Life, Lately: On Priorities

January 29, 2015 Filed Under: Abbey, Coffee-tea-vity, Daily Life, Personal 7 Comments

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I haven’t been present that much in social media this week (but that doesn’t mean I’m not lurking around all my accounts, haha). Call it a detox – or maybe I’m just too swamped up with work that I don’t have time to actually take photos, write, and build up on content, but it’s been going good for me. If only we could always shut off social media for a few days (ha, not possible for me), that would be great.

Anyway, while I’ve written about how January’s been so far, I feel like this month’s going crazier and crazier each day (sometimes good, sometimes bad). I also have been robbed out of time to write (on my journal), so here I am suddenly writing a post on how things have been. Fortunately though, I’m slowly learning how to figure out what my real priorities are and spending my time with people who really matter.

February seems promising – and now that it’s the last week of January, I can’t help but look forward to what’s ahead.

But before things go downright chaotic, here’s how life’s been, pre-February, post-birthday.

1. My TEDx script is finally done. *confetti* After numerous nights of stalling, getting myself *inspired* to put my thoughts into words (it took only a night with throwback Fall Out Boy & Paramore songs to get this thing together, lol) and overcoming the threat of this document aka TEDx script, it’s finally done (after so many what ifs and revisions). Fleshing out content and ideas based on personal experiences is hard, and coming from someone like me who only writes blog posts (I cannot write to save my life, I promise), it was even harder. I’m so grateful for Tricie who fine tuned my script and made it the amazing one that I am (struggling) tasked to memorize from today until next weekend.

Wish me luck, yes? I’ve never been this nervous in my 22 years of existence. I’ll talk about it more soon. For now, I have to get my thoughts together for my presentation (read: Powerpoint slides, aka my obsession) and figure out how to look decent on stage.

2. I am committing more time for myself. From waking up earlier than usual, hitting the gym on most mornings (I went to a spin class today – and I sort of died for a bit), getting a haircut (my hair’s shorter now, yay for change) to making more efforts to satisfy the introverted person than I am, life’s been slowly making good progress.

3. Learn by ABC has been the bulk of my workload. Adapting my day job to my other job (aka running this blog, running ABC-related things, working on freelance projects and organizing workshops) constantly pushes me to be extra OC with my project management duties – which is pretty cool, if you ask me. The legwork for the workshops I am doing this year (I’m also collaborating with a few brands, more on that soon) is pretty intense. I’m not diving into details as of now, but I super appreciate my mom doing the outsourcing for me, as well as my manager & friends who have been my sounding board for this endeavor since day one.

I’m launching the Workshops page this Saturday by the way, and announcing the second workshop schedule for this year (in February). If you want to get first dibs on schedules & updates, click here.

I’m also working on new things for the shop — eep! Can’t wait to share details come summer. Speaking of the shop, we have a few sets left for# TravelingType! Click here to place an order.


So far that’s how it’s been for me. I’m settling in the fact that I should learn to say no more often (and not get carried away too much) and focus on priorities that really matter (aka things that are currently on my radar). I’ve reminded this to myself so many times now (and I never learn) – but I’m positive that this time around, I will know how to go about it. Fingers crossed. :)

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7 Responses to “Life, Lately: On Priorities”

  1. nele van hout
    January 30, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Well done :) Sounds like a productive month! It’s good to spend some time on yourself, you deserve it :)

  2. Abbey
    January 30, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Thanks Nele! :)

  3. Chester
    January 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Abbey, you’re so busy!!! Hinay hinay lang!! <3 Sending you all the love. How I wish I can attend and hear you talk sa TEDx! :((

  4. Abbey
    January 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Hahaha the busy-ness never ends! :( Thanks Chester :) Baka may livestream or something, not sure yet. But I’ll tweet about it if ever meron :) Haha

  5. Ella Mae Masamayor
    February 7, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    You did a great job today at TEDxUPM Ms Abbey Sy! :)

  6. Ella Mae Masamayor
    February 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I was at the TEDxUPM today, and you did an awesome job! I hope I can come to one of your workshops soon. I’d also like to try doing more lettering :)

  7. Abbey
    February 8, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Thanks Ella! :)

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