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Brain dump: 29 thoughts that have crossed the mind of an overthinker



1. I need to lose 10 pounds.

2. Do I look better in this filter or that filter? Level 3 or 4 Valencia?

3. No way am I posting a #nofilter.

4. What did she really mean when she joked about how insecure I am?

5. My folks don’t love me as much as they love my sister – believe me.

6. OMG why does she keep looking away whenever I start to talk?

7. Have I done anything wrong to her? Let’s see, there’s probably that time when … or maybe it’s that time when … and that time when …

8. I don’t understand. We instantly clicked from day one, but she takes forever to text me back.

9. She probably has more than enough BFFs in her life, and I’m just disturbing her.

10. Don’t you see? He likes her, not me. He mirrors every move she makes.

11. Ugh, I hate myself.

12. What’s wrong with me? *makes a painstakingly detailed account of all the things you think are wrong about yourself*

13. If I do approach him, I’ll kill myself.

14. He’ll think I’m desperate.

15. What if he doesn’t feel the same way?

16. Great. This humongous pimple had to pop up just before the big date.

17. I’ll have to be a Victoria’s Secret supermodel in order for him to ever notice me.

18. Should I go with this dress or that one?

19. I shouldn’t have gone with the blue one. *makes a mental list of all the details of what could have been*

20. Am I looking too much into things? Probably not, because you have to see every aspect of the situation in order to make any decision at all.

21. But really, what’s the bigger picture behind this situation? I can’t seem to figure things out.

22. How do I make sure I keep everything under control?

23. I mean, what would my future self think of me?

24. It’s frustrating that I have no concrete idea where I’m going to be 10 years from now. There are so many holes I’ve yet to fill in my 10-year life plan.

25. Like … what if I fail?

26. Or, what if I succeed? How am I going to deal with the money and fame that comes from it?

27. I’m not done tweaking this thing. It needs to be perfect before everyone sees it.

28. Yes, perfect.

29. Well, what would other people think?


Note to self:


Like this hedgehog does.




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It’s been really cold lately, don’t you think?


Seems like the January Effect is starting to wear off and everyone is thrown out of balance already, with the deadly floods and the polar vortex and all.

Thank God my cup of joy is here to bring back a sense of balance, even if it’s just a little.

I hope you find him comforting. He’s my precious little baby boo.




Stay cozy with this cute PJ set. You’ll see how Ocha, my little mini cupig, seems to magically ward off the winter blues.




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On successful living



2013 is almost over, and I’m sure we’ve endured the “Necessary Rains” throughout the year just to see a glimpse of the rainbow ahead. This month on The Classics, let’s recite a timeless credo penned by the father of transcendentalism and the genius behind “Self-Reliance“, Ralph Waldo Emerson, on what it means to lead a successful life. May it become useful as you make your transition to the new year. Enjoy.





To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.


– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Emerson once wrote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Think of all the things you thought you need to deem yourself successful: Are they what you really want, or are they just things people say you should have to be considered a successful person? 


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Something else to be thankful for

The bare necessity.


Have you looked into your heart and evaluated the changes you want to make in your life? This month on The Classics, I’m curating a gem by “The Dash” poet Linda Ellis – it struck me deep on life’s necessary hardships. “Necessary Rains” is a gentle reminder to be thankful for both the rainbows and rainfalls in my life, and I hope you find this classic insightful as well. Enjoy.



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As I watch the rain fall down upon
the eager, thirsty earth
I wonder if we realize
what each drop is really worth.

To flourish, thrive and blossom,
the porous ground refrains
until it has been greeted by
the necessary rains.

A lifetime is a balance
of peaks and valleys,
highs and lows.
Each hardship, temporary –
like each rain, it comes and goes.

To weather through the pounding rains,
clouds of trouble, pain and sorrow,
we must remember that each storm will pass
and the sun will shine tomorrow.

In our lifetime, as in nature,
there are changes through each season;
every change, it has a purpose,
every rainfall has a reason.

How could anyone know bravery,
if he never knew of fear?
How could anyone love laughter,
if he never shed a tear?

Perhaps the answers will be found
in the days that lie ahead
when we receive one extra blessing
for each tear that we have shed.

Do not waste today with worry
or what hasn’t happened yet,
or dwell on yesterday’s occurrences
with questions and regret.

Learn to balance life’s blessings
with its inevitable pain
by considering each and every storm …
a necessary rain.


– Linda Ellis


As Dolly Parton famously said, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Think of all the necessary rains you’ve weathered through to arrive to this day: How many rainbows have you lingered long enough to see? How much have you changed since the last rainfall? Ponder on these things, and you’ll realize just how blessed you are.

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Sometimes, all you need is a little time to slow down and restore your balance.


My little cup of joy here is a gentle reminder for me to keep smiling and stay grounded no matter what happens.

I hope you find pleasure in his presence as I do whenever he appears on my mind.

Take a look at these mementos of him in silent meditation:


mindbody_balance_racerback_tank_topMind-Body Balance Racerback Tank Top


mindbody_balance_framed_tileMind-Body Balance Framed Tile


mindbody_balance_mousepadMind-Body Balance Mousepad


mindbody_balance_ipad_mini_caseMind-Body Balance iPad Mini Case


mindbody_balance_greeting_cardsMind-Body Balance Blank  4″ x 5.6″ Note Cards


mindbody_balance_mugsMind-Body Balance Mug


mindbody_balance_body_suitMind-Body Balance Baby Body Suit


You might just need him around whenever you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.


See more of him real soon.




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Roses are red, bookworms are blue …

November 2013

It was our 29 months being together on Tuesday.

Early in the morning, I woke up with this on my face.




Case in point: Girls who say they don’t like flowers love ’em the most, and by girls, I mean me.

While I’ve already prepared a little over a week for what I was about to give him, I only managed to get it printed yesterday. Nevertheless his smile was still wide when he received it :)



It’s a standard 5 x 7″ card printed on an ivory cardstock paper. I purposely made my palette really cool so it’ll look soft, warm, and squishy when offset by the chalkiness of the paper.

I do make it for sale if you’re interested. Just drop me an e-mail over to for your questions.

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As you can see, I have a super cute cupig toy sitting by my greeting card. It was a really different surprise from the many little surprises 10 usually prepared for me. He got it when we went for a vacay to Singapore a few months ago, but to be exact, he didn’t buy this out of some piggyland store1. In fact, the cupig was a direct result of 10’s 3D-drawing skills.

Yes, the little cupig was 100% crystallized into reality by using 3D-printing technology, thanks to the creative people at Print 2 Life Studios :D When I received it, I thought the cupig’s face looked a lot like the couple in another one of the greeting cards I made for 10 some time ago.


He admitted that he treated these lovely cupigs as his muse all the while he was drawing the voluminous 3D-printed cupig. To that, I really think men are better when it comes to maps, angles, and perspectives. Somehow it frustrates me to have to think about all those mathematical dimensions while drawing. It’s supposed to be more of a flow thing and if I start to calculate anything at all even when I’m working flat, those creative juices simply evaporate.

So yeah, another monthiversary, another creative production – all because of love and for love. Plenty more memorable moments to come …




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