Follow Your Heart

Zebra (Mogo Zoo) by Kath Unsworth

Zebra (Mogo Zoo)
by Kath Unsworth

When you discover your gifts, those moments of inspiration take hold. The hours speed past, yet you feel like you are in a place where time stands still. A place where you feel complete.

“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

Joseph Campbell

I love that quote. I know that my art is complete if I listen to my heart.

You know that little voice or vibe you get in your very soul, it’s a creative itch that won’t go away, that’s your ticket to freedom.

If I force something  my work is never as good.

On a recent trip to the Mogo Zoo to entertain the children, I found myself inspired by nature, as always. I feel sorry for caged animals, but zoo’s play a very important part in educating us on how amazing this earth can be and the breeding programs alone, assure the continuation of each species.

A bunch of happy children ran wildly about the park soaking up zoo life. I found myself in a daze, captivated by the light and shadow. I imagined the art I could create with a handful of pencils and some good paper. But the luxury of sitting still and doing a couple of animal portraits, was not the order of the day.

This day was all about the kids. So with trusty camera in hand I collected the memorable moments to store for later. When I returned home the zebra called to me and I could not wait to sketch, there is something about that photo that inspired me. I don’t question why any more I just follow my heart.

After our visit (we walked the circuit twice) we all agreed that nature indeed is an amazing gift. Every visit I learn something new. My daughter and I adore snow leopards (below) but dream about seeing them in their natural habitat (brrr). We wondered if they were dreaming of the same thing.

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

When you do the thing that inspires you, wonderful moments float to the surface. I know my art is just a hobby. Yet it is leading me somewhere wonderful. To a place of completeness, where I peel off the layers of self-doubt and become my true self.

How about you, when you follow your heart does your heartbeat match the beat of the universe?

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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102 Responses to Follow Your Heart

  1. diannegray says:

    Joseph Campbell is one of my all time favourites. He was an amazing man and I’ve read all his books 😉
    I love the way you’ve captured the animals here, Kath and it’s very timely bringing attention to these beautiful creatures after the awful news about hunting lately. Wonderful post xxxx

  2. Kath, thank you for beautiful photos, beautiful artwork, and inspiring quotes! I am also a big fan of Joseph Campbell, and yes, sometimes it feels like I am following my bliss when I write–even now, when my character is in his darkest moments of the book. Thanks again, so much.

  3. Hi there Kath! Beautiful post and a lovely reminder to keep creating from my heart instead of worrying what others might want. Thanks for the encouragement and the beautiful pictures! ❤

  4. The monkey is my favorite picture. The snow leopard looks sad. Missing the wild windswept snow mountains of the Himalayas. I’ll add Joseph Campbell to my reading list. Wonderful quote. Thank you Kath for your inspirational blogs and images.
    Lots of love, Patricia

    • Patricia, every time Willow and I visit the snow Leopards we think the same thing, they are so beautiful but look sad, I guess they will never have to worry about poachers or hunger. Hope you are enjoying summer afloat. Always good to see you and read your wonderful travel stories.

  5. Keep listening to your heart, Kath, and you will not go astray. Your delightful artistry is proof of that! ❤

  6. Sherri says:

    What gorgeous photos Kath, your artistry and creativity shines through as you share your heart. I can’t write unless I write unless I feel it, really feel it, so I understand completely. Your natural and beautiful creativity is evident in your writing, your photography and your beautiful artwork: gentle, talented and inspiring. Thank you for this lovely post ❤

  7. Desi Clown says:

    The first line completely resonates with me, for some reason. My moments of discovering my gifts and watching the hours fly past are few and far apart, yet the feeling is very vivid in my mind…. By the way, I swear the zebra painting looked like a photo to me, amazing skills you have. Thanks for the wonderful pictures, that sunbathing gorilla is my favourite :p hope you make lots more wonderful art

    • Desi the Gorilla looked like she was a human enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon in the sun. I watched her for quite some time. Remember you are young and this is the fun part, you get to find out who you are by stepping out there and trying new things. Life is not a dress rehearsal as they say, we only have that one moment in time and then its gone. I came from a large family, we did not have a lot of money, but my father told me to work hard at my dreams. Im still doing that and learning so many valuable lessons along the way.

  8. Kath, your zebra is beautifully done. And, yes, when I’m in my creative space writing I’m transported outside myself and yet deeper within all at the same time. Being creative and inspiring through it is my passion.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  9. Letizia says:

    What a beautiful quotation. I thought of you this week as I have been taking a drawing class. I’m a beginner, as is everyone in class, but there’s a wonderful atmosphere in class. After the teacher shows us a few tips, he turns on some music and we all begin to draw. But we also talk to each other, help each other, creating a lovely moment of creativity and generosity. Very similar to the tone of your blog.

    • roweeee says:

      Well done for taking on a new challenge, Letizia. I took up the violin 3 years ago as a 43 year old and it was humbling for the first year but I’m so glad I did. I’ve been playing in an ensemble and met some great people and felt an amazing connection playing music together, which I’d never experienced before. Sounds quite similar. Good luck with it xx Rowena

      • Rowena my daughter wants to play the violin next year in high school after listening to the children at the Opera House play along with her on the recorder. I adore the Violin and so am excited that she wants to learn.

