Dreamer . Wanderer . Artist
About seven years ago, as a newly minted lawyer, I would have never guessed I would describe future me with all these nouns. Dreamer? Yes, I suppose I have always been one. Even my husband agrees that my head is always in the clouds. Wanderer? It's true. I have been restlessly wandering different parts of the world ever since my first trip to Europe in 2008. Artist? Never.
Fast forward three and a half years. I quit my law firm job and felt an overwhelming rush of relief, along with an equally overwhelming wave of uncertainty. My identity up to this point had been so closely tied to my academic and career achievements that quitting a job, even a job that made me so unhappy, felt more like a failure than a victory. Were all those years leading up to this moment a complete waste of time?
No. Not even the slightest.
With the peace and grace that only God can provide, I slowly picked up the scattered pieces of myself that I had forgotten about. When I dipped a nib into sumi ink and wrote out my first, shaky letter, I was reminded of how much I loved writing, not only the act of writing itself, but telling stories with carefully chosen words. My journey into watercolor reminded me of how much I loved to create things with my own two hands. My short stint in the wedding industry reminded me of how much I loved connecting with people by creating artwork that best captured their love stories on paper. And now, with my Native Plant Project, I am feeling the same fire I felt in college, when I was advocating for issues I deeply cared about. The same fire that fueled my desire to go to law school in the first place.
I am still picking up the pieces and putting things together. And I am sure my identity will continue to evolve through future life transitions. But it is all starting to make a little more sense now.
I feel most fulfilled creating things that connect people with themselves, with each other, and with their environment.
I live in sunny San Diego, California with my husband, Kenny, and pup, Skylar. On most days, I work out of my home office, either on my computer or hunched over a painting.
In my spare time, you can find me at my local ceramic studio or hiking at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I also spend a lot of time taking care of my growing family of potted plants, both indoors and out on my patio.
I believe everyone is a creative at heart. Whether it is strategizing better ways to manage your workflow at your office job, or spending your weekends gardening or working on your house, or taking various creative workshops in your spare time, embrace the creative process and enjoy the journey.
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