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Inspired and Colorful Life: Doors of Opportunity – A Coloring Journal

I’m super pumped! That’s because my first inspirational coloring journal is available on sale!!

Inspired and Colorful Life: Doors of Opportunity – a coloring journal

inspired and colorful life: doors of opportunity - a coloring journal

 

I spent the last few months of 2017 to work on this. It took me a while, but I was able to publish this bad boy on Jan 1, 2018. When I ordered the first copy for review, I had to touch up a few things. The final version has been republished and this finally arrived on Tues Feb 20th!

I wanted to do a line of inspirational journals because, let’s face it, life is pretty difficult and can get in your face. Sometimes, I depend on motivational quotes to get me back on my feet. No matter how many times I’d read/heard a quote before, I know I need to hear it again when I’m down. I also like coloring, so I thought, why not put the two together.

When I first thought of this, I had a few ideas as to what I wanted to come up with. This first book is door themed. The reason being that I’d been thinking a lot about what kind of opportunities were available to me. And as you know the saying, when opportunity knocks, answer that door. So I wanted to use this to kick start my journals.

In this journal, there are 12 coloring pages, plus 130 pages. These journal pages are lightly lined, so you can write, doodle, sketch, etc. The following are a few photos of what you can find inside.

I made a quick video to showcase the book. Check it out below! If you’re interested, you can get your copy on Amazon!

 

Tim S. Grover’s Relentless: I OWN THIS

This is my second entry for the “Secret Sauce” series. My goal for this year is to learn the secret behind successful people and share what I learned every month under this series. When I wrote the Jim Rohn post, I was hoping to compose one entry every two weeks, but realistically, I can only put together one entry per month. So my goal is to have 12 secret sauces by the end of 2018! I hope they will inspire you, as much as they’ll inspire me.

As I had mentioned in my last post, Tim Grover was one of the two people who kicked my butt into high gear at the end of last year. After giving birth to my son, I’d wanted to work on my projects, but I couldn’t get myself to do anything. I sabotaged myself with a lot of negative self talk to the point where I got super depressed and felt worthless. Then I came across Tim Grover, and Jim Rohn. These two power houses got me out of the little slump I was in. And now, each and every day, I push myself to do even a little bit. So without further ado, this post is dedicated to Tim Grover’s book, Relentless: From Good To Great To Unstoppable. I highly recommend reading this book.

Tim S Grover Relentless I OWN THIS

Tim S Grover Relentless I OWN THIS

Tim S. Grover’s Relentless: I OWN THIS

In this book, Tim Grover defines relentless as a mindset, where a person craves the end result so intensely that the work becomes irrelevant. He calls them the cleaners. He goes on to distinguish the three types of people: the cooler, the closer and the cleaner. The coolers are ones who will get the job done, but are not extraordinary. The closers are ones who will delivery great results, as long as not too many variables are presented to them. The cleaners are those who will provide exceptional results, each and every single time.

Tim Grover Relentless 13

Relentless 13

The following are the 13 traits that a cleaner possesses.

  • Keep pushing yourself harder when everyone else has enough
  • Get into the zone, shut out everything else and control the uncontrollable
  • You know exactly who you are
  • Have a dark side that refuses to be taught to be good
  • Not intimidated by pressure, you thrive on it
  • You’re the “in case of emergency” button
  • You don’t compete with anyone, you find your opponent’s weakness and attack
  • You make decisions, not suggestions. You know the answer when everyone else is still asking questions
  • You don’t have to love the work, but you’re addicted to the result
  • You’d rather be feared than liked
  • You trust very few people, and for those you trust, they better not let you down
  • You don’t recognized failure, there is more than 1 way to get what you want
  • You don’t celebrate your achievements, you always want more

 

Find your #1 Focus

Since Tim works closely with elite athletes, the above lists contain elements that are specific to them, for example, you’d rather be feared than liked. So, it may not seem applicable to our every day lives. But out of everything, one important thing that he mentioned is, you need to find your #1 focus. There are too many times when people become jack of all trades and master of none.

Tim Grover Relentless Find your #1 focus

“You must find that one thing, so you can say, ‘I do ___ this___.’

