Wow! 2020 was a year of Yin and Yang. I had a fantastic start and ended with the biggest heartbreak of losing my mom. I know I am not the only one with heartaches, and some of you have suffered as much as I have and maybe more.
2021 is quickly approaching. I hope we will all get vaccinated, and the pandemic will soon be over.
Nevertheless, it is a new year, and that brings new hopes and plans. I was mulling through a few goal planning ideas to set you on the right track.
To improve our lives and business goals, we need to have a plan in place or maybe two. The more equipped we are to get these goals set up, the more likely we will succeed in life, relationship, or business.
The other thing about goal planning is that it is not a NY resolution as it is more of a mindset intention. It is all about keeping our minds focused on our dreams, scheduling them, and getting them accomplished.
One word of advice: do not make an exceedingly big to-do list that will overwhelm you and set yourself up for failure. Keeping it manageable is better than an over-ambitious to-do list.
I have researched the best planners for your 2021 goal setting. Here are my three favorite goal planners:
The Word of the Year Tool: Time Needed 45 mins more or less
The Word Of The Year Tool designed by Christine Kane is easy to digest, and she also provides a little exercise for you to do, making it fun and provides clarity. It will take less than an hour to complete.
I love this one because it is all about mindset, and that truly is the initial magical formula to accomplishing everything you want in life. Since getting anything done needs some strategic planning, I would not stop right here with Christine Kane. My suggestion is to continue with an additional planner that is more detailed in setting each goal up for success. Please see below for my recommendations.
Purge and Prune: Time Needed 30 mins or less
Purge and Prune method by Marie Forleo is a two-step method, which is super easy to follow with the same up-level intention. It is less detailed, a simple but useful guide to follow. It is a worthwhile watch on Marie TV: Marie Forleo Goal setting
It is a fun and informative 11 minutes video to watch. It does offer a free planner download, and if you were to do the exercise that Marie has suggested, it might take about ½ hr to complete. I find the planner basic, but it does provide you some clarity on your projects.
Year Detailed Planning: Time needed is about 45 mins more or less
Year Detailed Planning is by Jenna Kutcher, a podcast that takes 27 minutes of listening time: https://jennakutcherblog.com/115/. To be clear, Jenna Kutcher Detailed Planning is on a Mastermind that she had participated in with some of her modifications.
Jenna explained that the method breaks down the yearly panning into quarters, making it manageable and easy to implement. She talks about getting detailed with each goal, with when and where you should schedule each task, making it doable.
I love this method because Jenna goes into depth on strategically scheduling your projects in detail, making it my second choice for my goal planning for this year.
The similarities between these three goal-setting methods are clarity, keeping it simple, and mindset.
Goal-setting is not only about accomplishing your dream. The process of goal setting also helps you to become the person you want to become. A positive mindset is the beginning of all successes in life.
Well, I hope this guide will help you effectively plan out your 2021 so that you can make things happen successfully. I know which one I am going to follow, and that is the Word Of The Year Tool by Kristine Kane and Jenna Kutcher Year Detailed Planning.
Grab a notebook and your favorite marker and get planning and let us make our 2021 the best year ever!
With Creative Joy,
Ting Yuen xoxo
After such a challenging year, I am grateful to be unwinding for the Xmas Season. This time of the year evokes thoughts of gratitude.
Thank you from the bottom of my Heart.
I want to let you know that I am so grateful for you. Thank you for letting me be in your inbox every week. Thank you for all your love, comments, and emails that you have sent to me.
Why you are the Best Gift to the World.
Most of all, I appreciate you because you are a gift to this world.
Your smile, laughter, love, generosity, kindness, and wisdom are all part of this Universe's energy. Your empathy and compassion are making a difference on this planet. Every positive energy you put out there in this world multiplies, and the world becomes a better place because of you.
So, my friends, you are a very special star. How would you like to shine for the Christmas season and the upcoming year? Would you like to join me and make the world a better place by being the best we can be and share it with our loved ones and the world?
Remember, you are never too small to make a difference. If you have touched one person's life this year with your thoughtfulness and love, that kindness will multiply to abundance.
For Paul and I, since we have recently lost my mother Mei, the grieve is still profoundly painful. We are keeping our Christmas celebration simple but memorable by expressing our gratitude to God and the Universe.
I want to give thanks to my mom, and her love has made a difference in my life. She was an exemplary and selfless woman and mother. I will always be grateful for what my mom had taught me. To honor my mother, I will live my life with gratitude and courage. I miss her dearly.
How would you like to celebrate your season of gratitude this year? Who would you like to honor and to give thanks to during this season?
Once again, my gratitude extends to you for letting me be part of your life, I want to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart for connecting with me.
Well, my friends, Paul and I wish you and your family all the best for the gratitude Season, and may it be joyous and memorable.
