Creation + Passion + New Project

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” –  Albert Einstein

Maybe, I get God on why He chose to create this world.

Creating something out of nothing is fulfilling. And it is more fulfilling to know that the thing you create serves as an inspiration and gives you a purpose.

One of my many passions is creating something out of nothing — putting it into 3 letters — DIY. I love creating stuff. Creating an ordinary item into an extraordinary one. Recycling unusable items into a usable one. I love generating and implementing ideas. I love how simple ideas come to life. I love the idea that on a simple thing you do, you make the world a better and pretty place.

And to my surprise, many are just like me. Maybe doing DIY is more cost-efficient or maybe it becomes a hobby. But what I am sure of is making art is purposeful and fulfilling.

In these, I am inspired to work on a new project involving arts. And now, I am inviting all creatives to answer this brief survey, actually it is more of knowing your story as an (frustrated) artist/creative.

 

Why Writing Down Your Goals Important?

Do yourself a favor and stop reading motivational quotes. Okay, I am not against motivational quotes, I love them actually. Success quotes give us hope and makes our thoughts positive. But reading and thinking is different from acting upon it. If you really want to succeed, make it tangible.

Get a paper and pen now! Yes paper and pen, not your tablet, not your iPhone but a paper and pen. Right down every goals, dreams and aspirations you can think of, even those seemingly impossible ones. MAKE IT TANGIBLE.

No, writing it down won’t make you successful and instantly reach your goals. Keyword: STEPS. In every goal you write down, write every step you think you need to do in order to fulfill that goal. PLAN IT because if not it may be just another unfulfilled goals. If you cannot think of steps, research. There are a lot of blogs that can help you to have a concrete plan.

Why write it down? Writing it down makes you accountable. Having everything tangible and visible makes it possible to do. Nothing can beat a concrete plan written on a paper. If you only store it in your brain chances are it may lose in the brim of information overflow. Make it possible by listing it down.

I believe when someone says,

“You are worthy of your dreams.”

But let me add something,

“You are only worthy of your dreams when you do something about it.”


Maybe this will be having a Part 2. But as for now, thank you for reading my post.

Fear of the Future

Sometimes when you thought you know everything, that’s when life slaps you in the face and remind you, you don’t know anything at all.

Your eyes are set to higher goals, to a lifelong dream you have been holding on to your heart since you were young. And now, you step out in the world where reality is not as friendly as you thought it would be.

This week marks my 4 years in the corporate world. As I always say, I have never thought to be here for long. In fact, being here is a love-hate relationship. There are times when I feel I do not deserve anything like this. And there are those moments when self-entitlement struck me. And I hate what this world makes me feel: self-pity, unjust confidence, talentless, self-entitlement, unworthy, hatred, out-of-place, and most of all fear… fear of what the future will bring.

Okay before you stop reading because of all these rants, let me tell you this: In all these crazy and unsolicited self-pity, there’s joy… there is always joy in everything. Life, even how hard it may seem, always makes me realize there is good in every circumstances. The corporate world taught me to be strong, to face the giants of this world, to interact with different kinds of people, to accept and finish bigger responsibilities, to see the beauty in spite of the ugliness of this world, to conquer the fear of rejection.

Today, I learned to be still, to be quiet, to stop, to think and just believe that tomorrow, goals and lifelong dreams will be attained… that tomorrow is bigger, that God is bigger, that life is a process, that hope is enough right at this moment.

That today, you should just sit back and learn to

TRUST THE PROCESS

 

 

 

 

Unsung Song

Write down your fears and be alive.

Take my hand, together let’s fly:

To the moon and back,

To the sun and back,

To the greatest adventure of your life.

 

Paint me black and blue and red.

All the colors in your hand:

As white as snow;

As pretty as pink;

Together we’ll color the world.

 

Worry no more

Sorry no more

We’ll create a life within your home.

 

Write down your dreams,

Color it red.

Let your dreams be alive and fly like a bird:

To a world full of beauty,

A world full of joy.

Let your heart be filled with symphony and tone.

Julienne


This is supposed to be a song. But because I don’t have a good voice and I don’t have the guts to post the sound recording I made last Wednesday, it will stay an unsung song until the end of time.

