Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My Memory Keeping Plan 2018

It took awhile for me to get back on my normal self and normal routine. And it took me like forever to be comfortable again with memory keeping, taking photos and be happy. February feels the right time for me to move forward. I have been doing a little bit of memory keeping here and there. I need to simplify my process of memory keeping so that I have a place to go to when I want to reminisce my life in the future.


Ever since I discovered my passion for photography back in 2000, I have been taking photos of almost anything. This obsession later evolved into scrapbooking and now into project life style of memory keeping. I love documenting my life because I only have one life to live and I don't want to miss out on the little things. 

Now, people no longer take out their camera and take photos anymore. People use their phone to document their lives and most of the time these memories sitting quietly on a phone for years to come without have any meaning and emotions attached to it. I want this year to be the best year yet for me and my family. I want to live life to the fullest and document them.

Here are a few things I plan to do with memory keeping in 2018;
{Simple = Done} is the philosophy I want to adopt 

1. I want to do Week in a Life Project in June and December - Taking photos daily of my everyday and document them somewhere. I haven't decided yet.

2. Do morning pages in my DayOne App - stream of consciousness type of journaling. I tried to do this every day but so far I have managed to do this once or twice weekly. It's a practice I want to turn into habit. Well habit takes time and I am determine to make that happened.

3. Project 365 - Even though I didn't officially announce I am doing Project 365 this year but I am doing in behind the scene. I want to capture my life in the most intimate moment which I don't think is suitable for public. I want to be free of any rule with this project. So I have been keeping this journal entry in my DayOne app on a regular basis


4. Project Life / Scrapbooking - I am going to continue making project life layouts using Project Life app. Once in a while I might try to make complicated pages by using multiple apps but most of the time I am going to keep things simple- photos- journaling- one or two cards. At the end of the year I will print these Project life pages into a photo book


5. Digital Art Journaling - this is something new I am trying this year. I am using Goodnotes app in iPad Pro for this project. I am trying to make a page a day in February just to satisfied my needs for writing and doodling.

6. Gratitude Journaling - I am also trying to practice being grateful this year. It's a habit that I want to develop which is kinda hard when you are facing with life difficult challenges. I might not capture photos for this type of memory keeping but focus more on documenting thoughts, emotions, feelings on things that I am grateful for. This require a lot of thinking and exploring in the beginning if you are not used to it.

I hope I am not forgetting anything. I love memory keeping in any form. I hope one day I am able to fall in love with videos. It sure would be nice to see my past in a video format. But the problem with technology it keeps evolving and I am not sure if the video format of today can be accessible in the future.

I hope this will inspire you to think about your memory keeping plan this year. Keep on living life and make memories. 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Beauty of Becoming // Moving forward

I have been sharing part of my story in this blog for a very long time. The main focus of this blog is for me to share my stories in a form of memory keeping, scrapbooking and photography. As much as I would love to share about happy things, more often than not life doesn't work that way. You will get the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. That what makes life.. well life. 
I am not sure if anyone has notice that my husband has been absent for some time from my stories and scrapbook. I have been having a hard time blogging and scrapbooking due to the emotional stress I have been experiencing. We are no longer together and the divorce has been finalized last month. We have grew up together, became parents for the first time together, bought our first house together, build our lives from zero together and after more than twenty years together he decided that he wants something different. We have become a different person and we want different things in life. 
There is nothing easy about all of this. It's not easy to end a marriage.  He has been my family for as long as I can remember. 

