To honour your soul is to accept yourself, to be courageous and vulnerable, to share your story with an open heart, to embrace life with all its complex forms.

Although fulfilled mentally for many years by her work as an inspector for the well-being of children, she felt her soul was dying from a lack of self expression. So she quit her job to connect to her soul without knowing how. She began searching for her own voice in the art world and quickly made a connection between her art and soul healing. As an artist her work stems from her personal chronology combined with research and games of imagination. She accepted her identity and upon her move to Cluj, Romania Ruth also mobilised an informal group called LES Sisterhood Cluj, the first group of LGBT women in Romania. Courage means vulnerability, said Brene Brown. It means to embrace all your uncomfortable feeling, to fully understand them and in the end to heal them in an authentic way. Courage is not a constant part of our lives and it does not come by itself. You must take decisions in a conscious way and assume them. You must believe in what you truly are and claim your place in the world, change the believes forced by your family, society, and break barriers, and build a world according to your vision. In the end Ruth challenged us to do a creative exercise answer the following: ‘But don’t I deserve it? Don’t I deserve to live freely, to express myself according to my own believes, to find out what I truly like and to walk with confidence towards my dreams.

About the speaker

Ruth Borgfjord was born and raised in Romania. Barely an adult she moved her entire life to Canada. Her first area of expertise is early childhood education which she acquired while studying there. She worked as a child care inspector for the government of Canada. Although fulfilled mentally for many years by her work as an inspector for the well-being of children, she felt her soul was dying from a lack of self expression. So she quit her job to connect to her soul without knowing how. After living in Canada for 12 years and 6 months in New Zealand, Ruth returned to Romania to go to school again where she graduated from the University of Art and Design Cluj. She began searching for her own voice in the art world and quickly made a connection between her art and soul healing. As an artist her work stems from her personal chronology combined with research and games of imagination. Upon her move to Cluj, Romania Ruth also mobilised an informal group called LES Sisterhood Cluj, the first group of LGBT women in Romania. From the first event several yeas ago - ‘Coming Out Stories’, to regular events of socialising, human rights advocacy and sharing life stories, Ruth has been a public promoter of courageous connections made by people to their souls, their purpose, their truth. Between her social activism and traveling around the world exhibiting her latest works of art, most recently Ruth wrote a book in Romanian called “Eu sunt fata. Pot sa fac orice” (I am a girl. I can do anything). Ruth is currently living and working out of Cluj, Romania together with her life partner.

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