The Heroine’s Journey of Lilith Hicks

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
​I love to create something from nothing, where I start with a selection of plain jump rings and create ​wearable art from them. The process is relaxing, meditative yet also challenging in designing new pieces.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness and contentedness is to live with my partner in a home of our own. To live comfortably together and pursue hobbies and interests whilst continuing to enjoy my work.
What is my greatest fear?
My greatest and strongest fears are to be alone and to live with any regrets.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I sometimes struggle to embrace change and will strive to relive and focus on the past, where I would do better to adapt and make the most of my situation. This leads to me having a desire to make things how they were, lately I’m trying to work on this trait and focus on the happiness that can be made or found in the present.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
If I had to choose anyone in particular I would choose my own mother, who taught me to make my own jewellery and regularly inspired me to try out different styles until I discovered my love for creating chainmaille jewellery. Without her I would never have started down this road.
What is my greatest extravagance?
I normally justify anything I buy as a necessity or something that will make life easier, I enjoy going out for dates with my partner at restraunts but my greatest extravagance is my Joe Satriani series Ibanez dream guitar. I had wanted one of these guitars since I first started playing at age 10, and 11 years later, I’ve managed to work hard and finally treat myself.
On what occasion would I lie?
I would only ever lie to protect a loved one or to plan a surprise for them.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Though it sounds cliche, I honestly can’t think of a single thing that I dislike about my work.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
In my work, I’m happier now than I’ve ever been 😊 I enjoy my work and am able to make a living from doing what I love.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
My inability to draw, no matter how much I practice, this seems to be something that I can never quite get the hang of…
What is my greatest achievement in work?
I personally consider my greatest achievement to be creating a business from something that I love doing, it never feels like work because I enjoy every minute of it.
Where would I most like to live?
Anywhere as long as it’s with my partner. Though I would quite like to live in a remote area or a forest as I grow older.
What is my most treasured possession?
My most treasured possession is my 17 inch tall Monster High Elissabat doll that I’ve wanted for months now and was fortunate enough to recieve as a christmas present in 2017. This is also somewhat of a guilty pleasure… 😣
What is my most marked characteristic?
My most obvious characteristic, both to those who know me and at first sight would have to be my love of fashion. I love clothes… as long as they’re black. I think my openly gothic style and penchant for dressing up would definitely have to be my most marked characteristic.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Behind my parents’ house, about a 10 minute walk away is a beautiful and enchanting forest that could easily have been a location for The Lord of the Rings movies. I regularly explore and walk in this forest and take time to reflect, whilst enjoying the atmosphere of being a part of nature. As a pagan I find it very important to connect with nature regularly, and living so close to such a perfect place affords me this opportunity.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
As I live in quite a secluded area I actually prefer to cook and bake my own food in my own kitchen but my partner and I like to go to restraunts from time to time. A mutual, though not so exciting, would be subway.
What books influenced my life and how?
The works of Terry Pratchett have always been my favourites to read and regularly re-read. I was very young when I read my first book by Terry Pratchett and it had a significant effect on my development, in particular one of his books mentions a witch who uses the “Power of Boffo”, it turns out that this witch’s magic all came from her appearance and the way she carried herself, this taught me that first impressions and the way we carry ourselves is immensely important.
Who are my favorite writers?
Emily Rodda, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Bill Whelan’s Caoineadh cu Chulainn, a lovely lament on the Uilleann pipes. Although with my sense of humour it would likely be Marilyn Manson’s Four Rusted Horses… “Everyone will come, everyone will come, to my funeral to make sure that I stay dead”… 😁
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Tiffany Aching from the Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett is my heroine. A 9 year old girl that overcomes most of her challenges by sheer willpower and stubbornness. She learns the ways of her grandmother and becomes the witch of her land… after hitting a terrifying monster in the face with a frying pan.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Joe Satriani, The Game Grumps, Kate Bush, Anne Rice, Terry Pratchett and Margaret Heafield Hamilton are my heroes and heroines in no particular order.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Interview with the Vampire. One of my favourite films and gives a strange perspective on entirely new situations that we would never normally think of.
What role plays art in my life and work?
I’m a lover of art and creativity and would find things bleak and bland without art. A favourite quote of mine is “You can’t have Earth without (E)art(h).”
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My partner, we are a team and without her a huge source of my inspiration would be gone.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?
I would like to send my jewellery to be modelled by some of my favourite gothic models including Manic Moth, Magda Corvinus and Valentin Van Porcelaine.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?
There are no people in particular that come to mind as my jewellery is relatively unique, however there are thousands of talented jewellers in the world and I would love to meet people with different styles of work.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?
In 2017 I started creating a pair of chainmaille earrings in a Dragonscale weave style, I loved this pattern so much that I decided to make a full bracelet or necklace in this pattern, this piece will be a very large project and I’m looking forward to working on it. 
 
