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(Left to right) Helena, Anastasia, Connie

What makes you happy?

“FOOD! Hahahaha!” ūüėÄ “Food, fashion and music.”

Happiness is…

“Being healthy and being around great people.” 

“Being around people that you love – it doesn’t matter where you are as long as you’re around people that you love, you’ll be happy always.”

Know Your Worth

Loving me, loving me. Loving you, loving you.

We all know what it feels like to have been treated like crap, to have been used and abused by work/school mates, friends and/or lovers. It sucks.  Confidence and self-esteem are key qualities in both personal and professional development yet seem out of reach with society driving us to embrace unrealistic expectations and the lack of respect shown for one another.  How we see ourselves is not only derived from our own beliefs but is also influenced by those around us. Self love is not something gained instantly, it is an ongoing lesson obtained with the right attitude and an open mind.

It is so important to surround yourself with good, positive people. ¬†Invest your time with people who are going to lift you higher while staying grounded. ¬†Invest your time with people who make you a better person but still accept and love you for who you are. Invest your time in people who support you no matter, the ones who are there for you at¬†your best and at your worst.¬†Invest¬†your time wisely and with the best people because you only have one shot at each day. ūüôā ¬†Remember that not everyone is going to stick around forever but appreciate those who bring good energy and treat you like custom couture and not just off the generic sale rack. ¬†There will always be people trying to rain on your parade but don’t let them dull your sparkle.

Darling, love yourself. ‚̧ Much easier said than done but you’re the only one who can make that choice. ¬†Look in the mirror and say how dashing or sexy you look. Tell yourself that you love the way your eyes sparkle in the light or the cute way your nose wrinkles when you laugh. We¬†have flaws and are the worst critics of ourselves, but embrace who you are and no one can use your flaws against you. #flawesome

Know that the¬†number of likes, comments, friends or followers you have does not say anything about your character. ¬†We are priceless and should not fear abandonment by another. Don’t settle for less than the best. ¬†We should not be someone’s back up plan or second option. ¬†Know that you are precious and loved. ¬†Take the time to discover and treat yourself – binge watch Netflix, buy those new kicks or lay in bed for as long as you want, find something you love and do it as often as possible. Know your worth because what you allow is what will continue.

With love and light always, Monique x

We Are Sisters, We Stick Together 


I’m going to be honest, I love being a girl but it’s a difficult task. ¬†I attended a conference exclusively for senior high school girls with the hopes of choosing the path to empowerment, boldness, resilience and beauty.

If you ever get the chance to listen to Vita Adam do a motivational speech, DO LISTEN! She’s a very inspiring lady whose vibe is just so energising. ‚̧ She reinforced all the very important issues and challenges we face and encouraged us to change the world.

To be BOLD is to be strong, confident, fearless but most importantly, courageous. Being bold¬†in a society that’s constantly trying to confine us and push that we’re not good enough is a challenge. ¬†If you want to try something, just have a go! If you want to try different hobbies or sports or food, just do it! ¬†And don’t do it for others but for yourself. You can only fail if you don’t try.

Words are very powerful, especially names, and have either a positive or negative impact on us. The more they’re repeated, the more you believe them. I try to refrain from using negative and degrading language about other people both male and female, and also myself because it does nothing but make yourself look and feel bad. When asked to list the various good and bad things we call others and ourselves, I was honestly shocked by the amount of terrible and sad words girls call other girls, their ‘friends’, and themselves. I call my friends sugar, honey, babe, darling or just a nickname derived from his/her actual name. ¬†Last year I also came to terms with myself and promised to only speak positively about myself, however not arrogantly. Even as a joke I really don’t see any humour in calling friends s1uts, b*tche$, id!ots or fat. Some people, maybe even some of you are thinking that I’m way too serious or can’t take a joke but that’s just proof of the belittling culture we live in. Why is it more common to find girls calling each other names with horrible definitions compared to kind positive names?

