What Can You Learn From A STEM Specialist Pursuing A Creative Path?

  1. Question: What are your favorite digital tools and how do you create networks in them that support your development?

Answer: I use blogging and social media platforms to connect with my business network and clients. Blogging* is number one for me as it is a great way of opening doors both off-line and online. I have lots of stories to tell, and sometimes people are eager for me to share their stories too.

*) Caroline’s blogs have reached the finals of Ireland Blog Awards in 2015, 2017 & 2018.

  1. Question: You recently cooperated with the Finnish author on Dreaming Doors (Maria Lehtman), how did you experience that journey?

Answer: I loved the collaboration on Dreaming Doors. Maria has a wealth of knowledge in many areas, and we share many similar passions. I love having international connections, for me, this is motivating as I feel my work and energy are reaching many more communities. Every advancement and opportunity is a reason to keep the dream moving forward.

  1. Question: If you had to give three priorities to people thinking about starting an authentic path what would they be?

Answer: Three priorities: Take responsibility for your actions and decisions. Learn to trust your intuition and always have a backup plan and especially take good care of yourself.

  1. Question: What do you feel is the success criteria in combining STEM and authentic path creative skills?

Answer: STEM skills for me are about innovation, keeping an open mind while seeking new ideas and ways of improving our world. The same holds through when someone decides to delve deeper into their essence and bring forth the best of who they can be and their talents and skills.

  1. Question: What ideas do you have for your next creative projects, what are some of your short or mid-term plans or dreams?

Answer: There are books to be written and paintings to be created, but ultimately I hope that in the next few years my dream of singing can be realized. I need to create a space for this to happen. I love many genres of songs including classical, jazz and rock. Maybe I can create some themes that will incorporate all three.

Takeaway #3: Above all, look for a balance in your life. No matter the path, your health is an area you cannot negotiate with. If you want to succeed in the digital age leadership, you need to adapt to a pace that accommodates different skills, needs, cultures, and geographies – requirements for balanced health.

Takeaway #4: In today’s rapidly evolving economy we need more than one line of a profession – even if we learn new skills for a later application. Collaboration through digital means provides an infinite platform to learn and open new doors.

Thank you, Caroline Cunningham, for this insightful interview!



Maria Lehtman
Maria Lehtman
MARIA has over 20 years of Sales, Marketing, and Professional Services experience from the international telecommunications and travel industry. Her achievements include successful global Transition, Transformation, and Competency programs in management roles in the the global telecommunication field. She is currently working in International Sales & Marketing department with transversal employee and executive social media engagement development programs. Maria is passionate about digital empowerment and the opportunities it can provide for people around the world. She is a dedicated photographer and digital artist engaged in several creative projects at any given time. She is a compassionate leader, and her mission is to support people in self-transformation and in embracing new skills. Her trademark is her capability to share a smile even during the most challenging circumstances and keep a 'mindfulness'-attitude. Maria’s posts and thoughts represent her own view of the world. See Maria's current publication on Maria is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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    • Thank you, Raissa :). Much appreciated! Excellent thought, and exactly why I wanted to bring Caroline’s story to a wider audience. People often expect that our true path offers complete independence, freedom and/or wealth. More often it gives our lives prosperity and accelerated self-growth through the challenges and opportunities.

  1. Maria, this article reminds me of myself in a way. My health stopped me from doing my chosen career path, nursing. But I’ve been a writer since I was about seven. I think this is my true calling. Life is too short to not do what you love.

    • Well said – and it’s great that you have been able to follow your calling! I understand the health restrictions. As in your case, challenges can also be guiding us to our true calling, even if finding the path as a career takes more time. We learn from everything and our experiences enrich what we create. I wish you well :).