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Saturday, February 1, 2014

5 Self Love Facts To Tell Yourself Daily


A few days from now I'm sure a lot of people would be attending parties for a chance to strike a heart-shaped pinata, declaring they're still single and miserable on Valentines Day 2014. People whine about their love life the whole year round. Some people even believe that Valentines' Day is all about finding that life partner when really, truth is they're obsessed with being loved that they forget the one thing that encompasses the feeling of being loved by someone: The ultimate feeling of Self Love. 

Here's something I learned the hard way. Before anyone else can love you, you have to learn to love yourself. I was caught up in a depression way back in college. I had a couple of boyfriends that didn't measure up, a couple of relationships that didn't last. I have always believed in love but somehow along the way, I got to thinking if I am pretty enough, or just another face for guys to not take seriously. I know how most people feel after a few attempts on finding that one and ending up frustrated. It's like love drastically transformed from something so magical into a nightmare. It's depressing, really. You had no idea why they never stay. Then I came across Gala Darling's site that I got to thinking, and you might have heard this before and I tell you it's not as cliche as it seems, "It's not them, it's me." 

It's true what they say, Self Love is the key. Love yourself a little everyday. Love yourself so much the world will start loving you. I tried that and I met my boyfriend three years ago. Yes, three years compared to my past boyfriends who only lasted a few weeks for random reasons. And we're still happy in love 

I started meditating on a regular basis. Even though I am in a stable relationship, it really helps to take a few minutes every single day to look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate the woman in front of you. If it worked with one person, maybe it will work with every person you meet everyday. Here's five things I kept on telling myself every single day that made me feel better and helped me love myself more. The secret here is not just looking at the mirror and just saying it to your face. You have to really feel it. Examine yourself, take note of your flaws and overwrite that thought process with why you are a better person. And smile because the things you just said are true. :)

1. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

We are all gifted with unique physical features and while some people continue to ridicule others for having less attractive physical appearances, we should always remember that beauty radiates from within regardless of what others keep on saying. You have to believe you're beautiful, so regardless of the huge mole on your face or a congenital defect you can't do anything about, tell yourself you're the most beautiful person in the world. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Stop stressing yourself with what make up to put on or what clothes to wear. Stop comparing yourself with other people. Stop hiding behind a brick wall of insecurity. Stop covering yourself with layers and layers of pretentious lies because the person you see in front of you needs no masks. And that person is beautiful.

I too had my fair share of insecurities. Puberty could have been the worst part of my life (it is a fact for most girls) because aside from my leg problem, I had this acne breakout plus an uncontrollable annoying and stinky bloody period I keep getting every month during classes. It was definitely the worst part of my life but I have moved on. It wasn't easy but I have come to doing something about my problem and accepting what I am and every little detail about myself. For a brief period of time I hated looking at the mirror but soon I discovered that the more I looked at myself in the mirror and smiled, it's like my acne-ridden face has been automatically Photoshopped clean. A smile can make a lot of difference, you know, even to yourself. It's best to see yourself beautiful before you care about what others think. No matter how hideous you may seem to the rest of the world, every time you smile, it will give them a hint that you appreciate yourself for how you look, and you'll realize soon enough they will stop with the ridicules simply because it has no effect on you anymore. You are a happy person and because happiness radiates a glow from within, you'll start looking more beautiful. Besides, you are created from the image and likeness of God. Would you rather spend your borrowed life thinking you're ugly? Because you're not and that's a fact.

2. YOU'RE INTELLIGENT

Everyone must be good at something. Genetic disorders exist but I believe that nothing is too hard to teach nor impossible to learn. We all went through a few subjects in school that we truly despised. Chemistry for one happens to be my very first fail subject. I remember in a fifty items exam and I got five. Ok, so I didn't really study for it because I didn't see the point in trying to learn something I won't be able to apply in the real world. I had the lowest grade and it just felt as if everybody looked down on me. It sucked even though I didn't really care for it that much. So I had to make up for that unacceptable mark and I cursed Chemistry up until we started with Pharmacology classes. That was when I found chemistry handy, and I got good grades!
My point is, intelligence sometimes come with your life's passions. If you're so much in love with Art then Politics won't make much sense to you. I'm not really sure about this but based on experience, when new knowledge comes knocking and it's not part of your interest, no matter how hard you memorize or devise ways to absorb it, it just won't work. But if it's something you're interested in, it's like your brain opens up automatically for new information.

