February Weightloss Recap

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

Here we go again. The nerves that come along with the weigh-in are never fun. But that fear of facing either good or bad news is something I’ve got to face. This month? Pretty good news :)

I say pretty good because i’m going to let out the bad first. I gained 1.5 lbs. this week. BUT! I’m not letting that get me down because I *drumroll please* lost 7″ all around this past month. I couldn’t believe it! Thank goodness for the fact that muscle weighs more than fat :D

So so far, my weight has been the same since I started in Jan. however I’ve lost a total of  12.25″ since I started this lifestyle change. Woot!


Logo and Web Banner Design for A Full Heart

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Design

I have met so many wonderful people thanks to Making Things Happen. Not only did I get to meet the beautiful people that attended the LA workshop v.2 but I also gained the courage to step outside of my box and realize that people are just people. I should go talk to them, especially if they inspire me. The worst thing they can do is not answer back or say no. I remember thinking to myself that everyone in the room knew more than me, knew more people, know more about the industry… But after getting to know everyone (all in 1 day mind you), I saw we were all on the same boat, but leading different journeys.

Eve, the creator of A Full Heart, was one of those people. She’s an amazing woman and her new blog shows that. I was lucky enough to design her logo and banner for her site. Thanks for giving me the opportunity Eve! Thank you for being a wonderful friend, and I look forward to where our new-found friendship takes us!




January Weightloss Recap – How Did I Do?

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

It was Feb. 4th, I actually started to dread this day. What if nothing has changed, what if I actually gained weight instead? I had to remind myself that no matter what it said, I could do it. I could achieve my weight loss. If I did get more fit, then GREAT! If not, I know what I need to improve on, I just need to get up and do it. But there is one thing I do know: I. WILL. NOT. STOP. Why? Because I believe in myself that I can do this.

January was unbelievably hectic, but hey, that doesn’t sound new. Seems as if every time I post things on the blog I get even crazier than the last! Because of all the things on my to do list, I have to sadly admit that I haven’t been keeping to my diet and exercise as I should. Especially during the last week of January, I completely fell off the wagon. Because of not having a refrigerator, moving, wedding planning, and the bakery my schedule and diet has been completely out of whack. I don’t think I’ve eaten this much take out and fast food in the span of a week since college. And let me just say, it does not make me feel good.

However, there is something to be proud of! I did still lose weight and all-around inches this month despite my unhealthy eating habits. Woo! So here are the stats:

Weight: Loss of 2.2 lbs.
All-around inches: 5.25″

Goals for Feb:
1. Continue to go to the gym AT LEASE 3 times a week.
2. Do more yoga.
3. Go back to calorie counting via Livestrong App.
4. Eat regularly.
5. Drink tea every day.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for supporting me on the personal improvement journey. Your support continues to push me in the right direction, inspire me, and challenge me. I am grateful beyond words!

PS: Excuse the mess of boxes in the picture, we’re moving!


Month 1 with Weightloss – How am I Doing it?

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

1 week has gone by since my brave (maybe naive, but brave nonetheless) post to lose 5 pounds a month. I wanted to take this time to share with others what I am doing to actually achieve this goal. Hopefully others might find this useful and maybe want to share some secrets with me as well.

1. The Livestrong App. I love this thing. The calorie tracker keeps me in line with my caloric intake and it has Filipino food in here which helps since it’s hard to find that in other calorie counters. Not only that but I can log my work outs and figure out how much weight I want to lose a week. Very helpful app.

2. Gym Membership. I am making a goal to go to the gym AT LEAST 3 times a week. This week, I am going 5 days to try and push myself to my limit.

3. Analyze which work outs I enjoy most. This is really important. I found myself being lazy or telling myself “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow” when I don’t enjoy my workouts. Luckily for me my gym has tons of fitness classes with different levels to keep me challenged. When I get tired of one thing I have a lot of options to do something else.

4. Changing my lifestyle. This has to be the hardest part for me. In the time I have decided to lose weight, I knew this wasn’t just for the wedding. It’s for my health and well being. That means a lifestyle change. I grew to like tofu (I actually prefer it now over chicken most of the time), I eat more vegetables, I eat 3 meals a day with 2 snacks in between, I stay active, and I make time for myself. There are going to be those days when I’m going to want something really “bad.” But I won’t deny myself when I have a craving, but I might change it up. For example, I might have baked french fries instead of fries. I’ll have a small instead of a large. I’ll drink more water and less soda/juice. Yadda, yadda, yadda…

I also like to research new healthier alternatives to great foods. More on this later!


Wedding Invitations – The Flora Collection

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, Invitations, Weddings

I worked my tail off to release 3 different collections and premier my new website by the new year. It all paid off, thank you everyone for your encouragement, motivation, and critiques. I appreciate it very much!