        • roweeee says:

          How exciting! The first year for me was pretty tough but once you put the hours of practice in and get over the hump, you’re on your way. The violin is the instrument which sounds closest to the human voice and I really love singing. Here’s a poem I wrote about learning the violin a few years ago. Keep me posted on how she goes. I don’t put as much into it now as I used to but I do find it very relaxing! xx Rowena

        • roweeee says:

          How exciting! The first year for me was pretty tough but once you put the hours of practice in and get over the hump, you’re on your way. The violin is the instrument which sounds closest to the human voice and I really love singing. Here’s a poem I wrote about the early days a few years ago xx Rowena

    • Letizia thats what life is all about. I read somewhere we should try new things, things that don’t come easy to us. For me that’s writing picture books and novels. But I have the passion to learn and thats what matters in the end. I hope you are enjoying the lessons, sounds like a wonderful class. I like to take at least one new course each year. I hope I never lose my passion to learn.

  10. Lovely, as always. Zebras are one of my favorite animals. So graceful, strong, and unique. I enjoy going to zoos, and luckily, the Oregon zoo is one of the better ones as far as animal love goes.

    • Britt I watched this Zebra for awhile and I think he was the alpha male, he seemed to boss all the others around. The light was perfect to catch that certain something he had in his eyes, whether it was a longing for a far off place, Im not sure but they had an amazing enclosure with acres of space to roam in.

  11. My goodness, Kath. What wonderful photography. Such a rich brown of the lion and tiger. And meerkats are so much fun. Glad you got such a thoughtful post out of the visit. =)

  12. Aquileana says:

    I love this post… Very inspirational and the gallery of photographs truly stands out, dear Kath!… I hope you have a great week ahead. All my best wishes. Aquileana 😀

  13. Zambian Lady says:

    Beautiful photos. They remind me of my last safari with my family. Nature is truly beautiful.

  14. Sheila says:

    Your zebra is amazing and captures such gentleness and kindness. I’ve never heard that quote or read anything by Campbell, but strangely enough it’s one of the things my novel is about (so now I love that quote too – thank you for passing it along). Those are great photos and I can imagine all the wonderful artwork they’ll inspire. Sorry I haven’t been around for a while and missed this earlier. I’m happy to hear you’re following your heart and it’s great to see what comes of that!

  15. Kath … I love your zebra. Such soulful eyes. Your beautiful photos should provide you with hours of enjoyment. I also feel conflicted when I go to the zoo, but I also love seeing – and taking photos – of the animals. I’ve seen videos and still photos of snow leopards in their natural environment. I rarely spotted them without someone pointing out the obvious. 😉

    • Wow seeing Snow Leopards in the wild would be amazing Judy I know my daughter would love that. The ones at this Zoo seemed happy as the climate in winter is cold, not below zero but I can’t imagine how they must feel in the hot summer. The Zoo is upgrading all the enclosures so we are hoping that they get a new home soon.

  16. roweeee says:

    Kath, such a beautiful post and I loved your zebra and the Joseph Campbell quote. I’ve written that in the Faber & Faber “Poetry Diary 2015” where I’m supposed to be writing a quote a day.
    What I also picked up on was how you referred to your art using the word “hobby”. I know that as a creative person, it’s hard to define what makes a professional or “the artist”, “the writer” etc. Is it being paid for our work? In any case, as far as I’m concerned and I’m definitely not alone here, your work is very professional and your work is amazing. I wanted to encourage you on that front.
    I also need to be more encouraging to my self. Have been wracked with self-doubt lately about writing my book in what seems to be paralysis through analysis as well as having to split my attention so many different directions, that it’s hard to get anything finished.That’s family life and being part of the local community and not doing the poet in the garret thing.
    I had a good talk yesterday with a friend and realised that I need to get a lot more rigid with the schedule as I’ve strayed off a bit during Winter.
    At the same time, I look at myt desk and think: I need to get that cleaned up before I can start anything and there starteth the trouble!!
    Hope you and the family have a great weekend. I’m off to a family birthday bash in Sydney tomorrow.
    xx Ro

    • Rowena thanks for the kind words, my art will always be my hobby even now that I am selling pieces in the local art/craft shop at Bega and online. But my dream is to refine my writing, this is something that challenges me and pushes me to my limits. It also scares me a little because I’m not sure I will ever finish my picture book or novel edits. And that is why I keep going. My art has always been there, I still have much to learn but I am comfortable with calling myself an artist. Next step is calling myself an Author, now that is what will keep me writing and learning something new. Good luck, clear the decks and write my friend. I have been away and now its time to do some study in my editing course. Such amazing opportunities we have, we can learn anything we want if we just follow our hearts.

  17. Jim McKeever says:

    Follow your heart, and your bliss, and it’s a passion! Yours is art, and it’s lovely, Kath.

  18. Aquileana says:

    Hi there… I nominated you for a Dragons Loyalty Award.

    You can check it out here, if you are interested:

    All my best wishes! Aquileana 😀

  19. Sue Slaght says:

    Your photos alone are pieces of art but your zebra well that is astounding. I agree that being true to oneself, one’s heart allows for an enriched and healthier life.

  20. Yolanda M. says:

    Wonderful pics and I love your zebra! I feel especially blessed for having seen most of these animals you feature, in the wild. It is one of my dearest wishes that future generations get to experience the same thrill of being on safari or in the wilderness. Snow leopards are one of my favourites and also on the endangered list, so happy to see one here (hopefully the zoo has a breeding pair).

    • Yolanda thanks for stopping by, they do have two, but I am not sure if they might be siblings. I will have to ask next time I go. You are so lucky to have seen most of these animals in their natural homes. One day I might get there.

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