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I look out to the vastness of the sky, that infinite blue overhead, and I realize how small and petty my problems are. I realize that the things that weigh me down are but mere specks in the grand scheme of things.

I’m developing this habit of looking up– just tilting my head back, taking a deep breath, and releasing it as I gaze into the sky. I got this habit from a quote I read a long time ago. I can’t remember the exact words but the gist of it was that people look up to the sky because, just as we were made from the exact things stars were made of, so do we yearn to come back to where we were created.

This morning while we were celebrating Sunday Mass, I couldn’t help but avert my eyes from the priest to the view outside. The church where we attend mass has a very modern architectural design. It’s open, breezy, and the windows are huge–perfect for my habit. The view was terribly tempting today because the wind was a soft breeze, the trees were dancing, and the sky was a cool grey. As I stared off into the distance, I felt so small and I’ve never felt so grateful of that fact until today. Most of the things I’m experiencing right now are the “small stuff” and if I get caught up in them, I’ll lose my perspective of things and I’ll get caught up in this small box, forgetting that there is a much grander world outside. I reckon I’ll enjoy my life much more if I recognize that fact–time to enjoy the moment!

So I resolve to let go of all my anchors and start living unburdened by my worries, anger, and insecurities.

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Sunday brunch @ Greg and Sally Garden Cafe

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I’ve never looked forward to any day as much as Sundays. For many, they’re the worst day of the week because they signal that the weekend has come to an end and the dreaded Monday is but a few hours away. But for the select few, Sunday is the most important day precisely because it’s such a great end to any week.

I confess that for the longest time there was only loathing and disdain for Sundays. As a student, it meant another night of burning the midnight oil just to finish all the homework I’ve pushed back. I could practically taste the grueling week ahead whenever I thought of Sunday evenings.

But ever since my parents made it a point to establish Sunday brunches into a family tradition, I’ve always found myself counting down to the 7th day of the week. Now, I see Sundays in a completely different light. For me, they’re the days when I get to destress and spend the entire morning & afternoon with the best people in the world. It’s when I recount the week’s highlights and listen to my mom, dad, and little sister talk because mealtimes during weekdays are rushed just so we get to have more time for work.

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13 Truths About Life You Need to Read Right Now

TGIF! Before we go into the good stuff, please indulge me on a quick author’s note.

When I woke up today I felt so empowered, so inspired, so alive that I just wanted to share all the good vibes to as many people as I can. I immediately scoured my Tumblr and looked for a few quotes that have helped shaped my perspective about life. They hold a special place in my heart because I always look back to them whenever I need a dash of inspiration, or anything to cheer me up, or a wake-up call, or just something to help me keep moving forward.

So here they are! The thirteen quotes that have empowered and inspired me, and I hope they’ll do the same for you! :)

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  1. On gratitude. If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want. —Oscar Wilde
  2. On expanding your horizons. Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. Open your mind, get off the couch, move. —Anthony Bourdain
  3. On moving on. Sometimes you end up never speaking to someone who meant the world to you again. And that’s okay. You cope and you survive. Don’t let your losses keep you back from new gains. (via imtiredofbeingsosad)
  4. On happiness. There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. —Buddha
  5. On life as an endless adventure. Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever. (via your-daisyfreshgirl)
  6. On getting what you want. There are times to stay put, and what you want will come to you, and there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. —Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
  7. On standing up for yourself. Be soft, kind and loving. But also take nobody’s shit. (via travel-as-a-happy-hippie)
  8. On the power of your thoughts. A negative mind will never give you a positive life. (via oh-good-life)
  9. On being yourself. I like my hair messy. My love wild. And my sex aggressive. But I’m still a sensitive woman, just with passion. —Sade Harrison
  10. On loving yourself. Falling in love with yourself first doesn’t make you vain or selfish, it makes you indestructible. (via infl4ted)
  11. On how change is really a good thing. Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. —Mandy Hale
  12. On relationships. Notice the people who are happy for your happiness, and sad for your sadness. They’re the ones who deserve special places in your heart. (via moeyhashy)
  13. On empowering yourself. Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you. ―George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire