ANNA PENG

Making Friends with the Journey

The journey is a friend.

When I first walked through the doors of my university, I didn’t know what it’d bring. In a very similar way, I didn’t know what would happen as I walked out of those doors into what general society refers to as “real life” and post-graduation (or as we’re calling it today, mid-pandemic).

I think I could’ve planned all I wanted to, but maybe only 9% of those plans would actualize because my circumstances would change. I’d value different things, I’d think a different way, and I’d just grow apart from the things I used to want to persue (like fashion illustration).

I feel very at peace with the decisions I’ve made, and I don’t think I could’ve honestly planned my way here. It was much more of responding in real time to things as they came along.

Things happen and we can change our minds.

I see it now as this: I prefer being friends with my journey over making it something I demand utter control over.



7 Personal Reminders to Making Better Work

  • More isn’t always better. Best if there’s less confusion.
  • What’s the point? There’s got to be one.
  • Make it for someone else.
  • There’s no need to crack open the thesaurus to sound like you know more than you do.
  • Deliver so that it can be understood by someone else.
  • Know what a successful piece of work looks and sounds like.
  • Lastly, there’s no need to hide. 

  • Getting Over Ourselves

    Out of the 750 people who follow on Instagram which is the main place I store these posts, I write for the 20 or so people who actually read these posts (if that’s you, thank you), and for the 2 who might ask about them if they disappeared.

    What I mean by that is nobody’s really on your case.

    Nobody’s judging, nobody’s plotting against you.

    We live in a world where it might seem like everybody’s looking when the reality is that they aren’t.

    So to that, share what’s on your mind and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask. There’s nobody to hide from except ourselves.

    Using Format