Life Lately: Keeping the Flame Alive

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I’ve been spending more time reading, the past couple of days or make that weeks, actually. It has come to the point where I’d rather read what other people have to say than get what I have brewing in my own mind out there.

I read these amazing essays and articles all the time, and I get overwhelmed by my own stirred up thoughts and emotions, so obviously, I do want to get those out too, but when I try to write them down, they all just suddenly disappear. Does that mean anything? I’m not sure. Did I lose motivation or inspiration to write or to even do anything? I guess. Am I too tired to even think that writing is therapeutic and that it can actually help me wind down and just clear my head of these thoughts? Definitely not!–which is why I’m getting out of this rut and doing myself a favor by putting into words what I’ve been meaning to.

Anyway, I decided I needed to finish the 30 Day Writing Challenge, no matter how ambitious it has become for me. I also want to start on this project (also related to writing) I’ve been thinking of doing for a long time now. I wouldn’t say it won’t be something I might lose interest in doing in the long run because I have been on this road before and you know where that led to. Looking on the bright side though, if this works out, it should serve its purpose, which is to help someone who may be in dire need of I don’t know, an anonymous friend? Any clue what it might be?

I also signed up for 2 courses this week. One is a free course offered by The Nectar Collective called Social Media Superhero, which I fortunately didn’t miss on my email (otherwise I would’ve been moping in a corner by now). Feel free to join too if you’re interested to “learn how to use social media to increase your income, grow your online presence, and build a likable online brand”.

The other one will be a 4-week course created by Sofia Cope called the Open Art School (which I was glad I saw on my email as well). Tagline says “IT’S TIME TO PUT YOUR PASSION FIRST AND START SHIPPING YOUR ART (WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL).”

These should be intimidating but sure as hell as fun! I can’t wait! Last time I enrolled for an art course was 2 years ago (Stefano Mirti’s Design 101) and it was similar to Sofia’s, except that it took 3 months/101 days to complete.

I may really have lost inspiration to do something about my passion so I’m working hard to get that back one step at a time. I still owe Elle Luna a lot for igniting the fire in me to get back on track in pursuing what I believe my heart, mind and soul all thirst for. So big thanks and a pat on the back for that!

Then there’s Abbey Sy, who like most accomplished artists, created a way to share and teach her passion to aspiring hand letterers by creating her own book!

There are a lot more artists I really look up to like the lovely Googley Gooeys, the creative The Postman’s Knock, the inspiring Aida Azlin and Susannah Conway, the analogue ladies Katie and April, the hardworking Jim Black and the rest of them who have continued to support and inspire fellow artists through their work and passion.

I should write a separate entry for all of them as these words are not enough to acknowledge the hard work they do for their followers. They all deserve recognition for what they have done. Cheers! 🙂

It’s been 4-5 hours since I started writing this and I can’t say I didn’t miss this because I did! I’m so glad I still have so much to be thankful for despite having lost a lot. I’m terribly lost in life, but I’m glad I still get to find my way back every time I trudge a little further away from the path leading to where I need and want to be.

I’m also glad I have finally written something after so long!

I was watching the movie “The River Wild” starring Merryl Streep and Kevin Bacon and I remember watching this when I was younger than half my age now and I also did not forget how it felt as intense as it was when I saw it again earlier this afternoon. It was such an incredible, fist-clenching, teeth-gritting, old school film that I’m glad I’ve seen and would be happy to watch over and over again in the future. It was exciting as it was inspiring. I love good, old movies with stories that bring back broken families together.

Speaking of inspiring, I’d like to share something I read this morning that I couldn’t shake off my mind. It was from MEDIUM, written by Nic Haralambous:

“How do you know what you want to do if you don’t know what’s out there to do?”

I don’t know how this could work for me as I’ve never been anywhere out of my comfort zone in a long time, but I’m hoping it is the answer to what I’ve been looking for. I’m hoping I could go out into the world by myself and see how it could bring out the best in me and what I really want to do in life. #soulsearching 🙂

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. Not that you care, I know, but I’m #justsaying.

P.S. I found it funny how Saab used one too many hashtags on an entry and I thought it’s actually a good idea, being a fan of OA hashtags myself. Ktnxbye!

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The Sunday Currently, Volume 6

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R E A D I N G
Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus which I just bought earlier for a very cheap price (because unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as successful as The Nanny Diaries, also written by both authors) and Abbey Sy’s The ABCs of Hand Lettering.

W R I T I N G
Practicing calligraphy and hand lettering 🙂

L I S T E N I N G
to the soundtrack of my life over and over and over again (my sister loved the whole playlist too!) featuring Young Rising Sons, Vinyl Pinups, Halsey, Capital Cities, CHVRCHES, Royal Teeth, Bleachers, Misterwives and of course, Taylor Swift 🙂

This girl, Lila Chalsey is a musical soulmate! 🙂 Good job!

T H I N K I N G
of Friday 🙂

S M E L L I N G
white musk, which used to be my favorite scent in the world 🙂

W I S H I N G
I could start investing money the right way!

H O P I N G
that my credit card application gets approved. If it doesn’t then it’s fine too. It means I don’t need it anyway. 😛

W E A R I N G
tank top I wore to Church today and my favorite pair of striped shorts with brown lace trimmings 🙂

L O V I N G
my new nude lipstick the rest of my drugstore haul, the playlist I mentioned above and a few more songs by Bea Miller, Crystal Fighters, Grouplove and Britney Spears (first to third albums).