Stay safe, my friends.
Do you have a self-therapy that stimulates your creativity, assist you in problem-solving, and calm your nervous system?
Hello Friends, Since my big move to Nova Scotia, I have developed tendonitis in my hands. The pain has been debilitating. At this moment, I can’t paint, and writing has proven to be a challenging and painful experience. Although typing seems to work just fine so I have been working on my course creation for beginner artists, which I will share with you in the upcoming year.
Lately, the grieving for my mom has ignited inspiration within me. The surge of emotions has rekindled my passion for self-care, and my desire to paint has multiplied. But my studio is still unpacked and disheveled.
So last weekend, to sort out the chaos in my studio, Paul, my loving husband, moved boxes out of my way and placed furniture in the designated area. And finally, my studio is in a manageable stage.
I will fix up my studio this weekend and return to my passion. At this point, I will find ways to handle the pain in my hands, perhaps by adjusting the way I hold my paintbrush and work through the discomfort.
Painting my emotions has always been my strength. I started painting because I was going through a challenging time in my life. My love for painting has become a therapeutic and heartfelt practice.
When my emotions run high, painting becomes a necessity. When I create, it releases my stress level, and it allows me to calm down.
Painting is my therapy. It stimulates my creative mind, helps me self-explore and develop self-awareness. The act of painting itself releases stress because it is methodical and strategical.
How about you? Do you have a practice that you indulge in that releases your stress level? Do you like to run, meditate, bake, or indulge in baths? Whatever provides you tranquillity, make sure you make it a priority because you are worth it.
Whatever it may be, please schedule it in. I am scheduling my studio time for the weekend. I look forward to sharing my new work with you very shortly.
Here are some of the ideas for my upcoming projects
When I am filled with emotions, I usually see images whirling in my mind, waiting to explore on canvas. Recently the images in my head have been about Embracing Grief, I am going to explore an image that represents: the courage to accept the discomfort, and respect the process by giving grace.
I had also seen flashback images of my mom and me when I was little: My mom and I used to indulge in lounging together. When I was a child, she and I would splurge on an afternoon by lying in bed. We would just lay there, resting in silence, and there was a feeling of comfort contentment. There is nothing more beautiful than an afternoon, where silence is bestowed upon us to reflect on our day and know that we belong together.
My studio is definitely calling me. :)
With Creative Joy,
For those of you that are familiar with my art, you know that I believe in miracles and higher energy.
When a person passes on, her body is no longer needed, you may not be able to touch and hug your beloved, but the spirit continues to live on. As a matter of fact, it takes on a meaningful and magical presence in your life.
Hi Friends, My beautiful mother, Mei Wong passed away on November 27th, 2020. Since then, I have witnessed at least one miracle a day.
Throughout my adulthood, I had many suppressed emotional issues about my childhood. I did not know how to deal with my emotional pain, so I buried them instead of dealing with them.
My mother's passing had excavated these emotional issues to the surface. Mei has helped me by aligning unresolved issues to the forefront. After all these years, I was finally able to find a resolution to my suppressed feelings. I am so grateful for my mother's grand gesture of love.
My mom continues to show me that love does conquer all and that she is LOVE.
My grieving has also subsided because my mom came to me with a song.
Since the day my mom Mei suffered her last stroke, I have sobbed like a baby. I am not one that cries. I reserved my tears in hopes that I will remain strong and in control.
But with my mother’s situation, I have allowed myself to be open with my pain by embracing my grief, and the only way I know how to relieve the pain is to sob openly like a baby.
My energy got depleted because of my depression. I was starting to lose focus on my life. All I wanted was to stay in bed all day and cry.
One night, I went upstairs to my bedroom to cry. My husband Paul was downstairs praying to my mom for guidance. He wanted to know what he could do to comfort me.
Before Paul could finish with his request, he started humming this song. Top of the world by Carpenters. When I finished my sobbing, Paul approached me and told me to listen to the melody and the lyrics. My husband told me it is from mom to me. I could not have agreed more.
When someone leaves the physical plain, she will always remain in spirit. My mom will guide me with her wisdom and love. I will continuously talk to my mom and love her forever in my heart.
When my time comes, I know I will see her again. Love you mom.
It is with deepest sorrow, my mom, Mei Ying Wong passed away on Nov 27th, 2020 at 6 a.m. Pacific time, in her care home. Victoria Chinatown Care Centre in Victoria, B.C.
My mom, Mei Ying Wong was an extraordinary woman and I am not just saying that because she was my mom. I know, if you would have ever met Mei, you would agree wholeheartedly with me.
To describe Mei’s life is an impossible task. Her life was rich, adventurous, and fascinating. Mei was a complex and incredible woman.
