What Everyone’s New Year’s Resolution Should Be

I know making/having New Year’s resolutions is starting to be a bit of a cliche now, but it is always good to look forward to improving your lifestyle for the coming year.

I personally am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, but I admit, I’ve had some for the past years. Looking back on my planner, I realize I never really fulfilled them; forgetting about them on the 2nd month or so, or even half the 1st month. This year, I promised myself that I will try my best to achieve my one and only resolution for 2014: stay positive. So far, I’ve been thinking positive and I’ve been wanting to think positive, but my actions and/or words reciprocate. It is not easy to think positive in every situation life throws to you, and it’s okay. We’re just humans. I found out that not all humans are capable of this, because we are emotional people (hello captain obvious). But if you approach positivity with open arms, everything will go with the flow. Remember, it takes 21 straight days to form a habit. So we’ve got some work to do!

Let’s start with the small steps:
1. Surround yourself with positive people.
2. Everyday, write things you are thankful for.
3. Meditate.
4. Choose to think positively.
5. Do good deeds. Help other people.

Now for the big steps:
1. Forget about everything that’s pulling you down. Only reminisce on bad memories when you think you’re strong enough to just shrug them off and laugh at them and yourself.
2. Enjoy your own company. It’s not easy to walk around alone in a mall, go shopping, or worse, eat alone in a restaurant. I’ve done it several times and I must admit, they weren’t pretty bad. In fact, it gives you time to think about things, and you go on your own pace. I look forward to the next time I go shopping by myself. It gives off the aura of being a strong, independent woman. Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lonely.
3. There’s always a positive side to everything negative. Sure, you think first of the negative effects, but try to focus otherwise.
4. The most important thing to remember: God loves you. Leave everything to Him– have faith and your state of mind will instantly improve.

So are you up for the challenge? You don’t have to do everything at once for 21 days. It just takes you 21 straight days of doing something to make it a habit.

I myself have these things to keep in mind, and it’s not an easy process. I used to think so negatively and it really affected my mood a lot. I am a child learning to embrace my womanhood and the responsibilities that I was forced to engage in. Being a positive person and having a positive outlook on life will not only help your mind, but it will rub off on other people as well. And if things don’t go your way, remember that God has better plans for you than you have for yourself. Just be patient because everything happens for a reason.

 

-S

Designing Your Planner: Inspirations

The Design Your Life Planner series actually helps you boost your creativity through its different designs per month. Our motto, “Who says you’re not creative?”, has inspired people to design their lives! It is great how planners are much more valuable than the year they are made for, because you can actually still look back on them after years, reminiscing good memories, as well as bad ones. It is good to smile at how silly you think of things during the past, and it’s always good to know that you have made such an improvement on your life ever since. As the saying goes, past is past, what’s important is we make memories in the present for our future selves to remember forever.

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(Super) Last-minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

“Dang! I forgot to get her something!” — Does this sound familiar to you? Christmas Day may be over, but the holiday giddiness is still around us. Plus, we still got one more week to hunt for those last-minute gifts and shopping deals for those (un)forgotten loved ones :)) So here’s a little guide for all you procrastinators/busy (or whatever your excuse is) people out there:

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1) Food is always good. I’ll bet you at least someone has given you food this year. Well, the most common would be sweets (chocolates, candies, cookies, cupcakes, brownies), but you have to proceed with caution as some people are on diet or may have diabetes or something. They might even hate sweets (gasp! But I know someone who does…true story :P). Nevertheless, it’s the safest gift ‘coz everyone needs to eat, right?

2) Socks, scarves, gloves, caps are perfect for the December breeze. Get something that’s not too heavy so that they can still use it even for summer. Colorful prints and patterns are all the rage now, so don’t worry about shocking your giftee (?) with those pretty designs.

3) Gift sets are made to look so pretty and glamorous that you can’t resist not buying them! Just make sure to look right through them (figuratively and literally!) and check the contents to make sure they’re perfect for the right person. We got body lotion/shower gel and nail polish gift sets for our friends who love to pamper themselves. And they loved it. Perfect!

4) Who can go wrong with everyday (useful) stuff? Observe your giftee and see what he/she needs the most. It might even be something that he already has but needs to be replaced. Choose something that’s out-of-the-ordinary though, so they’d be “WOW”ed by it. We got a super cute umbrella and a bike bag (upper right gift in the picture) for our friend who bikes to work.

5) Jewelry is a girl’s best friend (well, the saying is diamonds, but we’ll agree that any jewelry is too!). It’s like candy for girls. Figure out her style and get something that she would likely wear. Has she been complimenting your accessories before? Both of you might have the same taste. Go for something classy, but funky as well…oh, and neutral! ๐Ÿ˜‰

6) If all else fails or you are really out of time, money is the best option (just like the Chinese tradition – Ang Pao!). Gift certificates to their favorite stores/restaurants are great too!

7) …And last but definitely not the least on our list, a PLANNER! We heard that the Design Your Life 2014 Photo Planner is the best one out there *nudge nudge*. It’s a great gift…why? Because it makes memories! She’ll think about you every time she gets that planner out to plan something, and even years after that. Having someone miss you once in a while isn’t bad, right? Plus, it’ll help her to achieve her dreams. Now you’re a great friend for giving her thatย ๐Ÿ™‚

So now we know what to give, let’s deal with HOW to present it:

2013-12-23 23.02.00It’s ironic how we didn’t have time to go out and get a nice paper bag/gift wrapper but have the time to make these DIY recycled gift bags (hahaha). If you’re the creative type and/or into saving the earth, this little project would be great for you. Plus, you get to save trees and moolah (win-win!). Here’s a good illustration on how to make a paper bag:ย http://lunar.thegamez.net/gardenidea/how-to-make-a-garden/teh-tarik-junction-how-to-make-a-paper-bag-1600×1333.jpgย (credits to Garden Idea).

Or you can google videos for more detailed instructions.

Or you can just get a nice paper bag/gift wrapper while you’re out shopping for a gift. Either way, good luck!!

Happy Holidays everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thankful for Last Weekend

There are plenty of things to be thankful for and I, for one, am thankful for the past weekend. Celebrating Thanksgiving in the US was such a new experience for me, since we never (never!) observed this day in the Philippines. All I knew was what I saw in the movies…families and friends getting together to have a nice dinner with stuffed turkeys. And we did just that. Well, except preparing and stuffing the turkey. We bought a roasted turkey breast from a grocery instead (haha!).

8e10311658cd11e3b8351283df6e2051_8We had mashed potatoes as a siding too. “Winner, winner, turkey dinner”, indeed! Haha!

After eating dinner, we headed straight to Target to see what the fuss was about. Our morning paper had all these ads about “Door-busting Deals!” so we wanted to check them out. Most stores open at 8pm on Thanksgiving to start off the Black Friday sale that everyone’s been waiting for. And clearly, it was worth waiting in line (in the chilly weather) for!

2013-11-28 20.27.07The line was scary loooong! See that couple in the middle of the road? They were one of the first ones in line and came out with a 50″ LED TV. Heard it was just $200+! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

All the other big stores were on sale too during the whole weekend. Everyone just came out to shop and have a good time. I splurged :/ But! I also bought Christmas gifts while I was on it…and my pedometer tracked 10,161 steps that day! ย (yay for health benefits! :D)

All I can say is that, my first Thanksgiving experience wasn’t bad at all…it was actually great! I am thankful for it. I am also thankful for all the experiences I’ve had this 2013. A year ago I wouldn’t have thought I’d be where I am now.

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Tried to channel “The First Thanksgiving in Plymouth” with my outfit haha!

So what are you thankful for?