“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” Edward Abbey
Time is such a slippery notion. We love celebrating it when we feel excited about what it has brought with it, and we’re fearing its passage when we want it to stand still. So, every July I am looking back at the past, interested to see how these fragments of time, essentially memories, construct and enrich our experiences and help us moving forward.
This blog has continued to exist because of my passion to create pieces of art that could inspire and produce good feelings in me as an artist, and you as a viewer. But beyond just art, this blog has been also a place to share stories, encouragements, struggles for others to see and hear, who might need that extra kick to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. This blog has been a journey because it grew up alongside me, while trying to attain a true sense of purpose in life. Looking for that freedom in life, you name it – to think, to act, to simply exist -, is requiring not only a lot of courage, but comes with a lot of struggles to overcome. Following your own dreams is not easy, but when you feel that sense of purpose in you, you feel you can do it no matter what it takes or how hard it might seem.
And thus, I was so excited to share my journey story with Forbes Life magazine! I was so grateful to Diana-Florina Cosmin, the editor-in-chief of Forbes Life, Up by Forbes and Forbes Romania, for this inspiring cover story in which I shared from where I came from, how I had to overcome the challenges that I stumbled upon, and how to keep believing in yourself. Many may tell you that you can’t do it, won’t believe in you, but there is no other better person to believe in you than yourself. It is because of this obstinacy to believe that there is something better out there for me, that SCAD happened and everything that came with it. Today, I am celebrating not only this 5th anniversary, but also all the sacrifices I took to be here today, and joy sharing my stories with Forbes, SCAD and all of you who appreciate my work. Enjoy your Sunday and these Georgia inspired pancakes!
1. Sift the flour, baking power, baking soda and salt in a big bowl. In another bowl place the egg yolks, sugar, yogurt, milk, olive oil, vanilla and orange zest. Beat till homogenous. Stir in the blueberries. Set aside.
2. Place egg whites into a large clean mixing bowl and beat them on medium speed with an electric hand whisk until stiff peaks appear. Gently fold it into the mixture of eggs made above. When perfectly combined, sift the flour and stir till blended, don’t over mix it though.
3. Preheat a pancakes pan on medium heat. Grease it with a small amount of oil. Pour composition into the pan and fry each pancake 1 minute on each side. Serve it with maple syrup and sliced, fresh peaches.