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I’ve been nominated!!! Yay!!!

I know. I know. The title of my two current posts have exclamation points in their title. I have valid reasons though.

What are the reasons?

Well, I have been nominated for the Liebster award and the Sisterhood of the Bloggers award. Okay, can I just have a moment here and do my “written speech”?

It’s really fulfilling that there are individuals who appreciate what I put in this blog. As many of you know, I am here just to keep memories of my life journeys. being nominated for blog awards such as these two is super flattering. I have been nominated for these awards last week. I know. I suck in keeping this blog updated. I have been swamped with work and business.

To be honest, I don’t know if these awards have a deadline. Can someone help me out on this? I want to pass on the nominations but I am not sure if I can still do it. I mean it’s been almost a week since I got the nominations. Can I still nominate others? Can I still accept it? And when you say nomination..do I actually get an award? Lol. Forgive me for this foolish question. I don’t really know how this works. I have been blogging for more than a year..and I don’t know what to do with these. I have been nominated before but it took me so long before I found out about it.

Anyway, I want to thank Ms. Anne of Tales Along the Way and fisefton of Fi’s Mutterings for the nominations. I really appreciate that you two have picked my blog to be worthy of those nominations. I feel so blessed and lucky! 🙂

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Day 16: What’s my reputation?

The task for the Day 16 of the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog involves publishing a post about the Daily Prompt. Well, here’s the Daily Prompt last January 17:

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

I have posted here before that people think of me as shy and quiet. They’re right because I can be shy and quiet but not really. It’s not the real me. My closest friends know that I can be loud, crazy and opinionated. That’s how I tend to be once you get to know me. I guess people who I will not have a chance to talk to and be comfortable with will never know that. It’s alright sometimes that there are people who think of me as shy and quiet. What I don’t like is when they acknowledge it in a tone that I don’t like. It seems like they think that I don’t have anything to say about a certain topic when in truth my mind is flooded with many opinions about it. I just don’t like talking with many people’s eyes focused on me. That’s why I stay quiet except when I am asked. Right now, I am trying my best to be really sociable. After all, I cannot always stay shy and quiet. I need to be assertive and opinionated when necessary. That’s also one of the reasons why I have this blog..to share my thoughts and opinions when I can’t tell them through verbal means. 😛

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Days 13 & 15: More and more stuff to learn

Hi everyone! Again, I have been missing out on the daily tasks for the challenge. It’s been a crazy week for me. So, I’m glad that I was able to go back and write posts today. Anyhoo, for this post I will be covering the assignments for days 13 & 15 of the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge.

 

Day 13

This task is something which really made me have a hard time figuring about it. When I saw the task, I actually have no idea to what a blogroll is except that it has links other blogs. So, I tried and read the instructions. After a few minutes of little confusion (actually lots of confusion), I was able to come around and put up my widget for the blog roll. I included some of my favorite blogs there such as The Better Man Projects and Thought Catalog. It’s really helpful for me because I got to learn about blogrolls..though something tells me if I could have explored WordPress more seriously before..I would have made my own blogroll from the very beginning. 😛

Day 15

In this one, I think it’s one of the tasks that I don’t really want to do. In my opinion, I still like the way my blog looks now. So, maybe I will change some other time when I get to the point of being sick of looking at the same appearance of my blog…or maybe I am just being lazy. I know the task is supposed to be about learning but I think I have already tried changing the fonts and changing the headers/background before but the theme doesn’t let me to do so. 😛

 

That’s all for now…and I am still catching up with the other tasks! So, good luck to me!!!

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Day 11, 12: Inhale positivity. Exhale negativity.

The assignments for the Days 11 and 12 for the Zero To Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge are based on the comments that we left on blogs. I felt like I should focus my post on what I have read on the Two-Minute Tune Up. Her post is about disposing of pain.

As someone who is trying to make myself the better version of me, I find her post really really helpful. I am one of the many who have difficulty in letting go of the negative thoughts that plague my mind. So, when I saw what she wrote about the steps on how to dispose pain. I felt like I should do it and reflect on it.

Step One: List past conflicts, disappointments, lies, stupid stuff, and tragedies that cause pain

There are lots actually but the main stuff that cause me pain and dis-ease are the opportunities that I missed, the moments I felt too scared to try, the insecurities, the never-ending indecisiveness, general worry for the future, me being feeling like an unaccomplished person.

