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Life

Life-learned lessons, relationships, marriage, faith, lifestyle, and everything else in between.

Small Things To Do with Dad, To Celebrate Him and You

Debora Manusama

Life as an adult is just so busy and crazy. And you might not get to see  your loved ones as often as you'd like. Here are some things that I like to do with my dad whenever we get together, once in a couple of years. 

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On 10 Years After Turning 18. And The People I Love.

Debora Manusama

So I just turned 28 last week. You know what that means? It's been 10 years since I went to college. Wow! My biggest mistakes were made in the last decade. I pray and hope that some of my biggest achievements will be accomplished this decade!

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Sushi, Cocktails, and Therapeutic Girl-Time

Debora Manusama

I don't know about you, but I feel like a night out with my girlfriends is vital for my sanity lol. It doesn't have to be super epic and crazy, we just need to get together and be girls ya know. And talk about everything from parenting to men in fitted suits ;) 

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Time Capsuling - A Fun Way to Set Up New Year Hopes

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Write down your hopes (not goals or resolutions) for 4 aspect of your life, put it away, and read it 1 year after. Free hand-lettered printable included.

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How I Screwed Up My Son's Brain. And How I'm fixing it.

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

I never believed that excessive screen time could affect children's speech, thinking and social skills. Until it happened to my son. Apparently, fixing it involves me having less screentime as well.

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#30DaysofGratitude

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

The idea behind this hashtag is very simple: post things you're grateful for for 30 days straight. I don't mean one of those #blessed posts that are actually just boasting/fishing-for-compliments- posts in disguise.  Because seriously, it's easy to add #Blessed when you're taking a selfie on a yacht in St. Barts. But what about the dull everyday moments that you spend with your family at home? Can you count them as blessings too? When I saw people doing it last year, I thought hmm I should do it in 2016. So here we go! I know I won't be able to keep it up, mostly because I don't post on Sundays. But on the days when I do post on social media, I will surely post about the things I'm grateful for, to help remind myself and y'all that there's always something to be grateful for everyday!

Posting these for the last 3 days have stimulated me to be intentional in counting my blessings and being grateful for them. It might seem hard to do so sometimes, especially when we are distracted or overwhelmed by the bad stuff that are happening in our lives. Trust me, I am not posting/writing from a good place. I have been dealing with a lot of things lately. But you know what? I am training myself to at least give thanks to God for the little things. They don't have to be deep. You can thank Him for your family, the existence of your favorite dessert, the weather, or the fact that Cyber Monday is coming soon (which means most online sellers will offer crazy discounts on Monday, 11/28, my store included!) lol.

However you do it, make sure you promote gratitude instead of competition.

And maybe when we get so used to doing it, gratitude can become our lifestyle :) Let's give it a try, friends!

On The End of The World, Cheesy Instagram Captions, & Pampering Myself

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Ever since my blog kinda took off commercially about a year ago, I have developed this strict posting schedule for my blog and social media accounts. I love it, I think it has helped me to maintain my quality, and it has proven to work because I have been getting a lot of opportunities because of my consistency. But as much as I love doing this, I felt so overwhelmed last Friday. I know I said I love to hustle , but with the blog and the store and everything else in between including parenting and marriage, I have been stressed out without even knowing it.

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I still do work here and there, but I have not been blogging and posting anything on social media for a few days, just because I kinda felt I needed a break from it all. I felt sick of cheesy instagram captions, promoting stuff, and writing stuff I sometimes don't mean. And I realized that....

Sometimes you need a break from doing what you love. 

So I'm so grateful that I was given some really good resources by my family at Gateway Stewardship last week. Especially the Present Over Perfect book on the left in the photo above.

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Since last week, I've been taking some time off from blogging, social media posting (except for work), so that I could just be. I used to feel as if the world will end if I do not post something in a day, because I'm going to miss these great opportunities for not having a social media presence that day. Like my blogging career is going to fall apart and I'm going to miss out.

But you know what I've learned?

Life goes on. The world keeps spinning, and we just gotta keep on livin'. 

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And just when I decided to have some rest and take a break, I received a Pamper Pack from one of my favorite brands, Patchology. I didn't want to just take photos of it and post about it. I waited, I made the most of it, and put meaning to it.

I felt so spoiled, though. Got a journal that says 'Live it Up', a love note from the Patchology team, and that pretty sleep mask with lashes and everything :)

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This Flashpatch Eye Gel is to be put right under our eyes at 5 minutes before you put our make up on. It plumps and smoothes our fine lines while soothing, and brightening our under-eye area. I put it in the fridge the night before to give it an extra cooling sensation.

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Didn't have anywhere to go yesterday but that's okay. Just gonna pamper myself and chill.

Next, I gave myself a little massage with this EOS Berry Blossom body lotion which proceeds will be donated to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center throughout this month since October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

It's 100% natural with ingredients like shea butter and avocado oil. It's not sticky/greasy, and it smells so good! Elegant, feminine, but not too complex and overpowering. Most importantly, it's for a good cause. Imagine how many lives we can touch just by pampering ourselves with it :)

Next, of course I sat down, enjoyed my cup of Teh Tarik (Malaysian tea latte), and read my new book by Shauna Niequist.

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And you know what I found? It's okay to leave behind a frantic way of living. It's okay to not follow your tight schedules and step back a little. It's okay to live simply and not always to be on top of everything at all times.

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Here's a little quote featured in the book from a poem by Mary Oliver called Wild Geese:

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on you knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on."

Simply beautiful. I'm not there yet, but I know that my journey to a more intentional, soulful, and simple living has just started.

I hope you will get on board with me too :)