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brush cleaning

I have this philosophy I apply with my art process.

The idea goes like this: The simple cure of an art block can either be a thorough cleaning of all your palettes and brushes, or staying away from the drawing board for a while.

What I’ve been trying to learn the past several months – the past couple years even – is knowing when to clean and when to step away. When to listen to my body and when to be stubborn.

Because sometimes when your body says “I’m tired. I don’t want to draw,” you listen to it. And other times, you don’t. Because maybe your body is tired and needs to rest, or maybe it just needs a little push.

Several days ago, I spent an entire evening cleaning my old palettes and water brushes. I probably spent more than an hour by our kitchen sink squeezing out the red watercolor stain out of one water brush. But that’s fine – time feels slow and forgiving when you’ve got nowhere to go like these past month.

I stood there silently. It’s already dry season now, where I’m from, and the nights are sweltering. I could feel a drop of sweat sliding down from my chin to my neck, the fan ventilating my brother by the dining table barely reached me.

Remembering that particular scene several days ago, that particular moment, I could liken it to cleansing your life or your head space. How much work it is. How heavy and uncomfortable you could feel while doing it. How it takes a while before the stain comes off completely (if they even do) and you return to a squeaky clean start.

Sometimes, cleaning up the messes around you is all you need to do to keep your sanity intact.

And sometimes, you are too overwhelmed to even clean them up. So much so, that all you can do is step away from them. Remove them from your view – if only for a moment.

I’ve been through both times. Heck, I’ve even been through both times at the same time.

When it comes to both my art and life and my mental well-being, I still don’t know the telltales of when to persist and when to quit.

All I could do right now is to listen, and to try.


Hello friends,

It has been a heck of a long time since I published a short pondering type of post. It’s weird to not care about readability or the SEO. I’m trying my best to ignore it hnggg.

I honestly don’t know when I would write another one of these – maybe immediately after this one or maybe four years after.

That said, I hope I too made you ponder, even for a while. And I hope you are safe and well wherever you may be.

Kate

February was more chaotic than last month, wow. | Side Notes

Yep. You read that right.

Remember when I said last month, I hope February was going to be kinder to me than January? February was like, “NOPE! Not gonna.”

On a more positive note, though! I have new graphics for Side Notes, whee! Figured it was about time. That old one was getting… well, old.

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

In the Blogosphere

Anne shared 7 gift ideas for those in a long-distance relationship. And I say, they’re all pretty wholesome enough for anyone in your life!

Brett talked about dealing with negative feelings and shared some awesome tips to do so healthily. Check it out!

In need of some self-care ideas? Jackie recommends doing something creative — like building a house on Sims! Read her post for 6 more awesome recs!

Lea talks about her life as a 28-year-old married woman with no kids. (Guess what question she always gets asked.)

Hafsa created a journaling party and it. Sounds. SUPER. AWESOME??? I want in so bad.

Is blogging dead? Ashlee thinks not. And I, as I write the draft for this on WordPress Classic Editor, so so agree.

Lauren talks about grief and how to cope with the loss of a loved one.

Apostolia shared habits to have a happy life and I’m taking notes.

Deze shares the 6 hard lessons she learned in her first two years as a married woman and it’s applicable to any relationships!

The Awesome Side of the Internet

The Internet can be a jerk sometimes, let’s all be real here. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human (and non-human) stories.

Someone made a music video out of Paint and it’s BRILLIANT.

You need to rewatch LoTR but with cats.

Someone’s gonna be a great lawyer someday. Case closed, y’all.

You know how last month my recommendations were both educational apps? Welp, today I’m recommending two of my recent fave series!

VIOLET EVERGARDEN

I’m going to put it out there: this is anime. And before you scroll further thinking, “Oh, that isn’t my cup of tea.” Hear me out first!

This anime series revolves around a young girl who knew nothing of life outside her military background. Now that the war is over, she has to learn what it is like to live outside the front lines of a battlefield. (Wow, someone hire me to make blurbs. I think that’s a fair, non-spoilery one.)

It’s a coming-of-age series, my favorite anime genre after fantasy and slice-of-life, and it is heartbreakingly beautiful. It may revolve around Violet Evergarden, the young girl I mentioned above, but it’s more than just her story. The entire series is jam-packed with stories about love and family and self-growth. Not to mention, the animation is just BREATHTAKING. And y’all I’m not just saying that because Kyoto Animation, my all-time fave anime studio, produced it.

You can watch Violet Evergarden on Netflix now. Please watch it. (And if you do or did, hit me an email or slide a DM wherever. I want to talk about this and none of my friends has watched it yet!!)

HEARTSTOPPER

This is another series I recently got into that I think not a lot of people generally know. Like Violet Evergarden, you would only know about Heartstopper if you’re in the community. (The anime community in Violet Evergarden’s case, the book community in this one’s.)

Heartstopper is a webcomic written and illustrated by YA author Alice Oseman. It’s about two adorable soft bois being adorable together. An openly gay boy who overthinks for a living, and a soft-hearted guy who’s still figuring out his sexuality.

That’s it. That’s the pitch.

Now here’s the thing. I’ve read books my whole life. Consequently, I’ve read tons of books while on public transportation. But I’ve never — and I mean never — cried on public because of a book. Ever. This webcomic? It’s responsible for my first-ever public book tears. It is that good. You can read Heartstopper on Tumblr or in the Tapas app.

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • I landed my first ever full-time job, y’all!
  • I’m getting on top of my Twitter game, ey!
  • My sleep is now regular!!! (It really was the lack of a structured routine omg! Once I was working, I’m already asleep at 10pm and up by 5am the next day. Could still need a little tweaking as I want to spend a bit more hours on my blog… but I’ll take it!)

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • My blog game and all other social media games are not as strong as the Twitter one. As you may have noticed, I decided to go on a hiatus halfway through the month.