One of my wedding collections, Flora, is inspired by flowers (obviously), nature, and all things organic. I wanted to show the softer side of invitations here while still making a statement with typography and design elements, all while using the main theme throughout each design. These items are available for order now, check it out on our website by clicking here. I can’t wait to add more to the collection as the year progresses!

The Orchid Suite is fun and whimsical, with a less is more attitude. There’s something about orchids that are so elegant and fragile, I always swoon over its beauty.

The Fall Fauna Suite was inspired by the winter and fall seasons. The organic, simple beauty of leafless trees always evokes this feeling of mystery, gratefulness, and hope.

The Cherry Blossom Suite is probably my favorite design in this collection so far. In Japan, cherry blossom trees are held very highly as the blossom season is very short. The purpose was to reflect on the gift of life and how short life can sometimes be, mirroring the blossom season. This suite in particular inspires me to live every day, really LIVE.


Goal #1 – Losing 5 Pounds a Month for 10 months

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

Just like many others with new year’s resolutions, one of mine is to lose weight and get healthy. I have 10 months before my wedding, and I am determined to get healthy by then. Why? Not just for looks and vanity, but also for health. My family has a history of diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol…you name it. And I’m determined not to be on that same boat.

So my goal is to lose about 5 pounds a month for 10 months. My plan is not to lose 50 pounds per say, just consistently lose weight every month and 5 sounded like a nice round number.

So here we go, here is a current picture. All the ugly in its goodness. No make up, no frills, no nothing. On the 4th of every month, I’m going to post up my progress or lack there of (but I’M SURE there will be progress :D ) with an updated picture.

I’ll be posting my tools to make this happen here and there, just in case anyone out there wants some resources.

Like I said in my last post, 2011, LET’S DO THIS!


2010 – A Stepping Stone

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Career, Personal

To think that I’m here, at the beginning of 2011 seems surreal. It feels like just yesterday I wrote my 2009 recap. Read it here.

To say the least, 2010 was a steep roller coaster. There were the high times and there were the low times. Here are some of the main events of this year:

Charlie and I have been engaged for a while now. We celebrated our engagement party with 100 of our close family and friends. That was one of the best nights of my life, seeing all our family and friends together in one place. See my recap of the engagement party on our wedding blog: He Said She Wed.

Charlie and I have been house hunting for over a year. We’ve gone in and out of multiple escrows and it was draining both mentally and physically. Those who read my blog regularly know that it’s been up and down. But at the end of the year (after lots and lots of praying), Charlie and I found a house and opened escrow. 4 days before Christmas Eve. What a great present for us! We’re expected to close escrow at the end of the month and cannot be more excited. We can finally put the house hunt behind us and really start focusing on us and our wedding. More on that later.

Ninong’s has been steadily growing this year. Our sales have continued to grow from our 2nd year in business and we did more wedding cakes than we’ve ever done! We have lots to plan and look forward to this year. More wedding cakes, more products, new hours. The business is finally in a place where we can set goals, take a look at the financials, seeing what’s working and what’s not, and grow and improve. I’m so proud of what we accomplished in 2010 and look forward to the new year. Here are just a few of the cakes we did:

This year, couldn’t have come to a better end. I was granted the opportunity to attend Making Things Happen in Los Angeles with Lara Casey, Emily Ley, and Gina Zeidler. Read about my experience here. I cannot even begin how to explain the magnitude of greatness this event has had on my life. I have met amazing people, learned so much, reached into my inner fears and wants, and it could not have come at a better time. God really blessed me with the chance to meet the amazing people that attended. It was a dream come true, something I thought I would never be able to be a part of. In the span of 2 short months post-MTH, I feel like I have done more than I did the entire year of 2010! I look forward to the everlasting friendships, relationships, experiences, opportunities, motivation, and accountability the MTH community has brought me. Thanks to them, I have more drive for 2011 than ever!

2010 was…tough. But I know now that I had to experience this year. It has taught me so much about being patient, inspired, motivated, friendly, outgoing, and kind. But it also showed me that fear is nothing to be scared of. It’s normal, but it’s what you turn that fear into that really makes the difference. Will you let it encompass your being and take over? Or will you harness that fear, be strong, find courage, and do something about it? So thank you, 2010. Thank you for teaching me and showing me. I will be a stronger person in 2011 thanks to you. The stepping stone that you provided into the new life I will lead this upcoming was a blessing.

2011: I’m coming for you. I’m ready. Yesterday, I busted out the MTH notebook, sat down for hours and I’m ready. My 2011 purpose is to take step 2. No more stepping stones, it’s about beginning and growth.