Step Two: Give thanks to them. We’re all human.

She has such a huge point here. If it weren’t for these disappointments, failures, insecurities, and other stuff I wouldn’t have learned lessons. If I didn’t see the positive side of it, I wouldn’t become and strive to be a better person.

Step Three: Fix or apologize what you can.

I admit this will be the hardest step. On this, I think it will be a process that will take a long time but hopefully, I’ll get to accomplish. I will start by being more positive and eliminating negative thoughts. I will try to achieve things one at a time and go easy on myself.

Step Four: Let go of the rest. You’re human.

Actually, I think this is the most important step. Moving on starts when you let go. *cue the Let It Go song from Frozen* 🙂 It’s like if you can’t do anything about what happened, let it go. There is no going back to change it anymore.

Step Five: Live in peace. Imperfection is who we are.

This is one of my goals, having peace of mind and being contented. I hope soon I can get to step five of disposing pain. After all, I need it every once in a while when it gets too much to bear inside.

 

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Day 9, 10, 11: Catching Up..Again

I’ve been away again..It’s been a busy week for me but I have no complaints. Anyway, like I promised to myself I will keep up with this blog challenge no matter how late I can be with my posts.

So, I missed Days 9, 10, and 11 of the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. Okay, here we go:

Day 9

The task is about following more blogs/topics. The first topic that came to my mind is about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s one of my favorite books ever. It made me tear a LOT..no actually I think I was sobbing when I finished the book.

I searched the topic in the reader and I found some cool blogs that I think I will enjoy. I can’t wait for the weekend to read them. These are:

  • mybookishwonderland.wordpress.com
  • dailyreminderto.wordpress.com
  • pamboyd.wordpress.com
  • theinvisibilitycloak.wordpress.com
  • notwedordead.com

 

Day 10

I think this assignment for the challenge is something that I have to say “pass” to. I think I have put too much widgets on my blog already. I got the text widgets and the gravatar thingy. I’d like to explore sometime on the custom-made image widgets later on. But for now, I am contented with the widgets on my blog.

 

Day 11

My thoughts on today’s task includes the inner “me” saying..you’re so shy..you should not do that. I can be weird that much..like I have mentioned before that I am really trying my best to be brave and put out my blog in the blogosphere. I rarely make comments but when I do, the topic that they have written really spoke to me and I can say that well I can really relate to this. Okay, so for this..I’ll gather up my courage and comment on a topic that will really speak to me.

 

 

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Day 8: My attempt in making the Irresistible “About Page”

Hello everyone! The next assignment for the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog is all about giving the About Page a makeover. From what I understood, the ideal and irresistible About Page has a certain focus, not just a list of facts about me. That’s the former state of my About Page. It turns out that I just put some random info about me. Actually, I love mine just the way it is now but I guess I could use some tips.

To improve it, I read about the About Page 101 tips. i tried doing all that was mentioned in the list except the last one. Okay, so as a finished product, I think I was able to create a better flow of my description for the About Page. Like what was said in the task, I hope it’s more of a meal rather than a shopping list. Well, at least I tried right? Here is a link to my About Page.

 

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Day 6: Adding new elements

As promised, here is my Day 6 entry for the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. I guess it’s never to late to post this. I’m just obsessed in completing all the tasks even if they are not in order. Here is how my day went in GIFs

 

When I woke up I was like

What I did at work

What I really felt doing at work

After work

 

What I really did

 

Yay! Done! I have no idea I am so going to enjoy this one. More GIF posts in the future then. Good night for me.

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Days 5 & 7: Catching Up

I know I have been gone lately. It’s just that I was not in the mood to blog. That’s what I always follow..I write just when I feel like doing so. I don’t want to do it as a task but rather something that I do for fun. Anyway, I know it’s useless to be rationalizing about my lack of post these past few days. So, moving on..these are my take on the tasks for Days 5  and 7 of the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge:

Day 5 & 7

The task for day 5 is about choosing a theme for the blog. I thought of this like trying on clothes. When I shop for clothes it takes me hours before I find the right one that I’d like to buy. I make sure that it fits my personality and that I feel comfortable wearing it.

