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Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness :)

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1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. 

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else. 

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything. 

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
— Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness 
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living in thought bubble (n.) - being in a state of doing things as it normally is; kicking other reasons aside even if one’s moment and feelings already passed by ©

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How’s your week?

I’m in a state of being my laziest as a photographer = no lookbook and blog posts and just because I like to blame the weather here in Manila. :p

To make up for that, I’ll just update you how my not-so-interesting week was. :)

The day my sister got her phone. It is HTC 1X, she got it on the day it was released here in Manila. Geek much?! Me labs yah! Haha! :* 

Monday, I was completely alone at the office the whole day! They have meetings all over the metro, so I have no choice but to man the office. :/ Thus, this is the result. #boredom :))

My exercise everyday, is to pass through four malls in Makati, cross EDSA via MRT station, and walk another four blocks on my way home. And just because this bus stop made me smile last Tuesday. :”>

What I wore last Wednesday. Talk about lazy-summer outfit? ;D

Reposted this photo via Instagram to greet my buddy in crime a happy birthday ♡ #bdaysalubong

A Thursday lunch out with Gelo. Let’s do longer catch ups soon please? :)

One more reason to love Metro Market (other than their affordable prices), is they have Box Day twice a week - one is Friday I believe. Meaning, they are not using plastics to wrap our groceries! As how our foreign neighbor puts it “wow, that’s dedication!” 

And today, I now own these lovely clothes :D 

PS: All photos were posted on my Instagram account. To see more, follow me: elleroj@gmail.com :D 

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