5 Things to do to stay organized

6/07/2019
Living in this decade has opened a lot of doors for many individuals most especially those who thrive for a better tomorrow in terms of growing their finances, more than doing a traditional business or a traditional work, digital work has opened a lot for many and there is no reason for them not to succeed. However, despite a lot of opportunities coming and just a shy away of tapping it. There are certain things that we lose control of not being in control. One thing is to stay organized, aside from having the drive to aim for a particular goal, one must have a plan by being organized or stay organized. 

Since I was 18 years old I have started working part-time, both in an organization and also by helping and having the initiative to sell stuff from one person to the other. Social media was still booming at that time and I didn't make use of it and since I was also working for an organization (company) I have learned a lot of ropes and one of those things is to be organized in all ways. 

There are many ways to do to stay organized and there are 5 of which that I enjoy doing the most and somehow it became part of my everyday life. 


  • Get a Planner. 
Having a planner will help you ease your to-do list. For this year I got myself 2019 Giving Journal from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf since I such a fan of their Tea Lattes. From the long term task of one year up to my daily to-do list has helped me stay on track most especially in running my design studio. From my personal activities to business activities this has helped me the way throughout the day. 

  • Make use of the Apps
Please don't tell me you don't know this? That would be such a being lie if you've never used an App unless you're in Gen X and doesn't seem to like the digital age though I lot of whom I know is transitioning to familiarize themselves in this Social Media World. The apps helped me in organizing my business to connect with the world and to the people and by having my marketing activities make it easier and faster such and one of these is doing the design works in Canva while I have my Gmail and Calendars to sync with my daily task. 

  • Delegate or Outsource Work
I enjoy doing everything from the smallest detail to the bigger picture in building my design studio and most of my earlier work while I was beginning to do freelancing work I did most of it, to help me save in my finances and also I have a lot of free time to do other extracurricular at night but as soon as my business has begun picking up and I went full-time things are slowly changing and I am still adapting to it up one at a time. It's hard because I'm used that I do everything and it has become a source of my stress and has become overwhelming to me and the only way to survive and welcome the change is to outsource work that can be outsourced work just to stay organized. Every project has deadlines and we need help to hit that deadline.

  • Have a routine
Remember the times when we are younger, we have to wake up at 5 o'clock in the morning and be in school at 7 o'clock and we just hated the way it is. Now, I appreciated it though I have a different daily routine it helps me to stay organized and to keep track on in every progress make. Have you checked my previous blog post about "A Day in the life of an Interior Designer"?

  • Be with your industry friends
Being in the entrepreneurial road is fun and often times we find ourselves lost, depressed or just a lot of feels and I'm no exception for that. I have a lot of friends and I enjoy to be with them but your industry friends will help you out in your state of being because they understand what's going on with you and they are your core group of supporters both for personal and work especially when all of you are on the same page. My support group is Z Group, composed of Interior Designers and we run our own interior design studio while having another business. These type of friends also help you organize on the bigger picture and you need them also because you are not alone and feels help you keep your feet on the ground. Wine Session is savage with this group! 


These are the 5 things that make me effective in dealing with my projects and help me being sane at most time. The day can be crazy but making it through is the best result we could get. What's your story then, to keep you organized? 


5 places to enjoy your weekend getaway

5/24/2019
5 places to enjoy your weekend getaway


I have been planning to take a short trip over the weekend but my grad studies and work has taken the best of those time for me at the moment and it did not stop me from pushing my luck to plan a short trip that I once had experience. Planning a trip can be daunting and scary at the same time but weekend trips are most likely to prevail when the situation calls for it. I usually choose around 5 places for a weekend getaway before I book.


5 places to enjoy your weekend getaway


I'm a bit of a planner for the past few years. That's why it is important for me to have a handy selection on where to go and what to do even in short notice. Leaving the city at dawn to catch and experience your first activity.

1. Oslob Whale Watching

This will be around a 2-4 hour trip from the city to Oslob. The first couple of times I had visited there was very exciting and it didn't bother me to be sitting on the car for such a long time despite the traffic flow is suave. Be there before 6:00am and surely you will be one of those people to enjoy the breeze, sea, and whale watching before the sunrises or you'll have a sunburn which this whale watching activity lasts only for 15minutes. Sorry, but you need to fall in line once again to get the next boat ride if you can't get enough watching the beautiful sea creature.