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

A MINI-REVIEW ON THIS MONTH’S GOALS
  • Make no bake cheesecake. ✘ I was on the verge of becoming broke so I’m doing a rain check on this one.
  • Get interviewed by 5 companies. ✘ This didn’t happen BUT! I landed my job on the only company I got interviewed so yay!
  • Finish writing and scheduling March’s posts. ✘ Still writing up March’s post. Oh well.
GOALS FOR NEXT MONTH
  • Create a routine around work
  • Set aside 5,000 php to savings (That’s about $100, give or take)
  • Write and schedule posts

Last Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Eat fruit once a day. This didn’t happen BUT!!! I am eating fruit every other day so that’s a good start.

Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Finish one book. If I said I didn’t have much time reading books on February, I’d be lying. I just chose not to read any books. Now, I want to just finish one book. If I could just finish reading one, I’m good.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

How was your February? Was it awesome or did it suck so bad? Share to me everything!

xx Kate

Photo from Ivory Mix

First Month of 2019? Done. | January Side Notes

Okay, so is it just me or did January craaawl its way out like it always does, every-freakin-year? (Do you notice how I am so obviously Team Thank God January’s Over?)

Now that we can scratch off the first month of 2019, let’s welcome February with enthusiastic arms! This year’s Hearts Month will be particularly festive on here because I’ve prepared blog posts all about relationships — with yourself and with others.

But you’ll have lots of time to see that. Let’s dive in to this month’s wrap up.

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

Nikita discusses the pros and cons of having an unconventional or nontraditional job, and it’s a must-read for my fellow 20-somethings who will be starting their career.

We know January is the month when new habits are decidedly taken upon and immediately thrown off the window. If you’re like me, then this post by Suktara on how to form new habits is for you!

Alex has an incredibly insightful piece on how improving your well-being may just be the key to happiness.

Don’t have much time for yourself? (Yeah me too, sometimes) Emily suggests setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier.

For my fellow bloggers out there, the amazing Lav wrote this incredibly motivating piece filled with reminders for when the blog stats are low.

Rachel shared a very personal story about post natal depression and if you’re a mom going through it also, I highly suggest reading Rachel’s post! Below is my fave quote from the post:

I hadn’t realised how low I was until I started feeling better.

I just found Oxria’s blog today and there is zero doubt that I. AM. IN. LOOOVE!!! Her illustrations are gorgeous and she has this post on notebooks that help her keep organized and my semi-organized potato self is drooling in envy!!

The Awesome Side of the Internet

The Internet can be a jerk sometimes, let’s all be real here. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human (and non-human) stories. Also: I take zero responsibility for any tears you might shed opening one of these links. Click at your own risk, y’all.

I have a soft spot for grandmothers so this tweet about a girl and her gramma with Alzheimer’s is just oh-so precious. Ma heart!

Y’all need this reminder from Artidote today:

Anthony Exeter (God bless your soul) has these six rules for life, as shared by his now-widowed wife Kelly Exeter. (My heart BROKE, you guys.)

DOGGO-LOVERS, brace yourself for this one. This story of a mom and daughter seeing a stray dog on the sidewalk is wholesome and might possibly make you cry. Probably.

For my fellow CAT-LOVERS, I got one for you too. Don’t worry, it isn’t exactly a tear-jerker. Tear-provoking is very rarely a cat’s brand, as you may know. In this one, my fave cat in the Internet, Maru, claimed another cat’s box quite smoothly. Just like James Bond, this gorgeous smooth-moving cat.

There is a Youtube channel where someone cooks mini-food using mini-utensils and mini-kitchen equipments and I am enthralled. Here’s one where they cooked mini Japanese curry and rice.

So I saw this one on Facebook but it was a screenshot from Tumblr. And look, I have this thing with screenshotted (? omg grammar) posts. Like, it’s okay if I was just passing by and I read it. But if I’m going to promote the stuff, you can be sure I’ll find the OG source and lead you to them because they deserve the traffic more than those sc-ers/ ctto insensitive-only-wants-clout potatos.

(Yes, I am passionately heated regarding this stuff — and I’m already at that point in my life where I feel too old to protest on every-single-thing I see on Twitter. It’s like art theft and copy-pasted blog posts for me.)

Anyhoozles! Here it is. Violetwolfraven from Tumblr wondered if maybe supernatural creatures once existed here on Earth but, over the years, mixed in with humans and you can see them in traits and personalities that modern people now have. Like maybe that ballet dancer who seems to hover mid-air for a few seconds might have the blood of fairies. I promise you, their imagination is wild and amazing and it made my fantasy-loving brain drool. You should read the entire thread because there are people asking the mythic counterparts of writers and artists. It’s amazing, really.

(Can’t believe I wrote more than 200 words for one link but there you go.)

recommendations of the month

Bluprint (formerly Craftsy)

Bluprint, formerly known as Craftsy, is an amazing website filled to the brim with craft-related videos and classes. It was through here that I watched a class on watercolor and this class by Kateri Ewing helped me improve my watercoloring. There are also other classes on the site, like for baking, knitting and jewelry-making!!!
Pocket App

I no longer have the Pocket app on either my phone or tablet but I’m still subscribed to it because I signed up, and Pocket Hits curate the most insightful, thought-provoking articles on the Internet every week.
Like, I rarely watch the news now (especially since it’s the start of election season over here and ugh, so not liking all networks’ coverage right now.) so I get my dose of what’s happening in the world through my journalist sister and via email.

I mean, look at these articles! These >>>> News

That said, I highly recommend signing up for Pocket. They have the most intriguing long-form articles ranging from various sources around the Web.

(Side note: If you want to read about that article on insect collapse on a Puerto Rican rainforest — which is a must-read, by the way — you can read it here.

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • I made full-color illustrations! Three of them! In a month! (Yayyy)
  • I spent one month not worrying about school! Gosh, it feels GOOD.
  • Updated my resume and got references! (I have a blog post scheduled for this exact story. Stay tuned!)

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • I got invitation for job interviews that I had to reject because I wasn’t in Cebu. That sucked.
  • My sleep are getting irregular and I have no idea why. (Is it the lack of a structured routine? Idk.)

