I’m HIRA.

I’m a Multi-Passionate Artist and a Creative Coach who likes to explore the realms of design, painting, writing, and photography. I’m learning to navigate life imperfectly and unapologetically. I write about cultivating courage and creativity slowly and intentionally and showing up as the most authentic and unapologetic version of ourselves.

We are oh so worthy of living a creative life on our own terms, in our own time and in our own unique, messy and human way.

I believe, owning our stories and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

And here’s a little bit about my story…

After graduating I worked with multiple renowned brands and multi-national companies for 5 years but corporate design demands left me unfulfilled deep down. I decided to take the charge and design a creative life that I’d love living on my own terms and in my own way.

(If you are interested in reading the raw, unedited long version of how I started my blog and this business – Click here!)

A few years back, my husband & I decided to move across continents.  We are living a little farther away from the big city life of Copenhagen.

I heart creativitythe creative process, and the freedom of expression. I am an advocate of designing our lives intentionally on our own terms in a way that feels right for us.

Few things I love: Spending time in nature, drinking tea, painting, reading books, planning, and organizing, traveling around the world, meeting new people and listening to their stories and learning from their experiences.

  • I’m a massive introvert (INFJ!) and socially awkward human being.
  • I also recognize myself as HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)
  • Enneagram Type 4 and a Rebel on Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies.

My Values

Connection
As Brene Brown said, connection is what we are here for. I believe in speaking our truth, listening and figuring out ways we can be of service in. Sharing our hopes, stories, and ideas and learning from each other’s stories and experiences. Connection to me is also about making others feel safe, seen and heard and less alone in their journey.

Intuition
Interacting with the world from a place of intuition and the kind of self-belief that everything we need, all the answers are already within us if we let ourselves tune in and listen to our feelings around how does it makes us feel and what feels right and what doesn’t, what brings us joy and what doesn’t. It is about listening and allowing ourselves to want what we want and how we want to feel.

Integrity
I believe in showing up in the world from a place of integrity, sharing our truth out loud with honesty and holding high standards when it comes to transparency and authenticity.

Courage and Vulnerability
I value cultivating and practicing courage even when it is hard, especially when it is hard. Risking failure and showing up despite feeling afraid and practicing vulnerability.

Simplicity

Being fully present at the moment, focusing your attention on what’s truly essential and reducing the noise.

Creativity
Creativity is how we add value to the world by bringing things into it, creating the art we want to see in the world. Choosing joy and doing things for the joy of it. Falling in love with the process and sharing our creations with the world bravely as we owe it to the world.

Storytelling
I firmly believe that every story is important whether it is mine or anyone else’s and stories are the means to connect and add value to the life of others as well as ours. Stories are how we connect. They can become the means of leaving people a little better than I first found them.

Freedom
Everyone has a right and freedom to make his/her own mistakes, have opinions and choose to do things differently if that’s their truth. I believe in freeing ourselves from the expectation to be put in well rounded perfect boxes and I believe, we can be more in tune with ourselves and our creative work if we let go of the shoulds in life and follow our heart and our curiosities.

Truth
I believe in living your truth out loud. Always speaking the truth to others but much more to ourselves. Your version of the truth is as much worthy as any other version. It is important to speak it and live it out loud.

I help overwhelmed creatives in finding their focus, cultivating courage and creativity, slowly and intentionally and in coming up with an action plan to gain more freedom, confidence to create the art they were born to create and in living their truth out loud.

I help creatives in…

  • Self-discovery
  • Gaining creative confidence
  • Clarity, focus and direction
  • Falling in love with the Creative Process
  • Working their way through the roadblocks and limiting self-beliefs

I’m wildly passionate about holding space for creatives like myself and helping them live their truth out loud in a way that feels right for them. Through my own personal journey, I’ve come to deeply understand aspects of the creative process and how creatives can cultivate the courage and the mindset that’s needed to push past limitations and find the connection back to themselves and their art. You can find out more about my approach through my blog.

I believe, owning our stories and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.