And then you keep working on it, so that you can do it better than anyone else.”

I think this is very important. Take some time to figure out what exactly you want to work on. Instead of going horizontal, go vertical, and get really really good at something. One of my problems is I have so many interest, my focus gets spread too thin and I end up not accomplishing ANYTHING! There are way too many shiny objects in this world. When I check out instagram, I find this one person so good at this, and I find this other person so good at that, and I want to learn it all! This definitely is one aspect I need to work on, focus on ONE thing.

 

Get The Mind Strong

As I mentioned before, being relentless is a mindset. You can’t commit to excellence before your mind can take you there. Tim Grover says that a lot of people would train physically first, and then briefly touch on training the mind. But this is going at it backwards. Because if you don’t get your mind ready, your body is going to control you. I truly believe this is one aspect that got my life turned around. There are so many unpredictable things that can happen during a day. With my son changing every day, we need to adapt to his changes. So instead of getting upset about how he’s taking my time away from my projects, and complaining how tired I am because of him, I deliberately shifted mentally in order to overcome this challenge.

Tim Grover Relentless get the mid strong

“Get the mind strong, so the body can follow. You control your body, it doesn’t control you.”

Decide, Commit, Act, Succeed, Repeat

In order to figure out the #1 focus, here’s what you need to do.

Tim Grover Relentless make plan act

  • Ask yourself where you are now
  • where you want to be instead
  • what you’re willing to do to get there
  • then Make a plan to get there
  • and Act on it

In other words: Decide, Commit, Act, Succeed, Repeat

It’s very important that the goals you set must be realistic. For example, if your goal is to do exercise everyday, but you can only do it three times a week, then you’ve set yourself up for failure. But no matter what it is, you need to do something you don’t like every day. If you skip one day, then you’ll have two things you don’t want to do the next day, then 3, then 4, then pretty soon, you’ll kick yourself for not accomplishing anything, and you’ll need to overcome a mental barrier in addition to a physical one. For me, the two projects I want to work on are to create my inspirational journals, and get better at lettering. And I aim to work on one of these two things every day, even if I only have 5 minutes.

I Own This

Tim Grover Relentless fuck try

F*ck try! Trying is an open invitation to failure. Just another way of saying, if I fail, it’s not my fault.

One of cleaner’s attitude is, “I own this”. So you need to take on the responsibility to do everything you can. Good things come to those who wait work! It doesn’t take talent to work hard. It takes a willingness to be dedicated, to improve, to be better.

And don’t be a jealous of someone if you have the same opportunity and you let it slip away. When you see other people succeeding, that’s because they did the work. Stop thinking and do something. I think this is a very important lesson for me. In order to grow my instagram, I have to check out a lot of other people’s instagram accounts. As much as I say don’t compare to other people, it’s hard not to compare. It can get really discouraging when I see all these people who are traveling and having exciting lives, or seeing how other mommys taking care of multiple kids, and nailing it! But at the end of the day, you just have to do something. If you don’t do it, you’ll just be standing still, and then before you know it, you’ll be left behind and feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t want to be left behind.

 

Five, Six, or Seven

One of the stories that really touched me was his training with Michael Jordan.

“After every game, I used to ask Michael one question: five, six or seven?

As in, what time are we hitting the gym tomorrow morning?

And he’d snap back a time, and that was it. especially after a loss, when there wasn’t a whole lot else to say. No discussion, no debate, no lame attempt to convince me he needed the morning off. You good? I’m good. See you in the morning.

And the next morning at whatever time he’d decided, he’d awaken to find me standing outside his door. No matter what had happened the night before – good game, bad game, soreness, fatigue – he was up working out every morning while most of the other guys slept.”

Five, six or seven? This reminds me of articles on dealing with kids. You make them feel like they’re in control by offering them choices, but within limits. Like if they want a snack, you can let them choose between a banana or an apple. It’s an interesting concept.

I’d like to end with this:

Tim Grover Relentless true measure

“The true measure of an individual is determined by what you can’t measure: commitment, persistence,

and the instinctive power of the muscle in your chest/heart.”

