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Doing Things That Makes Me Happy

I have always believed that mantra. That is why I try my best to do things that makes me happy even if other people don’t understand why. I don’t have to make them understand but all I want is for people to have an open mind why others do the things that they do, especially when running after a dream.

(Photo not mine/credit to the owner)

 

I haven’t always have it easy. I have to work hard for something. I don’t get stuff easy in life. It is always a struggle. Sometimes, I honestly want to give up. However, I think about the reason why I have begun in the first place – it’s because, I had a dream, and I am still dreaming up to now.

Part of doing the things that makes me happy is also sacrificing some time spent for nonsense stuff like going to the malls, socializing, etc. I don’t want to shortchange my happiness by stealing few moments out of them. That is why, my weekends are always booked to the brim with activities that calms my nerves, quiets my mind, and soothes my soul.

Right now, I have been busy with many things like my arts, my blogging, and my entrepreneurial goal. I have some frustrations too but the impetus to succeed, and to enjoy life now keeps me going. I just want to chase my dreams while I can because tomorrow may be too late. If I can do it now, why not? So, I’ll be doing things that makes me happy. And if I flood my blogs, and my social media channels with stuff that feeds my soul, so be it. 🙂

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July 24, 2017
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My Christmas Wishlist for 2016

I always have a secret wishlist every Christmas, year after year. I never really tell anyone about them until now. I felt, I had to let them out and send them to the universe! Maybe Santa Claus or a generous sponsor will anonymously present me with any of the items I need (or maybe all! hahahaha!).

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(Artwork by ©Ria Cervantes/themommalogues.com)

Items:

  • iPad Pro
  • Apple pen
  • iMac
  • Calligraphy pen set
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

 

I need all of them actually for my “biz plan.” I have been diligently practising on my craft, learning online, reading books, and practising some more. I need to hone my skills in hand lettering, sketching, doodling, and watercolour art.

I want to be able to put up an e-commerce business by 2018-2019, before I retire from the corporate world. I want to be my own boss. I want to open up jobs for others and I want to work from home. And as early as now, I am paving my way to get there. It’s not easy but every victory is shrouded with thorns, right?

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And this will be my home office! 🙂 (Photo credit: tifaq.com)

So yes, I need them. They are not “want” but “need.” Good luck to me!

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October 14, 2016
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My Love For Arts And Crafts

I always tell myself that I am in the wrong profession. I should have been an arts teacher or an illustrator or graphic designer or anything that will involve colours, arts, crafts and anything in between. I have dabbled in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember. But it is only now that I am really taking it seriously. I am not sure what brought about it but I just noticed that when Millie and my mom passed away, I have this void I have to fill. And it’s with arts and craft where I can feel full and at peace.

I have been doing a lot of artsy things in my part time lately. I have been brushing up on watercolour techniques, practising on my hand lettering, reading books on graphic design, and teaching myself Photoshop and Illustrator. There’s a lot in my plate right now but mind you, these things make me happy.

I keep telling my hubby that I am happier at home than at work. I feel my peace when I look at my watercolours, colourful pens, beautiful patterned papers and books. Just being at home gives me that calm feeling that I don’t feel at work.

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(I have started reading books pertaining to what I want to do after I retire from the corporate world. And that will be in the near future, maximum 2020. If I extend, then that means, I needed more funds but once I decide I have had it, then it will be around 2020, before I turn 50. I have lots of learning to do. So, this July, I will embark on my Advance Graphic Design course online. It’s going to be almost 3 months of online study so, I hope I really learn a lot and pick up lots of techniques while I figure out what to do.)

 

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(This is my brush lettering using Kuretake Wink of Stella brush pen. I love how smooth it writes with small speck of fairy glitters. 🙂 I am also learning how to do modern calligraphy though I am not 100% into it. I just want to be able to do hand lettering well so when I create my own creative studio, I won’t rely on other talents’ skills to be able to create my own fonts, graphics, illustrations, designs, etc.)

 

Well, it’s just few years to go and hopefully, all my dreams will come true by 2020. I don’t intend to stay long in the corporate scene. My mind and heart tells me to pursue my passion. So, my business endeavours will most likely be related to what I love to do best – arts!

