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Event planner. Traveller and culture explorer. Writer embodying Gustave Flaubert’s mindset to “write of ordinary life as if one were writing history.”

We all need to take a step back and breathe

It can be tempting to sacrifice rest for the sake of getting things done. Sometimes, you’re just beginning your day — you’re not even done with your breakfast — and you feel like drowning under all the items in your to-do list.

It’s important, then, to give yourself time to rest through the week. It doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of your whole day. Sometimes, five to ten minutes is enough. Sometimes, those few minutes of taking a break can make a whole lot of difference.

Here are 25 ways to take a break and give yourself…

Here’s what it’s been like

It’s been more than a year since our government placed our city on lockdown, lifted the restrictions, then placed us under lockdown again. Every day, I read updates from my journal app where I recorded a lot of my experiences prior to, during, and after the lockdown. It’s funny because I had a lot of things going on back then, a lot of things I was preparing for, not even knowing that a few weeks and even days, things would be completely different.

You know the story. You’ve seen how it eventually unfolded in your corner of the world —…

And a few lessons I learned along the way

It’s been raining the past couple of days and I was reminded of a sensation I had when working for my old company.

Rainy weather meant waking up early and checking your phone to see if they cancelled work.

Now, I know most companies don’t usually let their employees off during rainy weather. But we live in a tropical country that is straight in the path of strong typhoons at least twenty times every year. And out of those twenty typhoons, five are usually deadly.

Thus, extreme rainy weather could mean that work might be cancelled. Milder rainy weather could…

Setting boundaries for manipulative people

I think we all have that person in our lives. The one who will ask you for something, and then when you refuse or, for whatever reason, are unable to comply with their request, will act in such a way that you’ll wish you’d done what they wanted instead. Such people, I’ve been learning, are manipulators. And like it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, we can have close encounters with manipulators every single day. They can take the form of your boss, your colleague, and even your friend.

I’ve been reading stuff on life, people…

Here’s how to say goodbye to what every writer dreads

Writers are no strangers to writer’s block — those periods when our minds draw a blank and refuse to produce any output worth publishing or promoting.

As a writer, there can be nothing as frustrating as this, especially when you have deadlines or when it’s been some time since you last published a blog post.

Thankfully, there are some tools — websites, software, apps — that are dedicated to helping writers get rid of their writer’s block and write to their heart’s content.

1. 750 Words

I recently heard about 750 Words and thought of giving it a try. It’s an online journal…

You’ve probably met her; you just don’t know it yet

You know her. She sits beside you on the bus. You went to school with her. She’s in the cubicle next to yours.

She’s your mother. Your sister. The cousin no one could ever understand. You could even be her, though you might not realize it yet.

She’s outgoing. The go-getter. The one in charge of her own life. The one with a hundred calendars and to-do lists. The one who organizes her things until they are properly smoothed out and perfect. Without a single spot. Without a single wrinkle.

But she could also be the quiet one. The one…

How to soothe your soul and take your rest

It’s been a crazy year since they announced the lockdown and most of our life became uprooted from what we’ve always known and thought it to be. I feel it. You feel it. We all do. We’ve gone from the normalcy of our lives being shaken to the core to finding and having to make sense out of a new way of doing things.

In the face of uncertainty, people respond differently. Some find it difficult to be productive and some dive into any and every project they can get their hands on. There’s no right or wrong. …

Believe me, girl, you can do it

I’m a little bit exhausted today and I know I can’t be the only one. When that happens, I like to read some quotes to inspire me and get me right back on track:

When you’re standing at the crossroads of an important decision:

“If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.” — Susan Fales Hill

“Stop telling yourself you don’t know what to do. Yes, you do. Listen to your intuition and trust yourself.” — Katherine Sullivan

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

“I learned to always take on things…

It isn’t easy but it requires consistency

It’s been about a year since I’ve started my pure freelance journey. Since then, I’ve had a handful of clients (some of them for a one-time project, the others have stayed for ongoing projects). I’ve put in several hours (more like hundreds) into researching and creating content, be it articles, blog posts, web copy, podcast scripts, social media posts, and more.

My day usually starts and ends with writing, writing, and writing. I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way right now, except for one thing:

I miss writing for myself.

I miss sitting down, listening to…

Here’s how you can get started on your freelancing journey

A couple of years ago, I decided to start thinking seriously about freelancing. I had a full-time job, but I’d been accepting some editing/copywriting jobs on the side to help out friends. I hadn’t thought about making it a career until I got the sense that I would be resigning soon (which is exactly what happened). That was in 2018. A year later, I resigned and I’ve been doing freelance in events — both virtual and in-person (at least when lockdowns and social distancing did not yet exist) — as well as some content writing, proofreading, editing, and the like.

Alyssa Chua

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