Welcome to 2018!

What will the new year hold?
For me, it’s not fame, not wealth.
No. It is personal growth.

Next year will be a year full of hardship.
As long as I have something that I firmly believe in,
I’m confident that I will make it.

To make an unbelievable year.

It’s hard to believe that the new year is already upon us. Next year will be filled with struggles and hardships, but I’m confident that I will make it. In the past year, I had been extremely focused on my studies. After a lot of self-reflection, I realized that I missed out something that I truly enjoy, art. As the new year comes, I want to focus on the creative side of me.

I want to create, not calculate.





“Go beyond yourself rather than beyond others.” – Unknown

From a young age, I had been compared to other kids who were my age. One of the most common saying that I heard from my relatives were “why can’t you be more like (insert name)? You need to be better than them.”

This type of comparison mindset stuck with me. Even to this day, I measured myself against my peers. For example, while looking at other people’s art pieces, I always that it’s an incredible art piece and why can’t I draw like that. Without realizing it myself at the moment, I had been putting myself down and lowering my confidence in my ability to draw.

In my opinion, comparison with others can be a driving force to motivate me to be better. However, alongside with comparison, I need to measure against myself. Every time I drew, I asked myself “was this painting better than the one I did before? If so, why was it better? If not, what can be improved?” These questions are also the pinnacle of learning and self-development.

Yes, there will always be another mountain to overcome in your development. However, at the top of each peak you overcame, always remember to look down and see the small victorious achievements and how you achieve them.