2. Dakong Bato, Dalaguete

Going home would be your last option for the day after you traveled for a couple of hours in Oslob and having a place to stay is one of the foremost important and just somewhere you can just sleep but a place where you (and whoever is with you) can enjoy your "me" and "we" time. This hotel is surely a place of art and "Little Cuba" because of its beautiful mural. Good private rooms and villas are available, 3 swimming pools, cafe's and restaurant to choose from and even swimming at the beach is possible plus if you enjoy taking selfies and lifestyle photos this place is for you.


3.  Simala Church

On your way home, If you had the plan to drop by a church, One of the attractions that southern part of Cebu overs is their religious attractions in going to Simala Church. This gothic inspired castle in the medieval times is worthy of a visit for those who are curious and most importantly to have some spiritual time which is open for everyone. If you are a type of person who has to go to church a 3:00pm mass and 6:00pm mass should fit in your schedule.


4. Naga Boardwalk

Before you can reach this place, I'm sure you'll pass in Carcar and they are famous for their fresh chicharron which I could not resist its taste even if I'm not a fan of oily food and that you can bring to Naga Boardwalk while strolling this beautiful place while too many things you can do from eating siomai to playing ball games or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery in the afternoon or at night as cargo ship or ships docked. We used to walk around this area before it has slowly developed and it's something I enjoy visiting since it is near my place.


5. Have a good massage

The cozy spa is located in Plaza Margarita in Lipata, Minglanilla. A friend of mine brought me here as this was her tita's spa and they have a good service and indeed I became one of their patrons as they always had the best service around the area. After a fun-filled activity over the weekend, I look forward to having a well-rested sleep and having a good massage is fulfilling. I suggest you go for a massage place that is nearby your place so it becomes more relaxing. 


Now that the 5 places and activities were in place, do you have anything you'd like to share on your next weekend getaway?

Top 15 Current Music Playlist for May 2019

5/17/2019

Have you heard the latest Disney's version of A whole new world? I totally love it the new version of this Dinsey Classic and my favorite song of all time and despite having it on my youtube list played over and over again there is this particular playlist I have been playing as well.  Which has become my top 15 current music playlist for this month of May.

It just relaxing and it just fills the upbeat lifestyle to pump up my day and listening to this type of music sets out the mood in me. Getting me head over heels on this current music playlist.




0:00 Koni, Tom Bailey & Ane - Don't Let Me Go 3:01 Jealous Friend - Who's Gonna Love You (feat. Jesse Zagata) 5:50 Nexeri - You & I (feat. November Lights) [Henri Purnell Remix] 9:17 MOTi & JETFIRE - Beautiful (feat. Lovespeake) 11:45 November Lights - Talk (Imad Remix) 15:13 Nicolas Haelg, Sam Halabi, Adon - Coming Home 17:52 Midsplit & Pete Kingsman - Turn Off The Lights (feat. Dana Kelson) 20:11 Tobias Bergson - Rain 23:45 NLSN - Here With You (MVCA Remix) 26:57 Midnight - Dancing Through The Night (feat. Bojan) 29:37 Matt Wolff, Rakan - Mine 32:10 Sick Individuals - Easy (feat. MPH) [Jonasu Remix] 34:59 Jay Made, Miranda Glory, CANCUN - Feels Good 38:36 Blewbird - Miss You (feat. Carmen Rose) 41:40 Sick Individuals - Scars (feat. Cub Rayan)



20 Shades of Red

5/08/2019

20 Shades of Red


[Updated-February 20, 2017] One of the projects that I'm currently working on for a One bedroom condominium unit which color scheme is close to my heart. Red, White, and Black, wherein a particular shade of red, which is PRD-058 from Kima Glass is used as an accent. In my previous post, I mentioned that I this has become my power and back in the day during my toddler years I only knew around three colors that is red, red-orange and dark red and now that there is quite a number for a shade of red. Sounds just right knowing 3 at first because we were once taught about the crayon colors in reference to the Crayola Colors. 

20 Shades of Red



As I went to continued to study in the design school,  I got introduced to different colors and shades of red which I would make reference to the lipsticks, lip tint, and color lip balms and such that I have used and is using up to this day and below are the 20 different shades f red that may just appeal to you in your homes.


How to use 20 Shades of Red


These 20 shades of red is a hue of its own and for my projects, I rarely use this color because it is quite bold and some do not apply to the theme or concept I used with my clients' preference. However, despite using sparingly on these color one must keep in mind that red is a bold color choice and the use of your space will matter on how much you are willing to use of this color.

