Just like that, another year is about to be over. I know, I know.  Christmas first before New Year, but I can’t help myself but do a fast forward and think 2015 already.  New Year. New Beginning. New Plans. New  Dreams.  Who wouldn’t be excited???

With this year’s major changes for our family which included the passing of my mother-in-law, moving in to our new home, new season in teen parenting, homeschooling and in both parenting-teaching, can I just say, “2014, I survived you!”  You made me feel like I ran a marathon and made it to the finish line.

Why do I love 2014?  Simply for the reason that in spite of the transitions and busyness that happened,  I learned:

  1. How to listen to my body, stop the stress build-up, and enjoy those simple and yet meaningful pauses;
  2. How to rediscover myself and feed my soul by creating in fun ways;
  3. How to surround myself and connect with like-minded people and with those who are generous to extend help in whichever way they can;
  4. To decisively take another leap of faith to do what’s more essential and than what’s simply conforming;
  5. How to make the most of the time in my hands, accepting those that I’m able to do, and not fret too much on those that I wasn’t able to accomplish (or start, in the first place).


I’m thankful to say that as early as now, my 2014 has truly been a year of faith just as I had declared it to be. It has been a year of, shall I say, CENTERING myself, which allowed me to live each day of this year even more intentionally and so meaningfully.

How was your 2014?  Can you also say that you love it as much as I do?


It’s Sunday, December 7, past nine o’clock in the morning (so early for a Sunday!) and here I am sitting on a couch outside the recital venue of the girls, finding my quiet time to review how my 2014 went.  In just a couple of weeks, Christmas is here and then comes the explosion of fireworks to usher in 2015!  Wow!!! It makes me ask where and how my year went.  Was I true to my one-word and declaration of intention for 2014?

2014 was pretty tough!  We moved in to our new place in Manila, which we can now call our own, while doing our best to be on schedule with our homeschooling.  I honestly don’t know how I survived! But I’m pretty sure doses of prayers, lots of home-service massage, and cups of coffee made everything work!  If I were to do it all over again, I would take a break from our homeschooling and concentrate on the nitty-gritty of home renovation.  Really!!!  I guess I did what I did because I had to make sure that Arielle would still be on track since she’s in her senior year in high school and need to graduate on time with her batch, even if we had decided that she would take a gap year before she enters college.

Looking back at the past months, they were really C-R-A-Z-Y!  Let me add to the home renovation, homeschooling, and moving in craziness, the temporary moment of being without a helper!  That was 6 months of me being domesticated and doing my best to balance home duties and parent-teacher responsibilities.  It was really physically taxing, but I’m glad everything is less frantic and chaotic now in the homefront with God finally blessing us with a helper (Yeyyy!!! I can sleep longer!).  We can now all say that we have already settled down in our new home with all the boxes unpacked and every little thing in its proper place.

The point of this post is not for you to picture me as a Supermom or as a Superwoman.  Or to challenge you to be one!  Believe me, taking more than what you can handle would take its toll either on your health, productivity, relationships, and there’s even a big chance, on all of these.  You wouldn’t want to end up having a life all messed up, would you?

What I’ve learned from having gone through these changes and challenging times in order to successfully cope up is not to lose oneself in the midst of everything but rather, to find oneself.  And that’s what I discovered and learned.  Finding my CREATIVE self.

This year alone, I’ve engaged myself in arts and crafts activities which made me feel like a kid again! I’m also very happy to have found my “playmates” or better known as my “tribe” who share the same giddiness as I do over beautiful artworks, art materials, and workshops!  They are my Art Friends who are gifted with their own creative talents and are very generous with words of encouragement and resources.

Here are the things that have kept me child-happy (and adult-sane) this 2014:

1.  Calligraphy and more calligraphy!


2.  My 365 Notes Challenge  (which I’m about to successfully complete by the end of the year!)


3.  Life Documented Manila‘s Scrapbooking


3.  Watercoloring (please scroll down for the portion on watercoloring)

     and Hand-Lettering



4.  Bible Journaling (my new Me Time! God found a way to bring my notes challenge to a higher level…to spend time with Him and journal on His Word, the Bible!)

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I’m looking forward to doing more of these as I learn something new from and be inspired by others.  I learned that in finding my creative self, I discover more about myself too and I re-create myself more.

What do you engage yourself in to cope with life’s demands? Do you also have a creative self in you?