Name: Juliana Lee

Social Media Handle/Username: @minemendes

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: hi! my name is Juliana, mostly called yana. just a diabetic art student that tries to see good in everyone. I’m from the Philippines and I love art, creating it, and just consuming it. I love music too. actually I love a lot of things, but these two are the main deals.

What Inspires You Every day? : There are a lot of things that could inspire each individual. For me, It could be as simple as the blue sky, or how the sunshine passes through my window, maybe something someone said in some interview, maybe a movie, or something so random you could’ve seen it on a street sign. I think the thing that inspires me the most is sadness. especially the sadness coming from myself. It inspires me to figure out what is happening internally and express that sadness into art. Into whatever medium I would use.

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: someone told me something that goes like this: “No one has a microscope held against you, no person is watching your every move, so do things without the fear of getting judged. and when they do judge, do other people’s opinion matter if you are truly happy?” It has been my shining light when I feel afraid of showing what is truly the version of me, I only see.

What is your ultimate goal in life? : I think the ultimate goal in life is to be content. Humans have this thing where we want to chase after the next big thing. One day, I wanna do all the things I want, go to all the places I see, Love all the people around me, succeed in my career, and just look back and think, “this is what i wanted, I am now content. happy”. I want to reach certain goals and not desire for more when its already that version of “more” I aspire to have.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : The pandemic has truly been a confusing time. This is a point in our lives where we discover hidden truths. We find out who will stick with us, who will be there in the dark, and what things are we really capable of. This pandemic has not been easy for everyone, all of us went through something. And all of us have no idea what others are going through.

I think I have been enough. There are days, and there will be more days where the only think I will do is get out of bed, and that will be okay. Throughout this pandemic we are experiencing, I feel as If I am enough. For my real friends, for the new friends who feel like we’ve known each other for years, for my family, for even the leaves outside, and especially for myself. I feel enough. I feel free in the comforts of my own home, despite being locked in with no option to come out. So to answer this question, I feel enough, and I feel happy, yet there are days where I feel sad, or angry. But I do know that everything I am feeling is valid. I am valid, and you are too.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Hi, this is the sign to take that risk. Do that thing you’ve wanted to do ever since. This is the time to make mistakes, and yes, it is very okay to make mistakes. It could be as simple as starting that Tv Show you have been eyeing, or as big as starting up a business. I know you have the guts to make it happen, all you have to do is believe in yourself. I know, that saying is kind of cliché, but you do have to believe in yourself. If no one believes in you, just know, from this one corner in Asia, this girl you are reading this message from, believes in you.

another thing, be kind. Everyone is going through stuff they hide with their façade, so be nice. Help whenever you can, check on your loved ones, and take yourself on a date. Love yourself. Love yourself before you can love others. Do not go walk this earth spreading hate. Do not live your life being filled with hate. I could go on and ramble about more things but I think this is the most important message to spread right now.

Remember, It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I struggle in being open, and explaining what i truly feel, and i am working on it. My lifeline during this pandemic was mostly music, (folklore by Taylor Swift, wonder by Shawn Mendes, and rubber soul by the Beatles are albums i held on to, so maybe these could help you too!) and truly spending time with myself, discovering things i didn’t know before. I still don’t know what I want to chase after, but it is okay not knowing. I’ll figure it out!

Also I have an art account, so if you want to check that out, go on @inw0nder on instagram!

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