One good example in using this color in an interior is the Dining Area because it gives you the boost you needed and since this is a warm color it increases high blood pressure and energy to the one eating making them wanting to crave more for food and in my opinion "Blush", "Mahogany" and "Merlot" seems not to apply because I find this color a bit dull for blush and too dark for mahogany and merlot.

Upon knowing these 20 Shades of Red, Which among these colors fits you well?










10 Things I learned from College (Part 1)

5/03/2019
10 things I learned from College Part 1 of 3


Last year from August to October 2018, I did a Series Talk about Becoming an Interior Designer. It is a 9 part Blog series I did to share my experiences from finding out what I wanted for college until the day I graduated. This series reflects my journey with ups and downs and for real. This time I'm going to summarize the things I have shared and give you what exactly I have learned and how it may apply to you.

The Dream of Becoming an Interior Designer. In my first blog, The dream of becoming an Interior Designer, What I learned from this and still applies to this day is that we need someone to tell us straight to our face the things that we thought about which is right for us may not fit us in the long term. Having a second opinion by a trusted member of the family and some friends can bring you a second or third thought on making big decisions. In this case, I thought Marketing was right for me and I end up taking a course in Interior Design which brought me to the right path, my love for marketing helped me market my business and me without sitting to 9-5 jobs and be employed by someone longer than I would be. I had the opportunity to be an entrepreneur in my own right and have the freedom to manage my time and my being on a construction site and going to places for my "office" and projects made it right because I can't sit more than 8 hours doing the same thing.

We need someone to access us and would make us think deeply whether the choice can be beneficial and bring us joy in the long run.

I want to be an Interior Designer. I have countless of people wanting to become an Interior Designer because they see only the result thinking that we do not think on how this process goes and thus also beautifying is our main goal, but no! it's never been the case. Find out what would work for you and do research about the industry. I took a number of college exams pointing me in the creative field and I have a lot of passions and things I enjoy that includes your environment growing up which was also one factor that how I access myself and how it helped me in so many ways that lead me to my Strengths and Weaknesses, not really minding the Opportunities and Strenght at that time.

Knowing your strenghts and weaknesses will help you gain clarity in what you wanted to do for the rest of your life and if not then it must be somehow related when you reach the point of finding more passion in the related field. 

Flanking your design major. I was in my sophomore year in college when I flunked my first course, specifically my design major, I was 18 years old back then and looking back I might be full of myself at that time wanting to explore and explore and the bad news happened, I flanked the most important subject, the subject that has a number of pre-requisites and the subject that is only available once a year, not every semester. My schoolmates who experienced flanking told us that it's normal to fail in a design subject especially we are in the creative field and yes, it has become a norm as I see most of my friends and schoolmates had the same experience I did. At first, there was self-pity but at the end of the day, it's like survival of the fittest. This is the time you realize is this subject for me or should I shift to another course.

Failing means a set back that you have to overcome, its a learning experience what life has in store for you. Learning to overcome this and finding your calling is knowing that you'll survive and become better on the next opportunity.


10 ways to decorate a small space

5/01/2019





Decorating small spaces can be a stressful thing to do for most people who are busy in their careers and have different priorities in life. However, you live a place that you find no hope for improvement or for feeling every day like a crap. Whether you are living in a rental condominium or simply in your own place there are 10 ways you can improve the look of your place to feel better and comfortable.

Add a Carpet or Rug

I'm a bit particular in the flooring material but having this done from one milestone to another won't be good for my wallet especially when you are living in a rented space or an old house that you have been living for most of your life and can't do anything with it. Make use of a carpet or rug, an inexpensive material that you can add and change from time to time from one theme to the other. I use the rug for bedrooms so when my feet touch the floor I feel warm and it is ticklish for me.

Clear your walkway


Having a clear walkway from where I am staying, I make sure that I don't have any obstructions that would affect my daily habits and gradual task. I keep an open space as such as possible and maximize the dead space and storage space to maximize the use of my place.


Have a lot of Storage



Make use of functional storage pieces as this will help you store items easier and having a storage piece must also accommodate your micro storage such as the use of a Plastic Box or Organizational Box to keep particular items at a certain place and label it accordingly.  I use mega boxes that are labeled according to my preferences such as Office Supply, Travel Box, and Beauty Stuff are just a few it helps me locate the things when I need to locate it and it also helps me identify which box I am looking for. These boxes are all similar in sizes and placed in one functional multi-layered storage.

