The Big Move

November 23, 2014 Filed Under: Abbey, Personal 46 Comments

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It’s always been a struggle to move, I’ll admit.

After more than eight years of blogging, moving platforms (Xanga – Multiply – Blogger – Tumblr), finding my “style” and all those soul-searching antics, I’m finally settling into what feels like my permanent home for quite a long time.

Let’s not get into the nitty gritty of the reasons why I came up with the idea of moving, because that part might just bore you off. Although I will tell you that it was an impulse decision for me to launch this before 2014 ends – I was aiming an early 2015 for more time. But I figured that if I waited until I was ready, the time would never come.

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The big push that triggered me to really put my game face on was realizing that I had no platform for ALL my work – sure, I had my Instagram, Facebook, Behance and all other accounts. I just didn’t feel that it was sufficient enough for people to see what I really do. That, and dealing with certain issues that I realized I would overcome through the conception of this website.

In addition, I really missed writing (like, really writing) on my blog. I think that dimension of mine (which I eventually lost as I spent 4 years on Tumblr) sort of died down.

Let’s face it; I am no writer. I cannot write to save my life – I can only probably draw or paint. But if there’s one thing I know I can do, it’s to share my insights, experiences and advice to those who need it.

And with that –

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Welcome to my website!

I am more than happy to have you visit. This is like welcoming you into my online home, a place where I can (finally) call my “own” – a place where I can share my daily musings through this blog, events and workshops for those interested to learn more about lettering, a curated page of projects that I can finally declare as my portfolio, and an occasional tab for shop updates and other contact information.

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Everyone has dreams, and this is one of mine. 

I have always struggled as an artist. It has never occurred to me that I am capable of doing things, and I will never get over the fact that I am still overwhelmed with all the opportunities that have come my way. Heck, I didn’t even call myself an artist back then (more like “self-proclaimed” lol). Never did I imagine reaching to a point that I am actually having my own website (please excuse my low self-esteem).

Four years ago, when I entered college and started my small blog and shop online, it was merely just a way of proving people wrong, coming from a place where I was underestimated as an artist. Being who I am now or doing what I do now was never the path I envisioned to take at seventeen. In fact, this life I am living now has been such a blessing to me (*cue legit tears as I’m writing this*). Being able to inspire others through my work and getting acknowledgement for the hard work and commitment I’ve been pouring out has been some of the best things that have happened to me.

I know I’m only 21 and I have so much more to learn and to prove, but for me, this already translates to getting the gold. I have set such high standards on myself as a person and I’m very, very blessed for everything that has been given to me (you guys, my readers, included). I’ll admit it was a tough journey for me, and staying motivated and driven was never an easy task. But I realized how much sacrifices I did to continue all my endeavours proved that this is really what I want to do in my life.

I’m taking this opportunity to thank all the amazing people who have helped me make this dream come to life:

 

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So basically what’s here now are just some curated posts from my Tumblr – but do expect new things in the coming weeks, including announcements and the launch of Life in Transit 2014 (pictured above) this coming weekend! The big move is finally happening omg.

Feel free to look around (house blessing? lol kidding) and leave a comment – and don’t forget to bookmark this blog! Full-on blogger duties commence yet again, and I’m super excited to plan out stuff here and finally get back to my blogging mojo! :)

Again, welcome, and hope you all continue with me on this journey. Because after all, it’s all about moving forward and taking higher steps– always.

Photos by Mare Collantes and Sara Abrigo of Shutter Panda Photography

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46 Responses to “The Big Move”

  1. Mary
    November 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    FINALLY, GURL. Sorry it took us this long!

  2. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    WOOHOO SUPER THANK YOU MARY!

  3. Isabella
    November 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Congrats on the big move and I’d love to read more of your writing and adventures soon!

  4. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks Isabella! <3

  5. Patricia
    November 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Wow! Congrats Abbey! I’m so happy for you. What a wonderful site you have. You’re such an inspiration to me and to others. God bless you more!

  6. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you so much, Patricia!

  7. Jazmin Tabuena
    November 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Ang ganda-ganda, pro na pro. YOUR WEBSITE IS WONDERFUL THAT’S ALL. Continue being an inspiration and a great role model to teens to work themselves off and be authentic enough. We love you and more huge projects for you to come! Big Move achieved.

  8. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Uy thanks Jazmin <3 Super appreciate it!!!

    Achieve na achieve. CHAR hahaha

  9. Mariel Rubrico
    November 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I really love it Abbey!! Congratulations! ❤

  10. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Thank you Mariel!!!

  11. Jhanz
    November 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Congratulations on your new site, Abby! :) I’ve been following you around for a couple of months already (thank you IG) and I honestly think that having your own site is a superduper awesome move, since this will let your fans (read: US!!!) see more of who you are, and the creative process that you go through.

    You deserve all the opportunities coming your way. You’re really really talented. Keep it up! :)

  12. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Hello! Thank you so much! Yes, I’ve been meaning to move for so long now and I’m glad the time finally came! :)

  13. denisevhianca
    November 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Yay!! Congratulations!! God bless you more, ate!
    * new blog to stalk hehe *

  14. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks Denise!

  15. Hazel
    November 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Hi! Your blog is really inspiring. I’m just a newbie in doing pen art and I’m really struggling cause by nature I’m not that good in translating my ideas into the paper using pen or any writing material. Reading your post gives me hope that I could still improve myself and ideas that could help me. I’m scanning over your other blogs and you’re just amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent. You’re blessed to be a blessing to others.

