I love the little moments as much as I love the big ones. The way they slowly tug you, pulling you in unexpectedly. How simple and beautiful it is to be just be.
I don’t know how we all got here, but we have the tendency to ignore the small details that make up the big picture. We choose to fast forward instead to the moments we believe should count and broadcast it for all the world to see. There’s this timeline that’s been fed to us, like living this life is just one task we need to tick off in our growing to-do list. We’re always rushing from one point of our lives to another, all racing to some invisible finish line. Like we’ll be damned if we actually pause to reassess how we are doing or where we are going. Like we’ll be losing to the rest of the world if we dare to slow our pace down.
We’ve all been guilty of this. I know I am.
I have too many words in my heart, but I haven’t sat down to process and write them out, focusing instead on the steady rhythm of work. I signed up for a two week pass in a yoga studio but I haven’t signed up for a class. I want to see my friends but haven’t exactly reached out to meet up. And until this week, I haven’t really touched any of the books on my TBR pile.
I haven’t really been trying, just letting myself go along with the the tide. But no, no more. I’ve been there before, and I refuse to lose myself again.
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This is where The Sunday Currently comes in. It’s nothing special, but I love the guiding principle behind it: to immortalize the little things that make up our lives.
I hope this grounds me. If anything else, it will be a good way to ease back into blogging and to flex my writing/storytelling. Come along for the ride?
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When I initially switched from fully employed to freelance, I had grand dreams of becoming a digital nomad. It seemed perfect – hopping from one country to the next, wherever my passport will take me. I had the chance to operate this way when I traveled to four countries in six weeks, and that’s when I eventually realized that I still, surprisingly, like the idea of settling down somewhere. I still like the idea of occasionally meeting up with friends, winning potential clients in Manila, and yes, going home to my own bed. In other words, I need to have some roots somewhere.
I know I don’t have to be a digital nomad in order for me to live the life of work + travel. I just needed to choose a job that will give me enough free time and flexibility to come and go as I please.
It’s very de rigueur to call yourself a digital nomad but it doesn’t feel authentic when I spend most of my days writing in my pajamas. I end up saying I’m freelancing – it’s easy to understand and it doesn’t give the false sense that I’m just “traveling all the time”.
I have several posts in the pipeline, all tagged as drafts. I’m in this moment where my words do not feel authentic to me and I refuse to hit the Publish button… But I will, one of these days.
James Blake’s Retrogade on Spotify. This song is one of my absolute favorites.
My mind goes back to the cold mornings and dusty roads of Bagan, the lazy afternoons I spent in Luang Prabang, the paper lanterns that lit up Chiang Mai’s night sky, the biting heat of Seminyak’s sand. I have to remind myself every once in awhile so I can write about them and do justice to the places I’ve seen and the things I’ve done.
Coconut oil. I’m still recuperating from my bout of pityriasis rosea so I’ve been moisturising with pure virgin coconut oil every day.
For creativity, bravery, and patience
That this exercise will help me get back into my writing
A black shirt and a pair of leggings
My humble home office!
Cheryl Strayed’s Brave Enough and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I need all the inspirational and creative juju!
A quick weekend getaway. It’s weird, how I’m finding ways to settle back in to what’s supposed to be normal. And yet… I can’t help but yearn for something more. My Instagram feed is filled with photos of Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Europe and I just want to go, go, go!
The strange mix of hungry and sleepy
This review on Mac OS X El Capitan. I know, I know. You’re supposed to update the software as it comes but I’m in between being lazy and being paranoid to upgrade. I guess I’m still waiting for it to stabilize, since I’m still hearing about how there’s still some occasional bugs.
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