Mike Wazowski

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When you were young, you dreamed of so many things. Then one day, just like a spark, you realized your ultimate dream, the ultimate dream of dreams. You work hard to attain it, you blabber about it continuously as if telling it to everyone will make a whole lot of difference. You try to flourish it by studying every details of your dream, every dots of it, every lines of it. You believe that everything will be at their right places, for believing is seeing. You work hard, there are sleepless nights, there are more caffeine circulating your body than water. You thought you can be whoever you want to be…

But then, just like the day of realization of dream, there comes the shattering of it. People will tell you that you don’t have what it takes to be who you want to be… because you are too young, or too small, or too big, or too white, or too black… or you will fail hard… and your dream will shatter before your eyes.

Then, you will hate yourself more than that person who’s trying to bring you down. You will hate yourself because you dream the impossible. You will hate yourself because you fail miserably. You will hate yourself because you wasted your time memorizing every aspect of your dream. You will hate yourself for believing that you can make it. You will hate yourself for being too confident with your dream.

Who are you now besides the dreamer you were? Who are you now? Where are you now?

So what if you can’t attain your dream from the conventional? So what if you start from the bottom again? Life is always like that… a starting over. If it does not work out today, why not try it in a different way? Try… fail… try again… and fail again… then try again. You fail today, so what? Maybe the result of your hard work may differ to what you expect. However, maybe, it is the best result it can be, the result you needed to have, the result you truly desire.

People try to bring you down, so what?Don’t be so hard to yourself. People will try their best to discourage you. Or some people will try to keep you inside the box. Let them. Let them just like you let yourself shine from the rest.


Yien 01.30.16
Inspired by the movie, Monster University

Wake Up Little Girl

Wake up little girl

Your father is waiting outside

Wake up little girl

You can twirl your dress under the sun

Wake up little girl

Tell me about your dreams

Wake up little girl

Does it make you grim?

Wake up little girl

Your mother is cooking

Wake up little girl

You can play at the sea

Wake up little girl

Tell me about the bleeding

Wake up little girl

Does it hurt to feel?

Wake up little girl

Now is the new sunshine

Wake up little girl

Yesterday ended already

Wake up little girl

Today is a new day

Wake up now

I thought we’re all in this together.


Yien 11.05.15 (late at night)


Photo credit: Thanks to vi.sualize.us

Giving Up

They say, don’t give up. They say, giving up is for losers. However, there are circumstances one should learn to give up in order to move forward.

Give up now or you might as well learn the hard way. Yes, this is the opposite of what everybody tells us. They want us to keep on hoping that things will work out in the end. They want us to hold on. 

Yes, for most parts, we shouldn’t give up, we should hold on. But have it occured to your mind that NOT EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT? Not everything we hold tight in our hearts remain. Sometimes the only option we have is to keep moving forward, to let go, to stop hoping that circumstances will change.

Learn to give up. Learn to ungrip your hands from the hands that hurt you. Learn not to settle for anything less. Believe that you are worth more than the mediocre or violent relationship you have. Stop holding on to the idea that you can change a person. Because the fact of the matter is, we do not have the power to do so even if we are willing and eager. Believe that you are not less of a person when you give up.

Stop holding on to things that are dragging you down. Sometimes, the more we hold on, the more we hurt ourselves and the people who TRULY love us. It hurts to be hurt. But it is more painful to see the people who truly love you, hurt for you. The more we hold on, the more sparkle of our dream may die. It is painful to see our most precious dream to be blown away by the wind and leave us empty handed in the end.

Don’t be afraid to give up. I am not telling you to give up your life. I am telling you otherwise. In giving up, you will give yourself a space to breathe. You will begin to see the brighter side. You will learn that there are more people worthy of your heart. You will learn that there is a whole lot of dreams to dream of.

Last thing, know when to give up. Give your heart a break. It is not wrong to dream or love. But when these things are holding you down to be the best version of yourself, maybe it is time to give up, breathe and move forward.

Yien 10.24.15

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The Unicorn Road

It has been one year since I’ve finished the book, The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies. Until now, I am still in awe and I can still feel the heart ache brought by this book.

