Life Lately: I’m Back!


I haven’t been around for the past couple of days, pretty much because I have been trying to find myself YET AGAIN. But this time, I decided to let go of writing, as weaving words have been a struggle for me. It’s honestly one of the most depressing things that could ever happen in my life — I thought that I have lost it, I thought that I have forgotten how to do something that I immensely love — but here I am, I made it through, and I’m back with a renewed faith on my first love.

The past few days, I’ve been trying to touch base with my life. I’ve been slowly dissecting some of my choices, looking at it piece by piece, hoping to find whatever’s broken, and wishing to put them back together with all my might. I am letting go of some things in my life, and I’m trying to embrace new challenges that I’ve posted for myself, with the hopes of renewing the energy that I have long stopped tapping.

As my first step towards this renewed faith, I am creating a life lately post, just so I can share some of the things that are happening in my life. Also, I hope that this would get me going to creating more content in the coming days. It’s not easy, but I guess it will never be anyway. Here go the things that I’ve been up to the past few days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Going on the Bloodrush Experience and meeting wonderful people who are also pursuing creative endeavors.ย A couple of weeks ago, I decided to sign up for Sofia Cope‘s and KK Nerva‘s Bloodrush Creative Retreat. I was a bit hesitant at first, thinking that I might not be a good fit, that the fee is too much for my meager freelance salary, and that I might end up being an awkward wallflower. I am so glad Inahย also decided to sign up, which gave me the push that I needed to put my act together and just go with it. By the time that we started our session, I realized that I was in the right place, that my money was well worth it, and that my heart was at its happiest. We did ย yoga, meditation, workshops, a bit of talk, and ate our heart out on vegetarian meals (something that I am never accustomed to). It also pushed me to bear my soul, to show my vulnerability to strangers who turned to friends, and to keep on believing in the greater good. I didn’t have many photos during the retreat as I really wanted to live the moment and let go of my blogging duties, something that I am so used to. Although I might still write about it if I have the time. Let’s see.

 

  • Casting my vote and hoping for the best! I am not the type of person who pours her heart out on social media, sharing passionate thoughts about the elections and all the dirt surrounding it. I felt like these platforms have been crowded by supporters trying to bring each other down, with people giving off all the hate to each other’s presidential bets, and trying to pin down the media for their “biased” interviews and news releases. It was unhealthy to add up to the chaotic war zone that is the internet, so I kept myself mum, trying to show support to my bets Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Leni Robredo during the (not-so-intellectual) debates and discussions, or whenever it seems fit. As of the moment, the votes are being tallied, and much to my dismay, Miriam came in last from all the presidential candidates. I knew it was bound to happen, but it was a bit sad seeing her being toppled over like she never stood a chance against her opponents. Either way, I don’t regret giving my one vote to Miriam, and I still believe that I made the right choice. Leni Robredo is still a bit behind Bongbong Marcos, and I honestly wish that she wins this election. I have a long list of reasons why I don’t want Bongbong to win, but let’s save that for a healthy discourse over coffee or beer, rather than a long ass rant on this blog. (If you want to see my unfiltered thoughts on the elections, you can read through my twitter.) Let’s just say that Bongbong isn’t the best person to handle such position and that Leni deserves all the votes and support that she can get because she proves to be one of the most trustworthy and humble politicians today. Whatever happens, I still love my country, even if there are times when it would’ve been easier to just pack my bags and leave. I still wish for the best.

 

  • Arriane Serafico‘s 10 Days of Respark Challenge. As another way of pushing myself to my goals, I signed up for Arriane’s 10-day challenge, which gave us prompts and exercises to understand more about our goals and how to achieve them. We are currently on day 3 (I’m still catching up!), and I’m excited to push myself into more progress in the coming days. I look forward to seeing my inbox every day because of this challenge, and I hope that I would finally be able to create a sustainable business model for my online shop.