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

A Mini-Review on This Month’s Goals

  • Finish three posts for the month ✔ and send out two guest post pitches ✘ (Sigh. Will this even happen, at this point?)
  • Read and comment on 14 blog posts every week ??? (I have no idea if it reached 14???)
  • Update my resume (hnggg) ✔

For Next Month

  • Make no bake cheesecake.
  • Get interviewed by 5 companies.
  • Finish writing and scheduling March’s posts.

Last Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Try out one thing you haven’t tried before. The sushi didn’t happen, sadly. Buuut I did try out strawberry milk tea for the first time so — is that good enough? For now, yes.
Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Eat fruit once a day. I need it. It doesn’t hurt to eat fruits more often, yes?

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

How was your January? Did it crawl for you too? What are your fave educational apps at the moment? I wanna know it all!!

xx Kate

Photo from Ivory Mix

On My Semi-Organized Life and Learning to Embrace It

Confession: I have a deep, deep green envy for people who lead a super organized life.

I mean, clean workspace? Alphabetized books? Super cute stationery drawers?? Ducks in a neat row, arranged by size???

Cue sparkling eyes.

See, my whole life I always wanted a clean organized room. But alas, no matter how much I angry clean and sort out my books by sizes or spine colors or authors, I can’t seem to accomplish what those folks on #mybookshelves or #myworkspace on Instagram could. One time, I tried incorporating an editorial calendar for a month. And despite how much more efficient it made my blogging process, it only lasted for that month.

No matter how much I try to make myself go into a routine, I just end up going rogue. Very few of the new habits I take stick. And when they do, some don’t even last long either. Or they’re just effective for a short time or in bursts.

That, my friends, is what you call a semi-organized person.

You know how some people are super organized superheroes, and others are, um… cluttered potatoes? Well, there are actually people who fall right in the middle. They’re called semi-organized and I’m one of them. Perhaps you have a suspicion you’re one too. Here are 5 signs you can look into to know if you’re one.

You know how some people are super organized superheroes, and others are, um… cluttered potatoes? Well, there are actually people who fall right in the middle. They’re called semi-organized and I’m one of them. Perhaps you have a suspicion you’re one too. Here are 5 signs you can look into to know if you’re one:

1) Some aspects of your life is clutter-free and neatly ordered while others seem like they’ve constantly been devastated by a tornado.

For instance, my bag is super clean. There’s a system as to where everything is placed – even the trashes that I set aside when I can’t find a bin near me. On the other hand, my workspace looks like it’s constantly devastated by a hurricane. I once misplaced my comb and I couldn’t find it until a couple weeks later. It’s horrendous.

2) Everything is a distraction

You know how you open an app on your phone to do one specific task and then, three hours later, you resurface and have ultimately forgotten what it was you had to do?

Yep. That happens to semi-organized me so many freaking times.

It could be social media, or the television playing on the background, or the music I have playing on my earphones, or shiny things. Maybe even an unusual mannerism from someone in my peripheral vision. The gist is anything can be a distraction. It’s quite difficult for me to focus on one task but when I do, you won’t see me doing anything else for hours.

3) New routines and new habits very rarely stick.

I already mentioned this above but it needs saying again.

Folks, I try. I really really do try. But I always have a hard time creating new or better habits. And even when I do, they don’t stick for very long. One time, I tried to use Habitica. But that didn’t last a week. Another time, I try to do ten-minute exercises every morning, but three cramps-filled days later, I forgot about it.

4) When desperate, you resort to nonsensical multitasking

Oh boy, this happened to me whenever I’m procrastinating in the mornings instead of prepping for school. I end up brushing my teeth and picking out clothes at the same time. Putting on my earrings and carrying my bag out of the room with my teeth. It’s not a pleasant sight to see and I don’t advise anyone visiting our house on 9AM.

5) When you are at peak organized mode, it’s absolutely wonderful

And after finishing your homework, bulk-scheduling posts and arranging your closet to look decent enough, you relax. But also lowkey hoping that you won’t fall into Cluttered Potato Mode for the next several moons or so.

As semi-organized folks, we often have the tendency to fall on either side of the spectrum – extremely organized or cluttered potatoes.

There are super organized people like Marie Kondo and then there are cluttered people like Rebecca Bloomwood. But did you know that therea re also people who fall right in the middle? They're called semi-organized. And I'm one of them. Are you one too?

But for most part, we struggle to be more of the former. To be more organized. To embody the clutter-free spirit of Marie Kondo. But we can’t help it that there’s just that part of us who’s as disheveled and distracted as Rebecca Bloomwood.

It’s sad and, for that little aspiring Marie Kondo-wannabe inside me, quite disappointing.

But this year, I want to embrace my semi-organized-ness. This year, I want to be less critical of myself when I divert from writing blog posts to check on the chickens on the backyard. I want to bask in fully during breaks. But also remember to give myself a push in the back when I’m knee-deep in lazy potato mode. I want to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with taking things slow, or relaxing for a while. And while there is so much joy in accomplishing everything you need to do, there’s also a different but equally wonderful feeling in doing absolutely nothing.

I need to have faith that I’ll figure things out… eventually. And maybe, so do you.

I WANNA HEAR FROM YOU!

Are you a super organized superhero, a cluttered potato, or a semi-organized bloke like me? Is there a trait you didn’t quite like that you want to embrace more this year? Share them below!

xx Kate

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Embracing my semi-organized life and learning to accept that I can never be like Marie Kondo. (And that's okay.)

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2018 New Things: An Evaluation (and what I want to do moving forward)

Last year – or one year and 17 days ago, to be precise – I published a post in which I announced that I will try to do 10 new things in 2018. And the result… deeply astounded me.

Out of the 10 new things I set myself up to do last year, I was only able to do one.

WOW, KATE.

But because I kinda want to make up to (deeply disappointed) January 2018 Kate, I will look further into each New Thing and torture myself in embarrassment at the same time.

This is going to be fun, y’all.

1. Finish a horror movie without running away. I didn’t even watch any thriller last year, wow. But I guess it was to be expected since I was extremely busy for my last year in uni.

