Happening Now: My Retainers hurt - BADLY

I have a little confession to make.

I'm supposed to be wearing my retainers every night while sleeping, but lately (because I've been so busy) I haven't had the energy to complete this nightly ritual. So tonight, I decided to wear them again.

NEWS FLASH: The bottom retainers no longer fit.

That's right - one side of my teeth have sort of moved inwards, so the right side of my retainers are no longer in their proper place.

Now, while this is incredibly scary (read: I DON'T WANT TO WEAR BRACES AGAIN), I've devised a plan to get them back in line. I'll be sleeping on my right side for a week to see how it goes or if it moves at all. Then I'll know if this is a problem only my dentist can fix (I really hope it's not that bad).

Ugh.

As I am writing this, my teeth on the right are hurting like crazy. How do I make this pain stop? I can't pop them out again and discontinue using them for good! That would make my situation worse. What to do, what to do?

I really hope this can be remedied immediately. I'm already freaking the eff out.

K. Bye.

A Time for Renewal

It's definitely an awesome time to be alive because today, I met someone who'll help me get back on track with my Christian life.

It's been a few years since I've had a proper ministry at church and to be totally honest, I've felt dry all this time. Dry in the sense that even though I do my devotions, there's no one to help me dig deeper. On my own, it's just my knowledge being tossed back and forth - stagnant water, if you will.
It's high time for a refill of fresh, clean water.

Getting into the ministry and feeling comfortable with the people at church will no doubt be a journey on its own. I'm an ambivert (but most of my acquaintances and friends say I'm DEFINITELY an extrovert), and my level of confidence varies from person to person. That being said, I won't let that get in the way of my thirst for God. A thirst that has been pushed aside for so long that I've become accustomed to being parched. A thirst that had no right to be there for THAT long.

It's taken me this long to finally do something about it, and the guilt is just TOO MUCH. I do what I can to try to make up for my inactivity in the Lord's work but it's never enough. It'll never be enough until I become active at church, do regular devotions, connect with other Christians, and stay committed.

Committment.

Sounds easy, but hard to execute. You're committed when, no matter how busy and stressed you are, you still make time for it. Even if it goes beyond what you say you signed up for, you still do it.
Why has it been so hard for me to stay committed to something? I start a project but often neglect to finish it. I get bored easily. But there's no room for boredom in a dynamic, living body. The church is dynamic. There's always something going on in God's kingdom, so why is it so difficult to get involved?

Frankly speaking, it's my inability to focus directly on God instead of people. There's always something that demotivates me from diving deeper. People are superficial - either that or they really don't care as much. (What am I going on about? This is turning into an incredibly long post about my attitude problems.)

Back to the topic, I'm living for this moment. It's the lightest I've ever felt in a good while. I almost bared my soul to tita Monet today, and I have mixed feelings. She's really easy to talk to and I feel like we can talk about anything for hours. Do I bare more of myself? Do I expose myself more? It's probably because I know she's a Christian and won't use my secrets against me but still. (Aaanndd... we're going off-topic once again.)

Right now, I'm seeing great potential in my involvement with the church. I want to be used to glorify God and be trained not to have second thoughts about anything regarding doing His bidding. I WANT TO STOP PUTTING HIM ASIDE. I mean, I've put my career in front of me for most of my life. When will it be God's time?

I know, I know - my blog wasn't meant for these kind of posts, but it is a lifestyle blog, and to be Christian is to live as Jesus did.

I'm guessing it's time to move forward, haha. \m/

Back in the groove

The last week was AMAZING!

My first ever giveaway turned out better than I thought and I've contacted the winners. Three out of the four have responded, so I'm just waiting for her confirmation.

Underneath ALL that though, I've been very, very busy that my other commitments have been ungraciously neglected - something I never want to do. So, as soon as I get everything together in a well-thought schedule, I'll reconnect.

For now, here's an image of my latest artwork, a [kind of] pinup girl bunny. Very loose, this was just something to give myself a break from real-world things. The speed paint video is just below. Have fun!

P.S. The HTML/CSS tutorial series is still happening - just not as immediate. I'll have that up within the weekend, I promise.


Aaand... here's the speed paint!



Have a kick-ass weekend!

I'm holding a giveaway to celebrate!



It's November, and that means my blog is turning five years old!

This level of commitment is new territory for me.

Maintaining a blog hasn't been easy, and until now, I'm still struggling. With a lot of work and other side issues I have to attend to everyday, it gets harder to write content for my blog, content for other people's sites, do HTML/CSS projects, write reviews for certain companies and still work full-time as a Graphic Artist. Whew. 
However, as exhausting as it may get sometimes, this blog has been a blessing to me in a lot of ways. Now that it's reaching one of its biggest milestones, I figured it's time to finally hold my first, small giveaway.

Let's get started!

Rules


1. There are a total of two prizes included in this giveaway: (1) One Art Commission (subject of your choice from a select style I'll be providing); and (2) a $10 iTunes Gift Card (strictly for users whose iTunes country setting is "United States".

2. Only one winner will be chosen for the iTunes Gift Card, and two for the art commission prize. Upon winning, I will contact you through Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. We'll get started with your prizes at this point.

3. This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. Prizes are all digitally delivered.

4. The Art Commission prize has the following restrictions:

  • Request for nudity/images with sexual themes are not allowed.
  • The final output is FINAL, and may not be altered by the winner or anyone else.
  • Once turned-over to the winner, that character/artwork may be used for personal projects. Do with it as you will, as long as it is not sold, traced, or printed as a product. Posting this as your artwork will require me to take legal action.
  • Image rights will still belong to me.

5. Participants only need to do each task/requirement in the raffle below ONCE. It's your call if you want to keep sharing. :)

6. Style samples for the art commission prize can be found here: STYLES

Please be reminded that I will only draw your request using one style of your choosing from the options. :)

7. The giveaway will run from November 3 (starts at 12 AM)  to November 14 (ends 12 AM), 2015. Winners will be announced on November 17 on my blog page and on my Facebook page. No emails will be sent out.


This is my FIRST EVER giveaway, so leave your suggestions about future prizes for my next one.

I'm thinking of giving a mystery prize to at least one "runner-up". More details on that soon, so stay updated!



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