start my creative process with doodles. It frees us my hand and gets the brain cells buzzing. A lot of times I may start with a concept sketch and it keeps evolving as I keep doodling. Almost to of nowhere, the concept with realize itself through me. Then it’s time to take the idea/concept too the medium: digital, pen and paper, paint and canvas. I am (painfully) meticulous with my work and might take the time to finish it up but I stop at nothing short of (my idea of ) perfection. I like to mix things up and improvise sometimes to keep it fun for me. Other times I just start without any concept and just keep exploring till I find what I like.
4) What’s a dream project for you?
    A dream project for me would be a multi-media immersive and interactional project that immerses the audience in its world. I would love to create art which can be translated to VR, protection mapping and motion design as well as traditional and tactile medium like paint and installations. I feel very strongly for the environment and nature and would love to send out a message of appreciation, inspiration and empower my audience to take the right steps to helping conserve our natural treasures and make a difference in their ecosystems. It would be amazing to immerse not only the usual “privileged” audience but make my art accessible on a grassroots level.
5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a project?
    There cannot be a set time frame for me as I feel constricted so I try not to think about time. Although, spending time painting at the residency, I found myself frustrated and at moments fed up with the piece I was working on. At times like these you know you need to push the tempo and finish it off!
6) Where do you seek inspiration for your work?
    I see inspiration everywhere. My surroundings play an important part in inspiring me. I am drawn to nature and plants as well as metaphysical concepts of matter. I love exploring surface tension on abstract forms and making a 2D object come alive only with the way I draw the lines of its surface.
7) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?
    I would love to create a graphic novel! During my final college internship, I worked on a graphic novel for kids. The story was based on the forest goddess, The Vanadevi, a local deity across India to home forests were dedicated. The aim of the book was to inspire children to take care of the environment. The book never got published but I would love to re-explore this concept. Now armed with better skills and a better understanding of the art of storytelling. I would love to create something like this to inspire future generations, to be a source of information of forgotten traditions in local environments.
8) Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participated at your showcase?
    I would love to collaborate with Android Jones. His art moves me and he takes it forward to many different platforms like projections and VR and sends a strong message about the environment and is a source of spiritual connection to the universe for me. I would love to collaborate with Crystal Wagner. Her bioforms are a constant source of inspiration and it would be a dream to create an installation with her.
9) How do find a balance between having a full-time job and your art?
    It is very difficult! There is plenty of time in a day but you have to “make time” for the things you want to achieve. I have to admit it is a constant struggle.
10) Did the residency change your style as an artist?
    It was interesting to see my style evolve as I explored a long forgotten medium of acrylic paint and canvas. I had not painted on canvas in roughly 8 years! It helped me explore colors and depth in abstract forms in a way where I can blend highlights and shadows together to make surreal, fluid forms. It was also noticeable how my illustrative training played out in my painting style.
11) Is the aim of your work to instill any particular beliefs in the audience?
    The tired souls looking for a refreshing visual, to inspire the boxed up brains to explore metaphysical and possibilities.
12) What’s the story behind ‘Moontides’
    This is a story of exploration. Exploring my state of mind, conquering demons and fears and letting the beautiful environment of Ashwem beach soak into my veins. It is an homage to the beautiful world of the ocean, a place i was terrified of. As I slowly overcame my fear of the water, I began exploring it. The way waves break, the way the shape of the beach is altered after a full moon night and my personal revelations. It is about my reaction to my environment and my emotive realizations through my journey.
13) Where would you like to see your work if it could be presented anywhere?
    MOMA, a huge wall in a crowded junction of Bombay, painted on a street in a quiet lane in Hanoi, the list goes on.
14) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
    Do not stop! Practice is key and will only help you explore more styles. Don’t be afraid to dive into your work and being completely lost in it. Never be apologetic for being your version of perfection.
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1) Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art?
    Hello, I’m Varoon, I’m 28 years old and I was born in Bombay. I spent my early formative years in a boarding school in the hills of Maharashtra where I was heavily influenced by nature, art and music. I’ve been drawing and painting with my brother ever since I can remember. I would draw cartoons, comic book characters and really enjoyed drawing diagrams in science class, something that is still prevalent in my style now. Art has always taken a back burner for me, as I wanted to experience other art forms and never felt the confidence of a career in it. I attended flight school in California right after high school to pursue a career in commercial aviation and then moved on to making music and playing in a band for six years. My latest endeavor is working as chef/manager at Vaayu, Prana Cafe.
