Bye 2020, Hello 2021!

Sorry if this post is already long overdue but I still want to share some of my thoughts for 2020 and some goals I have for 2021. Anyway, it’s still January so I hope my post still counts.

I thought 2020 was supposed to be my year. I was doing well in the first couple of months then COVID-19 happened and everything were put on hold. We were all caught by surprise; unprepared for the adverse effects of the virus which spread all over the world like wild fire. We were placed under community quarantine (lockdown for some) for a few months, jobs and businesses were disrupted, a lot of people lost their jobs and source of income, lost their loved ones due to the pandemic, lost their motivation, and our economy has been deeply strained. Everything was so chaotic that it was hard to find the silver lining out of anything.

The first few months were filled with anxiety as we all swam in the pool of uncertainty. Being stuck at home not knowing when our normal lives would resume, questioning if I had enough savings to pull me through, worrying about the survival of my small business (which is still in its start-up phase), I cannot seem to shake off my mental anguish.

If there was any consolation, 2020 was not just about bad memories. I have gained appreciation for the simple things that I would often neglect and overlook. I’ve learned new things and valuable lessons that I know I’ll carry with me for the years to come.

2020 REFLECTIONS

Simple realizations

Having a lot of free time gave me moments sit down and reflect about my life, the direction I’m currently going, and assess if it was really the life road I want to pursue. I have learned to value the importance of my income and life savings. Although it was an obvious and no-brainer thing to think about, I was able to realize its importance specially during pandemic. Last year, I didn’t have any source of income for months. I wasn’t only thinking about myself then because I also have one employee that I needed to sustain. I was thankful that I paid off all my debts (a year before) and was able to save a decent amount to survive my lack of income.

I also learned the importance of having a side hustle. I thought of having two side hustles during my life in quarantine as it would better prepare me in case of emergencies.

Finding light in the darkness

They say that however dark the cloud, there’s always a silver lining. For months that I was stuck at home, my anxiety almost consumed me. I had so much time to kill thus my mind was working overtime thinking about things that made me go bonkers. Luckily, I was able to find a way to overcome my anxiety by means of honing my creativity. I have always been creative growing up but as I got older, my priorities changed which made me set aside (and somehow neglected) my talent for a very long time.

  1. Bullet Journaling – I started bullet journaling even before the pandemic; and even if I haven’t used my bullet journal during the lockdown, I would still fill it up with colorful designs and even wrote some wonderful quotes that would spark inspiration. It was a relaxing and very entertaining thing to do.
  2. Handmade Greeting Cards – I found simple joy in making personalized greeting cards for family and friends. I’ve been collecting countless colored markers, pens, and other coloring materials for a while now and I found a fun way to use them by making greeting cards.
  3. Digital Art – My biggest splurge (or should I say investment) last year was my iPad. I bought an iPad Pro last year because I wanted to dip my fingers in the world of digital art. I’ve been following a lot of artists on Instagram and seeing their works inspired me to do the same. I also wanted to design my own stationeries this year.

Learning opportunity

I came across a post on LinkedIn one time regarding entrepreneurs maximizing their time during the pandemic by honing their skills, learning new things, reading books, and attending online classes that would help them with their businesses. It gave me an idea to do the same.

  1. Learning a new language – I’m already bilingual but there was always a part of me that wanted more. I had so much free time in my hands during the lockdown and my love for watching countless k-dramas made me decide to learn Hangul. I bought the book, Korean For All by Soo Kim. to start my journey to learn the Korean language. The lessons are divided to different chapters and complete with exercises so it was very easy to follow plus the illustrations are really cute. Also, I downloaded an app called Drops which I access for a minimum of 15 minutes everyday. It is free but you can also avail of the premium membership to unlock unlimited time free of ads.
  2. Gaining new and honing the old – Later part of last year, I decided to subscribe to Skillshare – an online learning community which offers thousands of classes for topics such as design, photography, illustration, freelancing, and a lot more. It’s a fun way to learn without leaving the comforts of home. It became my quarantine buddy since I was very much invested in learning digital art.
  3. Listening to podcasts – I used to get bored with podcasts because I’m more of a visual being; I like videos and pictures better. After listening to a few podcast topics from The Bossbabe Podcast, I realized that podcasts are also a fun way to learn and be informed.

2021 GOALS

I closed the doors of 2020 with a hopeful heart; and I welcomed the new year with optimism. I carried the lessons of the past and thrilled to set new goals for this year.

