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…)

Love Him Well

| Posted in Moments Like This

Missing Dad

My Dad wrote these words for me on my 18th birthday. Everyday I remember these words (and every year on March 26 I post it on my wall ️), praying that I will be able to love God well and that it will be evident in my actions, my thoughts, my life. Not an easy thing to do, not at all, but I always remember my Dad’s life and how, as imperfect and challenging as it had been, we can always remember him to have lived these very words—He loved God well.

It’s been exactly 8 years today since my Dad passed away, but his life and his legacy lives on. I’m so blessed and proud to be his daughter, and to have been a recipient of the rewards of his (and my Mom’s) obedience, many of which we still reap, even until today.

I miss you, Daddy! Thank you for setting an example, and for showing us that it’s not impossible to live a life of love and service and passion. Love you always.

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Trust Him With All Your Heart

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Proverbs 3:5-6 is my life verse. For someone who can be so doubtful and skeptical and analytical, TRUSTING is just so hard for me to do. My tendency is to make calculated steps; often I find myself needing to see first before I believe.

In the recent years God has taught me a whole new level of trust. I’m not saying I’ve mastered it, not at all, I’m still a work in progress. But one thing I did learn is that sometimes—most times—I don’t need to see one or two or a dozen steps ahead, I just have to say YES to Him, right now, and just trust Him with the details.

Trust becomes easy when you know exactly Who to trust, and for me it’s the One who holds the future (and the present!) in His hands and knows what He’s doing. His promises are real. Whatever you’re going through today, just trust God. He will direct your path, just as He promised He would.

A Funny Encounter Because of these Passion Cards

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A funny thing happened last Saturday while the four of us were grocery shopping. Landmark was closing and we had to rush, so my husband and I had to split, him with Dawn and me with Rain.

So as I was pushing my cart through an isle of biscuits, a tall guy approached me. It would have been really creepy if he wasn’t carrying an adorable baby girl. He asked me, “Hello. Are you the one on Instagram, the one who’s selling Passion Cards?” I stared at him blankly with a dozen questions in my head, but his wife, standing behind him with their two other kids, jumped in to say “Hi, I’m Patti. I ordered some passion cards!”

The oddity of her recognizing me and Rain, and of us being in the same place at the same time was just, crazy. Good for her, she didn’t have to make a trip to the bank, she just paid me for the cards she ordered right there and then. Good for me, though it started out a bit weird, it ended up to be an affirmation that this *thing* is really going places! It reminded me that my labor is not in vain, and encouraged me to reach out and inspire more people with His Word and for His glory.

Hello, Patti, if you’re reading this. It was great meeting you, even in the weirdest of ways :)

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