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Your Happiness Doesn’t Have a Sequel

Don’t postpone happiness.

Heart Stoppers for Champions (courtesy of RayaGr)

Heart Stoppers for Champions (courtesy of RayaGr)

Don’t even reschedule it, hoping the moment will come again and surprise you like a windswept lover.

Because somehow these tiny snatches of sunshine and joy may no longer have a sequel.




Invest in What’s Real

Invest in what’s real, who you really are and how you actually live your life.

I remember wandering aimlessly round the mall one Monday, and I was tempted more than once to fit myself into a size 0 pair of jeans that I spotted in a shop window.  The sales staff said, “Get it now before stocks run out.”

I thought about it for a second, and then I remembered that I couldn’t possibly squeeze myself into that tiny pair and decided I’d rather spend the money on my daughter’s trinkets and toys, a book I’ve long been wanting to read or maybe just save it toward the next trip to the malls.

Photo by Mark Mante

Someone once said we’re happiest when “our decisions most closely match our natures and our values.”

Well, I can relate that to our shopping addiction, err…decisions. Instead of spending money on the things you may have no use for in the future, ask yourself before purchasing anything, “How much do you need it? Will I die longing for it?”

This is a simple way of investing in your day-to-day life, and not feeding your fantasy life uselessly.

Blogger Interrupted

I have what I call The Blogger’s Block.

Trust me, it’s more unwieldy than Thor’s hammer stuck in day-old mud.

Thor Unlimited

He can make anybody’s mind whirl.

All hunched over my work desk, I suddenly sat back, my fingers digging tiny potholes onto my throbbing temples.  My mind was unforgivably blank except for this black mass hovering over my brain, wanting to be extracted by any means.  I reached for a pen and one of the new planners I’ve been intending to use for ten months.

Then I gratifyingly drew a line across the first page I came across: New Year’s Resolutions.

I need one more arm to write down a neat list

How many more days to go before 2013? I don’t intend to bargain with time —I never won a single battle.

Have you asked yourself more than once: Is this the perfect time for me to start reorganizing my stuff, and most especially my life (if we haven’t yet)? Believe me, there will always be no perfect time unless you make time for it.  I always try to come up with 1,001 reasons not to get up from a warm bed in order to work out at six AM.

A full-blast Pinoy breakfast of crunchy salted fish, diced tomatoes and steaming rice nicely complements a heavy workout

You do have your own favorite way of welcoming anything new with more than a great bang —hopefully it doesn’t go pfft after a couple of days of stuffing oneself full of holiday leftovers from the fridge.  Hope is not lost when one seeks a more organized and enlightened mind (at least it has to start somewhere).

In a reckless second, I close my eyes and take the plunge: I’m planning for the New Year.  Have you figured out what takes the top sweet spot on your list? Let me crumple Santa’s Christmas gift list first.

From a Toddler’s Perspective

From a Toddler’s Perspective

My daughter and I constantly go through a couple of pieces we fancy all over the house and re-use them for any occasion of cos-play.

Unusual trinkets as well as classic pieces catch her attention and we both play the “rag-tag sitch” where I sometimes play the Grinch that stole Gabby’s gem.

“Mama! Hand over those pearls quick, oy!” she sometimes seems to shout whenever I happen to like what she wants. J’adore!

What are your favorite things?