"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)
Recently, I went through one of the toughest times of my life and it was so easy to drown in negativity. I was feeling lonely, physically tired, disgusting and bored (from staying in bed whole day!) I was not my usual sparkles-and-unicorns self and it was like I was taken over by a spirit of self-pity. I complained and groaned and I seem to have easily forgotten all the beauty of this world.
But I thank God that He never gives up on us even when we feel like giving up on ourselves. Through my husband, God gently reminded me how truly blessed I am. Troubles come as troubles always do, but it’s good to be reminded that they don’t last because Jesus has overcome the world.
So maybe you’re going through something right now. I want you to know that the sadness won’t last forever. There’s always hope if you put your faith in the One who saves.
Hold on tight. The best is yet to come. :)
When things don’t go as planned…
London, England: this is where I should have been yesterday. And if things went according to plan, I should be in Edinburgh, Scotland right about now exploring castles and drinking coffee at the coffee house where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter books. But I’m not. Instead, I am at home, stuck in bed as the rest of my friends explore these beautiful cities.
I always say that God’s timing is perfect and I stand by that statement. But sometimes, I have to admit, I don’t understand His timing at all! I was ready to leave on our next adventure: bookings were made, bags were packed and our plans were ready, but I guess, God had a different plan for me. To cut the long dramatic story short, I had a medical emergency and I have to stay home for at least 3 weeks. My husband being the perfect husband that he is (for me, at least!), decided to stay with me. And so we are both here, in Manila, instead of enjoying the beautiful streets of London.
I think I am adopting a new life verse. James 4:13-15 says: “Now listen you who say “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” And it’s true, right? Nothing is sure in this life. Things don’t always go as planned. But I have to trust God that He has the best plans for me. I can plan what I think is best for me, but if it’s not His will, then I should let God take the wheel. I always say let go and let God. It’s not always easy, but I know that this is what’s best.
For these past few days, I have learned so much but I think the most important lesson I had to relearn was to be grateful for what I have instead of mourning about all the things that I have lost. I am blessed with such an amazing husband who has not left my side. He’s been taking care of me 24/7 and I feel like a spoiled princess but he really makes sure I have everything I need. I am blessed with a family who loves me unconditionally and wonderful friends who have shown love in their own ways. I am blessed in so many more ways that I cannot enumerate every single one, but I know that I am most blessed of all because I have a God who cares and He gives me a new hope each morning.
Someone once messaged me here in my blog and said that I seemed to have such a perfect life. I obviously do not. But I am very aware of all the blessings that I have and I do not want to take them for granted. I have resolved to complain less and instead appreciate more, so I try my best not to speak about anything in my life so negatively.
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan them to. Life isn’t always rainbows, and I know that. But life CAN always be beautiful. It only depends on how you look at things. I choose to look at what I have and what I have gained rather than my losses. I choose to look up and see the brighter side of things, knowing that though I may not understand what He’s doing right now in my life, I know there is a reason for it all, and I am excited for what God has in store for me. :)
So what happens to our London-Scotland trip? Please pray for us. We are trying to have our plane tickets and other bookings moved. I really pray that we would be able to because I really want to explore London and Edinburgh. And if we push through, I promise to post photos here and on my Instagram! Please pray for us? Hehe.
And thank you to everyone who has wished for me to get well soon on Instagram (ever since IG, I’ve been getting lazier and lazier with blogging haha). Thank you for all your prayers. I am feeling so much better but was told that I still cannot leave the house so, hopefully in a week or so I’ll be up and about! Thank you again! ;)
As mentioned in one of my recent posts, I’m now accepting orders for personalized photobooks. In this post, I give you the details and also the process of ordering your own! Let’s begin with the types of books first!
Currently, I’m offering three kinds of books: Hardcover, Imagewrap and Softcover. The sizes and minimum/maximum number of pages vary depending on the type of book.
The Hardcover Photobook features the cover and all its pages printed on hard, board-like material. It’s the most premium kind; highly recommended for Wedding Photobooks and other special once-in-a-lifetime occassions.
One of its wonderful features is that we can make an entire spread layout without “slicing” the photos that are caught in between. It opens flat (it’s sometimes called “layflat” for that reason) and we can put a photo in the middle and it would still look perfect! ;)
The Imagewrap Photobook features a full-bleed hard cover with its pages printed on premium silk paper. It’s the in-between of a hardcover and a softcover book.
