Inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), NaNoDrawMo is a personal challenge to push ourselves to practice drawing every day for one month. The only way (ONLY way) to get better is to practice. Drawing is a skill, like writing, that must be practiced to be improved.
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My mother was invited to be the commencement speaker of my high school alma mater. I was not able to attend, but while she was delivering her speech, both of my sisters were messaging me how impressed they were. When we were much younger, my parents’ tutoring assignments were Math for Papa and English for Mama. We (Patty, Jill and I) have always known that Ma writes well and was partly responsible in helping us discover/develop our own writing style, but we are in agreement in saying that it is only now that we realize how underrated her charisma is when speaking in public (hehehe we love you, mujay!).
I may be a bit biased, but I personally think it is because she is such a genuine person (perhaps the most genuine person I know). I hope you’ll enjoy reading this as much as I did. :)
COMMENCEMENT SPEECH - Universidad de Santa Isabel
22 March 2013
(Theme: Go, Be God’s Witnesses of the Faith)
"I see something in animals that I don’t see in humans. They have a focus and energy that humans don’t have. They just want to live. They aren’t trying to impress anyone. They aren’t trying to hurt anyone for no reason. Even the rat you see in the subway— his only thought is finding the food he needs to survive. Animals only want to live. It’s humans that demand more than they need."
"People need to use their creativity. Everyone has it, but we’re conditioned into thinking that only experts and celebrities have it, so everyone else should just fall into line. Society thinks creative people are dangerous."
"Why don’t people don’t use their creativity more?"
"Because they’re being bamboozled."
"Everyone should find God’s voice, and follow it."
"How do you tell the difference between God’s voice and your own?"
"Practice meditating everyday. You’ll realize that there’s a silence underlying everything. That’s where God lies."
"Seems like it’d be tough to listen to a silent voice."
"That’s why you need to practice meditating."
“I’ve got a problem with procrastination. And it’s especially bad now, because I’ve got this opportunity to write for a music magazine. The thing is… I know what I should be doing: reaching out to bands, doing interviews, networking with new bands before they get big. I know that it’s going to involve hustling every single day. And I hope this doesn’t make me sound like a loser, but I have trouble getting revved up on any given day to start down the path.”
“Can I give one piece of advice?”
“Instead of focusing on the million things you need to do to be successful, focus on two or three things you can do to move forward each day. The quickest way out of paralysis is a simple daily routine.”
Watched this movie today. Emotional and beautiful movie.
Project of the Day: Making a Video About Your Art
By: Lauren Nash [The Sketchbook Project 2011, The Sketchbook Project 2012, The Sketchbook Project Limited Edition, The 4 x 6 Exchange 2]
I like working with many mediums, but I draw, paint, craft and make videos mainly. If I can get…