2) Tell us about your role here at the Vaayu.
    My position here at Vaayu is of the Cafe Manager. Apart from managing the Cafe, I designed the menu and I am the Head chef. I host dinners, help organize events and see to smooth running of operations here.
3) What’s an average day in your studio like?
    I don’t really spend days in my studio anymore. Art to me is sporadic now, considering my current job it’s really hard to balance a regular disciplined life when it comes to painting or drawing. I am a night owl and almost all of my pieces are done in the quiet of the night.
4) A dream project for you would be?
    A dream project would be a situation where I could display all my works from food to music and art. A multi-sensory art exhibit.
5) Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a project?
    Not really, and I hope I never get to that stage where I do. I’ve always felt some pieces need longer time than others even though they are less detailed and really basic. I also have the bad habit of adding paint or lines to pieces even after I’ve exhibited them. Somehow I always feel my pieces aren’t fully complete or always need amendment.
6) Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to?
    I would love to illustrate a storybook and have spoken to a few people about a collaborative project of this nature. I am currently working on an illustrated cookbook with my recipes that have been influenced by my travels but are centered around tropical fresh food
7) Tell us about your relation with the underwater kingdom. How has this influenced your art?
    My obsession with the ocean started at a very early age. I’ve always been by the beach and spent way too much time swimming and exploring the ocean. I’ve always had a curiosity of what lies beneath the waters and have been fascinated by how little we know about it. I am heavily influenced by the colors, shapes, smells, sounds and textures of the ocean world having always lived by the ocean. My recent obsession has been with Cephalopods. I am in awe of how intelligent they are and how differently developed they are compared to other creatures in the ocean or even on land. I truly believe they are extraterrestrial.
8) Is there a specific culture or type of food that is the pinnacle of your inspiration and how does it influence the dishes and experiences you create?
    If there were one word to describe the kind of food I like to produce it would be “Tropical”. From local Goan food to South East Asian cuisines and even South American styles, are all huge influences too the way I like to cook and the food I like to eat. The flavors are more familiar to me and are usually fresh and full of flavor.
9) How do you find balance between having a full-time job and your art?
    The job I have right now is extremely demanding of my time and energy. I really don’t make enough time for my art and am constantly fighting a battle of passions, as I would not want my profession to suffer. I try to spend the 4 months of the year when I’m not working to immerse myself in my art and that’s actually the time I get to play around and develop ideas.
10) Is the aim of your work to instill any particular beliefs in the audience?
    Our oceans are about 70% of the planet. We as humans have not been responsible enough to look after it and in fact have destroyed, polluted and abused it. Species have been wiped out and reefs been bleached. My aim as an artist is just a humble reminder of how awesome and fantastic our world is and that we need to pay more attention to conserving what we have.
I would love if my art was accepted into local communities of our country. It gives me immense joy to have my work in a local fisherman house. 12) Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
    I really don’t feel like I’m in a position to be advising aspiring artists, as I am one myself. But I do feel it’s important to disconnect from our media controlled world and disconnect to a space where it’s more about self-exploration. We as humans are extremely influenced by what we see and are often trying to emulate our heroes.
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    1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you initially got into art? I can tell you that I used to draw sharks when I was a kid and that now it’s 2017 and I’m in Goa doing my first art exhibition 😉
    2. Tell us about your role here at the Vision Collective. My role at the Vision Collective has traveled many moons. I started doing the graphic design work for Vaayu and it’s projects about 3 months before moving to Goa, when I was still living in LA. It was cool because it gave me a head start into what’s actually happening at Vaayu, so I think it helped the transition when I finally moved here in late February of 2016. I’ve been the longest Artist in Residence at the Vision Collective and it’s been a magical journey no doubt. My heart is full. I’ve been working on all sorts of fine art pieces, painting murals around Goa, helping the new artists get sorted out here in Goa, DJing at Vaayu and some other fun night clubs, traveling to far out corners of India to paint festivals, and so much more. It’s been really special and I’m so grateful to everyone at Vaayu for their love and support !!
    3. Can you tell us about your creative process, what is an average day in your studio like? Haha, I don’t think I’ve had an average day in the studio for a long time. Honestly an average studio session typically doesn’t begin until after dinner. I’m most creative and inspired in the night. During the monsoon I was up making music through the night and I would sleep from about 9am to 3pm. But currently it starts with coffee and some computer bs, then throw some tunes on and get back to whatever piece was left the night before. Right now I’m working on a 10 foot canvas on the floor because I don’t have the means of hanging it, but also doing some watercolor pieces on the patio, some mixed media stuff in another room – & also light painting in the living room or on location at night.
