“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but NEVER the goal.”
The Happy Viking
Since I started The Happy Viking in 2012, I’ve been down quite a few different paths, changed direction and tried various things. Sometimes things have worked and other times they have not. I’ve had some people tell me that I’m all over the place while others comment on how passionate, focussed and spontaneous I am. What I have learnt is that I can’t please everyone so it’s best for me to focus on what makes me happy; to be authentic – be myself and do what I love doing. Those who love what I do will follow me and those who don’t wont. It doesn’t matter.
We are all trying to find our purpose, our path, in life and I feel so grateful that I have found mine – “Keeping the Old Skills Alive”.
In the beginning, my focus for ‘Keeping the Old Skills Alive’ was purely about handcrafted leather. It was about producing wares the way they used to be made – with love, craftsmanship and attention to detail. For me it meant making unique pieces that would last a lifetime, creating from my heart and allowing time for each piece to develop, bringing out its own character and soul. What I wanted was to get away from today’s crazy consumerism and throw away society and to educate people about the value of handcraft – not just leather, but all craft.
I am just as passionate today, if not more, about these values however ‘Keeping the Old Skills Alive’ means so much more to me now than just handcrafted leather. Now there is a ‘bigger picture’ for me and, I guess, less fear about putting myself out there, doing other things – such as Rune readings, and whatever else comes my way.
Me – Elizabeth
Basically, I am a happy person. When I started Viking re-enactment in 2007, a friend said I couldn’t be a Viking because I’m always happy and Vikings don’t look like they are – hence The ‘Happy’ Viking! 🙂
There are definitely times when I’m angry or sad but most of the time I do feel happy. I am grateful for all that I have and where I am in my life. I feel blessed to be Mum to two beautiful teenage kids, a boy and a girl, to be living in beautiful Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland) and to have amazing friends and family.
I’m a big believer in Law of Attraction (what you focus on is what you get) and manifesting. I don’t believe that things magically appear – there’s definitely work that needs to be done but where your attention is focussed makes all the difference.
When I’m not doing leatherwork, being a Viking or doing Rune readings, I love to get into my garden, go to the beach (but not to sun bake), listen to music, read, walk, meditate, hang out with my friends and spend time with my beautiful little Bullie (miniature English Bullterrier) and our ratbag cat.
December 2017 marks moving into my 5th year in business! While ‘Keeping the Old Skills Alive’ is still my goal, I feel that my path this year is ‘balance’, in both parts of myself – The Happy Viking and Elizabeth. I’m not 100% sure what that means right now but I look forward to the new opportunities and connections that will this focus will bring!