The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself

The Importance of Taking Care of Yourself


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

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 ūüėČ

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 5-6 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’ ūüėČ

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!

 

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone

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  Hey guys 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. Psst.. you can download it 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 experiencing the newest clothes, toys and the first to do all the ‘big boys’ stuff – like 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.          
How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 2

How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 2

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So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, go to File > New > Insert width and height to 210x210mm or any dimensions you prefer. > Click OK

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find any design resources you have to place into the art board. In this tutorial, we are using the Hopeless Romantic Toolkit. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want)¬†> Click ‘Place
  2. I brought in the original Teddy Bears (the same one) over into the art board. Arrange the images to your liking.
  3. To create the zig zag lines, first create a straight line across your art board using the Line Segment Tool (\) on the left panel. Use the Shift key as you create your line so it will be a 100% straight line. Make sure you select the stroke not fill (you can find this on the bottom of the left hand side panel), insert a colour and increase the stroke size to 3-4 pts so you can see it better.
    • Then click on your stroke, go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Zig Zag.¬†
    • Under the Zig Zag tool box, adjust to the size you want. For this tutorial, you can adjust the size to 9.53mm and Ridges per segment to about 12. Select ¬†‘Corner’ under Points option. Click OK.¬†
    • You can then increase the stroke size to 40 points and stretch the stroke to your desired outcome.
    • ¬†To convert the stroke into a path, select Object > Path > Outline Stroke.
  4. To duplicate the zig zag path, click Alt to duplicate. Then at the same time, together click Shift and bring the zig zag path downwards. You will notice the path is duplicated. Then select the zig zag path you’ve just duplicated, and on your keyboard select Ctrl + D a few times (to duplicate the last action) a few times until they cover the whole art board. Group the paths together and aligned vertically and horizontally to center.
  5. To change its colours, go to your swatches panel, click the small arrow on the right of the panel and go to Open Swatch Library > Color Books > Pantone+ Pastels + Neons UnCoated. Select the grouped zig zag paths, and select the colour you want from the pastel colour panel you’ve just opened.
  6. Create a box for the background colour by selecting the Rectangle tool (M) and make sure you cover the entire art board size. Use the pastel colour panel to change to your desired colour.
  7. Place the Teddy bears in the middle. Create a dropshadow for your bears so your teddy bears stand out a little more. Select your teddy bears and go to¬†Effect > Stylize > Dropshadow. I advised to choose ‘brown’ colour to blend with the teddy bears as ‘black’ is a little too dark and overpowering. Set the X ¬†and Y offset to 1mm and Blur to 1.76mm and click OK.
  8. To mask the whole image so the zig zag lines will not be seen around the artboard, is by¬†selecting the Rectangle tool (M) and make sure the rectangle you’re creating is covering the entire art board size. Select everything and hit¬†Ctrl+7 on your keyboard.
  9. Here are some helpful shortcuts for you to use. If you’re using a Mac, replace Ctrl with CMD key:
    • To group an object = Ctrl G
    • To ungroup an object = Ctrl + Shift + G
    • To lock an object = ¬†Use keys Ctrl+2
    • To unlock an object = Ctrl + Alt + 2
    • Bring object to front = Ctrl + Shift + ]
    • Send object to back = Ctrl + Shift + [
    • To mask an object = Ctrl + 7
    • To unmask an object =¬†Ctrl + Alt + 7

To use the image for your projects, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under¬†Save as type: JPG or PNG (usually for transparent background) > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB ¬†> Quality 10 > Resolution 300 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved!

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB ¬†> Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

There you have it!

An easy cute wall art designed in Illustrator :).

