365 Wonders Creative Planner by Woman, Create

The first time I knew about the 365 Wonders Creative Planner was through my friend, Stef. Last year, around February, I was going through a tough time in my life. Family issues, relationships, career, and just about everything, was going downward-spiral.  It was around this time that Stef gave me a page from the 2016 edition of the 365 Wonders Creative Planner.

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The piece spoke so much to me and I began to think of my situation like a bow draw; my life may be dragging me backward with hardships then, but it was going to launch me into something great. It was also a coincidence that last year, my theme was also about being brave, towards my decisions and everything that I was going to encounter. Funny how the universe conspires to inspire and encourage us in that small way.

In the same year, I happen to see a post on the Facebook page of Woman, Create that they were looking for entries, whether written or a visual art, to be in their 2017 edition. I thought about submitting a piece, but I wasn’t able to make one nor have I one ready. So the next thing I knew, they already released a teaser of the 2017  edition. It was then that I thought of getting one for myself. Little did I know, Stef was already planning to give me one as a Christmas present. And she did, during our Dahilayan trip.

 

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Christmas presents from Quintin and Stef. 

I’m ecstatic to finally have one! And, ever thankful to Stef for this.

I’ve been meaning to review and feature this planner here in my blog for a while. And what can I say? I love everything about it. It’s hard to be objective in reviewing this because I haven’t used many planners in my life, and if ever I did, they were the generic ones that you can get from the school supply store.

So, it’s a creative planner, but I thought the pages were so pretty I didn’t want to put mundane, boring things in it, so I made it into a journal for my thoughts, and whispers of the heart.

So far, all the pieces I have read in this journal has been heartwarming and beautifully crafted. I love the fact that every time I open it I am filled with a strong feeling of pursuit for the beautiful things in life, to go with all my heart and soul for my passions in life.  The feeling of empowerment, I think that’s the perfect way to put it. All the works in here from all the wonderful people who contributed inspire me to go and create something for myself, as well. This planner here is an inspiration, much more after reading how it came to be. I have come to realize all the great things that are happening to individuals that pursue their passion and give it all their heart and soul.

I hope Miss Marika never stops creating this beautiful planner, along with all the people who contributed. One of these days, I will submit a contribution as well and somehow inspire someone out there.

365 Wonders Creative Planner 2017

Links to know more about the 365 Wonders Creative Planner

What is 365 Wonders Journal? 

designmadehappy.com/2015/11/the-muses-to-our-daily-musings-the-365-wonders-2016-planner

Who is Woman, Create?
brewyourbestyear.com/articles/woman-create

2016: A Year In Review

This entry has been sitting in my drafts for how many days now. I’ve been meaning to finish it but there’s always something that prevents me from doing so, like holiday affairs, going back to school, and getting sick. Still sick, btw. BUT, I’m finally doing [finishing] this once and for all. Inspired by Miss Arriane Serafico, I have decided to do this annually now, ideally, before New Year’s Eve, but yeah, life happened. Oh, and the guide questions are also from Miss Arriane.

Just a quick look back on 2016.

What are the 3 things I’m most proud of accomplishing in 2016?

  1. Moving out of my house.
  2. Pursuing my heart’s true desire. (not sure if this is an accomplishment, but considering the many years of constantly brushing it aside, I have finally faced it head on)
  3. I took on a job and stayed even if I was hesitant to. (Though, right now, I am planning to quit. For a lot of reasons. )

What are things I wish I had done better at or devoted more time to, in 2016?  What were the internal and/or external roadblocks I had that prevented me from doing better at those things?

I wish I had continued devoting [more] time towards my music playing (piano and ukulele) and my interest in calligraphy. My job and studies demanded so much of my time and energy last year. It sounds like an excuse, but honestly, I found it really hard to focus on practicing my playing or my calligraphy because of all the things I needed to do and finish. And I was always tired. Every time I get home, I immediately just lie down on my bed. That was also how I coped with the stress I was experiencing, which resulted in weight gain. Not sure if it’s really the lack of time or lack of time management on my part. Either way, that was the reason I had less time doing the things I would have wanted to spend more time with.

What baggage or storylines or self-limiting beliefs do I want to let go of in 2016?