So, for my blog..my only criteria is if it looks girly and pleasing to my eyes. Yes, I said it right pleasing to MY eyes. Like the assignment mentioned, the theme should be reflective of me, comfortable, good to look at. What I did was try on the ones which are simple which describes me too. Some of these themes are Typo, Chunk, PinkTouch, and Mixfolio. They look good though because most of the content of my blog are texts. However, it just doesn’t suit me because these don’t have the panel for widgets and stuff. For now, I think I am fine with my current theme, which is Pachyderm.

Now, on with the Day 7 task.. It’s all about personalizing the header and background. On this one, I just changed the color palette and font used for the theme. I tried using the background thingies on the customization but it only looked overly-designed. So, I just went with the plain pink background (note: pink is my favorite color! oh..and I dunno what shade of pink or red is this..so whatever) and then the coquette font for the header and titles plus the arimo for the body text.

For the header, I will try and ask my lil bro to draw something cute for the blog. So that, it will look more personalized, more ME 🙂

 

Okay..here comes the total FAIL of the day. I made all those changes on the theme but I didn’t see that the Customization of the theme is allowed if I will purchase it. That just sucks. I was actually writing this post while I was editing and all. I guess I’d have to stay with the default appearance of the theme for now. I still like it though. Lol, I know that’s a major FAIL for a comeback post for this blogging challenge. Meh.

 

I will post Day 6 tomorrow..together with the next task. Congratulations to those who are able to keep up with the challenge. Gosh, I am so left behind..I even messed up on this one. Anyway, I will Keep Calm and Carry On.

 

Have a great day everyone. 🙂

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Day 4: Jenny the Explorer

I’m back with my take for the Day 4 of Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog challenge. This task is the hardest for me so far. It’s because my lazy mode is taking over me today. According to the task, I should add or follow at least 5 blogs/topics to my reader. So, there goes my laziness.

To get this assignment started, I will go and be like Dora the explorer for the day. I know it’s kind of corny but if I have to accomplish this task it has to be in my way which will make me entertained. So, I am calling myself today, Jenny the Explorer.

Anyway, after thorough exploration of the neighborhood for almost an hour, I have added the following to my reader:

Tags

1. Zerotohero- As mentioned in the task, I added this one to my reader. I think it’s my payback time to read what my other mates in this challenge have been writing.

2. Jokes- I can’t believe I haven’t thought of adding this tag to my reader before!

3. YA Books- I’m a sucker Young Adult Novels. So, I’m going to use my reader to hunt for some books to read.

4. Nursing- Many people already know that I am a nurse. I have been blogging for sometime but the idea of reading blogs about nursing haven’t entered my mind till now. Hallelujah to this blogging challenge!

5. Saving Money- Since one of my new year’s resolutions is to save money. I think this is very useful for me to get ideas here.

 

Some of the awesome blogs I have stumbled upon through the Zero to Hero Challenge include:

  • fisefton.wordpress.com
  • maryamconfesses.wordpress.com
  • simplelivingjourney.com
  • talesalongtheway.com
  • onesahmcrazylife.wordpress.com
  • deadanarchistphil.wordpress.com
  • theunlockingkey.wordpress.com
  • inscarletink.wordpress.com
  • mywritingbox.wordpress.com

 

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Day 3: What was running through my mind?

This day, the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog assignment is somehow like a way of reminiscing for me. Well, today’s topic revolves around my thoughts when I started this blog. Let me be true to all of you. I can’t even seem to remember what was running through my mind when I created it.

Based on what I can recall, I signed up for WordPress to keep a private blog. I think I was looking for an online diary or something where I can share my thoughts and feelings anonymously (I knew I’m weird like that). I remember my first post as dedicated to love (or lack thereof). I was just messing around as a nineteen year-old girl, I go on writing about those stuff (internally smh to myself). I didn’t publish them though at that time because I was shy about having others reading it. Well, actually right now, the posts are visible to the public because I know that those are hidden in some way because I have published many posts already and no one has attempted or interested enough to read back to my archives way back in 2011.

After the three silly posts about love in 2011, I was gone in WordPress because I was busy with my studies. I came back in 2012 when I graduated and passed my nursing licensure exam. Since then, I used my struggles as a newly grad who tries to find her way to her career success for blog posts. Eventually, my blog transformed to something I love because it’s a collection of my memories.