The Road Always Leads Me Back Here.
When I was a sophomore in college, my life felt incomplete. There was a longing I could not satisfy in my studies or in my good girl ways. I was a dutiful Asian daughter driven to make my mother proud. It wasn’t until I started listening to my heart that I finally found my "missing piece".
Every time an art student walked by with an art box or sketch pad, my heart would ache. It felt like they were carrying the secret to my happiness and I had the key to unlock it. The problem was I had a debilitating fear of disappointing my mother and being an artist was not part of the plan.
For the first time in my life, I found the courage to stand up for what I believed in and that year, I changed my major from Computer Science to Fine Arts. Fortunately, my mother, who was shocked and disappointed, didn’t disown or belittle my decision. Instead, she stood by me and demanded the same excellence in this path as she did in the last. Her love never wavered. It was merely my perspective of her that changed.
This life lesson has always stuck with me. It is the catalyst of why I'm driven to help others find their purpose and meaning.
In my career as a business leader, I have always been drawn to these types of transformative discussions. My natural empathy for individuals (and organizations) that are stuck; coupled with a genuine desire to understand the WHY behind it all, made me an ideal client liaison. People, like art, are an infinite source of energy and truth. If only, we take the time to seek and listen.
Much like my sophomore year, I find myself going back to the artist within. However, this time I have no expectations or fear of the outcome. This creative exploration is one that I hope leads to even greater impact and transformative growth for myself, and others.
It is my purpose to create a space to help others find their purpose and meaning. And if, in the process, I happen to contribute more beauty in the world...then for me, that's bonus.