Thursday, October 30, 2014
I recently heard somewhere that the most important day of your life is the day you're born and the day you figure out why you're here.
I started teaching art about 3 years ago and I had 3 students... 2 brothers who started here on the first day, just because their mom was driving by and saw us, and another from a relative who was trying to help me out and support me.
Every saturday morning, it was me and the 3 of them. We would sit here and talk about colors, drawing, etc. Sometimes, we'd even go to Baskin Robbins for a snack break. We had one Saturday morning class at 10AM and that was it...
Well, today, we have 60 plus students at Modest Fly Art. We have 5 plus teachers who love being here and sharing their art knowledge, and we open our doors four days a week... As I say this, I am relieved and so happy that, not only I, but we, my employees, who have become my friends, and, most importantly, my students... We have become family. We learn so much from each other, each and every hour spent here. With every conversation and lesson, we make each other better artists and better, more knowledgeable people for our future.
Modest Fly Art is here to pass on the knowledge of art, but, I have to say that I take so much more away from these kids than they take from me. Each and every student here is special in their own way and they make me humble and happy. One day, one of my students drew a map of Modest Fly, and he said to me, "Ms Iren, when you feel lost, you can just look at my map and find yourself."
Today, I realize that Modest Fly Art makes a difference in our world, in our future generation.. Today I realize that "today" is the most important day of my life.. Thank you so much for trusting us and for believing in us. (Smile :) )
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I don't remember the last time I sat down to write... I don't remember the last time I had time to sit down and do anything. Life has definitely took a turn for the busy, but good busy. I have Nala, who will be 2 years old next month, and Modest Fly has been busy running its art classes 4 days a week, 6 hours a day. All of what goes on in between is more than enough to keep me going without sitting down. I turned 30 today and I thought that this might be a good time to sit down, gather my thoughts, and write again.
I have everything I need and almost everything I've ever thought I'd ever want. I coexist with my "family" now and I wake up every morning and move at my own pace going on with my day. Not to say that I'm not tired by the time Nala closes her eyes, but I'm fulfilled tired, if you know what that means. It's the feeling you have at the end of your wedding night (or any important event) when your guests leave, or when the baby finally sleeps after a long day at disneyland.
Robin Williams committed suicide a couple of days ago... it was sad news. Sad enough to make me stop and think for a moment about how much we don't know about people and what goes on in their heads. We go about each day assuming we know what people's lives consist of, but we really have no idea.
My point being is, no matter what I have going on in my head, I'm actually happy today.... as I turn 30... I am pretty happy with the past 30 years and I've been lucky compared to many people out there. There is so much going on in my head.. so much that I can't even begin to describe and express, but what truly matters is how you look at your life at the end of the day. The other day I read, "My blood type is BE POSITIVE" No matter how much we feel we deserve and how much luck we think we have, our lives are exactly how we want them to be... how we think of it to be. We are in control of everything that happens for us and to us. We are in control of how we narrate our lives. We can leave the bad stuff out and concentrate on everything that makes us smile. We get one chance to be 25, we get one chance to be 30... we get one chance to be 35, 40... so, at the end of the year, no matter what year, how would you have lived it?
Thinking back to the past 30 years, Nala is the one thing I'm truly proud of... My parents are the one thing I'm truly thankful to... My husband is the one thing I'm incredibly lucky to have... my sister is the one thing I was gifted with... my work is the one thing I am truly passionate about... my thoughts are the one thing that keep me interesting... my feelings are the one thing that make me feel alive... and my family is the one thing that makes me feel so happy today. Today... as I turn 30, I am truly happy.