Primal Living isn’t just about diet and exercise. It also represents what it means to live by instincts and our individual and unique talents we were born with, or gravitate towards throughout our lives.
In 3rd grade I was introduced to Pablo Picasso. This was a pivotal point in my life. His work gave me permission to freely express my own creativity. As I grew up I developed my talent more and more. With time my creativity began to transform with the digital trends. I started perfecting Photoshop (version 4 or 5.0) in high school. After I graduated I played with digital drawing tools, created baby albums, and began editing and restoring photos as well. I did a few jobs for some people, but mostly family. Then came the kids, which included a camera glued to my face! Art was something that put me in a trance for hours. I always likened it to meditation.
I never parted with my camera or photo editing until I started a serious journey with my weight loss and figure competing. Training for figure competitions required extreme focus and discipline. And because I had such a long journey ahead of me (losing over 100 lbs), I gradually put the camera down. On the rare occasion I did pick it up, it was to take progress pics on my physical transformation. A part of me missed it, but the other part of me was too occupied to realize what had happened.
Fast forward 4 years and I’m realizing I had lost a part of me. Like listening to our bodies, we also have to listen to the gifts we were given. Do you think it’s just by chance that we are all talented at different things? I don’t. It’s a shame to let these gifts go to waste.
So I give you, the other side of me – the creative side.