Reminders for 2016

January 7, 2016 Filed Under: 5 Tips, Giveaway, Postcards, Tips & Advice 12 Comments


Happy New Year!

It’s 2016 (*confetti*), and while most people have written down their resolutions and goals for the new year, I haven’t. *hides* This year feels more of a continuation for me, and less like a fresh start. Anyone feeling the same way?

Nevertheless, I’m sharing a few reminders as the first week of school / work starts for most of us. These are from Letters from ABC, the postcard set I created and published recently under Summit Books (btw, the postcards can also be used as home decor / art prints!). May these constantly remind you how to live a better (creative + productive) life this 2016. :)

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To venture is to dare to do something or go somewhere. It’s so easy to shy away from whatever vision or goal you set yourself with – but remember, it takes a great amount of courage and determination to get from point A to point B. Go do it, whatever it may be – a personal project, a long-time trip you’ve been wanting to plan with friends, anything.

I’ve spent most of my (high school + college + pre-artist) years stuck in comfort zones and thinking my walls can only be built from there. But as they say, you never know what’s on the other side unless you venture out. :)


Small Steps Every Day

But remember, it’s important to take small steps every day. Don’t go for big leaps when tracking progress, or coursing through your tasks to reach the finish line. Focus on the little advances.

Something I always tell my workshop students and people who have asked me how I’ve evolved with my craft is that being amazing doesn’t happen overnight. “Allow yourself to be a beginner, no one starts off being excellent.” It takes steps (lots of it!) to improve and be better.

Related post: TEDxUPM: On Life and Lettering


Progress Not Perfection

Better yet, focus on progress instead of perfection. I’ve written this in my book“practice makes progress”. Trust yourself especially when you’re in the process of whatever you’re doing, and remember to keep yourself at a point where you are able to see growth and improvement – that’s what progress is all about.

Related posts:

Starting with the ABCs 

A Work in Progress


Remember Why You Started

At this point, it can be so easy to feel lost and burned out (trust me, I’ve had those days!). When you’re working towards a goal, or making something for quite a long time, you might feel like giving up at some point. But remember, tracing back to your first reason will give your work more meaning and direction. There has to be that one thing that pushed you to move forward; so take that into consideration and keep going.

Related post: The Road to ABC

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Take On The World

Once in awhile, escape your daily duties by traveling here and abroad. Spending the past couple of months traveling constantly has kept me grounded and aware of the possibilities the world has to offer. It’s nice to feel small for once and watch the world surprise you in the most unexpected way. Spend your adventures with a like-minded friend or your family – you’ll be amazed at how much inspiration will strike at you while you’re in transit.

(Oh, and send some postcards to your loved ones too, while you’re away!)

Related posts:

En Route

Travel Art Tools

Date a Girl Who Travels


Be Grateful

Take time to say “Thanks” to every single person who has done you a favor, kept you company, given you a chunk of their time in a day. Be grateful for your blessings, write it down, keep it in a journal. It pays to realize these little things that shape your daily life. And hey, a simple “thank you” is free! Share the love. :)

Here’s a tip: If you keep a blog or Instagram, you can always include it in one of your posts. :) For me, I like to blog about life updates and favorite projects every now and then so I can look back and feel grateful about certain moments in my life.

Related posts:

2015 Highlights

Snippets: June to September


Things will be OK

Lastly, despite everything – do know that everything will be okay.

I have this bad habit of wanting to rush things and I am telling you now, that it’s definitely not worth stressing over. Or sometimes, I tend to always say, “This isn’t even possible – it’s not going to be okay, and I give up.” Take things one day at a time, learn to take quick breaks, be kind to yourself. It will be okay.  Keep a more positive mindset and you’ll see how it changes the way you function.

