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On Blogging Burnout and Quitting

| Posted in Blogging

There’s been a quiet buzz about blogging burnout going around recently, that is, if you still consider a 2,100+ word essay published in The New York Times a “quiet buzz”. Blogging burnout is not new to most of us. It’s real, it happens all the time, and it often ends with some bloggers taking a long break and reconsidering their blog’s direction, if not quit blogging altogether.

The New York Times article begins (and ends) with the story of Sherry and John, the bloggers behind Young House Love, a popular DIY home renovation and design blog that’s been around since 2007. The gist is, Sherry and John received several comments from their regular readers, criticizing the quality and quantity of the content they’ve been publishing recently. Some expressed disappointment, others expressed concern, some reacted in Sherry & John’s defense. And so, in an emotional post, the husband and wife tandem apologized to their readers for repeatedly not meeting their expectations, and announced that they’re taking a nice long break from the blog and their social media accounts, re-assessing their career choice and all that jazz.

Blogging burnout happens all the time. But when first generation bloggers who blog for a living and are awesome at what they do, get burned out and take a break from a “job” that many of us can only dream of, suddenly the New York Times is reporting the story, causing more discussions among bloggers and readers alike.

Now, bloggers are a funny breed because we work on projects and then we force people to look at them by shouting it from the social media rooftops. By putting ourselves and our work out there we are subjecting ourselves to judgment, for better or for worse. ~Brittany, The House that Lars Built

As someone who’s been blogging for over a decade, there’s so many angles in this issue that resonate with my own experience blogging. Although my blog’s readership and pageviews are nowhere near Young House Love’s, I pretty much make a living through this blog. Chasing Dreams may not be earning a lot from ads or pageviews, but if it wasn’t for this platform, I wouldn’t have been introduced to the career I now have. I write and read and study and analyze blogs every single day, and I do know how it’s like to love the job one minute and hate it the next.

Chasing Dreams may still be (and most likely will remain) a personal blog and portfolio, but it is through this channel that I get to experiment what I learn, express myself, and showcase my projects which help me gain sideline work. On top of that, this is where I share my passions, and my faith, in hopes that others will find inspiration to live more meaningful lives and dream bigger dreams. That said, it is important to me to keep updating this blog.

I’m not planning to rephrase thoughts that were already so eloquently expressed by these bloggers, so I’m just pointing you to the direction of these blogs which resonate well with how I feel. I mean, how many of us, bloggers, can relate to this really?

This is the post that started it all, from Young House Love.

This is the New York Times article, in case you missed the link above.

Brittany has something beautiful to say.

Holly raised some valid points and questions about the NYT article.

I love what Erin said. (I love Erin, period.)

Rest your weary heads, bloggers, if you’d like. Breaks are good and healthy and constructive, and a fresh perspective changes everything. And sure – when you return – you might have less of your readers. But you’ll have more of yourself. ~Erin, Design for Mankind

Like Sherry & John, I’ve had moments when I braced myself and held my breath when I hit that ‘publish’ button. Moments when my fears take over my vision, and I become anxious about criticisms, or trolls making their way to this blog (the fear is real, people!). I would wonder for hours what people would think, if not say.

Ironically, all these blog posts going around about blogging becoming a ‘slog’ has reinforced in me the reasons why I still blog after all. It has given me a renewed love for the craft, the motivation to keep going, and the relief that I am not alone in this journey.


A cure to blogging burnout

Martine and I both have admitted to getting our blogging groove back by periodically giving our blogs a quiet (or drastic!) makeover. So we came together to give away a Blog Makeover package to 3 bloggers, and tomorrow is the day we pick our first winner! We haven’t really decided the winners at this point, so everyone is still welcome to join! Visit Martine’s post or my post to know how to join, and read about why we came up with this giveaway in the first place. Go for it, ladies! :)

38/52: Twenty-three Months

| Posted in Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

Last September 24, this^ happened, and the countdown to their 2nd birthday begins.

How did we get to this point again? 

It’s like I woke up one morning and suddenly, it’s been 23 months! 23 months of warm baths, ridiculous amount of diapers and milk bottles, messy house, closets bursting with too many tiny clothes, 4-hour sleeps, co-sleeping in a queen-size bed, and waking up with chubby arms and legs on your face. Twenty. Three. Months.

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And then last night, after a looong work week, this^ happened. We finally managed to squeeze in a trip to Cuts for Tots to get their bangs trimmed. We had dinner at Jollibee, strolled around the mall, and did some grocery shopping. How’s that for a Friday night?

Notice in the first set of photos how unruly their bangs were? I’m too scared to cut them myself, especially since it’s their birthday soon. I don’t want them to have bangs malfunction, not on their birthday!