There is no short cut, only hard work. You don’t have to love the work, you just have to crave the end result.

For me, it’s a struggle every day. It doesn’t get easier. But I do as much as I can everyday even if it’s only a little bit. I highly recommend reading this book. If you’ve read it, what did you think of it? Do you have any other inspirational speakers you’d like to recommend?  If you do, leave a comment below!

 

Jim Rohn’s Secret of Success: “Could, Should, Will”

I’m a sucker for listening to motivational speakers. But I find that I’d only get motivated by them for a short period of time, and then my momentum would stop for whatever reason. I’d tried many, many times, and this pattern would continue. I would end up getting super frustrated and discouraged. It can be extremely upsetting.

Then on December 23rd, 2017, I came across Skinny Confidential’s article called “How To Be A Relentless Badass“. In it, Lauryne Evarts talked about Tim S. Grover’s book called Relentless. I got curious and did a search on the book. I was psyched after reading this summary (five, six, or seven?) and immediately searched for youtube videos on him! After watching the video, I was determined to be unstoppable! And if you know me, I believe that once you’re on a roll and start having one attitude/feeling in your life, that attitude/feeling would continue. Later that night, I received Mike Shreeve’s (I also follow him) daily email. In it, he once again talked about how Jim Rohn changed his life. This time, instead of dismissing the email like every other time, I said to myself maybe I should learn more about Jim Rohn.

BAM!! Jim Rohn changed my life forever!

 Jim Rohn Secret of Success: Could, Should, Will

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 

Jim Rohn’s Secret of Success: “Could, Should, Will”

I found this 4.5-hour video of Jim Rohn teaching a workshop on How To Have Your Best Year Ever. I know this is a video I’m going to watch over and over and over again in the future. The following is a summary for myself. I highly recommend you watch the video. So what makes Jim Rohn so great? He hits you in the face to bring you back to reality! If you’re not happy with where you are at, if you’re not doing what you want to do, if you feel really crummy about life, it’s all because of you!

“YOU MESSED UP!”

Yes, it hurts like a bitch, because it is the truth, and the truth hurts.

So now we’ll move onto his lessons. This is a long summary of 4.5 solid hours of life-changing material.

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 Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 5 pieces of Life puzzles

5 Major Pieces of Life’s Puzzle

First Jim Rohn talks about the five fundamental principles of life.

In the first fundamental, he teaches about how to set up your philosophy, or what he calls the set of sail. You must realize that you have to stop blaming your environment/circumstances. If you feel that you’re not where you are at, then you need to admit that you’re the problem. He wants to make you understand that, success is simple. If you could do something (for example, you could eat an apple a day to have a healthier life), and you should do something (you should eat that apple everyday), and you will do it (you’ll actually eat that apple), then miracle will happen. But you need to do it every day, because the definition of success is “a few simple disciplines practiced every day”.

The second is to get the proper attitude, this is where discipline comes in. Don’t feel discouraged about what has happened up to now, let it be a teacher, so you understand where you’ve messed up. The main idea is, you can’t just become motivated. You need to be able to distinguish between the good (eg. apple), vs. the bad (eg. Hershey bar) habits, so you can make wise decisions. Or as he mentions in the video, if you get someone motivated on the wrong things, you’ll get a “motivated idiot”! As a side note, I strongly believe this is where my down fall is. I would get motivated, but don’t have a clear view of the proper habits I must take, so if something happens, the momentum would stop and I can’t get it going again. This is a big realization for me!

The third fundamental is activity. This is where you combine your philosophy and attitude, and put it into action, or what you call, plant the seed, so that “Could, Should, Will” turns into miracle. In order to get the best out of activity, you need to 1) Do what you can, and 2) Do the best you can.

The fourth is result, which is “to take measureable progress in reasonable time”. You must check your progress and be truthful to yourself. If you’re doing well, great! Keep up the good work! If you’re not doing well, then you must accept the result, and make changes!  Your result is a clear reflection on your philosophy, attitude and activity.

The last one is lifestyle. Basically, you have to be able to design a lifestyle that you can elevate your life. For example, if you want to have a happier life, you need to put in the effort to study and practice happiness, so that you become happier. You have to set this up so that you become a better version of yourself.

