Words are Powerful

I think one of the biggest forms of flattery is when someone wants to hear your insight about something because they value what your opinions are. A friend messaged me the other day and asked what my thoughts are regarding the digital marketing strategy for her brand – because she “wants to hear what I say.” FYI my side job is in the digital marketing industry. Same goes when another close friend replied to my IG Story that “she missed reading my opinion and insights on things” when I shared something personal.

The reason why I appreciate it so much is maybe because out of the five love languages, mine is Words of Affirmation. I feel loved through words. I get so touched and flattered whenever someone gives a compliment on my works, and I’m not kidding when I say it makes my day because it actually does. When someone asks for my opinion on things, I feel valued and I feel like what I say actually makes sense.

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TURNING 30

“We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be.” ~ Lauren Hutton

I don’t know many people who get excited about aging. Birthdays, yes. That number that changes each year, no. Yet, there are some great benefits that come with. No, not the grey hair or the wrinkles. But inner wisdom that can only be gained by years lived. The most important one: Self Confidence.

I have always considered birthdays more of a milestone then the changing of the year. Yes, a new year begins with people making all of these resolutions, as well as annoyingly struggling to remember to write the correct date. But it is birthdays, especially as we age which can bring many more important milestones to mark the passage of time and growth then any resolution. It is our younger selves that as we gain freedom, we learn and grow and as adults we (hopefully) gain more wisdom.

Aging can be controversial. I know many people who hate it. While I might joke about it, I have never been in that category. And now that I am “old,” each year I get is a true blessing. One I don’t take for granted, because so many people don’t get to see another year. Yes, old age brings that thing called adulting, as well as all the wrinkles and gray hair, oopps! But adulting, that word society thinks is so dirty, is incredibly freeing, empowering and confidence building if we are willing to embrace it.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM 2 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Last month marked 2 years of being married to my wonderful husband and I am so thankful to be his wife. Our first 2 years of marriage was interesting and challenging. Marriage brought out our best strengths and weaknesses.

It doesn’t matter whether you dated 3 weeks or 7 years before getting married, your spouse will constantly surprise you with something new.

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Pregnancy Journey: I’m Pregnant + My First Trimester Story

Ok, so this blog comes a little late. I’m now 13 weeks and 2 days pregnant, meaning I’m well into my second trimester. That’s right guys!!! I’m pregnant! I can’t even tell you how relieved I am just share this news with all of you. I don’t know if you noticed over the past few months, but I kept talking on Instagram story.

So today, I thought I’d share an honest little recap of what my first trimester was like.

It took us almost 2 years to get pregnant and stay pregnant. Typing it out right now, that number doesn’t seem very long. I mean, most chapters of life—whether school-related, professional or personal—last longer than that. And I know that many couples battle to get pregnant for years and years and years, and a number like 2 might be laughable to them.

But I will say that those years were the longest of my life. We started out how most couples start out: “not not trying.” And when nothing happened, we started “trying trying.” You know: taking vitamins, altering lifestyles, etc. And when nothing came from that, we kind of just floated along, too scared to take the next step.

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#BunTingStory: Cepu Travelogue – Meaningful Holiday and Fun Family Activities

 

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Everyone needs a break from the usual routine and that includes our parents too. The chance to revisit special places with treasured memories, or explore somewhere new can really lift our mood and give us a feeling of well being. Whether it’s a fun day out to a local attraction, a long weekend, or a trip to somewhere sunny and warm, there are lots of holiday options to choose from, depending on our parent’s health, general mobility, and budget.

The great thing about the holiday season — is having the chance to spend valuable time with our loved ones, show our appreciation for one another and overall, give thanks. Holiday traditions are important in every family, regardless of religion or how you choose to observe the holiday season. They provide meaningful and cherished lifelong memories and more so, an opportunity to spend quality time together.

Alhamdulillah ya ada momen libur tanggal merah, jadi ada kesempatan buat mudik ikut suami ke Cepu. Horeee! Akhirnya merasakan mudik juga. Sebelum berlanjut lebih jauh, mungkin di sini ada yang tidak tahu Cepu itu di mana? Karena dulu saya waktu awal pacaran juga gag tahu di mana itu Cepu. Hahaha…parah banget geografinya!

Jadi Cepu itu sebuah kecamatan yang terletak di kabupaten Blora. Letaknya di perbatasan Jawa Tengah dan Jawa Timur. Walaupun sebuah kecamatan, tapi relatif maju karena ada pertambangan minyak Pertamina. Ini kedua kalinya saya ke Cepu, dulu ke sini saat sebelum nikah. Hehehe Continue reading

New Perspective On What Joy Maybe Really Is

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Let’s do something outside of the routine! Life is short, and there are far too many activities that are more important and fulfilling than sitting in front of a television for hours on end. That’s not to suggest you should stop watching TV altogether. But I’ve come to see it as something best placed at the edge of life, rather than the center.

Is your life the same each day?

Let’s Not Be Boring. Let’s keep life exciting and escape the boredom.

I love the sun, warm weather and beaches. However, I wouldn’t say my escape is an island or just listening to music. My escape is completely different. My escape has to do with sports. I’m not the only one though. Continue reading

What I Am Most Thankful For This EID MUBARAK 1437 H

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Happy Eid to everyone! *sorry for being late

Eid Al-Fitr is a wonderful family tradition where we all gather around the table and enjoy our favorite foods cooked by our loved ones. Some of us remember fondly, family members: Grandma’s and Grandpa’s, Uncles and Aunts and those that are no longer with us. This year I am especially grateful for all of my blessings. Things to be thankful for, of course, include being blessed with having family elders still in our lives, food on our tables and roofs over our heads. In my most recent years, that list has grown to include much more. Continue reading

City Lights Overlooking and Star Gazing at Pondok Kopi Umbul Sido Mukti

Hello folks!

I guess time really does fly when you are having a blast … I’d like to take a minute to share some memories from my weekend getaway to Pondok Kopi Umbul Sido Mukti. It has been my dream to go to a place where I’ll be looking metro’s busy city in a different way — city lights overlooking for short — and to lie down in a grass land, gaze the open skies and wait for shooting stars.

The best nights are usually unplanned, random and spontaneous. Agreeee!!

So to take away stress from working in the busy city, I packed my stuffs to my bag, then I met up with Tim Manggis (Iting, Opank, David, Rizky, and Iin). We left our homes about 10.00 pm in the night, and then we went to coffeshop until 3.00 am. Anyway, at around 3:30 am, after being awake for several hours we reached the destination. Here we go people!

It was absolutely pitch dark, so we need to rely on torchlights. Our next worry was waiting till sunrise in the blazing cold without freezing to death. But somehow we managed and it was worth it. Fyuuuh

Check out the pretty city lights!

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Ce Qui Me Fait Sourire

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New post in French. Enfin le week-end. Sincèrement, je crois que les petites choses en vie sont les plus gratifiantes. Bien qu’elles soient petites, et quoiqu’on ait tendance à les oublier ou, le pire, les tenit pour acquis, elles nous aident s’en sortir la vie quotidienne.

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Why Im Trying Not To Be Perfect

imagesAs I was walking from Indomaret to my house carrying a loads of heavy bags, I started thinking about the process that we as humans go through. The pressure upon people in the younger generations are great when it comes to being perfect. It’s like we all have to have the perfect skin, hair and are expected to be happy all the time, because we are “young”. We are also always expected to get high grades as we are all classed as bright and clever. Continue reading