Tips for Hesitant Art Beginners

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Published on: February 18, 2017


Not everyone has the time and resources to enroll at an art class. There are a lot of artists all over the world who did not have formal training. You can also find a lot of resources online like art exercises and tutorials.

If you’re hesitant or feel you’re not doing enough to improve, here are things you need to keep in mind.

  1. Invest in cheap but quality materials. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get the best results. Even if you can afford the most expensive art materials, it all comes down to effort and practice. The basic art materials you need for drawing are graphite pencils, drawing paper or pad, eraser and sharpener, color pencils, and oil pastels. If you plan to start painting, you will need quality water color paper, water color, flat and round paint brushes, and a palette.


  1. Start with the basics. Don’t get ahead of yourself. If you haven’t practiced before, it’s better to start with the simplest you can do. Draw subjects that you’re interested in. If it’s too complicated, you can save it for later when you’re more confident with your skills. Find a subject you’re interested in and don’t force yourself to draw something you don’t really want to try.


  1. Don’t be afraid to fail. Never be afraid to make mistakes. You can’t be good the first time. If you haven’t achieved your goal, keep trying until you’re better at it. Remember why you wanted to start drawing and painting in the first place. If you can’t have fun in what you’re doing then you have already failed.

  1. Don’t get intimidated. Not everyone is born to become famous artists. It is both a talent and a skill. There will always be people who are better than you, just like there are people who excel in other activities like sports, academics and performing arts. That should not stop you from doing what you love. You’re not out there to compete unless of course you join a competition.


  1. Love what you do. If you feel like you’re not making any progress, remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place. You’re practicing to become better for yourself, not for other people. If you love what you’re doing, then the act alone should make you happy. Draw because it makes you feel relaxed. Paint because it makes you happy.


  1. Practice is the key. Leonardo da Vinci didn’t get to be the where he is because he already knew how to do it when he was a baby. He studied and researched. He started as a student just like yourself. Famous artists were not born masters, they were all newbies like you once. The only way to improve is to keep doing it.

Apartment Essentials for First-Time Movers

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Published on: December 18, 2016


You’ve just earned your college degree and are ready to head out on your own. Finding a place to be your new home will be exciting, stressful, confusing, difficult and rewarding all at the same time.

But of course, like most things in life, you can avoid unnecessary confusion and minimize stress by preparing in advance. Doing some research before deciding to move out will save tons of heartache—and cash—in the future.

The Right Place

Before going on your own, you have to find the right place for you. This first step can be tough. Not just because you’ll likely have to wade through several dozens of options, but also because there’s some pressure involved. After all, you will be living in this place for at least the next six months of your life, right?

Is the place affordable? Is it in an ideal neighbourhood? Does it provide the convenience you need, like near your workplace, a hospital, a mall or a police station? And most importantly, do you like it? Finding the right apartment is the most important part of moving out. It’ a major investment, so it should be considered a top priority.

Home Essentials

If you lived in a dorm during college, you probably have an idea about home essentials. Let’s say you already have the toiletries and home cleaners (if not, buy them first). The next thing to do is to fill your cupboard with kitchen essentials, such as salt, pepper, butter, flour and various spices. After all, you’re a college graduate now; it’s time to ditch the instant noodles and pre-packed food.

Then, invest on quality cookware and dinnerware, which includes pots and pans, plates and cups, spoon and fork and other miscellaneous items.

Lastly, after securing the aforementioned essentials, it’s time to shop around for furniture. This includes couches, desks, side tables, dining chairs, a dining table, a bed, coffee tables… you name it. To make it cost-efficient, research their prices and look for places where you can get quality items for less.

Explore Your New Neighbourhood

Once you have everything in place, it’s time to make yourself feel at home. Explore the neighbourhood for restaurants, coffee shops and local grocery. Roam around to see if there are any cool places to watch movies or hang out with friends.

And don’t be afraid to ask around. Knock on doors and introduce yourself. Part of moving to a new apartment is actually embracing it and living in it. This means not only filling your space with furnishings, but becoming part of the neighbourhood as well.

Moving to a new place is no easy feat, physically and mentally. But the sooner you start planning and by keeping these important points in mind, the easier it is to find the right home and neighbourhood for you.

5 Clear Signs You’re a Shopaholic

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Published on: November 18, 2016


With all the clever marketing strategies you see in the internet, billboards and TV commercials, it’s easy to get tempted into spending on things we don’t actually need. However, some people take this too far and end up broke because they can’t seem to quit their shopping addiction. Do you find yourself in this situation? Here are five tell-tale signs that you might be shopaholic.


  1. Your closet is full of clothes with tags still on them

A shopaholic isn’t always garb with new stuff every day. In fact, it is common that compulsive shoppers have pieces that sit unused and unopened in their closet—things that you might be ‘saving’ for that special occasion. For women, these purchases usually include shoes, jewellery, clothing and accessories. Men, on the other hand, tend to hoard bigger items, like sports equipment, watches and cameras.

