My Two words for this year: Courage and Influence

My two words for the year, after much prayers, are COURAGE and INFLUENCE.

COURAGE. I feel in my heart that this year is the year to do things that I want to do.  To not be limited by fears, worries and concerns but to live, ever joyfully and enjoy the blessings God has given me.  Courage to smile freely, explore the world and live my OWN adventure and not someone else’s. Have the guts to follow my dream and follow through on my first step,  To keep moving despite self-doubt and harmful words – words that tear down dreams and fragile ideas and choose deliberately to heed Words that build, connect and strengthen

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INFLUENCE.  We are all created to shine and not be embarrassed by our talents, our vulnerability, our open hearts.   I believe that we are born not to live in the shadows, but to be a bright light reflecting the beauty of God, who made us wonderfully and fearfully with HIs loving hands.  I cannot count how many times I have been bashful and shy – shy of my talents, my thoughts, shy to raise my hand for a second longer. We are here to live our lives and touch others in ways that are subtle and loud.  We have to share beauty and love with our  minds, our hearts and thoughts through words, pictures, actions, writing… freely,  for keeping them would be a disservice to the world we live in.  Shy no more, but brave and living a life with spotlights for all people to see, and hopefully for others to praise God by seeing how we live and touch others as they, in turn, affect people around them, beautifully.

What about you?  What are your words for this year?

Creative Haven at The Craft Central

Are you into arts and crafts? Creatives would be thrilled to know that The Craft Central has launched its own Arts & Crafts Store in Greenbelt 5, Makati!

What was once a virtual shop that inspired thousands of dreamers to create beautiful crafts, The Craft Central has finally opened its own physical store in Greenbelt 5, Makati!

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The Craft Central serves as a haven for artists and aspiring ones. The store fills itself with goods made by a number of passionate talented craft partners, as well as a space for interested hobbyists to hone a variety of skills through different workshops.

In a recent exclusive opening party, guests and friends were given a chance to spend a creative afternoon in the new The Craft Central store on the 21st of September. The day was filled with fun D.I.Y. activities and among my favorites are:  Hand-stamping tote bags (by Sqooid)

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and Create-your-own Bath bombs (by Soak Artisan Soap) – Bath bombs are interesting all-natural, vegetable-based soap which melts immediately when placed in water. (I find the concept and the product really nice!

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Other stations around the store were also present to hand guests with different kinds of giveaways like personalized notebooks (by Ink Scribbler), travel-sized perfume (fromOils and Petals), hand-sculpted earrings (from Pink Opium) and customized bracelets (by Bedazzled). Everyone also brought home goodie bags filled with crafty freebies from the different artists and partners of the stores. On top of this, snacks and drinks were sponsored by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

There were also books by Heist Club.  They are a group of  writers/authors that aims to uplift crime literature here in the Philippines. If you are into tales of crime and mischief, fear and suspicion, dark alleys and dark souls, then check their work out in the store.

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The success of the event was first of the many to come. Last September 26-October 2, The Craft Central celebrated its Grand Opening Weekend. Open to the public, guests engaged in different craft stations of workshops and demos from partner artists.

To stay updated with The Craft Central’s different events, offers and promotions, follow them at Instagram (www.instagram.com/thecraftcentral) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheCraftCentral).

If you wish to buy craft supplies and hand-made products online, shop all you want at www.thecraftcentral.com. You may get in touch with them via email at info@thecraftcentral.com.