We used this also as our Wedding Guestbook during our special day! But to make it write-able without the ink smudging, I upgraded the pages to matte instead of silk (Yup! we can do that too!)
The Softcover Photobook features a cover printed on matte, dirt-resistant paper and its pages printed on premium silk paper. This is perfect if you want something lightweight and portable (it’s easy to carry and bring!)
The Softcover is my personal favorite when making my own Travel Photobooks. I can make a lot of pages and the book will still end up super light and thin. It’s the best when you want one book per trip and you wanna stack them all up!
When you order a Photobook Package, you’ll get more than just a book with all your pictures slapped in. I will personally be editing each and every photo that will be used in your book. I will also design your cover (and back cover!) and of course, all the pages inside.
I’ll be working on the layout PLUS the captions! So when you give me your photos, I’d be asking also for your itinerary (if you have any) and I’ll be doing my own research to make sure I give accurate captions!
And as mentioned in the photo, each photobook package includes a CD of all the edited photos, for free. :)
When you’re ready to inquire, just send an email over at email@example.com and we can discuss all the other details. Excited to hear all your different stories and work with you guys!
Hello pretty ladies!! If you’re between 16-23 years old (or almost!), you are invited to this all-day girls camp: SPARK!
Spark is a wholesome, fun-filled event organized by me and my friends; women who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young girls, all for the glory of God. We’re gonna talk about beauty, fashion, family and of course, love (boys!) :) Hehe.
This event is in partnership with Sheena Loves Sunsets! I will personally be there and we’ll be giving away Sheena Loves Sunsets freebies! I know a lot of my blog readers fall under this age-bracket so I’m reaaaaalllly looking forward to meeting you guys! I hope you can attend and invite your friends to come along with you as well!
Register now by clicking this link http://goo.gl/zsg3Un ! Payment and other details will be sent to you via email after! Invite all your friends!
If you’re interested in attending or have questions, please visit our FB page or send me a pm and I’d be more than happy to help you!
For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/thesparkcamp
LIFE UPDATE + NEWS!
Here I am, back after a month of being a bad blogger (once again!) With so many things happening all at once, I’ve only found time to update my Instagram! (Heehee, let’s be friends there!)
So I’m super sorry to all those waiting for new blog posts. I’ll work on them real soon, but just so you guys know I’m not making all this “being busy stuff” up, let me share with you guys some of the new things I’ve been up to!! :)
THE YELLOW SPACEMAN DESIGN STUDIO
Aside from being an illustrator, some of you might know that I also work as a freelance designer. My brother (who also works in the creative industry!) and I decided to team up and start our own design studio and thus, Yellow Spaceman was born!
I would love it if you could check out our website! And if all the space puns get to you, I apologize, it’s entirely my fault! Haha! :p Call us for all your design needs!
PERSONALIZED PHOTOBOOK SERVICES
I’ve made quite a lot of photobooks already but mainly for my personal use only, to organize my travel photos. Once in a while though, someone inquires about it after coming across some of my photobook blog posts. I accept orders for photobook layouts but I’ve never officially offered it so consider this my official announcement. Haha.
I’m now accepting photobook orders! Yay! If you’ve always wanted to have a photobook but have no patience in sorting out the photos, let me do that for you! I’ll sort, edit your photos (!!), put text and work on the layout! I’ll even give you a copy of all the edited photos for FREE!
For serious inquiries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
By God’s grace, I have not yet given up on my book (see previous posts for more details!) Won’t post any new teaser pics for now (this one’s taken from my Instagram haha) but, again by God’s grace, I am half way through it already! Please pray with me! Heehee!
It’s gonna be a combination of all the things I love and so I hope you’ll love it too!
SPARK: ALL-DAY CAMP FOR GIRLS!
And lastly, my friends and I are organizing an all-day camp this March 8 called SPARK! Let’s have a bonding session as we talk about beauty, fashion, family and love (!!)
We’re still ironing out all the details but I’ll be posting our official poster soon. It’s only gonna be 500 pesos inclusive of lunch, snacks and other freebies!! Sheena Loves Sunsets freebies and more! You’ll have lots of fun, I promise! We’ll post registration details soon!
