Easter Sunday Photographs & Mommy Reflections

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Sometimes, it just happens. A perfect long weekend. Followed by a perfect week. Even though there’s really no such thing as perfect, perfect is just too good a word to not be used, especially if you mean something close. These photographs were taken on Easter Sunday.  I have more of these where it came from, they’re just too many to flood my Instagram with so I thought I’d post some of them here on the blog. :)

No yaya and no work, we spent the entire weekend being lazy and spending much-needed quality time with the girls. We went to a family reunion on Friday, but pretty much stayed in the rest of the weekend. It was the Holy Week, and although most of our activities included drawing on the wall, dancing to Hi-5, singing silly songs, learning new words and colors, and making sure the little babes were happy and entertained, there’s much realization for me about the power of the cross and God’s presence in this season of my life.  (more…)

Rebranding Chasing Dreams, 2015

| Posted in Design Projects

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ocean / stationery / clothes / bench / succulents

Surprised (about the new look)? I feel a bit surprised, myself. ;) I have found that the best time for me to work on personal projects is on a whim; coming to terms with the fact that if I waited until my commissioned projects were done, or when my to-do list was cleared out, I would never have the time to work on my own projects. So, on a whim, it is.

Over the Holy Week break I started building my brand board and re-skinning the site, but the desire to re-brand has been building up since the start of the year. I’ve been growing a lot as a designer, and as you may have noticed, have become more comfortable owning up to the title. What you’re seeing now on the pages of this site is a reflection of that growth and a refining of my design aesthetics. From feminine and frilly to classic minimalist, you’ll notice that the evolution of my design style and preferences is quite evident in the way this site has evolved.

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I thought it was worth mentioning that as far as my personal branding is concern, my gold phase is over. (I still love making other people’s brand sparkle with gold though, it’s a beautiful accent color!) You’ll remember how prominent gold was in my past two redesigns, but lately I find myself preferring basic and neutral colors. I guess this is also starting to show in the clothes I like picking out for myself. Navy blue, black, grey, white, beige, brown (the recycled color kind of brown). I also like blush, mint, and desaturated shades of green.

Sometime five years ago I waxed poetic about my love for the color blue (go ahead, read it!) and thought that all these years, blue has remained a constant favorite. I mean, I wouldn’t choose it to be our wedding motif if it didn’t hold some sentimental value, yeah?

I get a bit obsessive about typography. Ok, a lot! I like it clean and modern and minimalist. I like white spaces and minimal flourishes, too. I like patterns and design elements that are geometric and flat. I apply (minimal) textures and patterns only when it helps bring out the personality and the story of the brand. I like a design that brings the attention to the content of the site—both text and photographs—and not on the embellishments that surround it. I like a design that highlights you and your message. 

When you avail of my design services, I hope you come to me for these things. :)  (more…)

Pursuit Manila: March Gathering & Creative Workshop

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Whew. This took long enough! Sorry about that. I suppose things like this happen when a community is growing. There’s so much we have to consider and plan just to put one gathering together! But even though the preparation is crazyyy, we’re over the moon about how God is evidently moving in this community, and how He takes care of even the smallest details we worry about. We’re like, oh no, what to do? And He’s like, relax girls, I got this! 

So here we are now, our third gathering this year, and we’re sooo excited (once again) to see everyone and to meet new people and to just.. witness how God is going to blow our minds again. :)  (more…)

God is Good

| Posted in Moments Like This

God is good!

This morning I woke up with this thought—God is good! There’s no denying it. The Lord is good. He is good, through good days and bad days, rain or shine, in every season.

I’ve been feeling a bit weak (and lethargic!) and unmotivated this week, perhaps an aftermath of last week’s virus. There’s much to be done and it’s like I’ve succumbed to a state of paralysis and all I want to do is stare into nothingness and not move. There was a lot of worrying about what to do next, and dwelling in hows and whys, and wishing that the things in my list would get done on their own.

But even through these moments of weakness I couldn’t have proven more how good He is. He’s so good it feels ridiculous sometimes. And this crazy goodness is pulling me out from my laziness and breathing strength in me and making me want to do good, too.

Whatever you’re feeling today—I hope that you don’t only know that He is good, but you also see it, feel it, experience it, taste it. Every single day. Even in the worst of days. Even when you don’t understand sometimes and you don’t see what He’s doing. God is good. Don’t ever doubt that.  (more…)

Trust, Hide, Rest

| Posted in Moments Like This

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There were a lot of unusual things that happened today. Like, actually resting on a Sunday, staying home, trading our Sunday best to pairs of pajamas, not working. I cooked lunch, D gave the girls a bath, we changed their diapers, fed them, sang them songs, watched Big Hiro 6, and when it was time for an afternoon nap, rubbed on their tiny feet (just one of their many weird habits) until they fell asleep—stuff that we conveniently leave to our yaya most days.

I spent some time in front of my laptop while the girls and their daddy napped, and I’m proud to report that I didn’t check my inbox or did anything related to work at all.

The four of us were feeling a bit under the weather the whole week. Some cold virus has come upon this house—first the twins, then their Daddy, and hopefully the cycle ends with me.

This day of rest did us good.  (more…)

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