Note to Self

Note to self : The only thing you’ll be sorry in the future is to do things without a purpose. Be rich, not only on numbers but focus more on experiences. Be strong, to know that failures are the keys to success. Be kind, it’s our responsibility to build a better world. Be thankful, and you’ll find happiness in little things. Greater things are waiting ahead, all you need is to believe, look forward and stay positive. – Jane Chuck 


Acceptance

Have you ever had those moments wherein you see a certain quote or poem and suddenly you have all these feelings you can’t contain? Because I have. It was almost dawn. I was reading Lang Leav’s Lullabies book. Then I stumble to this poem titled Acceptance

There are things I miss that I shouldn’t, and those I don’t that I should. Sometimes we want what we couldn’t – sometimes we love who we could.- Lang Leav

Isn’t it funny how we miss the things we shouldn’t but don’t to those who we should? And want the things we couldn’t and love who we could? Life is indeed crazy. Crazy that sometimes we go insane figuring things out. Who cares if we miss someone that we shouldn’t? Who cares if we love someone that we shouldn’t? Let it go. Let it flow. We weren’t meant to figure things out. We were meant to accept. Accept that this universe allowed this to happen simply because it must happen. Accept that everything happens for a reason may it be good or bad. Because to some of us acceptance is the only way. This is what life is all about afterall. And we can’t control it. If you learn to accept it by yourself, people around you will soon accept it too. Remember acceptance starts from within.

How do you live your life thoughtfully?

current fav mag: Thoughtfully

Going to booksale is my hobby. Whenever I am free or bored I usually go there and just look for some good books and magazines to read. I love how all the books are piled up there and the smell of it is, I swear, like a drug to me Lol do you feel it that way too?

Then this one magazine caught my attention, 

It says “Thoughtfully; the way life should be lived”. As soon as I saw the tagline I immediately bought it went straight home and read it. I seriously love every page of it! It’s so heartwarming and really encouraging to live life thoughtfully. I’d like to share with you one of my fav quote i read there

“I live thoughtfully by trying to see the context of everything – from big life choices to the small daily decisions that make up so much of who we are. Because whether we know it or not, all of our actions, both large and small, have an incredible impact on both ourselves and those around us. I try to live with a sense of harmony by actively listening to both myself and the world around me, and finding a balance in between”. – Tielyn Jacobson (Stylist, On-Air Host and Blogger)

I hope we all can live thoughtfully like her. Always think first before you act because we obviously cannot take back what we already said and done. Remember, one single mistake can affect not only us but also to the people who surrounds us. 🙂

Happiness is a choice

As clichĂ© as it may sound but yes, happiness is a choice. We go through some tough situations and think life doesn’t want us to be happy. You think it is? As I have said being happy is a choice. No matter what’s going on with your life, choose to be happy. Find and do the things you love. Buy everything you want. Say whatever you want. Who cares what other people say about us? Our happiness is more important, right? But don’t forget, never ever step on other people in order to be happy, never ever use and hurt other people in order to get what you desire. Because that is not happiness.That is self-centeredness.

When you feel stressed or lonely or anxious, I know it is pretty hard to avoid it but don’t let it affect you. Instead, find ways to get rid of it. Watch movies or watch your favorite series. Talk to your friends or family. Treat yourself. Go out and have fun. Meditate. Smile. Do the things that make you happy and make you feel alive. Soon you’ll feel great about yourself. See, things do get better or rather YOU get better. Cheer up!

Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.

Christian Dior

Claudine Xx

Dealing with homesickness

Hello! I just want to share with you some heartening words from one of my fave youtuber/blogger, Michelle Phan. Her words are my healing. Hope it could do the same if you are feeling down and dishearten because of homesickness 🙂 

Whether you recently started college or travel frequently, homesickness can be a very real thing. Anxiety and distress kick in and make a new setting seem unbearable. It doesn’t have to be that way though. I’ve received multiple letters and comments from fans asking how to combat this emotion. Since I’ve been away from home for almost two months, I thought now was a better time than ever to address the question. Because you can absolutely enjoy a new setting to its fullest and minimize feelings of homesickness when you keep a few things in mind. Here are my quick tips on how to deal.

