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  • #PositiveThinkingDay

    The International Positive Thinking Day is celebrated annually on September 13th.

    Most of us associate the word ‘Positive’ with just being ‘happy’. Well, partly it is, but not just that.
    Positivity is the practice of being optimistic in attitude, that focuses on the bright side of life, demonstrating joy, hope, gratitude, interest, pride, love and inspiration, amongst other qualities.

    Positive thinking is not a concept that everyone believes in and follows. Some do actually consider it to be nonsense, however, apart from the growing scientific evidence that proves the power of positivity, we believe there’s more good than harm in having an optimistic outlook on life!

    When we’re positive we feel better about life in general – we feel more peaceful, happier and calm, which makes us more likeable and sociable.

    Positive emotions create a positive lifestyle. What would you rather be? Happy all the time or constantly angry? Would you rather carry a big smile all day long or a permanent frown?

    Thinking positively will help you accomplish dreams and goals. A study of over 275,000 people found that the happiest people owe their success, in part, to their optimistic and positive outlook, rather than attributing their happiness to their successful results. (full review here)

    The mind has a strong effect on the body and on health, hence why you feel better and healthier when you think positively.

    Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and avoid negative ones? Remember that both positive and negative attitudes are contagious.

    In order to stay positive, we enjoy a dose of motivation… daily! 🙂

     

    “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.
    Well neighter does bathing –
    that’s why we recommend it daily.”
    Zig Ziglar

     

    Here’s a list of 5 of our favourite Motivation and Inspiration speakers, including some favourite clips or speeches of them, and our favourite quote (It was very difficult to choose just 1 since they have so manyyyyy we love!).

    1. Eric Thomas (E.T)

    Youtube Channel

    Our Favourite E.T quote: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
    Our Favourite E.T speech in this link here, and our favourite compilation of E.T speeches, below:

    2. Tony Robbins

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Tony Robbins quote: “If you can’t, you must. If you must, you can.”
    One of our favourite Tony Robbins speech (there are so many more!!):

    3. Les Brown

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Les Brown quote: “You have greatness within you.”
    Our Favourite Tony Robbins speech:

    4. Zig Ziglar

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Zig Ziglar quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
    Our Favourite Zig Ziglar speech:

    5. Nick Vujicic

    Nick Vujicic is an Australian motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs.

    Official Website

    Our Favourite Nick Vujicic quote: “In life, you have a choice: Bitter or better? Choose better, forget bitter.”
    Our Favourite Nick Vujicic speech:

     


     

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  • My Son. A 1 in 400,000,000,000,000 chance!

    It scares me to think that chances of having this cute little cheerful will-smile-to-anyone-hold-my-hand kiddo were just a 1 in 400 trillion chance!!

     

    The other day, my husband and I were discussing how scientists estimate the odds of us being born at about one in 400 trillion. That’s 1 in 400,000,000,000,000! We’re lucky to even be born – we have it good! Just imagine what a miracle it has been for us to be born a human, let alone who we are. Or perhaps, you might argue how easily it could have all gone different and we did not become who we are?!

    Well, it gets kinda complicated, but that’s usually what half of me and my husband’s discussions are!

    Which got me really thinking!  Our lovely toddler will not go to sleep unless he’s holding one of our hands/thumbs/two fingers/all of the above!  Now, how cute is that huh? Yeah right! Try writing a blog post on a teeny-weeny mobile keyboard with your left hand, face down lying on the bed, super early in the morning when you’ve lost all interest in sleep, while he insists on holding your right hand while trying to fall back to sleep!  The joys of motherhood right? 🙂

    Anyway, as I’m holding his hand and as I’m looking at him, I’m thinking about how easily this could not have been him! In the sense that he could have been someone completely different! It scares me to think that chances of having this cute little cheerful will-smile-to-anyone-hold-my-hand kiddo were just a 1 in 400 trillion chance!!

     

    Can any of you make any sense out of this? It’s hard to explain!

