December 29, 2015
A few days back I was looking at my desk calendar and realized that I didn't have one for 2016. So after a few hours of scrolling through various retail sites, I found that I didn't want to wait another three weeks for the calendar to get to me, I wanted one now; plus, why spend? Eventually, I came up with the solution to make one. I wanted a simple A6 desk calendar that I could easily customize with washy tape, color pencils, and post-its.
I made a very simple Two-Month Calendar and thought I'd share the printables all you stationary addicts out there. I have to be honest, though, I only made two months because it took me about an hour on each month, and other duties were calling. Nonetheless, here are the first two months of 2016 completely free for download.
Within the next two months, I'll probably be releasing another two month calendar for March and April. Fingers crossed.
Happy New Year, y'all!
December 21, 2015
Well let's round it up shall we!
It's been over a month since I set these plans, and I wanted to round up my Year-End goals at least a week before the final week of the year. I feel like everything that happened this year came rushing back with the new year on it's way. Oh, so many feels...
So let's get down to it and see how we did these past 7 weeks.
1. Finish 5 books before the year end's. Well majority of it... I've finished three books since we set this goal. Losing it by Cora Carmack, The Kings Curse by Philippa Gregory, and Twice Lost by Sarah Porter
2. Go for a run. Went once the past 7 weeks, and that was with my mom. She power-walked while I jogged beside her.
3. Deliver two more speeches in my Toastmasters club before the year ends. I stated this plan before I realized that we only had about two Toastmaster meetings in the past 7 weeks, so that didn't give me much time to prepare and deliver a good speech. I also realized that if I want to deliver a speech, I'd rather do it properly than look sloppy.
4. Sketch a portrait. I sat down for a good couple of hours on and off for two days, just drawing and playing around with water colors. It was refreshing. Here is one of it.
5. Take more outfit photo's. Done and Done!
If you took part in this little challenge, how did you do? Was it progressive? It sure was to me. This little list helped me get back on track. I feel pretty accomplished now that I reread through the goals. Despite how small these accomplishements are, I think this proves that it's the little things that can really brighten that aura of yours.
Keep making goals and keep attacking them on at a time.
Continue to be fierce and badass!
December 14, 2015
It is the time of the year for giving and staying within the cloud of cheer. Let's keep out smiles bright and merry, and be grateful for the people around us by gifting them something worthwhile this Holiday Season.
I adore gift giving as much as anyone in the holiday spirit. Even if I'm handing a beautifully wrapped box to a complete stranger, my heart begins to flutter with butterflies with the idea. One of the major dilemmas every holiday season; and during birthday's too, is what to get. As part of a collaboration with Dollar Shave Club I came up with a few ideas to help solve this annual question.
So let's get down to business. Look back at the gifts people gave you, do you still have most of them? When I think back, I realize that some gifts have been used up while the rest either broke or got expired. So, how about, instead of gifting your friends and family with things that expire or break easily and have expensive repair options. How about we gift them something that could last for years to come.
Here is a little gift guide for gifts with long-term value:
1. Plain Scarf
If you're not sure what type of scarf they like, just go for the solid colors. When in doubt, go with the holiday colors. Green, red, maybe black or white too. Or just opt for their favorite color or the color they wear often.
2. A Watch
Watches could last for years. If it breaks, it can easily be fixed. Watches make a great investment and an elegant gift, they can be personalized too. Check out the ones by MikaLush on Etsy
3. Personalized Jewelry
Etsy has dozens of personalized jewelry that you can browse through. Either it's a pendant or their name that's woven through the necklace, personalized jewelry make such a meaningful gift that will make anyone blush. Check out the ones by Cavare on Etsy & Happy Way Jewelry on Etsy
4. You. Your support. Your services. Your gratitude. Your love.
I know it's cliche, but it's true. You presence and living self is the greatest gift you could give to your family and closest friends. Not to be vain or filled too much with yourself but, give your mom and dad a hug this Christmas and say thank you, for everything. Make them feel loved and grateful for life.
Remember to be grateful for every day that passes.
Stay humble, y'all.
December 7, 2015
Take a breath and think of your present. What are you doing with your time today? Are you on your usual routine? How long have you been doing what you're doing? But most importantly, do you love what you're doing?
My last visit to a Toastmaster meeting, a speaker, spoke about Happiness and how every one of us lives our lives in search of happiness. She ended her speech with the question. A question in which I don't recall because my memory is one of my weaker points, although, the question entailed the idea that happiness isn't something you search for, it's something that you accept into your life.
The reasons why we do what we do is mostly because we want to be happy, and because we want everyone around us to be happy. And so we begin to work hard for money, for our families, for our friends, just to make each other happy, regardless of whether we love what we do.
But we go about our days working hard at a job that we end up stressing about it. We end up doing what we don't like over and over again. We end up coming home tired and grey, and when asked the question "Are you happy?" they're reply would either be "I don't know" or simply "No."
So what's the point? What's the point of doing something that makes you grey and blue when you don't get a single smile out of it at the end of the day. If you're struggling or stressing, accept the little things that bring that little spark into your eyes, and find that something you like doing, and do that. Then spend the rest of your days turning what you like into what you love. And that could induce that happiness you seek.
| Jacket - New Look | Shirt & Shoes - H&M | Jeans - Bershka |
| Scarf - Thrifted | Bag - Forever 21 |
Photo Creds: Sawsan Abdulla
Accept your happiness in the small things that make you glow all over, and spread that glow to the people around you. Shine your light on others and your happiness will grow.
Keep smiling and loving!