Abbey Sy Shares Tips on Pursuing a Creative Lifestyle
The world is truly a beautiful mystery; it offers so much for us to explore and discover, but sadly, we tend to get too busy with our lives that we forget to take the time to appreciate the little things happening all around us. It's a massive world out there, and we are never too old, nor too young to start exploring new wonders. So dare to take chances and explore on a new creative journey each day, just like Abbey Sy.
The artist and best-selling author of The ABCs of Hand Lettering recently launched the first ever issue of ABC Magazine. With the theme "Student of Life," the magazine encourages artists, crafters, and makers everywhere to pursue greatness and create beautiful works of their own.
At the mag's launch, we were lucky enough to listen to Abbey share her process on following a creative journey. Here are the things we picked up.
- Go on a road trip.
"Sometimes all you need is a wisp of cold air and a change of scenery to fuel your creative energy."
Being stuck in one place can get a bit boring and hard for us to think clearly, so it's important to go on road trips once in a while. Take the time to have a quick get-away with your family or friends and explore new sceneries.
- Travel more often.
"It's nice to explore new things and see a bigger world rather than Manila."
We are regularly selfish in a sense that we live our own lives without seeing what the world has to offer. Pursuing a creative lifestyle is both wandering to and wondering about something new and unexpected. The world is a vast land full of new discoveries and adventures, so be daring to explore and immerse yourself in the different cultures around it. You'll be surprised at how much the world has in store for you.
- Explore a new locale.
"There's nothing like exploring a new locale through people watching and seeing the locals in their natural environment."
Give yourself a free time to go on a mini adventure, such as exploring a new locale. It can be anywhere around your area: a café, the local library, or the park. While you're at it, try observing the community and the environment around you. It creatively expands your perspective of other people and gives you a better understanding of the cultures you'll come across.
- Constantly read and write.
"What I love most about writing is that I get to share a piece of me in every work that I do—little pieces of me that are not the same with visual art. I love the idea of weaving words together, compiling stories, and being able to share something insightful and memorable through this medium."
Pursuing a creative lifestyle is also about reading and writing. Write about how you feel, your travels, learning, and experiences. So by the time you read back, you can imagine and reminisce the adventures you once had.
- Listen to music.
"Way back in high school, I developed the habit of listening to music everyday—on the way to school to pump up my morning, and late at night after doing homework while writing in my journal."
Music is like our constant companion, whenever we feel gloomy or unhappy it would be always there for us to alleviate our worries. Get creative by making playlists that suits your taste, and explore not only the rhythm of the song, but also the meaning of its lyrics.
- Ace your space.
"Working from an attic has given me a different perspective on home organization. From a little overlooked corner in our house, I eventually turned it into my bedroom and creative space."
Abbey shares one idea of having a creative lifestyle is to maximize your area. As we brainstorm, it's best to have a clean and tidy area so we wouldn't get distracted easily. Organizing our spaces helps us focus more efficiently and gives us a good environment to work in.
Are there any other tips you'd like to learn from Abbey Sy or any other artist? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Twitter @candymagdotcom!
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"Today, I Won"
I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.
When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.
For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.
After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.
It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.
To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.
Why our high school barkada is the best?
Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.
Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:
1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.
2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.
3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.
4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.
5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.
6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.
7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.
You're gonna bend and break and then at some point in your life, you feel like you don't want to fall in love again.
Not because you're no longer capable of loving but because you're so afraid to get hurt again that you don't want to take a risk anymore. And you're gonna wake up one day and realize that you're not the same person as you were yesterday. The heart aches, heartbreaks, frustration, you'll see, those will transform your whole being into something better.
Honey, move forward. Let go off all the things that are not meant for you. Let go of all the people who hurt you and take you for granted. Don't be stuck feeling miserable.
And don't turn that love into hate when you resent someone for hurting you or for breaking your heart. Just wish them well and let them go. Welcome the possibility of a beautiful love that will come your way. You're worthy of love that you keep on giving to other people. Keep that in mind.
I wish you well and all the happiness. You deserve it.
Here we are — with rough hands entwined, damned hearts at peace, broken souls resting with ease —savoring each passing moment before we part ways...hoping things will turn out to be okay. Here we are — standing still, keeping our earnest desire and ardent passion for each other at bay — hoping the Universe will finally grant us of the day that we no longer have to pretend... that things will no longer have to end.
Here we are — with crooked smiles, lingering touch that will last for a while -- gathering all the remaining courage to set each other free. Wishing for the day that our hearts will no longer have to worry. Here we are letting each other go. Even though we both know that the future is uncertain. Even though we're unsure if our paths will cross once again.