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6 Unique Ways To Start Having More Fun

9 Sep

So the story goes like this, one day when I was working at my desk, trying to re-design the interview form for my company. I wanted to include a question about “what the candidate does for fun”, to further understand how the candidate spend his/her free time enjoying life. I then turned to my colleague and asked her: So what do you do for fun? 

She looked at my for a moment and burst into tears. She told me she doesn’t have fun anymore. She is a wife, mother, and a working woman. She forgot how fun looks like.

Unfortunately, too many of us are just like her. We are busy for the children, taking care of the house, career, house chores… And we forget to have fun. 

Therefore I decide to have some fun every now and then. It can be as simple as eating my favourite chocolate ice cream, hanging out with friends, work on a passion project, or do something I have never tried before.

I notice that I become a better worker, spouse and person if I have fun in my life.

So today I would like to share with you six ways to add fun into your life:

1. Count Your Blessings

Be thankful for what you have in your life. People who count their blessings rather than complain about their troubles just naturally have more fun. Prevent negativity in your life and start writing down all the blessings in your life. You would realize life becomes more fun without much effort!

2. Daydream

Daydreaming is my favourite. I use to think that daydreaming is your mind’s way of sending your soul a message. It is the starting point of all wonderful things and inventions. If you daydream in a positive manner, you will be amazed at how creative your mind can be and the secrets it will tell you.

Take some time off to sit and be quiet and just let your mind wander. Daydream about the kind of life you would like to have, things you want to do. Anything is possible in dreams. Pay attention to what your mind is telling you, write it down in a journal.

As the saying goes, “If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.”

3. Design A New “You”

Oftentimes we can’t imagine ourselves stepping out of our comfort zone and doing something new and different. We get so locked into what we know that we can’t let go of who we think we are.

So this exercise is simple, think about designing a new “you”. Make up another self that you wished to be. By doing this, you will be more free and able to be anyone you desired.

This should be fun and freeing, so take it easy and make the new “you” to be anything you want. What characters would the new “you” have? What does the new “you” do for fun? How does the new “you” dress?

4. It’s Okay To Have Fun

So many people don’t give themselves permission to have fun because they think it will detract from their responsibilities.

Life is meant to be fun. What kid doesn’t love to see their mother or father having fun, especially if it’s with them?

Yes, we all have things that we are responsible for—kids, parents, house, job—but we need to remember to add in fun and give ourselves permission to have it. You’ll be a better person for it.

5. Yes You CAN

What we tell ourselves becomes our reality. If we think we can’t do something, then we can’t or won’t even try.

For example, let’s say someone suggests surfing as something you might find fun. If you tell yourself that you can’t even swim and you will never find balance on a surf board, you probably won’t even try surfing.

Stop reinforcing these limiting beliefs and start telling yourself you can do it.

6. Dress Up And Show Up

We all have a personal pool of quicksand inside us where we begin to sink and need friends and family to find us and remind us of all the good that has been and will be.

Take on every opportunity to dress up, put on your favourite jewellery and perfume. Go out and meet people, observe how people are having fun. And learn how to genuinely appreciate the good things and good people in your life.

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Below are the snippets of my first little 4WD adventure with my husband. One of the things I feel fun doing🙂

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Hope you find these tips useful and wish that you can bring some joy and fun into your life!

So, what do you do for fun?

XOXO Eryn

What My Mother Has Taught Me

2 Sep

“My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” ~Jodi Picoult

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When I was browsing through my old blog posts on http://www.millionmars.com, I come to realized that I do not have much pictures taken together with the most important woman in my life – my mother.

My mum is my inspiration. Since I was a child, I thought she epitomized glamour. Everything about her was and still is beautiful. Her hair, her jewelry, her smiles… She influenced me in various ways, from fashion sense to parenting style. She is always positive and she has the ability to bring warmth to everyone around her. Her eyes always glitter in happiness and her way of living is always fun to me!

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She has taught me about unconditional love. She has shown me how to love someone regardless of heated arguments, bad days, circumstances, distance, and everything in between. She has taught me that some loves come with no rules and no ending.