However, if you're born with the extreme ability to learn and absorb any type of information, then I guess your only problem is with regards to making major decisions in life like in choosing which guy to date or whether to give in to love or not, which are basically things most people suck at because there are no defined set of guidelines of which we are to follow strictly when it comes to love. Face it, there are a lot of people who excel in school and do not really make it good in life. If you're one of these people, then look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you're not stupid, you just made bad decisions, and it's okay. We were all born ignorant in this world. We'll never figure everything out. So stop blaming yourself for not knowing this and that because most probably, you know something that others do not. You're just too busy measuring up to what they know instead of investing your time in the things you know. Tell yourself you're intelligent and be confident about the things you know, no matter how basic they are. Allow them to be seeds of which you will use your time to nurture and grow.

3. YOU'RE A STRONG PERSON

We women are proud to be resilient creatures. The fact that we are soundly in tune with our emotions means that we too have the ability to control them. So we're emotional and erratic sometimes. We laugh and cry a lot for various deep and shallow reasons. But for the record, men commit suicide three times more than women do, which is a perfect excuse why you should stop moping around start telling yourself that you're a strong person. I could go around mentioning every bit of reason why women are better at controlling their emotions than men but I'm sure you never will truly feel stronger by referring to a statistic. It's an average anyway. This is all about you and your capability to withstand any type of misfortune that comes your way.

When you're stuck in a rut and when the world seems all in your face, believe me no normal person will just shrug it off and continue living like nothing happened. Horrendous events either make you or break you. It's a vicious cycle we all have to live with but here's a secret: Every bad experience could either be a payment for a past negative deed or a signal for an awesome upcoming opportunity. I know, it's the law of karma. Do good and be rewarded with good a hundredfold. Do evil and prepare for the worst. Keep telling yourself you're strong so that whatever the world throws at you, you can handle like a diva. God will not give you any load too heavy that you cannot carry. It's all a matter of pulling yourself up when the world seems to bury you alive and emerging like a purified gold that withstood fire.

4. YOU CAN BE HEALTHY

Now that you're starting to build up a positive outlook against life's challenges, it's time that you take it physical. You have to be healthy for yourself; Not to look better for others but to feel better about yourself. Stop smoking and drinking. Meditate upon waking up. Enough with the fast food and junk food, eat more fruits and vegetables. Exercise daily. Play mind games when you're bored. Get enough sleep. Be aware of your body's limits and be assertive about it.  You know very much how this works. Besides, with a healthy body, there are most likely less worries that any form of disease may occur, which in turn decreases the possibilities of having another situation to deal with.

5. YOU'RE A QUEEN

You're a queen in every way possible. You are beautiful, intelligent, strong and healthy. Always wear your invisible crown. It serves as your protective helmet from anybody who tries to ridicule you. It's your personal shield from your own negative thoughts. Be nicer to yourself and the world will love you just the way you have always wanted it to.


I'm a queen,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Woman Photoshops Herself Back in Time

Photo by Chino Otsuka
Photoshop has been one of the many things that truly define the 21st century. It's also a popular factor for the birth of the "ME Generation" as the old timers call it. Most importantly, it's one of the many things I want to cross off my To Practice and Master list this year. 

But this post isn't all about Photoshop, it's about time travel. Today's post features the nostalgic Photoshop work by London-based photographer Chino Otsuka. I wanted to stir up a controversy that she has finally completed a fully functional time machine but it's not the case. In her series Imagine Finding Me, she managed to recreate her old pictures into timeless memoirs that somehow bridge the present and the past. 

Sometimes you just wish you could talk to your younger self but the only thing you can do is take a picture and make magic happen.









Thursday, January 9, 2014

Harry Potter Book Covers Around the World


The Harry Potter fever has unfortunately been taken down by the vamps and sadists but here's a fun fact, something the new best sellers haven't topped yet. J.K Rowling's Harry Potter novel has been SOO celebrated around the world that each country needed to make different book covers. I know, right? It's awesome. It's the same series with different covers and translations for every country. I may not have read all those seven books (sorry, it was a phase) but really, this got me giddy like seeing Daniel Radcliffe in the first movie and buying my first batch of HP merchandise back in 6th grade. Basically because they're scattered around the net, I have collected and organized them, of course for easier viewing. Art mudbloods and HP nerds, get your broomsticks ready for a magical trip around the world!

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Randomness: Hello 2014!!!

From the Wonderland collection by Kirsty Mitchell
Last year, like the rest of the years passed, has been one heck of a journey filled with so much memories to either leave or carry on to the next years to come. Years don't just come and go, you know. Time and fate has a way of molding us into better or worse persons, depending of course on how you handle things. I couldn't be any more grateful for what the Lord gave me last year. 2013 has been another year of ups, downs, laughter, tears, but definitely another year I passed with no regrets. And I would like to celebrate my victory against my propensity to start something and not finish it. Yes, I have finished my contract with East Avenue Medical Center. I am now jobless but I'm happy. How about you? How do you feel about 2013?

!!! HELLO 2014  !!!

If any of you noticed I haven't blogged since October. Ok here's my excuse. I have been too lazy. I'm not going to blame how stressful working in a hospital was. I'm not going to say I haven't been surfing the net for new ideas and inspirations. It was just that I have been comfortable writing about the things I learn about online, or any circumstance I get to go out of my apartment and do something different. You see I tried applying for a job as a writer online, and I thought this blog would vouch for my writing skills, but they wanted me to write something original for their website. Something original, they said. That made me think and reevaluate my personal purpose as a writer. (So if I write my original posts for them, then whatever I post on my blog won't be as original) And in the midst of self-evaluation, I had to turn my back on blogging first. Yes, it was stupid of me to be easily discouraged. I hated the pressure I thought I'd be comfortable working with. I wanted to write whenever my heart pleases like I prefer drawing when the ideas flow like a rabid dog's saliva. And nothing pleases me more than sharing the stuff I have found online to my dearest of readers who simply crave for inspiration.

So here's my first The Randomness post for 2014. It's another batch of artists and their astounding pieces of work that blew me away so much I felt obliged to blog about them. I decided to change the name as the year encourages me to, as I couldn't be consistent on creating my list and finishing it on a Sunday. Hope these get the artist in you prepped up for new stuff this 2014.

LEGO ART

This brings back memories. A New York based artist by the name of Nathan Sawaya is behind these 3 dimensional lego sculptures. He managed to bridge childhood playthings with colossal works of art. His exhibit, The Art of the Brick, features clever designs from over 2.5 million lego bricks. I wonder how many times he's stepped on a brick.
via The Art of Brick
MILK FASHION

Not for the lactose intolerant. Created by Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz, a London based architect, this unique style of modern pin-up photography  is a genius use of milk as a fashion statement. Hot use of photo manipulation. If you're a vintage fan, you'll surely adore this.
via AurumLight
LEG DRAWING

Not that the canvass has become too mainstream for artists nowadays, but American film production student Jody Steel simply had to draw on her legs. This is just a product of boredom during class, mind you. If you check out her site you'll see she's got great illustrations going on, most pieces with a Steampunk flavor to it.
via Jody Steel

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Anthropomorphism Circa 1900s

If you've seen the movie where Steve Carell recycled dead rats into taxidermy art, then you might want to check out these purry version created by Harry W. Frees over a century ago. While taxidermy itself presents bizarre whack job ideas, you can't deny it's still regarded as art, no matter how weird it gets. But these photos aren't like the others. These taxidermied animals weren't in any way murdered, or so they say, and they don't stand up for macabre art, but were used as children's postcards.

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