Jane Eyre and the Power of Truth

Anger is what’s stopping me from finishing Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I can only read a few pages a day or even a week because I get so affected by the injustices that’s happening to the main character Jane. I keep on reading though because the writing is so strong, and there’s one scene wherein I really liked how it portrayed the power of truth.

Jane is a young girl, an orphan who is living with her aunt. Her aunt insults her, scolds her for fighting against her abusive son, and humiliates her in front of other people. In one scene, when her aunt Mrs. Reed summoned her to meet a man from a school that Jane will be going to, Mrs. Reed tells this man that Jane is a deceitful child and a liar. Jane had to listen to all of these unkind words, but when the man left, Jane finally retaliates against Mrs. Reed.

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The Time Management Matrix that Saved Me from 16-Hour Work Days

When I was just starting out as an art reporter, I was overwhelmed with the freedom and the responsibility of a flexible schedule. It was wonderful because I didn’t have to clock in and clock out, but if I worked longer than 8 hours a day, I wouldn’t be paid for overtime. The result was having work days that lasted 16-hours or more. Yes, you read that right, or more!

I wrote a lot of articles, more than what was necessary, many of which were not published because of the newspaper’s space constraints. I was able to go completely overboard with my work only because I wasn’t sleeping anymore, I didn’t have time for my friends and family, and I stopped myself from pursuing my other passions outside work. I was so miserable; I wanted to resign.

I realized that this way of working wasn’t sustainable, but I couldn’t imagine how I’d be able to change my situation. I spent around two years doing that, and I am surprised that my health did not collapse. Finally, I figured things out, and I started changing my ways. Many things helped me rehabilitate my life, and one of these things was reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey.

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I Think I Loved Him as an Idea

I read this in my diary, “I think I loved him as an idea, but not as a flesh and blood human being that he truly was.” I was referring to the first guy I ever dated for a period of time. Before him, I only went out with a guy on one date and fell in love with another guy who didn’t love me back.

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Make Lists of Things That Bring You Joy and Sadness–From The Happiness Project

Yesterday, I decided to reread, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I’ve read this years before and I found many helpful tips that I have since applied in my life. Though I’m just starting to reread the book, I already discovered another tip that I haven’t tried, and that is to make a list of all the things that give you joy and another list of all the things that bring you sadness. My sadness list was completely revealing, and now I’m ready to make resolutions to decrease their occurrences.

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DIY Adult Coloring Book

One of my friends said that she wanted to have an adult coloring book because she read that it can relieve stress. Since I didn’t have money to buy her one, I decided to make her one. I’ve never made a coloring book before, so at first I was planning to look for pages online, print them, and bind them together.

When I started searching online though, I discovered that the free ones weren’t so pretty. I also stumbled upon Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford, but the images available online were either tiny or could not be printed.

So I decided to copy the images in Secret Garden and images from other sources. Now don’t panic, I’m not selling this coloring book, so I’m not infringing on copyright laws. In the latter pages, I started to make my own designs by mixing and matching the shapes that I learned from Secret Garden. 

My friend said she really liked it, and another friend requested that I make him a coloring book inspired by fashion designer sketches. So stay tuned for that second coloring book. Meanwhile, here are the instructions for the first one I made:

Materials:

1. A blank sketchbook

2. Colored paper enough to decorate the sketchbook cover

3. Black sign pen

4. Gold gel pen

5. Letter stencil ruler

Instructions:

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