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This week has marked the first time in months that I’ve been able to glue my ass to a chair and just work work work. You should have seen how giddy I was on Sunday night, sitting at a desk, organizing my to-do’s for the week/end of year and scheduling them into my calendar. For the first time in a long time I was able to schedule 100% time for work – not packing, not canceling utilities, not apartment viewings or anything else that’s consumed us for the past two months – just good ol’ work. I’ve already booked a few freelance gigs and I’m prepping Ring Cozy for the holiday season and 2014 (check out a few of the site updates!).

I was getting so anxious not having my dedicated time and space but now in our new apartment with a desk, organized supplies, and a kitchen with snacks, I am one happy worker bee.

Have a productive Hump Day!

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Taking chances. That’s what life is all about. With a new year right around the corner, there’s not better time to take a leap of faith into whatever your latest opportunity may be. A new career path, a move, a new hobby, a new relationship, a new beginning…you will never know what greatness lies ahead unless you step out of your comfort zone to go for it.

My mom always told me “you will either get a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ but you have to ask first”. I’m now applying that to starting a new business venture that can either succeed in the way I envision it or it could totally bomb. If the latter were to happen I would take what I learned and move on to the next thing proudly knowing that I took a chance and did everything I could to make it work. And if the former happens, I’ll be right where I saw myself (and the business) the moment I said yes to trying something new.

In the grand scheme of things there is so much to gain and not much to lose when saying yes to change or taking a risk. It’s not always easy, cheap, or fun, but what comes out of it is invaluable. I was initially scared to move to London from LA and it took a lot of work and sacrifices to make it happen but now, with our second international home under our belts, I can’t even imagine what life would be like had I been too scared to change my surroundings and follow my heart. With no regrets, moving has definitely confirmed that taking chances is far better than living with “what ifs” and missed opportunities. Life is too short and awesome to be afraid of change so go stir something up and give that next idea or opportunity a chance!

Now tell me, have you ever taken a chance that proved invaluable to your life today?

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No one is upset around here (and I hope you aren’t either) but it’s often too easy to take what we have for granted. With Thanksgiving happening in the States tomorrow let’s all take a minute to give thanks for all of the good people and things in our lives. Because really, when it’s all boiled down to the basics there is lots to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving, America!

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words worth repeating 33 by ana maria munoz--anamu

Having an idea isn’t enough and this quote couldn’t be more perfect for what I’m going through right now. I’m not talking about anything related to graphic design, photography, blogging, or crafting…I’m talking completely uncharted territory that is equally terrifying and exciting. Though I’ve been taking steps for the past several months to get my idea off the ground, they weren’t big or quick enough. At the rate I was going I was “sitting there” and making excuses for why that was. Not anymore. I want to be proactive and not let the unknown paralyze me from reaching something that I know is totally possible. Will it be easy? No, but something else that wont be easy is living with a “what if” hanging over my head if I don’t give it my all and at least really try. Life is too short and awesome to get run over so let’s stop sitting!

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Last week I mentioned that I’m working on launching a print shop (woo hoo!). I also mentioned that I’ve been thinking/waiting to do it for nearly one year. What have I been waiting for? I don’t know but I sure do love this quote for kicking my butt into action. Let’s do this thang!

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Happy Hump Day, guys! Whether you’re feeling on top of the world or feeling down with a cold like I am, there’s nothing like being thankful for the present.

 

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Hi guys, we’re back from Vietnam! What an incredible four days of rest, relaxation and eating well. We both returned with painful sunburns but it’s a small price to pay for a weekend in paradise … consider our honeymoon done and done! I’ve got a ton of work to get back to so a full recap with photos will have to wait until next week. Until then here are some teaser snaps from my phone using vsco cam and instagram. Paradise, right?

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Quote 20

It wasn’t until after college that I began to really view the world through a different lens.  A lens of adventure, appreciation, and intrigue. I had re-discovered my hometown of Los Angeles and threw myself into enjoying everything it had to offer from museums, distinct neighborhoods, to quintessential moments like watching the sun set over the Pacific. I’ve been trying to get back to the explorer me that made LA seem new again, made London home, and will make KL the experience it’s meant to be. Going to Jalan Alor for dinner this weekend was my personal attempt at embracing what we have here and relishing it…and that I did. It still may be a while before I feel 100% comfortable going out on my own (due to this) but I know that it’s just a matter of time. Until then I don’t mind waiting for the weekend to explore with my hunny. I shouldn’t get to have all of the fun, after all.