As Joe Swanson would say, “LET’S DO THIS!”


Inked has a New Look!

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Career

For the past month, I’ve made some difficult decisions in my life. Life is changing personally and professionally. To be honest, I don’t know how I’ve been able to hang on as long as I have. Since then, I have seen more clarity, bonded closer to God, acted on my ideas, and reevaluated my professional career.

The moment I decided that I needed to make a change, I set myself up with a plan. A realistic plan. I’ve been working really hard to give all my businesses a new look, new feel, or new aura for 2011. I’m so excited for the new year that I can hardly contain myself. Soooo, I’m going to give a little sneak peak of what’s in store for Inked. Though I’m still a week and a half away from being ready I’m so floored! I’m so thankful for these last few days of 2010 as it has given me time to think, pray, and figure out what I want out of next year.

Inked is going to be taking on a new leaf in 2011 with 2 divisions of the business: Inked Print and Graphics and Inked on Paper. Inked Print and Graphics, in its 4th year of business, will continue to offer business solutions while Inked on Paper will focus on wedding and event invitations and personal stationery. Though I have been doing invitations on and off for the past 2 years I think I have finally found my calling in the world of graphic design and have decided to focus more time and energy into this facet of our business. Did I already mention I.AM.SO.EXCITED?!

So here’s a sneak peak of what I’ve been working on for the past week. I’ve been coding up a storm and finally have the websites where I want it. All that waits for me now is our launch on Jan. 1 and finishing up my collections. :)

I have forgotten my love for web design. Thankfully being a business owner has given me a chance to continue to work on this art. Ah, web design, good ol’ web design…how I love it. Not flash based web design, but true SEO compatible, fully coded, CSS filled web design. Gotta love it. More on this later. :)

Happy holidays everyone! Whatever holiday you celebrate, celebrate it with love, laughter, appreciation, and gratitude.


Granada Hills Christmas Parade

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Career, Eye Candy

Sometimes I feel like my family’s bakery, Ninong’s, is in the perfect location. Granada Hills is very involved in its city and does many activities. Ever since I was a little girl…and maybe even before that…the city hosts their annual Christmas parade. They block off a big chunk of Chatsworth St. (from Hayvenhurst to Zelzah) and they have schools drill teams, cheer teams, bands, dance teams, as well as girl scouts, boy scouts, car clubs, business associations and so many more people come out to be a part of this parade. The parade always concludes with Santa being escorted by the city police (talk about VIP right?).

This was our 3rd year being in our shop for the Christmas parade and it was the best ever. Since we’re right in the middle of the action, the day of the parade is very, very busy for us. And we love it! This year, we decided to give gifts to our customers for sitting out in the rain/cold.

What a long day this was. By the end of the parade all of us were encompassed with exhaustion, but it was so much fun at the same time. Seeing familiar faces, seeing new faces, the reaction of when you give them something as a gift…all in Christmas spirit. It’s that feeling that I always strive to feel around this time of year.


Fighting Back

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

That feeling of fear, it encompasses you. Your thoughts begin to drift, your heart begins to sink which leads your shoulders to shrug in lack of confidence. This was me, every.day. On Nov. 11 at Making Things Happen, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t feel this way any more.

But today, it all came rushing back. My heavy-hearted, insecure, and stressed persona began seeping its way back in. As I was sitting in my car it started to become reality. I always feel it in my stomach first. But this time, instead of letting it eat me alive, I fought back. I turned up the music in my car, and started yelling out my daily prayer to God. Why? I don’t really know, but it felt right at the time. I prayed for my family, my friends (old and new), but most of all I prayed for strength. Strength to show me the light in the dark tunnel. Strength to be an example to the rest of my family and friends, to be a resource for their need of inspiration. Strength to not let my shoulders shrug..to not let the heat of my stress encompass the rest of my body…to not let this negativity get the best of me. After my “Amen” I just starting singing (which is not a pretty sight or sound for that matter).

Alicia Keys – Prelude to a Kiss
“Sometimes I feel like I don’t belong anywhere
it’s gonna take so long for me to get somewhere.
Sometimes I feel so heavy hearted
but I can’t explain cuz I’m so guarded
That’s a lonely road to travel
and a heavy load to bear
And it’s a long long way to heaven
but I got to get there.

Can you send an angel
Can you send me an angel to guide me.”

Thank you, Lord, for letting me be who I am and putting me on this journey. Thank you for giving me that moment that I do have strength within me to let it all out and manifest my fears and insecurities into momentum, hunger, and humility.

Right after I recollected myself and my negative feelings subsided I put myself in my happy place. A place that I pictured at the MTH workshop. How can you not feel happy in a place like this?!