I was in the shower this morning when I started thinking about all the things that helped shape who I am today. And I realized, everything started when I was 13.. ✨ At that age, my first life-changing event happened. My mom told me, “You might have to stop highschool.” It scared the heck out me. I was screaming No inside because I don’t want for it to happen. The following day, I went to my school guidance counselor and told her what happened. I was helping her decorating the guidance office with my lettering. A month after, I came home with full scholarship from highschool to college. She helped me apply and get approved for those.. ✨ But in college, the scholarship I got isn’t valid for the school I selected. So, I went straight to the Dean’s office and asked if there’s any scholarships being offered for students like me. I was interviewed and i was the first female enginerring student who was granted the university president’s scholar.. ✨ Many people thought I was wasting time and won’t be able to manage running a creative business and take care of my family. I admit it wasn’t easy but I did. ✨ Never doubt yourself. Because, you can do so much more than you can imagine. You just have to take action and believe in yourself. Happy Monday and have a great week ahead! #mondaymotivation #youcan
When your actions align with the results you want to achieve, impossible things come to happen.. ✨ You know, my husband used to say these words to me when we were younger. “What Mye wants, Mye gets.” 🙋🏻♀️ Back then, I used to get angry at those words because somehow it has a negative connotation. It sounded like a spoiled brat to me. But things changed and these words still ring true to me. Yes, I’m the girl who knows what she wants and she gets it. When I put my heart onto something, every action I take aligns with that goal in mind.. 🤯 Words are powerful. What we tell ourselves everyday is what we do. If you say you don’t have time, you won’t. If you say you can’t do it, you can’t. 🤔 How about changing it to something more positive and inspiring like. “How can I make time for this?” or “What can I do to make this happen?” 👍🏻 Feed your mind with more positive thoughts and you’ll be surprised how your life will change by just shifting your perspective. Happy Monday!
I turned 41 yesterday. What a year it has been. It’s funny how at the beginning of every year you plan things but fate keeps showing you different things. The universe know better where to put you.. 🇯🇵 I planned on expanding and teaching workshops all over the world and I was able to teach in Tokyo and Osaka early this year. Things turned differently after that. A great opportunity opened up which allowed me to teach and still reach more people around the world. I taught my first online class in July and releasing a brand new spanking course SOON!. 🍎 This year, I was able to share my story and how I managed to run a business and still raise 3 kids through podcasts (thank you @drunkonlettering @dpcreates @designrecharge ) and publicly @apple 🥂 When I was young I thought turning 40 would be scary and terrible. I was wrong. 41 ain’t so bad! Life has taught me so many lessons and though at times it may throw me so curveballs, it also shows me the way to handle things positively.. 🤷🏻♀️ Nothing is ever easy but our perspective can change the way we look at life differently. The hardest thing I’ve done so far was to smile in public last Saturday and pretend like my mom was not being rushed to the hospital while I was on stage. How does one do that? You simply do. Because you made a commitment.. 🎨 I chose not to complain nor make excuses. I find ways to turn things around no matter how difficult it is. That’s how I managed to speak despite being in pain. That’s how I leveraged my 2-4hr work window into getting higher paying clients. That’s how I learned that a client doesn’t just want lettering work. They want YOUR lettering work. It’s about you and how you can positively impact the world through your art. SMILE because you got this! #todayatapple #theartofwords #applesg
Earlier today I had my first live interview @designrecharge and I was asked how I manage to continuously grow as an artist and as a business owner.. 👩🏻💻 My answer - practice, personal projects and learning from others. I find it interesting when people express their desire to achieve something and it will be followed by so many reasons why they can’t do it. Guess what? Nothing will happen if you keep complaining. Get up and do the work.. 🎨 Now if you’re thinking, easy for you to say, Mye. Let me tell you this - I’m still continuously learning! I enroll myself in courses that helps me acquire new skills for my lettering work. Just because you’ve gotten better at something doesn’t mean you’ll stop honing your skills. Even if you think you know it already, there are still things you’ll learn from others. Nobody really knows everything. ⏱ “Oh but I have no time to practice, Mye!” - I can’t stress enough the importance of practice. And those who make time for it, they are the ones who succeed. You have tools and free courses at your disposal and yet your wasting your time browsing and getting jealous and hoping you’ll get better too. Put down that phone and grab your pencil and paper and create something! Seriously, you just have to start somewhere. If you haven’t yet, I dare you to scroll through my feed and see my work back in early 2015.. 👇🏻 It’s not going to be easy. Sorry! It’ll take a lot of time and effort to achieve what you want so you better start now coz if you don’t, someone will and they will succeed because they took action. You waited. What’s it going to be?. ❤️ Artwork from 3D Lettering Workshop by @jamesllewis
Are you free tomorrow at 9PM EST? I’ll be live at @designrecharge show with the super sweet and talented @cdianegibbs 👩🏻💻 Join us live and get a chance to ask your questions during the show. This is another first I’m doing this year and I’m both excited and nervous but I hope you’d be there! Will you?
