What I noticed in my experience is that life always rewards you for being in tune with your passions and inspiration and especially for sharing with the world what makes you genuinely happy. How often this seemingly simple act of sharing creates wonderful serendipities? It connects people to the information that they need to see in that precise moment, leads to new friendships and slowly, but surely change the world as we all gather new ideas and change our beliefs. I know for sure that many times I was so grateful for those who share their life and knowledge, authentically and enthusiastically, introducing me to new ideas and helping me grow. And for last few years I myself was gathering a lot of knowledge and experiences that changed my life for the better and now I want to share it with you in hope that it will inspire you to create your version of authentically happy life.
But first let me properly introduce myself- I’m Lina Skukauskė, blogger & lifestyle photographer from Lithuania currently living and working in Munich (Germany). Besides photography I love creating vegetarian/vegan/raw dishes in our extremely small kitchen, spending time outdoors (we have mountains about an hour ride from our home) and I have an insatiable curiosity and passion to learn new things that help me live my life the way I want- filled with inspiration, creativity, joy and connection.
I must say that just a bit more than 5 years ago I wasn’t so happy… Though life always seemed kind of OK, but on the inside I felt that nagging lack of real meaning in it. I secretly craved less parties with the same jokes and repetitive scenarios, less things on the to do list that I don’t really feel excited to do, less people in my life but more of those who really matter. What I really craved for was a feeling that you are ALIVE, inspired, constantly growing. I felt that there HAS to be more in life. So I decided to seek for more and change a lot- if that is what is necessary. And believe me, it was necessary and the inner journeys are not always the easiest, but they’re always most worth it.
…met and fell in love with my now husband for whom I’m grateful each day- for continuous growth and support, our sometimes crazy experiments (like can we eat only raw food? Can we run a marathon? What happens if you meditate?…), shared laughter, meaningful discussions and deep understanding;
…rebuild my long-lost belief and trust in God/Universe/insert your name of choice here– that action alone completely changed the way I feel each day and look at everything;
…found personal development and became seriously hooked. First time in my life I understood my power to create my life the way I want;
…embraced my creativity- through photography, styling, drawing, creating business or cooking. It feels so liberating to let yourself create and play on YOUR terms;
…quit parties and alcohol. I mean totally, to a zero. I simply didn’t see meaning in that anymore and I’m oh so happy that I did it- it opened so much space for being authentically me and doing what I personally find meaningful, instead of what society makes us feel we should be doing and enjoying;
…went on an huge internal trip of self-discovery and build a business around my unique combination of talents, personality and skills (see more here). And you can do it too, I’m sure of that.
I learned a thing or two while doing this :-) So though I’m a photographer, but this blog won’t be about photography, because I don’t feel that I am only a photographer. A soul, a woman, a seeker, a lover, a vegetarian, a traveller and storyteller? All these apply, but to be honest- I’m still searching and and finding new things that shape me and the deeper I go, the more I think that we just can’t be put in the boxes so easily. But what I do know for sure is that it’s always worth to be authentically you and share the things that make you wholeheartedly happy and that’s what I’m going to write about here.
With love and inspiration,