    4. Do you have any long-term goals or aspirations for your work? What’s a dream project for you? Long term goal is just to do whatever I want in life and have the means to do it haha.. I have many dream projects. Quick fun fact is that I also produce and DJ electronic music so THE BIG DREAM is to one day play original music and also design, create, and control the visuals live, simultaneously. Many ideas swirling about here, but this vision has been playing over and over again in my head and in my dreams for many years now & I’ll never give up. So you can plop this little interview in front of me few years down the road and be like “ok cool, I get it now”. 😉
    5.Is there an ideal start-to-finish time for a painting? Whenever it feels right. I’ve done paintings in 20 minutes and other paintings have taken me years to finally finish.
    6. Where do you seek inspiration from for your art? Literally everywhere.
    7. Would you ever consider creating a storybook/more narrative work for your illustrations? Are there particular kinds of stories you are drawn to? Absolutely, I’ve already worked on a few projects like this and definitely see this in the future. Drawn to certain stories? I’m not sure. I like Harry Potter.
    8. Could you explain the use of geometric patterns in some of the murals. I’m assuming your referring to the symbolism stuff that I’ve been putting out. I’ve always been attracted to sort of ancient hieroglyphics and text, typography, etc. Something grabs me with the composition of the elements and the fact that these texts are so old; & regardless of where they originate, there are similarities. So for me, I was inspired to create my own sort of language/alphabet. Sometimes I’m writing words, and other times, more recently, I’ve just been going with the flow. Disconnecting from the mind and letting the language come freely. I like to let the Universe take control & this part is really hard to explain to people.
    9. Any artists (living or dead) you would like to have participate in your art exhibition? All the artists that are here participating 😉
    10. Is the aim of your work to instill any particular beliefs in the audience? No. The purpose of these works is to ask people how they feel and to energize a space. So beliefs, no – but I want people to feel inspired and to acknowledge and act upon whatever creative energies are burning within them.
    11. Artists felt a need to go beyond naturalism in art, and like other forms of art and entertainment back in the 80s, Symbolism served as a means of escape. Does this sound like something you relate to? (If yes, give me a little insight into what it means to you). Absolutely. I don’t know that I would use the word escape though. It’s liberating in the sense that it flows freely and it’s born naturally. I think as human beings we think too much and we attach ourselves to so much bullshit in life and it influences and affects how we feel. So I try to not think so much about every little thing and just flow more naturally; this is the stage my art process is currently at.
    12. You’ve been in Goa for over a year now, could you give us an insight into your transformational process as an artist. When I first got here I spent a lot of time feeling it out – I was pretty blown away by Goa actually. I had no idea what it was about. So I dove into the community and met a lot of really special people; a lot of creative people pushing their ideas and passions, which has been quite inspiring. This has also created many exciting collaborative opportunities for me, outside of fine art, that I’m really looking forward to. The beautiful thing about the Vaayu Vision Collective and my residency in particular, is that I really had the time and resources to explore many ideas/mediums and develop my styles. Even now, 2 weeks before the show I still find my work evolving. After so many years and so many phases, it’s nice to see where the artwork has traveled and where it’s still heading.
    13. Where would you like to see your art if it could be presented anywhere, or on anything? I’m really digging the murals right now… but even more so, I’ve begun working with this killer fashion designer here in Goa, Alekai Goldentear – & I think I’m most excited to see where this collaboration goes.
    14. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists/illustrators? My advice is for everyone. Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. The human experience is the most beautiful gift of all and you’ll never truly be happy or content unless you are doing what you love. If you find yourself in a hole, dig yourself out. If you’re lost or can’t seem to pinpoint your purpose or passion, just keep searching, something will stick. It won’t be easy; just the thought of all the work it will take to get to where you want to be can be daunting – but even still, the moment you set your path straight and you are working towards your dreams doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. You’ll find that you have more energy in the day, you’ll be excited and motivated, you’ll be kept up at night inspired by all the things you want to do with your passion. Put everything that you have into it. I used to be so worried about where I was at a certain time or age in my life and I would compare myself to other people and where they were. But fuck all that. I’ve lived an amazing life already and every day I’m grateful. Really what it’s about is this moment. Not the past, not the future, but this moment. I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. If you’re doing what you love and you open yourself to the Universe, the world, and this beautiful life, then all you have to do is be yourself, work hard, and your dreams will unfold in front of you.
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