I remember back in the day, MTV had this show called “Becoming“, which I absolutely loved, where they pick fans to recreate their idols’ music videos, complete with hair, makeup and outfits, choreography and of course, the sets! Being a Britney fan, I especially loved how they were able to reproduce her music videos. I remember how I used to watch it all the time and how I would love to recreate her “(You Drive Me) Crazy” music video and how I really loved to learn the choreography in that video!

I also love Britney’s body then! Just watch her free concert in Hawaii and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

W A N T I N G
more days like today, gloomy, cold and rainy 🙂 and to go back to working out to achieve the Britney body I was talking about earlier!

N E E D I N G
time off from work!!!!! and more of Britney Spears’s first album!! I was listening to her good old songs yesterday 🙂

F E E L I N G
good in this bed weather 🙂

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on bloglovin and HONY 🙂

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30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 13

What are you excited about?

I’ve actually written a draft for this entry a couple of days ago, but I’ll scratch that and start over since I was a bit down then and it wouldn’t have been as exciting.

Looking back at the past few days, I have always thought that going home from work was the most exciting part of the day for me, but hey, right before this week ended, God gave me 3 things to look forward to doing/having, but I’ll just talk about the first two for now!

1) First, there’s my very own copy of Abbey Sy‘s first book, “The ABCs of Hand Lettering“! YAAAY!!! I was very excited when I got her newsletter, but it also got me a bit worried since I knew that I had to wait for payday before I could buy the book, and in my mind, I was panicking because I knew it would sell out in a jiffy. Come Wednesday afternoon last week, right after work, my feet were itching to rush to the nearest National Bookstore, in Robinsons Galleria, and true enough, the book was sold out. The last copy they had was reserved for another hand lettering hopeful. So I asked if they still had copies of the book in their Megamall branch and I was relieved to have a peek at the screen where it says that they still have about 30+ copies there. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to purchase the book that same day because I didn’t want to go all the way back to Megamall. You could just imagine how big of a sacrifice that was for me, to wait another day before buying the book! It was indeed “delayed gratification” in the scariest possible way. I had to trust God that a copy would be waiting for me the next day. I rushed to Megamall right after I got off work the next day and went straight to the arts and crafts section. When I didn’t find it there, I had to think where the Summit Books usually were and I was right, when I turned around, lo and behold, the books were sitting right across from where I was and no, I didn’t even wait for everything to go into slow motion and grabbed one immediately!  Haha! Anyway, to cut the already long story short, I finally got one and now, I can’t wait to practice and develop my own style in hand-lettering! Again, Thank you Abbey!

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Why doesn’t the embed option for Instagram work on WordPress? Anyway…

2) Another thing I’m excited about is another book, or two. Yes, books! Again! I have never been this excited about books since the great Books for Less Escapade last year and my quest for a copy of Alexa Chung‘s book, “It“, half a year ago. This one is different and much exciting though, because I won Hayfamegashi’s book giveaway! Last time I won something from an online giveaway (despite joining so many) was back in 4th year college. It was a pen from one of my favorite bloggers/photographers/artists/fashionistas, Aida Azlin. Back then, she was still in college too, I think, and was just starting out. Now she’s married and has her own online shop and a bigger blog that I’m still currently subscribed to. I won this pretty pen, but what I liked more was the envelope. I couldn’t believe it was possible to ship that fast from where she was to my house and that the envelope came all the way from another country, from someone I look up to a lot! P.S. I had to look through tons of laptop selfies and groupfies to find these photos. I thought I’ve written an entry for this pen giveaway back in 2011 but I didn’t, so thanks again, Aida, for this!

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I’m a sucker for anything handwritten and snailmailed and analog and artsy, but I’ll talk about that on another post.

Anyway, back to this book giveaway. Hayfa Megashi sent me a message through tumblr that I won and I couldn’t believe it at first, but when I realized that it’s real but it was too late for me to respond, I snapped out of the trance I was in, sent back a message and now, I have finally chosen 2 books under £10. I couldn’t be more excited!!! I needed this, so thank you Hayfa and happy birthday!! I thank God too for all these little blessings. 🙂

So, what are the 2 books I requested for? Well, I’ll blog about them soon. Currently, there seems to be a little problem with Paypal, but I hope this gets approved soon! **Crosses fingers**

The Sunday Currently, Volume 5

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R E A D I N G
stuff on my WordPress feed like this blackhole water silde in Germany, this really simple realization about life and some on Cosmo site like this NURSE list.

W R I T I N G
lotsa stuff today like a short comment on my reblogged entry on our UP Samaskom Experience on our couple blog, Day 6 of the Writing Challenge and this!

L I S T E N I N G
to this:

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T H I N K I N G
About Monday, my brother coming home on Friday and whether I’ll still wait for B to wake up! LOL!

S M E L L I N G
Soap on my skin! Love the fresh and squeaky clean smell of an Ivory soap!

W I S H I N G
I could join TypeLabMNL’s 2 day lettering, calligraphy etc workshop! All of these amazing speakers I want to meet would all be there!!!

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H O P I N G
to have more worry-free and happy days. I need those!

W E A R I N G
my SPREAD the LOVE shirt and comfy silk shorts to sleep 🙂

L O V I N G
Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande’s cover of Don’t Dream It’s Over!

and yeah, this video of this little kid too, she made me smile and laugh a bit! I loved her “girl puhleaaaaase” attitude!

W A N T I N G
I want a new phone and a tablet too! *droooools*

N E E D I N G
EXERCISE and less of my sedentary lifestyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

F E E L I N G
not so sleepy at 1:27am!!!

C L I C K I N G
on Photoscape and editing a photo for this entry 😉