2012 Twenty Questions Interviews : Patricia (Pattie) Mosca
20 Questions Interview with Patricia J. Mosca
Artist, Writer, Author of 'Permission Slips for Your Heart and Soul'
1. What's your name?
Patricia J. Mosca (Pattie).
2. Where are you from?
Rochester, New York.
3. Who are you today?
Today, I am an author, an artist, a writer, a lover of life...a work in progress!
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
I do what my heart tells me to do. I call myself a surface designer...give me a surface and I will paint on it...write on it...transform it!
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
As a kid I loved to be creative, but was told to "put those toys away" as I got into my teens. I listened then, but I do not listen anymore! About 15 years ago my heart ached and I rediscovered my passion for painting and writing. I have the extreme pleasure of following my heart's desire every day.
6. Why is art, writing, and creativity important to you?
My painting and writing allows me to be uniquely ME! It was the piece that was missing in myself for so long. My creativity allows me to feel whole, to feel fulfilled. It allows me to bring my messages from the inside out.
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
In 2004 I discovered a book by Jill Badonsky, "The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)." I thought she wrote that book just for me...It reawakened me to myself, to the passion I felt as a child, to the missing piece of me.
8. How did you embrace it?
I embraced it slowly, one step at a time. First allowing myself to have permission to reclaim my inner child's desires. I started painting, and then journaling. Finally, combining the two of them together, and finding my inner voice.
9. How did that feel?
It felt like a rebirth of myself. A joyous experience of life. It took many steps but I now feel confident in what I do and what I have to say.
10. Where has your journey taken you?
My journey has taken me from a shy little girl to one who sees so many possibilities. It has taken me from never showing my work to anyone, to exposing myself in national magazines, and now a book.
11. What challenges have you faced?
The challenges I face are very much like everyone's. Finding ways to get over procrastination, self-doubting, shadows, and rejections.
12. What worked for you?
Slow and steady wins the race!! I don't take myself to seriously, and I have found that if I like what I do it really doesn't matter if someone else doesn't. I do not compare myself to others anymore, bur rather let my uniqueness shine through.
13. What didn't work for you?
What did not work for me was trying to follow someone else's path. Trying to duplicate what they did and how they did it.
14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
15. What are you working on now?
I am working on several new books. One would be a workbook of self-discovery using mandala drawing. The other one, which is becoming quite a passion for me is a children's (of all ages!!) board book.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
This year I hope to see myself grow emotionally and spiritually. Having just passed the one year mark of losing my good husband to cancer I am looking forward to redefining who I am. Redefining what path I can walk down now. Redefining ME. I am also taking a dream trip to Paris, which I gave myself permission to do!
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
I desire to expose myself more in order to help others find their inner voice. My dream is to help women realize their potential by allowing them permission to follow their dreams and desires without guilt.
18. How will you make that happen?
I hope by continuing to expose myself will help others. By not being afraid to show the raw and vulnerable side of myself. Eventually doing workshops and/or retreats.
19. What question would you like to be asked (or are just itching to answer) that's not on this list?
What is the name of your book and what is it about?
What it's about: Have you ever felt like you know what you want and need to do, but you just don't do it? Yet, if you had permission you would jump and do it in a minute! Whether you want to open up a new door, start over, or ask for help, there are all kinds of permission slips in this colorful and inspiring new book to use when you just can't seem to give permission to yourself. I guarantee you are going to feel good when you use them! Creating the life you love will be much easier when you give yourself permission to do so. Start today with "Permission Slips For Your Heart and Soul."
20. What's your Web site and blog addresses?