How to Use an InDesign Printable Template & How to Revamp It to Make It Your Own

How to Use an InDesign Printable Template & How to Revamp It to Make It Your Own

 

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I am excited to share my FIRST InDesign template for Goal Setting Printables (for January 2019) to be used for commercial use. In this tutorial, I will show you how to use an InDesign template so you can totally revamp your design and make it your own!

You can TOTALLY do this!

This template will be on sale very soon. You need to come back and check for the product link which will be updated soon.

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Who is this InDesign printable template for?

– For bloggers
– For busy moms who wants to make a passive income
– For those who are just too busy to design a printable from sratch
– For e-commerce business owners who are running a printable business
– For folks who need an extra hand with designing printables.

? BENEFITS:

– Save time and effort
– Generate professional looking printables in just a few clicks
– Sell these printables,
– Great for giveaways
– Use as a lead magnet
– Great for collaborations
– Great for content upgrades

 

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You can now grab this printable below (from my video tutorial) in the Inspired Printables Club! I hope you will enjoy using it and start crushing your goals this year.

This printable is one of MANY printables. If you want to access more of these functional and beautiful printables, click below to learn more!

Why You Should Stop Chasing the Money and Start Chasing the Passion

Why You Should Stop Chasing the Money and Start Chasing the Passion

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In this video, I will share more about my background and the struggles I’ve faced in my previous business ventures. I will also share how having the ‘shiny object syndrome’ had led me into a pool of debt, how I climbed my way out of debt and what I plan to focus on right now so I am on my way towards true success following my passion.

If you were in the same boat as I was, and want to get out of debt and pursue a business that’s truly profitable by designing printables from home, then – you should check out Michelle’s course.

Also to complement my video this week, I’ve created a Free Wallpaper of the same quote in my video; to remind you to always follow your passion no matter what.

Download the Free Wallpaper by clicking the Download Now button below (no sign-up required).

Stop Chasing the Money Wallpaper

Here’s a wallpaper to remind you to always follow your passion no matter what.

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18 Things I’m Grateful For From 2018

18 Things I’m Grateful For From 2018

 

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OMG I can’t even begin how grateful I am for all the things the Lord has done in my life. I may seem like a really happy person to you, which I am. But like you, I too am only human and had gone through a tremendous amount of hardships and struggles in my life.

I am happy because I have always practice this feeling of gratitude in my heart. I am quite an easy person to please (for most things) and have always been grateful for every little thing that came my way or every kindness that was shown to me through someone’s actions.

And so I have made this video about the 18 things I’m VERY grateful for from 2018! This is a great exercise for me to reflect about my wins and there are just SO much to be thankful for.

And I hope you will join me and do the same.

To create the same mindfulness for my subscribers, I’ve also created a similar printable to Michelle’s so you too can write what you are grateful for from 2018.. I left it undated, so you can re-use this printable for every year. You can access this printable in the Inspired Printables Club!

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How to Design a Weekly Planner Printable in Indesign

How to Design a Weekly Planner Printable in Indesign

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I am so excited to have started off the New Year with my first tutorial! Phew, I haven’t done any tutorials for my YouTube channel since August 2017 – that’s like a year and half ago – YIKES! Although Michelle Rohr-Pelayo had given me a challenge late last 2017 to do a tutorial on “How to Use Video to Showcase Your Printables” (Psst… it’s in the BONUS section of her Passive Income with Printables Course by the way) … But I was only able to complete it after more than 6 months due to family commitments and other circumstances! Another – YIKES! So, when I was able to complete that MASSIVE tutorial – it was such a huge achievement for me. Not because I did the tutorials perfectly (Gosh, I think there were SO many areas in my videos I could improve on), but because I have completed what I have set out to do.

“Done is better than perfect.”

— Sheryl Sandberg

I don’t claim to be an expert at anything either. I am only sharing what works for me. I sometimes think that I SUCK at teaching..because there are just SOOO many better “teachers” out there on YouTube. However, I have just SO much knowledge to share and I strongly feel that God is nudging me towards this direction. It feels right and it feels great. And so, here I am, obeying His will. Even though I cringed at the thought of my weird Malaysian-Kiwi accent; hoping that I will not put people off from listening to me. Ugh. Hopefully in time, I will get better at teaching. I just need to practice more and stop worrying about what other people think of me.

So here it is – my first tutorial for 2019.

How to Design a Simple Weekly Planner in Indesign and how to incorporate beautiful clip arts to beautify and uplevel your design. People dig that stuff. You know the cute clip arts and all. And if you put anything with flowers in them.. they just go CRAZY… I’m totally serious. So use clip arts in your printables whenever you have a chance! They help give your printable planners a face lift and help you stand out from your competition.

Totally. Wink.

By the way, I made a slight mistake on one of my shortcuts in the video. The part where the pattern image needed to be “Send to Back”.