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How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 1

How to Design a Cute Wall Art For Baby’s Nursery: Part 1

 

So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, go to File > New > Insert width and height to 210x210mm or any dimensions you prefer. > Click OK

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find any design resources you have to place into the art board. In this tutorial, we are using the Hopeless Romantic Toolkit. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want)¬†> Click ‘Place
  2. I brought in the Tree, Swing and Teddy Bears over into the art board. Arrange the images to your liking.
  3. Here are some helpful shortcuts for you to use. If you’re using a Mac, replace Ctrl with CMD key:
    • To group an object =¬†Ctrl G
    • To ungroup an object =¬†Ctrl + Shift + G
    • To lock an object = ¬†Ctrl+2
    • To unlock an object = Ctrl + Alt + 2
    • Bring object to front = Ctrl + Shift + ]
    • Send object to back = Ctrl + Shift + [
    • To mask an object = Ctrl + 7
    • To unmask an object =¬†Ctrl + Alt + 7

 

To use the image for your projects, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under¬†Save as type: JPG or PNG (usually for transparent background) > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB ¬†> Quality 10 > Resolution 300 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved!

 

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB ¬†> Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

There you have it!

An easy cute wall art designed in Illustrator :).

 

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I hope you’ve learned something and you like this tutorial. Do leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions so I can improve on my future tutorials.

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How to Superimpose a Pattern Over Another Image in Illustrator

How to Superimpose a Pattern Over Another Image in Illustrator

 

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So lets get into it!

  1. First, open your Illustrator program or if you are just getting started, you can purchase a plan or trial your free 30 Day here.
  2. Once you’ve installed and run the program, download your free vector pattern (Illustrator file) here and open it.
  3. Open your Swatches panel (right hand panel) and drag your vector pattern into it.
  4. Double-click the pattern (you’ve just dragged into the swatches panel) and un-tick ‘Move tile with art’. But make sure the ‘Size tile to Art’ is tick! Click ‘Done’ and the window will automatically close to bring you back to your main canvas. Your swatch pattern has now been created!

 

Now, you are ready to create your project!

  1. First, lets find an image you want to superimpose your pattern on. Click File > Place > (Find an image you want to superimpose your pattern on) > Click ‘Place
  2. We don’t want the image moving around so let’s lock it in place. Use keys Ctrl+2 (PC) or CMD+2 (Mac) to lock the image/object.
  3. Then create a path over the area you want your pattern to appear. Use the Pen tool (Shortcut for ‘P‘) and trace the area. It takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy as!
  4. Use the ‘Selection Tool’ (Shorcut for ‘V‘) to select the path you’ve just traced/created.
  5. Open the Swatches panel and click the pattern (you’ve dragged in previously) to fill in the path you’ve selected.
  6. Once the pattern is filled in, remove the stroke. Select the stroke and click the slash icon (None /).




 

And here’s the fun part!

  1. Make sure your path is selected again using the ‘Selection Tool’ or use shortcut key ‘V‘.
  2. Go to the Transparency Panel or if it’s not open, go to Windows > Transparency. Or just use the shortcut key Shift+Ctrl+F10
  3. In the Blending mode panel, on the dropdown menu click Multiply. Play around with the Opacity but I think 90% opacity would be perfect!
  4. If you’re not satisfied with the path, you can edit the path again to your liking.

To upload it on the web, follow these steps:

  • Export as image (File > Export > Name your file and under Save as type: JPG or whatever suits you > Save.
  • Under Image/JPG options > Color Model: RGB ¬†> Quality 7 and above > Resolution 72 DPI > Click ‘OK’.
  • Your image is now saved! Or take a screenshot and upload it online!

 

There you have it!

A beautifully imposed pattern over an image in Illustrator :).



And here are just a few examples below on what objects you can superimpose your pattern on.

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I hope you’ve learned something and you like this tutorial. Do leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions so I can improve on my future tutorials.

 

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Free Printables: Mother’s Day Coupons

Free Printables: Mother’s Day Coupons

This is a brilliant way to pamper your mum on this special day especially when you are on a budget or short on cash.

So what if you are? I believe giving these coupons to your mum is a more meaningful gift because you can show your love and appreciation not to mention, sincerity through your actions.

My printables are only just a few¬†examples you can use to pamper your mum.. you don’t even need a fancy software to create your coupons. If you want to get¬†super creative,start personalizing your coupons!¬†Just get some art paper, use markers or paint and¬†make them yourself. Wah lah!

Anyway, I hope you are inspired by today’s gift and remember to pamper your mums on this special day!

You can download your free printable coupons here. Enjoy!

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers around the world! ūüôā

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