We had the good fortune of connecting with Shina Choi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shina, what makes you happy? Why?
What makes you happy?
I could list several things.
OK, I don’t know why, but coffee comes to my mind first! LOL
The happy moments in my daily life with my beloved children and husband are the most valuable to me.
Clear air, blue skies, cotton candy clouds, trees that shake lightly in the wind, moist rain, distant green ridges and, of course, the ocean cures all bad moods and dispositions!
As an artist, I am happy when I’m able to get inspiration from all of these beautiful natural elements and express them in my paintings in a variety of ways. But I recently learned a new fact about happiness.
Happiness can be felt from things that are outside of yourself.
But whether there are external factors or not, if I make up my mind that I will be happy from now on, block the negative thoughts and all kinds of excuses, I can be happy from the moment I make a decision.
It requires self-meditation training, so the better you are at controlling your mind, the more your feelings are less affected by changing circumstances and external stimuli.
Perhaps this is a fact that many people already know but not trusting this concept or ignoring it because they feel it is too difficult to keep implementing is a common attitude, but maintaining a positive mindset also requires continuous effort. It’s just like going to the gym to exercise for a certain amount of time every day. It’s simple but not easy.
One thing I know for sure is that happiness must be discovered within me before I search for materialistic and external things.
You can create your own happiness from within your mind.
I believe in myself and strongly visualize and believe in a happy future, and in this present time and going forward, I have decided to be happy!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have had an interest in art from as far back as I remember. I studied art at a university in South Korea and, after graduation, I worked in a different field.
I started my married life in the US and became a mom of two children. While I’m focusing on raising kids as a full-time mom, from time to time, I felt that my sense of self before motherhood was fading away and,naturally,I felt my love for art returned. So I started to have a vague vision that someday I would live as an artist.
However, there was a moment when I realized deeply that the time of life given to me is not forever.
I said to myself: if you dream about something then don’t just dream, do it right now. If you don’t start now, that someday will not come.
Then I immediately bought a canvas and picked up a brush and started to paint. Now I am selling my original work and art prints in several online art galleries, and I’m excited to be exhibiting my work at a local community facility soon!
It’s always hard to take the first step forward. But once you take one step, the other step will automatically follow.
And eventually those little steps will take me to the place where I wanted to be.
I am very interested in inner positive thoughts and energy.
I believe that painting has a positive energy and calming influence on the mind and body.
Through my paintings, inspired by nature, I want to convey the same energy as meditation of the mind.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this to my husband. He is my best friend, a good father, and a special person who always supports me to live as an artist.
He is my happiness, my love ,and the best gift in my life!