Reflecting on 2017
So this might be more of a personal post but I think it's always important to take some time out of our busy schedules to reflect on the past year. 2017 has been one of the craziest years for me but it's also the year where I believe I've had the most growth as a person and as an artist. This year, I've taken the most risks and done things out of my comfort zone... so I think it's safe to say 2017 has been my most memorable year so far!
Highlights of my year include going to LA with my boyfriend, raising my first dog, Shibo, and finally being proud of the artist i'm becoming. Biggest risks I took this year would definitely be quitting my job and starting a Kickstarter. After I quit my job, I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do. I didn't have a single plan, and having Asian parents didn't make that situation very easy haha.
I worked at a studio job, doing behind the scenes production work for commercials and games. I worked with lovely people, but I dreaded having to produce artwork I didn't care about. I felt absolutely no attachment to the pieces I was creating and that was extremely draining. What pushed me to finally leave was visiting LA. It opened my eyes to the vast opportunities I was missing out on. So I decided it was finally time to start a new chapter in my life and I quit my job the day I came back from LA. It was hard and totally out of my character. I had a pit in my stomach the whole time leading up to that moment and what was even more stressful was the aftermath... ummm, now what? How in the world am I going to make a living? What do I want to do in life? These thoughts ran through my head every night, not to mention having to hear my parents constant concerns on top of that. It's been a huge obstacle I've had to overcome, and there's much more to say, so I might make a separate post about it soon. In the end, I couldn't be more happy with my decision, but hat's not to say that i'm not struggling anymore, because believe me, I am. But i'd rather struggle and do what I love than to have a stable job and create artwork I wasn't passionate about.
What I'm Thankful For
I'm thankful for my family, because even though they were worried about the whole situation with me quitting my job, they were supportive the whole way through. They let me live in their home, as messy as I am, my mom is always cooking for me, and my dad is always going out of his way to make sure i'm happy. I also have an awesome sister who I feel like I've become much closer with this year. She's extremely supportive, funny, and incredibly talented! I'm thankful for my amazing boyfriend, who pushes me to do things I wouldn't have the courage to do otherwise. I'm also thankful for my son/dog, Shibo, who's always there to cheer me up when I'm feeling down, and never fails to put a smile on my face. Lastly, I'm thankful for the people who are always showing me support, whether it's from friends or strangers online who leave the most encouraging comments, it gives me the drive to do what I love everyday, and that's pretty amazing.
Each year leading up to 2017, I've never liked what I've produced. 2017 has been the only year where I actually have many pieces I can call my favorite, so here they are!
My goals for 2018
- stay true to myself
- be kinder
- travel more
- meet more people
- take more risks
- be a better artist
- start on a big project
Thanks so much for reading, and most of all, thanks for the love and support! I hope your 2018 will be even better than 2017, and may it be filled with lots of love, joy, and inspiration xoxo <3.