Today, someone called me ugly

I was on my way home, just several meters away from the office. Compared to before, I probably looked more decent and dignified. I walk with confidence and an air of being street-smart now, because loved ones would tell me I looked easy to fool, that I was naive. True enough, I could be. I… Continue reading Today, someone called me ugly

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Related, connected, loved

While reading a certain article on Brain Pickings the other night, I was inspired to write the following about interconnectedness: Everything and everyone is connected… The universe is in relationship to a human being as a cell to a system. One atom of a young woman reading the news this morning in a cafe somewhere… Continue reading Related, connected, loved

Thank You for 2017: A Yearly Examen

Saint Ignatius of Loyola taught me to be in awe of the best things like stars in the heavens. For this year, I will continue doing the Examen - another thing he left for us - only in the yearly perspective. I learned of doing a Yearly Examen through an article published in Aleteia last… Continue reading Thank You for 2017: A Yearly Examen

Sitting by the manger

"Behold this wonder: a living, moving, startling likeness of who we are, who God is; what God awakens, when God sleeps on the crossing wood of our manger. We have lost the wonder of it all, lost the gratitude, lost the likeness of who we are, who we are meant to love, how life again… Continue reading Sitting by the manger

The first time I wasn’t happy with drawing

On January 2017, I decided to become a freelance artist; I was able to work with good clients during the first quarter of the year. By the half of the year, I decided to start writing a book I've planned in my head. In September 2017, I published my first ever e-book called Seedlings: A… Continue reading The first time I wasn’t happy with drawing

Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

It was the 21st of August, 2017. It was overcast the moment I opened my eyes and gazed at the window. The sky and possibility of rain in the Las Vegas Valley tempted me to stay longer in bed and sleep, but I decided to get up instead. My cousin Jango stood there in the… Continue reading Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

Purpose, perseverance, and relationships: May 2017 Lessons

This May, I find that my realizations and lessons revolved around purpose, perseverance, and relationships. On Purpose I've always deemed 'purpose' as something that is singular, grand, and fixed. It would show itself to me like this: Arli, you will work someday in an animation studio you love. If it doesn't happen, then my purpose… Continue reading Purpose, perseverance, and relationships: May 2017 Lessons

A Custodian’s Blessing

Steward, keeper, caretaker, custodian. These are words that I may have taken for granted over the years growing up. I didn't look up for their meanings in the dictionaries nor was I attracted to them the same way I was attracted to long and different words like serendipity, june, or mayflower. They were simply just words I… Continue reading A Custodian’s Blessing