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BRB!

How are you all? Hope you are all well and safe. 🙂 Happy August, by the way! 🙂 Manila is now under a third lockdown. While I have to make adjustments to my schedule–it is a two week quarantine, after all–I am pretty sure that I can accomplish all my tasks before the two weeks are done. But all work makes one a tired person, so there are times that I’ll have to take time off work! And I’ll take that time to work on my blog, too. Three weeks ago, I attended a webinar about blogging. I signed up because I wanted to improve the way I structure my blog–frankly, I thought that I needed to go back to basics, and rebrand my blog. So here I am, writing this post to say that this blog will be taking a break, so see you soon! Stay safe, everyone! UPDATE: Blog reconstruction is partially done, however, blog entries are protected. Anyone who wants to read the blog entries, please feel free to send an email to: hellotherelayla@gmail.com. …

Other ways in which we can practise self-care.

Spa days? Check. Pampering sessions? Check. Don’t get me wrong, both are good for self-care. But because of the current pandemic, we know that going to the spa isn’t possible at the moment. There’s no need to worry–there are other things people can exercise self-care. They are probably things that you you all might doing already–either way, I thought I’d share them. Exercise. Maybe this one’s no longer a surprise to some people, especially if they do it regularly. Admittedly, I struggle to do this regularly. But I will do my best to be more diligent about exercising.

Recently Read 4 || The Gilded Age trio: To Marry an English Lord by Gail McColl, The Husband Hunters by Anne de Courcy, and The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

Anyone who knows me well that I love period dramas like a little boy loves cake. It’s a poor simile, I know, but that’s what I can think of right now. But if there’s any specific period that interests me, it’s the late nineteenth century, up to the end of the Second World War. And I enjoy reading about that period, too. There were books that I wanted to buy and am saving up for, but recently, I have found the top three that I really wanted to buy, and I can read them for free. Where else? Scribd, of course. Sure, I pay for a subscription, but it’s a perk of said subscription, so it’s all good.

The 30 Day Challenge || The first five days

Well, hello there. 🙂 I have no excuse, but I hope you’ll understand–the second semester has been crazy busy. And that’s an understatement. Just to keep you guys updated, a friend invited me to her Facebook group which is more like a mastermind group. And a mastermind group is a group that exchanges ideas, encourages each other in keeping their goals for growth, and whatever else. I’ve joined this accountability 30-day challenge where we share goals that we can accomplish within the next thirty days, and encourage fellow members in accomplishing theirs.

My recent stationery haul–aka. I violated my self imposed stationery buying ban

So it’s the start of a new semester, and hopefully, it will be my last semester in the diploma track of the graduate program I am enrolled in. And with a new semester comes new school supplies. I was supposed to be on a stationery spending ban, but my readings need to have a home. Plus some of my supplies have run out, so…there. However, I promised myself that this will be the last time I will be purchasing stationery. Honest!

2020 can kiss my a**. Or maybe not.

Well, that’s quite a title. Sorry for that mouthful. It hasn’t been the best of years for everyone. A lot of people lost their jobs, their loved ones due to the goddamned pandemic, poor governance*, not to mention the way George Floyd was killed–I CAN GO ON ALL NIGHT. I won’t mince words. I really hated 2020. It felt like going back to 2016 when my mental health was in The Worst Shape Ever, and I was really wasn’t a wonderful person to hang out with back then. I’ll admit that. I have to admit that I am still an odd duck in a lot of ways. And odd is an understatement. #sorryIwasabitchbackthen