Morning Matters

Morning Matters

Manila is beautiful at 5:00 in the morning. When 2016 started, one of my resolutions was to sleep earlier and wake up earlier. I would go to bed at 10:00 PM and wake up at 5:00 AM before anyone else in the house was up. Those few hours spent by myself made my days slower and more focused – and I totally loved it. Of course, as the weeks passed, life got in the way of my morning routine and it has been so long since I got to have that perfectly placed seven hours of sleep. But, that’s fine. Yesterday was the first official day of Holy Week and instead of going on our usual trip to Tali Beach, we decided to have a staycation here in the city. It’s been great! I spent hours and hours just doing my thing – which is basically sitting outside with my art box, some good life books and my Muji sketchbooks. And Spotify. Haha. And I even had time to go downstairs and watch that sunset by Manila Bay, which was still beautiful despite the evident pollution in the pink sky. It was exactly what I needed. The past weeks have left me overwhelmed, tired and kind of empty. I’ve been quite stuck in the aspect of personal creativity. Like I forgot how I used to make art for the sake of art. And I forgot what I used to do  for just me – not for the Details Ink Instagram, not for any client, not for school – but, just for me. Which was so bad because as my annual week of rest...
Edge

Edge

Last Friday, I had the privilege of giving a talk to the UP Business Administration Student Council. #AdvantEDGE is what they go by if I’m not mistaken haha. It was a nice, quick, chill workshop that started with a lecture and ended with a little pen and ink art demo. The lecture portion was basically a casual kwento session. I shared how Details Ink started, including all the yucky technical things I had to figure out and I  also shared some of the things I wish I knew when I was just starting. Here’s the slide: As much as I’d like to elaborate on these vague tips now, I think I’ll save that for another time. Hehe. Preparing for this talk made me realize that I have been so hard on myself these past months. And that I have not stopped to look back and realize that hey, I have grown a lot. But sharing these things to people who are just starting out made me realize that despite all the mistakes I made in the past five years… I did one thing right – I didn’t stop doing what I loved doing. In the last part of the lecture, I shared these cliche-but-true lessons which I stand by to this day. These are things I have to constantly learn and relearn; things that I’ll have to tell myself thrice as much as I tell anyone else. And all this goes to show… just how business-minded I am not. Haha. Because I was there in front of maybe 20 business students, telling them my number one entrepreneurship tip: never stop doing what you love…...