Sunday, August 30, 2015

More truth cards

I made some more truth cards from the truths from an online class I took ages ago called Soul Restoration. I need to re-upload the photos, but the blog post is HERE.

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I made a little portable kit that's small enough to fit in my bag that I can bring around with me. I made the above truth cards while waiting for my son at school.

As a bonus, a friend gave me this the other day too.

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I think I may have been hiding under a rock since I had no idea there was even such a thing as the Common Room, which is a pretty cool creative space. The Facebook page is HERE.

As a result, I think I might have to do something crafty I've been planning forever.

I've been meaning to write a scrapbooking 101 article in the Philippines, or at least in and around Metro Manila, but I don't think I can even do that.

Scrapbooking, for me, is more about what's accessible and what people who don't have the means to buy all the expensive imported stuff can actually do. Will be posting about it, hopefully, soon as I can come up with my little crafty project.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Free online course on happiness and fulfillment

Just wanted to share this free online course on happiness and fulfillment over at Coursera. 

Click HERE.

When life is a mess...

You never wanted to know how to survive divorce.
You never wanted to know the joys and heartaches of autism.
You never wanted to know the signs of addiction.
But you do.
You never wanted to know loss so devastating that your mind has trouble believing it’s true.
You never wanted to know how to leave an abusive relationship.
You never wanted to know it was possible to bounce back after a financial crisis.
But you do.
You never wanted to know the pain of caring for a parent who doesn’t remember you.
You never wanted to be the strong one.
You never wanted to know the car could be a safe place to cry.
But you do.
You never wanted to know a family could break.
You never wanted to know how to put the pieces back together in a new way.
You never wanted to know a new normal.
But you do.
You never wanted to know the perfect response when someone stares at your child.
You never wanted to know the courage it takes to ask for help.
You never wanted to know how to find joy after having lost it for so long.
But you do.
You never wanted to know when it’s time to sever the ties in order to have inner peace.
You never wanted to know how hard it is to say to yourself, “Enough is enough. My loved ones deserve better. Change starts today.”
You never wanted to know the weight that can be lifted when you say to yourself, “It wasn’t my fault.”
But you do.
You do.
And perhaps as time has passed you’ve discovered that to deny your story hurts more than the story itself.
So you’ve chosen to own it.
To speak out, even when your voice shakes.
To tell the truth, even when it’s not pretty.
To encourage someone else, even when you can barely encourage yourself.
To get up and face the world, even when you can barely look at yourself in the mirror.
You didn’t ask for this story, but it’s yours, and you’re owning it.
And I thank you for that. I thank you.
The tears that streak your face at the most inopportune times of the day, at the most inappropriate moments, are the lines of your story. And when you own it, someone else is not alone in his or hers.
Though you feel like a mess, you are providing a vital message.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Inspiration journal

I started working on an inspiration journal. 

I finally got to use this K & Co Smash Journal I've been hanging on to forever.

And of course no inspiration journal of mine would be complete without an entry about Taiwan.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Spiritual Emergency: A documentary directed by Kaia Nightingale

Director: Kaia Nightingale | Producer: Sacred Place
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2006 | Story Teller's Country: Canada
Synopsis: This ground breaking 40 minute documentary presents fascinating accounts of six people's extraordinary experiences, three progressive medical doctor's thoughtful insights, new research data, and graphics to illustrate unusual perceptions and the processes people go through assimilating higher states of consciousness and shifts in perception and sensitivity.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


So I stumbled on Amy Tangerine's free handbook online on YouTube HERE and gave it a go.

You can also get your own copy of the handbook HERE.

Stuff that's been in my Pinterest, magazine cut outs, doodling, stamping, washi tape, markers.

To-do list, must-do list, things to remember.

Things I will do, quotes that inspire me.

Inner critic plus truths.

Blackout poetry

Alphabet of stuff that's important to me.

You can also find #amytangerinehandbook on Instagram and Facebook.

Monday, August 3, 2015

So this just happened...

    You know that moment when you're so overwhelmed that something amazing just happened and you're left blinking that it actually happened?

    So that's me at the moment.

    Okay, so I joined this online writing class for urban fantasy and paranormal romance. (I'm working on two novels, one a 3-part thing and the other a Young Adult book. I need all the help I can get.)

    And, in the process, I read four authors I'd never read before. (Well, technically, the other one is an anthology.)

    So I realized yet again, now more than ever, how very talented Pinoy writers are.

    Not only are the works of the moderators of the class the actual required reading of the class, but we get to interact with them and pick their brains, basically, on how to actually get published.

    I am not there yet.

    I need to focus on, as Kate Evangelista says, getting the writing done. There wouldn't be anything to edit or sell if there's no book, so I need to actually put butt to chair and write.

    Last Saturday, we got to meet Mina Esguerra, Paolo Chikiamco and Kate in the flesh. And I'm still absorbing the stuff they had to say.

    And I was lucky enough to sit right beside Kate's mom and I was on full fangirl mode. I said, my only problem with digital books is that I didn't have an actual book for Kate to sign.

        And then Kate comes over and we have a lovely conversation about how she got started and basically... I'm just starstruck at how this Pinoy author came to be published in the USA and, as I told her, her work is at par or even better than what's available out there. Truth. Not just because she decided to take pity on my sorry ass and gave me a package of awesomeness.

    So if you're looking for awesome Pinoy writing, look up Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo's Trese, Mina Esguerra, Paolo Chikiamco, Marian Tee, and Kate Evangelista. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Find a review HERE.
Find Trese on Amazon HERE and on buqo HERE.

And of course your local bookstore.

(Do join the Facebook group HERE. Just saying.)

Find Mina V. Esguerra's Amazon page HERE.
Find her on buqo HERE.

You can read Mina's story, Gifted Little Creatures, for free on buqo HERE

Find Paolo Chikiamco on Amazon HERE.
Find him on buqo HERE.

And of course your local bookstore.

Find Marian Tee on Amazon HERE.
Find her on buqo HERE.

You can read some of Marian's books for free on buqo.

Find Kate Evangelista on Amazon HERE.
Find her on Swoonreads HERE.
(Oh, and totally check her out on Wattpad HERE.) 

(Oh do try and check her book, Til Death, out in National Bookstore and Powerbooks. 
It is available but in limited quantities. Ask customer service to order the book if it's out.)

* buqo is an e-bookstore partnered with Ookbee, the no. 1 e-bookstore app in Thailand. buqo is available online and as an app from the Apple and Google Play stores.

    buqo also happens to be the official sponsor of our class. So, in a month or so, expect the collection of stories from the class to appear in the store.

    To check out some of the stuff we talk about, just look up #StrangeLit on Twitter.

P.S.  And to Kate, for being such an inspiration, and for going out of your way to encourage someone who's just starting out, my deepest gratitude. You are amazing.