It’s a tradition that I sew something new for Chinese New Year every year and it was no exception this year. Instead of going with a form fitting Cheong Sam which I wanted to do so initially, I chose the Betty Dress from Sew Over it instead.
It is unlike me to post something on this blog that is beauty related. However, recently I’ve caught on some beauty bug and have been trying out some new products. Some in the form of samples and some through recommendations. There were some hits and misses but overall I’ve had fun experimenting and thought it’ll be fun to share some of my newest faves. So much so that I can’t stop raving about them!
It has been almost 3 weeks since the bub started N1 and boy did I have the jitters. Yes, you read me correctly, I was the one with the school jitters. Now, let me explain.
Happy New Year Friends!
It took me 10 days to get my writing mojo back from all the mayhem that comes along with the start of a brand new year. Specifically, the little one started school so boy did we have a lot of adjustments to do! Besides that, starting a new year also meant time for me to chart out how I think I want my year to be and be intentional about it. I know, life/things never exactly goes the way I envisioned it to be at times but I like doing this kind of planning. Somehow it makes me feel purposeful and having something to look forward or work hard towards.
As the year draws to a close, I spent some time in reflecting and appreciating my year. So much has happened in 2016 amid a very fast paced year, I can finally slow down to catch my breath. I had a theme (or resolution) for 2016, which was Organize. I wanted to be more organized in my day-to day and stay abreast (or afloat) among all the things that are happening at once. Looking back, while I may not have achieve it at 100%, I give myself a rating of 8/10. More can be done (oh those finances), but I think I did pretty well for the year (if I say so myself).
With just 4 days away from Christmas, it has been fairly busy in our household. The Christmas tree with new fairy lights are up, presents bought and wrapped (yippie!) and Christmas menu all set! However, I’m still trying to get some Christmas sewing done, tasks at the office cleared before the year ends and tons of little things here and there.
There are days where I feel like my soul has left the body and all I’m doing is on auto-pilot. I get tired and unmotivated in general. And when I hit such rut, I know I am uninspired. Sometimes I feel like my creative mojo has left me and leaving me beaten and sad. Well, it does happens and happens to all of us from time to time, so it’s all about knowing when and how we should pick ourselves up and uplift our mood.
Travelling on a plane with a toddler while having its challenges was not as daunting as I’ve expected it to be. I’ve heard or even witnessed horror stories of how toddler couldn’t stop crying or was constantly screaming that made me worried about taking that first flight out. But of course the wanderlust got the better of me and we braved our souls for what may come – being judged or not.
I had a successful October by giving myself a realistic goal and meeting it, and it has no doubt given me confidence and motivation to do the same for November. This systematic way of identifying my sewing plans and slowly conquering it means I keep my eye on the goal (not distracted by the gazillion projects I have in my mind) and enjoy the fruits of it later on.
Back in October, we spent a week in Hong Kong (long I know). We wanted it to be a leisure trip where we could do a lot more sight-seeing and we did exactly that by slowing our pace down. The possibly unfortunate thing was having Junior come down with a fever where we spent a day in the hotel room just for him to recover – not that I minded actually. Despite that, we managed to spend a day in Hong Kong Disneyland.