I’VE REALIZED MAJORITY OF DECISIONS are made because the heart just wants them—even with something as minor as selecting a music album to play in the background to certainly life-changing ones that lead to transitions.
Take Steven Tan: with the same ambition and drive he used to attain his position as the Senior Vice-President of SM Supermalls, he takes charge of the design in his minimalist home. From the designer pieces that serve as the centerpieces of each room to the hand-painting job needed to transform found furniture into conversation-starting items, he lets his taste guide him, deciding by feel what would be best with no rush to reach the end result. As it is, his house is already a marvel—and he’s not yet even done with it.
Listening to your gut feel is different from simply wanting things to go your own way. It takes self-awareness to know what you truly feel inside, and plenty of skill and creativity to follow through. Our cover girl Pam Gonzales Lopez understands this. Despite the lack of encouragement she got to pursue her artistic inclination as a child, she didn’t deny her creativity for long. It was fashion or bust, and so right after high school graduation, she left for Manila armed with her dreams and became a respected name in the fashion industry and a source of knowledge in all its aspects. Now, she’s trying her hand out in home furniture and interior design, a new project that also speaks of her creative spirit. “It’s in my DNA to create and discover things,” she tells us, and we believe her.
With this issue, I’d like to encourage you to do more listening to your heart, to pay more attention to what moves your spirit. Whether it’s finding the best supplement to help keep your skin in good form, adding something new and exciting to your home to make it more enjoyable and livable, or even booking a ticket to somewhere you’ve never been—try Bolivia, as seen in our exploRED story on page 26, it looks fantastic—I say, go for it.
People say that the heart wants what it wants. They also say, follow your heart. I hope you do too, with the right intentions.