     

    When it’s just me and him lying on the bed and he’s asleep and I can finally gain back total control over my hand…. i just watch and listen –  in total silence – listening to his breaths, an occasional gurgle in his stomach, a few sighs here and there or his ever so slight movements of his toes or fingers…. my heart just melts away.


    So, I try to savour these moments as much as possible, as even though I complain about the ownership of my hand, I know there will come a time where I will complain that he won’t hold it anymore! These little things and so many others are what makes him who he is which is exactly what I love about him and being his mother!


    Very thankful for my 1 in 400 trillion chance!


    To all good mummies out there, here’s to a Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    To all the mummies who are bringing up a child who isn’t their own – You rock! You are an inspiration. X

    To all the mummies out there who lost their little ones (be it young or old, our kids will always be our little ones) – my heart goes out to you. xx

    To all the mummies and women who never had the chance to hug and hold their little angels – You’re always in my thoughts. Sending hugs your way xx

     

  • Research… At A Tangent

    RESEARCH
    noun

    1. the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

     

    An essential part of our work here entails research and development, and by research I mean a lot of heavy-mind-boggling-nail-biting-teeth-grinding research!

     

    Most often than not, our concepts are born very casually, over a quick cup of coffee between the gang – or even sometimes, we get that creativity spark out of a very silly joke or comment! We do also hold a few of the ‘official’ brainstorming sessions, though we tend to keep it as simple and casual as possible, so most of the times we brainstorm over coffee or food!

     

    When one of us comes up with a new concept or idea, research kicks off immediately with intense fact-finding, possible options, possible designs, we experiment with colour, print, engraving, new materials, investigate what works and what doesn’t, heavy thinking… sleep on it… back to drawing board, test prints, inquire with our suppliers and many long hours of discussions after, (and well, some of us tend to be very opinionated so the discussions get quite heated at times!), our little new proto-type baby is born.

     

    Sometimes, we get so passionate about our research, that we end up on totally different planets…. errrmmm I mean subjects! Often, the original subject gets so sidelined that we even forget where we started from! Let me give you an example, a few months ago we were about to launch a brand new range of coasters.  Have you seen it yet? They’re really cool – seriously you should have a look! (You see how we get easily distracted?) 🙂

     

    Anyway, so we’re doing our research on these coasters and all of a sudden we find ourselves discussing options of upgrading some of our machines.  But seriously, how do you go from coasters to machinery upgrade you would wonder?  Well, there we were with our dear friends, Google, Instagram and Pinterest and one thing led to another. Well, actually one window led to another, to another, to another and that’s how we got from coasters to machinery! Kapixx? We haven’t upgraded any machinery, YET, but that’s for another discussion altogether!

     

    This research thing happens to us very frequently.  We get sucked into anything remotely interesting. We consider ourselves a very curious (some call us weird!) bunch – so if it slightly tickles our brain cells, we google about it!  It’s amazing how many things we learn through this process. And it doesn’t even mean that whatever we encounter in our research gets transformed into another new project but this is how we get most of our inspiration. We’re like little bees, going from one flower to another absorbing all the knowledge we can get…. And while hopping from one subject to the other we use the inspiration gathered to infuse multiple ideas together and create something new! Got it? Knowledge is a big factor in anything we do. It’s our breakfast, lunch and dinner! (and snacks too!) It’s what fuels us! (apart from coffee!)

     

    Last week’s topic of research was motivation – we’re working on a new range of motivational products… something you look at when not in the mood to study/exercise/or whatever and go “Bamm… I wanna do this! Bamm… Bring it on” – we started off with interesting quotes, catchy phrases, attractive pictures, famous people who said cool stuff, well you get the picture right?

    One search window, leads to tens of others, which then open to plenty more and without even noticing we ended up on something great which gave us a huge spark. A bright idea. Our creative buds started tingling. The imaginary light bulbs started flickering on our heads! Thinking caps on. OMG we got sooooo excited !!! So now, we’re working on this amazing new project!!!  Research is still underway so I can’t really tell you anything about it right now…. Let’s just call it Project X for the time being.  We’ll tell you all about it soon!