What people are saying

About #OURSTUDIOTIME Coaching Calls

 

“Hira is very friendly and I felt like I was talking to someone I’ve known for a long time who can truly understand a lot of what I’m going through. I’ve been stuck in my head a lot, not putting my thought out there, being able to connect with a fellow creative on a deeper level was huge. It made me feel like I’m not alone in my insecurities and doubts. It gave me more confidence and reassurance that I am on the right track.

One important thing to know if you are considering working with Hira is that she is not about trying to get someone to change who they are but rather develop into their best self. Hira brings a great level of sincerity and also a desire for her client to be unapologetically true to themselves.

Her advice was practical and definitely achievable. Her suggestions were very realistic for me to use and were perfectly catered to my needs and abilities. I was able to implement her tips on how to organize myself better immediately.

A valuable insight for me was this mindset shift during our call that ‘not having a thing can be my thing!’. This was a game changer for me as I’ve always suffered from guilt about not sticking with one specific medium. Also, the reminder that many successful people don’t have degrees helped alleviate my self-doubts about my abilities.

I really wanna emphasize her sincerity and the ability to connect on a deeper level as a creative and her understanding of my struggles were great. She turned the negative things I mentioned about my issues and made me see ways I can view them from a positive perspective instead.

In short, Hira is an amazing coach to work with and have by your side as you figure things out.”

– JOELLE KAY THOMPSON

 

“Before the call, I was hesitating as I felt like this could possibly be a painful process.  I knew I had some deep blocks when it comes to creativity and I wasn’t sure I was ready to explore them.  Also, I felt Hira looked very young and I worried that since I am much older than her she may not have anything valuable for me – I was so very wrong about that!

After the call, I feel like I have a plan and am ready to make some progress in my creativity.  I feel a bit “lighter” about things and ready to start reconnecting to myself and my creative process. The BEST thing was that I immediately felt like Hira understood what I was going through and never once felt I was being judged or criticized in any way.  It was such a comfortable conversation – like chatting with a friend, working through a problem. Hira understands clearly what creativity is all about and know’s the things that can block us.  She has a way of zeroing in on what we are saying to ourselves that is keeping us from creating in a joyful way and has a way of reframing those things that feel comfortable and not overwhelming. I will definitely recommend Hira as a Creative Mentor. I think Hira is the kind of person that really cares about people and knows how important it is for creatives to be creative with joy and not with judgment.  You can tell she takes her work seriously but she brings a lightheartedness to it at the same time. I am just so grateful to have found Hira and feel like I have a plan in place.  I feel, for the first time a very long time that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to her.”

– TRACIE HODGSON

 

“Before our call, I was not sure how much value I’d get out of it and also, there was the kind of insecurity that comes up when you are meeting someone you’ve never met before to discuss such intimate details about yourself which were quickly put to rest by your warmth and smile. I love your energy! Hira is such a great listener, and she deeply understood my struggles and was able to help me find solutions. I never felt any judgment from her. And I loved her gift for taking my bullshit excuses and helping me to see them for what they are, just excuses. And amazing advice for actionable steps to put into place.

After our call, I’ve created a yearly planner and I am sticking to the goals and it gives me such a great overview of the year and a monthly breakdown of what I can be accomplishing. 100% thanks to Hira’s recommendation to get a better overview, look at the bigger picture, and identify and to define my non-negotiables.

Huge win for me would be better focus and objectivity to start the things that originally felt huge and overwhelming. I’m working on getting automated systems in place so I can focus better on the thing that I love doing, creating art.

I love working with Hira and appreciate her so much. Her organizational skills are legendary. Her patience and kindness are wonderful. I always come away from a call inspired and motivated to get things done. Hira is just brilliant at problem-solving! I could not recommend working with Hira enough. Her counsel is complementary to an artist like me, no matter the industry you’re in.”

– JOY CARONI

 

“Before our call, I was skeptical about the results and wondering if Hira could really help me. During the call her insights and powerful questions made me realize quite a few things that I was holding on to, which were making me feel frustrated with the creative process itself and I was undermining myself in a way.

After our call, I found myself feeling frustrated with my creative process again, so I remembered and implemented her advice and got through it much faster and easier. I am able to achieve a better attitude and understanding of my creative process. The best thing was “An action plan!” And being able to run my issues by someone else who would understand and guide me. The most important thing about working with Hira and my highest recommendations are based on the fact that she listens, she is focused during the session and creates an awesome personalized action plan. My best takeaways were: “so what? I am going to do this anyway” and “clarity comes from action”.