My mom was a songstress, She relished the chance to sing a song, and that was when her showmanship shone. She had the most beautiful voice. It was powerful, clear, and melodic. When Mei sang, the world listened in awe. One of her contributions to the Victoria Chinatown Care Centre, where she resided was to bring joy and entertainment value to her fellow residents with her singing ability.
Mei was also a devotional and intelligent woman. My mom was fearless, being the eldest of 11 siblings, and coming from hardship, she started working at a very young age, helping her mom and dad with their small businesses, and learned about commerce and entrepreneurship. She remained a loyal and supportive daughter until their passing. And in the eyes of her siblings, Mei was a natural born leader that led with her heart and brain.
Throughout my mom’s creative life, she had a few careers. She was a school teacher, a successful businesswoman and a savvy investor. Mei, the feminist, had a go-getter tenacity, and she was courageous and adventurous, she also loved animals and nature.
Above all, My mom was a dedicated mother that wanted her girls to have the brightest future possible. She wanted us to forge a life of independence and the knowledge that there was nothing we couldn't do. Mei was an admirable mother who loved unconditionally.
If you were to describe my mom, you would have a hard time finding one word that pinpoints her personality. She was truly unique. Her magnetic charisma and beautiful presence attracted so much attention. One could not walk by my mom without doing a double take, Mei was the honey, and we were all her bees.
My mom is in heaven as we speak, singing her lungs out in the meadow of flowers, surrounded by an audience of angels and loved ones. Mei will be greatly missed and loved by all that knew her.
Today, is the Celebration of Life for Mei Ying Wong. Due to Covid Rule, I am not allowed to attend. I will celebrate her life with Paul, my husband and we will be with her in spirit.
With great sadness,
Hello friends and family, Paul and I just want to wish all of you, the best for the holiday season.
Thank you for letting us into your lives throughout the year by reading our newsletters and for sharing them with your friends and family. As a small business we appreciate every helping gestures in the most sincere way.
And thank you for those of you that purchase from us or rally us on on our social media.You and your support for our work, will keep us endlessly grateful.
You are the blessings in our lives that only deserve the best that life can provide for you.
If you are home for Christmas, I hope the family gatherings, and all that wonderful season cheers add new light into your being, because you are so loved by your family.
If you are alone for Christmas, I hope you will take your time to reflect and give your gratitude for the year to come.
Merry Christmas Everyone, Paul and I hope this season of gratitude concludes your year in the most loving way. Thank you for being our tribe. xoxo
P/S Thank you for your emails, we love reading them! Keep them flowing. :)
With creative Joy,
Ting and Paul xoxo
“Hey friends, Want to hear a SWEET fact? All my art prints are printed in house by Paul, my husband, they are the highest quality prints that you can ever get.
They are printed on archival paper with archival inks and have a life span of 100 years behind glass! You know what that means? Well, let me explain it to you, that means these prints are going to out last you, which also means you can pass them down to your future generation to enjoy. Isn’t that Amazing?
The best part is, every one of my prints comes with a story that I lovingly wrote for you, it depends which prints you choose to have in your home, but I do promise you one thing, that each artwork brings only positive living in your home.
Treat your prints like manifestos, let them inspire your life!
And if you love my art, you are in luck!
I am having a 20% OFF Sitewide Sale effective today Nov 26th and ends on Dec 3rd at midnight. I hope you'll take advantage of it. Happy Shopping my Friends.
With Creative Joy,
Friends, what is forgiveness? Forgiveness is overcoming ill feelings toward an offense.
Here is a confession, I have done many things in my life that I am not proud of, and one of the things I am not proud of is my unwillingness to forgive myself.
And I know you can relate,
My empathetic heart is very biased, and I am afraid to say, not in my favor. You see, my friend, I am so quick to forgive everyone that has harmed in my life but so slow at forgiving myself.
Lately, during a conversation with a friend, she expressed the same sentiment, and I thought there is a lesson to be learned here for all of us.
If we are willing to forgive others, then there should be no difference when it comes to forgiving ourselves. We need to give ourselves grace, overcome our self-resentment, and work towards self-forgiveness.
If we don't forgive ourselves now, then when are we ever going to love ourselves?
Are we going to lie in bed every night, wishing and hoping that we could have done better?
Or Are we going to lie in bed every night, thanking God for this beautiful life and try to honor it the best we can?
Remember, we are only humans, live your life with purpose and be kind to yourself and others.
Once in a while, you may fall off the cliff, but it does not mean you should self-sabotage, instead learn from it and take control of your happiness by self-accepting. True happiness takes self-mastery, and I am not there yet. :)
Hence the Art series of Self Acceptance is painted. This series is about self-discovery, love, and acceptance.