By us females calling each other certain names, we are also giving men permission to do so. We’re always trying to straighten up the guys and teach them to respect girls but we must start with each other. Like the Cheetah Girls said, “We are sisters, we stand together. We make up one big family, though we don’t look the same.” Girls, we have to look out for each other all the time. ¬†Changing the world starts with you. Sure, the entire world isn’t going to change in an instant because we treat each other kinder but it’s a step in the right direction. No one is perfect and it’s natural to make mistakes but we need to practise a healthy culture, which includes a positive sisterhood, not only for ourselves but for younger girls – those who admire and look to us for guidance and as role models.

We are a beautiful specimen just as are males. Each one of us is unique, smart, and important. We must always remember to have courage and be kind.  It takes a strong wave to go against the current but we all have that power and can be amazing people. 

“Where there is woman, there is magic.”¬†Ntozake Shange

A Day In Oz’s New World City

Spent a glorious day in Brisbane Central and Southbank with one of my best girls and here’s what went down:

#WokeUpLikeThis

#WokeUpLikeThis

8:20am ¬†Train trip from Gold Coast to Brisbane begins. It’s an express airport train, so there weren’t too many stops #Yes! ¬†We could not wait to wander around Brisbane! Train talk basically consisted of being grateful for no assessment to think about¬†and being able to enjoy the beautiful day, discussing current affairs and university plans also happened. Tip: If going on a long train ride – go with a family member, a friend, or a few if you can – the trip seems to go way faster, and maybe you’ll have a break and be able to interact IRL in real life! ūüėÄ

Arrive at Central Station amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy working day and Denniscia and I maneuver ourselves towards Albert St and then Queens Plaza and Wintergarden. 

9:45am  We browse through stores of all sorts i.e. Longchamp, Topshop, Typo, Tommy Hilfiger, The Body Shop, Country Road, David Jones, Coach, Mecca Maxima, Shiek, and buy necessary things.

After walking around the same block a few times and asking a kind Starbucks barista directions, we finally find Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Brisbane and await it’s opening alongside a group of sophisticated senior citizens.

11:40am ¬†The lady I’m assuming is either assistant manager or supervisor apologises for the restaurant’s tardiness and let’s the first group in who held a reservation for 8 followed by Denniscia and I. ¬†By this time, the line outside was massive so we were glad we arrived early despite getting a little bit lost. We were seated by a friendly waitress at a corner table on the far side of the restaurant where we were presented with the menus and the specials of the day. Everything looked so yummy but we both settled for pasta. I’ll upload a review next week ūüôā

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Rigatoni & Fettuccine

After satisfying our hunger and returning to the light, we walked through Queen Street passing through a couple stores including Forever 21 where we bumped into another one of my girls. She joined us and talked as we walked to the Queensland Art Gallery, where she made her departure. Denniscia and I basked in the intricacies of Indigenous art and admired the International and Asian pieces.

Island Currents

Island Currents

QAG

QAG

I felt all types of sad... Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

I felt all types of sad…
Made from fibre glass and white bindis.

Headed¬†over to the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre where we went back to the land before time ūüėČ and walked with the dinosaurs and looked at animals that had visited the taxidermist… ¬†The¬†Gallery of Modern Art aka GOMA was our last stop on our day trip. ¬†An appreciation for Queensland Contemporary Art was partaken. The exhibition features over 30 talented upcoming, mid-career and senior Queensland artists that all have their individual styles. We also browsed through The Painter’s Reach by Robert Macpherson, which is on display until October 18. This collection is one of my personal favourites, which combines various contexts: minimalism, abstraction, aesthetics and the everyday.

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#Mayfair by Macpherson

4pm  We take the train back to the GC and through other means of transportation, we have a brief afternoon tea at a little cafe before arriving back home with tired feet, but full stomachs, smiling faces, and happy hearts. Days filled with food, culture, history and fabulous company are my favourite kind of days.