There will come a point when you just have to do something in spite of your fear and anxiety. We have to make a decision and stop putting one foot on something and one on another. Because indecisions are killers.. 🤔 When I started lettering, I never had to worry about getting in front of people, or being listened to on podcasts. It was the best job for me! But as I grow I started meeting people, made friends and I had so many opportunities that I simply can’t say no to.. 🎙 This year, I was interviewed a couple of times for podcasts, magazines and online publications. To say they were nervewracking is an understatement. Funny thing is, I loved it! Despite having doubts if I can pull it off, I did it. English isn’t my native language so I’m always afraid of talking on interviews. But here I am, still alive after doing some! What I learned from it all, I’m summarizing in 3 words - JUST DO IT.. ✅ They say if it scares you, you’re on the right track so stop getting paralyzed by constantly reminding yourself of the things you can’t do. Transform them into - “how can I make it happen?” and witness the magic unfold.. ✨ In case you’re wondering, I constantly feel that way. But I do it anyway! So when I was invited to take part in Today at Apple’s The Art of Words together with my colleagues @scribblerscollective - I knew it’ll be scary. First talk? No pressure! Nevertheless, here we are and I’m officially inviting you (if you are in Singapore) to come and join me as we craft letters together on November 17 @4-6pm. You can register by following the link in my profile. Come and watch this scared momma conquer her fear! #todayatapple @apple #theartofwords #appleorchardroad
What would you do when you find a very nice and willing videographer?. 👨🏻💻 Well, I would ask him to help me create a lettering tutorial! And believe me I did! So off we shoot a short video to see the results and voila! An instant lettering tutorial for you!. 👨🏻🔧 Now, there’s something I want to share with you. This videographer I’m talking about is my husband. When he saw my old videos, he was appalled and sad that I didn’t ask for help. I thought he was too busy with work and won’t have time to help me so I did everything on my own - shooting videos with my iphone on an arkon stand and editing it on my own. He offered to help and told me I should’ve asked sooner.. 📹 What I realized was, sometimes we’re too busy ovethinking and we forget that there are people around us who are willing to help. All we have to do is ask. We aren’t alone. We don’t have to be. We have friends, family, significant others whom we can rely on. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it wouldn’t hurt to ask for help.. ✏️ Now, time to go watch the tutorial Kris and I prepared for you at myedeleon.com/blog or check the link in my profile. #techniquethursday_mye
It was pretty quiet around here lately and I feel rather at peace knowing I don’t have to fight with the algorithm every single day!. 📱 I’ve come to terms that while IG is one of the biggest social media platforms out there, it’s not everything. I used to be so conscious about my numbers, every post I check my likes and comments to a point where it became stressful.. 👍🏻 A few weeks ago I took a short IG break. One of the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. After that, I came back with a different perspective and now I became very selective about what I share with you. Am I just making noise? Or am I making a difference? 🙉 Likewise, what you share doesn’t always have to be about you. People are following you for a reason. If you make your posts everything about you, there’s nothing in it for them. Why should they continue to follow you? Give them a reason follow, like your post and comment in it. You won’t get those if you keep making it about you.. 📚 P.S. @masteringhandlettering will soon become an online course! We’ve been recording for weeks now and getting ready for the official launch! If you want first dibs and a free course, please visit myedeleon.com! #MHLOnline