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    The Girl with Broken Dreams

    Here’s a letter to a girl who has goals and endless dreams, but suddenly got stuck and lost in the middle of chasing them. She has the guts to support other people’s dream but little did she know, the spark of her own dreams are slowly fading away.

    The year 2015 and 2016 were indeed good to her, she accomplished many things and was very thankful for it. She was happy, productive and she believed that the path to her goals shine bright like a North Star. Year 2017, the year where she lost her way and got distracted by unnecessary things. She even used to love her online diary blog which was starting to get successful back then, but chose to give it up. (Didn’t even dare to back-up her 2017 blog posts. lol). This girl became bum, unproductive and lazy. She knows what she wants, but what went wrong? Why can’t she find the right way?  Why all of a sudden, she lost her North Star?

    There’s nothing she can do to change whatever may have happened to her in the past months, her dreamless days, but I salute this girl for remaining strong, adventurous and outgoing. She may have stopped chasing her dreams for a while, at least she did not stop praying and believing that she will eventually reach her star again.

    So to this girl with broken dreams, you may have thought that you had lost them, but no, the pieces are just there in the dark, waiting to be picked up. Just keep on dreaming and doing what you love, until your North Star shine again.

    Love,

    The girl who believes in you

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    5 Things I’m Thankful For In Year 2015

    2015 is a special year for me because it is the year where I know and felt that I’m the one in charge of my life. A year full of adventures, out of comfort zone experiences, learnings, realizations and memories that will be remembered forever; unlike the past years of my life wherein I don’t even know what I want with my life, I just go with the flow.

    Let me share with you the 5 things I am thankful for the year 2015:

    1. The start of my own blog site

    Finally had the guts to start my own blog site and a lot of my friends probably were wondering, why?

    Perhaps, they do not know that I’m already bogging during my college days, but not a serious one! Just my happy thoughts, rants and about random things. Then 2015 came and I stumbled upon iamaileen.com by Aileen Adalid, a travel blogger that shared her story of how she left the corporate job in the Philippines at the age of 21 to travel the world. The way she lives as a digital nomad and how she shares her travel stories, that’s what I want too. After reading her story, I became inspired and motivated to chase my own dreams too. With that, I told myself to be brave and that there is nothing to lose when I get serious with blogging; I might help somebody else with my posts too just like Aileen. 🙂

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    May 2015, I bought my own domain name aurikamatias.com and started my own blog site with the help of my two blogger friends Dianne and Zek. Thank you guys for supporting me! Haha. ‘xo

    2. Travel around Philippines

    So 2015 is definitely the most adventurous year of my life. I may not have traveled outside the Philippines but at least, I was able to travel locally. My first hike, surf, cliff dive, spelunking and a lot more firsts happened in just one year! And I thank God for keeping me safe during those activities. We should keep in mind that the Philippines has a lot of things to offer that we do not know and haven’t experienced yet. #LoveLocal

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    3. The frugal life

    The normal scenario: Earn -> Spend -> Save what’s left. It took me a one working year in a corporate job to realize how much I have spent a lot of my money with unnecessary things! My oh my, I feel sad whenever I think about it, but I’m glad that I’m already done with that phase and learned how to budget. Living a frugal life is not easy, especially if you cannot let go the things that are unnecessary in your life. Learn to pay yourself by saving up first before spending the extra cash.

    P.S. I’m proud to say that I already have stocks and investments! Hoping for more! 🙂

    4. Online and real life friends

    One of the advantages of being adventurous and also a blogger is meeting like minded people! Online world made it easy to communicate with other people and letting them become a part in your circle of friends is a good side of it. I have personally met some of my online buddies and honestly, getting to know them in real life is not that awkward. Just a little chit-chat would do but still, be cautious enough to know if they are harmless or not. As for me, I’m glad that I met harmless people through online! I also have newly found friends through a common friends. 🙂

    5. More about myself

    A year where I get to know more about myself by reading self-development, inspirational, motivational books and applying them. They helped me to know my goals, dreams and how to handle different life situations. I see life more positive now than before and I could say that this is a new me. Of course, there are also real life experiences that made me realized these things. Just like the old saying, “You’ll never know until it happened to you.”. My life has a direction now.