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
On my etsy shop under Zedek Creations, my website at www.zedekcreations.com, instagram @zedekcreations, facebook/zedekcreations and in 14 shops across wales.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I feel like these words mean a similar thing to “You’re only as old as you feel”. A person who is passionate will always remain passionate throughout their lives, and that passion for life is ageless.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Catherine Jacobs Rose, my love, inspiration and a fantastic artist. My mother Anna Hicks, who first taught me to make my own jewellery. And Stefania Russo, another fantastic artist and friend.
How can you contact me?
Instagram: @zedekcreations
Facebook: /zedekcreations
Etsy: Zedek Creations

Here follows a message of Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey 

Spring Journey

eatpraylovebigstill (2)Wednesday 14th March – Sunday 18th March

The best of The Heroine’s Journey condensed into a single, unforgettable week.

The Heroine’s Journey is a global organisation dedicated to teaching skills not covered by the regular education system – skills that develop storytelling intelligence and encourage psychological well-being for creative professionals.  The Spring Journey brings together the very best in our storytelling.

We will cover such themes as how to make money doing what you love, how to promote your business, which is you, how to choose our partners more wisely, how to make relationships last, how to find and create your dreamjob by meeting your rolemodels and making testdrives, how to manage your time and organize yourself creativitely, how to focus on our creative goals, how to have the financial freedom to create and how to more regularly experience creative flow and happiness.

You’ll embark on a rich and enlightening voyage, discovering how to make lasting, meaningful change across every aspect of your creative life. By working within a fixed group led by Peter de Kuster over the week, you’ll dive deeper than would be possible in any single daytrip. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences.

The Journey is ideal for those seeking a more meaningful, transformative vacation; for attendees of our daytrips who now wish to take a structured journey through our expertly curated material; and for those wishing to save time in the long run by working through the dilemmas of creative life, business, passion, and your own story in a single, high intensity week.

Blending tuition, exercises, meeting with stories of rolemodels, and discussion in journeys in a world city, each day of the Spring Journey will equip you with tools and strategies to help you find answers for your creative life’s big questions.

Join us for a truly transformational vacation for the mind in Rome

Ticket costs Euro 1250 excluding VAT per person, includes all teaching, materials, light refreshments & additional activities.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

DAILY TIMETABLE

09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival

10.00     Morning Session

13.00     Lunch Break

14.00     Afternoon Session

17.00     Drinks

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the Spring Journey itinerary.

“You are the Storyteller of Your Own Creative Life. You can Create Your Own Legend – Or Not” – Peter de Kuster

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Spring Journey Itinerary

Day One: The first day of the Spring Journey is designed to equip us with the core skills of The Heroine’s Journey and Storytelling. We will learn the power of the story we tell ourselves, why our minds have a hard time understanding themselves, how to map and understand our passions, and how and why we characteristically respond to them.

Day Two: The second day of the Spring Journey takes us on a structured journey around the power of your story as creative professional.  Creative flow is always in essence a mental phenomenon, it is a result of ideas- and a story you tell yourself therefore relies on having to hand a raft of enriching stories about your business, your money management, your self promotion and your time management that can be called upon in moments of truth. The day begins with a Heroine’s Journey Breakfast – considering what three of the greatest creative heroines of all time have as story about the art of creative living wisely and well.

Day Three: The third day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to choose our clients and business partners wisely and make our relationships last. One of the gravest errors we make around business relationships is to imagine that they aren’t things we can get wiser or better at. On this day we will learn to practise and rehearse our skills at working with the people who can help you further your creative business (clients and business partners like agents, publishers, marketing professionals etcera). In the evening, we will attend a Storytelling Dinner in a local restaurant – learning to overturn small talk and master the art of opening up our deepest stories.

Day Four: The fourth day of the Spring Journey teaches us how to achieve our creative career potential. We will employ storytelling tools to be better able to understand our creative talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Day Five: The final day of the Spring Journey explores new business opportunities and markets for you to as creative professional. Many of the challenges we encounter in modern life require us to develop creative solutions to complex problems. And even when we’re not tackling big problems, continuously improving the way we live using invention and imaginative strategy is deeply important.

You can reach Peter for a skype meeting about questions you have by mailing him at peterdekuster@hotmail.nl 

 

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