August Break 2016 | day 3

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Handwriting.

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people to grasp how WIDE and LONG and HIGH and DEEP is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

-Ephesians 3:17-19

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August Break 2016 | day 1

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Morning light.

I took 4 different photos for today’s challenge, but I thought this would best portray how today’s morning light looked like where I’m from. So cold and gloomy. Hello August! You make me want to have a nice cup of hot chocolate and just sleep in on a Monday.

Listening to: Bob Marley because my sister played a whole playlist of his songs all morning. Reggae + Rain = perfect combination. 🙂

Also read today’s reading entitled: The Best is Yet to Come. Cue “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. 🙂 Can this day get any better?

Hope we all have a wonderful August!

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August Break 2016

I just read Susannah‘s July love letter (you can also read it on her site), which was so full of positivity, despite heaps of bad news we’ve been hearing from all over the world lately. It feels good to have people like her to keep you sane and in touch with your inner optimist. It really helps a lot especially in the most difficult times.

So right by the end of her newsletter was the poster of the August Break for this year! You can click on the poster below to see how it works.

I first learned about this through another blogger/photographer I follow. I used to do the #FMSPhotoADay challenge (which is really good and really fun, btw), but I just couldn’t get myself to complete even a single month of that year-round challenge and it was disappointing for me. Of course, the blame is on me for not taking it too seriously or rather for taking it way too seriously.

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So this isn’t my first time to do something like this, and it definitely isn’t my first time to take part in this particular challenge, but since I always never complete any of them, I was hesitant to join in on this year’s August Break. But I’m cutting myself some slack. I need this break and I will do it again! Plus, I could use the practice in photography. 31 photos in a month? That should do it!

I’m also thinking, maybe an annual, 1-month photo challenge wouldn’t be as hard to keep up with as #FMSPhotoADay, which is a whole year challenge.

So It has been a long time since I took part in a daily photo challenge, and I can’t say I didn’t miss it. With the more flexible rules, it has less pressure on me to keep up and less chances of me getting disappointed in the end. Although, I’d really want to commit to posting a photo a day despite the more lenient rules.

So here it is! I’m ready for you, #AugustBreak2016! I’m in it not only for the challenge, but more so for the connection I’ll be making with the rest of the August Break community!

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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!