"With last night's thinking, I realized that the biggest hurdles, and there's two of them, in my calligraphy journey are committing to learning to do the actual calligraphy and second when to actually stop.
To be able to explain myself well and for you to understand me, let me lay down first how I got started with calligraphy.
People always ask me how I got started with it and I always tell them the story about my friend who inspired me to do what I do today. They had a coffee shop and she was writing the coffee menu on a black board with silver ink. She was writing it so beautifully that I asked her if she could write my name (I mean, like every other person who is fascinated by calligraphy, right?). She gladly obliged, wrote my name, and sent me a photo of the writing. Then on, I knew I had to learn calligraphy. I was stalking various IG calligrapher accounts for a year or so but I couldn't just find myself committing into learning it. It was difficult and I remember myself saying it several times to a friend. I think the reason I started it was that there was not much photography work during the winter. So last January 24, 2017, I woke up that winter morning, got ready and went out to buy the materials without knowing anything, what to buy, what nibs, inks, etc.
That day on (until now), I resolved to practice as much as I can, even staying up for hours till late because I couldn't perfect squaring off, because I was too engrossed in learning new stuff, and because the neighbors were quieter at night.
It was such a quick inflexion point from lacking commitment to how to stop myself from doing calligraphy all day (okay, I admit, and also all night). I'd say I've become so addicted to the refuge that calligraphy provided me that it's so hard to balance between other things. Up until now, I still am learning how to balance my calligraphy time with actually doing real life stuff like my photography editing jobs. Eeek! It's a hard time but I'm trying hard to overcome it.
Aye, remember guys! balance is so important! haha I'm working on mine slowly but surely. I will get there sooner than later. 💕"