(That statement above seems like something I’ve told myself over the course of this week. Haha! I’m telling it to you as well because ~knowledge sharing~ lol)

Chin up, and face the year with good intentions. You never know what’s ahead. :)

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Letters from ABC is available at National Bookstore, Fully Booked and major bookstores nationwide for P350. You may also order online hereGGBox-1 GGBox-Int

Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LettersfromABC on Instagram once you get yours! :)

Related post: Alphabet Postcards: Letters from ABC

GGxABC Giveaway Winners

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Yes, I totes didn’t forget this. First of all, thank you so much to everyone who participated in our GGxABC GiveawayGoogly Gooeys and I are overwhelmed with the support – 75,000 entries is crazy awesome. Moreover, thank you to our sponsors for sharing their love over the holiday season.

The winners should e-mail their full name & mailing address within 7 days to with the subject “GG x ABC Giveaway Winner”. After 7 days, we will be picking a new set of winners.

For those who didn’t make it, don’t worry – there will be more giveaways in the coming months. :)

Congratulations to the 38 Winners!

Asus Zenfone:

TC Morados

2 Flip Flops + 2 OhBD Notebooks:

Alex Dizon

Marz Aglipay

5 ABC’s of Hand Lettering & Sketch Pads

Joyce De Jesus

Pearl Therese Aton

Henri Villegas

Valerie Cosio

Raquel Deang

5 INKredible Coloring Books 1 & 2

Renzo Gabriel Caja

Trishia Mariano

Katrina / makaillustratestheworld

Cym Marzan

Michelle Santillan

5 Around the World with the Googly Gooeys Coloring Books + Faber-

Castell Pitt Pens (set of 12)

Jacky Gonzaga

Erika Liveta

Grace Jabal

Celine Esteron

Anne Macachor

5 Lettering Progress Keepers + Faber Castell Watercolors

Mia Rhodora Baldemor
Niquole Leitch
Nella Ventura
Rbin Rainier Binuya
Sophia Ysabelle Yu

5 Letters from ABC Postcards

RJ Dancel

Healthlyn Gaw

Trina Lunzaga

Shannelle Chua

Louise B.

5 Kitkat Rubies + 1,001 Awesome Sticker Books

Alxis Movida

Mikaela Imbong

Ralf Borja

KSandra Sandoval

Erna San Luis

5 Kitkat Rubies + Thread 365 GC’s

Kessa Nielsen

Janelle / Janelle_d_12

Que Sollano-Gavan

Wendy Miraflores

Adrian Olivares

Yay! Thanks again, and have an awesome 2016 ahead :)

Photos by Pat Martires, Googly Gooeys & me

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12 Responses to “Reminders for 2016”

  1. Anne
    January 7, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Seriously though, I’ll probably keep all the post cards to myself to decorate my room. I’m such a hoarder. Haha! Or I can just get another one to send family and friends? :) Also, my “law of attraction” mantra worked! The universe conspired with me on this giveaway. Yay! Thank you Abbey!

  2. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Hi Anne! Actually, there are 2 copies per design, so you can stick one on your wall and send the other one away. Sounds good? :)

    Haha yey congrats! I’ll wait for your e-mail.

  3. Leah Cantos
    January 7, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Congrats to all the winners! Sayang I didn’t win but I’ll watch out for the next giveaways. In the meantime, how can I order again the ABCs of Hand Lettering and ABC postcards? Thanks!

  4. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi Leah! Hehe. Watch out, I’m having one again in a few days ;) Anyway, yup, you may order at :) Thanks!

  5. Gail
    January 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Happy New Year Abbey! I’ve been a silent follower but I just had to comment on this one because every bit of it hit me like a bullet train. Thank you so much for sharing these advises! It made me a very happy and motivated bean :)

  6. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hi Gail! Happy New Year :) Yay, that’s great. Have an awesome 2016!

  7. Jayna Mae Macaraeg
    January 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations to the winners! Sad though because I haven’t found my name on the list. I’ll try my luck on the next giveaways!!! Thank you Ms. Abbey Sy and Googly Gooeys!! :))) God Bless!!!

  8. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Jayna! Don’t worry, there still are a lot of giveaways coming up :) Thanks for joining.

  9. Ralf
    January 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm


  10. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Mei mei is little sister, lol.

  11. victoria rivera
    January 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    So sad I didnt win 😞, but anyways Congrats to all the winners!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
    Maybe next time! Aja!!

  12. Abbey
    January 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    There’s always a next time :)