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May 22, 2017

Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge #9: On Women and Beauty

A photo of my sister,  Ken Cruzado
that I took when we went to
 Anawangin Cove, Zambales, Philippines 
If given a chance to look like somebody, who would she be?

Girl, you may never look like her, but let me tell you that it's okay.

You look like yourself, and that is wonderful. That's what makes you unique. There's no one in this world who looks exactly like you, not even your identical twin (if you have one). 

If you feel like you have to work on yourself to look better, go ahead, why not. I just hope that wherever you may be in that journey, you are able to love and accept yourself. 

Looks are skin deep. Being physically attractive is not the most important thing. You can be an awesome person without having good looks. Who's to say what looks good anyway? It's very subjective. What's good-looking for some may not be good-looking for others. Just as you can't please everyone, you can't make everyone think you are beautiful.

You may not be beautiful for some, but it does not matter. As long as someone thinks you are great the way you are, you're good.  I hope that among all the people walking on this Earth, the first person to think that way about you, is yourself.

May 18, 2017

5 Things I'm Grateful For

With everything that's happening around us, it's easy to get lost in the moments. Life may pass us by without us realizing the blessings we're endowed with. It's good to take short breathers from time to time and appreciate the good things in our lives.

So why don't you take a pause with me and think about the 5 things that you are grateful for?

Here's mine:

May 17, 2017

What calligraphy is not: Calligraphy vs. Hand Lettering vs. Typography

Last week, we answered the question What is Calligraphy?. They say that one good way to define something is to establish what it is not. Therefore, this week we will do that for calligraphy.

Calligraphy is often interchanged with hand-lettering and typography. However, we must understand that these words are actually referring to different things. Calligraphy is not hand-lettering, nor is it typography. They may have similar applications, or they may be used together in a certain project, but knowing the difference is important when you communicate in the circles of penmen.

So what do these words mean and how do they differ from each other?

May 15, 2017

Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge #8: One step at a time

Mt. Daraitan Peak, Taytay Rizal, Philippines

In our fast-paced world, people's minds are moulded to believe that in order to be successful we must achieve more, more, more, and more! For most of us, the goal is not just to reach the top, but to reach it first. In our endeavours, we get blinded by what we see in others - money, power, fame and prestige.

I've been trying to compete in this environment for most of my life. Most of the time I fail to keep up with other people's paces. I would beat myself up hoping to get that motivation to keep me going. My efforts however, did not achieve long-lasting results. Soon enough, my life's colors faded, and my heart's melodies were drowned. I stopped dreaming, stopped living.