  1. You experience buyer’s remorse after a purchase

What goes up must come down—this explains the reaction of compulsive buyers to a spree. When you buy something you really want, the brain rewards you with a euphoric feeling, which is also known as the ‘shopping high’. However, the high quickly drops and is often followed by a negative mood. This includes feelings of guilt, stress, disappointment and remorse.

  1. You have been fighting with your partner because of shopping

Whether it is because of unnecessary purchases, unsettled bills or too much time spent online because of online shopping, if your spouse starts to notice your shopping habits, it’s a clear sign that you have a problem. When your spending habits already cause negative effects on the relationship, it’s time for you to seek professional help. Another telltale sign: You have continually promised that you’ll cut back or stop, but you can’t.


  1. You feel irritable and anxious when you can’t go shopping

Like any other addictions, shopaholics experience cravings and strong feeling of excitement that they are frequently uncontrollable. They even tend to ignore the consequences of impulse buying, such as bankruptcy, family conflicts and legal issues. And when you can’t shop, you experience withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and irritability.

  1. You skip work and other obligations to shop

A shopping addict has the extreme need to shop that it interferes with their relationships, work and other obligations. Without thinking twice, a shopaholic chooses sales over work and spending time with family and friends. Studies show that people with higher risk for compulsive buying disorder is more socially sensitive, causing them to feel shy and avoid social situations.

As with other types of addictions, compulsive shopping is a dangerous thing. In addition to wreaking havoc on your relationships and financial health, shopping addiction can potentially devastate your mental and physical well-being.


Habits You Should Cultivate to Improve Your Well-Being

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Published on: November 15, 2016


No matter how much you want to be healthy, it feels like there isn’t much time for making healthy choices. But what if we tell you that it’s actually possible to be the busiest and healthiest version of yourself? While it’s easier said than done, a few simple changes can do an immense favour to your mind and body. Add some of these healthy habits to your day-to-day routine, and see how much better you will feel about your health, energy, mood, weight and more.


  1. Eat Your Meals At the Same Time Every Day

One of the major stressors in life is not having a regular routine. Even as simple as eating lunch or dinner an hour later than your usual meal time can spike up your cortisol level and disrupt your body’s ideal state. As much as possible, eat, exercise and sleep at the same time each day.

  1. ‘Close’ the Kitchen After 7 P.M.

The body needs a break from eating to repair its metabolic functions. Skipping the night-time fast and going for a midnight snack can increase blood fats and blood sugar, as well as speed up cell aging. To eradicate all these, mentally ‘close’ your kitchen after having your dinner, ideally seven in the evening.

  1. Open the Windows

The stagnant air in your home could be more polluted than the air hazy air of Singapore. There are so many possible sources of indoor pollution—candles, hairspray and fumes from cookware. While they are harmless in small amounts, the pollution they create together can raise blood pressure, harden arteries and turn up inflammation. Open the windows during milder days and turn on the fan to circulate the air and reduce indoor pollution levels.


  1. Avoid Driving in Slippers

Slippers and sandals can easily slip off and get stuck under the gas pedals and the brake. Driving is the most dangerous activity a man des on a daily basis. Why would you want to make it more dangerous by wearing the wrong footwear? The next time you get behind the wheel, wear shoes or go barefoot instead.

  1. Turn Off Your Tech

With all the social media buzz—from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more—it’s hard not to stay online 24/7. When at work, increase your productivity by putting away your phone or at least turning off the pop-up notifications. At home, relax your mind by entirely turning off your computer and tech devices. Instagram and Facebook will still be there tomorrow.

Start with the simplest and work your way up to the most challenging ones. And if some of these tips just seem impractical, you can completely ignore them and find something that works for you.


Essentials for Lessons for Emerging Adults

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Published on: March 13, 2014

AoM photo1.       The Call for Learning

For adults, they will only make time to learn new things if they need to.  There are cases where in an adult employee is force to take his/her master’s degree because the institution requires all of its employees to have one.  Another one is when you want to be more competitive in your job, so as a newbie you are going to make an effort to attend different trainings and seminars to be at your fullest potential in the job that you are in.

2. The Role of Past Experience

Adults always relate their past experiences to the lessons that are being tackled.  It is easier for them to understand every topic, when they recall their precedent practice. Like in training future leaders, they easily learn new things in managing the people through looking back at the fallbacks and the success of the former management.

3. Significance of Motivation

Adults want to learn when they are motivated. They are usually motivated by different factors like a higher pay or just to improve their self-esteem. It is important for any trainings and seminars a company want to give their employees that it should be a must that they will receive something from it, whether it is monetary or for self-satisfaction.

4.       Direction to Learning

Adults want to learn things that will help them to do something or to solve their own problem. The main thing to consider is if they can apply what they will learn in real life.



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