  16. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Hazel! Thank you so much! There’s always room for improvement. I believe you can do it too. :)

  17. Bettina Bacani
    November 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    YAAY!! :) Website looks amazingggggg!! Congrats, Abbey!! :)

    See you around!! Already working on a new lettering project and it’s all thanks to you! Will post them on my blog soon! <3

  18. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Yayy thanks Bettina! So glad you got to attend the workshop (finally)!!!

    See you in future events, and link me on your project, would love to see it!

  19. Eryll Lorenzo
    November 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Ms. Abbey sy!!! congrats sa website mo sobrang nakakahanga ka ate :) mahilig din ako sa mga arts and craft, hobby ko magdesign ng mga gamit ko at mag lettering since elem more like dahil sa mga project na hand written hehehe. Ang ganda ng mga ideas mo plus nashashare mo yung talent mo sa iba. Gusto ko din mag improve like you at mashare din sa iba. iba talaga kapag mahal mo yung ginagawa mo. Sana someday makaattend ako ng workshop mo. congrats!!! more blessing to come ate, keep on inspiring people through the quality of your life as you share your wonderful talent. ☺❤

  20. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Eryll! Maraming sarap! Nakakatuwa naman yung comment mo! Good luck on your creative endeavors also! :)

  21. Joyce
    November 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Abbey! I love your new home :) Congratulations. You truly are an inspiration, I hope one day to meet you in flesh. hihi. Too bad i’m too far from manila to attend your workshops, but all is well to you. much much love :)
    http://bitsofjoyce.com/

  22. Joyce
    November 23, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Abbey! I love your new home :) Congratulations. You truly are an inspiration, I hope one day to meet you in flesh. hihi. Too bad i’m too far from manila to attend your workshops, but all is well to you. much much love :) :)
    http://bitsofjoyce.com/

  23. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Joyce! Thank you so much :) Aww, hope you can visit soon!

  24. Kriselle
    November 23, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Abbey!

    Congrats on your move :) I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog, I think, two years ago. It was the best thing in getting inspiration pills for anything creative and artsy. And it’s through you that I also found other creative people of your kind! I luv it :) You are one of those people who filled my inspirational tank — making it overflow! Hope to attend one of your workshops some day!

    God bless :)

  25. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you so much Kriselle! Hope you can attend soon! :)

  26. Kaila
    November 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    おめでとうございますpo! Hahaha google translate na lang yan! More milestones to make, I’m pretty sure 2015 ay mas bobongga pa girl! <3 WOO GO CAPS

  27. Claire Contesa
    November 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    HELLO THERE, MS. ABBEY! Whenever I see your lettering, I always get fueled enough to drive my way into the road of an innovative and better penmanship and for that, I am 100% grateful to you. Not that you need to know but I made a word combo of you and your creativity. Abbeytivity! Hahahaha! You rock. ;)

  28. Abbey
    November 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    HAHAHA your tweet :))) Thank you so much Claire! Means a lot!

  29. Hazel @ Stay Bookish
    November 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Ate Abbey, so excited to lurk around your beautiful, fresh new site! <3 Looking forward to all the surely amazing content you'll have over here! Congratulations on the big move! :D

  30. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi Hazel! Thank you so much! :)

  31. Clarie
    November 24, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Hi Miss Abbey! The wait is over! Yey! Finally! As a person who loves watercolors and arts and at the same time may mga struggle moments din, you inspire me to continue and just do what my heart really loves. Thank you for being an inspiration. Wishing you more success in life. Happy blogging! And Welcome home to your new blog! :) Happy for you!

  32. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi Clarie! Thank you so much, means a lot! :)

  33. Mikyu
    November 24, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Smart move, Abbey! Bloggers who really wanna get serious usually move to WordPress, and for good reason! WP has more to offer compared to other platforms. Congratulations and good luck on this new path, Abbey! You’ll do great! :)

  34. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Thanks Mikyu! Still familiarizing myself with WP but thank you, this really is a great platform! :)

  35. jennicelle
    November 24, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hi Abbey! I’ve been following you since 2012 on tumblr and I just want to say congratulations on your new website! =)
    You really improved a lot and it’s amazing how far you’ve gone now. Thank you for being one of my inspirations and wishing you all the best! I’m glad I saw you in the Type Kita exhibit even if I didn’t get to say hi. Anyway, more power in your future goals! Ü

  36. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Hello Jennicelle! Thank you so much for being a loyal follower, haha! Next time say hi okay! :)

  37. Alissa
    November 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Glad to see your new home Abby! Looking forward to your adventures! I’m so excited for Life In Transit!

  38. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Thanks Alissa! Yay glad that you’re looking forward to it :)

  39. Patti
    November 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Hi Ate Abby!! It’s been a week since I discovered your account on Instagram and since then I became a fan of your letterings (i super looove them!!). Hope I can join your workshop soon! Congratulations on the Big Move! xoxo

  40. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Hey Patti! Thank you so much! :)

  41. Paulene
    November 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hi Abbey! Congratulations on your move! I’m happy for you. More power!

  42. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Paulene! :)

  43. Mariz
    November 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Congrats! I love your new blog. You are one of my inspirations in having a good penmanship. Hahahah. God bless you! :)

  44. Abbey
    November 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks Mariz! :)

  45. Marsha
    November 27, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Hello! If you don’t mind me asking, can I ask where you got your book printed? The quality is absolutely amazing and I’m planning to have a few things printed out for thesis but there aren’t any good printing press’ that quite hit the mark at the moment :(

    But more importantly, congratulations with everything that has happened with your life! Going strong at 21! Girl, that is ballin’! I wish you so much luck!

  46. Abbey
    November 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Hey Marsha, it’s just a coupon I got from Photobook Philippines! The quality is superb. :)

    Thank you!!! Good luck to your thesis as well!

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