Here’s to enjoying the the journey whether near or far!

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Every other day or so I open my inbox to find a sweet video of my two little nieces…they make me smile and laugh so much. Little do they know that their silly antics make my day and in general add so much value to my life. After emails I see if my mom and dad are free for a video chat. We share our stories of living in different countries, the good and the bad. Even though they are from Colombia, re-settling there after being in LA for nearly thirty years doesn’t come without the “it’s so tragic it’s funny” moments. Their stories make me laugh and my recent one of our first rickety bus ride here didn’t disappoint either! Just imagine a bus that’s been to hell and back – painted 100 times over with no avail, bumper is hanging on for dear life, no front door – and a lady standing on the opening’s ledge screaming the destination as it putt putts by the bus stop. It was pretty amazing.

Today I’m thankful for the technology that helps make those smiles and belly laughs possible even though we’re so far away. SO thankful.

AND, I’m also thankful for Anne of City Sage for sharing this video via twitter. It’s a good thing that I heard the song Call Me Maybe last week so that I knew what Mr. Cookie Monster was talking about! It is Hi-larious. And yes, I just heard that song last week for the first time – I had to find it on You Tube after I kept seeing it mentioned everywhere. What do you expect, I live in Malaysia and don’t listen to Top 40 radio stations…I’m in my own little bubble but sometimes I burst it for the sake of pop culture ;)

 

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Though I had a really short notice to enter Minted’s holiday design challenge, I took a chance and put a few designs together while we were in Bangkok. I have yet to formally launch my graphic design services but after doing this invite and working on a few other recent projects I figured that it was time to get out of my comfort zone, aka this blog.

In case you’re not familiar with Minted, it’s an online destination for fresh, modern stationery and photo cards. They hold monthly design challenges and voters rate the best designs in a highly competitive process. The winning designs are produced and sold, and the designers earn cash prizes, a place in the Minted collection, and commissions on all sales. Cool, right?!?

For my submissions I let the photos be the stars and kept the text simple. Click here or the photobox in the sidebar for my designs and here for the general challenge page – lots of great stuff!

I think today is the last day for first round voting so if you can spare a few minutes to vote all you need to do is submit your email and create a password (i know, annoying but they have to monitor suspicious voting behaviors).

I had so much fun doing this that it might become a monthly design addiction! Many thanks in advance for checking it out!

 

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Quote 14 by Ana Maria Munoz

So many ideas and projects on the table – time to build some doors.

 

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Quote 13 by Ana Maria Munoz

May we always do our best to wake up on the right side of the bed :)

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Quote 12

I’ve been feeling really inspired by the native plants and trees of the city as well as the incredibly awesome thunderstorms that keep it all lush.  Definitely a nice reminder of nature’s dance and her way of keeping things in balance. Let’s dance it out, shall we?

 

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Quote 11

I had a moment of homesickness yesterday after being disappointed by a disgusting packet of string cheese. Silly how the smallest things can set you off but it happens. I then started to think about all of the familiar and comfortable things that I miss from the States but when I realized that I was struggling to make a solid list I felt much more at ease. Though I miss my network of close friends and family tremendously, I have everything I need right here: a place to call home and Joe. Screw the string cheese.

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My parents recently moved back to Colombia – their native country- where they’re setting their roots down after decades of being away. They were the first from their families to fly the coop when they were eighteen and nineteen years old, opting for new adventures that would eventually create our own beautiful family. Their spirits, bravery, and yes, craziness, have been the biggest inspirations in my life. They were the first to tell me to follow my heart and move halfway across the world with Joe – “go, have an adventure” they said “it’s what life is all about”. They are always so right.

Joe and I are now pending final word on something that could bring an entirely new world our way. We’re ready to take it and go for a ride…fingers crossed!

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"every age..."

I’m guilty of having an old soul but I don’t let my nostalgic tendencies get in the way of being present and charging ahead. I purposefully posted this quote on my birthday to remind myself that every age and new year brings its own set of opportunities and delight. That being said, this one goes out to all of my fellow Pisces and zodiac brothas and sistas alike. However old or young you may be in 2012, enjoy, have fun, and take this year by the reins!

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