I Won A Prize

I got an email from Erika (follow her blog here) about an hour ago…

Hey Helen!
Congrats on winning the My Memories Suite Version 2.0 on my blog. 

I won a prize again! Woohoo!! This time I won the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Version 2.0. I’ve been looking for more option to play with Digital Scrapbooking beside Photoshop Element, and I found out about this My Memories Suite Version 2.0. You can check stand see if this software also can help you in learning and having fun with Digital Scrapbooking.


Steve Jobs: inspiration and motivation for others

"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful - that's what matters to me." - Wall Street Journal, May 25, 1993

We all were sad and devastated when we heard the news about Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. He died at 56 years old, too young to die, some people said, but we should be thankful that he is now free from all the pain caused by the pancreatic cancer he had. Even up until now, the people in the whole world are still mourning. But one thing that we have to remember him, most of all, he left us with such an amazing legacy on technology. He didn’t waste his life for someone else’s dream, but his own.

Here are some of his classic quotes that might give you some inspiration and motivations:

“You time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Stanford University, June 12, 2005

“The problem is in hardware you can’t build a computer that’s twice as good as anyone else’s anymore. Too many people know how to do it. You’re lucky if you can do one that’s one-and-a-third times better or one-and-a-half better. And then it’s only six months before everybody else catches up. But you can do it in software. As matter of fact, I think that the leap that we’ve made is at least five years ahead of anybody.” –  Rolling Stone, June 16, 1994

Introduction To Indonesian Language and Culture

Recently I made friend with a girl whom I met on Wycliffe Next Generation community website. She asked some questions about Indonesia because she will be moving there with her family soon for ministry. I remember some of the books that my husband got for himself in getting ready to go to Indonesia.

In your getting to know and preparation to go overseas (short term or long term), one thing among the others things on your preparation list is learning basic language and culture of the country. So here I would like to suggest you books that you can use to prepare your self and get some taste of Indonesian.

First book is Basic Indonesian, An Introduction Coursebook. You can try to order online from Barnes and Noble bookstore where we got it for my husband to learn Indonesian. This book comes with a Audio CD which will be helpful for you to listen and practice the pronunciation.

Great Motto, I think

I recently follow a new blog of Mary Crimmins about “Seasonal Eating” and I think the “Great Motto” that she wrote is great and we – not only MOMS, but EVERYONE – should adopt that motto.

Here’s the Great Motto that she shared with all of her readers:

If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then organic.
If not ORGANIC, then family farm.
If not FAMILY FARM, then local business.
If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then fair trade.
If all else fails, at least don’t eat at McDonald’s!


So, what do you think? Are you eating healthy?

Got Caught In A Funk?


Are you stuck?

Have you ever got caught yourself in a funk? What do you do? Here’s some ideas from Michael Hyatt of “quick fixes” for getting him out of his funk… might help you too 🙂

  1. Write a list of 10 things you are thankful for. Be specific.
  2. Put on some upbeat, happy music. I like Keith Urban.
  3. Go for a walk—or a run.
  4. Plan a vacation or, better yet, go on one!
  5. Schedule an appointment with a counselor.
  6. Talk to a good friend who knows how to listen.
  7. Have a good cry. It’s okay. It will cleanse your emotional system.
  8. Take control of that little voice in your head. “Change channels.”
  9. Turn off the TV and the radio.
  10. Read the Psalms.
  11. Do volunteer work with a local charity.
  12. Organize your desk and/or your office.
  13. Take one “baby step action” for each of your top three projects.
  14. Take the afternoon off and take a nap.
  15. Get a massage or sit in a hot jacuzzi or tub.
  16. Change positions. If you are sitting, stand. If you are standing, sit.
  17. Pray. Pour out your heart to God.
  18. Smile. Your emotions will usually follow your body’s lead.
  19. Do that one thing you fear the most.
  20. Write a love note to your spouse and mail it.
  21. Excuse yourself from negative conversations.
  22. Resist the temptation to complain—about anything!
  23. Forget the past. Ignore the future. Be fully present NOW.
  24. Stop worrying about things you have no control over.

So, what are you going to do to get you out of your funk?