ABOUT MELISSA LOPEZ ART
First, welcome. I’m happy you’re here :)!
If you’re trying to start up a side business but can’t seem to stay the course – I feel you.
This blog is all about finding ways to stay productive and inspired to make things happen.
In our busy lives we all struggle with trusting the process and allowing for steady growth. It gets tough because our time is so limited we’d like the work that we do to produce results – sooner than later.
Here, I mix art and what I find in history and classical wisdom (east and west) to stay inspired and productive.
I like to research and find these things for you. I think when it comes to what I do Confucius says it best:
“I am not an originator but a transmitter.” – Confucius
I like to “transmit” ideas or pass on what I learn to you so you can keep taking action.
Back in the day, (the 90’s) when I wasn’t being a bona fide nerd with my face in a book, all I did was listen to hip hop and R&B and pretend to be a back up dancer for Janet Jackson. Oh, I also loved to paint and make art. Okay, none of these things have really changed :)…
Here’s baby me already getting my art on from the start:
Here’s me posing in front of my painting Seoul.
But, one thing that changed growing older is realizing how small the world is in the sense that we’re all intrinsically linked to each other and that we should try to help each other out if we can. Even in the tiniest ways, every action makes a difference.
So in addition to helping you out with your productivity, I’m also working on my other endeavor/side hustle alongside with you so I can mix my love of art with helping out the world in the small way that I can.
A story that has had a profound influence on me was one from 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai who is a celebrated Kenyan environmental activist and women’s rights advocate who told this story about her reasons for being an environmentalist and humanitarian:
“…The story of the hummingbird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed as they watch the forest burning and they feel very overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird. It says, ‘I’m going to do something about the fire!’ So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as it can.
In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with a big trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird, ‘What do you think you can do? You are too little. This fire is too big. Your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.’
But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them without wasting any time and it tells them, ‘I am doing the best I can.’
And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always be like a hummingbird. I may be insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet [go] down the drain. I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best I can.”
Being inspired as well, everything in my store (coming soon) will have 20% of the earnings go to a local charity that focuses on helping children and animals in need.
So that’s why I feel your struggle – I know the mental marathon of building a side hustle as well.
Let’s get this done!
Wishing you much success,
 Posted by Rion Nakaya 2 years ago. “Wangari Maathai – “I will be a hummingbird”.” The Kid Should See This, thekidshouldseethis.com/post/wangari-maathai-i-will-be-a-hummingbird. Accessed 20 Sept. 2017.