Title: Love for Imperfect Things – How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection
Author: Haemin Sunim
Self-care is something I wanted to keep in mind for 2020, and I chanced upon this book one random visit to Kinokuniya. “Love for imperfect things” – How to accept yourself in a world starving for perfection. It is related to me because as a dancer/performer/creator I was also so hard on myself to be “perfect” or to be more creative. That limited my ability to express myself or enjoy what I do. And so reading this book allowed me to understand, accept and be okay with the things I create and I started to appreciate myself a little bit more. However this book also teaches a lot of other values that relate to everyday life, compassion and empathy for yourself and others, healing, forgiveness and letting go.
Skillshare an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. It sets itself apart from free classes as there are guidelines for teachers. It also allows me to get in touch with the teachers directly to answer any queries I have.
Recently, I have been using this platform to learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator to help me create collaterals for XITY. The courses I took were project-based, meaning it allowed me to apply the skills to real-world scenarios when designing, so especially for me, a more hands-on person, it helped me to remember the skills in an engaging manner. This platform has allowed me to upgrade my skills during this circuit breaker period and has inspired me to keep learning. So hopefully, it would inspire others to develop that same spirit through this platform.
Title: The African Doctor (2016)
Director: Julien Rambaldi
A timely film that addresses racism based on a true story of Dr. Seyolo Zantoko. This is a touching story on resilience and openness in humanity. Perhaps, it might be helpful to take a step back at this point and reflect about how this topic connects with our life, our family, the communities we belong to and the people we care.