Do what you love and love what you do!

For the last few months, something's been itching inside me to learn calligraphy. I had a million and one things on my to-do list, especially after I had just returned from two and a half weeks in Africa and had moved from NYC to California a few months prior. When I saw these amazing online workshops through Skillshare, I knew that my time would be flexible and I could turn that yearning into a reality.

I was late to this Calligraphy I class but managed to get into a flow after 3 days and I experimented a lot on my own especially since I didn't have any guides to "trace". I realized that it's just as important to develop one's voice as it is to learn the technical aspects of an art. [First photo is a sample of work I completed in three days.]

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For my class project, I chose the quote by Rumi, "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." I'm at a crossroads in my life between choosing a career path that my heart calls for me to follow [photography and other creative pursuits] which require more time and financial sacrifice before financial stability occurs versus a short-term solution to financial stability which could mean putting my passions and entrepreneurial pursuits temporarily aside. Oftentimes I find that when we get stuck in the rat race, we're in a battle of choosing responsibility and practicality over passion and play.

Rumi's quote hits close to home because there is an ultimate solution that is a blend of both -- that is, to find what you love, and do what you love and love what you do. Fear of failure or the desire for perfection (Yes, I'm a Virgo!) sometimes paralyzes me from taking a step forward but I've shifted into the mode of DOING. Doing and taking action one way or another, brings me closer to knowing where I could go or where I do not want to go. And knowing this, takes me closer to where I am meant to be and what I am meant to do. I am letting the beauty of what I love, be what I do...starting from photography and continuing with calligraphy.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th photos are of the evolution of the final piece in a frame when the deadline of this project was due. However, I wasn't completely satisfied with the final piece. I realized that the scale of the quote to the frame is what threw me off and after a few iterations I was finally happy. Practice doesn't make perfect; practice makes progress! :)

Thank you for following me on this journey! As a result of this class, I've decided to embark on another project myself, where I continue to practice calligraphy. You can follow me on instagram at @jacquelinemkoh as I continue #the100dayproject.

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