Blog Challenge (Day 4): Finding your superpowers


I’m taking a 10-day blog challenge by Natalie Sisson, the suitcase entrepreneur who is an inspiring artist of a lifestyle I would like to attain. Let’s go!

Day 4

Today’s post is finding out my superpowers.  Just two or three.  I have to pick something that I believe I’m really good at, something that people know me for.  There are a lot of things I enjoy or at least good at, what I enjoy, what I get paid for.  The sweet spot is in the intersection of all three.  They include painting, photography, video, writing, teaching, joking, some musical abilities (yes, I do love crooning like Sinatra sometimes) and traveling.  So I also had to ask some people who know me and my work and life too.  So here’s what I think are my superpowers.

  1. Superpower #1 – Color Wizard.  I have a great eye for color.  From working at frame shops and designing pictures with certain color combinations, this has always came naturally to me.  I can see many different shades and have a good intuition where to place them.  Anyone who has seen my work can agree or not, but I am comfortable saying this because I have been painting for over 25 years and still use a limited palette.  I’m still learning all the time.
  2. Superpower #2 – Traveler/Seeker.  I am good at relocating in different places is an understatement.  Every since I was born, I’ve lived in different places.  I have also traveled despite getting bouts of homesickness as a kid.  I then started driving around the USA and then relocated to Asia and traveled to other Asian countries and even Italy.  It feels more natural than ever for me to travel, though I also still like being at home.  But traveling always gets my blood moving and it helps feed my creativity and knowledge of the world I live in and still figuring it all out.
  3. Superpower #3 – Teacher.  I never taught at least on a professional level till I got to Asia 4 years ago.  Started from scratch really.  I learned this craft (and still learning).  I learned soon enough I have a natural ability and patience for it, like a performer too.  But I haven’t taught art much and would like to do more of that.  That’s part of what I’m about.  I love educating people on my knowledge, which is why I also love writing and doing video.  Painting and educating go together like peanut butter and jelly.  Some people tell me I have the heart of a teacher, the soul of an artist, and the temper of a firecracker (I made that last one up, but it does fit me).

So I’ll leave it at that.  This was an eye-opening assignment that I enjoyed a lot.  But most important, do you think I’m missing something or am I right on?