We had the good fortune of connecting with Nonie Cruzado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nonie, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
There’s this book called ” The Art of Uncertainty” by Dennis Merritt Jones. I just grabbed it from a bookstore more than five years ago when I first came to the US. As an immigrant fresh off the boat, the title caught my attention. I never heard of the author before but because I have this habit of making decisions intuitively I purchased the book. The book is about taking risks, embracing changes, the growth beyond our comfort zones and to be at peace even during uncertain times. I like how the author saw wisdom from everyday scenarios and how he shared those lessons thru his book. This book inspired me to be courageous to start from scratch again, reminded me to forgive myself if I don’t know all the solutions, and most of all, challenges me to go beyond my capabilities. Up to now I still go back to it to read some passages from the author as well as quotes from other great minds. Here’s a quote from Pema Chodron that was used in this book: That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything…is always changing, moment to moment.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try to create art regularly. I usually make doodles every day but the polished ideas get to the final artwork. I work with local San Diego galleries and abroad whenever there’s an appropriate  art group shows. Right now I’m putting some of my work on sale for the benefit of those affected by the COVID-19 crisis here in San Diego and Philippines, If anyone is interested please visit my instagram account to check which pieces are still available. I’m also busy building my youtube channel , I will upload time-lapses of my art creation and video tutorials as well. Lastly, I have a brand line under baganilifestyle.com that I and my wife is managing.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmm. that’s a hard one for me. Probably local restaurants and beaches, I don’t have anything in particular.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First I’m thankful to the great architect, our Creator for giving me this life and the skill sets I acquired. Without his grace I won’t be here. Next, to my parents and siblings for making me feel I belong and guided me thru the years. My close friends, for being a dreamer like me. My kids for reminding me what I was and who I want to be for them. Last but not the least, my wife for her undying love, support and for her friendship.

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