2. Make no-bake cheesecake. In my defense! I was going to do this over the holidays. But as I was spending Christmas and New Year’s in my grandparents’ house and all of the people living there either have diabetes or high cholesterol, I decided to just do it when I get back to Cebu.

3. Enroll in an art class. This is the One New Thing that I got to try out last year. So I signed up for one of Craftsy’s art courses because they had a promo back then. The course I signed up to is Kateri Ewing’s Startup Library: Painting with Watercolors. It was ah-mazing. I love the teacher and it tackled watercolour basics which really helped me understand watercolour better.

4. Make a popsicle house. I can’t believe I forgot I had this as a New Thing! And my brother had a project where he had to build one, hng.

5. Go to the gym. I don’t wanna talk about it.

6. Participate in an open mic. I remember I had plans on doing this last April at a popular tea house in my hometown, when I went home for a long break. But I learned that they no longer have an open mic there which was sad. I also didn’t know any other place that holds an open mic. So there you go.

7. Pierce ears. Omg, I was going to do this! But again, I had no time. Also, I was supposed to do it with my best friend but I only went home twice last year. Again, sad.

8. Eat sushi. Again not much free time = no time to go eat out. I did try out eating Korean barbecue and kimbap for the first time last year. So that sort of makes up with trying out new food, yes? Yes. And for a picky eater, I’d say that’s a win.

9. Listen to an album from a genre I don’t usually listen to. Um… I don’t think it counts because it was only one song but I listened to KDA’s Popstars.

10. No chicken or pork for a week. This is the one that I was disappointed at myself the most, to be honest.

All that said, it was quite disappointing for my first ever New Things year. For 2019, I will be tweaking things a bit and just try out five. Also, I’m going to add in a monthly assessment section on my Side Notes every month for this.

Five New Things I’m Going to Try in 2019

1. Make no-bake cheesecake

I am adamant in doing this, okay??? My family think I can’t make food outside instant stuff and frying eggs and cooking rice. I’ll show it to them. Also I just think it’d be nice to finally be able to try making something no-bake. I’ve seen them on Pinterest and they just look delicious and seem easy to do.

2. No chicken or pork for a week

As a notoriously known meat-eater, this is another thing my family don’t think I can accomplish. They don’t believe I can live with just fish and veggies. But I want to prove to them and myself that I can do this. This one’s going to be hard, though. So I’ll probably create a meal-plan for this specific week.

3. Attend a yoga class four times

I honestly have no idea how I’m going to do this but I want to try. I’ll have to research on yoga classes near me that I can attend to.

4. Attend a live watercolour workshop

I tried enrolling in an online art course last year. This time, I want to see if I get out of my introverted shell more and interact with people with the same interest. It’ll be fun too!

5. Post five video on Youtube

I’m still not sure if I want to appear on the videos or do a voice over or… just make videos but I haven’t dipped my toes on creating videos for fun and not for a school project. So this is going to be fun and anxious-filled.

Other than these five New Things, I also have three Big Goals I hope to achieve this year:

  • Have a collab with a huge brand on my blog
  • Save up for the CMA Board Exam (which I hope to take either this year or next)
  • Write a 100-page book. (I have no idea what it will be right now, but I just want to write one hehe)

I WANNA HEAR FROM YOU!

Did you achieve your goals last year? What are your goals for 2019? Share them below!

xx Kate

An impromptu welcome back after my impromptu break! | December Side Notes

Why yes, I totally did go away from the blogosphere for one whole freaking month without a warning after posting that November Side Notes.

Was I sorry? Of course! Even just a tiny bit.

Did I regret it? Definitely not.

I thought November would bring out all the busyness of the year. But nooo. December is definitely the busiest I’ve been this year. All the Christmas shopping, all the clearance running… All the graduation shenanigans. Sigh. But that’s the thing. I’m okay with all of it.

Because YA GIRL HAS NOW OFFICIALLY FINISHED UNI Y’ALL.

I’ve also taken advantage of this month-long impromptu break by catching up on emails and creating blog posts and do all other online responsibilities I’ve set aside because I wanted to focus on graduating. I haven’t ticked all my delayed to-do lists but that’s alright. I’m going at it slowly.

Anyway, on to the post!

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

Key shared a very personal post about experiencing post-partum depression and it’s such an inspiring read.

ALJ put out the most awesome holiday gift guide for this year and — welp, not that you’ll need it. But in case you need to shop for super duper late holiday presents, they’re your gals.

If you’re up for some wholesome holiday read, Devinder posted the most wholesome Christmas post I’ve read this month where she shared the traditions she and her family have for the holidays.

Marie-Celine wrote this short but super on-point piece on comparisonitis and we could all go for a little reminder today.

Corrie wrote this timely piece on creating transformative New Year’s resolutions that you can carry through past January!

The Awesome Side of the Internet

Yes, yes. I know. The Internet can be a jerk sometimes. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human stories. I always believe it only takes one kind heart for other kindness to join in 🙂

This kid is a goth in training and I have mad respect.

Seven-year-old shows her friends her new prosthetic leg and if that doesn’t tug your heartstrings enough, see how they responded *heart eyes*

McDonald’s created an anime commercial and it’s super kawaii (cute).

This girl is signing to her deaf father at a rock concert and my heart is swelling from so much love.

recommendations of the month
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee

The best Sunflower song I have ever heard y’all.

It’s so good vibes-y and super upbeat. All throughout November to December, I listened to this repeatedly on commute while going to school. It is such a great way to start the day on a positive note! Go ahead and listen! Also, watch the new animated film Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse, which the song is a soundtrack to. Haven’t watched it myself but you can be sure I will!!!

Chocolate Soy Milk

In case you didn’t know, I don’t drink coffee. *shields self from any attacks*

I have never really liked the taste of coffee. Also, my mom prefers we drink milk every morning, if we could help it. I was extremely busy these past couple months. In effect, I had to sacrifice my sleep. Because I don’t drink coffee, I try to get my dose of caffeine in other ways. I tried pure cocoa but that was bitter as heck. And I tried getting from cola but that’s wayyy too unhealthy and certainly not good for my hyperacidic-prone stomach.

