My family endured years of illness, struggle, treatment and frustration together, and I still could not see it coming. I could not see anything beyond each moment.
There was only one safe haven from the sadness, my room. My room represented my soul in four walls: the years of accumulated love, dreams, and happiness. My room was me. Within my room I could feel the absolute comfort that was elusive beyond my door.
It was a place for me to no longer be the girl who lost her mom. Instead, it created an environment where I could shape dreams and live out my own fantasy. Maybe not of princesses and fairies, but where I could be a normal girl. Even for a few hours, a few moments, my room was everything to me, my safe place.
As I grew I started to find outlets for feelings that I had not known how to express. I found a passion for design, for art in three dimensions, art for the dimensions of life. I learned from a young age how the energy from the environment that surrounds us has a profound impact on our state of mind. I followed this passion to architecture school, where I learned that how designs are implemented can greatly influence everyone’s mental well being. I saw first hand how specific designs in some of London's cancer centers were designed and built to help the patients' emotional and mental well-being. Post graduation I began designing, creating, and implementing very personal spaces for clients, which gave me the idea to take my passion back to the little girl who lost her mother.
Post graduation I began my own 'From now on® Project'. It was time to take all I had experienced and learned and do something for myself with it. It is my team's goal to give children the ability to control at least one aspect of their potentially chaotic environment through the design and creation of their own physical space.
The creation of From now on® Projects will give children the ability to express their feelings through a productive and creative outlet, then experience and interact with what they have created. Seeing that even during a devastating time, the child can create something magical is an important lesson I learned when healing and moving on from a loss.