Not sure how you found Seams Of Gold, but I’m happy you’re here!
I’m Shalomie. I’m a happy wife, creator, advocate for human and animal rights and amateur photographer. I grew up in the beautiful Nilgiri mountains of South India – a natural biosphere reserve where I spent hours with nature. It was here that I discovered my passion to create and my love for animals. If I didn’t do design for a living, I would be a Veterinarian. At the moment though, I work as the creative director and a trainer with Women Of Worth – an NGO and I help manage a company called Anushya that equips and builds individuals and teams to reach maximum potential.
My husband and I recently moved back to India after living in Switzerland for a few years, and we now live in a village at the base of the Nilgiri Mountains. When I’m not designing, I love reading, going for walks, Duke following me everywhere hoping for food and caring for my random assortment of plants. I tend to think a lot about life and God and my relationship with Him and others. I also strive to live a responsible life that puts God first, that loves my neighbour as myself and is kind to the environment. Those first two things are not easy but I’m a work in progress. I try not to forget how blessed I am and try to see the good in others.
Welcome to my blog!
What is ‘Seams Of Gold’ and how it came to be:
A couple of years ago, someone told me the story of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by re-constructing the pot using gold, silver or platinum dusted lacquer. Kintsugi quite literally means – to join with gold, and the resulting repaired pot looks even more beautiful than the original because of the seams of gold running through it. The philosophy behind this ancient art is that nothing is ever broken.
To me, this story became a powerful metaphor for life – my life.
So many things that we go through in life break us – in our minds, bodies and souls. Over a period of time, we can end up like broken pots, feeling useless and ugly. At the lowest point in my life, I was like a broken pot, and in complete desperation I called out to God for help, and He answered and gave me a second chance at life. To me, God became the precious metal that fused together my fractured life and made me whole again. It’s a beautiful thing to be given beauty for ashes, and it’s why I’m grateful for every moment of my life.
In this website you’ll find many parts of me through the things I write about. If something resonates with you, I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment.