01 December 2017

Boho Berry Challenge: December year-end review

After reading the Boho Berry Challenge, I've been inspired to more than just write on my journal but to revamp and revive this blog as well. The past few days have been crazier than usual, which I'm beginning to think is really more of a wake-up call for me. If anything, the emotional roller-coaster ride of the past week has made me more determined to put myself first and gear for survival mode. And survival mode means reclaiming myself, finding the me that I was before before I totally lose her, and once again doing the things that used to give me so much joy. Midlife crisis much? Maybe, but there's this part of me as well who has been asking - when did I start losing myself and what can I do to find myself again?

This month's Boho Berry Challenge prompts are divided into two parts - from 1 - 16 December, they're all about looking back on the past year, and from 17 - 31 December, it's all about preparing for 2018. Today's prompt is "Introductions," which makes it a suitable first blog entry.

And this is my introduction. The December Boho Berry challenge is one of the baby steps I'm taking to reclaim myself. To look back on how my year has been and to take charge of my life again. To understand the past so I can be more mindful as I navigate the future.


Photo grabbed from Boho Berry

14 April 2017

Not your usual Good Friday



Growing up, Good Fridays were somber affairs spent at home, with the radio broadcast of the local church's reenactment of Christ's seven last words (Siete Palabras) in the background. Boisterous games were a no-no, and although we were sometimes allowed to play, we had to do it quietly.

I think my parents have finally outgrown their strict adherence to tradition (in the same manner that, as they've gotten older, they have become more tolerant of their kids' quirks and have become more liberal in accepting their children's lifestyles), and basically just said "Okay!" when we told them that we were going on an ATV ride on Good Friday.

(But I guess my Catholic upbringing has been deeply ingrained in me that before we set off, I uttered a prayer, apologizing for defying tradition and asking God to keep us safe.)

No regrets though - the ATV ride up Mayon Volcano, going through the streams and crevices created during Mayon's various eruptions, hiking up the lava wall, exepriencing God's work - these were more spiritual than staying home listening to the Siete Palabras on the radio.

10 March 2017

Work in progress


Trying to get my Zentangling groove back. I haven't done much drawing/sketching for more than two years now I think and I've spent the past weeks trying not to be the frustrated perfectionist that I have always been, and to just go ahead and draw. Or write.

08 March 2017

She's 20

Today, Mah Bebe turns 20.


Until now I still am amazed at this fortuitous occasion - Mah Bebe born on International Women's Day. And considering how she has turned out to be such an amazing, responsible, headstrong, intelligent young woman, who knows what she wants and knows how to get them, it is but apt.


06 March 2017

Stress relief


This would've been a funny photo if only it wasn't so true.
(But the good news is, I recognize it. And I fight it. And I'm on my way to conquering it.)

Boho Berry Challenge: December year-end review

After reading the Boho Berry Challenge , I've been inspired to more than just write on my journal but to revamp and revive this blog as ...