 

  • Reopening The Dream Shirt! As some of you may know, sometime in 2013, Mark and I decided to open up a small online shop called The Dream Shirt. Creating statement tees for bookworms, we were able to sell a bunch of shirts and even stage an event prior to our indefinite hiatus last year. I was devastated to let go of the shop and to not take any orders for the past months because of work, but this time, I have decided to bring it back and create a better game plan for it. The shirt shop has been a personal dream, and even if it had brought me pain and tears in the past months, I still believe that it has a lot of potential that I don’t want to waste. I am opening orders today (May 10), and will hopefully release new designs sometime within the week. My workload is still a lot, and I often find myself drowning in them, but I hope that I’d be able to catch up soon and swim away from the deadly currents. Wish me luck.

 

  • Going back and trying my hands on journaling. I decided to try 30 days of journaling, and despite skipping days (especially during those times that I don’t feel like writing… which is most of the time), I am proud to say that I somehow manage to keep up with it. I plan to print out prompts for the coming days, just so I could keep myself going, and to hopefully bring my brain on producing content that are worth reading.
That’s pretty much me! How about you? How are you doing? Share it down below and I would love to know more about what you are up to! Cheers!

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Jhanzey

A 20-something wanderlust who dreams of seeing the world and making a change. She loves to take photographs and stuffing herself with food.

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16 Comments

  • Fahda Aburkair
    May 10, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I like Miriam, but I’ve honestly been rooting for Duterte from the beginning, since the campaign hasn’t started, because I experienced living in Davao which made me realize that Davao is a really nice place on the hands of Duterte. I hate to see Bong Marcos on the lead, because I don’t think any Marcos deserve a higher position in the government. Leni Robredo should win because they actually make a good tandem with Duterte. Duterte as the displinarian father and Leni as the compassionate mother of the Philippines. Let’s hope for the better Philippines. Let’s hope Marcos won’t win, there are lots of reasons for him not to win.

    Btw, loved reading your blogpost.
    Love, Fads

  • Taislany Gomes
    May 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Good luck on the 10 day challenge!

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  • May Cho
    May 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I had two weeks of the same thing as you did just last week; words eluded me and I couldn’t quite ink words onto paper like I know I used to be able to. I stepped back and renewed myself, and it’s one of the nicest feeling ever to rejuvenate.

    Good luck with the journalling challenge, and cheers to renewed faith! x

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    • Jhanzey A.
      July 16, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Thanks May! <3

  • Emelia Paige
    May 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for your coming back.

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  • Sybil
    May 11, 2016 at 1:15 am

    OMG! i miss your posts!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Have a great day!
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    • Jhanz
      May 15, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Aw, thanks Sybil! <3

  • Melai
    May 11, 2016 at 4:08 am

    All the best in reopening The Dream Shirt project! I hope you’re feeling better now. There are really days when it’s hard to find the drive to be creative or to write or just to do anything. But don’t give up! Everything has a purpose. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mei
    May 12, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Wish you all the best! Hope you continue to write, since that’s what you really love. It’s okay to take a break, because as you can see you were able to regain strength and motivation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dani
    May 19, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I saw your Respark Challenge posts on Twitter! Even though we’re following each other, I had not a single clue that you were struggling with something. I think it’s great that despite that, you’re challenging yourself to move past the creative struggle.

    Also, sobrang saya ko lang na nagsisimula nang mamatay ang feelings over the elections. (This is not to mean that I disliked getting my friends’ opinions on my feed but we can all agree that it’s gotten out of hand.) It’s now time for us to move forward, do our part (ever the cliche) but remain vigilant.

  • Tricia Willa
    May 23, 2016 at 4:49 am

    I also thought that I lost my spark when it comes to blogging after being gone for about six long month but here I am
    making my blogging comeback. I actually had myself signed up in one of Arriane Serafico’s online classes as well which I hope to put focus on these coming days.

    – Tricia Willa | Eccentric Earthling

    • Jhanzey A.
      July 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Hi Tricia! How did you find Arriane’s classes? Did you pay for it? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mayen
    June 2, 2016 at 3:21 am

    Good luck on your shirt biz Jhanz.

    • Jhanz
      June 5, 2016 at 6:32 am

      Thanks Mayen!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mac Valdez
    June 11, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Finding your self again is one of the things that can happen in your life because just like in re-focusing the niche of your blog, you should also refocus the focus of your life.

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    • Jhanzey A.
      July 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Mac!

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