This quote still bringing me heart ache every time.
“Be careful of your dreams,” it told her. “You wish for freedom, you wish to fly. But the markets are full of caged birds. Take care, for in the Imperial City the lime is set thick upon branches. And I have watched lime birds struggle. They beat their wings and cry against the traps, betrayed by the weakness that tempted them to rest. They never fly again, though some almost tear off their legs in frustration at their capture. Do not be weak as they were. If all else fails, fly at the sun, for better to die in flames than live as I do, pinioned by my own regretting.”

…and the ending (no spoiler)- TOO.MUCH.HEARTBREAK.
I will never get tired of recommending this book to everyone. I think this is one of the most underrated novel of all times (or I am biased).
One day, I will read this again.

In Princess's Heart

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After abandoning the book for 4 months. I got the courage to lie down in my bed and read it. Through the dusts and piled books, I picked it and finally opened it to read.

The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies entails the story of venturesome journey to the unknown and secrets which brings the people together in search for purpose, love and passion. It sets in the Medieval times when rulers, kings and popes are very powerful through gold, money and territory. This is a story of love, passion, cruelty, greed, honor and the power of one’s word.

The first time I read this book, I felt bored. It is because every sentence should be read in deep thoroughness and understanding. However, the second time I opened it, I let my eyes in it and read it as thoroughly as I can. And I was not dismayed. Every words…

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When You Love What You Do…

When you love what you do, you are genuinely happy. Yes, genuine! No pretensions, no more melancholic quotes, no more imaginary battles, just pure happiness and contentment.

When you love what you do, you are enlightened. Enlightened to take one step further to your dreams. Enlightened to overcome obstacles. Enlightened to share a piece of you to others.

When you love what you do, you dream. All those moments you spent on finally acting out your dreams are hopefully not wasted. You dream that one day, all those daydreaming are worth the time.

Doing arts, may it be written, visual or performing arts, make my heart grows fonder, as if I am in bliss. The moments I spend my time writing or drawing or scrap booking, I can feel contentment, I can feel my blood rushing, my brain cells working… and that what I considered happiness.

Comparing myself prior this month, I can say that I am not truly, genuinely, really happy and satisfied then. I was faking, pretending. I was craving for more which resulted to a gloomy, worried, and moody me.

For now, it is okay if I am not able to do what I love regularly since I have 8-5 job outside my passion. For now, It is okay, I am envisioning that a tomorrow will come and all I need to do is write and draw until my hands give up.


Yien.08.26.15


A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes by Lily James

Video Credit: DisneyMusicVEVO

Broken Forever

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete
Could we just be broken together
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine
Could healing still be spoken and save us
The only way we’ll last forever
Is broken together
-Broken Together by Casting Crowns

Life is easier when we learn to accept the fact that we will never be satisfied. Yes, we will never be completely satisfied. Because the truth is we are never meant to be complete.

Nothing can be enough to us. Love can never completely satisfy us. Success can never let us feel absolute. Money can never buy everything but only material things. Family cannot give us the complete feeling we want. Maybe love, success, money and family can complete us long enough to keep us sane. But those will never completely satisfy us forever. There will still be a moment we have these all, yet, we may still feel incomplete and broken. We crave for more.

Call me a pessimist, but the fact of the matter is, I find the statement very enlightening.

Being incomplete means there is always room for improvement. A room to find purpose. A room where we find ourselves hoping. A room to walk in ways we never knew existed. We learn new things. We never stop dreaming and chasing it. We wonder and wander. We feel. We empathize. We strive for more. We love. We care. We work hard. And we find ourselves surrendering all. All of these things are what made us who we are right now.

Imagine, if from the beginning we are already complete… Will we still be striving for more? Will we work hard for things to work out? Will we pursue loving people? Will we still pursue wisdom? Will we still have a purpose?

I think that’s the beauty of brokeness. We pursue for more, we find purpose in brokeness, we find wisdom, we hope, we love people.

We are meant to live for so much more than being complete. We are more than our brokeness. We are more than this world. We are more than our dreams. Because at the end of the day, it is not the completeness which counts but the peace we have in the midst of brokeness and incompleteness.