The belief that I can never escape from the feeling that I am a burden to people around me. That I can’t ever be independent, financially. I want to let that go and work harder this year.

Comparing December 2015 self and December 2016 self: What is different? What are the 3 things that made me a better person?

  1. Being completely honest to my heart. Because of this, I have nothing to hide anymore and it has made me happier.
  2. Letting go of toxic individuals.
  3. Saying NO more frequently.

All these has made me braver in everything. I have learned not to be too concerned with what people think of me, because what they think of me won’t matter much in the long run.

What do I want to devote most of my time, money, and energy to in 2017?

Finishing my music studies, once and for all, and start being active in church again. Focus on developing my musicality, and improve my skill. Be of use and return all that I am and have to God. I remember how much joy I’ve experienced back when I was serving and using my talent in the ministry. I’ve had my issues with things and people, you can’t really avoid that, but I’m hoping my heart will be firm and more steadfast this time around.

Just a few more things before I end this review:

2016 was the year I realized…

…that being true to your heart can give you freedom, towards relationships, and towards your passion in life, altogether. It can make or break relationships, it involves letting go and starting over and over again, but the freedom and joy it brings will make it all worth it. It’s hard to realize that when we are still in the process, but later we can look back, and tell ourselves that, yes, we deserve this freedom, we deserve to grow, we deserve this happiness.

… that it is always a good decision to get out of a toxic environment. Toxic environments don’t bring anything but negative energy, so as early as possible, get out.

… that it’s okay to try new things, though unsure. It’s a way to discover for yourself if you can do something or not. I’ve learned more about myself by going out of my comfort zone last year. I’m hoping to go out further this 2017.

… that letting go of people who hampers our growth can and is always going to be a good thing. This is related to what I wrote above about letting go of toxic individuals.

…that sometimes our beliefs will be challenged by someone higher, someone we admire, by someone we look up to, but we must always stand our ground. If we are convicted by our hearts that what we believe is more certain than what they tell us, never be swayed, and hold on to that belief.

… that being tired is okay. We need to rest, so that we may go for another round again.

…that I CAN FINISH whatever I put my mind into.

So that’s all of it. Took me a while to put them all into words, but that’s the best I can do.

I’m hoping for a great 2017. To write out my thoughts more. Express more, in music and in art. To serve more, and be used not for my own glory but to His, most especially.

To keep going regardless of many failures, endure more, and put up a good fight.

#FIGHT

Day 30: A Collage

For as long as I have music, As long as there´s a song for me to sing, I can find my way; I can see a brighter day. The music in my life will set my spirit free!

For as long as I have music, as long as there´s a song for me to sing, I can find my way; I can see a brighter day.
The music in my life will set my spirit free!

This was how it was a few years ago; surrounded by music, playing and performing, or just having fun with it. I have missed this. And as a reminder to myself, I decided to make this collage, a reminder that music will always be a part of me, no matter how I deny it, no matter how much I say that I will never be good at it. And I know I’m wrong. I am just scared, always have been. Thus, the detours and pit stop in my life. It’s not that I don’t know what I want, it’s just that I am too scared to keep going in my journey, and if I do have what it takes to finish it. I felt like I have never finished anything in my life. But then…

…seems petty, but this is the end of this writing challenge that I have started initially with JR (March 2014) and continued on with Stef (January 2015). So, I finally finished this. I actually finished a writing challenge! So I can finish something. Timely because the year is also ending.

You can say this is a commemoration of sorts. More so now that I have planned on finishing my musical journey, if you know what I mean.

Come 2017. Come at me. I WILL FIGHT YOU.

Day 28 : Something that stresess you out.

 

Right now, what I am most stressed about is the place I am working at. There has been so many irregularities and inconsistencies with regards to employment terms. Though this does not affect me greatly (I am still affected though) since I am only a part-timer, seeing how the rest of my co-workers are being treated makes feel bad as well. There’s so much mistrust already and I cannot stomach working with people I don’t exactly trust.

I am also stressed because lately, I have been feeling more impatient. I want the school year to end already and resign. I have been thinking of doing freelance work. Project-based work seems fitting for me right now so that’s what I am looking out for. Praying to God that I’ll be able to find good paying ones.