Jun 28, 2015

"I was going through followers the other day and noticed some blogs that were “last updated 6 months ago” or longer. There were a lot of these.
Maybe they got bored or distracted or busy — but my guess is they probably didn’t get the huge number of likes and follows and reblogs they were expecting, and just gave up.
Please don’t do that. There are very few things we do consistently in this life. We’re quick to jump from island to island of halfway commitment. Taking a break is totally okay: but I exhort you to persist in sharing your one unique voice with the world community.
If you’re about to jump ship: please do NOT bail on your blog. Do what you must — take a sabbath, go on hiatus, commune with nature, restore relationships, try new things — but come back and tell us about it.
It doesn’t matter if you only have a few readers. You’re not doing it for that. And even if you were, those few people who follow you might really be encouraged by what you have to say. You might be the only one saying it.
But more than that: your blog is a captured snapshot of your one fleeting transitory life, like the dust mote suspended in a sunbeam that shimmers for a spectacular moment in time. It is beauty wrapped in expression, and you are putting something into the world that no one else can. God made you for it.
So keep sharing. Keep making art. Keep writing music. Keep taking pictures. Keep encouraging others. In some small way: you are healing your part of the universe. You are needed more than you know. You are making a bigger impact than you think.
— J.S."

Wow, I love this. Thank you, Joon of http://jsparkblog.com/ ! I've been following his blog since the start of the year and it's encouraged me a lot. I have been on a hiatus from my blog AND my art as I wade through stuff I'm going through in life. It's definitely time to get back on track to make art. I hope this inspires you too.

Nov 3, 2014

Love or fear?

"You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all it will ever be is what’s happening here, the decisions in that we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear.
You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world, and as you walk through those doors today, you will only have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart."

-Jim Carrey at the commencement ceremony for Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa

Oct 29, 2014

Sticky notes on my wall

A bunch of sticky notes pasted on the wall beside my workstation to keep me inspired. A bunch of quotes I probably lifted from the Facebook headquarters, Ben Zanders, Seth Godin, my buddy Aaron Tang, and a bunch of other authors...oh, and Nike.

Oct 27, 2014

What does your day look like?

I occasionally get questions about how my day-to-day activities look like. I work for myself now (which is great!) and I'm glad that I've set up a strict start and end time every day. I used to work late into the night and crawl into bed when my body starts begging for some rest. I've learned that being your own boss requires you to be really strict when it comes to drawing the line and prioritising what is important and what isn't. The doodle above shows what my ideal day looks like (that usually happens earlier in the week, when I'm more motivated and recharged from the weekend) but the doodle on the right is what usually takes place...hah!

Here are 5 key ideas I try to remember:
1. Ask "What is the most important thing I should work on today?" and then tackle that first
2. "If it can be completed in 2 minutes, do it right away." This refers to replying emails. I tend to push them aside and eventually forget to reply them
3. Write down what I'm doing every hour of my 8 hours of work. Keep a time log to be realistic with goals and tasks.
4. Work ends at 5:30PM. No excuses.
5. "Inspiration is for amateurs. It's not the world's fault that you want to be an artist. Now get back to work."

Here's a post by Eric Barker on how to achieve work/life balance, and Seth Godin's view on the idea of what we call work/life balance.

Oct 22, 2014

Brave enough to share

It's been ages since I've blogged and though I'd hate to admit this, I stopped blogging because I started hiding. Yes, so I've continued creating art and sharing my work with others (they're on my Facebook and Instagram pages)...but there's a lot of thoughts about my work process and lessons I've learned that I know I should be jotting down. I started hiding because I was scared to share my thoughts. What if he/she starts judging me, because I'm putting forth my thoughts and opinions about a certain subject...?

I've decided to stop hiding and start blogging again to find my own voice. These posts will be short, simple posts mainly about creativity, productivity, design, art in the digital age, experiments and more.

Over the years, I've learned that being an artist or a creator of any kind requires guts. You're essentially creating something and putting it out there for the world to analyse, judge, comment. And not everyone's going to like what you have created, so you have to be prepared to accept that. I'm thankful for the incredibly encouraging, supportive community that value my work, but occasionally I do get comments like, "My kid could paint better than her" or "That is not art". I am reminded that comments like these are missing the point. The art here is about being brave enough to share with the world that work you have poured your heart and soul into.

Be brave, everyone!