Do what makes your heART happy.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

How everything started? As a child, I used to draw pictures on the wall and used old notebooks of my siblings as my drawing pad. Those mess I created actually honed me to what I am capable of doing now.

The very first gift that I’ve asked from my mom was a set of crayons and papers. I remember making my own paper dolls instead of buying them from the stores. It gave me the thrill whenever I create them by my own. So at that moment, I knew already what interest me the most. Yes, it is…

It is Arts.

Follow your own passion—not your parents’, not your teachers’—yours.”

—Robert Ballard

Soon it came to the point that I have to choose what course should I take in University. When everyone was interested in Nursing and computer courses, when most of them told me “Ay, bakit fine arts lang?” I still embraced my passion and pursued a degree on it.

When most of them belittled this Course. There are still people who never let me down and supported me all the way. My family, my parents. My parents saw my potential and supported me though getting degree in Arts was a bit steep and cost an arm and a leg. I struggled a lot financially so I have to work at night and attend classes in the morning. It took me eight exigent years to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Fine arts. My mind and body were drowning in tiredness but I never complain. Not even once cause my heart was full . Full of love from what I was doing.

From arts created manually to digitally. From papers, canvases to computer, from traditional to digital. From painting to advertising. From TV commercial to short film. From fashion design to creating my own gowns and dresses. I’ve learned a lot. I practiced day and night. I honed what’s inside me.

When your heart leads you in a different direction.

Then everything changed when my daughter came. It was a drastic change. I became a WAHM but not related with my dream job. A job where I can give my full attention to her and to my husband. I set aside my passion over practicality.

But what if you lost your passion and you are struggling to find your purpose?

What if?…

As time passed by very fast and soon enough my daughter was no longer a baby.

I have a wonderful family… but there is a piece of me still missing. A friend of mine once told me, “My talent nga hindi naman ginagamit, wala din”. It triggered me, it hit me.

I was cleaning then I saw my old stuff from my school days. It was a box. A dusty and torn box. It was sealed as if this hasn’t been used for a long time. I opened it and found my treasure again. It might be useless for others but for me this art material gave me peace in my comfort zone.

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” —Wanda Sykes

Yes, I started again. It gave my sanity back again.

As people saw my talent, another opportunity for me opened. Clients came and asked me for commissioned artworks. What matters me isn’t only about the payment but the thought of people chose my creation to be a gift for their loved ones. Though it was far from my dream in working in corporate world with a position. I knew that God has a better plan for me.

We all have something that makes us feel alive, a passionate pursuit, an activity that gives us a sense of fulfillment, of purpose. If you don’t know what that might be (yet), choose the hobbies, careers and pastimes that excite you the most… because those are the things worth chasing.

I began selling my artworks since I was in Grade 5 just for fun and never thought it would lead me to a passion that enables me to earn an extra income aside from my full time job now.

Dear parents, once you see a talent/potential on your children, no matter what it is..encourage them, support them because you’ll never know what they’ve might become in the future. 

“Talent is a God’s given gift to everyone”.

“Once you see it, seize it, hone it”.

“We were remembered by what we did, not by what we have”.

By: Mary Grace Raquidan

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