For this year’s Memorial Day weekend, we have plenty to celebrate: my father’s recovery, my niece’s middle school graduation, my nephew’s 12th birthday party this weekend, and my cousin-in-law’s recent job promotion. We had a huge BBQ family gathering at my cousin’s house yesterday (Sunday), and of course, we had our usual family bondings from talking about general (non-family/non-personal) issues, eating plenty of homemade food, playing some games, taking photos, and everything else. I wasn’t able to get my nephew a gift (what do 12-year-old boys like nowadays?), but my parents did give him something. I did give my niece a present for her graduation and her belated birthday (a few weeks ago): an after sun care skincare set from one of my favorite go-to places for Korean skincare: The Face Shop.
And, I’d like to spread out well-wishes to the families who have loved ones who served our country, as well as those who are still with us today. We think of a few things1 for this day: service, faith, pride (for our country and its people), and sacrifices. It’s not about what others have done for us, but it’s also a day of self-reflection for the rest of us (that’s what I think anyway). Looking back, what sacrifices have I made that may have benefited others? What have I done to serve my community? What were some of the things that I felt most proud of? Lastly, how strong is my faith in pretty much everything with the world going on right now?
These past few days have been fulfilling. These past few days also gave me a lot of stress too. But, I’m right past all these and ready to move forward.
The fulfilling days
Our Lady of Piat came to us for a visit in our home. We went through a healing novena this entire week. We just finished the novena two days ago and Our Lady is ready to leave the house and visit another house in need most of her healing. The problem is, she is still waiting for her ride home. They were supposed to come and pick her up today, however, they just canceled their visit and will have to wait until tomorrow.
And yes, these were indeed fulfilling. The prayers were truly worth it. Earlier today, when my brother asked my dad if he is well enough for him to travel far again and Dad bragged that today, he feels a lot stronger than Mom. Both of them suffered through cancer, and both of them, very much alike in some ways, have fought through them and gained the upper hand.
Even though Our Lady’s visit is complete, the prayers will still continue. The prayers don’t stop there.
The stressful days
This is a tie-in to this entry.
There wasn’t anything mentioned about the other person shouldn’t be working on a project with similar ideas and concepts as the one who first planned of opening that similar project and actually working on it for almost two months. There was no mention that the one who first planned on opening that particular project declared that her idea and plans were original and the first of its kind.
However, there should be some certain guidelines, or rather, courtesy regarding this particular issue. When you start opening a project with a similar aim and focus as the friend who was already working on that similar type of project, you are on your own. This includes your content, your research, your aim, your designs/themes, and of all things, the color schemes too. There are plenty of resources and inspirations all around you, through Google searches, books, and just things and places around you. Don’t expect the friend whom you got your ideas/inspirations from help you with every single detail that would only benefit you because that friend would be solely focusing on her own project. It’s only natural, of course.
If you ask for feedback, ask someone else not involved with this project dilemma. I plan on asking my nieces and real life friends (as they are locals) for feedback instead. After all, my target audience is women with similar interests as this project’s aim. Know your target audience also.
To some certain people, just isolating myself without disturbance of any kind so I can solely focus on this project and other things (such as online classes), as I quote them, “immature.” I know how people are, it’s happened before.2 Even when you tell them you’re busy and have no time to chat and listen to their own smaller dilemmas, they’re not going to leave you alone. I had no choice but to do what I have to do just so I can have my peace and quiet.
That’s it for this entry. Time for dinner.