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Have something to be excited about and look forward to. You don’t have to do something big (i.e. move abroad). It could simply be a new hobby or watching the sunrise. Last year, I was quarantined for months but still excited to create my first website, learn Portuguese (free lessons on DuoLingo), play my guitar left-handed, write calligraphy, and share my story through art.

Try New Things

At first, I thought was unable to do art. Then someone encouraged me to believe in myself and try. With lots of practice, patience, and work, I became confident in myself and began to create. Art has become a hobby where I enjoy myself, manage stress, find perspective, feel safe, and escape from problems. 

Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities. You can achieve what you believe you can.” 


You never know what you can achieve if you don’t go for it. Everyone has worth, talent, value, and potential. You are needed. I constantly remind myself small progress is a big deal and sometimes I’m chanting “I got this!” 

Don’t make your happiness wait until the day you get that ideal job, boyfriend, or perfect health.

Choose To Be Happy

No matter what happens, the one thing in my control is my attitude.

Share Smiles

You can help so many people around you. Reach outside of yourself and contribute to your community.  I had never sold a piece of art but I still taught the local community art class for at-risk youth.

Love yourself

There’s no one else in the world like you.



Create Happiness

What do you enjoy doing? Do it. Don’t wait until you’re “perfect” at it.


I love yoga, tai chi, prayer, and meditation. Even when my head felt like it was "on fire", I was able to relax my body and calm my mind.


Surround yourself with positive messages and uplifting people. Ask for help if needed. Do a random act of service. React with kindness.


I held my paintbrush and imagined mountains before relearning to paint. I held a book believing I could do hard things and relearned to read.

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