The 25 Things I Plan to Do in 2015

My Moleskine planner arrived yesterday. Thanks to my friend, Grace! The package from Dubai came with a handwritten note and a lucky charm from Japan. Sweet!

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I have doodled (I am bad at it!) on one of the pages to express my plans for the year. This is my vision board.
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1. Open an online watercolor art store. My friend, Grace, told me to open an Etsy store. I am still thinking about it. I am inclined to just start a Facebook page. Whatever it is I will finally decide on, I need to plan my painting time. I also need original paintings done. Most of my watercolor artworks are copies of existing ones.

2. Offer watercolor painting workshop. Another friend messaged me if I can teach her kids watercolor art. For this to push through, I need to plan on how to go about this one. I need to recall how my high school teacher taught us art.  Plus, I can only teach what I know. That means painting subjects like flowers, food and animals.

3. Learn lettering and calligraphy. I am fascinated with beautiful penmanship. I am a fan of Fozzy Castro-Dayrit. She does an amazing calligraphy work. I have yet to buy my first set of nibs and other tools for calligraphy. For now, I will try to just use these calligraphy pens to practice.

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4. Blog regularly. I am trying to do this better. I write long posts so I really need to allot time for this one. Plus, I am picky with photos. It takes me hours to finish a blog post.  Hopefully, I will find away around this problem.

5. Share blog posts in social media. A friend of mine asked, “How do I read your blog?” She knows I have one but she does not know where to find it because I do not share my posts except among my BCBlogger friends and other blogging network.  I feel that I share too much on social media that sharing my writing feels like oversharing. I still feel uncomfortable letting my friends read my thoughts.  There is also that fear of embarrassing myself with grammar mistakes.

6. Invest. My friend invested on a mutual fund. I will follow suit this year. I just need to look through my finances and find sources where I can get myself enough budget to explore this option.

7. Take small risks. I want to learn about trading stocks. There are risks so I still need to read more about it.

8. Live with intent and purpose. My friends and I finished reading Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life last August and, at the end of the 40-day reading  period, I still have not figured out my purpose. For now, I think my purpose is making time for people- being there for people when my presence and attention are needed.

9. Read more. Oh, I did not read a lot of books in 2014. I need to change that. I am currently reading this one. I know. It is an easy read but it is a start.

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10. Show appreciation more. I am not very much of a verbal person. (Although some of my friends would argue that I am talkative.) It is easy to express what is on my mind but not how I feel. I just need to show appreciation to people who made my life easier. I know I am loved by God. There are people He send my way who have shown me kindness, given me trust and offered help. I do not think I have thanked these people enough.

11. Make time for people I love. At the start new year, I was in a number of get-together with friends. I had to take advantage of the time that they were still here. A number of them flew back to where they work. I hope to become that person who makes time for things that matter and people I cared for.

12. Work with passion. I try to bring my heart and soul to the work that I do. I try to give it my best shot at all times. Kinakarir ang lahat ng bagay. (I treat everything like a career, like I was paid to do it.) Work, for me, does not have to be paid work. Work can be projects I do on the side just because I like doing them.

13. Work smart. This means I also need to manage my time and achieve a work-life balance.

14. Pray more. I always say that I am not a deeply religious Catholic. I sometimes sleep without praying. Bad, I know. However, I am amazed how God works in my life that I feel that if I talk to Him more, I will be more equipped to face whatever challenges that come my way.

15. Create. 

16. Innovate. I am inspired by many kickstarter projects. I often find myself saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  I hope I can start my own project. I wish for some spark of inspiration.

17.  Be healthy, exercise more. Three of my friends are into fitness and it is inspiring to see them transform into their fitter selves.  I have trimmed 2 inches off my waistline through regular exercise and eating smaller portions.  But I gained the inches back over the Christmas vacation. Next week, I will start this 21-day challenge posted by my friend, Grace.

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18. Keep things in order. I started cleaning my room last year but my closet is still full, the other room still needs to be organized and I still have a lot of laundry to do. I wish I can be like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs who would wear the same type of clothes everyday so I can trim down my closet to a few pieces. I am no clotheshorse nor a fashionista but I still want variety in what I wear.  I just need to weed out my closet of clothes I no longer wear often.

19. Invest in experience. I am always excited to explore new places and try new things. I will continue to do so this year.

20. Nurture friendship. I try to accommodate as many people in my life as possible. Although I call my travel friends as Team Laagan and some of my close friends, The Core Group,  anyone can join in this circle of friends. I never grew up with a best friend or a barkada. I hang out with different people and I keep in touch with a lot of friends. I never join clubs and associations because of their exclusivity. I function well when I develop friendship with a person (individually not a group).

21. Write more. I am not really a writer. You know, the type who can create sentences that sound like a lullabye. I write the way I talk. I just translate my Bisaya into English. However, writing has been my bread and butter since 2012 and it has brought me places, fed me and clothe me. I am still not good at it. I try to. They say one needs to write 1000 words a day to develop their writing skills. I hope to do that this year.

22. Learn paper flower craft. Look how gorgeous these are.

23.  Learn how to create bento meals. I follow bentobykat on instagram. I want to try these, too! So creative!

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24. More photography. I enjoy this hobby. I have a lot to learn. Good thing I have appreciative friends and a patient cousin who teaches me photography tricks.

25. Continue to be grateful.  I am blessed in many ways. Thank you, God, for never abandoning me even when I am not worthy of your love.

The Gift of Sight

The first poem that I memorized and recited was “All Things Bright and Beautiful”. There was a stanza that says:

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

I am grateful for my gift of sight. Those who know me might wonder why because I wear eyeglasses regularly. In fact, I started wearing eyeglasses since I was 11 years old. That said, there was a period between my late teens and early adult life that I did not wear them for more than 8 years until I had vertigo and wearing prescription lenses somehow eased the dizziness.  I have to admit that wearing eyeglasses is cumbersome. The part that hooks to the temple can cause some strain in my ear area. The part that hangs on the nose bridge slips now and then when I sweat. After wearing glassing for a few hours, I can feel its weight on my nose and ears. (Yes, I am a picky astigmatic person.  Ha!)

There is a bright side to my woes.

There are already lightweight and elastic eyeglasses available in the market. Most eyeglasses come in different colors, shapes and designs. Eyeglasses have become a fashion item and I have seen several frames in animal print design. Cool huh? Plus, several manufacturers have established their online presence by setting up online stores with a variety of style options to choose from.  I am impressed at those manufacturers with a good corporate social responsibility. I have seen one company that gives a pair of eyeglasses for free to those who need them every time someone buys a pair from them.

The gift of sight is not just having a vision in a physical sense but using that vision to help others.

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