365 Days of Picture Writing

I really need to sharpen my brain. I have this short-term memory that I need to set a reminder for every single thing that I need to do. In 2013, I came up with a project that I intended to start doing on the very first day of 2014, the 365 Days of Picture Writing. It’s already the 3rd of ย January and I am only posting my first photo now, how bad is that? I don’t want to cancel my project so I’m still posting it anyway. Better late than never, right?

I got the idea from Lisa Congdon’s art and illustration blog that I shared through aย postย months ago. My version of the 365 Days project is to take a picture each day of something or someone significant on that particular day. It’s a totally new life for me. I have left my first job and I’m planning to take on a business venture. It’s going to be hard but I believe that I can get through this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since it’s a new year and a new perspective, I want to do things that I have never done before, things with great meaning, and things that I’ve always wanted to do but didn’t had the time and inspiration to even start doing.

So here you go, my very first photo for the year. Happy new year everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Minimalist

I have always been a Blogger user. The primary reason why I have stuck to Blogger is because of its functionality to use Google Adsense for free. The thing that I hate about it though is that template editing is not that simple and it’s themes are not as sleek as wordpress.

The past months I have decided to revive my blog after more than 3 years of hiatus (see here why I’ve been in hiatus). I wanted it to have new look. I am a different person now. I am simpler. I recently dyed my hair to black from being blonde because I realized being natural is what makes a person more beautiful. Anyways, since I am a new me, I want my blog to reflect the person that I am today.

For weeks I had stayed late at night in finding templates that would suit my Blogger blog. I was able to find one. Al Otro Lado Del Sol template by Comparadisimo. It’s a dark but cute theme with colorful trains and puzzles. It’s really nice but I still did a lot of editing especially with the fonts and the 3-column footer.

I recently left my job as an analyst in a multinational company. This time I promised that I will get back to blogging. Being a girl who gets into frequent mood swings, I wanted to change my blog’s theme again. I want something white and simple, like that of the blog of the fashionista, Kim Jones. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I have already made a lot of changes with the template’s code and I am not in the mood to redo everything. Not now and not in the future.

I remembered I have wordpress-hosted blogs too. One is a private journal and the other one is just random pieces of my crazy self. I like using WordPress more than Blogger, but it doesn’t allow advertisements on blogs that are hosted for free. But still I made a decision to host this blog in wordpress instead, besides, this is just a place for my ideas and daily ramblings. It won’t really need ads. ๐Ÿ™‚

So here it is. Previous posts from Blogger have been transferred here. I love the Tags and Categories functionality because with Blogger these are just the same and you can’t add subcategories. And finally, I have found a sweet minimalist theme that exactly describe Lunebelle, my alter ego. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

P.S. Please click on the speech bubble below with a + sign to leave a comment. Click on the circle with a + sign to show the footer. And then it’s magic. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hand Lettering by Lisa Congdon

Roald Dahl quote - hand writing by Lisa Congdon

 

Here is an awesome art blog.

 

I saw this photo quote on Pinterest and followed the link to the original site that posted it. I couldn’t believe it, was this hand written? There are lots of posts in there of drawings, paintings, hand letterings brought to digital technology… I mean, wow. This is what you call “art”.

 

Lisa Congdon, the artist behind this awesome art, also produced her own downloadable fonts. You can also have it by purchasing in myfonts.com.

 

 

I like Lisa’s idea of “365 Days of Hand Lettering“. I’m thinking maybe I could also do something like this everyday. Of course, not drawings or handwritings, but something that I am good at. Maybe you could do something like this too. ๐Ÿ™‚

What is your "stuck" moment?

Have there been times when you feel like everyday is the same? Like there’s something missing in your life?
Do you wake up in the morning and wish that you don’t have to go out and just sleep all day?
There are many ideas in your head but you just can’t put them into action?
You feel like this is the right time but you’re just afraid to do it?
Do you feel like you’re stuck and you can’t move on?
I had felt all of these. These are just examples, actually. We all encounter stuck moments. Like problems that are just so hard to solve. When we were young, we cry when we’re hungry or hide under our beds when our mama finds out that we broke a vase or a souvenir. As we grow older, we face a whole lot of new problems, that we wish they could just be math problems, because math problems have ready answers. But that’s not how it works in real life.
On the days that I feel down, I browse over some cute images or photography because I love pretty things. ๐Ÿ™‚
Most of the time, and that’s like everyday, I search for motivational and inspirational quotations to enlighten me. I keep them in my camera roll or post them to Facebook so that whenever I feel sad again, I’ll have something to cheer me up. Yes, these are just words, but words with great meaning. They’re like my simple treasures. ๐Ÿ™‚
Because I love looking at pretty things, I have encountered an app in the App Store months ago. Let me introduce you to a friend who has somehow helped me realize that over-thinking the answer to a problem without doing anything won’t help. I must face it and act on it. The app is called “Unstuck“. If you haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to download it, besides it’s free. ๐Ÿ™‚
Unstuck is a new in-the-moment approach to personal growth for anyone who wants to live better every day. Combining personalized digital tools with tips and know-how from a community of other people facing stuck moments, Unstuck makes it easy to get on-demand coaching whenever you need it.
The app offers tools and solutions for different types of “stuck moments”, like the ones I mentioned above. They have their Unstuck blog too that shares real stuck stories from different people and how they were able to get unstuck. I also subscribed to their newsletter to receive weekly advice. They have wonderful quotes in there that I get to share with my friends. I recently followed their Words Worth Repeating board in Pinterest because the images are simply inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚
Of course like anything, this will not bring you ready answers. It will just help you realize the root cause of your problem and help you figure out how to solve it. The real answer to any stuck moment is within ourselves. We can’t always run or hide from problems, we need to solve them. And you know sometimes, there’s no problem at all, it’s just our brain that’s over-thinking. ๐Ÿ™‚