Stackable Items

Living in an apartment has helped me identify items which suit bests especially when we purchase new furniture for a certain reason. One example is my dining table, its a 4 seater with wood chairs and since almost every month we have a guest, we purchased a number of stackable tables and chairs that can be used whenever we have guests or celebrate a milestone. This stackable table and chairs can be brought outside without sacrificing our space and the look of our decorations. 

Mirrors

Having mirrors can make the space bigger and wider, I make use of a tall mirror and width proportion to its measurement. This makes my space bigger and wider. The mirror reflects the things right in front of it and the lights make it twice the wattage.

Lights

Make use of different lighting use, it will make your place look better because of the different light texture. To save you from spending a lot, use a Tri-color light LED, a tricolor light has three variants of light color such as Day Light, Cool White and Warm White you just have to select which light works best for you on a specific time.

Floating items


To add a personalized touch or designated nook for your collection or special items, make use of a floating shelf to make them. This keeps your area looking bigger and fresh. 


Add plants



Succulents are very popular and easy to maintain. Aside grom succulents there are different plants to choose from to bring it inside your place. It helps to purify the air and also improves your mood.


White Color Scheme



It doesn't have to be pure white but rather around the shades of white. I often recommend white for most of my projects. However, I give my clients an option to choose a variety of colors of the lightest shade of their preferred color which is considered as part of the shades of white. If they choose brown, then I give to let them choose a shade that is closest to white to make the space wider and bigger. 


Add Bold Color



To make space stand out I would let my client choose a contrasting color that they find attractive or I think is attractive this gives their space a boost on not to look "dull" or "boring" as people would refer. Adding a touch of color will not only add color to your place but it will help you enhance the space and feel more connected to it. 

A Typical day of a Full Time Interior Designer

4/26/2019

A Typical day of a full time interior designer


This year I added another hat being an entrepreneur, as a Full-time Interior Designer working as a soloprenueur. I find myself having a routine to keep myself ahead of time despite the efforts of making a routine it keeps evolving and changing, As new projects come and the old one has been turned over the design requirements has to change from time to time with all the errands coming and unseen events, I make sure that I have a routine that I could do despite balancing my work and life are way different from the way I have planned. Do you experience the same thing that I have?


A Typical day of a full time interior designer


08:00 - 08:45am This is the time I have been on and off trying to wake up and successfully I did manage on this time since my meetings are around 10:00 am every Tuesdays and Thursday. I do my morning routine from waking up to getting ready to leave home. My morning starts stretching my body, brush my teeth and go to my home office to double check and prepare my things before I leave at the same time drinking my hot cup of water before I go to shower. Once I'm done with my personal hygiene stuff I hit off the dining table and have my breakfast together with my mom and discuss our plans for the day and something in between.

09:00 - 10:00am Transportation Period, I'll be going to my first meeting and since I'll be on the road I check my phone this time and read my e-mails and talk to the people whom I have, most of the time I call William, my trusted general contractor asking him on the updates of our projects and those people who will be involved including clients and if there is still a few more minutes to snooze, I grab.

10:00 - 11:45am Either I meet with a client or site visit, I make sure that I have attended their needs to address whatever situation has arisen from the project this makes me feel better to solve it right ahead during my presence on site. It really stresses me out if I can't find a good solution to what is handed. Time is Gold (and Money), No one wants to pay for an extra cost and blame games in the future right?

11:45am-01:00pm Heading to my next appointment as grab a quick lunch in one of the restaurants or fast food chains just to make sure I get my next meeting on time and stomach is full.

Material Selection for a design project

01:00 - 06:00pm In between meetings with both suppliers and clients who are around the same location this saves me time to meet them at a certain time that fits us both well, sourcing and meetings are sure to happen this time .I'm taking a break at a nearby cafe and returning all the calls this time since I don't answer calls during a meeting so I don't get lost on the topic of discussion from one client to the other. This is my productive time in the afternoon.

6:00pm onwards. Chances are I travel back home and since I'm catching up with my night exercise at the oval near my place. I take my time to sleep and since I have eaten a late snack, I don't eat dinner at all. I exercise to keep my self healthy and fit, I have been sickly due to stress and coping up with stress to end my night with an exercise which helps me go to sleep and be ready for the next day.


Most of the time I'll be at my home office to do work stuff and replying to overseas client. This is also the things I check and work on the drawings since everyone in the house is in each room so less noise. I feel at peace whenever I am able to complete my task for the day and so I would know what is ahead of me and having a dedicated space helps me relax knowing that I have to keep going on what I am doing regardless of any situation may have come. What is your day as a soloprenuer?