June Reads

09/06/2017


Yikes, I almost forgot about wanting to keep this series alive that I missed compiling a few articles and posts last month. My apologies. In my defense, I wasn't feeling it — browsing feed or reading articles from various websites which was why I got nothing fun to share. But here we finally are with our June reading edits. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


On embracing your inner bitch or why I'm not giving anymore fucks


Rae is killing it with this blog post, you guys! I've been a fan of Love From Berlin even before the blog turns into a blogazine, which is super awesome by the way. I can't even begin to describe how much I love this post for being so raw, unfiltered and real. In it, Rae tells us that it's okay to defend ourselves and speak our mind. There is, of course, a difference between being real and acting like a raging douchebag. I support the first, not the second. This also goes on to say that when we are stuck in one of those days where we feel like bad mood is crawling beneath our skin, it's kind of okay to be a bitch once in a while because we all have bad days and we all lose our shit from time to time. Instead of pretending to be angelic all the time, I personally prefer people who embrace their mood (even if they are having bad days) instead of those who pretend to act like saints.

Along the same line, this article reminds me of how people on the internet are starting to be so damn sensitive to the point where every tweet, every status they disagree with is considered "offensive." If you follow me on twitter, chances are you have seen me rant about social justice warriors, people who get so damn sensitive over everything and will engage in a hostile debate regarding controversial topics such as political correctness, social injustice, feminism, etc. I'm not saying we should ignore these controversies, I'm just saying how people need to fucking chill for once. I swear I can tweet about not liking avocado and the next thing you know, there will be netizens trying to kill me for being "offensive." I'm not telling you to be a raging bitch, I'm just telling you not to be a hostile pretentious SJW. Anyway, I highly recommend you to read Rae's post so you understand what I'm trying to say.

via becoming minimalist


All The Things I Want to Say About Money But Never Do


When I read this post, I can't help but to be reminded with a conversation I had with a friend recently. My friend and I talked about how her friend spends so much cash on useless shit like buying alcohols, going to clubs and eating out at a fancy restaurant. Now don't get me wrong, I am not here to dictate anyone's lifestyle. I don't have time to babysit someone else's life. But get this, if you spend a lot on unnecessary things, at the end of the day you need to step back and look at the useless things you have splurged on. Instead of complaining how you cannot pay the electricity bills, why not recall the fire that burned your bank account? As much as I don't give a damn about how people spend their cash, it does get annoying when you hear them complain about not having enough especially when their job pays so damn well and way above the standard 'fresh graduate' scale.

Let's be real, when we have the cash to afford the things or services we want, we are so tempted to splurge on them. I get it. I feel the same way. But I'm not five anymore. I need to put a brake on myself or I will end up with an empty bank account. If only these people actually look at themselves when they are facing the mirror to put on clothes or makeup in the morning.

via workovereasy


Why Introverts Make Great Designers


I admit, I've been binge-reading Natalie's blog for the past few days. Hey, don't blame me for falling in love with a design blog that has quality design-related posts! If you are a designer or planning to be one, I really recommend her blog. Even if you're not a designer, I recommend you check her blog. After all, there's nothing more legit than getting tips and tricks from someone who knows what he or she is doing.

One of my favorite posts written by Natalie was actually published last month, on May 28. In it she talked about how introversion, the inward nature of us introverts, helps contribute in the development of skills extroverts might not even know. A straightforward yet engaging read, Natalie's words remind me of the false stigma people have surrounding visual designers. I have met people in real life, non-designers of course, who think that all of us as are extroverts. When asked why, their answer is simple: "because you have to communicate with clients, right?" Yes and no. Communicating with client is considered part of the job but morphing myself to be a fake extrovert is not. Another case I found was during my 3-months internship in an advertisement agency, where my supervisor insisted I talk more. I remember him saying, "you're not a programmer who just sit behind the screen and code. Programmers don't need to talk, designers do" — which I still think is a very stupid thing to say, considering how I've always done my job properly but that's another story for another time.

But of course, extroverts make great designers too. My point is, in a world full of extroverts, the nature of introversion is often overlooked and thought unfitting for certain positions. Just because we are quiet doesn't mean we do not hold the skills to be great.

5 Books to Get You Into Summer Mode


Ugh, let's be real: I live in a tropical country where seasons don't happen. Whether flowers are blooming or snow is falling down the lane as a blanket of cold clouds, it will forever feel like summer in where I live. Still, more book recommendation is always appreciated.

Two books from the list that caught my attention were September Girls by Bennett Madison and The Girls by Emma Cline. Which one caught yours, if any?



3 Simple Living Lies To Declutter


Here's the thing about minimalism and simple living: it's a trend, a hip trend. People think that minimalism is always about owning less, both in terms of quantity and colors. Stereotypically, minimalism is perceived by neutral, muted earth-toned colors like grey, white and browns. The art of simple living is also categorized based on numbers — if you own more than 5 pairs of shoes, you're doing it wrong. If you love books and own a 100 of them, you aren't much of a minimalist either. This is how minimalism and simple living are written all over the internet; the rule that you are not supposed to own 20 pairs of one thing that you like because apparently, that is not "true" minimalism.

What is a "true" minimalism anyway? Following social media trend of simple living, the advice given to us by social media today is, more often than not, overwhelming. For instance, I am a book hoarder. I love books. I own a crap ton of them. So what? I keep books because I love them, because they are valuable to me and I will never give or sell them away. People forget that minimalism is not defined by numbers but rather, by habits and mindset. What is written in your dictionary may not fit my definition of minimalism and that's okay. Simple living is never a one size fits all. While counting the number of items we own may actually help the process of decluttering, at the end of the day these are just statistics who will not define whether or not we are doing minimalism correctly.



Monthly Reads, previously called Bookmarked, is a series featuring interesting, fun and insightful articles and posts found, curated and compiled by yours truly. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I love sharing them. If you have more recommendations, feel free to list them in the comment box below.

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