But then, I remember my friend once recommended chocolate soy milk.

So I tried that and YOOO. To my fellow rare non-coffee-drinkers out there. This is the healthy caffeine option we need y’all! I drink either the Vitasoy Chocolate Soy Milk or the Vitamilk Double Choco Shake (which is a local product, yay!!!). Both are extremely delicious and they give me that small boost of energy I need in the morning.

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

    • I FINALLY GRADUATED Y’ALL!!! Finally finished four years in Accounting huhu. I actually wrote a super long Instagram post about it (shameless self-promo) and if you followed me on there, let me know so I can follow you back!
    • Got six cartons of Dutchmill from my Secret Santa (another non-caffeine drink I absolutely enjoy) and that makes me super super happy.
    • I am now, once again, surrounded by my favorite fowl ever: CHICKENS!!! (I mean, the turkeys of my neighbors in Cebu were fun to watch but nothing could top chickens for me hehe)
    • Finally bought cactus soil and pebbles for Cactus’s babies. But I just found out you don’t want to transplant cacti on the fourth quarter of the year since it’s their dormant period so April transplanting it is!
    • Sent out 2 guest post pitches! This isn’t what I hoped to achieve but I’ll take it. (Side note: you can check out my guest post about why having a creative hobby is important on La Ivana here)

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • I had a pre-graduating breakdown and that meant puffy eyes on graduation day, oomf
  • Still have zero posts on buffer and I’m still scared
  • I haven’t touched any book in weeks wow

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

  • Finish three posts for the month and send out two guest post pitches
  • Read and comment on 14 blog posts every week
  • Update my resume (hnggg)

Last Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Be happy and stress-free. December was certainly stressful but the holiday vibes really got to me and I’m super happy.

  • Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

    Try out one thing you haven’t tried before. I’m already thinking of trying out sushi for the first time but I need to ask a friend where the best sushi place in town is hehe.

    I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

    How was your December?? Do you drink coffee or not? What’s your favorite non-coffee beverage? Tell me all the things!!!

    xx Kate

    Photo from Ivory Mix

October brings in New Friends // Side Notes

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

You know how I said in the September Side Notes that the second half of September brought in lots of good stuff?

I’m happy to say that it continued on to October!

(cue happy dance)

It wasn’t all rainbow and sunshine and unicorns, of course. There were definitely sucky moments. But all of those were offset by the amazing things that October brought 🙂

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

For this month’s Blogger Feature, I wanted to highlight on October posts about mental health awareness. It was thanks to Twitter and mental health advocates online that I was able to better understand what people with mental health issues and illnesses are going through.

Imagine that. One girl has further educated herself just by scrolling through her phone! Can you imagine if mental health was deeply discussed in primary and secondary education in the same way that, say, fever and common cold is??

Brittany lists down reasons to add gratitude into your life. And she sourced some awesome studies related to gratitude, too!

Amy is my favorite find this month! She has awesome content from geeky stuff like the evolution of sci-fi movies to relatable adulting posts like learning not to doubt your worth.

The Gaming Diaries shared her personal experience with mental health for World Mental Health Day.

Victoria talked about oversharing, the stigma surrounding mental health and why we need to speak about it regardless of what others say.

I’m all for learning about things that other people go through everyday. Which is why I find this post by Megan on Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida Awareness Week super informative!

Alison listed down seven powerful ideas to stop overthinking and I’m taking down notes!

I talked about how we need to get better at asking for help this month, and Bri has written the best post to accompany that: Ask and You Shall Receive. It’s on-point and you need to read it!

Louise shared some great self-care ideas to fight depression and it’s a must-read.

Rachel wrote her experience on Craniosacral Therapy, a gentle therapy great for people of all ages. Which I’m itching to try out now after feeling relaxed just reading her post!

The Awesome Side of the Internet

Yes, yes. I know. The Internet can be a jerk sometimes. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human stories. I always believe it only takes one kind heart for other kindness to join in 🙂

<3 This flawless white duck is the epitome of perfection. Don’t fight me.

<3 Billie Eilish’s new song, when the party’s over, is eerie and beautiful. I LOVE IT.

<3 shreyadoodles on Instagram has wholesome and funny comics!

recommendations of the month
Kiki’s Delivery Service

Whenever I think of Halloween, I think of witches. And there are certainly tons of awesome witches in shows and films but Kiki takes the cake for me.

This film is about Kiki, a young witch who left the safety of her childhood home to set out and start her witch training in the outside world. She met lots of friends and faced equal amounts of obstacles along the way. Of the obstacles she was going through, it was the inner obstacle she faced that deeply resonated with me.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (photo source)

ScreenPrism

Run by two amazing women, ScreenPrism is an amazing channel if you like to watch video essays about your favorite films. They tackle on every film brilliantly, pointing out what’s good and what’s bad about it – but they are never overly critical, something I dislike about other similar channels. They even have a beautiful analysis on Kiki’s Delivery Service, likening Kiki to a typical Millennial Creative. Watch it; it’s awesome.

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • I made new blogging friends, ahhh! (Shoutout to the awesome Lavrax, who has finished Blogtober and just downright rocks!)
  • Gained 600 followers on Twitter (what what???) and I’ve finally stepped in to the three-digit realm in Instagram with a current 100+ followers!
  • I scored well on the midterm exam of the most difficult subject I have this year, and I couldn’t be happier!!
  • Finally did a few art this month, yay!

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • Got incredibly sick for two weeks.
  • Midterms week.
  • Didn’t reach my Inktober goals this year (I was aiming for at least 20 drawings but nope, only got around 10)
  • Have gotten behind my content writing (see reason: first bullet)
  • I still haven’t repotted Watson’s babies.

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

  • Finish my November post line-up before the end of the first week and get started on probably half of December posts
  • Send out 5 guest post pitches to bloggers in my focus topics (personal growth and creativity)
  • This isn’t exactly a milestone but I want to pass all my subjects this year. I’m adamant on graduating, okay?