Admittedly, I’m bad at making resolutions. I will attempt to do them for a few weeks or so then I’m back with my old habits. I have a problem with consistency so I’m not doing the resolutions this year rather I have set a vision board with realistic goals for myself. As of writing, I’m still completing my vision board for 2021. I will try to share it once I’m done.

I have divided my goals into sections and only listed one to two items per section. This year, I’ll only focus on a few priorities so no more long list for me as I tend to get overwhelmed when I put more pressure on myself.

GOAL CATEGORIES:

Personal – Make more time for personal development by attending online classes or training. Prioritize what’s best for my growth.

Business – Expand my business by growing my fleet (of equipment) and generate a better income than the previous year. Also, to open an online stationery shop (side hustle).

Financial – Make another time deposit and increase personal savings; Review the budget breakdown for my existing business.

Health – Schedule for tooth surgery; Regular check-up; Continue the treatment for my metabolism.

I made my goals simple and somehow generic. No more very specific goals like workout 3-4 times a week or meditate everyday, etc. I know it’s not that ideal but I easily get disheartened whenever I missed my schedule for a few times, so this year I opted for a simplified approach. I did set figures on some of my goals like the amount I want to save up by the end of the year and a ballpark figure of the income I want to earn. I made a review of my previous income and just added a few percent to give me an idea of what I wanted to hit. I have actually set a conservative, mid, and a slightly ambitious figures for my goals just to prepare for what lies ahead.

How are you all doing? Have you started your goals this year? Share them with me in the comments. Hope you are all doing well. I’ll see you in my next post.

A Merry Winter in Winterbree

I started playing #AnimalCrossingNewHorizon a couple of months ago and it was a fun experience building the entire island from the ground up. From small tents and camping cots to well built houses, a grand museum (partly filled with fishes, sea creatures, bugs, fossils, and some famous sculptures and paintings), and a more legit looking Nook’s Cranny, the island has improved so much. Not to mention the grandeur of our Town Hall nesting in the middle of the island and just in front of our plaza where K.K. Slider performs every Saturday. Our once grassy and weedy paths are now incorporated with brick, stone, and wood. It is no longer the untouched island it once was.

A 5-STAR ISLAND

This month, our humble island of Winterbree has received a five star rating! Finally, after weeks of daily chitchat with Isabelle, she delivered the good news and even gifted me with a golden watering can. Alas! A FIVE STAR ISLAND! I have to admit, Winterbree is still far from what I envisioned it to be since we are still making improvements as soon as resources become available; but it looks far better from when I first step foot in it together with my old time neighbors, Lyman and Myra.

“Winterbree, once a deserted island, untouched by civilization…earned the best possible ranking! – Isabelle

Isabelle’s words still lingers and subconsciously brings an uncontrollable glee from time to time.

After hearing the good news, I had to take a mandatory photo with Tom and Isabelle to commemorate our island’s new milestone. I was actually going for a more candid photo but both Tom and Isabelle came prepared.

By the way, how are you liking my hat? I just visited the Able Sisters to pick-up this new head-to-toe outfit before heading over to the Town Hall for the island evaluation.

WINTER IS HERE

This week’s update was pretty exciting because the whole island is covered in snow. That’s right, SNOW! Buhnnie woke up in some winter wonderland goodness. Everything is covered in white and snow flakes are often seen floating around waiting to be caught. As Isabelle mentioned in her morning broadcast, we can put together two snow balls to create a snowman/boy. After a few failed attempts, I was finally able to make Snowboy!

My little Snowboy was standing just beside the ramp in front of our mini bar and billiard hall. He was a bit complain-y about his appearance though because his head sits a little heavy on top of his small body.

As much as I want to modify him in some way (put some stick arms or something), I can’t do anything anymore. To compensate, I would visit him from where he stands as often as I could. We would chat and I would hear the same complaints about his disproportion body. He also mentioned that it was his birthday and wanted a cake without the candles so I ran home to get my mom’s homemade cake and placed it in front of him. I’ll let him have it for a while although we might need to share in a couple of days because it will also be my birthday soon.

OTHER ISLAND SHENANIGANS

1. Chill afternoon at Mathilda’s place. Huck also came over to read his book. Can you tell I got a little comfortable? I took a quick nap. Can you blame me? I got pretty tired terraforming the other half of the island.

2. Museum date with Lyman. While the rest of us are all bundled up for the winter, Lyman opted for a more laidback, summer-y look visiting the museum. He braved the cool winter breeze wearing a sports tank. Being a good friend, I actually offered him a cozier outfit.