It's very hard, very stressful, very heartbreaking and very very very sad. 
When one story ends, another begins. Life goes on no matter what. I am still thankful for all the memories that we shared together and thanks to him I've learn to love myself more and be a strong person. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain "
I've tried to maintain a normal routine - going to work every morning, take my youngest to school, prepared dinner, manage the chaos when managing four kids and all the normal stuffs including eating. I want my kids to feel normal. I am thankful that I am always here for my kids especially during this rough transition.
It is important to me that I share this piece of information here with all of my lovely readers so that you are aware of this change moving forward. I will continue sharing my stories, making memories, capturing life little moments and scrapbooking.
I have no idea what the future holds for me but one thing is for sure I will survive this. I will be ok. Thank you for being here for me and supporting my blog all this time. There are a lot of things I am thinking of reinventing and changing but it is going to take time. As for now I am living one day at a time. I keep reminding myself, if I can survive today than I know can survive tomorrow.
Wishing all of you, especially any of you who may be experiencing something similar to be strong, remember ALLAH always and keep a journal.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This month I will .. smashbooking

I just finished watching/ listening to Ali Edwards course materials for February One Little Word workshop 2018. This month assignment is to make a vision board. I am still in the collecting phase and I plan to make the board digitally this weekend. 


Other than that Ali also encourage us to pick on thing that we want to this month and do it. I am a bit nervous with this assignment because picking up a new habit and sticking to it is going to be a challenge for me. So in the spirit of Simplicity I choose to do smashbooking style journaling using Goodnotes app. I used to love smasbooking but the thought of cutting, pasting , coloring on the page physically makes me anxious. With digital smashbooking I don't have to worry about supplies and making a mess. Everything is available to me digitally and I can easily smash things in digitally without too much effort. 


My plan for this project is to 

  • always charged my Apple pencil and my iPad Pro
  • carry these two devices everywhere I go
  • make a few template pages for my smashbook from my digital scrapbook kit collection
  • add the pages in my digital notebook
  • paste and write anything that I want to capture that day
  • browse pinterest and facebook group for inspiration either from bullet journaling or fauxbonichi community


I know that earlier this year I planned to use DayOne app as my go to app for journaling this year. I still used that app daily for gratitude journal and Project 365 journal. I found out that I still have the need to write things down, makes pretty pages and doodling. This is the best compromise that I can think of without making the proses too complicated.

I just wish that I could do water coloring and pencil inking in Goodnotes app. Then my whole process will be much more simpler.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

January 2018 Favorites

Just like that January is over. I have been living my life slowly and adjusting to the new normal. I am happy to have people in my life that I love and respect. I wanted to adopt a simplify life this year. The journey has been tough in the beginning because choosing just one thing is not as easy as I thought it would be. I am still trying a few systems to implement and setting it up to fit my life is a bit challenging. I am getting there ( I hope )


January 2018 favorites
  • I am obsessed with reading sci fi novel this month. I have read two books (Artemis and Red Hope) and now am reading Blue Hope. 
  • I discovered Resident and 911 TV Shows and I am obsessed. 
  • I love using IFTT recipes this month especially using #journal on Instagram to automatically upload to Dayone app
  • I have been using Dayone app religiously this month and I am loving it
  • I subscribed to Skillshare for three months for $0.99. There's a lot of courses related to arts, crafts, dooling and productivity. I enjoy learning new things there
  • I am also obsessed with Udemy courses and I have been purchasing a few courses during the sales. Now I have to block time to start the course and benefit from it. I also enrolled in Web Application course which I think will be beneficial for me. Sharpen the Saw is one of the things I wanted to do this year
  • Making a One Little Word journal on Goodnotes is so much fun. I love the flexibility of the digital journaling
  • I love The Greatest Showman movie and I have watched it two times this month. I am also obsessed with the soundtrack
  • Audiobook is also one of the tools that I used regularly to listen to audiobook and learn English at the same time 
I am hoping that February will be an amazing month for me. Moving forward with a positive attitude and open heart. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

For the love of books [January 2018]

I am happy with the amount of books I have read so far. I have set a reading challenge for me this year to read at least 20 books. I am happy to report that I have finished about 7 books in total. I cannot believe that January is such an amazing reading month for me. I have never read this much in a month. This must be some kind of record for me. Alhamdulillah.

You can follow Goodreads here for more books in my shelves.



