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

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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!

A Picker-Upper from the Fixer Upper

Debora Manusama-Sinaga

Every once in a while, we need a little picker-upper to get through the day. I am grateful that last week, I found it at a pretty unlikely place, a bakery. Not just any bakery, it's Magnolia Flour! If you're a fan of the hit TV show Fixer Upper like me, you would have this place on your bucket list for sure.

Every corner of this place is pinterestable and instagrammable, owners Chip & Joanna must really know their market very well.

For a full picture of what it's like over there at The Silos, click play and watch the video :)



I had been planning to come here for a while, but the Texas heat and the 1-hour-and-40-minute drive was holding me back. Last week however, I spontaneously decided to go on a mini roadtrip with J and visit it.

I am just so inspired by their story. We might look at the glitz and the glam that surround them today, but we don't know the struggles that they had to go through in order to get where they are now.

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They have been doing what they're doing since 2003, but they didn't get their reality show until 2014. That means there was an 11-year gap there, where they were building their marriage, family, and business together while no one was watching. They have kept that genuine love and work ethic throughout the years, so when the spotlight is on them, they stay true to what they believe in and uphold.

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I looked at everything they have built and thought to myself, "I can do this. If they can, I can. Mr.Man and I can." Seriously, I think we all can if we're committed to our journey that is set for the both of us and not worry about others.


We can't do it ourselves though, we need to surrender it all to God. Because what good is an empire or a palace if God isn't in it?

We tried the bacon and cheese biscuit + lemon lavender cupcakes and went home with happy bellies. Sweating though, because it was super hot that day.

Next time, let's wait for the weather to get cooler before we do this, J ;)