Last Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Read a chapter of a nonfiction book a day. Okay, so I was well into this. Until midterms week happened and Accounting books were all I’ve read for the rest of the month. And then I got a cold for two weeks so… this didn’t happen. I really enjoyed Grit by Angela Duckworth, though and I can’t wait to get back into it!
Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Eat a fruit once a day. All these long sick days lately suck! I’m aiming for being super healthy for the last two months of the year. Remember to make your health a priority, friend! <3

Oh! And before I forget!

You’ve probably noticed it but…

I’VE GONE SELF-HOSTED!!

I’ve moved all my followers from my previous site over here and have also enabled site redirect. I reckon that’s enough time for my blog to fully transition into being self-hosted. It’s been a stressful week but I’m also really loving all the new functions and features I haven’t been able to access before!

I may write an entire post on why I changed but the gist of it is this:

I feel like my smol blog is ready for it. All The Trinkets has been with me as I embarked on changes and new journeys in my life. This is just another one of them. I’m super excited with what the year ahead has in store for this tiny space that is my virtual home, and I hope you come along with me in this journey too <3
The Bit of Changes that Will Happen in the Coming Weeks

There aren’t really any huge changes you will notice. I still post every Wednesday plus the Side Notes at the end of the month. I don’t really want to change theme or the blog’s look at the moment because I know that’s an whole ‘nother math problem to go through.

Here’s what you can expect though:

  1. I will be setting up an email list. This is mainly for my non-blogger readers who subscribe via email. (I see you! Come say hi!) I’m still figuring out if I could do the whole Follow By Email thingy that you can on WordPress.com. But yeah, there will be a subscription of sort for my non-blogger readers.
  2. There will be social sharing buttons on posts. This one I’m still figuring out. But I want to look for a plugin with the option to hide the social sharing button, if you want to. I go to some blogs that have their social share blocking the posts and I can’t hide it and it is NOT a fun reading experience, let me tell you.
  3. I will be using Google Analytics. You can read through my Privacy Policy for further information. Don’t worry, I don’t use the data for anything other than reviewing blog performance and content planning 🙂

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

How was your October? Are your blog going through big changes at the moment? Is there a goal you want to reach next month? Let me cheer you on!

xx Kate

Photo by Ivory Mix

September is Half and Half, No In-Between // Side Notes

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

Half on-my-knees-crying, half jumping-up-and-down happy.

Half super chaotic, half super relaxed.

Half unaccomplished potato, half slaying-it-productive potato.

In my September, there were no in-betweens. Only halves of the extremes. Interestingly, the first half was where all the crying and chaos and unaccomplishments happened. I have this itty-bitty suspicion it’s like one of those light drizzles that’s left over after the huge storm that was August passed. *glares at August*

The second half, there were still a bit of chaos and a bit of crying and a bit of unproductiveness, sure. But it was all manageable. And frankly, with the degree of happiness, and chillness, and accomplished-ness that I felt on the second half. Those tiny bits of negative were irrelevant.

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

Suktara shared some amazingly practical hacks for busy women (and we all need these, believe me.)

Ki’ara discussed why we lose our motivation and offered great tips on how you can keep it.

Brittany argued why it’s best to forget about finding your purpose and it is such an interesting perspective!

Are you listening? Alex talked about active listening – what it is and how you could benefit from it.

We can definitely find happiness in the little things which is why Joy listed down 25 small things she finds joy in.

Amber wrote a comprehensive guide on how to navigate stressful situations.

Lana bravely shared the darkest moment in her life, in hopes of helping others realize that they are not alone. Not gonna lie, this one’s my favorite post I’ve read this month. (And that’s saying something, considering I’ve read dozens!)

The Awesome Side of the Internet

Yes, yes. I know. The Internet can be a jerk sometimes. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human stories. I always believe it only takes one kind heart for other kindness to join in 🙂

<3 Somebody created this masterpiece that is the Avengers: Infinity War anime opening. It’s BRILLIANT. My geeky heart is in paradise.

<3 This tweet DID NOT make me cry. I’m not crying. You are.

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<3 If you want something totally adorable, scroll through this thread of cockatiels. Two is ah-dorable and the other one is downright funny. Watching these videos literally cured my cough.

<3 This comic about purple hair and imposter syndrome is TOTALLY RELATABLE. I can’t even.

recommendations of the month

Feedly app – For Keeping up with Your Fave Bloggers

My problem with the WordPress app is that it’s not so friendly with non-Wordpress blogs. And I rarely open Bloglovin hehe. Feedly is my favorite app to use when I need to quickly browse over all my favorite bloggers’ recent posts. And it has a super simple interface that even tech newbies can navigate!

Google Keep

I honestly don’t know what I would do without Google Keep. Honestly. Making use of Keep beyond just blogging is probably 80% why my second half of September wasn’t so chaotic. I use Keep to take notes on my academic works, putting links to refer back later, blog to-do lists and even reminding myself of my goals. Plus! I recently found out that I can open it on my browser. So when I need to make an outbound link to an article I referred in a post, I don’t have to do some Matrix maneuver with my phone! It is literally a life-saver!

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • I finally finished my application for graduation ahhh!
  • Joined in with a group of super inspiring ladies to work on something super incredible. (This one’s a secret for now 😉 )
  • Achieved my goals of reaching 950 followers on my blog and 90 followers on Instagram. Thank you so much to all of you!!! <3
  • I actually understood finance??? As a context, I hate finance. Of all my major subjects, I despise finance. And it’s so weird that I finally get the underlying theories behind some of the topics.

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • Cough. Severe my-lungs-want-to-come-out-of-my-ribcage hacking.
  • I still didn’t do a lot of art this month. Still haven’t finished my Kate Harker illustration.
  • I still haven’t repotted Watson’s babies.
  • The rainy season. Which worsened my cough a few times.

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

  • Reach 1000 followers on here before November 14th (but preferably on October) and 100 followers on Instagram
  • Do two full-color illustrations. The Kate Harker one and another cutesy weapon-yielding girl.
  • Join in on Inktober for 20 days tops.

