But since life is not just about work, what are you doing in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
My life after work and on weekends isn't any less active compared to when I'm working. Since 2016 I am dealing with a personal project – a decorative terrarium creation workshop. These are compositions made of glass, rocks, and beautiful plants. At first, I was quite comfortable working alone, modeling, and creating these wonderful terrariums, but it turned out I like teamwork better. Initially, I was working on custom orders, but then I realized that our market might need terrarium creation masterclasses. Since we have culinary workshops and various masterclasses, why shouldn't there be something like that?
I decided to not leave it as just an idea and explored all of the available information. I believe that you have to be competent in the sphere that you want to be a professional in and share your knowledge with someone. Besides, launching such classes helped me to meet a lot of interesting people, improve my communication skills as well as organizational skills.
Being a person that pays attention to detail, I like watching the processes, especially how master-class participants create their works. After I explain what they have to do, I'm giving them full freedom just like I was taught in Grafit. I love watching how each of them focuses, what they do, and how they get involved in the process. And the most interesting thing is how differently people can do the same thing.
A completed terrarium is an individual project. After completing it, the participants return home being very happy – they've created a masterpiece, found peace mind, and relaxed. I like showing people that they are interesting, capable and that they can be proud of themselves.
The second project – the psychotherapeutic support group – appeared spontaneously. I was inspired to create it by Laurent Baffie's "Toc Toc" play, whose characters were people that had made an appointment with a psychotherapist. And while they were waiting for their turns, they were openly telling about their problems to each other. I started wondering, "Why can't we have something like this?" Just as with the previous idea, I didn't leave it be and started examining in detail: what is out there in the world, what do we have, and how is it possible to arrange it.
It turned out that we have various support groups. And this is very good. Right now, especially in the period of the pandemic, we are suffering from a lack of live communication. People started living virtually, but I believe that we have to meet and talk in the flesh. So, I decided to arrange such a group.
Later, I told about the idea to my friend, who was a psychologist. She supported me and we agreed that I am going to be responsible for meeting arrangements and she, as a professional psychologist, is going to support the participants. This is when our "I Have Friends" group appeared with anonymous meetings that can be attended both by people with problems and people that enjoy life and want to share it with others. The thing is that by talking to strangers you can sometimes share something you wouldn't share with your loved ones. I am glad about the fact that people are coming and opening up, telling about themselves, their lives, and successes, and I see that they like it. And what's more important is that this is helpful. No one is obliged to tell anything, you can just come to our meetings and listen to other people.