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Ikigai, an Artist’s Mindset and Other Gems from Talking to Geetika Agrawal | UA75
Episode 7519th July 2022 • The Unlikely Artist • Graced Canvas
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Join me for this delightful interview with Geetika Agrawal, the founder of an incredibly creative-in-every-way platform, “Vacation With an Artist”. VAWAA, as Geetika calls it, connects 113 artists in 27 countries with people who’d like to spend a week with a master artist to learn about their craft and get a feel for their country and culture.

Geetika shares her own journey from architectural student in India to CEO of this international venture, which she manages from Manhattan.

Our conversation drifts from a discussion of “ikigai” (Japanese principles for how to feel more fulfilled), to pointers about how an artistic mindset can help you, to why Geetika believes artists are “the fingerprint of humanity”.

You can find Geetika by googling “vacation with an artist” or by going to Geetika has won several international awards, and her work has been featured in New York Times, SXSW, Artsy, National Geographic, CondeNastTraveler and more.


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.




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