No matter how many times you visit a place, you never see¬†it the same way twice. ¬†There are always new things to see, new cafes to eat at, and new places to go. ¬†Also, if you have the patience, try your hand at exploring a new destination without the help of Google or Siri and just feel your way around the city or turn it into a game of 2 rights, 1 left¬†then¬†straight ahead – as long as it doesn’t put you in harms way. ¬†Who knows? Your new favourite place could be just around the corner!

Images: Monique Pueblos and Denniscia Waight

Morgan’s Happy

20150922-144921.jpgMorgan, 17

What does happiness/being happy mean to you?

It means having enjoyment in life and the feeling from being around good people ad enjoying life to its full potential.

What makes you happy?

My friends, my family. YOLO. When I do really well in something. Achievements.

When you or others are down, how do you pick them back up?

For me, I play my flute or any other type of music. I make other people happy by just being my funny human self and use my humour.

 

Lachlan’s Happiness

Lachlan, 16

What does happiness/being happy mean to you?
Feeling that you have value, if that makes sense… Appreciating yourself and everything that you do. Finding comfort that what you’re actually doing means something not to others but to you.

What makes you happy?
What makes me happy? I’m a materialistic kind of guy so money comes on top (1), travel comes in second (2), and good appearance and good friendship groups comes in third (3).

Are you happy now?
I’m happy now ūüôā

HB JC & Happy Boxing Day

Hello darlings! For those who celebrate it, I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and that it was a swell day filled with peace and joy surrounded by friends and family. I hope you made Santa’s nice list or at least tried to!

My Christmas was nicely low key this year and was a day spent with the family partaking in a flamboyant and extravagant Christmas lunch where food was truly plentiful (we’re Filipino, don’t expect any less :D). Cards and presents were exchanged and opened, and Christmas and Disney movies were watched on the flat screen. Again, this joyous occasion, Jesus’ birthday is a reminder of how blessed I am to have all of you and to live on this Earth.

Also, I hope your Boxing Day was well spent! ūüėČ (pun intended) There were many glorious sales on this fine day!

Hopefully you were able to avoid the madness… I’m going to be honest, at times I can turn into a Rebecca Bloomwood (Confessions of a Shopaholic) but thankfully my mum and sister were asking the question of whether my purchase would be useful, necessary, or practical. My purchases today included Peter Alexander Disney Princess PJ’s, blouses and a polka dotted midi skirt from Myer and black sequinned Diana Ferrari ballet flats. All gorgeous buys with the price tag nearly halved for all of them!

Let’s Do Happy!

Hi! So over the year, I’ve thought a lot about what makes people tick and how certain objects, actions, times and places affect people in different ways. I believe that happiness is a key value that should be a necessity in every person’s life, or at least a feeling that is experienced regularly – plus, it has been scientifically proven that happy people are healthier than those who are not.

Earlier this year, I felt I was kind of raining on my surrounding’s parade. So I took a step back and reflected why I felt the way I did and what to do about it. I acted on it and have a totally new perspective, I also just had to be reminded of how fortunate I am and appreciative of everything I have.

With all the tragic happenings in our world today, I wanted to create a project that revolved around positivity, and that is why I am launching the Do Happy Project! Do Happy is going to be focusing on one’s happiness. I’ll be talking to all types of people to find out the reason behind the twinkle in their eyes. ūüėÄ

I thought the start of Summer (down here) or Winter (for all y’all up north) would be a great way to hit this off as the start of these seasons nearly always bring fond memories.

I want this to be raw, so all my answers will have been taken over the phone, Skype/FaceTime, or in person. My idea is to post 1-2 profiles every week until the end of Summer/Winter plus my usual weekly blog post. ūüôā

I’d love for you all to be a part of this! So If you’d like to be involved in the Do Happy Project, please send me an email at: monique.pueblos@gmail.com with the subject heading ‘I want to Do Happy’.

With love and light always,
Monique ‚̧