My name is Deborah Hart, and I am a writer, artist, children and teen’s librarian, and parent based in Tauranga, New Zealand. I have a passion for libraries, teaching, writing, music, art, and photography – and I love story, and transformation.
I believe we can transform our work, and our lives, by changing the way we see, the stories we tell ourselves, and the way we relate to the world.
My perspective started changing through photography. I love the stories that are shared in a photo, and my own abilities to express visual stories grew when my daughter was born and I started taking photos of her.
From there, the inner story I told myself (the things I believed about myself) gradually shifted. My creativity had an outlet that showed immediate results. Either a photo worked or it didn’t. Either it expressed what I wanted – and sometimes beyond what I had envisioned – or it fell short. It was an exciting way to receive feedback, and to grow in confidence.
I began sharing those photos with others. Social media is so excellent for that. It becomes fun to create an overall theme, and to decide what and how you are going to share. To experiment. To learn from others. To continually expand your vision.
I found my confidence through photography. This began to be reflected in my writing, and other areas of my life.
I want you to strengthen your own creativity and self expression, finding ways to share your stories – whether they are told in your art, movement, song, or the way you raise your family, do your job, or your unique way of interacting with the world. On these pages, through photography, visual storytelling, books, reading, writing, connection, love, kindness, compassion, and all those yummy things, we can all begin to alter the world and how we see it and live in it.
And I want you to start seeing what a gift you are to the world. There’s no need to regret anything from the past – lost opportunities, dead-end detours, mistakes – pah! They just helped to shape who you are now.
I live in the sunny Bay of Plenty, in Tauranga, in a little cottage with my daughter, a boxer, a chihuahua, a cat, and a guinea pig called Wolfie. I love young adult fiction, children’s literature, gardening, edible landscaping, leaping around enthusiastically over some new idea I’ve discovered, hanging out with friends I cherish, and spending time with my family. I’ve also just discovered Scottish dancing which is so much fun!
About Love Art Cafe
The name, Love Art Cafe, came about from my daughter’s love of playing cafes as a youngster. She would write that night’s meal on a handmade menu, set a little round table with cloth, crockery, and cutlery, and be the maître d’ for the evening. (And, voila, we had our very own Love Art Cafe). With a cloth over one arm, and sometimes a candle burning in the middle of the table, she would bustle between the kitchen and lounge with that night’s meal as if it were the most exquisite delicacy in the world. Love Art Cafe was born! A place for connection, expression, and nourishment. I want to create that space for us as we learn to play too.
Because it’s more fun to have others to journey with, feel free to contact me in the following ways: