Chin up, buttercup!

Hello Loves,

I know it’s been a while – a really, really long while so to say. But hey, I’m back and I wanted to share this beautiful quote from one of my favorite people. So, yeah – I hope you’d learn a thing or two from it. I know I did.

Have a blessed day, y’all.

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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up.

Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world.

As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything.

Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?

So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

MARILYN MONROE

7 Things I’ve Learned In My Late 20’s.

I cannot deny the fact that life has taught me a lot of lessons. I’m on the verge of leaving my 20’s and I figured out how certain changes become more visible when you’re way past the so-called quarter life crisis. It’s time to slow down and figure out where to go from here.

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1. Keep Your Finances In Order. Gone are the days where you get to splurge on random things that don’t even matter. When you’re in your late 20’s, you ought to spend wisely. Believe me, you don’t have money to burn when you’ve worked your ass off for it. This doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself though. In fact, you will want to reward yourself more for a job well done. A glass of wine or a bottle of vodka every now and then won’t hurt.

2. Spend More Time Alone. I don’t know about you but I have these episodes where I just want to back off from the real world and crawl safely back into my own cocoon. Don’t get me wrong, spending time with your good old friends can be therapeutic but there are times when you just have to slow down and enjoy the moment alone. You have got to contemplate and learn to stand on your own. Trust me, you need a backbone to survive this decade.

3. Stop Comparing Yourself With Other People. It’s important to be comfortable with who you really are. You can’t keep those old rivalries forever, you know. Get rid of the idea that you need to compete with others to prove that you’re better than them. It will just burn you out, so why bother? Focus on your goals and dreams. Climb the ladder of success slowly but surely. Don’t let other people rain on your parade. It’s your life, and you need to keep in mind that you are your only competition.

4. Quality Over Quantity. You don’t need a lot of friends to get by. Sure, it’s fun to have them around but you need to know who will be there for you through thick and thin – once you have figured this out, treasure these friends because they sure are for keeps. A decade from now, it’s them you will be having dinner with. It’s time to let go of the people who bring you down. You need to grow and you won’t thrive if they are still around.

5. Drink Without Feeling Guilty. Bring out the cocktails. The money you’re spending is yours, so who cares? Drink and be merry for tomorrow you shall toil. Need I say more? Come on, we all know that a little bit of alcohol every now and then can be very therapeutic.

6. Get A Queen-Sized Bed. You’re in your late 20’s for God’s sake! You need to have a queen-sized bed, not the single ones you’ve slept on in college dormitories. This will mark your early success in life. This will become the symbol of your independence. It will be a reminder of how hard you have worked your way out of school and how awesome you will be in the years to come. Plus, it’s way more comfortable! So, yes. Living an independent life has its perks.

7. Don’t Ever Depend On Anybody. The most important lesson I have ever learned in life is to never depend on anyone but myself. When the going gets tough, all you will ever need and have is yourself – yourself and no one else. (And I am saying / writing this with full conviction.)

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An Ode To My Muse

Waves of black smoke wallowed into the room where I dwell in solitude. I hear your voice resembling the echoes of thundering cannons fired from a distance. I lay motionless on a bed of carefully crafted thorns, my mind wandering in the dark, revisiting the rustic cottage where I kept all my memories of you. I will always run back to you for comfort, for strength, for inspiration. You will forever be my muse.

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My Road, My Life, My Choices

I’m a runner, metaphorically speaking.

Whenever life gets hard, I run. I run as fast as I can without stopping for even a second to glance or look back. Instead of facing my problems head on, I run towards the opposite direction. I’ve always been like this. I’m afraid of uncertainty. I’m scared of losing. Failure has always been my greatest fear. I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and heartaches. I have learned the most important lessons in life the hard way. I’ve been to the darkest places where others dare not tread. I’ve been warned countless times but I never once listened to what others had to say. I’m too stubborn and selfish for that. I can never be persuaded. I have my principles in life and right or wrong – I will always, always stand my ground. No one gets to tell me what to do because this right here is my road, my life and I will walk or run at my own pace. These are my decisions and mine alone.

Yes, this is my life and no one gets to have a say – not even you.

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Marriage Isn’t For You

Because I cannot NOT reblog this.

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Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

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Just Maybe

 

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She met him once somewhere but she couldn’t quite put the pieces together. Was it in the nearby coffee shop? Or the busy streets of oblivion? Or maybe she happened to have accidentally bumped into him in her dreams. All she knew was, she has seen that wickedly handsome and annoyingly arrogant face. She just couldn’t remember where. Maybe he still lingers in the dark recesses of her mind.

Maybe, just maybe.

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A Decade Of Cruel Affliction

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A decade has passed and what’s left of the wounds are scars that no laser could ever vaporize. How could I forget you when you have meticulously imprinted your identity in my heart, every single detail finished to perfection. My love, your name I do not wish to utter but somehow, it stubbornly finds a way to linger in my head. Even in my dreams, I can hear its resonating echoes. I have painstakingly endured a decade of brokenness, a decade of cruel affliction. You have ruthlessly ruptured my heart. What’s left of me are broken fragments, stitched back together.

You left me with a mark, you left me with a scar that even time itself cannot erase.

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Carpe Diem

Live-life-to-the-fullest

God created you to be happy so go out there and live your life to the fullest. Be thankful that you are still breathing, it means you’ve got another day worth spending. Remember that you only have one life to live so don’t waste it. Do what makes you happy and enjoy every moment of it.

Make the most out of your life. Give a helping hand and feel good about it. Live your life to the fullest by cultivating your talent. Share it with others and feel the satisfaction it brings. You are a unique individual who deserves every single compliment and praise. Be happy and enjoy every single second of life.

Love with all your heart. Despite the hurt, there will always be good things in the end. Trust God and believe that everything happens for a reason. Pain is there for you to be strong. It is there to nurture you and turn you into a better person. Keep in mind that pain is transitory and it can be healed. Live your life to the fullest and forget all the hurt.

Don’t let regrets and fears keep you from living your life to the fullest. Things happen because they are meant to happen. At one point, that was what you wanted so forget the regrets and move on. Throw away your fears because they won’t do you any good. They will just stop you from doing something that you want. You only have one lifetime so make the most out of it.

Offer a prayer daily. Pray for yourself and pray for others as well. Live your life to the fullest by keeping your faith in Him. Because when all else fails, you know that He will not forsake you.

Carpe Diem!

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For The Love Of Anne Murray

God. I love Anne Murray to the bones!  Nothing beats old school music. I swear to God, my taste in music is far different from today’s generation. Hahah. I guess I am an old soul. Ohh boy, where have all the good music gone?!

And yes, black and white photos are beautiful.

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    Here’s one of my all-time favorites. Enjoy!

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