This week’s 5QFF (5 Questions for Friday) comes from Malaysia. Enjoy!

Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important?

Hi Everyone! Veronica Williams here – Singaporean by birth but Globally Local in my soul. Home is currently Malaysia but that is about to change as my family and I are relocating back to the UK.

I am a Homeschooling parent of two teenagers.  That means apart from cooking, doing laundry and cleaning the house; I also oversee to their educational needs.  So the home is also a school, I suppose.  You could say I am the Principal cum Director of Studies of a School of Two whilst being Minister of Home Affairs.

With our coming transitional phase, I am looking into developing my Artistic skills with hopes to earn a living through it.  I have always enjoyed drawing and being creative but circumstances did not permit me to explore this area.  

Art in its multiple forms is like nourishment to the soul. Art is an expression of the Artist.  Art in its visual, textual or auditory  form communicates to the heart of another magically.    

What’s your most valuable skill?

I think my most valuable skill is IDEATION.  

The Gallup StrengthsFinder definition of ideation says, “People especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.” In my experience, ideas are the heartbeat of life.

I usually have a lot of ideas spinning in my head on topics I come across.  So I usually have lots of ideas of what I would like to paint.  This has spurred me to explore different forms of art styles in my drawing process.  Instagram has been a fabulous place to be inspired and spurred on.  It all started with an Art Challenge in July last year which a friend told me about.  There were a list of items to paint each day.  Completing  20 meant I had a chance to win some amazing Art Supplies.  I did not win, but I certainly gained confidence to draw and paint things I would not have otherwise attempted independently.  The prompts sparked all kinds of ideas as I gave my own interpretation.  I loved seeing the interpretation of others. 

Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to your work.

A practice that has made a difference in this process of developing my Art Skills is to ‘Show Up’ – to ‘Show Up’ for oneself and others.  For oneself when I don’t think I am as good as the post I just saw. To do so is give oneself the grace and space to grow and improve; to not be defined by the standards imposed by Yours Truly.  Today, this moment is a new day, a new moment.  Show Up and be captivated it.  

To ‘Show Up’ for others for me is cheering others on in their Art Journey.  To leave a comment, cheering Artists I admire as well as those early on their Art Journey.  It can make a difference to someone’s day.

What advice do you most need to hear?

The advice I need to hear is “Life is about Memory Making”.  Time with family and friends is limited.  Seize the moment and keep making happy memories

Suggest an endearing and humorous question for question number five – and answer it.

If given the chance I would like to ask Leonardo Da Vinci who Mona Lisa really is.  I think it is his housekeeper.