1. Artemis by Any Weir 

I’ve finished reading this book today. I have mixed feelings about the book. I am not really comfortable reading science fiction book because it’s not my genre. I haven’t read The Martian so I have no idea what Andy Weir writing style is going to be like. I really like the idea of a city on the moon. The whole city were explained in detail from the point of view of Jasmine Bashara a 20 something girl who has been living on the moon since she was six. The book mention a lot of sciences to make living on the moon a possible. The story follow Jasmine Bashara a smuggler who try to make a living on the moon and get caught up in a conspiracy to change the dynamic and economic on the moon. Sometimes I have no idea who Jasmine was fighting against. That part of the story was a bit hard to follow. This is definitely an action pack techno thriller which I think I will enjoy more as a TV series.

I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. I still enjoy the book and will recommend it to anybody who enjoys sci fi book. 

2. Red Hope by John Dreese

After reading Artemis I had to read anothet scifi book. This time it was about expedition to Mars. 

What the book is about?
For two million years, Mars has hidden a ghastly secret. Two hours ago, the Curiosity Rover found it.With less than a year to prepare, four modern-day astronauts are forced to leave their families behind and risk their lives on what will become the most important expedition mankind has ever launched. With time running out, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of four doomed astronauts.“

What do I think?

I am constantly wanting to know what happened. The story was narrated in a third person and has a few characters that has a back story. I kinda wish that the author explore more back story of each four astronauts that was choosen for the mission. I feel a bit detached from the character and I don’t really care if they die or not. Other than that I really enjoyed reading this book. I will definitely pick up the second book - Blue Hope - because I wanted to know if the remaining astronauts get home safely. And how does the finding from Mars changes the history of the world.

I gave this book 4 stars out of 5, I love the story but I still think it can be more.

3. Master Todoist by S. J Scott

I enjoyed reading this book. I have been using Todoist since last year and I still have a lot to learn. I really like how Scott explain how to use todoist to be more productive and getting things done. He inspired me to review my setup to fit my goals and lifestyle. 

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 because I enjoyed reading the book and learned a lot from it.

4.You are a badass by Jen Sincero

How to stop doubtingyour greatness and start living an awesome life. If can summary this book in two words it will be LOVE Yourself. There are many good points in this book that make me think deeper about my life. Listening to her narrating her book is also awesome. I’ve finished listen to this book in less than 5 days. I think I need to read the ebook and really highlight a few great points mention. It is true that if you let go and have faith in Allah, Allah will have your back. ( I do think the Universe mention in this book refer to God (Allah the Al almighty) )

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 because it inspired me to be good to myself and love myself. I really needed to hear that.

5. Bad Things by Emily Goodwin

This is the third book from Love is a Mess series. This time the story follow Cole’s story which is three years after Twice Burn left off. I want Cole to find happy ending but so far I just wanted to take a peek at Luke and Lexis life after the wedding and a baby. Their story definitely give me hope that true love does exist. I really like reading about the bonding that Luke and Cole develop after the whole mess in Twice Burn. I am still not feeling the live between Cole and Ana but I still want to know what happened to them. So I will continue reading Battle Scars just because I am curious to know what happened to them.

I gave this book 3 stars out of 5 stars.

6. Killman Creek by Rachel Cain

This is the second book from Stillhouse lake. The story follows what happened after Gina found out that her ex husband break out from jail. I thought the story is going to focus more on how Gina is going to take control of her life by hunting down Marvin. I thought Marvin is the master of story but I was totally wrong. Marvin does not work alone and the people that help him murder all those girls make money from him. In the end it’s all about money.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 because of the unexpected ending.

7. Twice Burned by Emily Goodwin

This is the second book of Love is a mess series. This book continue with Luke and Lexis love story. Learning to trust someone after you have been hurt is not going to be easy. Luke and Lexis have their ups and down, I am so glad that they made up and finally be together. I love a happy ending story.

I gave this book 5 stars out of 5 because I love the characters and I finished reading the book in less than a week.

Currently reading
1. Blue Hope by John Dreese
2. China Pandemic by A.R. Shaw
3. NYPD RED 4 by James Patterson

I am looking forward to a good reading month in February.

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