How to handle homesickness

  1. Start by knowing it’s totally normal. There is nothing wrong with being homesick. As mentioned, almost all of us go through it at one time or another. No matter how much I travel and explore different countries, there are still times when I yearn for my own bed and the company of my friends and family. That’s human nature to want to feel connected. Once you know that there is nothing wrong with feeling this way, the next step is how to battle it.
  2. Carry a keepsake. You can’t necessarily bring everything that makes your space feel like home with you, but by bringing at least one item–whether it’s photos or a small knick knack–that reminds you of home, you’ll curb some of that anxiety every time you look at it. Think of it as a way of bringing a little bit of home and comfort with you to a place that you might feel unfamiliar with.
  3. Keep busy. We often feel most homesick during the downtime when not much is going on. Whether it’s a weekend free of classes and studying or a long train ride where your mind is idle. Distracting yourself will keep those negative feelings at bay. I like to read a lot while traveling to keep my mind busy and to learn about all of the amazing things I plan on sharing on the site. Being busy is pretty broad, so there are a lot of ways this can work to your benefit. If you’re in a new city, explore. Take on the city as a tourist and then as a local and really try to submerse yourself in your surrounding. If you’re living in a new city or at a university find ways to meet new people through Meet Up groups or by joining clubs. Keeping routines and habits that you had while at home will also cut down on idle time and give you a sense of familiarity.
  4. Limit social media time. Homesickness can also be caused by a fear of missing out. That’s why it’s best to engage in social media interactions in healthy doses. You can check in with family and friends, but don’t get absorbed in thinking that you’re missing out on fun at home. What you often don’t think about is how people may be looking at your own adventures and feel like they’re missing out on something as well. But you’re never missing out in life. We should all live in the present and embrace what’s currently happening to us. Instead of feeling like your missing out, stay away from your phone or Facebook for a few days and get out there and enjoy your new surrounding.
  5. Connect with loved ones. There is no need to completely check out on your crew, so set up a schedule and embrace apps like FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp and connect with friends and family from time to time. Knowing that they haven’t forgotten about you and hearing from a familiar voice should help ease any anxieties. I love checking in with my mom when I’m away. Just hearing her voice settles my soul.
  6. Keep some type of journal. Spilling words onto paper can often help ease your mind. It’s a good way to get negative feelings out and move on to more positive thoughts. Plus, keeping a journal doesn’t need to be just about writing a diary. It can also mean taking pictures or tracking your explorations. There are tons of ways to do this thanks to Instagram geotagging or you can use an app likeMomento. You can share these with friends and family to make the distance seem much smaller between you.

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It’s okay, even the sky gets broken

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There are times in our lives where we feel like giving up. We feel hopeless. The dreams we’ve been dreaming since we were a kid is slowly fading. We feel alone and sad. I was wondering why are we feeling this way. Is it a part of growing up? Am I the only one experiencing this? Or every other girl like me also feel this way? I don’t know. But I always tell myself to enjoy this and be positive because who knows, one day this “thing” we’re feeling will lead to something better  💪❤

Try to see good in every situation

Follow the White Rabbit

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This phrase has been my daily mantra. Follow the White Rabbit originally comes from the adventure of Alice in Wonderland wherein she sees a white rabbit and decided to follow him.

Follow the White Rabbit means to follow an idea or a concept which may lead you to a strange place in short follow whatever inspires you.

It doesn’t matter whether you stumble or not in your journey. The important is you tried and you follow your heart desire.

Let go of yourself and experience great things out there

xx

Being successful is being contented

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During our seminar in Uni yesterday, we were asked “Where do you see yourself 3yrs from now?”. I’m turning 21 next month so that means I’ll be 24 by that time. I’ve asked my self this question for quite some time now for I am finally graduating this year. And the answer will always be… to be successful. And what does being successful mean? Is it achieving big things? Or just being great in small things? I think I’ll choose the latter. I just wanna be myself and do the things I love and inspires me. I just wanna get a job and travel. I just wanna inspire people. I just wanna be contented. And I guess when I am already contented that’s when I can finally say that I am successful.