Elena's story 

I grew up in a traditional Greek family. As with all Mediterraneans there's always a pre-planned agenda for any daughter. Once married and with children of their own, the daughter can work from home and juggle being a house wife, mother, lover and provider for everyone.

When I told my mother at the age of 13 years old I was going to be an Artist she looked at me and said “That's not a job for a girl - no good, no money!” I looked at her astonished and said “Then how can I express my creation? What do I do with all this passion, this wisdom and knowledge that burns inside of me?” It was unknown to me where it was coming from but I couldn't wait to express it. She said “Ah…then you must become a hairdresser!”

I was in despair as a hairdresser was nowhere near becoming an artist. My mother encouraged me to train at the school of Vidal Sassoon as all great hairdressers who trained there could work anywhere in the world and I could still work this around my family life. It seemed a reasonable compromise.

I thoroughly embraced the hairdressing world and was flying high after my training. I was fortunate enough to get work for television and films working with celebrities and models, earning a high salary and travelling the world. You would think I would be content bursting with happiness but 'no ' voices In my head were constantly saying ' there's more .... Time is ticking .... Find your truth , what you came here to do .... 

It was in my twenties after my first daughter that something occurred, maybe a chemical reaction, or a calling. I never knew what the longing was, the emptiness, the feeling of time running out. I had so much to achieve, to learn and to experience. I had so many questions but also felt deep unhappiness. In my life I have always followed my heart if something has  felt right at the time, then I have honoured that feeling . Sometimes it has got me hurt and brought me to my knees with despair and anguish and other times it has opens doors after doors , new opportunity's have come flooding my way . I have always trusted my Intuition . 

Even though I had it all materialistically I still felt lost. I felt I hadn't found my vocation or purpose. It seemed I was searching in all the wrong places. During that process I got hurt and so did my loved ones, because I just couldn't settle. 

Finally, after years of Searching I had enough of feeling lost and decided to take up yoga as all my other options had failed to bring me any fulfilment . I thought I would try something different as I was always living in the fast lane.

It was at that point for the first time in my life I felt connected to something, to Source and a world I had been searching for and knew existed. There I met my first teacher Amanda Hart. She was an inspiration, enlightening me and giving me the knowledge and tools to activate my fullest potential, to understand so much more than I thought could be possible. Soon to follow was an incredible beacon of light a yoga Master called David Sye , his words of wisdom and knowledge about life and who we are still remain deep within my heart and soul  , always guiding me to be my authentic true self . There was one angel after another walking into my life just at the right time to help me with my spiritual journey . I could feel my world changing irreversibly all for the highest good.

I had finally awoken and it was shown to me that our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens. It is not what life brings to us, but the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. It is only with Love and compassion we can truly surrender to our path . 

Something astonishing then took place during a meditation I had. It was a vision of a blue Goddess. She took my hand and lead me into the spirt world and I felt like the whole Universe had wrapped its arms around me and I had never felt love like that before.  

After this profound experience I decided to paint the Goddess as she was so powerful. A creative urge for art had woken in me and from that moment onwards I painted one creation after another. I was channelling ancient symbolism, ancient wisdom and was honouring the Divine feminine by painting beautiful Goddesses. 

After a year of painting, I was offered my first exhibition in Space Gallery in Old Street, London. I can't tell you the joy this brought to my heart as at last I felt like an appreciated artist. My children were in awe of their crazy but very loving mummy. Looking at my art they could see their mummy's depths and start to understand who I truly was , not just a mother but also a creator and individual . I do believe until this day both the girls have been influenced to excel in their own creativity through writing and artistic expression . This makes me so proud to be witness . 

After a couple of years of painting, I continued on my spiritual quest 'travelling to India and many other spiritual destinations , experiencing the most profound and extraordinary events , I trained to a master level in Reiki , Indian head massage and cleansing of the light body and hot stones massage . I was  evolving with my healing practice, learning from master after master , building my own thoughts and ideas what worked for me and what didn't . 

It was  a long  10 year process, not without its drawbacks. Sadly, I drifted apart from my husband. We were on two different paths and divorced amicably, finding separate homes to raise our children in the best way possible. I moved to a very unique area near Forty Hall, which suited my new found life style and and moved into a sweet little cottage with the most amazing energy and space for us all to flourish . 

I have been fortunate in the last five years to have shown my paintings in some wonderful venues to be appreciated by all , 'but I must say in 2015 I had a wonderful exhibition in the Black Barn of Forty Hall which was magical. You can see from the photos the ambience and space really suited my paintings. 

Today I live the life I was meant to enjoy, combining all the wonderful things I love to do. My hairstyling doesn't make me feel oppressed any more , instead I see it as a wonderful social platform to interact with my lovely clients who teach me so much, we share so many inspirations in one appointment , laughter , joy , sometimes sorrow and sadness but this is were all my spiritual work can help relieve some pain for them, they also have the option of healing treatments to go along with their wellbeing .  

reflecting on life ! 

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“If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
Vincent Van Gogh

A man asked Lord Buddha “I want happiness.”

Lord Buddha said first remove “I” that’s ego. 

Then remove “Want” that’s desire. 

See now you are left with only “Happiness.”