YOU ARE ALL INVITED and I would love to meet all of you! Will I see you there? :)
May your Christmas be full of hugs and laughter, of good food and good company, of wonderful memories and hopeful dreams.
But most of all, may the most important person be the center of all your celebration: Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed Christmas everyone!
Just a few more days til’ Christmas Day!
It’s so easy to get caught up in all the holiday hoopla but may we always remember the reason for this season and that’s the birth of our one and only wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ!
Have a blessed Christmas season, from my family to yours!
So yesterday I gave a talk for the very talented students of UST and it was fun! I was so nervous (always been shy about public speaking) but thank you guys for laughing at my punch lines; you’re all very kind! Haha.
The talk was about "Knowing Your Passion" so I tried to share stories of how I found mine! Also shared some tips and advice which I found helpful along the way! Hope you guys learned something! :)
Special shout out to Karen for inviting me, convincing me and for being super! :) Hope to see you again soon!! And hello everyone who said hello to me! Thank you for the support and I hope to see you guys again someday!
This Saturday, I’ll be speaking at UST about Knowing Your Passion! I might be giving away some Sheena Loves Sunsets stuff! ;)
If you know me, you’ll know that I absolutely dislike public speaking, which is why I don’t accept a lot of invitations for talks like this one (I almost backed out of this too haha!) but maybe it’s time to conquer my fear!
If you have suggestions on what you’d like me to discuss, just leave a comment below! The event is free and open for all! Will I see you there? :)
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails." (Proverbs 19:21)
We make all sorts of plans all the time: where we wanna study, what course we wanna take up, where we wanna settle down (Manila or Singapore, maybe?) but do we ask God what His plans are for our lives?
Never forget to pray before proceeding. Make God the center of everything and He will take care of you, 100% guaranteed! :)
(This artwork is a personalized commission made for Clarence for her friend. This is part of a two-piece travel themed set!)
Online store is under maintenance, but you can still order!
We’re super sorry for the inconvenience but our store is temporarily down!
If you would like to make some orders or inquiries though, please send an email at email@example.com and we’ll be more than happy to guide you with the process.
Here is a list of all products available for sale:
Regular notebooks are available in both lined and plain unless stated otherwise. Size is 8x6 inches. 50 leaves.
Mini notebooks are available only in plain. Size is 6x4 inches. 50 leaves.
It’s free shipping if you reach 500 php on your total anywhere in the Philippines. We also ship internationally!
Again, please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to order!
We’re so sorry for this but rest assured, we’re working on it double time!
It’s been more than a week since the devastation and a lot of people are still in need of immediate help. Let’s do what we can to help and let’s cover the country in prayer.
Our problems are big, but our God is bigger. ♥
Sheena Loves Sunsets will be participating this Tuesday, Nov 19 at the Katipunan BaHAIYANihan.
Notebooks and limited edition prints will be sold and 100% of the proceeds will go to post-Yolanda rebuilding efforts in Malapascua!
I’ll personally be dropping by also and I really hope to see you guys there! Please like and share this to spread the word! ♥
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed" (Proverbs 16:3)
Committing what you’re doing to God is aligning yourself with God’s will. You are saying "Let Your will be done, Lord, not mine." It is also like saying “I’m going to do my best, God, but if You have other plans for me, I’m willing to set aside my plans for Yours.”
You may think you’re currently experiencing a set back, but what if this is God’s way of detouring you to what He wants for you (which is always the best, of course!) Commit everything to Him and let Him direct you.
When your plans are aligned with His plans, you are sure to succeed and nothing in this world can stop you. "For if He is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
Lately, this is all I’ve been doing and I pray that this I can keep at it in the next couple of weeks! I’m half way done (I think!) and I’m really pushing myself to finish it! I have a lot of unfinished projects but I’m really determined to finish this one so please pray with me on it! ;)
I won’t be sharing any other details about it yet but I will, when the time is right! Hehe. Suffice to say that it will be a book super packed with new drawings that will take you on a round-the-world adventure!
So that’s my little update for now! Been working at this book for 6 months already but it’s okay! As they say, all good things take time and hopefully this will be worth all the time and effort!
PS. You can continue to get your daily updates and drawings at the Sheena Loves Sunsets Facebook page. For personal life updates (and more sneak peeks on the things I’m working on) visit my Instagram!
Sheena Sy-Gonzales is a 24-yr old illustrator & designer from Narnia.
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