It’s supposed to be  Ctrl + Shift + [  or  if you’re a Mac user ⌘ + ⇧ + [

Not ” { “

And that is why I thought of creating a quick Indesign Cheat Sheet. Do you know that   the latest InDesign version (CC 2017) contains   407 shortcuts in total ? This is almost impossible to remember and that is why I’ve created a  ONE-PAGE Indesign Cheat Sheet that I usually use while working on my printable in Indesign. They are the basics shortcuts and are all you need to start with.

I hope it will be helpful to you!

You can also now download the Weekly Planner Printables (from my tutorial) when you become a club member of the Inspired Printables Club!

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The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself

The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself


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My Very First LIVE Hello

 

Hello, hello... everyone,

This is the very first time I’m doing video in person for my audience – so I’m nervous as hell. So please excuse the repetition of words.. hehe

 You may see more videos of me in the coming weeks and hopefully, I will improve! 😀

 I am quite passionate about this topic because if you are sick and tired of being exhausted ALL the time (due to stress, work, kids, school, exams, business etc.) then this video and post is for YOU.

Yes, YOU.

 

Tough Story

 

You see, I’ve been where you’ve been.. not for weeks. Not for months.. but for YEARS!

The last straw came after my 4th child arrived and things went from BUSY to CRAZY busier…

Everything took much longer to accomplish. Which means less time to work. And housework not done.

My clothes pile started from a small hill and now, to a MOUNTAIN of clothing!

Not quite as literally – but you get my point.

So I naively thought that the more I work, I would accomplish much more.

But how wrong I was.

I was just busy being BUSY. And although yes, I did manage to accomplish some urgent and important work..

I ended up feeling stressed, overworked and utterly exhausted..

I couldn’t keep up.. to the point I couldn’t think straight and I was dozing off at my desk!

Now when I think back, I was kinda pathetic.

I also took in more work than I could chew.. because I was this ‘yes’ kinda person.

Not to mention – I’ve developed this “shiny object syndrome”. Jumping from one idea to another, from one course to another, from one ‘best’ making money online method to the next… Oh my gosh! It was exhausting.

And this went on and on and on…and on….

If you can relate, then you are NOT alone.

 

MY Awesome Husband

Now, up to this point, my husband, Peter was already telling me to go to bed if I’m tired and not overworked myself. He’s the kind of guy who goes to bed on time every single night. He does a good job at work. Is VERY good at what he does. He is productive and focused – everything I feel that I am not. (I get distracted a lot, you see).

Chuckled. Maybe that’s why we are such a good match 😉

I always questioned myself, why can’t I learn from Peter? I always admired and loved this side of him…

I also thought to myself,

“If only I could pick his brain..and see what goes on inside his head of his…”

Then maybe I could make sense of it all.

So Peter kept asking me to go to bed…

I know I should… but you know… I could just hear myself say,

“I’ve got only ONE section LEFT!” and then, the next thing you know – 3 hours have gone!

 

I was stubborn as (that’s a kiwi saying)

 

Stubborn as a mule?

You bet, I was.

But I paid dearly for it.

My mental, physical and spiritual health were NOT so great.

I was sleeping 4-6 hours sleep every day (because my youngest would wake me up for a feed in the middle of the night).

I wasn’t eating well and chose the wrong foods because I was just TOO tired to make myself a proper healthy meal.

I became too tired and lazy to spend even a few minutes with GOD. Excuses, of course.

And I couldn’t think straight. I wasn’t as productive. Ideas were not flowing. I couldn’t focus on one single task.

Everything was mumbo-jumbo and a MESS!

I’m sure you are just as exhausted hearing ALL of this.. maybe even annoyed at my foolishness (and I don’t blame you if you feel this way).

I knew I couldn’t keep doing this to myself. I was frustrated and ANGRY at myself for letting myself be this way.

I would kick myself if I could. Hah!

 

Oh, What A Miracle!

 

But God is SO good to me… it’s as if He heard my soul cry out for help. And I desperately NEEDED it.

A phone call came from my children’s daycare one day and offered me a 3 MONTHS worth of free daycare service for siblings that go to the same center.

Hey, what do ya know..

It was an offer I COULD NOT refuse.

I said yes, almost immediately.

And the rest is history.

I felt like I could breathe again. But it took some divine intervention on HIS part to knock some sense into me. Quite literally.

I wished I have made this effort to take care of myself years ago…

To give myself grace.

To stop and take a breather and not have a care in the world.

I wished I took the time to look after myself earlier…

Then maybe… just maybe, I will be able to think straight and focus better. I will also probably make better decisions and stop all this mumbo-jumbo, shiny-object syndrome and stop wasting my time and money on things that do not matter.

 

Things started changing for me…

 

Fortunately, now things have turned around for the better…

My sleep is improving as well, but it is still not perfect. This will always be a process for me and will continue to work on it.

I also have decided to live my life with more intention and focus on the most important things that will bring me success.

I have made an effort too, to exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week now. And make healthy food choices.

I feel strong. I feel at peace and a sense of satisfaction, knowing that my life and business is heading in the right direction.

My head is clearer and I can focus better as well.

Inspiration and ideas are coming to me from left, right and center! And I feel incredibly INSPIRED.

All the exercise and healthy food choices are definitely helping my mental clarity.