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Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 4 Major Lessons In life

4 Major Lessons in Life to Learn

Next, Jim Rohn offers his 4 Major Lessons in Life.

“Life and Business is like the seasons.

You can’t change the seasons, but you can change yourself.”

It all boils down to the wax and wane of the seasons.

There’ll always be “winter” or hardship. You must learn to handle the down and difficult times. During this phase, you can make a list of improvement you’d like to make, so that you become wiser, stronger, and better.

Then “spring” follows, where opportunities offer themselves. You must take advantage at this point to plant seeds, and you must take urgent steps to seize the opportunities.

Afterwards is “summer”, where it is important to “nourish and protect”. This is the stretch of time to nourish the good and defend against the bad. The bad can be external or internal. This includes fighting against bad habits, and up keeping the good ones.

Then finally comes the “fall”, or harvest time, where you must accept the harvest without complaint and without apology. If your harvest is poor, then you must take on the responsibility. If it’s a good harvest, then accept it with pride.

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Then he goes on to personal development, if you want to have more, you have to become more. Personal development is where we become more valuable ourselves, so that we can bring more value to the market place.

“Don’t wish it’s easier, wish you’re better.

Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.”

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 5 abilities to develop 5 Abilities to develop in Personal Development

Be able to absorb everything. In addition to all the lessons/skills you’d like to learn, you also need to learn to absorb things that are happening around you. Be present in the moment. Wherever you are, be there.

Second is learn to respond, so that you can feel all the emotions. It is important to learn how to feel and respond, so that you can connect with other people.

Third is to learn to reflect, so you can make a conscious effort to remember, and build on each day. By the end of the day, take a few minutes to reflect. By the end of the week, take a few hours to reflect. By the end of the month, take half a day to go over the month. By the end of the year, take a full weekend to review. “Reflect to make the past more powerful to serve you in the future.”

Next is to be able to take action when the idea is hot. If you delay acting, then there is something called the law of diminishing intent. Once the time has lapsed, the probability of you acting on it decreases drastically. So you need to have the discipline to do something right away when you come across something that you feel would benefit you. Jim Rohn also raised an important point. He links discipline with a person’s self-worth/self-esteem. If a person doesn’t have a proper philosophy, and doesn’t have good discipline, his/her value erodes and it is what leads to poor self-esteem.

“The key to taking action: do what you can, do the best you can, and rest very little. 

Make rest a necessity, not the objective. For the objective of life is not to rest, but to act.”

Lastly, learn to share and pass your knowledge along to someone else. Sharing is important, because each time you share, your knowledge of the subject deepens and you grow as a result of sharing.

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Goal Setting

Next he talks about how to set goals. Setting goals is important, because you’re giving yourself a clear picture/vision, and it is a promise you’re making to yourself. If the vision is not clear, you’ll not be willing to pay the price. So how do you go about setting goals? First is to WRITE IT DOWN! Then,

“Set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them.” 

I really love this one, because no matter what goals you set, the end result should not be focusing on what you’ll get, but who you’ll become.

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Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" communication

Communication

I really like the part he talks about communication. That’s because words can make people see. If you are able to share your stories with others who are in the same boat, you can give them encouragement. The four points to good communication are: 1) have something good to say, 2) say it well, 3) be able to read your audience and adjust what you have to say, and 4) mix your well chosen words with the proper emotion.

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4 Parts to Turn Your Day Around

Lastly, he talks about the four things you need to turn your day around.

  1. Disgust – have the feeling that you’ve had enough of whatever situation you’re in.
  2. Decision – decide that you want to change
  3. Desire – you must have that desire to change
  4. Resolve – promise yourself you’ll never give up. You’ll keep doing it until you get it.

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There’re also a few things I want to mention that he talked about.

First is, whatever you learn, you must write it down. Make sure to keep a journal, so that you don’t forget! Write down the lessons, write down your reflections.

The second is, the three best treasures one can leave behind are your photos, your library and your journals.

The third is, make sure you set up a budget, so that you work toward it.