This collection of Self Acceptance Artwork will empower you to live your life to the fullest by first accepting and loving yourself. You are beautiful.
Self Acceptance will suit any boudoir. This charming and feminine series is perfect for any woman that wants to be empowered by her self discovery.
To view this collection, please click onto the pictures below.
With a Self Accepting Heart,
Hey friends, Do you remember the first time you realized your mom loves you?
My mom is not doing well, and I will continue to celebrate her love with you.
I am thinking of my mom and feeling her spirit all around me. She is sad at the moment, but she is LOVED.
I remember my first memory of what love was, and this painting "Unconditional Love", where a girl is sitting, looking at her mom, the Moon, it tells a story of that day, and what I am about to share with you is the "behind the scene" story.
I was eight years old at that time, and I was no longer living with my mom. I was schooling in Singapore while my parents operated their business in Malaysia.
Anyway, My mom came to visit, and she would usually stay for a few weeks. I was so thrilled to have mom by my side for a little while.
While she was visiting, we would hang out doing nothing in particular, just being with each other was more than enough for me.
One afternoon I came home from school, and she wasn’t around. So I waited for her to return, when she came home she handed me a box, I opened it, and there it was, a pair of shoes! They weren’t anything fancy, they were just regular canvas shoes for school, but it was the thought that counted.
You see, my school shoes were falling apart on me, but I have forgotten to mention them to my mom, but because she deeply cared for me, she has noticed.
In our family culture, love was not expressed verbally nor in grand gesture. Therefore a little gesture like that was a HUGE thing for me.
And that was the precise moment a light bulb went off in my head, and I thought to myself, “That is LOVE!”.
To read the original story of unconditional love, click here: https://www.tingyuenart.com/unconditional-love-print.html
This artwork is perfect for your child's or your mother's room. The original was sold to a lovely lady that had lost her son. I gave a print of this to my mom, it is now hanging in her room in the senior centre.
With unconditional love,
I come to you with a heavy heart today. I am losing someone dear to my heart, my mom, Mei.
I have painted about my mom and have expressed my love for her in my paintings.
For the past ten years, my mom suffers from Dementia. Last week, my mom fell into an unresponsive state and got hospitalized.
I talk to Mei every week, and ever since the Pandemic, her health has declined, so I called her twice a week.
A month ago, my mom called me, which was surprising to me. You see, since my mom has been suffering from Dementia, she does not do that anymore, My phone number is plaster on her wall, but she does not seem to realize that.
Anyway, she called me out of the blues, to tell me that she found my phone number and that she wants to come and see me. So I agreed that she should, although we should wait till the Pandemic is over to be safe.
The following day, I was elated that she had called the night before. That night, she called again, and I was equally impressed. But I also knew it could be the last of her lucid mind.
Subsequently, the phone calls that followed were a mixture of lucidity and confusion.
My last conversation with her was a monologue on her part, and I listened. That was the last time I talked to my mom. Mei fell into an unresponsive state and got hospitalized, she has now returned to her senior center to rest.
I have dove into a feeling of deep sorrow, knowing that the days are numbered.
I did not grow up with my mom since I was 7, I miss out on some life lessons, but I also remember some that are so important that it got seared into my young brain and continued to benefit me till today.
My mom is a complex feminist of many values. She is not perfect by any means. Mei is a songstress with a go-getter tenacity, and she is courageous and adventurous. She was also a successful teacher and businesswoman.
Above all, my mom was a woman that wanted her girls to have the brightest future possible, so much so that she was willing to give up her identity as a mother. She trusted us to forge our lives like she did when she was little.
Her offspring, my sisters, and I bore a lot of our mother's traits, the good and the bad.
During these days of grieving, my sister, Precious Pearl, said to me, when you are feeling sad about mom, try to think of the good times that you have spent with her.
And I have so many. Here is one:
"My mom and I went for a walk. I bought her a coffee maker and some coffee. I wanted to train her to drink a cup a day for health benefits.
That gorgeous spring day, Mei and I were having a good time. On our way home, we were chatting up a storm, oblivious to our surroundings, we got lost.
So my mom and I went to the closest convenience store and asked the clerk to call us a cab. While we were waiting for the taxi, we shared our misadventure with the clerk. The clerk then pulled out a cab voucher and told us that she does not take cabs and that she got it as a gift.
The clerk then passed it on to us and told us to use it. Mom and I felt so blessed that we met a lady with such a big heart (I hope she is reading this) we thought she was just the icing to our adventure. As we rode the taxi home, we reminisced about the kind clerk and laughed about our misadventure."
Love you, mother,
Now, I would love it, if you could share one of your fondest moment about your mom with me below on the comment. Let's honor our moms today and every day. <3
With deep sorrow
Ting Yuen Art
Hi I am Ting, I am so glad that you are here.