My mom always tells me a story about me when I was very little. The story is about me singing in the street on a summer day. I was singing “I want bananas… I want apples… I want oranges….” I was literally singing about things that I wanted. Because fruit was very expensive for us back then, eating lots of fruit became my biggest dream. My mom enjoyed herself very much every time she told the story, while I felt I was such a brave kid to say it loud what I wanted though I couldn’t remember the story at all.
While I was growing up, I became afraid to say what I wanted. I was afraid others would laugh at me and say that I was unrealistic. I was afraid that I would be judged. I was afraid to be different. So, I behaved like everyone else. I only said things other people would say or accept.
Maybe because I am older now, I am different. Yes, I am still afraid of many things, but. I am stronger and more comfortable with who I am. I don’t care how other people think of me. I don’t care if I am different from others. I like voicing my opinions. I like sharing my values.
So, what do I want now? I want something creative in my life. I want something I can be an entrepreneur. I want something bigger than I am. It feels liberating and empowering to say what I want. So, now it’s your turn. What do you want?
Ummm… How many people am I following on Instagram right now? 849! (The number may change when you read this post.) Instagram has become one of the major platforms for me to find inspirations.There are so many talented people and beautiful stories. Every day is like a journey of discovery for me. It is also one of the major sources for me to improve my photography skills. So today, I would love to share with you my favorite photography Instagram accounts!
I have regularly been inspired by the images posted by these super talented photographers. Please check them out. Hope you can be inspired as much as I am!
2017 was a wild ride for many of us, lots of ups and downs. In reflecting back on my year, I am tempted to say it wasn’t very productive. I still have not launched any of my businesses. I still have no settled on a single career. I am still very broke. That is my pessimistic self speaking. I am sure we all have two voices in our head. My optimistic self, however, would say, “This year, I have achieved a lot. I learned some new skills, like coding. I worked really hard on improving my photography skills while learning associated software. I started to seriously develop my written voice. Most importantly, I managed to stick to my own values and principals. So maybe I should cut myself a slack. I am not Elon Musk, but maybe I should give myself a little more credit.
In 2017, lots of people have inspired and helped me to become better in what I am trying to do. They are all creative minds who are willing to share their knowledge generously with this world. I am one of the millions who benefit from their generosity. I own an enormous thank you to them.
Here is a partial list: Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell, Tim Ferriss, Lewis Howes, Marie Forleo, Debbie Millman, Elizabeth Gilbert, Garance Doré, Chris Do (Youtube: The Futur), Marty Geller ( Youtube: Blue Lighting TV), Gareth David (Youtube: Tastytuts), Travis Neilson (Youtube: Devtips). Of course, there are more people I left off of this list. I just want to say thank you to them all for doing what they are doing and sharing their expertise to help others grow.
In the end, time moves on. Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018.
(Photo by Allef Vinicius)