And lastly, his final words:

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" help people, work on gifts

“Learn to help people with their lives,… touch people… build lives with setting goals.

If you work on your gifts, they will make room for you.” 

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No words can explain how much Jim Rohn’s video has touched me. If you’ve read up to here, thank you for sticking with me. I hope that my summary has somewhat inspired you to check out his video so that you can learn directly from him. After watching his video, I have managed to complete my inspirational journal called Inspired and Colorful Life (which is available on sale on Amazon! I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive so I showcase my book). It’s already Jan 14th, and for the past two weeks, I’ve been working on something to better myself every day. Once again, I really hope that you will check out the video and learn from this man. Comment below if you’ve decided to watch the video! I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did you find it? Which part inspired you the most? If you have other motivational speakers you love to listen to, I would love to hear about them too!

I aim to learn and share something like this on my blog once every two weeks month. It will be under the category, “Secret Sauce“. I’ll be starting on Relentless within the next few days, so I will be sharing about some of the lessons and thoughts in my next post!

An Emotional Year – A 2017 Review

How can it be 2018 already? 2017 had sneaked by so quickly I need to figure out where it went! It felt like we’d somehow pressed the fast forward button after the birth of our child and we got stuck in the fast forward  mode! 2017 was definitely a year filled with many different emotions and many firsts. In this post, I would like to focus on a few highlights, and my goals for 2018.

2017 Emotional Year In Review

Published 2 colouring travel journals

Wander In Colour Wander In Colour: With Cats
In January and March, I published my Wander in Colour, and Wander in Colour: With Cats coloring travel journals. They were a continuation of the coloring travel journal series called Wander In Colour. I am super proud of them, because within a few months, I was able to put together two journals despite of the nausea I felt from my pregnancy. It was a lot of work, but I pulled through!

 

Being pregnant for the first half of the year

I admit that my pregnancy wasn’t bad. Compare to other people, I am sure mine was a breeze. But I don’t want to sugarcoat it, it wasn’t totally pleasant. I was nauseous for the majority of my pregnancy and I couldn’t eat a lot, so Anthony was always concerned that I wasn’t eating enough. Anyway, one of the things we really looked forward to was taking the baby bump photo every week. It was really cool to see my transformation each week. Here’re two sample bumpies!

 

Giving birth and living with Beanie

On Jun 2nd, 2017, I gave birth to our son. I wrote a short piece about my birthing experience here. I definitely caught a little of the postpartum blues. It felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster all the time, and every little thing would make me tear up. One moment, I would be super elated, and the next I would get extremely frustrated/emotional. One of the things I hated (and still do) the most was breastfeeding/pumping. My ducts would get clogged and my right nipple would close up all the time. When this happened, I would have to spend 2-3+ hours trying to fix the problem. I would always get super frustrated and upset and would end up crying all the time. All I can say is that Anthony is the greatest husband and dad. He was always there for me. He took care of many many things, and he would help out to let me rest. I’m blessed to have a husband like that!

Living with Beanie was a big learning curve. It took both of us some time to figure out how to take care of him, what he wants, getting a hang of things, and we’re still trying to do that daily! It’s both frustrating and rewarding at times. One of the things I regretted not doing is to keep a journal on his development during the past 7 months. He’s 7 months now, and he’s changed and grown so much! The only thing we tried to do consistently is take photos of him. But I feel like I need to do more, because I know I will forget, and I want to remember. I really want to start documenting his milestones.

7 months old as of Jan 2nd!

Had my first physical book sale!

I had the opportunity to have my first book sale on Sept 30th and Oct 1st during the Crafteria event held by Across U-hub. I didn’t sell a lot of books, but it was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase my colouring travel journals with the world. As I mentioned in my post, up til that point, I’d only sold my books online (on Amazon). So it was nice to be able to show people what my books are about, and how to use them. It was a great learning experience!

crafteria wander piggy booth setup

 

The re-emergence of my children book ideas

I’ve had the idea of creating children activity books since the end of 2015. But whenever it comes, due to my lack of illustration skills, I would end up putting it aside. This time, after I went on maternity leave, the idea of creating children activity book re-emerged again. I think it’s because I want to create it so I can do it with my son. I worked a little bit on it, and I got a chance to bounce my idea off my mentor. But because I need time to work on the illustrations, I’ve put a temporary hold on the project AGAIN. This year, I really want to work on this, so I can get the books going.