Some of my watercolour drawings:

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This is a tribute to my mom. It’s how I saw her in my dreams lately. I still have a lot of techniques to learn in drawing and watercolour art. I don’t know how to draw using perspective, lights, shadowing, profiles. All I know is I can draw what I see in a “flat” manner. I would be happy to learn how to add dimension to my drawings and colourings.

Photo not mine

Photo not mine

Is there a passion that you love to do? What is it? Are you already earning from your passion? Please share and I will be happy to learn from your journey to achieve your goals.

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June 10, 2016
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Australian Charities Do Some Pretty Amazing Work

Each year, millions of people donate money and time to various charities, and one of the most popular types of charities are those devoted to helping children. After all, children are special and, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise them. Children need a lot of love and support in order to grow up to be happy adults who contribute to society. When certain children’s needs are not being met – such as in the case of children who are disadvantaged in some way – charities often step in to help. Charities do amazing work, and when they are devoted solely to helping children in need, they have a chance to truly make a difference in the world.

Helping Children Helps the Rest of Us

Helping children is important, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because the way children are raised can directly or indirectly affect the society of which they are a part. Many charities that help disadvantaged children offer a variety of programmes that allow children to grow emotionally and enjoy situations they may not otherwise be able to enjoy. This includes activities such as weekly camps that teach children how to be secure, happy and active; long-term programmes that concentrate on their leadership skills through outdoor adventures and various group activities; and programmes that allow children to have their own personal mentors. Regardless of the programme, they all have one thing in common: they help children grow up and be functioning, active and happy adults.

One of the reasons these charities succeed is because they place children in situations that allow them to take risks and explore unfamiliar options, but they do this while ensuring that the child is safe and well-supported, both physically and emotionally. This allows the child to grow and have fun, which is always an excellent combination. Children are resilient, but they also need the help and support of an adult in certain situations, and these charities concentrate on the whole child in order to produce results that are good for the child.

Not All Charities Are Alike

Researching charities in Melbourne allows you access to hundreds of charities that help children, so finding the one you wish to donate to should be easy. Many of them offer not only the opportunity to donate financially, but will also accept your time and devotion to the children they assist. It takes a lot of time and personnel to put together a good programme for children, especially if you want it to be effective, so these charities tend to be in need of both cash and people on a regular basis.

By instilling confidence in disadvantaged children through a variety of programmes, these charities do wonders for children of all ages. It is easy to get involved with one of these organisations, as most of them have comprehensive websites that allow you to donate in a number of ways. Visiting their websites, therefore, is an excellent place to start when researching these types of charities.

 

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May 14, 2016
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Harnessing the Creativity Back

It’s been so long since I got a trickle of my creative juice going. It’s not in full force but glad it’s coming back. I guess, having my daughter here for several months for her long summer break gave me the impetus to grab a pen and paper and start doodling, drawing, delve on hand lettering and typography.

I knew my craftiness will lead me to other stuff I can do to while away my time and also to explore possibilities of opening my creative studio one day, with the help of my daughter who is into Multimedia Arts and my younger brother who is keen to sharpen his skills in Photoshop. The three of us will be at the helm of my e-commerce business.

My passion for arts will pave way to our creative studio. I am already aiming to open a mini-shop for my printed crafts in Etsy this year until I sort out the logistics of shipping, the costs, the items to sell that I can actually make, and the time that I will have to put in during after work to fulfil this dream. They are not much but they are CUTE! After that, I hope to be able to create graphics to sell and I am really spending time on this one because I have to hone my skills in drawing, sketching and doodling. All the 3 elements I have mentioned will be vital part of making the products I will sell eventually.

My dreams are not lofty but they are driven by passion and the ready skills’ set that my daughter and I already have. We just have to practice more, attend seminars and workshops, and even attend gatherings and exhibitions in the future to network and get ideas.

I am excited on this creativity business. I hope it will help bring extra income and create jobs for others. And maybe soon, I will become my own boss. AMEN to that!

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August 24, 2015
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