– BARB ROEHLER

 

“Hira is supportive, encouraging and insightful. Her approach was focused, collaborative and gentle. With this one call, I learned to be in conversation with myself in a different way that led to trusting myself and the process more. Talking out my fears, shame and confronting my struggles with Hira by my side helped me a lot. She created the right kind of space for me to flow in – it was especially helpful in the time of confusion and overwhelm.

I felt immediately motivated to take action, focused and centered, and, most of all, without being hard on myself and very much supported and understood in my struggles. The morning after I started writing my morning pages with very much ease, less resistance than expected! That was already a relief. I felt confident about the direction to move forward in.

I am redefining creativity on my terms, I am trusting myself more in my expression, I feel more focused and motivated in being able to do my thing. I flow more easily in my body, too! I started a conversation around creativity and what creativity is for me, how it would feel good for me. I also already started to explore and express myself more. I immediately started thinking of my next action steps and felt relaxed about thinking of and planning a structure around my work week, which was one of my biggest struggles so far.

It was everything I needed and beyond my expectations! I felt understood and had practical tools and great advice. I felt safe to open up and guided throughout the entire call. Our one call together made all the difference for me! A truly valuable investment. The accountability, support and having a detailed written document to go back to, it’s really valuable, especially because I could see where I was before and am at after”.

– NADIA DEA MARIA

 

“Hira guided me with the information I gave her and asked the perfect questions. By the end of the mentoring session, I had actionable steps and a clearer understanding of what I needed to focus on. I am excited to see what else she has to offer & I will definitely recommend her. I did not think clarity would come that way!”

– SIERRA CASHER

 

“Hoping on an intensive call with Hira gave me much more clarity right away. Hira is sweet and very clear. Before the call, I was feeling overwhelmed and demotivated to even pursue my life-long dream of acting. I was curious to find out if Hira could help me see things differently. After the call, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling more clear on my action steps and which direction I want to go in. I liked that her focus was on cultivating and nourishing creativity.

I would recommend Hira if you are feeling overwhelmed and lost. However, I would probably need a few more sessions to get a full picture and benefit from the coaching. Resources sheet and action plan were great to dive deeper.”

– AMANDA MAAG

 

“I had never heard about such a thing as a “creativity coaching” before so I had absolutely no idea what to expect but I was intrigued to find out. I had a big Aha Moment when I realized that what I have been going after for two years could be something I actually didn’t really want and I owe it to Hira for asking deeper questions and for making me think. I had to stop and contemplate what is it I actually really want! Hira is super friendly down to earth girl and it was easy to open up to her. I liked the fact that she sent me the action plan and relevant resources also that it didn’t finish just with the call but I got to share my progress afterward and that she held me accountable for the things we discussed during our session together.”

– GABRIELA

What people are saying

About the Design Services

 

“Villa Blide Course Center has had the pleasure of having Hira in practice as a Communications Officer and Graphic Designer for 6 months. Hira has helped us in the making Villa Blide’s design manual and has made the best of business cards, brochures, roll-up banners for trade shows, product magazines, etc. all with an ethereal and professional expression. Hira has also rolled us into the social channels like Instagram and Facebook while she has maintained and developed our website. I give Hira the best recommendations – both her personality and professionalism will make every workplace good. She is an ambitious team player who works hard and focused on the tasks she is doing. Hira is curious and her creative soul has a great desire to learn – what her Danish knowledge is a clear expression of – I am impressed and respectful!”

– PIA KOKHOLM

 

“I have used the expertise from Hira doing graphic design for my flyers, postcards, banners etc. Hira has a profound aesthetic sense, comes up with great solutions for the graphics and always finishes on time. My highest recommendations to Hira.”

– HANNA SNORRADOTTIR

“Hira is fantastic! She is hyper-responsive, an excellent artist and extremely flexible to changes that happen in the creative process. Her work is phenomenal. Highly recommended for any fun, the business artwork you may need.”

– PARRIS WELLS