INSPIRING WOMEN SERIES - SANDIE WILLIAMS

In this series, I wanted to collaborate with women around the world who inspire us in all ways. The power of social media allows us to connect with so many people who are trying to speak their truth and open up about many things. Here we share some insights and get to know these women more closely...

SANDIE WILLIAMS 

Tell us a little bit about yourself! (Who are you? What are some of your passions? What chapter of your life are you in right now?)

My book of life is way past the middle, I guess I'm into the final chapters! It's been an incredible journey, would I have changed anything? Of course!  There is still so much I would still like to do, to create, to travel.  At 64 I've reached the stage of my life where simplicity is everything, finding beauty in nature, the warmth and love of close friends, a peaceful mind, these are the things that make me happy. However life is an adventure, I'm always looking for something new and exciting. I'm passionate about everything I do. I live in a beautiful coastal town called Bude, in Cornwall, England. A stunning place to live, surrounded by the ocean. I love painting watercolours, inspired by the sea. My work is Sound Healing with crystal singing bowls, my studio is a beautiful yurt set in the grounds of an old manor house. I love to walk, to Swim, cycle and I'm learning to surf!  

What or who, is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is right here, the ocean! It's strength, the colours, the energy, the space and the sounds. It's calming but dangerous and wild. I never tire of breathing in the sights and smells, every day is different. My daughter inspires me, she is a very spiritual person, she is so knowledgeable, I could listen to her speak for hours

Take us back on the journey that led you to become the person you are today –  how have the events from your past shaped your present life?

The events in my life that have made me who I am today.....Growing up in a loving family with parents who loved the outdoor life, we didn't have much but we had a lot of fun.Travel has been a huge influence, I've travelled extensively I was lucky to live in Africa which I adored. I worked for an NGO in Rajasthan for 6 months, I will never forget the colour, the smells, the sounds the wonderful people I met. A chance to understand other cultures. Travel has added colour and sound to my life that I otherwise may not of seen or heard. Emotionally I've has some trauma to deal with, I've had to learn to be strong, to have empathy and compassion. I have enormous gratitude now for the life I have.

How do you start your days? & What does your day-to-day look like?

My day begins with coffee in bed, I adore my bed!  A healthy breakfast then a long walk on the beach with our dog, Ruby, no matter what the weather, it's a great way to start the day. In the summer I swim in the ocean. I connect with friends when I can. On work days I prepare a guided meditation then get my space ready for Sound Bath. I get housework out of the way as soon as possible, I dislike it so much! Some days I paint watercolours that I print into greeting cards.  I've been a vegetarian for 40 years and love to prepare tasty dishes for my family. Every evening my partner and I do a slow stretch routine whilst listening to some meditative music to relax and unwind.

Other than what our world has been experiencing all together, what has been the biggest change in your life last year? 


The biggest change in my life this year has been learning to accept, to take time, to slow down, to explore new ideas and new skills. I've come back to painting after many years and I've learnt that it's OK to do the things I want to do, I've grown spiritually, become healthier mentally and physically.

How do you plan on keeping yourself motivated and emotionally supported as we go into 2021?

My motivation comes from the desire to be healthy and strong, to eat well and exercise. To connect with family and friends, supporting one another through what is going to be another difficult year. I want to come through this time with positivity and growth, to really feel a deep sense of peace and calm. Most of all my motivation is to be as happy as I can!

What do you hope the next year will bring?

Hugs! Lots and lots of hugs....I pray the Covid vaccine brings back some normality to our lives, an end to isolation and loneliness. To continue to be creative and inspired in all areas of my life, find new challenges and adventures. Sun shine, as much as possible!

What wisdom would you like to pass on to the next generation?


Oh so many things!! I've learnt so much my journey, there is no truer saying than "I wish I knew then what I know now". I guess "Go for it" just do it, try, don't wait for everything to be just right, it never will be, take the leap of faith, follow your dreams, your desires, trust that gut instinct, be creative, travel, love yourself and others with all you have and tell yourself and them every day. Live simply, respect our planet. There are many different ways to life this life, make your journey your own. BE KIND.

What pulled you towards Studio Tia?

I was pulled towards Studio Tia immediately by the stunning photography, the location and stunning clothes. The way the clothes became part of the nature, the colours, India. I love clothes but they have to be unique, different, they have to say something about you. I'm a bit of a hippy I guess, so I adore clothes that flow, that define, they are sexy and stylish. The colours are beautiful, natural. The realisation that Studio Tia was an ethical company supporting local artisans and using locally sourced material of high quality meant I had to buy something! 

How do our clothes make you feel?

When I wear Studio Tia I feel feminine, sexy, different, I feel part of something special.

Out of curiosity, what is your favorite TIA piece?

My best Studio Tia piece, so far, the Kaftan, I just adore it.

We respect and like to receive feedback when possible! What would you like to see more of from us? 

You're doing an incredible job Tia, just keep doing what you do! I would like to learn more about your artisans, their work and lives.  

 

WRITTEN BY : SANDIE WILLIAMS @MAXINEMATUREMODEL
PHOTOGRAPHY BY : ROSIE BAKER WILLIAMS @ROSIEMOETUESDAY