1. What was your proudest moment of 2018 and why?
Having freshly graduated with my Masters degree and transitioning into working life in 2018, I was concerned over whether I was able to balance a full-time job with Papercranes Design as a side hustle. I’ve seen friends and acquaintances eventually dropping their side businesses as school or work got more hectic, and I would say I’m proud that I’ve managed to keep Papercranes going at a steady pace while working full-time. This year, I’m determined to grow Papercranes even further than ever before!
2. As an entrepreneur, how do you maintain your drive and vision?
Sometime last year, I did a short exercise with myself where I penned down my long-term and short-term goals and aspirations for Papercranes, which has proven to be really helpful, as I can refer to it from time to time to re-align myself and ensure that I’m driving Papercranes in the right direction. I think good time management and having sufficient rest are also essential to prevent overwork and burnout, which are sure ways to lose one’s drive and motivation.
3. How do you work through difficult times? What’s the recipe to power through and keep going? A mantra or work motto that you live by?
As a creative, I know from firsthand experience that it is common to feel artistically blocked or stuck in a creative rut at times, which can be really frustrating. Usually, I would allow myself some time to take a step back and give myself a break from the task at hand. I would then actively seek inspiration from various sources, and this could be in the form of books, music, museum trips, podcasts, art fairs, Pinterest, or anything else that might spark excitement and inspiration in me, before returning to work with a clear and refreshed mind.
This might sound cliche, my mantra is ‘Do what you love, love what you do’. I think that being able to find joy in one’s work is extremely important for one to keep going in the long term. In fact, I enjoy my work so much that it sometimes feels more like a hobby than a business.