Deeply touched by the going-ons in the world, puzzled by the whys and the hows, Elina Puohiniemi aka elinap is mesmerized by all of it and does her best to capture the beauty, simplicity and wisdom it holds with her pen.
Elina lives in Finland, goes to nature walks daily in the nearby forest (Well, Finland is mostly forest, so they are near everywhere) enjoys her slow and minimalistic lifestyle as a mom of two boys and a wife of one awesome husband. But even though her life is simple outside, the world inside her head and heart are filled with imagination and thoughts, thoughts, thoughts and that’s mostly not simple at all. So she draws to gain clarity.
She easily forgets to take care of her body and basic needs when in creative flow, so sometimes there’s more to love in her (or around her belly actually) but one thing she never forgets is the guidance of her heart when big decisions are to be made. That’s when she has always relentlessly followed her heart and has found out that that is the path to happiness for her.
She is an educated artist and certified life coach with decades of experience with childcare that happens in a forest. But let us now begin this monologue that we here call an interview…
Okay so here we go, Elina, what would you like to write about yourself here?
You already told some stuff about yourself in the intro, so we can dive right in, after all we are here to get to know Mira(cle)Doodles on a deeper level – How would you describe the five characters shortly?
Sandy as her best friend is someone who makes Mira less alone and shows her how to interact with others more lovingly.
Ego the Lizard, ah, he is sometimes the cutest and the best but also the worst slap in my face when I realize how he *again* is up to no good what comes to my higher purpose in life. But I must say that without him there wouldn’t be as many juicy doodles… (I can see that there were juicier ones in the beginning when he was out there more, explaining my ego to me.)
Miracles are something I often forget to pay attention to and ask for, but whenever I sing my unique song they start to appear behind the next corner and that is the sweetest thing.
Heart and soul – I know those two can be two different concepts, but I like it when it’s simple and they too are one. That said, sometimes our heart aches because our ego creates illusions for her. Illusions that our soul would consider only as something we needed to experience on our soul path anyway. So I try to refer to the soul more with my heart doodles, but sometimes she can be more under the influence of the ego – And so she brings a different message with her at those times. When her message comes purely from the deep well of creativity it brings a feeling of relief with it. And those other times I guess it provokes other emotions that touches your heart in other ways.
What about your other characters?
The Universe – I think that is a hard one to interview as it is the place where life occurs, the ultimate life force and the reason behind this all. Mike Dooley does a great job at tut.com and I love his Notes from the Universe.
The grey horse represents our mind and it is but a vehicle for our heart and ego, so I think our mind doesn’t have a mind of its own, so that can’t be interviewed in Mira(cle)Doodles..
Birds represent emotions in some of my doodles and I let them sing their song, but didn’t start interviewing each emotion separately, that would be very interesting though.. How would your Happiness answer to you if you asked your Happiness questions?
Lily is someone who has appeared just a couple of times representing forgiveness and pure light as a person who has mastered those.
Mira’s mom has been there a couple of times and I have written some stories of Mira’s life from her earlier days for my own entertainment (they are not published).
Then there are two boys and even a man appearing sometimes and most of the times they are helping Mira to express something what families, mothers and couples experience.
One of my characters is Facebook’s letter F and that I’ve needed to have in my doodles a couple of times when I’ve been puzzled by my feelings toward social media.
What else… I looove rainbows! For me those represent a path to happiness, something that is lit up by hope for the future and tell us how change is possible as well as miracles.
What purpose have your doodles served in your life?
This healing path is a curvy one or should I say mountainous one with deep gorges in between, so sometimes I am feeling very light and sometimes I doodle from the darkness. I have posted some of my shadow doodles on my website.
What inspires you?
Okay then the most frequently asked question here – how do you create the doodles?
So you’re a professional artist, can you explain why Mira’s looks change so much from picture to picture?
How did it feel to read all the other character interviews?
Ooh, that sounds like a huge adventure is unfolding for you to get to know her better. But so far who’s your favorite character?
What character frustrates you the most?
What are your plans for the future?
And last but not least.. What’s your advice for adults who would like to connect more with their inner children and be more creative?
And as you have noticed above I have three inner children: Mira, Sandy and Elwira. One is for my core enneagram type, the other is for my wing when she’s stressed out and then one is for the type I go to when I’m the most stressed out. It’s easier to observe them as separate children – And I do love to hang out with little people, so that makes sense even more!
Ha! And one more – Tell us your motto
Fill in with what comes to mind first.
The purpose of life is… To live and learn. (And teach the Universe)
What brings me the most joy is… Looking my loved ones deep in their eyes and smile.
What sucks the most… Being stuck with the same challenges for years.
Favorite color is… Rainbow.
Favorite animal is… Dogs.