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5 Things I Love Right Now

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So, I've shared this month's theme that I am exploring. And, since this week's word is "love", I thought I'd take this opportunity to write one of my Friday Five lists. And yes, focussing on things that I love right now.

1. My Family - Yes, it's a boring way to start this list. After all, I always love my family. Nothing new there. But, I am appreciating them a bit more right now for a number of reasons. Including the fact that they're the ones that help to keep me together whenever I feel like falling apart. And, yes, there has been some rough moments lately.

2. Going back to art-making. Not only did I convert our laundry room in to an art studio/laundry room a few weeks ago, as well as started doing some more art, I also decided to go back to learning the basics of art-making.

And with that, I ended up signing up for a beginner's art class again at a local boutique art school / studio. Only been to lesson so far but I am loving it. In fact, I am slowly getting into the habit of doing some kind of creative pursuit daily.

Yes, at the minimum, I try to work on my daily photo + daily hand lettering projects. I don't feel like I'm getting far with my photography at this stage, but I am glad that my hand lettering seems to be developing. And, I am really loving it.

3. My work - And, not in an obsessive workaholic fashion (which I am prone to do)... More like: "I really appreciate my work right now where I feel like I am still developing and accomplishing things professionally, but at the same time, I get to enjoy life with family, art-making more." Yes. That's the kind of love I am feeling for my work at Vervely at the moment.

Work is not stress-free in any way, but it is not stressful either. And, the good thing about working for myself: I have the liberty of saying that I work for the best boss ever. After all, who else will let me skive off for most of Monday to go on a walk/picnic with my sister by the beach and then a mini shop + talking dreams and the future on a perfect sunny day - after a morning of art?

Since I put some things in to place and I know I can catch up on work later in the day, it was a moment that I can enjoy guilt-free. After aforementioned rough patches, I really needed that kind of day.

4. Work-from-a-Cafe Days - Studies seem to show that working from cafes or a cafe-like environment can help to boost productivity and well-being of workers. Since I primarily work from my home office, I have come to the conclusion that allocating at least one day a week to work in a cafe or cafe-like environment would be good for my system.

Ideally, coworking would have been a great solution. But, due to a few things that have come up from that exploration, I am now back to being primarily a work-from-home professional. Not that I'm complaining!

While I still miss some of the great things about being part of an office environment full time, I have come to love doing this solopreneur life again. I like the fact that I can work in bed if I want to. And adjust the cooling or heating system to my liking. Or to have the TV on in the background if I want.

And yes, to go out and spend a good part of my day working from cafes. That's why I'm out to come up with a list of good cafes to work from in Adelaide. So far, I only have one on the list. But, I have only started exploring, so I'll try to report back as soon as I find a few more.

5. Journaling - Really, I do. I think I have never journaled so much in a long time. I think it goes with the rough patches and the 'slowing down' moments. But yes, I am currently journaling in a number of places, on top of my daily blog. I have paper journals, sketchbooks (where I even do dream journal entries), digital journals, and art journals. And, I love it. I've missed doing this... Missed having time to do other things, not just work.

Oh, and yes, that digital journal page prompt? I'm making it available as a free download for subscribers of my e-newsletter, "Notes from Shai". Yes, it's currently experiencing publication delay due to unexpected circumstances. But, I am determined to publish the first issue before the end of this month.

How about you? What are you loving right now?

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100 Things I Love

Day 45 Outtake

One of my mini-goals this year is to complete a 100 Things List. I've been meaning to do this for AGES, and for some reason, I've never managed to do it. That's why I'm really, really keen to do one this year.

Now, in honour of Valentine and our 52WoC Task #49, I thought I'd create this 100 Things That I Love List. Since my husband, kids, our families, friends, God, and such are all MUSTS, I thought I'd make them a "given" in my Love List. And, of course, there are some "private loves" (heh!) that I might not be brave enough to share here. So, I really have a 100+ list!

Now, here we go, in no particular order (and just because I love an activity, it doesn't mean I'm any good at them!)...

