As a self-employed artist and business owner, I would say that everyday is a Monday to me. Perhaps a Tuesday. But, I don’t actually dislike Mondays as many do because to me it signifies a beginning of another week where I can try and make a difference, another week where I can try to be that 1% better, stronger, more confident or more successful. Also, I quite enjoy jotting down those weekly or daily to-do’s, even if at times I’m far too enthusiastic about it. Mondays are a great day for me to get my week in order and imagine that the energy won’t tail down even though it usually does. It’s my time to imagine of all the great things I could achieve even if I don’t always.
So, what’s with the title? Well… I can’t recall if this is how I felt in the pre-pandemic world, but these days Sundays are my Mondays (if I take into consideration the generic dislike of Mondays by most).
Sundays to me seem too slow—I already had my relaxation and recharge the day prior, I already cleaned the house. So, what am I supposed to do with a Sunday? If anything, to me it’s a slow and painful wait for that Monday to arrive. What does one do on a Sunday?!
I hope I learn to love the end of the week more. I want to turn everyday into an enjoyable Monday but I still have a long way to go.
It is quite a popular narrative that labelling oneself means limiting one’s potential. It’s often compared to putting yourself in a box: contained, no room for progress, no room for growth. There are labels that inflict pain upon many who are unfairly labelled, dismissed, and subjected to aggression or harassment.
And, this may be a quite unpopular opinion but I sometimes find comfort in certain labels. To me, they feel like home, hope, and future potential. They give me a sense of safety in who I am or who I have chosen to be. They give me a sense of community at times. Other times, they give me strength to go against the grain to my own detriment.
Artist. Writer. Inquiring mind. European. Traveller. Photographer. Life learner. Mentor. Brainstormer. Woman.
This week has been tough for most: a painful conversation is taking place all across the country. How do we amplify women’s voices and allow them to be heard and seen? How do we change the course of this heavy ship heading straight towards the iceberg?
Art can be a powerful tool (as is peaceful vigil) to allow important conversations to be shared and engaged in. The power of visual storytelling should not be underestimated.
Today, I want to steer towards a ray of positivity and share three powerful artists who have worked hard to bring awareness to various social issues through their art.
These three creatives, Anna Boyiazis, Karen Zusman, Matika Wilbur, received Leica Women Foto Award and their projects deserve to be seen and understood.
Take a look.