Ricky and RIley's Adventure

Got kicked in the rear (x2)

On December 23rd, I came across this post called “How to be a Relentless Badass” by The Skinny Confidential, which led me to dig a little deeper about Tim Grover’s book, Relentless. That’s when I found this book summary which inspired me a lot. At the same time, I was introduced to Jim Rohn, and ended up watching his “How to Have Your Best Year Ever” video, which woke me up. I’d always enjoyed reading motivational articles or watching motivational videos, and I’d been trying to “get back onto the wagon” since July. But I found it very difficult to keep at it. Since listening to Tim Grover and Jim Rohn, I now take on full responsibility and have become very productive. I am fortunate to get a chance to listen to these two men. I’ll do a post on each of these men’s lessons within the next few weeks.

 

Published my first coloring inspirational journal

I had been working on a coloring inspirational journal since September. I thought I would be able to get it done by October. But excuses got a hold of me, so I didn’t get to work on it consistently. This got pushed back into November, and then well into December. After the two butt kicks mentioned previously, I buckled down and stepped up my game. On Jan 1st, 2018, I published my very first, coloring inspiritaional journal called Inspired and Colorful Life: Doors of Opportunity! I’m super excited that I got to start this year with a bang!!

2017 was a great year! It was challenging and there were a lot of ups and downs. I had to get through a lot of hurdles in order to get things done. But I am glad that I got a chance to shift my mindset. I will work my hardest to keep it up! So now, let’s go onto the…

 

2018 GOALS

It’s already Jan 3rd! So I would like to list the things I would like to work on in 2018.

Work on 2 children activity books – Be able to start working on the illustrations/generate the activities, find an editor for my stories. Learn more about children books.

Publish my 2nd Inspired and Colorful Life  – Now that I have one coloring inspirational journal, I would like to publish another one, hopefully I can publish it by March.

Publish my 4th Wander in Colour? This may or may not happen, but just keeping it on here.

Learn calligraphy – practice every day, post my progress 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri).

Learn something in regards to personal development and share 2 times a month (Sunday).

Record Beanie’s progress every day – so I will always remember.

 

There you have it! I am super pumped about this year! There will be many different things happening too, so I really look forward to it. What about you? What have you planned for this year? Share it with me down below! I’d love to hear what your goals are, and maybe we can keep each other accountable! 😀

 

 

First Book Sale Experience

I held my first book sale at the Crafteria event hosted by Across U-hub this weekend. It was by far the most exciting and nerve wracking event ever! In addition to experiencing many firsts, I was able to get a better vision for Wander Piggy. In this blog, I would like to share my experience with you.

Wander Piggy First Book Sale Experience

First Book Sale Experience

Concerns prior to the book sale

Before Crafteria, I only sold my books online through Amazon. When Cecilia asked me whether I would be interested to sell them at the Crafteria event, I got super excited, and then extremely nervous. There were a few reasons why I was nervous. First of all, I don’t physically stock my books, so I was concerned about whether or not the books would arrive on time after I place the order. Next, Anthony already decided to attend WordCamp Toronto to further his knowledge in making websites. This meant we had to look for someone to take care of Beanie. It also meant that Anthony wouldn’t be able to help me out! I wasn’t too concerned about the set up and tear down. The only thing I was concerned about was the lack of time to pump milk. It is such a simple thing, but it is a big consideration since these were full day events. It was definitely a new mom problem.

Luckily, I was able to place an order for my books, and they arrived well before the event date. Anthony was able to make arrangements with his aunts to take care of Beanie. I had a little bit of trouble finding someone to help me initially. I’m one of those people who really hate asking for help, because I don’t want to trouble anyone. At the end, my friend Jacqueline agreed to help me on Saturday. I knew she went out of her way to do this for me. She was busy with her kids, they had family things to deal with, etc. On the day of, she showed up to look after my booth so I could pump, and she left. I barely got a chance to chat with her that day. So I truly, truly, appreciated her help.

