{ my blog }

  • Grounded and Present As Who We Are

    As an air sign, during times of disquietudes, I really need to keep myself grounded. It’s important for me to develop some personal grounding practices on a daily basis. ⁠ ⁠ I realized that if I allow myself to fall into the rabbit hole of

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  • The Day of Silence

    The morning sunlight that spilled through the curtain bathed my bed in its early glow. I opened my eyes to the chirping of the birds and the rustling of the leaves faraway. Nobody worked in the rice fields today. Nobody started their motorbikes’ engines. Nobody

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  • What Is Your Creative Loophole?

    I started this morning by sipping a cup of coffee over my Kindle, reading The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry. The book plays around with the idea of these 3 main qualities people in creative businesses need to have to establish a rhythm that supports

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  • How to Begin from the End

    In We Wanted to Be Writers, John Irving said that he wrote a novel by writing the last line first. “I work my way backward from the end of the novel,” he says, “which is the first thing I know, to what the first chapter should be.

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  • Approaching Your Writing Practice: What to Write About?

    In my writing workshops (either fiction or non-fiction), I always highlight the importance of writing practice to the participants–and encourage them to make a reasonable schedule they can follow to do this practice. I don’t require them to do their writing practice every day, but

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  • The Art of Frequenting Coffee Shops

    Sipping coffee is our way to fall in love with the bittersweet. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hanny | Writer | Amsterdam (@beradadisini) on Mar 3, 2016 at 12:44am PST It always begins with a closed door. And from what it

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  • When Meditating Feels Hard

    When meditating feels hard, I watch a candle or an incense burns in silence. I fix my gaze onto the flame, the glowing dot; following each movement and noticing each moment of changes; no matter how minuscule: that second when the candle melt, when something

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  • The Misconception of Self-Care

    I used to think that ‘self-care’ means taking the time to do the things that will make you feel good. At the time, the first few things that crossed my mind when I heard about self-care weren’t far from instant gratification: treating yourself to a

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