Those of you who have met me or visit here often know I strongly believe in messages from the universe and that we are all connected, we just don’t know how most of the time.
I often say “there’s no such thing as just a coincidence,” “there’s a reason this has happened”, or certain people may come into your life for a reason. It’s all part of the grand plan of life, we just cant always connect it at the time.
Well I HAVE to tell you this
little recent encounter in my virtual world.
Whilst in the UK, (on July 4th to be exact), I was chatting to my brother about art, blogs and other fun internet snippets (hes a talented artist beginning his own artful journey). I told him that I often google myself just to see what comes up! (Do you guys do this? If not, try it, it can be an eye opener!) Well I did just this, usually I get my facebook
, blog, flickr
, my artshop
and a few other fun things pop up and also someone else who shares my name who works at greenpeace.
WELL. This time around when I googled “Louise Gale Artist” I found another “Louise Gale Artist” who lives in Cornwall, South West England. I did a double take at the computer, then thought “A relation?”….so I click and discover a glorious site
of prints being sold for just One Pound. (a cool dream she has to sell 1 million of them to be exact!).
Now, printmaking is something I’ve been longing to get back into (I bought all my lino cut supplies a few months ago) so when I saw the pretty images on here, my eyes lit up and my heart began to beat faster! I then discover Louise is married to Peter so she isnt a relation, but maybe he is! So my brother and I wow at it, laugh a little about me having a name twin and continue to talk about his art, thinking no more will come of this discovery. (below is one of the cute prints on Louise in Cornwall’s website)
So, fast forward, I’m back in the USA, launching the “Creative Color Challenge
” on my facebook page
this past Tuesday, when I see “Louise Gale likes” my page. Sooooo, realizing this is the same person I found, I decide to send a friend request through fb with a note. We get chatting and laugh virtually through facebook, how funny it is having the same name AND both being artists. She had found me a few months ago, when, yes you guessed it! she googled “Louise Gale Artist” to see if her website came up! 🙂
Freaked out yet? Well, there’s more……
We then started talking about artschool and uni. I explain that eventhough I live in the USA, I’m actually British born, grew up just outside London and went to Croydon College to study art, before specializing in ceramics in the “Potteries”.
Louise writes back to me immediately and says “Louise, you are not going to believe this…..I studied graphic design at Croydon College in 1989”. “OMG” i reply, “I studied general art & design there in 1989”. We were literally a floor apart for two years studying different forms of art, but never met (that we recall)
HOW ABOUT THAT?
Maybe we stood in the elevator together as we planned our day of art in our heads or passed in the corridor.
I just know there must be more, so I’ll keep you posted, but what do you think?
Coincidence? No, I think not.
Maybe something is telling me to get going on an idea I had back in March? hmmmmm. Its so funny because for the past 6 months or so, I’ve been meeting alot of other Louise’s….was this just prodding and preparing me! (yes I know some may think that’s crazy talk!) It’s certainly woken me up a little. Whatever the reason, the universe has decided…..NOW is the time for us to meet.
It is funny and a little freaky to chat to yourself. (LOL).
I’ve often said to friends that I’d love to look down over a span map of my life and see times and dates when paths crossed over the years with people that you know now. I have made a few other discoveries of friends ive met here in the US, that were in the same place, same time years ago in another country, but we didn’t physically meet, just passed as strangers in the crowd, not realizing that one day we would call each other friend.
Have you had encounters or discoveries like this?
P.S. Serendipity is one of my favourite words of all time. 🙂
MIss Louise, not that it is of the same sort, but today I posted about SYNCHRONICITY. I totally believe in it being more than just a coincidence. There is poetry in life and we are destined to seek it out and make beauty of it. http://get-stuff-done.blogspot.com/2010/07/synchroncity-with-lulu-and-lampshades.html
I had never heard of this band, then next day I am watching them play all by pure coincidence…. xx I LOVE your Louise Gale story!! am off to google moyra scott artist!!
Life is so full of magic and mystery! I do believe that what a person wants, whether it be friends, opportunities, abundance, etc., it's already there in front of you waiting for the moment you are ready to receive it. This has happened in my life so many times! How fun for you to be ready NOW and have even more abundance come into your life! What a beautiful planet we live on…loved your story today and am looking forward to hearing how it grows 🙂
goosebumps as i read this!
i LOVE serendipity! showing us we're in the flow! we're on the path! yippee!!
What a wonderful story! I love when things like this happen…gifts from the universe I call them. How cool is that! Now I just have to google my name to see who I find. Love this!
Fabulous story! Serendipity is one of my all time favorite words too! Synchronicities happen in my life all the time and when I pay attention it is a daily occurrence. Thank you for sharing your story. I loved it!
looooooved that story
how awesomely wonderful!
that is an AWESOME story!!
and i love the word "serendipity" too =-)
LOVE this Louise! Thank you for sharing the story… too much fun!
I completely agree with you. We are all connected in some way… six degrees of separation. Synchronicity for sure! What a wonderful story that is. I can't wait to hear how continues.
Wow! No I don't think this is a coincidence at all. I've never had anything exactly like your situation happen but once I was chatting with a guy over the internet. We were talking about art and teaching. He had just begun teaching art. I asked where he was teaching and it just so happened that he was teaching in the same school, the same room that I used to teach in back in my home town. That guy is now my husband! I think there were many times that we may have crossed paths without knowing it before. We are very psychically connected that we must have been drawn to the same things at some time.
OMG, this is such an amzing story! Oh yes life is really fully of surprises! I have not enconter such situaion but i did really enjoy reading your story! Guess when such a time comes i won't freak out too much. Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!
hey! its sponch (katemess) from CL. just started following you =)
What a great story, and yes, I too believe we are all connected for a reason. Serendipity, just watched the movie again a few weeks ago…so love that word.
Can't wait to hear more!
Hehe. It is all very odd. The people that have left comments here aren't the only ones looking forward to seeing how this grows. I am too! I'm sure we will keep you all posted.
Louise (Gale!) x
That's really cool:) The whole story and then the story of her and her husband selling the prints for 1 pound with a goal of a million. I love it! I just became inspired!
WOW! That is simply amazing! And sooo cool! I can't wait to find out what is going to happen with this…something special I bet. Maybe it's just destined that you were to become friends…or even more…Louise Gale squared.
what an amazing story!!! And I absolutely love things like this and have them happen frequently!!!
Although I am not called Louise (but my sister is!) and although I didn't go to Croydon College in 1989, I did teach Art Theory there about 2 years ago! So that's quite close 🙂
What a great idea she had too to sell prints for a pound each and reach a million!
Great to see what you are up to and I hope to come and visit soon and bring a bit of the UK with me! 😉
i am delighted to read stories like this! i feel like the more you are aware of serendipity, the more it happens! and i LOVE that! always makes me feel like i'm of course in the right place!
I just read this and, guess what? I used the word synchornicity in a blog post last week too!! Hee hee! Love it. Amazingly wonderful story!
Hi louise! Just blog hopping and came across this post! Well! i just googled my name and COULD NOT believe my eyes: I'm there, page one, two three and four, actually me! Ha ha! And yes other Rona Gregory's of course but little old me! Ha!
Well fancy that! xxxx