I am so happy that we finally have the “mother and daughter” pictures taken.

Special thanks to BVO Makeup for making both of us look so beautiful.

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If you are curious about how she looks like 30 years ago, click HERE.

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoy the shoot.

Have a great September everyone.

God bless you.

XOXO Eryn

 

 

Raffles University Iskandar Fashion Showcase 2016

15 Aug

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Last week, I have been invited by Raffles University Iskandar (RUI) to be their guest for RUI Fashion Showcase 2016, featuring works from their final year fashion design students.

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I was so excited that finally I got the opportunity to look at fashion designed here in Johor Bahru! And at the same time I did not know what to expect as this would be the first time I attend a fashion exhibition in Johor Bahru. When I finally arrived at RUI, I was truly fascinated by all the works presented by the aspiring fashion designers!

 

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Inspired by illustrations of local (JB) landmarks and London revolution. A collection of bold and powerful designs.

I am in awe.

All the details are well taken care of, from the selection of fabric to the efforts being put into sewing the waves together. I am very impressed by how the fashion designer can associates local elements with London revolution and created a collection as beautiful as this.

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My inspiration for this Mini collection is London Revolution.

The revolution was a transition to new, advance generation between 1820 and 1840. The changes included the efficiency of water power, steam power, factory system, transportation, agricultural and etc. These changes had improve the living standard of London and boost the economic growth as it had create job opportunity, manufacture and efficient ways of manufacture.

In Short, revolution of London had impact out surrounding, technology and lifestyle. The ancient building which left behind was sketch by Han Zhen as for preservation and also a remark of the hard work from the ancestors.

The revolution had symbolized by layers of “waves”. The technique of layering is observed from Han Zhen sketches. The effort of building up layers from Han Zhen can also be applied to the ancestors as their efforts for planning and working up the revolution. (Designer Qilin Chai)

 

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Inspired by the KTM train cabin in one of the designer’s trip to Kuala Lumpur.

“A collection inspired by journey from people daily routines and KTM commuter public transport. The boxy train circulates from a pick-up point to its terminal point and eventually back to its original point again. There are routines and principles that box us. World we are living is actually a virtual box-within-box. Life is a cycle, always back to square one…”
My collection is named Boxession (combination of box+obsession), designed Autumn/Winter 2017, targeted working ladies, women who might a stylist, celebrities, dancers, artists or photographers at the age range of 20-45 yrs old who love creative and 3D sculptural kind of fashion. Color range for the collection is black, white, yellow and blue which black, yellow and blue are the KTM logo colors. Fabrication selected is mainly linen as it is light enough with certain stiffness which help better for my designs in boxy forms.
Overall message to bring is we need not to be well-rounded, we can have edges, perspectives, we can be square. The box of life where life is a cycle, always back to square one. I have boxy elements applied but at the same time I reserve the basics. Back to square one, just like the train circulation as well as people routines which we repeat and repeat again. (Designer Shin Nee Kuan)

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At first glance, the fold lines and utilisation of shapes reminds me of Miyake Issey. The details are very delicate. The demure fashion designer showed me her sketches and explained about the elements that inspired her to create this collection really WOW me and I am sure I will never look at the train cabin the same way anymore.

The Mirror Of Illusion

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I am a big fan of illusion. Don’t you thing fashion itself is a form of illusion? This creative fashion designer combine geometry and stainless steel in her work.

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She is very adventurous in using unconventional fabrics and sew them together in a perfect way. I must say I truly find it fun to go through the collection and discover lots of little surprises, such as screws on the sleeves!

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I had a chat with the fashion design students and their lecturers after their presentation and found out that one of the lecturer Jennifer Kong is a senior fashion designer with a studio in London! It would be such a privilege to learn fashion design from her isn’t it?!

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Now after the show I feel like enrolling myself in the 3 years fashion design course. Hehe… *Kidding*

As a girl born and bred in Johor Bahru, it really made me feel proud that local JB designers can create amazing work like this. I have seen enough to tell you that these are of those quality designs.

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To all the RUI fashion design students, I wish all of you a big success in pursuing your fashion design career and made us JB people proud!

XOXO Eryn

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