  1. creative writing
  2. books / reading
  3. blogs / blogging / social networking
  4. the Internet
  5. teaching / education
  6. my Macbook
  7. chocolates! (and anything chocolate-y: doughnuts, hot choco, etc)
  8. movies
  9. cooking
  10. baking
  11. rice
  12. Asian food (special fondness for Filipino dishes, of course; but certainly have more than my fair share of Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, Singaporean, Indian, Japanese, etc)
  13. travel
  14. Paris!
  15. our homes - Australia, the Philippines, England, Singapore, and South Africa
  16. fantasy / sci-fi / folklore / legends / mythology
  17. painting
  18. journals / journal writing
  19. photography
  20. the Nikon D40x
  21. my Mini Diana
  22. the Instax Mini 55
  23. Coke
  24. music that touches the soul
  25. romance
  26. crafting
  27. libraries
  28. bookstores
  29. shoes (with a boots fetish! ;-))
  30. pink, purple, blue, silver...
  31. hoop earrings
  32. five-petaled floral design
  33. mineral make-up
  34. stationery
  35. dance
  36. scrapbooks / memory books
  37. flowers
  38. dresses
  39. jeans
  40. piano, guitar, and drums (i think violins are sexy too!)
  41. Rocky Road ice cream
  42. nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc)
  43. freshly baked bread
  44. clear, star-studded skies
  45. the moon
  46. the beach!
  47. sunsets
  48. IDEAS
  49. butterflies
  50. pretty, cutesy things
  51. spicy food
  52. surprise gifts
  53. a great bargain
  54. my 3 special rings (the only jewellery that I really care about)
  55. massages and rubs!
  56. children's / YA literature
  57. hugs and kisses from people I care about
  58. meeting online buddies in person
  59. being part of something BIG
  60. dreams
  61. bookmaking
  62. snail mail (letters, cards, postcards...)
  63. packages! ๐Ÿ˜€
  64. history
  65. cool quotations
  66. velvet and silk
  67. languages
  68. a really good comedy
  69. barbecues and roasts
  70. chicken wings
  71. mindfulness
  72. positivity
  73. learning (seriously)
  74. typography
  75. naps / sleeping-in
  76. stickers and stamps
  77. pretty magazines
  78. serendipity
  79. water (yep - even for drinking!)
  80. peach iced tea
  81. English breakfast tea (especially on a cold winter's morning)
  82. gadgets - in general
  83. forgiveness
  84. genuine compliments!
  85. a gripping sports match
  86. listening to a gorgeous voice
  87. watching someone achieve something special
  88. nice lingerie that make me feel feminine
  89. a-ha moments and discoveries
  90. Classifieds (it's a weird thing!)
  91. kids, in general
  92. beautiful poetry and songs
  93. special dates and get-togethers
  94. dandelions
  95. breathtaking scenery
  96. gardens
  97. antiques
  98. creative geek living!
  99. doodling / sketching
  100. LISTS (obviously!)

Yay, yay, yay! I did it. I finally completed a 100 Things list. Woohoo.

Well, meeting goals is another thing I love. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you created YOUR own list for things that you love yet? Share your 100 lists or your love lists with us too please.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day to you all.



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52WoC#49: What You Love

52 Weeks of Blog CommunityIt's time, it's time, it's time for another 52 Weeks of Blog Community! And, since it's February --- I'm taking on the theme of "LOVE" (since January was more about "GOALS").

So, for our 49th task, I encourage you all to do something love-related on your blog. Some ideas might be:

  • Recommend some things that you love to your readers
  • Dedicate a post to a loved one
  • Write a love letter
  • Share a love letter you received
  • Create a list of bloggers that you love
  • Hold a Blog Love Party...

Well, you get the picture. I'm sure you can amaze me with even more interesting and exciting ideas. And, I can't wait to see what you do with it!

In any case, as I promised, I'm sharing the round-ups from the last three tasks right here... And yes, just 3 more to go and we're done! Yay!

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Web Wednesday #21: Spreading the Love!

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsYes, I know that Valentine's Day is long gone. But, I haven't been able to share my love-related links during that week, so I thought I'd use this round of link loving goodness via our Web Wednesday feature -

  • Twesents - Send virtual presents to your Twitter contacts and friends. It seems like a fun way to 'spread the love' on Twitter, similar to Facebook's gifts. But, you DO need to have some credits to send Twesents (you get an initial credit value) and you DO have to share your Twitter log-in and password.
  • Getting the Love You Want: The Imago Dialogue - An interesting article on relationships.
  • GiveWell - This a site that spotlights various charities/non-profits in Australia. Giving them reviews and such.
  • How to Create a Triangle Box - Thinking of a creative way to wrap small presents like chocolate kisses? Then, check out this interesting tutorial on how to make a triangle box.
  • Relationship Quizzes - Just some interesting online tests to assess your relationships and/or relationship style.

Any other love-related links that you'd like to share with us? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amazing Australians Online: On the Victorian Bushfire Disaster and the Web

Death Toll Nears 200 As Bushfires Continue To Blaze Through Victoria

On this day of hearts, I'd like to dedicate this post to a different kind of love that people have an amazing ability to give during very difficult times.

As most of you would've heard by now, one of the worst disasters has struck Australia and its people last week - the terrible Victorian Bushfires. The effects of it are still felt until now. And most likely, for many months and years to come.

It's a heartbreaking situation to watch, even just on television, the web, and in the papers. I can never imagine what it must be like for those who lost lives, homes, properties, and loved ones.

Australia Unites - The Victorian Bushfire Appeal

However, one of the wonderful things that came out of this is the incredible amount of support that people have done to help those in need. At a time when it's easy to feel jaded and disillusioned by the terrible things that people do and say - it's incredible to witness the beauty of the human spirit.

I cannot put together a comprehensive enough list of every single person who did amazing things over the last week or so. I wish I'm able to. But, how can I? When I know that so many people have done so many things as best as they can to extend help --- from the young students who donated in schools' Bushfire Appeals to big corporations who held their own Bushfire Drives and Campaigns.

It's good to see people getting together for a common cause.

Some such people include the fantastic number of Australian bloggers, online entrepreneurs, and social media enthusiasts who did their best to use the web to offer help, resources, news, and other information. These are some of those that I have been made aware of:

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