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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.

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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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Taking the Opportunity

They said, “Opportunity knocks only once.” In my case, it had knocked many times before but I kept mum about opening the door. I am either scared or I just don’t have faith as big as a mountain. Either way, I have let many opportunities pass only to regret later in my life.

There are opportunities that I have gladly accepted but I stirred my boat wrongly. I didn’t give much thought about them and was half-heartedly committing only because they became more of an obligation than something I could enjoy with.

I even prayed for opportunities to come my way. I answered some but then again, I was not putting my effort. I was rushing. I was impatient. I wanted to see results right away.

This time, the opportunity came when I least expected it. My friend actually approached me to review the products she is offering because I am a blogger and I do product reviews as well. So I said yes. Then I asked questions about the products, she gave me information about them and next thing I know it, I am a part of her team. Yes. It was a lengthy conversation about beauty and skin care products that got me hooked and I am glad that I did.

The thing is, I am a very skeptical person. I am very analytical, and I must understand every detail of something before I can put my personal stamp on it. In this case, I have heard of the brand before. I was still young when I heard of it. And because then, the brand seemed so elusive and exclusive, I didn’t give much thought about it. Until I became a part of the same brand I tried avoiding. Again, I am glad I signed up. I am still learning the ropes because I am just 3 weeks old in the company but I know one day, I can become a leader here. I would love that!

You see, opportunities like this one comes rarely in your lifetime. You either let it pass or you grab it by the horns. I have let this pass before and it came back to me unexpectedly. I did pray for God’s guidance and providence to lead me to a good opportunity where I can see myself, my family, my friends, and my new found teammates grow. And if there’s one thing I have learned about this whole process is to take the opportunities that come your ways as blessings. Not everyone has been given that honor to respond to a calling, no matter what that is.

It’s too early to say what will happen. I am just being very hopeful and positive. I feel I deserve this break after what I have been through. I am also praying that I will continue to enjoy this new endeavor for a long, long time.

Thanks to Nu Skin for giving me something to hope for. I pray that all my dreams will come true with your help.

The road to success is still long, and far. But I know someday, I will surely get there.

 

 

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May 6, 2017
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Subscription to Adobe

I’ve been spending most of my weekends watching tutorials in YouTube of how to use Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I have finally succumbed to the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for my daughter to use. And while my daughter will perfect her skills in AI and PS, I will learn on the sideline by watching tutorials.

Adobe has a single user policy so I can’t use my daughter’s account.  I created a separate one and downloaded their trial version of AI for a month. Although the features of AI in the trial version is not complete as compared to the paid one, it is a good start for me to get my bearings in learning graphic design, understanding vectors, line art, digitizing my doodles, and so much more.

The subscription here in the Middle East for the Creative Cloud is a bit hefty. It is priced at AED 74 per month for one application. I have taken a ‘student/teacher’ promo for my daughter by submitting documentation (either school ID, or school email that is assigned to my daughter which Adobe can verify or any letterhead of the school where my daughter studies addressed to her) to provide proof of her being a student. The usual fee for regular subscription to Creative Cloud with access to all of their app is AED 185 per month for an annual contract versus AED 74 for students/teachers. And for a single app for individuals is AED 74.

I am not really sure if I will go for it or just let my daughter master AI, PS and other Adobe app she wishes to use. I feel in my heart though that I should. I’m just thinking about the payment I have to do every month for both our subscription. Is it worth it?

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September 4, 2015
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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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Awesome Musical Dreams

Why did I not focus on learning how to strum a guitar nor play a drum set or just sing my heart out? It would have been nice to stand on stage and do my own rock chick routine singing my favourite rock songs, using my fave randall 15 amps, use the fancy guitar or even bang on the drums for good measure!

That would be the best musical dream ever, that is, if I had any talent at all in the realm of music or anything involving it.

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May 18, 2015
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My Vision Board

Do you know what a vision board is? If so, do you have one? For those who is not familiar with it, a vision board is a collection of your dreams, goals, aspirations that you want to have or happen. They are images of your goals that you want to achieve or things that you want to possess. Normally, you can put a timeline for your vision board to make your goal setting measurable in terms of time frame. For me, I have made it an annual thing.

I was clearing my last year’s mess on my table and saw my vision board still on 2013. I picked it up and saw that some of the goals I had last year has actually materialized. I don’t want to give the details of all the images I have stuck on my vision board since I will post it here anyway. Some of those goals are travel-related and it happened.

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Our Tokyo trip happened last December. I bought a Silhouette Cameo electronic paper cutter for my homemade cards project, we paid off our car loan and we got our 10-years multiple visa to the US after several years of getting approved for only 2 years multiple entry.

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I am amazed by the power of law of attraction because it has something to do with having a vision board. Of course, all these came to be because I know that God has blessed me for my hardwork and dedication.

It is 2014 now, I am about to replace some of the images that happened already in my vision board. The rest of the pictures stay as I continue on my vision to achieve them in due time.

If you don’t have a vision board, I suggest you make one. Just download some photos from the internet and print them. You can either use a cork board of a big journal where you can paste the photos there. It is a great way to remind you of your dreams and dreams do come true!

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January 13, 2014
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