March 22, 2014

Living fully by taking small risks

Are you afraid of living fully?
I am.

But then I realized, 
I was the one who was imprisoning myself in my own shell. 

I wanted to break free
to live fully the way I'm meant to live. 

So, I decided to take a small risk with my painting today. 

When I was done painting, 
I felt free. 
I could breathe with ease 
for the first time in a long time. 

Nothing good comes out of fear.
Everything good is made out of love. 

I'm breaking free from the shell that confines me
by taking small risks. 

I'm breaking free from my fear 
by chasing my love.

I probably need a mat with a bigger opening. 

But I think this piece looks quite handsome paired with a dark mat.

Let's take our passion and run like our life depends on it.

Would you walk down the path that's tailored just for you - 
the path that fits perfectly to your unique design?

Did you take any small risks that set you free lately?

I'd love to know. 

Contemplating: Ink, watercolor, oil pastel, and charcoal on paper


  1. Yuko, I know I keep repeating myself, but your artwork is stunning. I LOVE this piece.
    You should get the book, "Mr. Tiger Goes Wild" by Peter Brown. I want to by a copy for everyone I know. :)

    1. Thank you so much! I love children's books - I will have to get this one, today!

  2. He is gorgeous! His eyes are so pretty.
    I'm pretty comfortable with risk taking, within reason. In business, I am usually eager to 'roll the dice' and try new things. If that weren't the case, I never would have been foolish enough to start my own business in the depths of a recession :). Luckily I'm stubborn enough that it worked out. Where I am not in the market of risk taking is in my personal life. For me, relationship risks tend to go down in flames.
    I think it is wonderful how you're pushing yourself and taking risks to create such beautiful works of art!

    1. Thanks Stephen! I think I'm the same way. I have no problem taking risks in some areas, but have trouble doing that in others areas (for me, it's the creative stuff). But we only live once, so why don't we take some risks and have fun?? ;-) ;-)


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