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3 Ways To Get A Clearer Conscience & A Cleaner Closet This Spring

Debora Manusama

Spring is officially HERE. Before getting busy with all the flowers, dresses, and brunches, get your closet clean and your conscience clear with these 3 simple steps! Spring cleaning is on! 

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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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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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The Golden Rule for Social Media (& Life)

Debora Manusama-Sinaga


I honestly get tempted to do what everybody is doing these days - showing off and fishing for compliments through social media- a lot. Only to prove to others that I got it going on as well as they do you know. If you haven't felt the urge to do so, you're probably not such a good liar ;) But each time, I would think of this quote that I came across back in 2014. 20140208-061509.jpg

Just because you have it doesn't mean you have to flaunt it. Just because you get opportunities, doesn't mean you have to announce it. Just because you get a compliment, doesn't mean you have to retweet it lol.

Why brag when you can work hard to a point where other people will do it for you? 

Why not be so good at what you do that you  don't even have to make people think that you're successful, people will call you that themselves. That's what I aim to do these days.

Anyways, if you have time, watch this video by Lily Singh, it's pretty hilarious.



I like the part where she says "At least one of us needs to  be convinced that my life is great!" - when she talks about the vacation photos people post on instagram.

Nowadays, if my photos have no purpose, I just don't post them. Purpose meaning a campaign that I'm supporting (both paid or not paid) or an inspiration (where to eat, favorite quotes, encouragements, lessons learned from my daily life and stuff), or a celebration (birthdays/anniversaries,milestones) that I'd like to share to uplift or congratulate others. I have also developed a habit of not post anything or even look at any of my social media accounts on Sundays (even the ones I get paid to manage) so that I can fully enjoy my time with my family. I think we have to have that balance. And I do not think we have to broadcast our lives all the time. Let's just live it. What's in it for us anyways?

May we walk with humility and courage today my friends. Have a good one!

Why True Self-Love Is Not Arrogance 

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

With the growing selfie culture, you would think that we, as a society, have got the issue of self image all figured out, right?  Everybody looks like they love themselves, that's why they take photos of themselves all the time. Some take and post photos of their body parts that you normally wouldn't share to public. 

But is that true self-love? 

  Some people think self-love is arrogance, so they go into the other extreme, by not wanting to own or be openly proud about their good qualities.

But I really think there should be a balance here. 

I remember a quote by a former Harlem gangster, Frank Lucas, who although might not seem like a typical person you would want to get self-image-quotes from, said this brilliant piece of wisdom :

The loudest person in the room is the weakest person in the room.

I think healthy and true self-love is not shy, but it's not loud either. It's not proud, because pride usually looks down on others. That's why we often end up feeling so drained and anxious after spending too much time on social media, looking at other people's "broadcasted blessings" without realizing that they have struggles too. Then we end up spending money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people who don't even care about us. Some people go in debt for it! 


Arrogance makes you think highly about yourself, often to compensate and cover up your insecurities. Whereas self-love radiates compassion and love to others, so strongly that people around you would be lifted up by that love, not intimidated and jealous.   So starting today, let's ask ourselves: Am I truly loving myself today? Have I forgiven myself  of the things I have done in the past?

As Abi Stumvoll puts it last night at Beloved Conference I attended :

Stop criticizing your God-given temple (your body). Repent to every body parts that you've spoken death to. Because when you speak life to yourself, you will bloom into it.

Stand with Malala and Support Girls' Education

Debora Manusama-Sinaga


You might recognize her face from this 2013 TIME 100 cover.


Or if you're a Bieber fan, you might have seen a screenshot of her FaceTime-ing with JB on the pop star's instagram back in 2014.

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So who is Malala? What does she do?

She is a 19 year-old, Noble Peace Prize winner who fights for girls' education around the world. How did she start? Amazingly, through blogging! Yup. This Pakistani girl started making a change by blogging for BBC about the banning of girls from school in her hometown in Swat Valley, Pakistan by the Taliban.

She then got shot in 2013 for going to school and for exposing the Taliban's plan to eradicate women's right to education. But then in 2014, she won a Nobel Peace Prize and her fight continues on until today (click here to learn more about her).

Sounds like beautiful story right? Well it is, and we all ought to learn from her. That's why I'm posting this to remind you guys to tune in for the commercial-free premiere of Malala's personal journey in the movie called He Named Me Malala on National Geographic Channel February 29 at 8pm ET/7pm CT.



But don't just stop there. Use your social media influence to help Malala because a $1 donation will be made to Malala Fund for every tweet using the hashtag #withMalala until March 10th, for a total donation of up to $50,000!

It's never been easier to use your voice online to help bring 12 years of safe, free, quality education to girls around the world!

I stand #withMalala, do you?