Last Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Read a Rumi passage a day. Nope. This didn’t come through at all. But! Sometime in the last week of September I was able to read a chapter of a nonfiction book a day. So can I’m calling that a 10% success? Yes or yes?

Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Read a chapter of a nonfiction book a day.  I might as well continue on to this for October since I’ve already accomplished it in the last several days of September. Also hoping I’d finish a couple of nonfiction books this way.

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

How was your September? Is there a goal you want to reach next month? Let me cheer you on!

xx Kate

August Side Notes: A Melting Pot of Sweat, Tears and Hurried To-Dos

Side Notes is a monthly wrap up where I share the interesting, and incredibly inspiring things I found during the month that I couldn’t fit in any post. Expect awesome recs, awesome books and awesome bloggers.

Also expect: fangirling (lots of it) and a glimpse into my life — the happy, the chaos and all.

The Japanese has this eating game called yaminabe.

Literally translates to “dark night (yami) pot (nabe)”, it’s a whole ‘nother level of pot luck where you and your friends gather around a cooking pot and, with the lights off, throw in whatever ingredients each of you brought into the pot. And you have to eat whatever you got.

That pretty much sums up my August.

Life just threw in whatever it wants into my pot and all I could do is eat what I pick up and get through it. It was a tornado of a month and I’m just glad it’s over.

On that note, there won’t be any #DrawMyBooks section this month because I only read one (ONE) book in August and I decided I’ll just put it together with next month’s books. It’s kinda sad but not entirely surprising. Our semester started this month so I spent most of August getting back into uni mode and juggling college and my creative hobbies.

But enough about that, let’s get on with this!

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

Queen of Spreadsheets, Shealea, shared some ah-mazing tips on making use of spreadsheets to up your blogging game.

Rebekah talked about disability discrimination and how it’s still an issue today and you need to read it N O W.

Alex listed three reasons a good idea is optional in creating. And if you’re a creative, specifically a writer, this one’s for you.

Debbie discussed about relatable villains and questionable heroes and mentioned The Darkling so you could be sure it’s a great post. (No bias here at all.)

Jenny shared how she fits self-care into her everyday life, because self-care isn’t just the occasional mani-pedi session but something we need to incorporate into our daily lives.

Ashley wrote an amazing piece about finding closure when a friendship ends — and it is super relatable!

“It’s true that in losing a friend, you still go through the five stages of grief.”

Jade listed down five ways to increase your motivation when you’re struggling with depression.

Nancy mused about finding time for the things that you love and listed some of the things she makes time for. AND I’M ALL FOR IT.

Abi published this super empowering post on embracing your sexuality as a woman.

Phil talked about “The Urgent Rush” which is when parents get worried that their kids don’t develop a certain thing at a certain age.

The Awesome Side of the Internet

Yes, yes. I know. The Internet can be a jerk sometimes. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human stories. I always believe it only takes one kind heart for other kindness to join in 🙂

<3 This creative video I found on Twitter

<3 Ava DuVernay inspiring message

<3 If you watched Bear in the Big Blue House back when you were a kid, someone found the lost last episode of the series here. A guaranteed tear-jerker.

<3 These beautiful art by Hayley (@FrockMeImFamous on Twitter) and the touching story behind it.

<3 These precious boys dancing to the music of this precious violinist.

recommendations of the month

I Need To Start a Garden EP by Haley Heynderickx

Shoutout to my best friend for recommending this artist to me (she knows my music taste so well <3) Haley is an absolute fab, adorkable human being and her songs just bring me inner peace – the kind you would need when you’re going back to school. Give “Oom Sha La La” a listen. It’s such a happy song but also very honest. You can check her out on Spotify here.

Blogging Buddies Facebook Group

Created by the blogger fairy godmother, Ruth, this Facebook group is an amazing place to connect with fellow bloggers and ask for blogging-related advice and share tips as well. Thanks to this group, I discovered tons of awesome bloggers whose websites I wouldn’t have been able to stumble upon otherwise!

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • Got friends on all my classes, yay!
  • Started a blog Instagram account and reached 50 followers in two weeks, omggg??? (As a context, it took me 2-freakin-years to reach 100 followers on my old account)
  • Drank more water, whoop whoop!
  • Reached 500 followers on Twitter, whattt <3
  • Finished a month’s worth of art journaling! (contrary to popular belief, I’m not good with keeping up long commitments like drawing everyday for a month so this is really a huge achievement for me)

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • My calculator game was off like you wouldn’t believe. As an accounting student, I need to solve long problems as fast as possible, and I was just a hot mess for the past few weeks while solving sample problems, ugh. Get it together, Kate!
  • I had a mini writer’s block and wasn’t able to write my September posts on time. BUUUT! I used a five-item to-do list every time I started to feel overwhelmed and it helps a lot!
  • I wasn’t able to create a lot of art.

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

  • Finish my Kate Harker illustration.
  • Repot my cactus, Watson’s babies. (Still had to do this. I’m so sorry, Watson!)
  • Reach 950 followers on here.

Next Month’s Self-Improvement Challenge

Read a Rumi passage a day for thirty days. (Wish me luck!)

Who’s currently your favorite artist? What were your goals in August? Did you achieve them? Share them all below!

 

Side Notes: A Monthly Wrap Up by yours truly

*inhales deeply*

Alright. I’ve done this before. And over the course of this blog, it had two different names. None of which stuck. They say three’s a charm and three is my favorite number so I’m doing this again. For the third time.

In my journey to nourishing and flourishing my creativity and personal growth, I’ve come across plenty of interesting, and incredibly inspiring things. Some eventually become some of my best posts here. Some… just don’t fit in anywhere. I’ve been mulling over creating a platform where I could share all these doesn’t-fit-anywhere interesting and incredibly inspiring things. So. Here we go again. *crosses fingers and toes*

side notes

July is my comeback month. I wish I could say that I re-entered the blogosphere wearing shades and my suit jacket flapping behind me and some kickass music playing in the background. You know, super cool and all. But it was more like Harry coming back from spiritual King’s Cross, pretending to be dead and was suddenly like, “Hullo! I’m not dead yet, folks!”

