Listen to Your Heart, It Knows All Things

Verena Novianty

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi, I’m Vivi. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m a part time petite yogi instructor, illustrator and full time graphic designer at the moment. I’ve always been drawn into art since I was a kid. I majored in Visual Communication Design and have been freelancing full-time for 5 years under my brand @pinfolks (where I create wearable artwork). When I’m not designing, I teach and practice Yoga and travel here and there.

Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
I always know exactly what I want. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. I love art and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. So I chose my creative passion to turn into a career. But I always keep an open mind with other possibilities, because I don’t like limitation. I love to learn and be good at many things. I realise I’m passionate about multiple things in life and I wanna go deep in it. My love for yoga has become my other passion, so I traveled to India and completed my Yoga Teacher Training last year to share my knowledge and the goodness of yoga to other people.

Were you scared to start the process? 
The first step is always the hardest and the scariest. But I’m the kind of person that if I want something bad enough I will take the actions to go get it. I’ve never let my fear stop me, instead I overcome my fears and take the risk. I also think failure is a part of learning experiences.

What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I don’t enjoy small talk because it drains my energy. I’d prefer deep meaningful conversation.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“There is no such thing as perfect in life. See life as a learning tool for gaining wisdom and never stop learning.”

What would you say to 16 year old you?
Love yourself more and don’t hate the world.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Of course! We always find people who doubt our abilities and some people who will support us in life. I have both kind of people. My family had doubts when I came up with an idea about starting my brand Pinfolks. They didn’t see how this idea could possibly work. Of course it was hard to start when they doubted my idea, especially since I was the only creativepreneur in my family. So they definitely had no idea about my world. I didn’t have anyone to learn from and I needed to figure it out by myself alone. It was difficult because for some reason their opinion does matter to me, especially when I need encouragement from them. There were several times that I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing. But I keep remembering this in my mind “Don’t let doubt create fears and prevent you from taking the big risk”. Again it’s my choice to just ignore them or listen to them. I just simply believe in myself.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Come out from your shell ladies! Be comfortable in your own skin and be daring to stand out from the crowd because you are unique in your own way. Give yourself a chance and trust the process, after all you are the creator of your own story.

Have you always had confidence in yourself?
I wasn’t always a confident person, there was a moment in my life that I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. I always felt so different from everyone around me (friends and family), from the way I look, to things I liked and how I thought. I don’t like being mediocre, nor living a mediocre life. But, society is mean. We need to live by their standard in order to be accepted and be “normal”. But defining what’s normal is just too broad. What does normal parameters really mean anyway? I used to be in the situation fear of being judged and want to fit in, be liked and feel accepted. It’s hard not to compare myself to others around me, but it gets easier. I learn one thing, It’s the matter of perspective, again it’s not about how they look at you, but about how you perceive yourself that matters.

Things are different now, I gained more confidence after I made peace and accepted myself. Breaking the stereotype of being “normal” by society, so that I don’t have to live by their standard. It’s been a long journey to accept myself as who I am right now. Overcoming the fear of being judged and accept and allow myself to be WHO I AM, truly gave me the freedom to transform myself. And it’s an amazing feeling being different and unique in our own way.

What do you love most about yourself?
My honesty, my heart, empathy and open mindedness. I constantly try to improve myself and keep learning by being open minded with all possibilities and accept different perspectives. Whatever I do and  say in my life, I do with my heart. I believe life can be meaningful and beautiful when we do or say things with all our heart.

Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I was in a long term toxic relationship with someone and broke up after dating for 8 years last year. It was tough at the time. I didn’t realize how that toxic relationship was ruining my life, damaging my self esteem and draining my energy. It had a huge impact on my personal growth. I’ve been contemplating a lot in life over these past few years and I always feel like something is off with my life. I want to find meaning in life.

Our society makes us believe that finding an ideal partner is the goal in life. Only then you are complete, happy and acceptable socially. It’s not the kind of life I want to live. The break up phase, led me to understand my own meaning and purpose in life. That I own my life. It is really crucial to take care of myself, because my relationship with myself is the most important factor in shaping the kind of life I want to live. It’s all about respecting my own values. It was a spiritual growth time for me. I was able to reconnect with myself again and I understand there is something more important in life other than being in a relationship: living my highest purpose in life and making a meaningful life that impacts the world.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
No one should tell you how to live your life, not society, your friends and not even your family. As I grow, I see how the world is changing me, I get better at understanding life. Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So, listen to your heart. It knows all things.

What motivates you most?
By keeping positive and focusing on my goals everyday. I have my own mantra to repeat everyday as a daily positive affirmation. It is a powerful way to improve my mindset, especially when I’m feeling down.

How do you manage your work-life balance?
Juggling between a creativepreneur, a yoga teacher and practitioner is not an easy thing to do. I need to manage my time effectively and keep focus on where my energy goes. I always make time for my personal life (work out, have fun, socializing and me time) as a priority in order to keep me sane and healthy. I know what’s best for me. When I feel overwhelmed I won’t perform best. So yeah! Indulge in some small pleasure daily.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I do meditation and practice gratitude daily. I take time for self-reflection and creating healthy boundaries for myself. I believe creating a healthy space for mental health is as important as physical health. When you are mentally healthy you can see things clearly and move forward easily.

Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
Life and people around me are the best mentors in my life. Being surrounded with positive people really helps me succeed, grow and become a better person. All the things that happen in my life, good or bad, are divinely inspired and they happen for a purpose. And LIFE is the best teacher. We will continue to grow, as long as we keep our mind and hearts open to seeing and accepting things. Because, my life experiences have influenced and shaped me into to what I have become today.

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m a multi-passionate person, so many things I want to try and do in life. From graphic designing, yoga, teaching, travelling, creating content, wellbeing etc. As a creative person I want to enjoy different things that suit my personality, because I believe I’m designed for a certain purpose.

If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Maybe a therapist or psychologist? Because I’ve always been interested in the relationship between human behavior and the emotional aspect. Plus I love people and I do care about them.

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
I don’t have a specific role model in my life. But I like to be around positive, interesting and inspiring people. I learn so many things from all of them. It is true that you become an average of the people you spend the most time with. So, I choose people I spend time with carefully.

Where do you find inspiration?
My inspirations come in many forms and from how I experience the world: how I smell, touch, hear, feel and taste. I watch different movies, read different books, listen to various music genres, travel to different countries and cities, experience, see and savor different things. Like a sponge, I soak up as much knowledge and inspiration as I can, always curious and limitless.

What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passion is supporting people physically, mentally and spiritually. For the last few years, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and I’ve decided it’s time to work on my life’s purpose. My goal is to share and inspire others using art as a tool/platform to connect and support people mentally, physically and spiritually, while pursuing my passion for teaching Yoga. I want to help people embrace their lives fully with an open heart.

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Verena Novianty

Verena Novianty is a Creativepreneur of the brand Pinfolks and a Yoga Instructor at the same time. As a multi-passionate person she believed she was designed for a certain purpose in life. She has an interest in gaining knowledge about the mind-body connection. She enjoys sharing creative arts as a platform to promote emotional health and wellbeing. Her aim is to help and support each individual find their own journey with Art and Yoga and become connected with themselves.

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