November 04, 2016

Update update update - Life Lately #24

<one> currently staying in melbourne, australia. loving everything here apart from the bipolar weather! i live my life one day at a time here, resting in His presence. it's so good to be away from my hectic and stressful hometown. so happy to spend time with my special ones and re-charge my creative spirit. i feel so radically blessed and highly favoured :)

and even if I'm more of a tea person, but i drink coffees, because it's melbourne, darling! (crappy snapchat photos. follow if you want; marisa.wij)

<two> the first two weeks i was crashing at my brother and his roomate's flat. after a week of endless inspections, i finally found this two bedrooms flat with city view and beautiful minimalist design which I'm gratefully called home for the rest of my stay here. just look at this black, white and grey vibe, so comfy!

<three> strolling around the city. long talks, long walks, good legs exercise. crystal clear sky above me , sun is quiet friendly, wind can be unkind to my bones sometimes, but... not complaining! i'm at peace :)

outfit :  ts bershka // jacket zara // jeans zara // bag target 

<four> and healthy living continues. i loveee australia! they have a lot of healthy foods options (the salads-no kidding- are the best!) and it's also sooooo easy to find organic ingredients here! 

<five> and if you're wondering what i have been doing besides strolling around, eating good foods and drinking decent coffees/teas. most of the time, I'm caving in doing my thing

picture below : taking over the whole dining table aka my working space making this piece, final result on my instagram marisawij

<six>  on personal thoughts: while I'm applaud myself for being vulnerable and open when it comes to a relationship, weather to friends or a lover, i don't like appearing weak. but lately, i see vulnerability through a new light. i fully learned that vulnerability is not an attribute for the weak, it is an attribute for the strong.  the weak will always be too afraid to open up, they are too afraid of rejection, fear that no one's gonna love them for who they are in both bad & good times. but i believe that vulnerability is the only way for people to love us wholly and fully. i have to agree with brene brown when she said "vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage, and vulnerability is what makes you beautiful."

i know that being vulnerable can be scary sometimes, but it is the only bridge to build connections. 

 update again soon,  until then, ya'll stay positive and happy! :) x 


June 17, 2016

on personal note - Life Lately #23

i've been away for half and a year now and i am dismayed by how sloppy I have been with this blog. life is an unpredictable round of wheels, sometimes i can't keep up. my personal counsellor suggested me to go back and write because it's a way to release my emotions, so here i am typing and trying. and updating.

we have gone through a hundred and sixty six days - two thousands of sixteen.

i often felt like nothing is significant. uncertainty is so haunting. if there is a life globe, i can't really pinpoint where i am right now because it keeps on spinning and spinning and spinning. i felt dizzy. i learned to be patient, and be still.

i manage to start eating cleaner, healthier foods. more plant-based, less meaty. fruits are my everyday munch. and also, slowly enforce my feet to walk-jog-run 5k. be familiar again with lunges, dips, squats, and their friends.  getting used to feel soar after working out, barely walk down the stairs or stretch my hands to tie my hair. bought new workout gears.

my very first bazaar. a month of lack of sleep, countless visits to print shop, balloons of emotions from excitement to pessimism to tranquility. all went well by grace, favors and miracles.

i learned in a bigger, wider perspective of how to be a good friend. to love with the love of god despite the differences of principles and values. to love beyond the immensity of the sea.

i am upset that i let my self did the wrongdoings, spent time on my bed hugging my boaster alone. i saw intimacy dissolves before my very eyes and heart. i drank a lots and lots of water and obsessed with stripes t's.

i loved someone whole heartedly and failed beautifully. 

trying to understand where am i going with my creative soul. thankful for every commissions and projects. sailing this journey with faith, keep reminding my heart that adventure is not adventure if we knew everything in advance.

all in all, these past half a year left me believe what anatole france once said, "in art as in love, instinct is enough."

also trying to live out the corinthians;
"for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweigh them all. so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 corinthians 4:17

for the rest of the year, i think i can handle it just fine :>

until i write again. x

February 02, 2016


Is it too late to say i'm sorry....for this very late post? (bieber fever much?hehe) It amazes that the first month of 2016 has just ended! I hope everyone's starting this year well. I've been enjoying it, it's kinda a slow start but things seem to be coming together now! :) In this post, I'm gonna take a stroll down memory lane 365 days back and do a bit of reflection just like we always do! 



Major things like;
  • got into an office job... and unfortunately dislike it.
  • quit that office job (yaaass!)
  • mission trips with one of the greatest people i've ever met!
  • starting my own project (launch in 2016!)
  • enjoying freelance wonderland as in drawing/designing cards/prints & styling.
  • making healthy boundaries with some people.
  • a lots of huge decisions.
  • made A LOT of new friends.
  • got my first iphoneeeeee.
  • started my prophetic art.
  • started selling some of my handmade stuffs.
  • ministries..conferences..orphanage visits..slums visits.
  • lots of art exhibitions and gallery visits.
  • my dog billy passed away :(

2015 feels like a mixed year. It's a love-hate relationship kinda thing. I like all the adventures and lessons that i got, but i dislike the fact that it went way too fast to the point that i don't even know if i have enjoyed it enough (?). However 2015 is a good learning year, all the experiences- bad or good are very valuable. This year, God has touched one of the biggest aspect in my life and He taught me that (1.) my security is in Him and only Him, not in superficial worldly things (i.e. money, clothes, etc) It's thrilling, yet its very sweet, and now i  understand His love in a whole new and deeper level :) 
(2.) Never compare yourself - because we're all created individually unique, so it's OK not to be just like everyone else. It's ok not to have the same job as other people, it's ok if you don't wear wake up everyday like other girls, it's ok to be just YOU :) (3.) Close your ears and stay focus - never let what people say about you change you into someone you're not, never let what people say about you let you down. The truth is not everyone will like you, and most of the time those people don't even matter in your life. Stay true to who you are and be what you want to be. With that fact i also learned to (4.) make a healthy boundaries. I've learned that some people are meant to be your close friends, some remain just friends, and some other are just acquaintances. It's good to protect our hearts and to still honour them as an individual. 2015 has also remind me that (5.) some things and people can't be fixed, so if you can't deal with it, be brave enough to take a step and walk away before things get rough, dirty or even painful. 

Overall, 2015 is an awesome year! I wouldn't want to change a thing and some memories will stay in my life forever! I'm so grateful for each and everyone of you (weather it's online or in the real life) thank you for making  my life brighter and better, thank you for all of your love, friendship, and support throughout 2015, ya'll are the absolute best!! ♥ 

♥ row one : ministry and mission trips w/ beautiful people ♥  row two : spent an awesome time with these people that i love and adore!   row three and four : some of the cards, prints, and prophetic drawings that i made (Aug-Dec) 
 ♥ row five : mannamade project and styling job for web-series/tv commercial.♥ 

How was  your 2015? Are you excited for 2016? :)

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