Insomnia

Lying awake on the bed,

Eyes are anxiously blinking.

Too many thoughts in my head,

Are continuously running.


My eyes are red and droopy,

They seem to beg for rest.

But my mind’s not yet sleepy;

My patience is put to test.


The night is getting cold and deep,

Too many hours are getting wasted.

ย I should force myself now to sleep;

Before my body clock gets complicated.

 

 

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I’m On Tumblr!

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you’re doing well. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just want to tell you that I’m on Tumblr! ๐Ÿ˜€

http://coffeebreaksandrainydays.tumblr.com/

It’s my first time to try Tumblr. I still am trying to get the hang of it, but so far, I’m having fun discovering it. And I love it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d still be posting here but I might be more active in Tumblr since it’s just all about photos and gifs. ๐Ÿ™‚ As you know, I never am talented in writing long posts. ๐Ÿ˜›

If you have Tumblr, please don’t hesitate to add or follow me. I would love to have friends on Tumblr. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good day everyone!

Later!

xoxo,

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10 Things That Make Me Feel Happy

I know most of us have been happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s nice feeling happy. Happiness takes away the stress from our minds, it makes us look younger, and makes us feel more vibrant.

Being happy is contagious. If you are truly happy, you can make people around you happy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Being happy is a healthy mood. When you’re happy, it seems like you have more strength and you feel like you can face the day without any problems.

Isn’t it nice to be happy? ๐Ÿ™‚

But what makes you happy?

Today, I want to share with you 10 things that make me feel happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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  1. Wakingย up in the morning.

    I feel very happy whenever I wake up in the morning. Why? Because it means God has given me another chance to see a new day unfold. A chance to correct the mistakes I made yesterday. A chance to explore and see new and beautiful things. Waking up in the morning is just refreshing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Drinking coffee and smelling its aroma.

    I just love coffee. I am very happy when there is coffee around. I feel happy whenever coffee break is announced during seminars or classes. I don’t know why, but coffee gives me the feeling of being happy. And its aroma? Ahh, it’s so invigorating that just by smelling it, my tense body relaxes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. ย Spending quality time with people I love.

    With all the smartphones, tablets, wifi and social media nowadays, the art of spending quality time with family and loved ones is becoming super rare. It makes me feel happy to spend quality time with people I love. Quality time means no distractions around — no smartphones or FB or Instagram — just spending time and having light-heartedย chit chats over a cup of coffee and just relaxing. It’s such a happy scene.

  4. Eating delicious food.

    I am such a foodie! I love to eat. If eating can be called a hobby, then eating wouldย be my number 1 hobby. ๐Ÿ˜› I can never recall a time when I didn’t enjoy the sight of food. For me, eating is a happy thing to do. Of course, with control and moderation. I don’t want to end up being a glutton. Haha! As Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Cleaning the house.

    I’m weird like that but I feel happy when I can clean our house. The smell of detergent and air spray or anything that is used to clean the house is wonderful for me. Yes, it really is tiring to clean an entire house. Imagine startingย early in the morning and finishingย up late in the afternoon. It’s really tiring. But it makes me happy to see the once-cluttered and dusty house shining and smelling good. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Long, solitary walks.

    I live in a busy city where people are rushing and just can’t seem to slow down for a while. Sometimes, walking around the block or in a cool and quiet place makes me happy. It gives me the feeling of positivity and relaxation. Taking solitary walks makes me happy because it means I can look at the trees, the birds, and the flowers. I can see the clouds and the sky, and breathe in some fresh air. Solitary walks refreshes my mind and brings a sense of happiness.

  7. Doing things that I love to do.

    I often hear people curse Mondays. They always feel groggy and miserable every time they are reminded that tomorrow is Monday. I eventually found out that it’s not because they really hate Mondays. The reality is, they actually hate their jobs. Doing what you love gives you a sense of happiness. I feel happy if I can do what I love. For example, binding a book, doing crochet, or indulging in a little art or calligraphy, cooking, traveling, and taking photos…anything I love doing. I feel very happy if I can do what I love. I believe that if you do what you love, you’ll always love what you do, even if it is repetitious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Learning new skills and passing them on.

