What is going on with this whole BIG LOVE BALL concept? When Wendy Williams Watt was nominated to be a ZEST woman, I knew it was time to look into this whole phenomenon deeper.
Like others, I have seen these over-sized representations of LOVE at Diner en Blanc, fundraising events, and all over social media. Leading me to ponder – what was this giant ball and why was it in my way? It was too big to squeeze, but its message was too huge to ignore, and so the seeds of curiosity were planted in my ‘thought locker’. Finding out more about this woman and what drove her to build a business around ‘love’ and ‘balls’ began long before I consciously acknowledged it.
This week, BLUSHVancouver had the pleasure of interviewing Wendy and, as is always the case with ZEST Women, her story was intriguing, interesting and real.
Introducing Wendy Williams Watt
What ignited your spark to live life with zest?
Both my parents were highly creative and self made. The parts I adored about both of them, and what likely drew them together, was their colourful and creative spirits. My mother read to us nightly and art supplies were in abundance. My father was a master tailor and could make anything that began as average, into something utterly beautiful. From very young age, growing up in a culturally limited suburb, I could see that I would need to be responsible for the circle I stood in and this thought was exciting to me, encouraging me to create beauty, art and adventure.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by connecting with others in an authentic way and get excited about concepts and ideas that involve people. I’m not competitive with others but I have a personal best that motivates me. I actually get a kick out of those who challenge me though I am inspired by what happens when we become personal with other people. I find it deeply enriching. The thought of inspiring others or significantly changing their quality of life is something that keeps me strong, and target focused.
How do you generate ideas?
I’m inspired by listening to the heartbeat of the world and take inspiration from movies, fashion, books, world events, the news, art, and other creative’s. I enjoy forecasting like others enjoy golfing and find myself walking around gawking at culture. Tapping in to people’s feelings, being genuinely interested in what makes them tick. I love people!
How long do you follow an ‘idea path’ before giving up?
One of the most important things in life is to know when to ‘call the game’ and will follow an idea until I no longer feel it is relevant. I say when it’s done and don’t allow others to dissuade me from something I believe in. Look at me – I have been rolling an enormous white ball that says LOVE on it for two years now! LOL! To others, it may have seemed too simplistic and nonsensical but I had the entire concept, with all of its potential confidently in my heart and head and I don’t give up on something I’m passionate about. Period.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear would be to wake up in the morning without 500 exciting ideas in my thought locker. If anyone ever tells you have too many ideas – they are simply wrong. Another fear would be to not enjoy my own company or be able to entertain myself with ideas. I could have an adventure in box of cornflakes! I would be devastated if I ever lost my sense of humour because laughing at me takes up a lot of my time and is by far, the healthiest part of my day.
How do you build a successful friendship?
This is something I am still learning. I prefer to not just ‘do lunch’ preferring instead to spend time with friends who either want to do something meaningful, make something ludicrous or push the plot forward. This is not for everyone, I know, but I am learning now how to also to manage expectations, both mine and of those around me.
Who has been my greatest inspiration?
David Bowie. Pablo Picasso. Oh wait, you wanted someone living! My friend Douglas Coupland inspires me because I am more interested in his process than any result. I love the childlike nature of his thinking. He thinks it and then turns it into a visual metaphor that everyone can understand. Of course, he’s the deeply intelligent and important voice of our time, but I’m inspired by his natural instinct and confidence to follow his thoughts. Like children do. To be with Doug is to play and this inspires me.
What has been your most satisfying moment in life?
I know, looking in to the eyes of the person who made my belly hiccup for nine months.
“Big Love Ball is an expression activated by the motor in your rib cage, the frequency of your soul and the vision in your thought locker.”
Who is Wendy Williams Watt?
She is a woman, who this week along with new friends, will hand out close to 50,000 handwritten notes at Pride 2016 with the message YOU ARE LOVED, created by community members and from those who mailed in their love gesture.
She is also an art director, designer and communicator who has been involved in the cultivation of interior spaces for 20 years including being owner of lifestyle store LIBERTY, which held position as one of Vancouver’s most influential interior stores for over a decade, with work being published over 150 times.
Wendy Williams Watt is also the heart and brains behind Big Love Ball. An online business that delivers a huge ball with one message: LOVE. Since inception it has been in the hearts and hands of those celebrating love, appearing on Good Morning America, and being endorsed by Oprah Winfrey.
Follow Wendy Williams Watt on IG @wenwillwatt