The mere thought of the woman in today’s spotlight makes me smile. She is always positive, encouraging, supportive and loving. Yes, I did say always and I also mean all ways.
Who is this model of positivity you might be wondering. . .
It’s Teresa Deak, (a.k.a. Picsie Chick) and forgive me for gushing a bit but she really is extraordinary.
“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.” – Christopher Morley
More than anyone I’ve known, Teresa answers to the vibrations of beauty. It is her way of being in the world.
I first knew of her as a photographer with an amazing eye for detail, so much so that the tagline on her photography site is, “Beauty in small things. Beauty in all things.”
“To witness the Beauty in a flower is to drink in the whole world.” – Teresa Deak
Truth be told, she is a Renaissance woman as you’ll see once you read her words in this spotlight.
Artist, entrepreneur, social butterfly, bearer of love and sharer of gratitude, I love that she’s here shining brightly in the spotlight. Enjoy!
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust
1. Why are you here?
When I was young I realized that our reason for being in this life is to experience joy, truly and deeply.
Today this idea has grown into its fullness for me. God, having been the excuse for bad behaviour for too many centuries, needed a new name, and so I have called this spirit river we all have, we all swim in together, Gratitude.
I’ve revealed her four elements as Thankfulness, Awareness, Community and Kindness. And now I want us all to live in her together.
2. What is your future self calling for?
There’s this insistent call to be on a Ted stage, to be surrounded by gigantic beautiful photos I’ve taken and quietly walk people with me to the center of the flower, to the center of their heart, to swim in Gratitude with me.
I see Gratitude workshops in rooms filled with creative and beautiful people, in locations all over North America, connected virtually with locations all over the world.
I see a growing movement of Gratitude bringing our generations to a peace and connection more vibrant and dynamic than we’ve seen before.
3. How do you honour that calling?
I’m practicing guiding people by teaching classes and running workshops on social media. While the subject matter tends to be more technical, I look for ways to bring a gratitude heart and butterfly touches to all that I teach.
I’ve recently released the Gratitude Tarot deck to the world. 79 lovingly created photo cards organized into arcanas of Thankfulness, Awareness, Community and Kindness, with interpretations by Sara Blackthorne. I believe this is a first big step towards that real calling future.
And daily I connect with my people, sending butterflies where they seem needed, helping where I can, connecting always.
4. What is both effortless and life-giving to you?
Seeing the infinite in the small, living the big that is the intimate. In photos and connections, and long talks with other souls who are struggling under the weight of too much.
“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
- Anne Frank
5. What do you do best?
Notice small things.
To some people my powers of observation may seem random (I sometimes miss completely obvious things), but I nevertheless seem to see small, beautiful, important things that can open your soul and lighten the weight of your heart.
6. What is extraordinary about your work?
That somehow my camera can expose feelings, not just colour and light and shadow.
That somehow words can help us to fall into the heart of an image.
That connections between us can be magical and uplifting and a web of beauty.
And none of it comes from me, instead it finds its way to the world through me. . .and my lens.
7. What is guaranteed to inspire you?
Sunshine! The dance of light and dark on the beauty in (sm)all things.
Kindness! The unexpected gestures that buoyantly raise our hearts.
Connections! The abiding belief that not any of us is ever alone.
These are just the first things to leap up into my mind. There is so much in this world that I think I am constantly surprised by what inspires me.
8. What will your epitaph say if you’ve lived life on your terms?
She saw Beauty, however small, and released her to the world on butterfly wings.