At the core, Ursula is an artist at heart. After her first daughter was born she thought that she was never going to have the energy or time to pick up a paint brush again. “I never contemplated that my creativity wasn't something I could shut off or ignore.” While her daughter napped she used that time to paint and was able to blossom her career. Ursula is now a mother of three and living in Connecticut. She paints how she processes her new life. She paints stories and memories that now have given her creative vision surrounded by the people she loves the most, her family.
What do you wake up thinking about?
I wake up thinking about coffee. I think about how I am going to pull of my day because I tend to juggle more than I should and I like to be good at what I do. I am not a morning person and I wake up to three very young kids alone because my husbands leaves the house around 5:30am. My kids have two speeds: asleep and 110%. Everyday in this house is game day. I give myself a little motivational speech every AM to get myself out of bed and be the best I can be.
What's your morning ritual?
I have coffee in our room before I see the kids, I use our beautiful china and pretend for two minutes that I have it totally together. I make our bed and hit the ground running. I then have to get three kids ready for the day and out the door. Breakfast, vitamins, lunches packed, rooms picked up, beds made, kitchen cleaned, teeth brushed and laundry going. The kids help with all of this (it's extremely important to me to instill a good work ethic from early on). We are a team.
How does social media play into your daily life?
Social media plays a large part in my life. It's a great source of information on current events mainly because I don't watch TV. As I stated before I am extremely visual. I love instagram. Since leaving NYC, I find myself starving for visual stimulation. I change up who I follow all the time. To be honest, I don't follow that many friends. Over the summer I was having a love affair with all things Australian - Fashion, Art, Interior, lifestyle. I've recently launched a new business along side my art, I've started styling jewelry which has led to a new instagram account I now manage.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
Physically, I'm connected to my phone all day. It's always on me but I'm awful at replying to texts and I never listen to voice mails. I use my phone to check the time and to take pictures, barely much more than that. I prefer face to face interactions over technological ones. As for relationships, I tend to think we are more disconnected. People view social media posts as a complete representation of your life, yet it's usually only a partial snapshot of what's really going on. Then the need for people to reconnect and talk fades because of this false sense of "knowing all there is to know", hence our increasingly disconnected lives.
Don't get me wrong - I'm am fan of social media. In fact, I believe social media has a great purpose, depending on how we choose to view it. I'm a positive person and fully realize that everyone posts their own "highlight reel". I'm totally OK with that because we all need reminders of the good in life. If I'm down, that highlight reel can help boost me out of my funk. Unfortunately, most don't see it that way. People use social media to compare and judge to the point of causing real damage. As a parent, I truly worry about my kids' generation and the weight they place on the value of social media.
What is most important to you in life?
With out a doubt my husband and my children are the most important in my life. I'm happily in this forever with them.
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