Press Conference

When I volunteered at Across, I never got a chance to participate in a Press Conference. On Sept 27th, I was very happy to be able to attend this press conference. It’s been five years since I last step foot at Across. When I arrived, I was greeted by many many familiar faces. It was super nice and warm to experience such a feeling. Here’s a photo of the press conference. Look who made it onto the news? BEANIE!! ;D

OMNI news Crafteria Wander Piggy

Booth theme

The theme for Crafteria is “大笪地”, or street market, which was one of the signatures of old time Hong Kong. For this event, everyone got a coloured blanket, so we could set up our products on the floor. Initially, I only made a few signs to showcase my books, I couldn’t really picture what my booth would look like. During a conversation with Lisa, she asked me what my theme was. A theme??????!!!! I told her straight out that I don’t have one, because it never occurred to me that I need one. I explained to her that I’m selling colouring travel journals, so she suggested direction signs (like below).

wander piggy direction sign

I thought that was an amazing idea! Thanks to Lisa, I made a few of these beauties.

direction signs

At the end, this became my booth setup, where I hid my bags and extra nik-naks under the blanket. It worked out wonderfully, because I had many places to prop up the signs. This is such a great picture! I love my two male “models” (random strangers) posing in the background!! Hahahaa!

crafteria wander piggy booth setup

 

Prize Winner

On Saturday, I did a prize draw for one of my books, and I drew Vincci, one of the volunteers from Across! I was very happy because I knew she was very excited to get a copy of my book! It’s a good feeling to share my work with someone who really appreciates it.

Wander Piggy Prize Winner

 

Actual Book Sale

Presenting my books was a little bit of a challenge on the first day. That’s because I only had enough time to get my stuff ready, but didn’t have enough time to think through what I want to say. It was a little bit of a rough start on Saturday. I only sold 1 book, so I was a little bummed. But when I got home I told myself that it is already very good to sell one book! On Sunday, I said to myself, this is just for fun, so just talk to people! I ended up selling five more books! Two of the sales are to total strangers (YAY!)! Of course, I want to thank all the people who supported me. In total, I sold 6 books, and that was a huge achievement! So I’m very proud of that. 🙂

 

Certificate Presentation

On Sunday night, we were presented with certificates by the Mayor of City of Markham, Frank Scarpitti (middle), Regional Councillor,  Nirmala Armstrong (left), and Ward 3 Councillor, Don Hamilton (right), for participating in the Crafteria event.

Mayor certificate Wander Piggy

At around that time, my good friend Grace dropped by to say hi to me. I was super happy she made it out to support me!!

Wander Piggy supporter

 

 

Big Thank Yous

I would like to give my thanks to Across U-hub for giving me this wonderful opportunity; to all the people who supported me; to Anthony’s aunts for taking care of Beanie. And of course, to Anthony who was there for me both emotionally, mentally, and physically. I have a wonderful husband. He supported me through everything. From taking care of Beanie while I prepared for the show, to arranging for childcare, to picking up the boxes of books when they arrived, to helping me figure out how to set up the booth, to helping me pack all the pieces into the car so all I had to do was drive to the location on Saturday, to helping me clean up on the last day, etc, etc, etc. I couldn’t have done it without him. No words can describe how much I love this man.

 

Clearer Vision for Wander Piggy

Last but not least, I would like to write about my vision for my business. Since I started publishing my own books, I always felt that the directions of my books are all over the place. That’s because I have so many ideas in my head! For example, I had made some colouring reference books, some colouring travel journals, and I wanted to come out with inspiration journals and children’s story/activity books. I had questioned myself whether I should focus more on one thing. But after participating in this event, I saw a clearer vision for Wander Piggy. I want “connection” to be the word for Wander Piggy. Life is on hyper speed in this digital world. I want the people who use my products to rediscover the meaning of connection, whether it is a connection with themselves, with others, or with the surroundings. I want them to be able to slow down time and become fully aware of the present moment. So ladies and gentlemen, I present you, Wander Piggy.

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