I am Irene, an independent artist, a passionate blogger, and an online shop owner living and creating in the beautiful province of La Union, Philippines. I have been drawing since I was a little girl, honing and refining my skills by practicing. I have a bachelor’s degree in and am a board exam passer of Occupational Therapy here in my homeland. I entered medical school after passing the Philippine Occupational Therapy licensure exam and perseveringly survived until I reached my final year (junior internship) only to realize that it wasn’t for me. Eventually I bade my doctor dreams goodbye much to the dismay of my parents who were providing financial support for my education. (But even as an occupational therapy student and then a med student my love for the arts never died. I joined collegiate singing competitions and was an active member of my med school glee club.)
Leaving med school had me feeling lost and confused as to what to do with my life since I spent most of my twenties preparing myself to become a doctor. The months that followed were filled with frustration and depression which, however, led to soul-searching and self-discovery. One day when I was in so much distress I called out to God asking Him why I was such a failure despite all the talents that He blessed me with. After praying the rosary, I found my conscience telling me to draw, and I did. At that moment I was filled with so much hope because, strange as it may sound, doing it felt so right and I knew right at that instant that God was leading me somewhere.
Today the journey continues. I may not be certain where it will take me but I am letting my heart be my compass and God my guide.
Originally posted at http://www.bubblews.com/news/3179478-about-me-new