Tuesday, May 25, 2010


But of course Colour Me Katie takes things to bigger proportions which I absolutely love too!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

50 Ways You Can Create a Better Day

  1. Think Positive Thoughts Before You Sleep
    The quality of sleep you get the night before can affect your mood the next day. Thus, if you want to create a better day tomorrow, you have to make sure that you think only positive things before you go to bed at night. Do not fret about your mortgage problems or dwell on the bad things that happened to you during the day. You need a good night’s rest in order to prepare your mind and body for the busy day ahead.

  2. Tell yourself That Today is a Better Day
    The first thing that you should say to yourself the moment you wake up is that today will be great and marvelous. Know that you have control of what kind of day you will have. Telling yourself that today is going to be a great day will give you a positive attitude and a winner’s outlook. The power of the mind is strong so feed your mind with positive things.

  3. Wake Up a Few Minutes Earlier
    If you want to get out of bed at 6AM, set the alarm for 5:45 and then allow 15 minutes for your body and mind to adjust and wake up. At 6, hop out of bed! Waking up late and rushing through things will increase your heart rate and simply stress you out. On top of that, you’ll inevitably forget to do something and then stress about that too!

  4. Take It Easy
    Take things easy. Breathe deeply and slowly. If you are feeling rushed, take a deep breath and remind yourself that in the big scheme of life, being a minute late is pretty small.

  5. Keep a Mental Note of the Things You Need to Do
    It is always a good thing to try to keep a list of the things that you ought to do or accomplish for the day. If you are forgetful, you should write these things down. Aside from the things that you need to do at the office, you also need to remember those that you need to do for your family or friends. Write them all down so that you can manage your time wisely throughout the day.

  6. Get Some Inspiration
    Do not expect manna to come down from heaven. If you want to create a better day, you have to make a conscious effort to achieve things. Give yourself a boost with some inspiration. Be sure to read, listen or watch something that can perk your day up. Sometimes, just seeing your child laugh is enough to make your heart smile.

  7. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
    Your mood for the day can actually be affected by the things that you do and eat. In order to jump start your day and prepare your mind and body for the busy day ahead, you need to have a power breakfast. Make sure that you eat something healthy. Whole grains, protein, and fruits can surely give you the nutrients that you need to do the things that you need to accomplish for the day.

  8. Some Stretching Will Do You Good
    Stretching and exercising your muscles will also help in jumpstarting your system. If you wake up sluggish, you need some exercise and stretching to perk up your day. Besides, stretching and exercising can also prevent muscle cramps and other aches that can ruin your mood for the day.

  9. Pay Attention to your Hygiene and Appearance
    One of the things that people are conscious about is their appearance. To ensure you won’t feel insecure, make sure to take a bath, wear clean clothes and pay attention to your face and grooming. If you know that you look presentable, you will feel empowered and confident.

  10. Compliment Yourself
    Say good things about yourself. Do not be afraid to compliment yourself once in a while. However, be careful not to be conceited because people hate narcissistic individuals.

  11. Adopt a Positive Attitude
    Before you step out of the house, make it a conscious effort to be positive in all things you do. Tell yourself that you will stay positive throughout the day.

  12. Exert Some Effort to Smile
    Studies show that smiling, even if there is no reason to do it, can lift up your mood. Besides, a smile can make you look even more attractive.

  13. Try Not To Be Reactive
    There is a tendency for men to react to everything negatively, especially on the road. Thus, you should try not to be reactive, especially when you are driving. If somebody cuts you on the road, just let it pass and think that the other guy may be having a bad day. Or just be please that you are not as rude as that individual.

  14. Count to Ten to Keep You from Exploding
    If you think that you are going to get mad, count to ten to calm your nerves. This will let some steam out.

  15. Think before You Act
    Many people end up feeling remorse after they have done nasty things without thinking. To prevent feeling guilty and remorseful, think first before you do something.

  16. Don’t Take Things Too Seriously
    Not everything that you hear people say about you should be taken seriously. Some people just like being nasty so you should not get affected with what they are saying.

  17. Be More Attentive to People
    In order to minimize altercations or misunderstandings, it would really be a good thing to listen attentively to what others are saying. Being attentive will also help you come across as being sincere, thus making you more likable. Of course, don’t do it for the sake of being likable. Be genuine in it.

  18. Look at People and Situations in a Positive Light
    You really can’t prevent bad things from happening. Sometimes shit does happen. In order not to let these things ruin your day, try to look for the silver lining in everything.

  19. Give Compliments to Other People
    Make a conscious effort to compliment other people. This will help build better relationships. Just make sure that you are complimenting them genuinely.

