Born and raised in southwestern China, Yunnan, where Shangri-la is,
I know what true happiness feels like.
The first 6 years of my life, my family lived in a 129 square feet tiny apartment with no bath.
You might think my life was miserable back then, but the truth is I was happy.
We all believe fulfilling desires will make us happy, but I find the opposite is true.
Being in a positive state of mind first,
leads us to our dreams.
I couldn't explain why,
but it seems like our mind really can cause our world to morph.
Growing up, I experienced a series of sweeping economic changes.
I got more and more, and I desired more and more.
15 years ago, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue graduate degree in art.
10 years later, I found myself settled here, married with two beautiful girls.
Being a mom made me think a lot.
I often ask myself,
what is the most important thing I should teach my children,
so I know they can lead a happy life even when I am not around.
After a while, I figured,
it is the ability to have a positive mindset no matter what happens.
This brought me back to my childhood, and my little crystal talisman.
My mom gave me "super power" through a small object of art.
I want to do the same.