My life’s simple yet real dramas.

My Goals for 2018

Today I wrote down my list of goals for this year.  I started doing this since 2012 when I was so down, depressed and lost.  I did it after reading this book about happiness by Andrew Matthews.  I can’t remember which one already, sorry guys, but he’s got some insights that helped me get on with my life smiling.


Last year’s list

It’s like a new year’s resolution list, but it’s different in such a way that I can add up new goals anytime within the time frame, like if something happens or things and stuff changes like something may not be attainable anymore.  It also does not need to start on the beginning of the year, like in my case now.  If you want to make yours, you can start it anytime you want as long as it starts the moment you write down and finish your list.  You can start any month you want, just set the time frame to short term and long term.

So, what is it?  It is simply a list of goals and wants, which I try to accomplish, attain or acquire in a year’s time, then 3 years, then 5 years.  Then every now and then I check and tick-off my progress.  Then after a year I check and evaluate myself like how many and which ones of my goals were achieved.  Then I ask myself how do I feel about it.  If a goal is something that I really want, but failed to achieve due to whatever reason or excuse, I write it down and include it again onto the following year’s list until I am able to achieve, cross and tick it off the list.  As for me, I noticed that my list gets shorter and shorter throughout the years.  So then I add goals which I think challenges me on top of just getting tangible things.  There is also a list for what I hope my entire family would achieve and do within a year, or 3 years or 5 years.

The goals could be material stuff like update my wardrobe or upgrade gadgets; or certain tasks like food trip once a week/month; or traits and characteristics I intend to change or improve on like be more focused or assertive, etc…  It is always better to go over 30 items or goals for each time frame.  The goals could be minor or major, simple or grand.  You’ll never know if a simple task or thing could bring you so much delight and joy.   It is sort of like making my personal KPIs or Key Performance Indicators, which will then help me evaluate my happiness.  This, I agree with the book, is our ultimate motivation in life anyway.

So good luck to me and if you started writing yours, good luck to you too and have fun!

Smile always!



New Creative Hobby

A fews weeks ago I started this new hobby while I wait for my son during his swimming class in school — color on coloring books.  I thought it would be a good way to pull in and get my creative juices flow naturally in me again, hehehe.

Anyway, since it was a good one hour of swim class, I thought about doing something to kill time while my son does his strokes.  At first I thought of jotting down notes for my blog or actually writing down my blog as blogging on my phone through the WordPress app drains battery life.  So on the 2nd day of class, I brought a notebook and pen.  Then I thought it was repetitive to write down the blog piece on my notebook then type on the computer when we get home.  So I thought of doing something else…

On one of those casual visits to the mall, I went to this interesting shop – MINISO.  I was glad that I did.  They have such a variety of items, which are both affordable and of good quality.  I’m in love with their kitchen and dining items, but didn’t purchase for the sole reason that I didn’t need to get new plates and utensils, hehehe.  One item I bought there was this colouring book…

Coloring book

Well, this simply caught my eye and thought that it was neat, and why not try coloring on this colouring book while I wait during my son’s swimming class?  Unlike other colouring books for grown ups in other bookstores out there, this one has simpler images 🙂  I didn’t want to get overwhelmed with so much graphics and illustrations that I’m afraid I would just end up not finishing any illustrations or image at all.

So this coloring book has 50 pages inside —  32 pages with illustrations and 18 blank pages.  Isn’t that nice?  Some blank pages for when you wanna draw and have your own illustrations or drawings!  The coloring book also comes in different cover designs and a paper wrap, which shows you a glimpse of the illustrations you will see inside each book (sorry I threw away my book’s wrapping already as of this writing).

Coloring book 3

On one of the blank pages I swatched the colors of the different color pencils that we have at home.  Of course I borrowed from my kids 🙂  Got a couple from Colleen, Faber-Castell, Maped and Sterling.  I don’t have the complete set of Maped and Sterling anymore because my kids have already misplaced them, hehehe.  I love the shade and quality of Colleen.  I’d probably get their color pencil set in 32 or more pencils.  They even have neon colors.

