Lona de Anna translated in Portuguese means " Anna's canvas"
Apart from Portuguese being my background..I wanted to create a name that was unique and that would always reflect my creative method.
For me...this is the platform where creativity begins., be it in an artistic sense, or with Interior styling ,starting with a blank canvas is a great way to clear your mind or an actual space and then add your own flavour to it bit by bit, creating something that in the end you feel unbelievably proud of.
What have you most enjoyed in your career so far?
The friends and connections I have made since creating Lona de Anna...most definitely!!
They have been such a great source of support and encouragement and inspiration through my whole journey so far..and not just in a creative sense. We have shared our ups and downs in life through the blogsphere and it has been those times above all others that I have felt truly blessed to have crossed paths with such amazing people in my life.
Have you had any major highlights, personal or business in the last few years?
Oh for sure...obviously the birth of my two boys Jacq and Noah were major highlights in my life, I cannot imagine life without them, they make me want to be a better person...do better...I know that sounds cliche..but its true.
Lona de Anna evolved after having given birth to my first little boy Jacq, being on maternity leave it gave me time to reassess where I was and where I wanted to go career wise.
I was absolutely dreading returning back to the corporate world and the recruitment industry. I was hungry for creative inspiration and found myself blowing the dust off old Interior design magazines and being filled with so much inspiration I could burst, and so during this time I decided to study Interior Design.
From this the Lona de Anna blog was created as an insipriational journal I could look back on.
So from a major personal highlight in my life during that time being the birth of my son, came the birth of what would be a professional highlight in my life...the creation of Lona de Anna.
Although to me it has been the minor highlights..that are the major highlights...if that makes sense.
Every time I sell a piece of artwork...that is a major highlight for me...I still get excited and smile from ear to ear.
Every time I receive a compliment regarding my work, that is a highlight for me.
The fact that a person has taken the time to send me a personal message letting me know how much they love my work...that kind of stuff to me is invaluable.
What inspires or motivates you?
The every day and the simple things in life I find beautiful are what I get inspiration from.
Hanging out with my little family and discovering new things together.
People, places, nature, and the obvious being magazines, books, blogs , other creative artists.
But what inspires me and motivates me most and with such great force is staying in the creative zone...this means constantly tapping into the creative world and whats out there, being constantly inspired by creative people.
Listening to others success stories, their struggles and how they found success and personal happiness and were able to do what they love...and love what they do, THAT truly inspires me.
..and lastly tell me one things about yourself that you love but has nothing to do with business.
Gardening..although I don't get the chance to do it enough, I love to garden and what the colours evolve as the seasons change and ever since we have moved to the mountains I have fallen in love with it even more, we have a well established cottage garden in our backyard, along with amazing huge Canadian maple leaf trees and pine trees...just breathtaking.
I get super excited when I see a little bud suddenly bloom, that I just have to take a happy snap.
I find it very therapeutic and a great way to clear my head and connect with nature, and its a good excuse to put on my favourite pair of gum boots ...and get down and dirty ..so to speak ; )