Monday, February 29, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
|These hair clips have been in my drawer for years. I pulled them out for this picture and with full intention of wearing them to church and then forgot.|
|We ordered the fire dragon? or something? And it came out ON FIRE. Mark and I were both like "we didn't order fajitas?" when our server brought it to our table.|
|Ignore my backpack that makes it look like i'm 15....|
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
When did you realize "okay, i'm pretty good at this!"
I never thought I was good at blogging, but with sewing, it was when I saw something online(I believe it was Anthropologie) and I thought to myself, I could make that! This was about 4-5 years ago. Before I started to really sew. Since I am frugal and think through it a lot before making any kind of purchase, big or small, I used some old clothes I had in my closet to make something that was inspired by the Anthropologie item. I posted it on my personal blog that was meant for just our families and close friends, and it wasn't even a good photo, it was just taken with my phone through a mirror selfie. The quality was terrible but I posted it mainly to show my sister and a few of my friends but it got a lot of attention and after reading really nice and supportive comments, I was surprised because to me, it wasn't that great or a big of a deal! I always tell people if they come over and watch me sew and watch how I do it, every single person who knows how to sew a straight line on a sewing machine would say, "Hey, I could do that!" I am not an expert seamstress, my level of sewing is actually between like a beginner to an intermediate, so I feel sometimes people are way nicer than what my DIY actually deserves! I am not trying to be humble, I am being straight up honest. Last year I taught 14-17 year olds how to refashion clothes and while I was sewing, I was trying to explain what I was doing and I said, "So at first, you want to sew and then go backwards and sew, then forward again so the stitches don't come out..." And one of the girls was like, "Um, you mean back stitch?" Hahaha, I probably lost all credibility from those girls after that! But I do realize I have good vision in seeing something old and instantly having an image in my head of what it could look like after, so with my vision and a fearless take on sewing even though I'm not that good, makes up for my skills in sewing.
Since i'm big on tips to be happy, what are your tips to be your happiest self?
1. Getting enough sleep!
2. Have a mindset of "What can I do to make others happy?" instead of "What can they do for me to make me happy?" My husband is really good at this, he is always thinking of me before himself, but it's a trait I am trying to strengthen for myself.
3. Focus on all the things you've achieved, all the good things you've done, instead of focusing on what you didn't get done or didn't achieve.
4. Not comparing ourselves. This one is so hard, isn't it? When I start to feel jealous or threatened by someone else's talents, I quickly have to remind myself that I am comparing my weakness to their strengths. And that person has a weakness without a doubt, and their weakness is probably my strength! It's our difference in weaknesses and strengths that motivates and pushes us to be better, so I am grateful that everyone has their own unique strengths and weaknesses. If none of us had weaknesses and only strengths, where would the improvements be? That'll be such a boring life, don't you think?
5. Being a Christ-like person. That covers pretty much everything that is happy and good. My true confidence comes from knowing that I am a very good person. Haha, can I say that? I am not perfect by any means and I have so many weaknesses but one thing I know is that I am a very good person. I am very honest. I love to give and serve others. I love being a mother. I love helping people to be happier. I can't hate someone or have any resentment or negativity in my heart. I know that I am nothing without God. But since I am a very good person and have the desire to only do what is good(even though I fail sometimes and keep trying), I know God is on my side and with him on my side, I can do anything and everything.
What is one thing you know to be true?
I know there is life after death and that death is actually a happy celebration, a graduation of this life unto the next life that is way better. I know that the most important things in life doesn't cost money but it asks for our time. Nothing materialistic we can take with us, but only our knowledge we gained, our relationships, the service we have done to others, the love we have in our hearts. We also take with us our addictions, bad habits, weaknesses too. I know that the better choices you make, the more honest you are, the more charitable you are, the more kind you are, the happier you'll be. Happiness comes from having confidence that you are a very good person who is honest and loving and forgiving. When you have that inner confidence in you, no matter what tragedies or trials that may come into your life, you can always go inside of yourself to find that peace and knowledge of knowing that you are a good, kind person and find happiness.