"My mission is to give women the inspiration, courage and permission to fully love and accept themselves."
- Lucy Chen
Why I Do What I Do
My mum left my dad and I when I was six. My dad worked hard and assumed the responsibilities of both parents without ever muttering a complaint.
Growing up, I always tried to excel at everything I did, so I could make my dad proud.
Following the path that was expected of me, I graduated with a commerce degree from a top university in Sydney, and went to work in one of the big four banks. I married and had kids.
But I felt empty, lost and helpless. And I tried to ignore these feelings.
Until one day, I cut my left arm. Depression refused to be ignored any longer.
But what seemed scary and sad at the time turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My heart was knocked open to let in the light.
I turned within. I started looking at myself in the mirror and painted.
A series of self-reflective portraits not only healed me, but reconnected me to my deeper self. And my spirit started to awaken.
Now I understand that living a free and empowered life starts with accepting and loving ourselves, fully and completely, just as we are.
I discovered that my mission is to give women the inspiration, courage and permission to fully love and accept themselves.
Because I felt so lost in life, so disconnected with my body and feelings, so hurt by closed one's judgements, I set out to make a difference in other women's lives.
And I'm doing it by making paintings, sharing my works, and teaching courses to facilitate self-reflection, self-compassion and self-healing through art.