#LIFEWITHTWINS

Just like most twins, Dawn and Rain are like the opposite ends of a pole. Dawn loves singing (like crazy! she sings everything), tinkering on my iPhone, and flipping through books. Rain loves playing with puzzles and stuffed toys, putting on dresses and accessories, and digging in my makeup kit. Dawn is a little shy around people (at first), while Rain says hello to practically everyone she meets (even strangers!). Dawn can sit still (and read flip through books) for long periods of time, while Rain always looks for something to explore. In bed, Dawn likes squeezing herself between me and her Daddy, while Rain likes being left to herself. In the morning, Dawn wakes up earlier, while Rain often oversleeps.

I could go on and on listing down their differences—things that make each of them unique and special and wonderfully made. And I love that in spite of their very different personalities, they’re still alike in so many ways.

Happy 23 months little darlings. We love watching you both grow! Even more so, we love growing along with you. Thank you for giving us countless of reasons to thank God for every single day.

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Throwback: Invites to Dawn & Rain’s Dedication

| Posted in Dawn & Rain, Design Projects

Looking at some of my old design projects I found these, and thought, why didn’t I blog about these before? It’s been almost two years since Dawn & Rain’s presence have totally changed up our game, and the sight of these invitations made me all the more excited about their birthday soon!

Twins Party Invitations

Dedication and Baptism Invitations for Twins

Twins Birthday Invitation, Baptism, Dedication

(Except for the top photo which is a mockup, these were the actual for-printing versions. Too lazy to change them up for this post, sorry!)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll remember that I blogged about their Dedication back then but intentionally didn’t post photographs because I got my heart caught up in my throat (or my fingers!). I decided to just post one photograph that I felt summed up the entire occasion for me. Remember?

Remember also that I blogged about DIY-ing decorations for the party? I obviously got a little too carried away about that.

DIY Party Decors

Of course we weren’t really thinking about birthday themes when we came up with Rain & Dawn’s names, but I love how their names make for really fun party themes, don’t you think? :) And yep, I was going through a PINK and GREY craze at the time.


cd-logo-small I offer wordpress, logo, and branding packages for creative people who dig dreamy and minimalist designs. I also design stationery and invitations for weddings, birthday parties, and events. Feel free to message me if you like what you see. Read my Design Process to know more. Or view my Design Portfolio to see some of my work. Let’s create something beautiful!


Here are more details from the party, almost two years ago. (Really, it’s been that long?)  (more…)

37/52: Purple, Shiny, Extraordinary

| Posted in Dawn & Rain

Photographs of our twin daughters, once a week, every week, this 2014.

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Someone’s not in the mood to have her photographs taken last Sunday! Guess who? :)

And someone’s a little speechless tonight, too. (Guess who?)

The past week was just one of those ordinary weeks, but not really, because come to think of it, nothing’s been “ordinary” around here since these two became a part of our lives, which I guess makes the past week extraordinary in a way.

I suppose that’s why I’ve been staring at this post for the past 30 minutes, smiling to myself, unable to caption these photographs, thankful beyond words for everything I can’t quite put to words, and grateful to God for the extraordinariness of each ordinary day. You know what I’m saying?

Hope the past week left you feeling speechless too. Have a great week ahead. :)

More about Project 52 here. View all posts in this blog series here.

Recently: Unusual Monday Morning

| Posted in Married Life, Mommyhood, Recently

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

Tune Hotel

There was this moment, waking up in a room at Tune Hotel on Monday morning, that was strangely familiar. It happens every time we’re in an unfamiliar place, and I look around to see my little family, and I suddenly have this overwhelming rush of emotions, and I know right then that home is right there with me.

Power went out at past 7:00pm Sunday night, in the middle of a storm, and we found refuge in a nearby hotel where we evacuated for the night. Have you ever tried out Tune Hotel? Very affordable and impressive, I must say. Even though we only stayed half-a-day, the price was very reasonable and certainly worth it. The room was small but very clean. There weren’t a lot of amenities, but the pillows, sheets, and towels were top quality. For an emergency accommodation, we sure got our money’s worth.

We heard the electricity was restored in our area at around 2:00am, but D and the girls were already sleeping soundly by that time.

I woke up on Monday morning, sunshine coming through the glass windows of our small room, and I knew I just had to preserve that moment. I said a quick prayer to God, thanking Him for keeping us safe, and warm, and dry; and for being our shelter in the time of storm, both literally and figuratively.

I looked at my family, still sleeping, squeezed in a queen-sized bed which was our home for the night, and my heart swelled with so much love. Will I ever get used to this (not so) new life? The girls have grown so much, and D and I have been living together for over 3 years, and yet, it still sometimes feels like it hasn’t really sunk in yet. (Are they really my daughters? Is he really my husband? Is this really my life now?)

Anyone can relate to this feeling? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way.

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