3. Star Wars play in the town plaza. I’m no stranger to some of my neighbors running around freely in the the town hall (not caring if they bump into you). They seem to really enjoy it. I was taken aback one night when I saw them playing with what appears to be a lightsaber. It kinda felt like I was being transported to a Star Wars set surrounded by a couple of Jedis. I got a bit jealous because I also want one.

Share your Animal Crossing experience with me in the comments. I’d love to know about them too. I hope you enjoy my little #acnh game update. Until next time!

Hello December!

Just like that it’s already December. To be honest, this year felt like the most unproductive time of my life. With the lockdown and restrictions caused by the pandemic, life’s movements have become limited, and some businesses and jobs were even put to a halt.

Even though I’m already looking forward to next year, I still can’t help but get excited with December. It’s my birth month after all. To celebrate this month, I’ll be posting some free downloadable calendars, wall papers, and e-cards (which will be posted randomly). I’ll post updates on Instagram and Twitter so you can check out my accounts (@buhnniestudio) from time to time.

Free December wallpaper for your phone!

This calendar features Miggy the puppy and Star – two of Buhnnie Studio’s main characters. Click the photo to check it out.

Hope you like my free wall paper. I also have a free December calendar which you can print and use on GoodNotes. This week’s e-card design is also available which you can check out here.

All illustrations were made with love and I hope they can somehow bring a smile in your face (even just for a tiny bit). Have a wonderful December and see you in my next blog!

Weekly Spread – Nov. 23-29

I haven’t shared my weekly spreads for a while so I thought it would be a good time to share my autumn themed weekly spread. With autumn in mind, I have designed my weekly spreads in different shades of brown, orange, and yellow. As we approach December and the change of season, that would mean a change of colors so I decided to savor this theme for a little bit.

Contrary to my usual pastel and colorful themes, this month carries some more muted tones but I still find my spreads cute nonetheless. I love how these simple pages turned out so I’m happy.

Leaves of different shapes and colors were spread on top of every page, boxes placed vertically to write the days of the week, and a small box at the bottom to write down important notes that happened during the week.

Ever since I transitioned from the typical dotted notebooks to the binder refill type of planner, I’ve been enjoying my journaling experience even more. I find that it gave me more flexibility to organize my life. I can place dividers to segregate my work, my personal plans, blog and art work plans, and even my notes from when I take online classes. If I want to put something else, I can simply detach the notes that I don’t need and replace them with something else. I could refill the pages of my binder if I need more space to write on. Another thing I love about my binder is that I could attach clear pockets to hold receipts or other important papers.

I’m also having fun sort of dressing up my planner. Recently, I added a couple of keyrings at the bottom to make my planner look pretty. I first bought my BT21 Shooky Metal Keyring since I’m obsessed with BT21. Well, Shooky looked lonely so I got another keyring. This time, I got if from one of my favorite online shops who sells amazing stickers and post cards, Lovesoup. I found this Lovesoup Peachy Enamel Keyring so adorable and perfect.

What do you think of my autumn themed spreads? Are you also into bullet journaling? What’s your theme for November? Share them with me in the comments. I’d love to know your thoughts.


A New Blog

Hello! Welcome to my new blog. From Happy Orchid, I’m off to a fresh start with a brand new name and new contents aside from my usual chitchat. With this new blog, I wanted to share not only my random thoughts and ideas but at the same time showcase my drawing skills (ok, I’m no pro but I’m looking for a venue to share my passion for drawing as well). I recently gifted myself with a new iPad which opened a whole new world of possibilities for me. It led me to dip my fingers in the world of digital art.

I have always been creative and art will always have a special place in my heart. When I was younger, I would draw and doodle whenever I had the time. I even participated in several art contests at school. I wasn’t academically inclined growing up but I would always excel in arts, dance, and sports. I still do the traditional way of drawing since I love to explore and create new themes and designs for my bullet journal. I also love to draw and make personalized cards for family and friends.

As I’m introduced to a new way of creating and drawing, I’m beyond excited to start my journey in digital art. I’ve always wanted to open my own stationery shop someday. With some practice and getting used to, who knows what the future holds? I’m up for the challenge!

With the launch of this new blog, I also want to introduce illustrations of my main characters Buhnnie, Milky, Miggy, and Star. They will make their debut appearances in my illustrations page soon. I hope to incorporate more artworks in this blog in the future. I plan on sharing printable calendars or downloadable wallpapers too someday. I really hope to turn this blog into a fun and exciting space for all my friends and new visitors alike.

I hope you can join me as I start this new journey.

Thank you for taking time to read my first blog post. I hope to connect with you again soon. Take care everyone!