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Mood Boards

Hey lovelies!

How are you all doing today? I hope great, but if not, don’t you worry. We all have those days. 🙂

I used to be the type of person who waits for the weekend to finally be able to carry out the projects I’ve been wanting to do because school was always in the way. For most my life, I was stuck in this mindset that just because I had school for 6 hours every day meant my whole day was taken away. Meaning my whole schedule can be nothing but school, homework, eat, sleep. However, after starting this blog with the whole purpose of “making every day worth living” and “enjoying the 24/7,” I’ve finally start doing more of my hobbies during the weekdays too! When you’re trying to do personal passion projects (the PPP) on a weekday basis, meaning adding on to all the school work / work-work you already have, you must learn to be really efficient with your time (something I have yet to master 😋). I know for me — the thing that takes the longest when working on projects isn’t the actual ‘doing’ part of it, but more the planning and conjuring up a plan or idea. And it definitely doesn’t help when you’re having a creativity block too! 😬

Today, I want to share a really fun, easy, and inexpensive project to do that can help the inspiration flow whenever you’re having a creativity block. What I like to do is make a mood board to help me keep my focus on whatever project it is that I’m doing and to maintain my original vision since it often times sway and alter as I work on it. Mood boards can be used for individual projects and/or as a whole general inspiration board for an individual. I have (and am still working on) a general inspiration mood board over my desk and just finished a mood board for a recent room design project.

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My mood board for my recent project: Dream Bedroom. Here, I included paint chips, cute textiles, and ideal furniture picks from catalogs to create a visual for my room plan.

Here’s how to make your own mood board:

  1. Gather old magazines you’re willing to cut up! (Magazines that are more related to your favorite hobbies, activities, or project are even better! Ex: travel, fashion, home decor)
  2. Cut out anything that you like that has to do with your project or just inspires you.
  3. Feel free to also use paint chips (can be found at Lowes or Home Depot) to establish a color scheme! Handwritten notes or quotes you like are great inspiration-boosters too!
  4. Arrange them on a board (can be a large piece of construction paper or a bulletin board or a piece of cardboard – anything you desire! You can directly put it on a wall over your desk or something but I personally don’t recommend that as it’s not so convenient when you want to move it around.)
  5. Glue / tape them into place and boom – you’re done!

Honestly, how cool is that? You get instant inspiration and it’s a fantastic way to upcycle! And the best part is – you can always continue adding on more pieces that inspire you whenever you see them. You can even add your own pictures!

My mood board is never complete! Whenever I go somewhere new, I always keep my eye out for little fragments of inspiration here and there through menus, brochures, catalogs, etc.! This past week was my Spring Break (finally!) and I was able to go to several different cultural attractions. I’m definitely getting inspired by the great diversity of culture we have here in the U.S. and am trying to play it into my upcoming jewelry designs somehow! (I’ll keep you updated on that another week) 😉

SO a lot of pictures and lil pics are definitely going on there soon! 😀

ALSO – I found a really helpful site,  that offers awesome tips and hacks to keep in mind when creating your own mood board so give that a look if you’re interested in the project! 🙂

Anyways, have fun with your mood board and talk to you next time. Have a lovely and productive rest-of-the-day!


Posted in Lifestyle, Personal

What’s On Your Bucket List?

Good evening friends,

Just recently, my parents surprised me by ordering me a brand new yellow Huffy bike and I am genuinely so excited! As ashamed as I am to admit this, I have never learned how to ride a bike throughout my lengthy 15 years on this planet! My short-lived tricycling-and-about-to-be-bicycling career only lasted from around 2008 to 2011, as I never got on a bike after that (for no known reason to this day). And even throughout those years, I barely rode a bike as it was. Most of my cousins and friends are able to ride a bike and I’ve always envied that. How amazing it must feel to just pedal forward with no care for the world while having a nice, cool breeze blow through your hair amidst this. “There’s some sense of freedom to the activity,” one of my cousins comments. I know I can start learning how to drive pretty soon and that should top biking any day according to several folks, but biking has always been a priority over the overrated driving for me.

Starting it young and fresh in the game. Check out how trendy my plastic ride was.

Word goes around that it is more difficult to learn to ride a bike when you’re older as you think about it more. While when you’re younger, you just do it. You may fall and get a lil’ boo-boo, but after that, you’re all set and good. So many times, I wanted to quit, thinking ‘ah, I’ll never learn how to ride this thing.’ But people have also said once you learn how to ride a bike, you’ll never forget it.

SO I decided, ‘Let’s just get hurt once and get it over with! C’mon Elyssa! You can do it!’ I took this new challenge on me to learn how to balance on this machinery over the past weekend. Did I succeed? Heck no. Mostly because I was too scared of all the possibilities of falling down that I probably spent 40 minutes out of the hour just getting on and off and on and off the bike.

Ah, moving on to a real tricycle. My face evidently displays that sense of freedom I mentioned earlier.

But I plan on successfully riding a bike all on my own within this week or at most by spring break. No one’s really forcing me to do it – but I just feel that if I can get on this bike and ride it, even for just 2 minutes (by myself and without my dad walking beside me), I will make little-me super proud. I will achieve my ultimate 8-year old dream. That, and learning how to juggle and dive but one at a time, Elyssa. Slow your roll – (Which I do too much of on a bike…)

Anyway, after telling you my shameful little secret and concluding that I still can’t ride a bike as of now, you may be wondering, what was the point of this post? Well, I just want to encourage you…

Go do something you’ve always wanted to do, no matter how old you were when that lil’ dream was born. You’ll make your younger self super uber proud. (I know 8-year old me’s probably going like “Wow! Who’s that super cool girl falling off the bike??”)

Would you look at that? The last recorded data of me on a bike (or tricycle technically).

Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to do that Hoedown Throwdown from the Hannah Montana movie.. or learn how to juggle a soccer ball with your knees.. or play the guitar (which by the way, was also another one of my ultimate dreams from back in 2nd grade and in which I learned how to play just the past summer!!!)

Do it. If not now, then when? I know life gets in the way, with homework, work in general, house chores, so many to-do’s.. but we’ve only got one life. And my plan is to do as much things that I possibly can do as I can! Plus, a few spared minutes couldn’t hurt, right?

Speaking of which, I got to go work on my science project now, because like I said earlier, “if not now, then when?”

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Me cheesin’ on my new bike yesterday. (Notice how my feet are placed cautiously on the ground as I’m too scared to place my steady and balanced state in the hands of two wheels.)

Goodbye! Feel free to leave a comment below about your goals – and keep me updated!

P.s. I’ll keep you updated on my biking process! 😉 Hopefully, the next time I post, you’ll be reading words directly from a bicycling-blogger. Woohoo!