Coloring book 5

Color swatches…  

Here are what I have done so far…

Thanks for reading!

Smile always,




Skills Upgrade – Airbrush Make-up

As a make-up artist, I always try my best to find ways to keep myself updated to what’s lastest and current.  Last August I enrolled myself to the professional airbrush class of HD Make-up Academy & Studio.  It’s the same school where I got my first introduction to professional make-up and hairstyling.  It’s an upgrade for myself and it was rewarding and empowing by the end of the course.

Though I missed the first day of class due to some conflict in schedule, I was so happy to make it to Day 2 and see my mentors again.  I also felt so welcomed by my batchmates.  They were so amazing.  Day 2 was like “sabak agad” for me since I had to catch-up with what was discussed the previous day at the same time do actual airbrush make-up to my models for my portfolio photoshoot.  I struggled a bit at first since I didn’t have any idea if my strokes were correct or not.  It was different now that I am holding an airbrush gun instead of make-up brushes and sponge.  Yes I had a few comments from both my mentors like how I have weakend in terms of brows shape, contouring, false eyelashes… beyond those, it meant a lot to hear encouraging words from them.  I was guided all the way as I was catching up and it was refreshing to know the why’s and why-not’s, the should’s and should-not’s, and the musts and must-nots.

By the end of the course I was able to produce decent photos for my portfolio, but honestly need to do more practice 🙂  And always, always, we end up with a fun-filled graduation day.  It was both harder and easier than I though airbrush make-up would be :).  WORTH EVERY CENTAVO.

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Back to Full-Time Work

Being a mother is already a full-time job.  Nobody will contest me.  But sometimes even if you just want to stay at home and be with your kids 24/7, there will come a time that you will want to give more to your children than just your time.  You’ll want to give them nicer clothes for every occasion, healthy food, toys, books, gadgets, etc… The list could go on and on, but with the current economic trend, you cannot just have one parent providing for those stuff.  Of course you’ve got to help, and being a mother you just have this innate desire to go out there and get it for your love ones by all means possible.  Working from home didn’t do the trick for me.  Maybe I’m just not one of those who’ve been successful doing it.  So I’ve got to go out there.

It has been a firm decision that I would go back to working full-time since last year after my daughter turned 1, but somehow something just gets in the way of putting that decision into action.  Then finally when we faced this dreadful situation when all 3 of our kids were hospitalized due to measles, that’s when I said “no, no more delays”.  So the soonest I’ve got all of them fully recovered, I started sending my resume to every company I could come across with, from Jobstreet to JobsDB to LinkedIn.  I went to all scheduled interviews most of them I tried to set on days when my husband is off from work because there’s no one to leave our kids with since we didn’t have any yaya.

Then after 4 months, I signed up for a job a million girls would NOT kill for.  I took it anyway because it’s with one of the strongest companies in the advertising industry.  The position?  It’s a junior level job.  Again, I took it anyway because I feel that I’m going to have to restart my career and with doing so it should be with a strong company.  I believe I am in the right place now.  It maybe unlikely but what I’ve got now is a chance – a chance to rebuild whatever was broken, to gather whatever was scattered, and to make something new in my life.  So I thank all the powers in the world beyond mine.  I am forever grateful to the people who have helped me along the way,especially during the times when I was out of control and was such a mess.  I thank the people who have understood whatever I was going through the past few years.  I thank the people who endured my “kakulitan” and “kalokohan” ways, believe me, I never thought I’d go through something like that that’s why my reaction is like that.  I think I was tested.  To the people who have caused me so much pain and misery, well I guess that’s who they really were.  Whatever they’ve done is their purpose in life, so “bahala na si Lord sa inyo”.

So now being back to a full-time corporate job I really don’t know what lies ahead of me.  I humbly raise all my concerns and troubles to God.  After all, I said before that He is my rock, I shall not fall.  I am currently training for something that my 35-year old mind is really being challenged to absorb.  I hope that what I have envisioned myself to during my younger years is something I will be able to do and accomplish now since I am already complete and have reached the true essence of being a woman.  Now, life begins to continue. Good luck to me.  I know I am never alone.