Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Baliktanaw via Diary 😊

Nakalubog na sandbar (high tide) at Panglao, Bohol

Oh, nagdidiary pala ako!

I saw the message below from Facebook memory which I apparently found in my stack of papers per caption I've written.  The last two paragraphs are the only thing that would seem to make sense.  Rereading the letter though, I think I understand why I have written this diary before.  Life was difficult during those times and I was too young to know that I was strong enough for the adversity.

Experience indeed is the best teacher.   Now I know that whatever comes my way, I will always be able to get through it.  Whether it is a problem to be solved or a situation to be faced, I know I will be able to stand and overcome it.

                                                                                                          April 18, 2005 

Dear Misah,

Hi!  I don't really know what to say, or feel.  Last night I was crying a river for mere reasons of not wanting to go home, and not wanting to be alone.  I felt so tired about life.  My friend got angry with me because I just cried... not telling the real reason for crying.  But those were my reasons, and my friend didn't believe me... never left my side though.

I have arrived at a decision that I know will be a real turnaround in my life.  This time, I will be living in the real world.  I just hope this fancy world I am living in will give me a gate pass.

I am just wondering... why do we have to fight for life.  It is as if this is our instinct.  Couldn't we just lie down and die?  Why is it that when we arrive at a crossroads we have to choose a road?  Why could we just be a the intersection and wait for the roads to merge?  Then go on... or die waiting.

Whatever reasons God may have for these, I beg of you my dear angel to guide me every day.  I know He provides strength, please let me use it.

                                                                                                              As always,


Tuesday, September 5, 2023

More of What Our Heart Desires

Sorsogon City Sports Complex

Check out the internet and you'll find a lot of articles about minimalism.  My inbox is actually full of emails from blogs I subscribed to, and most of them are from those who write about minimalism.

I can't say that I am practicing minimalism, not officially at least, and not consciously.  I even dream of having a Spanish house with so many trimmings here and there.  Porcelains everywhere, old, broken, shiny, and new.  Curtains, warm color, plants - you know... the things that make your home so full and old.

But I am someone who threw away things I no longer use.  I am someone who only has things that I need - like a pot, half a dozen spoons, a pair of plates, and so on.  So if friends come over for dinner, I will have to go to my sister's house to borrow utensils. 😅

My clothes could only last me a week, and although I love the idea of having too many clothes, and shoes especially, I can't get to buy myself new ones.  It doesn't feel right for me.

I realized today that I may be practicing minimalism not fully knowing that I am.  Or maybe, I am just not putting a name to things that I do, or choose.

Here's a thing though... I've got a number of books lying around, I have mugs of different sizes, a good number of threads, boxes of fabrics, and pens.

I've read from one of the many articles I subscribed to that minimalism is not about having fewer things.  It's having enough of what you need, less of what you don't need, and more of what your heart desires.  Okay, this one last part, you can quote me on that. 😊

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Kenyari Gift Studio

Maple Leaf Series - Kenyari Scrunchies

I've been wanting to start a business in the clothing industry but it seems that I can't get my mind to focus on a thing.  I know I can't do everything, and I at least wanted to follow the advice of experts online - focus on a product/service then expand as necessary.

Pero naguguluhan talaga ako hahaha... 

If I decide to start a business with one particular item, say scrunchies, I am not sure how can I integrate other things that I love.  Am I supposed to create another business?  Parang ang hirap naman non.

Then came the idea - the gift shop.  Souvenir shop, novelty shop... kahit ano pang tawag dyan.  The idea is to retail items that I love and I am passionate about.  So for days, I was thinking of how to start, what items to sell, what to prioritize etc.

I love giving gifts.  There are upcoming holidays and birthdays that for sure, I will be preparing gifts for.  At ayun nga... ang galing... naisip kong ang ibebenta kong items, at least while nagstart pa lang, is the gift that I am going to give sa mga upcoming celebration.  Or at least I'll focus on one item, then add more as time goes by.  Di ba, naging masunurin pa ako sa mga business coaches online. 😄

It is going to be a project that I and Quel will take upon for the business... and we will call it Kenyari Gift Studio.

A bit of info, Ken is Quel and Yari is me so this is us, taking on projects to give as a gift to people we know and care about... extending these pieces to you so you may also be able to show your love, thru our products, to the people dear to your heart.

Wish us luck... 💚