On my first exploration through India, I found myself overwhelmed by its offerings. The vastness of possibilities blew my mind. Just having the intention to explore, opens up what we become aware of, much like a child explores the world. It became clear that I had to find a different way of making choices. I could no longer make them with my mind.
I had fixed two criteria for my creative adventure. Whatever I was going to create, it had to be practical to serve on a daily basis and it had to be as natural as possible. I projected on the outside what I unconsciously wanted for myself on the inside.
A decade of seminars & training in the domain of personal development thought me that we all co-create our own reality. Although my outer world looked more than fine, I wasn’t really enjoying my inner experience and after all, that’s the one that counts the most, no? I was longing for change.
While exploring nature’s most natural ingredients & vendors thereof I somehow started questioning my needs. Through-out the different encounters and experiences, India thought me the difference between what I wanted and what I needed.
I touched upon seven needs and transformed them into the design guidelines of what became the First Leaf collection. These guidelines provided me with a structure, around which I could design. They allowed me to navigate through all of the choices during the process of co-creation.
Looking back, it makes perfect sense, that if I was to create what I wanted, I had to take care of my needs first. Over time, I learned that by taking care and remaining honest with my needs, life showed me what I truly want.
“ If we want to create a life, truthful to our nature, our choices will have to be grounded in our needs. ” – Steven Pauwels.