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I have been teaching art for 7 years. Prior to this, I was a Program Director for a local art studio and a curriculum creator for an international kids organization. I am passionate about art education and believe strongly in teaching both children and adults the skills that can enable them to draw and paint realistically. I hold a MA in Art education and a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts. Besides creating art and teaching art, I enjoy visiting museums. I love traveling abroad and photographing the sites. I am an active person, hiking with my pups, paddle boarding, without my pups, or just going to the gym. I also enjoy being a spectator to my favorite sports and teams which leads me to my favorite quote, by the great NC State Basketball coach, Jimmy V “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

What are life's essential lessons?

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It’s hard to get a good perspective when you’re stuck in traffic, or feeling overwhelmed by work, or stressed by family demands. But those are the moments when some words of wisdom from your elders can come in handy.
https://ideas.ted.com/5-pieces-of-essential-life-advice-from-seniors/
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The elderly that were interviewed share these tips -

Tip#1 - Think of hard times like bad weather — they too will pass.
Tip#2 - Draw inspiration from all the people you meet.
Tip#3 - Love your work — for the salary and for the people.
Tip#4 - Find mentors who can guide you and challenge you.
Tip#5 - Make the most of less.
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Do you agree with the list? Which one is your favorite tip? Do you have any life lessons to add?
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The list does make a lot of sense. I'd like to add one that I learned which is to choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones. The biggest career mistake people make is selecting a profession based only on potential earnings. A sense of purpose and passion for one’s work beats a bigger paycheck any day.
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Mine is similar to Tip # 5. Make the most out of the worst. I try to see the good or the opportunity when I am in a not-so-nice situation. My grandma actually started her small business because this is the way she thinks. Her business has grown since.
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I go by Tip # 1. When things are tough, I just remember that it won't stay that way forever. I know to take it one step at a time and eventually, things will be better.
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I've been at the same job since graduating from college for 20 years now because of Tip #4. It pays well and I like the people I work with. It really helps that I can call my workmates friends now.
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Hard times will definitely pass. I learned that from my mom. We went through a lot growing up but things will always get better. It also made us closer.
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I train myself not to be an impulsive buyer. If I don't need something, I'm not gonna buy it. That's one life tip my dad taught us. He was really good with managing money.
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The second tip is something I've always lived by. I make the most out of my interactions with people and learn from them. You're never too old to learn from other people no matter what age they are.
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I agree especially with #1. When you are young, all drama seems life-ending but you realize when you are older how silly you were being. Everything will pass so just ride it out.
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My grandfather always tells me that too! Try to learn from other people because you won't be able to live long enough to learn all the lessons yourself.
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I love my job because I have supportive peers. Pay is okay but it's a great opportunity to learn from experienced professionals. You can't put a price tag on the lessons you learn.
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My grandfather always tells me that too! Try to learn from other people because you won't be able to live long enough to learn all the lessons yourself.
I agree! We learn from our mistakes and others too. This is why I try to learn from other people as much as I can.
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I'd like to add to the list. Change is something we all have to experience, repeatedly. Often, the resistance to change makes for a more painful experience. Endings are characterized as losses, and sometimes, we fight to retain things that no longer serve us.
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Self-love sets the tone for all experiences. It decides what you will and will not tolerate. It determines self-worth.
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Tip#1 can seem so easy but it's the hardest to accept sometimes especially in a big crisis. When you are in a crisis, I know it can be hard to fathom that it will pass but it will. Just take one day at a time.
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