    Like what I said in the previous post, I am a skill hoarder. It makes me happy every time I am able to learn new skills. I like learning new things but I am the most happy when I am able to learn new skills and share themย with others. It makes me feel happy to see other people happy whenever I teach them the same skill. Aren’t we supposed to share what we’ve learned? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Serving.

    I admit that I am a very timid and shy person. I have a problem or difficulty talking or interacting with people. Sometimes, if there are big gatherings, I feel like I want to shrink whenever I see big crowds of people. But, ironically, despite the fact that I am timid, I do enjoy serving. Serving gives me a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. May it be in the form of passing outย plates, volunteering to wash the dishes, arranging the tables, sweeping the floor, listening to people with my undivided attention, distributing care packages to people who are in need, anything. Serving has always made me feel happy.

  10. Making God happy.

    I did save the best for last. This may sound like a clichรฉ, but this is the ultimate thing. I feel happiest whenever I make God happy. How? If I obey His commands and statutes. I feel happy whenever I know that I did what He wants me to do or live the way He wants me to live. Making God happy is something that is very grand to me. It’s like making your favourite teacher happy. It’s like making your parents happy. God is my Ultimate Teacher and Parent. I know that if I make Him happy, then I’d be happier.

So there goes my list! ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you? What are the things that make you happy? I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚

May you always be happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

xoxo,

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(photo by: Daria Nepriakhina)

Hey, Crochet!

Hello everyone!

After how many months of being quiet, I’m finally back to blogging! ๐Ÿ˜€

The reason that I’ve been quiet all this time was because I got so busy learning another skill. ย I am a skill hoarder by the way. I love to learn as many skills as I can.

And the skill that I just recently learned is crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜€

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It wasn’t an easy skill to learn and I admit that I really got a hard time understanding it the first time I did it.

But with perseverance, patience and willingness to learn, I finally got it! ๐Ÿ˜€

I started learning the basics of crochet like the control and the kinds of stitches used in crochet. When I finally mastered those, I tried following beginner-friendly patterns in YouTube.

Here are some of the crochet projects I did:

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A simple flower appliquรฉ. This was my very first crochet project. ๐Ÿ™‚
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A rainbow sunburst piece. I’m still deciding up to now what I’d do with this. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Doilies. Can also be used as coasters. ๐Ÿ™‚
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My very first crocheted boho purse made from sewing solid granny squares sewn together. ๐Ÿ™‚
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A beanie and a scarf. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t help feeling happy and ecstatic about the progress I’ve made. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really believe that constant practice makes perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ You just got to be patient and enjoy the process. ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now, I’m still working on an anotherย beautiful project. I can’t wait to share it with you once I’ve finished it. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is just for now. Talk to you later!

 

 

xoxo,

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Keri Smith Creativity Books: Mess

Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just wanted to share with you a book that I’m actually having fun with. ๐Ÿ™‚

It is Keri Smith’s Mess. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

I found this book 2 or 3 years ago from the bookshelves of Fully Booked. It is a fun book because it helps you to be creative, encourages you not to be afraid of committing any mistakes and will make you believe that every accident is beautiful and colourful. ๐Ÿ™‚

This book gives only 3 rules. These are the rules to keep in mind when you are to buy or to do the tasks of this book:

  1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
  2. Do not think too much. (There’s no “right or wrong.”
  3. Continue under all circumstances.

The rules and tasks are open to each person’s interpretation. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are some of my recent activities from this book:

Cutting circles from magazines. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the irregularity of the circles. ๐Ÿ™‚ They look so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Helping this very serious man to cheer up a little. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Painting using my fingers. I draw like a kid. ๐Ÿ˜›

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And finally, messing up the cover of this book! This was the very, very fun part! ๐Ÿ˜€

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com

This book has helped me a lot to loosen out. I am the kind of person who really follows instructions to the letter, I colour inside the lines, and I never wanted to make a mistake or to get stained. But this book has just told me to do the opposite! At first, I thought the instructions were rebellious and ridiculous. But after trying it, it really helped me to be more creative and to believe that sometimes, in order for us to be creative, we should not be afraid to commit mistakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mess by Keri Smith|Saraine Gem Macaraeg 2015|www.coffeebreaksandrainydays.wordpress.com