    It’s hard to say goodbye 2015, you’ve been oh so good to me! But it’s time to move on and I’ll just hope for more adventures and learnings with year 2016. Happy New Year!

    “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Closing Time sung by Semisonic

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    My Life Lately: December

    My Life Lately

    December just started out but a lot already happened… or not, really. Looking back on what happened for the past few days, here’s the list of my life lately:

    1. Attended at the very early office Christmas Party (seriously? Christmas Party on first week of December?! Haha) and I was unexpectedly awarded as the best “Goth” costume since our theme was First Day High. Hooray for P1,000 that I got. Meh.
    2. Been meeting a lot of close friends lately to celebrate their promotions and birthdays. I’m happy for them! So if I’m not at work then I’ll be somewhere else but home.
    3. Eating a LOT! Like, I do not get full or satisfied with what I eat – may it be junk foods or real foods. Why oh why. I this normal? Or am I still normal? LOL.
    4. During my shift… of course, I’m working! 😛
    5. Yet I why do I still feel like I’m missing out a lot because of work? Hmm. Plus, I have to work on 25th and 31st of December – Night shift! SMH.
    6. Re-budgeting, jotting down expenses, random thoughts and ideas.
    7. Reading the book A Work In Progress by Connor Franta. Connor motivates and inspires me. I love you, Connor! 🙂
    8. Torn between if I should get Fujifilm XT10 or not because I want to save yet I want to have that expensive camera. The battle between wants and needs. Could just someone please give this to me as a gift?! Haha
    9. Planning on what business should I start? Where to invest?
    10. Too much time spent on Social Media.

    Eww, did I just used a lot of emoticons and abbreviations? LOL. Am I just overthinking or making my life complicated? I hope not. Well, I also hope that I’m still on the right track and that I could start a business, soon! 🙂

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    Flexwear Emotions: Henna Brown Contact Lens

    After how many months, I’m back with colored contact lens but the color is different from my previous one – Slate Grey. Last week, I bought this contact lenses from Executive Optical (EO) at Glorietta. After browsing and trying out different colors, I have settled with Henna Brown because it’s like I’m not wearing any colored lenses. But if you look closer, it’s a little bit bigger than my natural eyes. 🙂

    Brand: Flexwear Emotions

    Flexwear Emotions contact lenses are designed to make your eyes look fuller and more enchanting by using Brown Limbal Rings to enhance and soften your eyes. Popularized in Japan and Korea, Emotions lenses are the most natural looking Doll lenses you will find.

    Flexwear Emotions contact lenses are available in 5 different colors: Periwinkle Purple, Henna Brown, Grey Mist, Green Tea, and Riviera Blue

    Color: Henna Brown (with grade)

    Lifespan: 12 months

    Price: Php 630

    It also have free Flexwear Solutions and case.

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    Left: Natural Right: With Henna Brown lens

    Henna Brown mix Both eyes wearing Henna Brown contact lenses

    I’ve finally found a colored contact lens that enhances your eyes but still gives you that natural look! 🙂 I’m pretty sure that not everyone in the office have noticed my new colored contact lenses yet. Haha!

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    Aurika Matias: 5 Facts About Me Vol.2

    I find this day unusual, no agenda/commitments at all. 🙂 A good day to post a volume 2 of 5 Facts About Me:

    1. I hate being stuck at home… The number one reason of my blog title, Gumala with Aurika. 😛
    2. Aside from my love of being anywhere/everywhere, I love reading books. My taste in books changed just last year from dystopian to inspirational books (welcome adulthood).
    3. I have to admit that I’m a very talkative person! I kept on blabbering about random things. Just hoping that the people around don’t get irritated. Lol.
    4. Twix over Reese’s. Yes.
    5. I’m 5’1” but they think I’m smaller than that. Oh, please. 😐

    5 Facts About Me Vol. 1

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