I first heard of the term Ikigai a while ago in passing. Ikigai? What’s that? The term roughly translates into something that gives you being. I sat down for a long while and thought hard to myself – what’s my Ikigai? What makes me want to hop out of bed every morning?
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Ever since I was young, I would associate music with lots of colours, and thought that well… Everybody did the same too. Turns out, that’s not really the case. As a passing thought, I decided to ask some of my friends if they’d ever had that experience. Most of them said no. The best way I could describe what I meant was feeling and seeing tangible colours together when music came on.
Ruth Taveras is the artist of December – her work features a rich array of flowers, gardens and anything nature inspired. With Impressionism as her art style, you can observe the movements of her brush strokes in all her pieces.
Living in bustling New York, Ruth finds refuge from the city in the New York Botanical Garden. The garden is a world away from the Big Apple, allowing the artist to feel as though she’s on an exotic vacation! She was driven to paint her happy place to share her memories and experiences with the world.
One of my favourite scenic views, or something I like to envision in my mind is the sea, especially when it’s serene. Calm tides and gentle clouds complement each other. While everything is vast, the boat flows and ebbs with the waves, always trusting that the sea knows where it’s going to bring it.
Hope you enjoyed a little backstory 🙂 You can always view my latest works on Instagram
A few months back, someone reached out to me via e-mail and enquired about painting lessons. Because I’m not formerly qualified, I shared the whole process of how I started painting! Figured that it would make a great addition to the blog, so this is the e-mail:
There are many people using social media as a tool to grow their personal brand. The term ‘personal brand’ sounds extremely self-serving, but it’s really just about establishing yourself and your own content!
Looking at someone who has really good success may come with a feeling of amazement.
Damn, they surely hit the jackpot every single time.
It’s real easy to assume that based off a number, someone found their “success” overnight. That’s usually the furthest from the truth. There are some people though who hit the jackpot (ie. Viral content, started off with a big hit) and really, nobody can tell who’s the one who’ll skyrocket straight away.
Recently, I completed a podcast with a bunch of friends, and after the podcast we just chatted. One of them is a very keen photographer who takes stunning shots, which led us to talk about how people use social media to share creatively.
After the chat ended, I was thinking to myself how a year ago, I didn’t dare to share my work at all. I was a closeted artist. There would be a handful of people close to me who told me my artwork had potential (when I first started out), but I didn’t have that faith in myself. Subconsciously, I was comparing my art skills to those who have been refining their craft for years. I felt small.