Anyway, let’s get cracking!

interesting finds

In the Blogosphere

Syaza wrote about how to find yourself when you’re feeling lost. It is an incredible piece, and I loved it so so much! Below is one of my favorite quotes (Which, by the way, was super hard to pick because she’s written so many noteworthy quotes!)

“It’s odd that we’d find ourselves only when it’s the right time to. When we’re young, it’s typical to be turbulent.”

Lily talked about why we need more confident female characters in books. All throughout reading this, I was nodding my head (like yeah). Because, yes, growing your self-confidence is something a lot of girls in particular struggle with.

Ruth shared her experience of making a Youtube video for the first time. I’m all for doing the stuff you wouldn’t have dreamed of doing and not listening to what fear is telling you. Ruth said it best, “Do something scarier and then the other option won’t seem so bad.”

Nati wrote about friendships — specifically female friendships — and why some lasts a lifetime while others only last a minute (or, you know, very very shortly.)

In the midst of all the book piracy talks on Book Twitter, Shealea compiled a super informative list of ways you can get books legally and for free or at a discount. Also, if you want an extensive list of upcoming Asian-inspired novels, she has two lists for fantasy and sci-fi books.

Mark at These Foreign Roads shared some of the snaps they took while in Colombia and, boy, artist me went *heart eyes* and drooled and wanted more of those amazing Colombian street art.

The Awesome Side of the Internet

Yes, yes. I know. The Internet can be a jerk sometimes. But it is also filled with authentic and incredibly inspiring human stories. I always believe it only takes one kind heart for other kindness to join in 🙂

<3 This Twitter thread story about a boy and his yellow shirt (for those who wants unbelievable pureness and innocence, and lots and lots of waterworks)

<3 The responses for this r/relationships post about a girl with weird (translation: super cool witchy) hobbies.

(side note: I realized, although you can still see other people’s responses, you won’t be able to read the original post so check out the screencaps on Twitter here)

<3 The lovely comment section of this Youtube video filled with so much love and– mygosh, you wouldn’t expect such compassion in the Youtube comment section but there you go.

Books I Read This Month

(Why yes! I will have a book-related section in this no-holds-barred monthly post. Expect nothing less from me.)

Ree (or rvsalochka in Instagram) created this monthly thing, #DrawMyBooks, where you create an illustration of the books you read this month. This is a brilliant idea and I love it because, well, books + art is definitely my cup of tea.

While I did start reading tons of books in July, I only finished reading three books this month. I’m not upset, though. I’ve come to a point where I no longer beat myself over reading goals. I read whatever I want to read at the moment. Sometimes it takes weeks for me to finish a book, sometimes I’ll be done with a series over the weekend. Both scenarios are completely fine for me.

  • Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster || 🌟 5 delicious cookies || Whimsical and heartwarming. (Read my full review of it here.)
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang || 🌟 5 piping hot muffins || Reading the blurb, I thought it was a steamier The Rosie Project, but gosh it totally isn’t! It’s steamy alright, but it’s also incredibly romantic and I absolutely adored Michael’s Vietnamese family.
  • Rapture by Alex P. Wu || 🌟 4 sharp knives || An interesting and thought-provoking read. I rarely read dystopian, sci-fi now but this has a nice combination of action and themes that will leave you thinking deeply. Also! Zero romance, yas!

recommendations of the month

Making Sense of Diet and Food from the Straight and Curly podcast

As someone who is becoming more aware of the food I eat, I really loved this three-part series from the Straight and Curly podcast. I’ve mentioned the podcast before and this is honestly one of the best self-improvement podcasts out there. If you’re looking to try out Whole 30, ketogenic, another kind of diet or just want to start being more conscious of what you eat, Kelly and Carly packed some pretty awesome and practical tips in this series. You can check out the three-part Making Sense of Diet and Food series here.

The Every Damn Day List by Sarah von Bargen

Let me just say, Sarah is one of my blogging superheroes. I LOVE her blog. Her writing inspires me, and she is hilarious! She is practical but there is certainly an undeniable magic in the way she sees the world. The Every Damn Day List will help anyone who struggles in not feeling productive, especially in slump days. Check out her post on why you need one and how to make it!

the little things

Little Victories – Kickass Stuff that Happened This Month

  • Got my blogging mojo back, yay!
  • My blog’s new look eep!
  • Reached 400 followers on Pinterest, yay! (side note: I’m looking for more people to follow, so leave me your Pinterest links below or message me on Pinterest @/allthetrinkets!)
  • Finally finished my internship and thesis, whoop whoop!
  • Improved on painting skin, whee <3 I love the way I draw noses now, too!

Little Detours – What Kicked My Ass This Month

(because we’re not perfect, and it’s good to share your awful moments)

  • Sleep deprivation due to thesis and internship and just this entire semester in general. It is awful to go to work or school with eyes as heavy as golf balls, folks. I seriously advise against it.
  • I had an upset stomach for a whole week. I got so anxious and worried that there’s a problem with my gut, but, lo and behold, it was gone when my period came. I just hope this won’t be a regular PMS thing. That would suck so bad.
  • Insect bites urgh. For some reason, I don’t get this during the summer but gawd do I have TONS during the rainy season.
  • The waiting game for the release of my final grade for a subject. At the time of writing this I am a bundle of worrying nerves.

Little Milestones – Things I Want to Achieve or Do Next Month

(because according to Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies, I am an Obliger and I need outside accountability to reach personal goals)

  • Finish these two art WIP that I haven’t touched in months.
  • Repot my cactus, Watson’s babies. They’re crowding their parent’s pot — it’s like a mini cactus jungle or something.
  • Finish reading two nonfiction and two fiction books.

With that, I’ll leave you with these two beautiful words that I somehow find poetic and an auditory delight: “unplucked eyebrows.” Is anyone with me in this??

Do you have an awesome post in July that I missed? Share the links of your July post below!

Also: if you have any blogging event this August or September that you want me to feature, feel free to let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!

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