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3 Reasons Why I Create

Growing up, I used the marker ..:: Art is My Life ::.. I have always been fascinated with the creative process, attention to detail, freedom, and discipline that comes with it. Being creative kept me going at my darkest and brightest moments. In this post, I share 3 reasons I create.

01. It Connects My Family

As an art major, it's a dream come true that my husband and children share my love for creativity. Though we express ourselves differently, we still collaborate on projects. Art is such a beautiful humanity. It brings individuals together, comes in many forms, and encompasses many subjects. 

02. Self-Care

Life can become extremely draining. In a nonstop world, keeping one's wits about them is crucial. This needs to ensure one's well-being. Creativity plays an important role in my self-care regimen. Be it in the form of drawing, writing, or producing content. Creativity is a significant outlet for me. 

03. It's My Ikigai

Being creative has always brought me joy. When I create or produce content, even if it isn't my best, I am overcome with a sense of accomplishment in knowing the effort I put into it. In 2021, I came across a book titled Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Every Day by Ken Mogi. It is on my list of yearly books to read.

What is an Ikigai?

In his book Awakening Your Ikigai, Ken Mogi describes Ikigai as a  word in the Japanese language that is used in various contexts and can apply to small everyday things as well as to big goals and achievements. Mogi further explains that ikigai is also said to be "your reason to get up in the morning".

A fantastic resource to pair with Awaking Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi is The Little Book of Ikigai (Ken Mogi) Visual Synopsis by Dani Saveker.

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