  20. Manage Your Time Wisely
    A good day can turn bad if you feel stressed out. Thus, manage your time wisely to ensure that everything that you need to do can be accomplished with time to spare.

  21. Take a Break
    To prevent being burned out, you should take a break once in a while. Try walking around the office or doing some stretching while you are in your desk every time you are feeling a bit drained.

  22. Deal with Things the Mature Way
    Do not be petty and do not act like a child. You are an adult so try to do things maturely.

  23. Laugh a Lot
    Laughter can pick up your mood. Just do not laugh at other people’s mistakes.

  24. Consider Inputs from Other People
    Take time listening to the suggestions and inputs of other people. Even if you are the manager or head of your department, you need other people’s contributions too.

  25. Grab Fruit Instead of a Bar of Chocolate
    Fruits can surely wake you up in the middle of the day, whereas a bar of chocolate will just give you energy spike for a few minutes. So, you will end up feeling even more tired and sleepy.

  26. Always Do Your Best
    You will not have regrets if you know that you have given your all in everything that you do.

  27. Don’t Wallow in Sorrow and Defeat
    Nobody is perfect and sometimes you need to experience losses and defeats to learn. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, use these negative things to make you a better person.

  28. Stay Away From Negative People
    Negative people can just pull you down so there is really no point in spending your time with them. Stay away from them whenever possible. If they happen to be your mates, seek to inspire them. If that won’t do, perhaps it’s time to find yourself new mates.

  29. Be Courteous and Kind
    Doing other people some good will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. And also make you more likable.

  30. Build Bridges and Develop Friendships
    Having enemies can surely drain your energy, whereas building friendships can make your support team bigger and stronger.

  31. Be Careful with What You Say
    It is often hard to take back the bad things that you say, so you need to be careful with your words.

  32. Take Time to Stop and Smell the Flowers
    You can enhance your mood by counting your blessings and seeing the good in other people, things or situations.

  33. Learn to Pace Your Energy
    You need to be careful with energy bursts and crashes. Try not to exhaust yourself in the morning because you will surely have a nasty and tiring afternoon if you do.

  34. Incorporate Exercise Throughout the Day
    Exercise can give you a “high” because endorphins are released after a good workout.

  35. Wear Comfortable Shoes
    It is very hard to stay positive if your feet are hurting. I’ve seen too many of my female friends wear heels that hurt their feet just because they look good.

  36. Drink Plenty of Water
    Dehydration can cause lethargy. So avoid it at all costs.

  37. Pay Attention to What You Eat
    Eating junk food can contribute to mood swings. So eat moderately.

  38. Go Easy on the Coffee
    Too much coffee can make you nervous and fidgety.

  39. Treat Yourself
    Be sure to give yourself small rewards every time you did well. We all need to give ourselves a nice pat on the shoulders to give ourselves a little encouragement.

  40. Plan the Next Day before Going Home
    Before you head home, make a list of the things that you need to accomplish in the office the following day.

  41. Spend Quality Time with the People You Love
    Don’t take anyone for granted. Sustain your relationships. Spending quality time together is the best way to keep and improve relationships.

  42. Keep in Touch With Friends and Family
    If you live alone, calling your loved ones or just dropping by to say ‘hi’ can lift your spirit as well as theirs.

  43. Have a Hobby
    To keep your mind off your work, do something that you love outside your office work.

  44. Have No Regrets
    You cannot go back in time so you cannot undo the things that you have done. Instead, make a conscious effort to make things better in the future.

  45. Keep a Journal
    Writing things and ideas down can help you to keep track of your goals and remember things you’ve learned and observations you’ve made. And it can also help you figure out new directions for your life and then guide you as you go.

  46. Take a Relaxing Bath
    After a stressful day, a relaxing bath can help you go to sleep comfortably.

  47. Prepare the Things You Need Before You Go to Sleep
    This will help make tomorrow less stressful because you won’t feel at a lost of what to do. Being prepared always help you to stay focused and assured.

  48. Get in the Mood to Sleep
    Do the things that can help you go to sleep early because a restful sleep can help you improve your mood for the next day. Reading a book before bed or listening to soft music helps me to sleep better.

  49. Make Love
    Making love can also release endorphins and help you have a good night’s sleep. Plus, it helps to improve your relationship. Of course, I don’t expect you to do it every day.

  50. Go to Bed Early
    Try to go to bed early and get enough sleep to prepare yourself for the day ahead tomorrow. You don’t want to wake up the next day feeling like a zombie.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

i hope you dance...

the road...

