A little about HOPE

A little about HOPE

 

Philip Abang. A little about HOPE. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. _Anne Lamott. quote
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. _Anne Lamott

 

A very specific message of doing your best, not giving up and the optimism that hope brings.

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By Philip Abang

 

 

Something to aim at

'Something to aim at'
'Something to aim at' Philip Abang. A goal is not always to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at. _Bruce Lee
A goal is not always to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at. _Bruce Lee

Isn’t it ironic that when a goal isn’t reached it is deemed a failure on ones own path. Although, not everyone sees it this way.

I have beat myself too many times not reaching certain goals that I had set. I look at my endeavour as a failure rather than a journey of discovery, learning and growth. I forget the progress and gains made in that process. I completely forget that some goals I had set was certainly to give me something to aim at, and definitely something to focus on.

The keyword in a goal is the phrase ‘something to aim at’. Take away our goals and we have nothing to aim at however basic that goal may seem.

I have come to the realisation that some goals take longer to achieve than others. Some are for self development and discovery, while some are just things that can take our awareness to certain areas. In all, it is just something that our awareness is aimed at.

I am practising being less harsh on myself realising that the process and progress in every goal is what counts. I wouldn’t look back at any point to evaluate my process or progress if there wasn’t something aimed at in the first place.

Be gentle on yourself if that goal isn’t yet accomplished. At least, you are driven by an aim. Take some time out to see your progress and what you have learnt in the process.

Slow progress to your goal is better than none. You still have ‘something to aim at’.

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By Philip Abang

A good teacher can inspire hope

Dear ZedTears, A good teacher can inspire hope

A good teacher can inspire hope

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” _Brad Henry

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By Philip Abang

Happiness is a choice

Dear ZedTears. Happiness is a choice, not a result. _Ralph Marston

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“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” _Ralph Marston

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By Philip Abang

Our internal demons

Our internal demons

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Internal demons 1

I read this article ‘Here Are 5 Ways To Face Your Demons And Free Yourself From The Pain Of The Past’ by Tony Fahkry.

In the article, Tony Fahkry detailed how to face and overcome your demons. I was drawn to this quote by Brendon Burchard which Tony referenced;

“Our internal demons poison us with worry and fear whenever we might be vulnerable, stunting our growth and vitality. Our destiny is decided by how well we know our demons of Doubt and Delay, how well we defend against them, and how many battles we win against them each day of our lives.”

Tony referenced a few other quotes although this one struck a chord.

As a creative, there is the issue of imposter syndrome, fear of failure, fear of rejection, the fear that your work will be ill-conceived, fear that your work will be judged harshly, and the list goes on. One is overwhelmed by the angst which creates doubts in ones ability leading to a lack of confidence, and the inability to strive forward.

We are all faced with our own inner demons whatever your status, and the best way to overcome these demons is by facing it head-on as the quote suggests.

I battle mine constantly on a daily basis. I will strongly recommend that you read Tony Fahkry’s article at your spare time. It is an interesting read.

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By Philip Abang

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Hello ZedTears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Thank You

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Corita Kent. Corita 100. mock up

I haven’t been as active posting blogs or wonderful quotes on my site lately. I am in the process of moving home so it is physically tasking coupled with work and family activities. Although, I still do come across many inspiring quotes that I would have loved to design and post here but obviously things get overtaken by events.

I will love to share in depth why I do what I do, why I love to design quotes and why I use a degree of expressive typography in a subsequent post. But for now let me share my process of how I come across quotes. Leonardo Da Vinci once said that “learning never exhaust the mind”. My approach to learning lead to my path in Graphic Design. The first day I heard of the term ‘Graphic Design’ was the day I pick up the phone and called a few universities if they had vacancy so I could enrol. Thanks to my business partner at the time who mentioned it in conversation and thanks to UEL that had vacancy for me to start a new chapter in my life’s storybook. Learning is never too much in my opinion, we’ll keep learning and discovering new things until we cease to exist.

I try to pay attention to things that I read, watch or listen to. This approach often or most time lead to discovery and a wealth of knowledge. The quotes I post have come as a result. Some quotes posted have also come from some blogs read and from some amazing bloggers on this platform. I wasn’t aware of this platform until I shared my first post. By this I mean a channel where a community of great minds and awesome individuals shared great posts and contents. Sincerely speaking, when I shared my first post it was at the beginning of March 2018. My intention was to have a portfolio website displaying some of the works I had done and something extra that I could share my thoughts and my design process.

Enough of the blah blah blah! Not so long ago, I designed and posted a series of quotes on Corita Kent when she was mentioned in a YouTube video I was watching. I did a research on her and was blown away by this incredible woman, her works, her powerful and inspirational words. I was truly inspired. I could see why Brian Collins mentioned her in that video and why she is an inspiration to many designers, artists, painters, writers, you name it.

Recently, I have started posting on instagram, and shared these quote series there. The quotes had many likes and some comments too to my astonishment. I was discovering another world. The quotes were liked by Designspiration, Corita Art Center and more.

Last week I had a direct message from Corita Art Center based in Los Angeles, CA. saying how they loved my artwork and will like me to submit the artwork as they were celebrating Corita’s 100th birthday anniversary. The artwork is considered for the #coritaartcontest  #coritainspired, #corita100. Needless to say how humbled I was by this very kind gesture and for the work to be recognized. This is an indication that some things we put out or share could mean a great deal to others.

I wanted to share why I do what I do in a subsequent post but I might as well spill the beans on why I design quotes. I design quotes because I am inspired by the powerful words (I hope someone else shares my sentiment). I also design quotes because it lets me experiment with type and typography (as a graphic designer). I see typeface(s) as image(s). I design quote because it gives me so much joy in doing so. I design quotes as it has become somewhat of a hobby. I design quotes because I love quotes period.

The reason for the Corita Kent’s quotes was not to gain praises or recognition, it was for the reasons stated above. Words cannot fully express how grateful I am for the likes and recognition though, for the readers of my blogs and for the followers too. Without you I wouldn’t be wholeheartedly enjoying this process, and wanting to post more content.

I will be sharing my design process on how I created the Corita Kent artwork in a later post.

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to Corita Art Center, and to the wonderful community of readers and followers of creatives.

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By Philip Abang