It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
I'm not entirely sure how YoungDoo and I first met, but I've admired her for many years! We had a Women's Market at the yoga studio about a year ago and I found her art to be truly breath taking. The attention to detail she brings highlights moments in life you want to look at forever. I bought a few pieces and have been eager to know more about her and her process ever since. YoungDoo has an incredible eye for photography and design, I'm glad to introduce you to her here.
Q. Who are you?
A. YoungDoo Moon Carey: A freelance graphic designer and photographer, wife and mother of an eight month old baby girl. I am originally from Seoul, Korea and moved to Greensboro in September 2012. I'm also a traveler and a dreamer.
Q. What is your work?
A. Graphic design and photography.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. The past few months much of my time has been focused on caring for our new baby but my desire to create has certainly not left my mind. I worked in a corporate environment as well as design studios in Seoul but I have been working as a freelancer since I moved to Greensboro. I'm very lucky to have met great new friends and acquaintances in town who have introduced me to a number of fun projects the past a few years.
At this point, I'm ready to launch my own design & photography business and I've recently been working on updating my portfolio. I have a few other exciting personal projects on the horizon as well such as making products with custom surface pattern designs and illustrations.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. Being free spirited and adventurous in life, especially while traveling, has guided me a long way in my life. Early summer last year though, without planning it, my husband and I found out that I was pregnant with our baby, Milla. Having a child was not something that I thought about much earlier in life - not that I don't like kids, it's just that freedom from greater responsibilities kept me content and happy. Having a baby and becoming a mom has been one of my life's biggest challenges yet here I am now with our beautiful baby girl, and I feel truly blessed to be her mom. It was scary to imagine being responsible for someone who's dependent on me 24/7 but through motherhood, I'm learning everyday how to be patient, humble and most of all be a better person.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. It's been a few years now since I had the desire to create some surface pattern designs of my own and I feel like it's time to put in some extra effort to make it happen. More than ever personal time is precious so starting a new project feels a bit ambitious but I can't wait to get started making my own library of surface patterns of which I can use to create products with.
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Do your best to find out what your passion is then do everything in your power to make that dream come true.
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. "Listen deeply to truly love. Look deeply to understand clearly" by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I think of the satisfaction when the project is done - the feeling that I created something out of nothing and that my creation now has a life of its own. It's like running 5km everyday, the most difficult part of it is getting yourself out there to run but the thought of how much you enjoy the feeling after the run becomes a great motivation.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. People often ask me how I ended up in Greensboro. My husband John and I both have a passion for photography and travel. We got to know each other through our photographs on Flickr and met and traveled in India for the first time together. Then we traveled back and forth between Seoul and Greensboro a few times and we have been inseparable ever since.
I would never have imagined I would find my husband through photography when I picked up my first DSLR 11 years ago. Little did I know I would meet the sweetest husband and now have this beautiful baby when I traveled to India 7 years ago. Who would have thought that I would have such wonderful and supportive friends and community so quickly when I moved to Greensboro 4 years ago? Life is full of wonderful surprises, I think it is very important to take chances and embrace them the best that we can.
Q. What's your favorite Yoga Pose?
A. Savasana. ☺️
Q. Who inspires you
A. Morrie from the book Tuesday with Morrie. I was deeply moved by Morrie's wisdom on life when I first read the book long time ago and I read it many more times ever since whenever life had challenged me. I ended up getting an audiobook even and listen to it on walks occasionally - it makes me feel like I'm on a walk with a close friend who has inspiring insights on life and helps me putting thoughts in perspective.
Also, my friends and family and the love they share inspire me to love and be a better human being.
Q. How do you live a Life of abundance?
A I do my best to appreciate little things in life. They remind me to focus on how much I have instead of the things that I don't have.