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I struggled with keeping what was supposed to be essential flowers on the painting from not ending up looking like fried eggs. Of course, I was not successful. Therefore, artist of the world, I salute you! You will always have my respect! I looked around in my group to observe who did the most damage and yeah, it was the left-handed. It was me. Note: don’t hang out with good painters either.

I thought “just a couple of brush strokes here and there and voilà!…here comes good art!”

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In the end, I was happy I tried painting, even though I sucked. Happily embracing changes in my life. Years ago, I felt trapped in my personal future goals. Never the present, and I was unable to enjoy daily simplicity, gentle laughter or firmly saying NO to what others wanted from me. Crazy things happened since then, and necessary changes entered my life. I examined my struggles and past mistakes, and in many ways, I am deeply thankful for each of them and the woman I aim to become today.

Years ago, I felt trapped in my personal future goals. Never the present, and I was unable to enjoy daily simplicity, gentle laughter or firmly saying NO to what others wanted from me.

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Comfort Zone

When we go through dramatic changes in life, we become similar to a blank canvas. The same as a painter who pauses to think about the inspirational creativity before painting. We are also forced to stop, think and face the upcoming or needed changes. Life is creation. Neglecting or not taking responsibility into creating in our everyday lives means sabotaging our very own existence. It is a life-saving process for us to open up the mind and body into searching for the things needed and deserved. Pausing inside our comfort zone will always be our self-destruction. We need to learn how to become our best friend and heroes. The only way to reach such path is through an honest conversation with the soul or an abandonment of our current level of satisfaction under at a familiar setting.

Let’s face it. There is no excitement around the comfort zone. It is the place where we drown ourselves with boredom.

We are also forced to stop, think and face the upcoming or needed changes. Life is creation. Neglecting or not taking responsibility into creating in our everyday lives means sabotaging our very own existence.

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I believe the number one step to get out of the fear-comfort zone is by learning to make a fool of ourselves. Learning to laugh in front of life’s struggles is the perfect shield to support and nurture courage. An aborting others’ people opinions and influence into what is right or wrong for our lives.

Let’s face it. There is no excitement around the comfort zone. It is the place where we drown ourselves with boredom. I believe the number one step to get out of the fear-comfort zone is by learning to make a fool of ourselves.

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Location

My favorite area in Manhattan. It is called Battery Park City and is a residential 92 acre in a planned community. Perfect to spend hours walking and forgetting that you are in the middle of such a never-stopping city as it is New York City. I believe that the greatness of this area comes from having the best boardwalk in NYC with that beautiful waterfront (hey, it is not bad to look at New Jersey).

The best way to enjoy this boardwalk is by taking the 1 train downtown and get off at South Ferry and walk towards the right. The boardwalk is full of things to do as well. The first visible place will be the Sea Glass Carousel, a fish-theme carousel which cost $16 millions to build and it was opened in 2015. The music was created by Teddy Zambetti, and the carousel design is trying to represent a bioluminescent under the sea garden.

Near the Sea, Glass Carousel is the ferry that goes to the Statue Of Liberty.  If you keep walking the Battery Park City boardwalk, then you may be able to find one of the many free events on Battery and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. But for me, the main attraction in Battery Park City -besides the beautiful Marina waterfront- is  Brookfield Place. A place with gorgeous architecture, free events, shopping and several floors with great food choices including the French food-center Le District and great coffee from Financier Patisserie.  Also the famous Shake Shack one block away. Right behind Brookfield Place is the 911 Memorial and Museum, The Oculus and the One World Trade building. Nearby, there is also a movie theater the Regal Entertainment.

In Overall, Battery Park City has it all. My favorite thing to do is to order a gelato at Le District after a long walk and sit in one of the benches at the boardwalk, especially during the sunset.

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I examined my struggles and past mistakes, and in many ways, I am deeply thankful for each of them and the woman I aim to become today.

With Love,
Wen

All opinions are my own.

 

2 Comments

  1. “Let’s face it. There is no excitement around the comfort zone. It is the place where we drown ourselves with boredom.”

    Beautiful. Thank you for a beautiful, vulnerable truth. It encouraged my heart greatly.

  2. These photos are blowing my mind! I need to go back to New York, I’ve only been once, can you believe it?! Is it possible to be homesick for a place you’ve only been once?

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