Music Monday: Two Door Cinema Club

Found via Mighty Girl

Now i'm not really one that's into Electropop but Two Door Cinema Club is an Electropop/Indie Rock band from Ireland and they sound pretty darn good. :D Or maybe i'm just in an Electropop sorta mood. heh.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Brogues.... I want you!!!

I'm bordering on obsession here. Like seriously? How cool are these brogues! I first fell in love with them when i saw them in an old musical I watched as a kid. Owh what i would give for the perfect pair! Well I had one when I was in my teens - a hand me down - they were gorgeous tho. But obviously the growth sput didn't help and I outgrew them. Gahh.

So far I've only seen two which I absolutely adored but what a pity they were on someone elses feet!
Brogues from Madewell via Pillar Box Post

Brogues from JCrew via Pillar Box Post

Image via Chictopia

Monday, May 10, 2010

Music Monday: Gary Go

Happy Monday everyone! This is a new ish band which was recommended to me by an Italian guy i met in Singapore. He says it's his running music. Heh. It's not usually what I listen to but it's sorta catchy. It's playing on loop today. :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
Life is full of it! And we make hundreds of decisions everyday. From the moment we wake up, we've made a choice. Most are automatic while others are informed decisions. I consider myself a fairly decisive person, but not when it comes to picking a place to eat, choosing an item off a menu, what shoes to wear, which earring matches my outfit etc. Those things take me quite awhile!

Occasionally we are compelled to make vitally important and life changing decisions. Which car to buy? Which college to apply to? What course to take? To move or to stay? To say Yes/No? I do? So what is it that helps making a choice that much easier? Here's some steps which I apply that have so far seen me through really tough circumstances....

A positive attitude to life helps make decision making easier. It helps curb fear and eases you to make a move. I believe that there is no one "right solution" to the problem you are confronting. We are all given instincts so listen to it, but don't make snap decisions. Some decisions just can't be made in a "Blink"

Make a list of options and alternatives. Write down every option you have for the decision you’re making, get it out of your head and spend some quality time on each one. Weigh the decision and make a list of the pros and cons connected with the decision. You may find that something on your list clearly goes against your values or your capabilities.

Distance gives perspective. It’s the oldest advice out there – separate yourself from the emotions of the moment. Put some time between now and when you actually make the decision. Give yourself time and space to mull over your options.

Don't fear making a mistake.Mistakes are just learning curves and opportunities to learn. We all make them. And then, we get better at life and move on.

Research! Research! Research! Do your homework and get all the facts before you make the decision. Think how the decision will benefit YOU first. Do what you and not what other people really want.

Talk to someone that will contribute important insight, answer questions, remove doubts and confirm inclinations. Get opinions and feedback from others you trust; but don't let them make the decision for you.

Be prepared to take a few risks in life and look out for opportunities in every situation. Every successful business or venture started out with an idea which was a risk. Nothing is infallible. The knowledge that you can handle anything that comes your way is your key to allowing yourself to take risks. In the end, it's how you handle things that matter.

Finally, make the decision concrete. You can endlessly re-analyze and agonize over what you’ve decided. You have to stop sometime. Make it real, write it down. Once your decision is out of your head and in the real world, your brain can stop constantly churning through the options and get on with the next task.

One of the greatest and easiest ways to decipher if you've made a correct decision about something is to determine if you feel a strong sense of peace about it. The Bible says that God will give us His peace, which surpasses all understanding. If, after praying about something and making your decision, you feel a great sense of peace come over you and stay with you, then you have probably made a great decision that God can and will work with.

"God, the Source of Life", will never give you a desire, a vision, an individual dream without your having the ability/potential for it to come to pass." ~ Craig Lock

things i've learned

If you're a graphic designer or in advertising, one of the first names you would have come across is Stefan Sagmeister. Owner of the design firm Sagmeister Inc. in New York City, he's known as a design God. Like seriously.

After watching him on TED Talks, I've taken to writing down some of the things he has discovered over the years...

Things I've learned in my life so far:
  • helping other people helps me
  • having guts always works out for me
  • thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. i have to live now
  • starting a charity is surprisingly easy
  • being not truthful works against me
  • everyting i do always comes back to me
  • assuming is stifling
  • drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on
  • over time i get used to everything and start taking for granted
  • money does not make me happy
  • travelling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life
  • keeping a diary supports personal development
  • trying to look good limits my life
  • material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses
  • worrying solves nothing
  • complaining is silly. either act or forget
  • actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall level of satisfaction
  • everybody thinks they are right
  • low expectations are a good strategy
  • whatever I want to explore professionally, its best to try it out for myself first
  • everybody who is honest is interesting
And then of course there's that chance to use these sudden inspirations and get creative! Like here: http://thingsihavelearnedinmylife.com/