Cynthia Soszka

Photographer, Minimalist, Serenity Warrior, & Mama of Spirited Boys 

Meet the Artist

I've always been very sensitive and concerned about the environment, even as a little girl. I used to save every scrap of used foil in a large ball under the sink to be recycled. My mom tells me that I used to cry myself to sleep worrying about how we were destroying our earth. Because of my sensitivity, I was easily overwhelmed by my surroundings.

I grew up in a very loud and chaotic home where we rushed from one thing to the next most days. I realize now that I'm an empath and the energy of those around me had a strong effect on my inner sense of peace and well being. 

I learned early on that I had a strong connection to this earth, and that I felt more in control and at peace when I was surrounded by nature, and more specifically water. I sought serenity daily, which often involved me staying at home away from crowds of people. 

In addition to water and solitude bringing me serenity, I also realized that I felt more in control and at peace when I had less clutter around me. So...I became a minimalist and the most organized person you may ever meet! My friends actually make fun of my perfectly organized "junk" drawer. 

When things start to pile up, or don't have a home, I feel overwhelmed and have trouble thinking clearly. For this reason I've always preferred to own less stuff and keep what I do have tucked away in cabinets so that I don't have to see the clutter. I'm obsessed with efficiency and dual purpose items, hence the functional art that hides the clutter. I designed this art box myself out of necessity because I couldn't find anything like it for sale. I cut, sand, and stain the wood, then my husband puts them together.  

I love using art as the medium to teach others how to cultivate serenity for themselves. My early work was focused on the theme of Serenity, while my newer work focuses on 'Transformation' and 'Serenity Amidst the Chaos'.

Serenity

Before I headed off to college at UC Davis, my dad gave me his 'old' Canon FT 35 mm film camera. I loved Ansel Adams and began taking black & white photos in an attempt to emulate his work. I quickly fell in love with the camera and began my journey as a photographer. 

One day after school ended, a friend and I wandered down to the Arboretum to relax and take some photos. It was then, taking photos of that beautiful place, that I realized I wanted to be a photographer some day. I felt the sense of chaos melt away and a feeling of serenity wash over me that I hadn't really experienced before. Ever since that day I've been drawn to photograph bodies of water because it's where I feel most serene and at home.

Transformation

I've been fascinated by the unique transformation of caterpillars into butterflies since the 5th grade, when we collected milkweed caterpillars and raised them into beautiful Monarch butterflies. So when I became a biologist after college, it wasn't surprising that butterflies were one of the things I loved to research and photograph.

The process of transformation that a caterpillar goes through is absolutely amazing! I feel like I went through a similar transformation when I became a mother. Before motherhood I struggled with depression, anger, anxiety, and had a severe lack of patience.

After having two spirited boys and many years of struggle, personal development, and meditation, I eventually learned how to cultivate serenity within myself no matter what was going on around me or with my children. I finally emerged as what I call a 'Serenity Warrior Mama' and photographing butterflies is a great reminder of how far I've come. 

Serenity Amidst the Chaos

During my painful transformation into motherhood I found myself reading every personal development book I could find. Eventually my search led me to a book called "Letting Go" by Dr. David R. Hawkins. I remember laying on my deck in the warm sun reading this book and knowing that it would change me forever. 

As I read, I realized that I had always been searching for peace and happiness outside of myself, when unbeknownst to me I had everything I needed already within me. You can imagine my surprise! I felt like I stumbled upon the Holy Grail. I finally knew how to find 'Serenity Amidst the Chaos' of my life. I started my business, What You Seek Is Within, shortly thereafter as a way to help other mamas learn this valuable skill. Finding ways to photograph this concept is a fun challenge. 

Fun Facts About Me

💙 I have a B.S. in Environmental Resource Science from UC Davis

💙 I have a close relationship with nature and have been a tree hugger all my life

💙 I dropped my best zoom lens in the pool on my honeymoon

💙 I consider myself an empath and love all types of energy healing

💙 I received my 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate just before my 40th birthday


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