October 23, 2017

How to work with time, not against it - A guest Post by Bae Milanes

Too often we battle with time and think it flies too fast, yet we also complain how time gets extra slow when we’re at work and we have to deal with crappy tasks or we spend the entire afternoon watching the clock until it hits 5 PM so we can zoom out of work.

What is that? That’s now how we’re supposed to be dealing with time.

Time is our friend. Time lets us prepare the small things for the big thing to come. Time allows us to enjoy it, make the most of it, and cherish it because with time, there is no second chances, there is only the now. Let me be cliché for a moment and add that for hurt people, time heals wounds. Maybe not all of them, but most. In the right time, everything that should fall into place rightfully does.

I know I’m not the only one panic-stricken when another Monday comes around and it reminds me that I have to be an adult again and deal with the world, and so I worry so much that I might not make the most of my time or I’d procrastinate yet again. Who doesn’t, right?

So that said, I came up with 8 simple steps how you can work with time and not against it. I may not be a time expert, but I’ve had my fair share of time frustrations and worries so rest assured that all 8 steps came from my own personal #hugots, which are all doable.

October 12, 2017

Inspirational Wall Art DIY Project - Guest Post by Marvin Gabriel

We all have our own problems, whether it's about our work, our family, relationships, etc.. It’s very easy to be negative and dwell on all our problems rather than picking yourself up and think about positivity. It’s just the way our brains work, we are all over-thinkers in our own level and most of the time we think about how things will get worse.

But it’s not going to be always like that, you just have to put in a conscious effort to try and push your brain towards positivity in one way or another.

One way that works for me is to surround myself with positive reinforcement reminders and quotations.

That’s why I made this Inspirational wall art project.

It was a win-win situation, I get to have my inspirational wall art and had a great bonding time with my wife and father throughout the process.

So, without further ado. Here’s my documentation on how we created this masterpiece.

Let’s start at what we used on this project:

- Styrofoam - 2ft x 4ft x 1/2" thick

- White cartolina

- Poster paint and brushes

- Double sided tape

- Cutter

- Ruler

I started out by doing a draft in photoshop on how my wall art will look like

Then I cut the styrofoam using a sharp cutter, you can use a styrofoam cutter if you have for a more clean cut.

Then I put double sided tape on the styrofoam, I suggest you cover the whole styrofoam with double sided tape. I didn’t cover mine so when we painted it there was some creases in between.

Then my wife covered it with cartolina, I asked her to do it because I was not feeling confident enough to cover it properly. I don’t like wrapping gifts and it’s like the same thing. :)

Then we started making the colors that we want, it was a breeze because my wife is a cake decorator so mixing colors for her is very easy.

While she’s mixing colors, I started painting, I started out with the lightest color in the palette up to the darkest.

It was a trial and error on my part as I don’t have any experience on painting and I just went Yolo on this one

I had to repaint some parts and adjust the gradient effect until i was satisfied. I have a little bit of OCD so I actually repainted it a couple of times.

Then I started on the second one and tried my best to match them together.

I think i did a pretty decent job matching both of them

While I’m doing the main parts, my wife painted the two accent parts

After the paint dried up i asked my father to help out on the lettering part. We are fortunate to have him on the project as me and my wife don’t have the talent required for this part.

He did a great job! I couldn’t ask for a better output than what he did.

And there you have it, the finished product!

Now, everytime I feel negativity I just have to look up and remind myself to change my attitude, to change the way I think , and to change the way I react with the thoughts inside my head and what’s happening around me.

Finally, you don’t have to follow the project step by step. What I want you to take away on this is that you can make a project similar to this that can inspire you on whatever you do in your life.You don’t have to spend so much. You just have to think of a way to do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Good luck!

About the Author

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October 9, 2017

My Taiwan Stationery Finds 2017

I'm a stationery addict.  I  tried curbing my urge to buy new notebooks, pens, stickers and the like in my 7 easy steps to declutter your pen collection but I can't get rid of them because for me, these things just spark joy! My latest post about stationery I posted 2 weeks ago. If you haven't seen it, you can check it out at 5 Planner Essentials for Stationery Junkies.

A few months ago, the whole family went to Taiwan for a 4 night-4 days vacation and of course, a stationery addict like me wouldn't go to Taiwan without bringing home some supplies right?

This is just going to be a show-and tell, pretty short, pretty chill and very enjoyable for stationery addicts like me!

October 4, 2017

Let's not get tired of doing good - Encouragement Weekly Photo Challenge #23

Tired of doing what is good? Don't just don't :)

Hang in there my friend <3


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