I have started losing weight too – which is a bonus. And I will continue to work on it as I have a LONG way to go before I reach my goal weight.

All these good things started to happen ONE by ONE, because I have decided to take one day of the week to FOCUS on taking care of myself.

And I want the same for you too.

 

Start NOW!

You don’t have to wait until you feel like dying or when you are utterly burned out.

You don’t have to wait until some miracle pops into your life (just like it did to me)…

Why wait when you can decide NOW to take some time off and give yourself some lovin’ 😉

Learned from my mistakes. It will save you a ton of pain and regret and MONEY in the long run.

And your body and mind will thank you for it.

Again, remember to be kind to yourself and stop to rest because…

 

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

 

You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.

 

And that is why I have created this Free Printable for you to list out the nice little things you are going to do for yourself this week!

And when you do, comment below and tell me what fun things you have you been up to, so we can bounce ideas off each other to keep things interesting each week!

And if you like watching my video and would like to see more of them, remember to Subscribe to my Channel.

 

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This is the Greatest Gift You Can Give to Your Child

This is the Greatest Gift You Can Give to Your Child

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Hello, hello…

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. Family life and design projects (after projects) have kept me pretty busy.

First things first.

Forgive me for not keeping to my promise. The plan was to keep in touch with you and giving you heaps of FREE PRINTABLES. Both of which I did not do due to family commitments.

I guess having 4 children has taken a huge toll on my time, mental and physical health especially when exhaustion kicks in.

As the pun goes – I have bitten more than I could chew. (WORK that is).

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my kids. And sometimes it is a challenge to distribute your energy and time to every child (especially if you have more than 1).

But it is SO important to do so – so your child(ren) will continue to feel loved and cared for.

And that is why I LOVE this quote above so much. If you’re already a subscriber, you can download this lovely quote here for FREE! 

I wanted to write today because of my eldest son, Michael.

You see, him being the eldest child in the family, he gets all the perks of having the newest clothes, toys and the first to do all the ‘big boys’ stuff – like experiencing the more challenging outdoor activities and games compared to his other siblings.

While his siblings get ALL the hand-me-downs clothing, toys, and limited challenging outdoor plays and activities.

But you see, being the eldest ain’t all that rosy.

As a parent, I have a lot of expectations of him because I needed him to be a good example to his siblings.

I always tell him, “Michael, you’re the eldest, so you better be a good example to your brother and sisters because they are constantly watching you”.

So I do discipline him more often than the other 3, I have to admit.

Of course, I have mommy guilt. All.The.Time.

And with all that disciplining and scolding… I forget that he is still a child. And he still needs to be able to be a child – to have fun, to be silly, to make mistakes…

Sometimes I feel like I treat him more like an adult than a child, as I expect him to know EVERYTHING and do the right thing – which of course, is a really silly thing to do.

And with all that expectations, Michael has been nothing short but a responsible, kind, loving and helpful son and brother to his siblings.

He has helped me to tidy up, brings a diaper for Hannah when I need one, runs his baby sister’s bath or the bigger bath (for him and his other siblings) and he really does look out for them as well no matter where we are.

As grateful as I am to Michael, unfortunately, I have noticed that I’ve been giving more attention to my younger children than to Michael. Or spending time on Netflix or on my phone – reading, checking emails, replying to my clients etc.

Then, mommy guilt kicks in. Again.

I know we all moms do this. But a little guilt is good sometimes to keep ourselves in check and keep us in line with what’s more important.

Which brings me to this.

I needed to spend more time with Michael. And do less of the not-so-important stuff. I needed to talk and to listen to him. And give him the time to be himself. To express himself.

And I decided to do just that.

Michael did not have school today (Friday) because there was a Teacher-Only-Day at his school. So we’ve decided to go for morning tea. I asked him what he wanted and where he wanted to go. He wanted a chocolate cookie. I also got him a drink while I got myself an almond-cappuccino (yum!) while we shared a plate of hot kumara (sweet potato) chips.

I made an effort not to use my phone during this time.

So we talked about a number of things. Sometimes we were just being silly as we talk nonsense while he tells me about what he does at school. We laughed a lot too.

Then, we went to the park after that and he played his heart out.

When we came home, Michael was skipping as he head towards the front door and he was beaming from ear to ear.

This just confirms my resolve that I have to make an effort to spend quality one-on-one time with each of my children because it is SO important for their emotional health.

And while it is a real challenge to do it with 4 kids, seeing Michael’s response today has made it easier for me to want to do this.

“A mother is only as happy as her unhappiest child”

I never wanted to take Michael’s feelings for granted and I wanted to show him just how much I love him and appreciate all he has done for us and the family.

And as much as I want to spend that time working, spending this time with him was worth it because I’m giving him a portion of my life which I will never get back.

I don’t want him to just remember me as a working mom. I also want him to remember that I have taken the time to spend with him during his childhood years…

And when I ask about his day today during lunch.. Michael said this,

“Mom, I feel so happy and lucky today. I love you, Mom”.

And that has made all the difference.

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