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Grateful for 2015

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past , brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” —Melody Beatt


For a few years now, I had been choosing a word for my year. I was inspired by the practice of many creative women who had been doing it for so long. To me it serves as a guide, an inspiration, and something to look forward to on how it will manifest in my life.

Last year, instead of one word, I had three. I just felt like it and so be it☺ My heart whispered these, and so I followed. The words were: Flourish, Magic, and Miracles. True enough these words manifested in my life in so many ways. And I am grateful for all of it.

This last day of the first month of the new year, please allow me and join me to celebrate as I look back on (some) things I am grateful for the past year. I want to celebrate with you, because your support made all these things possible. So to begin, thank you, thank you, to you!

And here’s some more:

♡ Seeing Pope Francis in January with my loved ones and a million more Filipinos. Such an inspiration of kindness and compassion and a beautiful way to start the year.

♡ For being chosen to be interviewed by university students as both an artist and professional for their Art Studies finals project.

♡ For being a featured artist on Rainbow Love Greetings app.

♡ For being able to join in the 2015 Right Brain Business Plan Summit hosted by Jennifer Lee. Being extra involved and taking action by sharing my takeaways on the current lesson had me won a signed copy of her latest book.

♡ For being able to join in the #giftinggrace challenge and won a copy of my first ever Bella Grace magazine.

♡ For being announced as the winner of a book cover painting contest on Easter Sunday.

♡ For the gift of life and love and art and turning 32. For designing my day to make it extra special and memorable and beautiful with people I love.

♡ For my first ever Art Journal Workshop together with Airees Rondain of Airees Creates.

♡ For being unwell for two months. Loosing my voice due to cough and fatigue and inexplicable reason. Yes, I am grateful for these days I spent at home, at hospitals, and some other places. These days had me read lots of books, spent lots of quiet time and naps, and most of all, rekindled my watercolor love affair.

♡ For your support on Instagram where I am mostly active.

♡ For the release of the book that featured my art on its cover; made me an official book cover artist!

♡ For the growth and discoveries due to my fifteen minute practice.

♡ For taking part on painting some rooms of children with cancer. With hopes of bringing a little light on their face.

♡ Forvthe launch of Roa’s heArt. The collective store of me and my siblings’ works and handmade products.

♡ For being one of the artists at the Quirino exhibit hosted by Ayala Museum.

♡ For being invited along with my sisters to apply for an exhibit in one of the prominent galleries here in Manila.

For all of these and a thousand more; the big and especially the small things, I am deeply grateful.


15 Minute Practice · gratitude · inspiration · life

Hello 2016

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” –Alfred Tennyson


Dear friend,

How was your New Year so far? My hope is that you are having a blast already☺.

And if not, know that it is okay. It is okay… If you are still getting the feel of it, it is okay. If you are still adjusting, it is okay. If you are (a little) overwhelmed, take your time to take it in, it is okay. It is okay.

Here, take my hand.

Maybe you are just like me, still on the process of dreaming and planning this big shining year that has already began. Just like me, still organizing my thoughts; feeling a little afraid being left behind… Then if so, let us remember this, ‘Courage,dear heart'(C.S.Lewis).

Have courage.

Together let us hope for a beautiful, abundant, bright, and joy-filled year. Together let us trust in the infinite possibilities embracing us in this very moment; waiting to be noticed, to be heard. Together let us have faith to the Great Artist that co-creates with us, our very own designer. Let us believe. Let us love. Let us do the work.

In other news, I am back full time in my day job since the 4th of January as landscape architect. Six times a week, a warrior commuter+employee. Seven times a week, a warrior creative+girl+everything in between.

To keep my creative flame on fire though, I still keep up with my fifteen-minute practice, daily; planning and dreaming in between; designing a life i (will) love each day. That is how I roll these days. And I am grateful for every part of it; the big parts, especially the small parts; the challenges, the confusions, the rewards; the sadness, the joys. All of it.

Your turn now. Tell me if you must, what are your hopes for this leap year? How do you want to feel? How can we support each other?

with love + hopeful heart,