In a now-famous commencement address Steve Jobs gave at Stanford in 2005, he shared how he always started his day.

... for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

You can read the rest of his inspiring speech over here, but here's the deal. Every day is a gift that's brimming with goodness over evil, freshly minted blessings, opportunities, and the glorious gift to be alive. So don't go about allowing the morning rush ruin your gift.
Walking has always been a favourite pastime. Growing up, we walked everywhere - to the clinic, to the market, to the mall, and every weekend my Dad would bring us on long walks around our neighbourhood. It's the most common way we spent family time outside of our home.

Amazingly, I married a man who enjoys his long walks, too. Many years, many nights, many wee hours were spent simply strolling around the park connectors and neighbourhoods around our homes. When my son was younger, we'd prop him on his stroller on evenings to indulge in our walks. Lately though, he's grown out of the stroller stage and walks aren't his cup of tea. There was a time when quiet time and soul searching were built into our culture.

Times have changed.

The more we climbed the ladder, the more we seem to have lost touch with ourselves. We romanticitzed modern living and idealized the coveted first world standards of living, that we have sacrificed the value of our souls. Ironically, with social media more present in our lives than ever, human has never been more isolated.

As a mother and a member of my community, that irks me. Fortunately though, mothers are famous for moving mountains. I'm not [only] talking about myself, there's a myriad of mums out there counter-narrativing their lives, lives of their offspring, society, community, and the world. We aim not to just build a more meaningful lifestyle. It's about being a human being. To acknowledge that everyone needs to reclaim their humanity.

As I mentioned yesterday, everything starts with baby steps.

I started a new habit in the second half of 2015. I started a habit of developing habits. I learnt to realize that habits are but just a set of patterns that I need to repeat [albeit forcefully somedays] until they become automated --- until they become a habit.

Since my late 20s, I have managed to acheive a lifestyle that I've dreamed about: The founder of a pretty paraphernalia boutique, graphic designer, mum, wife and the comforting rhythms of daily home life with my family. Designing and being around beautifully created merch has been a fertile ground for creative inspiration, and a call for growth. Over the months, I've been hearing the call to put the camera to a more fulfilling purpose. Running a young company and family keeps me busy, but I decided to make it a priority to carve out time for growth and exploration.

It turns out that setting a condusive environemnt works wonders in getting started. With photography, I kept it simple with a white armchair placed in front of my large windows and a white curtain to diffuse the natural lighting that streams through my sitting room all day.


It's good to see you. Gonna keep this post short today. I hope you enjoy your new wallpaper today. :)

Coffee tables are often the setters of conversational topics in many homes. Their decor, often a symbol of the owner's characteristics, ideals, and personality traits - are decorative items that dictate, or at the very least provide a conversational starter for house guests.

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