30-Day Challenges: Freedom from Fried and Hahaha

Georgia O’Keefe died in March 6, 1986 and was born again 9 months later on December 7, 1986 as… Me. Well, isn’t that funny. The truth is I don’t know her. At least not yet.  I was browsing through one of my favorite blogs, Brain Pickings (trust me, this is the perfect place to hang out in when you want to feed your mind and artsy soul) and chanced upon this quote by the said lady:

“Anyone with any degree of mental toughness ought to be able to exist without the things they like most for a few months at least.”

It is almost fate, since I really just went online this lovely morn-eve to announce my next two 30-day challenges. Continue reading

Just Don’t Do It: Subtraction is Creation

Usually we stop doing certain things because they’re bad habits. I consider my Facebook addiction a bad habit, for example, so I got off it for 30 days. 2 years back, I did the same for social media in general. Since then I realized how effective 30-day challenges are in terms of letting go of previous habits and building new ones. And so I started applying the same for food: I’ve done a month of no rice, another of no junk (spell: fast food, chips and soft drinks). I’ve attempted a month of no alcohol (and failed on the 27th day). The latest I’ve done, which I finished 2 weeks back involved not eating sweets. Sweets, for chrissakes!

In every challenge, the basic rule is this: choose one thing you think you need to let go of, and just don’t do it. For 30 days.

It’s so simple, and yet it’s a very big commitment. There’s so much teeth-gritting involved, that I won’t be surprised if normal people would think of it as self-deprivation. I mean, Vida, why the hell do you do this to yourself? Continue reading

Why Facebook is like Junk Food

I’m one day away from going back to Facebook. I’m not excited.

Once in a while I give myself these mini challenges in which I get rid of one thing I’m addicted to for 30 days. Today is my day 29 without Facebook.

It started back in 2012, when I caught myself mindlessly refreshing social network feeds every single second. At that time, I remember I wasn’t even reading the feeds anymore – my finger just sort of automatically swiped down within my social apps as a force of habit. It was time consuming, to say the least. So one day, I was just, hey you know what, I’m gonna get rid of you all. And I did. I let go of my four basic sins completely: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.

4 days came and went, and then 14 days… You’d think that at day 30 I’d be so concerned about all the things I’ve missed out on in the online world. But it was quite the opposite. Being offline meant I had extra time and mind space to be more productive, read real books, write blog posts that are more than 140 characters long, and in general, ingest things that are of quality and value. Continue reading

About Page – July 2012

If you are meeting me for the first time, I hope it’s love at first sight. Oh, I could be a little bit weird and crazy sometimes, but what the hell.

They say that what you write (or draw or build or sing or kiss) often reflect who you are. And so in this section, I’m going to tell you a bit about myself – I hope you have a barf bag on hand. If you happen to decide to keep reading after this, please don’t say you haven’t been warned.  Continue reading

We are sort of under construction

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This was us before (pertaining to the photo above), and you may have seen this then if by some stroke of un-luck you have come across this blog.

We are under construction at the moment though. Or, more aptly, we are in a transition phase between this and that, and we thought you should know. There will be some changes, and experiments, and a lot of things probably won’t work as we have imagined. Nevertheless…

 

For you, this 2014: Make Beautiful Things

In the beginning of 2013, one of my commitments to myself was to write more – both here in my blog and in my personal journal. I was pretty consistent in the first few months, and was very happy about that for a while. But then, as with most new year’s resolutions (and as a result of certain life circumstances), I lost my rhythm. At one point, I just stopped.

In my list of 2013 goals, there are a couple more boxes I have yet to tick. Funny thing is, looking at it now, I don’t feel bad at all. Because that whole time I wasn’t following the plans I put on paper last January, I was busy discovering things that I never thought I’d like, worlds that didn’t even exist in my imagination. I was finding out my own complexities and imperfections, abilities and inabilities. I was meeting interesting people I never would have met had I not decided to step down from the train of mundane life to walk around and appreciate the scenery outside once in a while.

A lot of things didn’t go as planned, in short. But man, things are beautiful. And I’m not talking about circumstances. I’m talking about the world. People from all walks of life are doing and creating and making beautiful things every minute of the day. It is jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, breath-taking, a-mazing.

And so with child eyes, here is my wish:

Dear You,

This coming year, I hope that you make beautiful things.

I hope that once in a while you create some art – paint, or write, or dance, or sing, or cook, or do Capoeira; or maybe pole dance, or play with hula hoops, or poi, or a staff, or maybe fire (the simplest things can be very sexy). At work, produce something that you’d be truly proud of at the end of the day because of its sheer beauty. I hope that you make beautiful relationships with your mom and dad, your grandparents, brothers and sisters and friends, your lovers… and strangers! Make surprising friendships with people you don’t know. It doesn’t matter how long they last. Everything in this world is transitory.

I hope that things don’t work out exactly as you have planned them. And that because of this you discover more beauty than what you already know. I hope you surprise yourself with the intensity of beauty that you can create.

We are all just passing by in this world. Might as well make beautiful things. Might as well make things beautiful.

Stay handsome in your madness. Happy New Year. :)

My wishes in the previous years:
2013: http://vidasioson.com/2013/here-and-now/
2012: http://vidasioson.com/2012/for-you-this-2012/

Blessed May Be An Overused Word

There are many things to be grateful for today. And so despite my tired bones and sleepy eyes at this hour, I feel obliged to write them down lest they fade away into dreams.

Here’s the reality: I am blessed.

I just came from a whole-day yoga event called Global Mala Project Manila. I was supposed to be up and about by 10:30 am for the second class, but I ended up staying in bed a few hours more as a result of my long and sleepless week. (I must say, even that sleeplessness is a blessing in itself.) Continue reading

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