For me there is something about heading into the final month of the year, like most people, that pushes my brain into reflection mode. If we aren't taking the time to step back and ponder all that the year has brought, we can lose sight of how wonderful life really is.
So here are a few thoughts from the year:
1. You have no idea what the universe has in store from you, but if you don't voice your hopes and dreams they may never come to be. It's okay to take a risk and throw that dream out into the world, because more than likely there may be some wonderful human there to help make it a reality. My first mural happened this year because of one instagram post. Tell someone your dream, it's the first step in making it a reality.
2. You cannot please everyone, and by trying to, you will ultimately lose bits of yourself. The first few times I put my art in front of other people I felt so vulnerable. I kept wondering what I should do to make people enjoy my art more. Is it too weird? Is it too colorful? Is it not sophisticated enough? I ultimately found my best work came when I was only worried about what made me happy. You are the only version of you, and no one out there in the world has your voice, so embrace it.
3. You can never underestimate the power of a kind word. One of my favorite things ever are the people that view my art with smiles on their faces and tell me how happy it makes them. This is as good as, if not better than someone buying a piece to take home. The knowledge that something I made sparks joy in another person is a gift. It will never get old, and I will never take it for granted because it becomes my fuel to keep working hard everyday.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. As we head into the holidays and a brand new year, I wish nothing but the best for you and your families. I hope to continue doing what I love, and in the process maybe spread a little more happiness in 2020.