5 Years on WordPress!

It has been 5 years since I imported a year’s worth of teenage rant from another blog hosting website to this one.

It has been 5 years since I made myself a promise that this will be the last personal blog I’ll ever create, but will maintain until I have grand kids of my own.

It has been 5 years since I have been completely mesmerized by WordPress‘ UI, themes, follow-worthy bloggers and user-friendliness that I never thought of trying out something else. I couldn’t be more content.

I still remember blogging in the wee hours of the night in the study hall of my college dormitory in between studying and prying into juicy celeb life online. And I also prayed I won’t see any dead nuns’ ghosts floating around the halls because that dorm stood there long before my mother went to the same university 3 decades before I did.

Although it didn’t take that long for me to fall in love with writing, it’s still quite a feat to look back and see that it has been a decade and a half since I realized I indeed love to write; and eventually poured my heart out and published my very first informal entry into a web full of strangers and readers that hid behind gravatars and anonymity. It also amazes me to have witnessed how simple, personal blogging evolved and continues to evolve  into what is now considered profitable writing and personal branding. Who knows what blogging will be like in the next 5 years? That, I’m looking forward to be a witness of again!

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So for now, I’ll enjoy the moment and celebrate the “wooden” anniversary of my blog! Can I get a high 5?

P.S. Credits to Jonathan Lavender for the super awesome hand illustrations above.

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Friday’s 10 Happy Things, Volume 4

This is a series and blog link up started by Helga Weber of Ditz Revolution. To quote her, “Friday’s 10 Happy Things is where I/we list ten things that made us smile this week so that we can start the weekend on an even more positive note!”. Click on the button below to join in on the fun!

So here are what I’m thankful for this week:

  1. Got time to rest again after roughing it out in driving school and the infamous city traffic.
  2. Talked to long-lost friends, some are nurses working abroad that are coming back home for the first time in the next few weeks, others are med friends that finally got through their licensure exams and two are from my barkada.
  3. Finally found a legit group/organization for our adventure #1 in December and they’re charging the least among all that we talked to/saw online. Don’t want to jinx it though, so that’s all I’m saying for now.
  4. Found a legit home-based job and passed their test! Gotta hustle while waiting for this other job.
  5. Finally got myself to create a few digital collages after sooo long! Here’s one for Halloween!
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  6. Seeing progress in the big clean up after the home renovations. Still a long way to go though.
  7. Med friend #1 made me realize something that never would have crossed my mind in a million years. Precious little “Light bulb moment” right there!
  8. Eat Bulaga! Been a fan of this show since grade school days, I think. These guys never fail to make me laugh (out loud) every single day. Laughing is very therapeutic for me, so I make sure to get my daily dose of it from them. 🙂
  9. Although I am so saddened by the news of the provinces severely affected by the 2 typhoons that came and went this week, I’m thankful that ours was spared. Praying for Lawin to be the last typhoon to enter PAR this year!
  10. God. Always have and always will. Love today’s reading as well as the sweet, accompanying anecdote on the Our Daily Bread app.

“Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!”

                               – Psalm 63:3

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I was really hoping I could do another collage for this other topic our instructor gave us for our homework, SOULMATES.

It took me days conceptualizing and thinking of ideas on what images to include and how I would like it to look as a whole. Indeed, like what she told us, digital collage isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I put the idea to rest for a few days and cleared my head before deciding to have another go at it today. I reopened the draft I saved and started adding some of the free images she gave us (as promised) on to it. Suddenly, ideas started pouring in. Before I know it, I was getting sucked out of the creative block.

So yaaay! I made another one just in time for Valentine’s day!

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Paris. Cloud 9. Guy on his knees. Sea of flowers. It is exactly what it looks like. No hidden meanings, just one heck of a good, old cliché.

I wish I could make something not as obvious though. I’d like to be one of those collage artists who ever so brilliantly puts 3 images together and that’s it. Message comes through.

I, on the other hand love sprinkling too many images in one collage, making it seem like an amateur’s work. Wait what?! I am an amateur! 😛

Kidding aside, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Remember what the Beatles say/sing, All you need is love!

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“Tis better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.”

~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Life Lately 6: Getting Back on Track

I’ve always been a practical person because I was raised that way. I’ve always taken the road more traveled and always stayed on the safe side and looking back, those might have been the ultimate reasons why I have taken the course, Nursing.

It wasn’t until I was in college when I learned that life doesn’t always have to be safe to be secure. Ironic isn’t it? Yes, you may have taken the safe route to a practical and well-provided life, but are you secured emotionally and spiritually or psychologically?

Before my comfortable and well-planned life made a 360 degree turn, I had everything thought of. I wanted to live and work in a foreign country with greener pastures, build my own house and never return to my hometown. I always wanted that life. Unfortunately, it wasn’t how things turned out for me, but it wasn’t as disappointing as I thought it would be, and no, I’m not saying that to make myself feel better. It is what it is.

Now, I have made some big decisions in my life and those hurt the people I love the most, my parents. These aren’t good decisions, at least not for them and I can hear the disappointment in their words when they talk to me and hear it too when they don’t. I know they only want what’s best for me, but I want what I want and what I need. Sometimes, what they know is based on what they’ve been through, but the world is evolving and their generation is way different from mine, and it doesn’t feel right to remain on the safe side anymore.

I once read that you have to take risks while you’re young, to dream and to follow your heart. I’m not exactly young, but today is the youngest I’ll ever be and I feel that if I don’t find myself now, then I know for sure, I will be lost forever.

So, I resigned and planning to work from home now. I’m really excited but my parents aren’t. I still have a lot of issues to fix, but I’m hoping I’ll get it all together soon!

All negativity aside, I have finally created my 1st digital collage today after finishing Sofia Cope‘s lectures.

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After months (or years?) of having not touched Photoshop, I had to again, and I have to say, I missed it!

I enrolled in Sofia’s Basic Digital Collage Art e-class last month and that is, by far, my favorite online, art course ever!

It is a breath of fresh air, after having spent more time on analog photography, painting, calligraphy etc the past year. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I truly missed digital art!

I was so inspired to make my first ever collage because the topic I chose suits my current status, “Taking Leaps”.

I’m surprised I still know how to use Photoshop. It’s like riding a bike for the first time in years. You get the hang of it again once you get back on it. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I have a few ideas in mind for my next collages and I’m thinking of incorporating some of the photos I took myself!