Blog Anniversary

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Apparently yesterday I celebrated my first year with wordpress. Thank you wordpress for notifying me. It is wonderful flying with you!.

Doodling Helps

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When I do not know what to do, I doodle. Doodling is also my go to art thing when it seems that I have lost interest in any art related project or my mojo is somewhere else. I often start with something and end up with another thing that is bigger, overwhelming and tedious. I am not complaining though. The exercise helps my mind to rest and relax. Its as if a housewife has a lot of things going on in her mind…but yes, I have a lot of things that goes in and out of my mind and for me all of them has to be top priority.

20150227_172918_Richtone(HDR)This exercise took a few days to finish, more than two weeks I think. Nonetheless, I have worked on it on and off and every time I sit down and cover a space, my mind drifts and wanders to the things that makes me happy. This is also the kind of project that I make in between group projects at facebook.

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My playbook is about 11in x 16in and  had consumed almost the whole black pen that I used. It was another exercise in patience. Doing it had brought comfort to my heart and ease to my mind. I have promised myself not to engage in this kinds of in between projects but I always find myself doing one. I guess I have to embrace the fact that doodling in this magnitude really helps and that there will be more in the future.

What is your go to thing when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or out of inspiration? Or what do you do in between art projects?

What Are You Reading Now?

Sharing with you my recent reads.

Kite_runner

Believe me when I say that I have never been a fan of any other love stories other than between a man and a woman. For as long as I can remember I have been a love story kind of reader. So when I  chanced upon this book by Khaled Hosseini, I was intrigued.

I was touched from the moment I read the first sentence up to the last chapter. I never thought that human beings could endure so much suffering and so much happiness at the same time. The human spirit is truly resilient.

Love in all aspects is also one thing I will never be able to fathom. As many would say, do not tire yourself understanding love, just feel it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested to know more about relationships, its ups and downs, luster and darkness, hopes and dreams and d how it helps one to accept and let go.

a-thousand-splendid-suns

Another book from the same author just because.

This book is also up there at the top of my list. From the moment I read the first page, I could not put it down and spent the whole night reading it. I was so pumped up and so eager to research more about the women in Afghanistan.

This book, will make you cry and will touch the innermost parts of your heart. If you are a woman, you will  experience different emotions if you read it in one sitting. Since I’ve had a sheltered life, I am in awe at how strong the women characters are in this book. Each one had taught me something I could bring into my life. Each one had made me realize how fortunate I am. Each one had made me see and feel how, as a woman, I have a voice and that I should be heard, that I am equal to a man, that I have the right to love and be loved passionately and tenderly, that I am a partner and never a slave and that I am a human being.  Definitely a must read.

These books will surely ignite something inside all of its readers. It certainly struck something in me and that I am not the same person as before I read them. And I continue on with another Housseini book, And The Mountains Echoed.