The Gratitude Project

Happy New Year!

The holiday season is over and I still have a lot of things to blog about. I still want to share what happened over the Christmas season. It is nice to reflect on the past year and work towards a better 2014.  I had a good 2013 and I wanted to keep track of my 2014 by starting a gratitude journal. Every night, before I sleep, I am going write something  that I am thankful for for the day.  At the end of the month,  I will be sharing what I have written down.  I will do this every month and at the end of the year, I will have 365 things I am thankful for.

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There are other ideas for a year long project like this one: a gratitude jar.

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/262616221990630743/

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/262616221990630743/

Still, others try to capture one photo per day to briefly describe their day.

I do not know what is in store for me this 2014. I am excited about it and this is what I am going to declare: I believe that this year is going to be the best year ever.

She said yes

Marriage proposal videos have been appearing in my news feeds.  I remember that two years ago I found this proposal cute. Although there were anti-climactic and cheesy parts, it is, after all, an amateur video.  The concept was novel then.

Early this year, this  proposal has gone viral. It is a 27-minute extravaganza with impressive special effects. It was quite amazing at first but then it dragged on and when I read about the fiance’s bio, I found out that he is a director. I thought he was stretching his 15 minutes of fame way too much. He  was almost in every frame like a superstar in this mini-movie.  Anyway, all is well. She said yes. If it were me, I would have doubted his intentions. He was begging for attention. (I can be cynical about these things. That is my excuse for being single. Ha!)

Quite recently, Filipinos have caught on with this trend.  Proposing marriage has now become a production number.  Take this hostage drama situation. Good thing that the acting was bad and the girl did not suffer a heart attack.  Otherwise, this proposal could have gone awry.

Then there is this flash mob proposal which I think is cute but in a situation like this, how can you say no? Everyone is looking at you and there was a considerable effort to make this proposal possible.

Another proposal video shows how musically gifted Filipinos are.  People bursting out into a song and dance number does not only appear in the movies but in real life as well. Ha!

Here’s another proposal that, I think, was well-executed.  It appeared like an ordinary day with a surprise proposal in the end.

And here’s another one where the girl really can’t say no. He gave her a car for her birthday and then he proposed in the end!

I do not know if these proposals put pressure to those who are in a relationship.  A wedding has become an expensive event. Years ago, pre-nuptial photo sessions were unheard of. Recently, it seemed that it had become a norm. Now, proposal videos have entered the picture. I wonder what’s the next trend.

I really wish they all live happily every after.

3 Tips and Trends in Web Design

I do not pretend to know a lot about web design. I am writing this from the point of view of a reader.  I am always fascinated at how some sites are designed. I have minimal requirements in mine. I am happy that my web designer understood  what I wanted. However, those who wish to design their websites on their own can look into webdesign.org for information on how to develop a website.

Here are three tips on how you can make the most of the information shared at webdesign.org:

1. Be inspired by other website designs. This resource is easy to navigate. On the left sidebar, one can see the link to website. Check out existing websites. You’ll find something you like and be inspired to do the same on your website.  Try create your own style so that your website will not be a second-rate copy of another site.

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2. Learn some cool skills. Learning how to edit photos and graphics is a valuable skill for website owners. Visitors to the site are primarily attracted to the visuals.   This means that images should be able to complement the text.  You do not need mad Photoshop skills. You can learn the basic at the start and eventually learn more complicated techniques.

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3.  Check the freebies. Free does not always mean cheap.  Good design s not necessarily expensive. Check out their curated freebies and choose which ones can improve your site.  There are free icons, patterns and backgrounds  that can improve the overall look of your website.

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I hope you find these tips useful when you design your own website.

To further enhance your web design plan, here are 3 trends in web design which you can also learn from webdesign.org:

1.  Typography.  Beautiful fonts can really improve the overall look of  the website.  The key is to choose a simple one on the text-heavy portion of the website.  Make sure the fonts are readable by choosing the right font size. Avoid ornate fonts for text-heavy content. Instead, use these types of fonts for titles and other texts that need emphasis. The quote below is created by combining different fonts.

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2. Mobile responsive design. Different devices can now be used to access the Internet. With the millions of users of mobile devices, it is only logical to design a mobile responsive website.  This means that whatever may be the size of the screen of the device used to access the Internet, it will not affect the design of the website.

3. Good content. Content is still what drives readers to the website.  It is important that a website can add value to the reader. In this information age, good ideas matter. It is what makes people stay on the website longer. It is what makes people check the site again.  An engaging content entertains and tickles the mind of the reader.

There are a lot more ways to create a good website. It is a continuous evolution and web designers are always keen in keeping up with the trends. Not all trends can be applicable to the website so it is important to develop some core design principles to follow.

The New Look

The thought of redesigning this blog has been in the back of my head since I wrote about it last February. I never really had the time to sit and plan how I am going to go about it. I would have wanted to have an enriching experience learning how to do it on my own.  However, I never really had the time.

Whenever I came across a blog that I like I looked at what WordPress theme was used. Most often, I find blogs under the Genesis Framework to my liking. It is not a free framework and I still need to learn how use it. The best thing I can do is hire someone to do the web designing. Research led me to Fancy Girl Design Studio.  I love her sense of style  so I commissioned her to do my blog.

If you have forgotten how my old blog looked, this is the previous design. It was pretty plain.

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Patricia asked me to answer some design questions to determine my preferred design. I wrote that I wanted a calm and serene look and picked these two color palettes from http://design-seeds.com/.
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Although pink is my favorite color, I specifically told her not to use pink or purple. She sent the two options.
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I picked the first one because I want a cleaner look. I suggested a background on the post title.
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I gave it a go. And now I have a prettier blog than before. It is minimalistic like the original but it already has some design elements that reflect my taste.

Thanks, Patricia!

Googly Gooeys’ Oodles of Doodles

I love Googly Gooeys. I have used their illustrations in my blog several times and I find myself sharing a lot of their illustrations on my Facebook timeline.   They have released their doodle sheet and I am happy to fill up mine.

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Check out their post here and download the doodle sheet, too!

 Update: 8/11/2013

The closet got organized. Hurray!

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