Reverie, expressive watercolor of hands

After almost a year of not posting anything, I’ve finally resurfaced online. With the recent string of suicides, especially the ones that made the news, mental health awareness is becoming more prominent. Because of this, I have this urge to go back to blogging.

Maintaining this blog was not even one of my priorities, hence the lack of updates. I had no clear purpose in blogging before – I just wanted an outlet for my thoughts. However, it’s becoming clear to me that I continue writing my story and sharing my experiences to somehow help and inspire others going through the same things as I am. As someone dealing with several mental disorders, it has been incredibly hard for me to deal with the transitions of marriage, domesticity, motherhood, and loss. Maybe, in dealing with my demons, I can help others while helping myself.

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MP Sull’s Fundamentals of Flourishing

Processed with VSCO with a10 presetLast June 30, I had the pleasure of attending MP Sull’s Fundamentals of Flourishing Workshop in A Space Makati.

MP Sull is one of the twelve in the world that has been bestowed the title of “Master Penman”. His passion for the art of calligraphy is inspiring, and for someone his age, his hands are so steady, and he had so much energy in imparting knowledge to his students in the workshops.

This workshop was the first one of the two classes that he held in Manila. The second one is a 2-day Spencerian Bootcamp that I would have given an arm and leg to attend. However, with a baby in tow, it simply isn’t practical. For this workshop, we booked an overnight stay through Airbnb, and we were lucky to find a room right next to A Space. That way, my boys can come right over if they need me, or if Raffy needs to breastfeed. The organizers of the workshop were so gracious that they placed me near the couch, door, and buffet.

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caitierumiAt the beginning of March, I donated an illustration that was auctioned for a cause. It was for Caitie Lucas, who at that time, was undergoing many different tests so doctors can figure out the cause of her sickness. She was only three and a half years old then. I couldn’t even imagine the pain that this little girl has to go through, fighting her then-unknown disease. She was eventually diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML), a very rare form of leukemia that only one person out of a million acquires it –  and only infants and children are affected by it.

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This is the first watercolor painting I made for the year 2016. I dedicate this year to learning, and to patience and kindness (with oneself).

My reason for starting this blog is for me to be able to document my progress, and also for me to release some thoughts. Quitting the work that I love very much when I gave birth was not an easy decision to make.  But I realized that these next few years with our little Rafael is too precious, so I then transitioned into being a stay-at-home mother. Nonetheless, rarely being able to go out to have normal social interactions is taking its toll on me, hence, this blog was born.

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