July 7, 2018
There is beauty, creativity and purpose inside each and every one of us. Yes, we get days where our sparkle is dulled, but by breathing into it, understanding who you are and what’s important to you, will help you bounce back with the vivacity you’ve always had. My next guest Pia Jane Bijkerk knows all about helping creative people to slow their minds and listen to their hearts.
Pia is a stylist, photographer, author and creative mentor and down she is also a wanderer, a philosopher and a seeker of beauty. I called Pia to the show because I knew the strength her story has brought to the many people who know her (including me) and I can’t wait for her to share with you the creative, guiding principles she lives by which allows her to unleash magic across the world every day.
Listen in for a real dose of creative energy.
[2m 55s] We begin with the word peace. Pia shares why it’s the thing she cares most for in the world
[4m 00s] Pia tells us how she answered her inner yearnings with the story of why she packed up everything she owned in her home in Sydney Australia and left for Paris.
[8m 15s] What it’s like to live in Paris – Pia’s experience of dreamy Paris might surprise you
[10m 00s] Beth reads a favourite extract from Pia’s book My Heart Wanders which calls us to succumb to the feeling of difficult times, and be in it.
[11m 55s] How Pia finds magic in the simplest of things which opened up career opportunities for her
[13m 00s] Pia shares her thoughts on how – even on our greyest, dullest day – we can seek out magic in our lives
[14m 30s] We discuss the principles Pia has brought into her life, to guide her and how she helps groups of children at her school too
[17m 40s] Coming to terms with being enough. The thoughts Pia has around inner confidence and how she parents in such a way that helps her daughter learn that she is enough too.
[22m 00s] Pia shares thoughts on her daughter ‘copying’ and how she encourages her to feel that inspiration, but make it her own
[24m 00s] We drive deeper into Creativity and the importance of the process not just the outcome
[29m 30s] Pia beautifully explains the changes felt to a piece of your art, words or photo after you share it – simply because other people can now observe your creation
“If I can never let it go – I just couldn’t make more new work”
[30m 30s] Pia’s work is taking on a new emergence recently, she explains why she is focussing on the way things feel, not so much on the way things look anymore
[32m 50s] Pia explains why she stepped back from commercial work to focus on helping individuals
[33m 00s] We talk about the importance of connecting to your inner magic, not looking outside of it – especially true for this new age of Instagram leadership
[35m 00s] Pia tells us how she gives her mentees space to create their own magic
[37m 00s] What does freedom mean to Pia? Hear her beautiful answer right here.
People / sources mentioned:
Pia’s book My Heart Wanders: http://hyperurl.co/hoe75r
Pia’s workshops: http://www.piajanebijkerk.com/studio-space/
Pia’s mentoring: http://www.piajanebijkerk.com/oneonone-mentoring
Beth and Pia on Instagram (tag us to let us know you listened!) @bethkempton / @piajanebijkerk
Beth’s book Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love.
Beth's book Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life
Where to find Pia: