Accountability 5.0

In this post, I wrote about several goals I’d like to accomplish by July. It’s now July and 2 month mark has passed. Let’s see how I fared:

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
    • Completed. However, I still feel it needs a better layout. I just don’t have the time to make the layout prettier, so I need to live with what it is right now.
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  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
    • Completed
    • Last check up, I was toying with using “Lilo” on the blog’s title. There’s a lot of grey area here, so for now I’ll just leave the blog title off the table. Besides, I think people read because of my name.  
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
    • Still on track! 
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
    • Still on track! While there are some bouts of jealousy when I got to other sites, it’s definitely less debilitating than it was before.
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.
    • Still on track! 


I am beyond proud of myself for achieving these goals and staying on track with them. It’s even better that each has become “automatic”, meaning I now do them without having to remember that I have to do them.

I do have more goals that I’m working on at the moment. I haven’t had the chance to post them yet. Soon.



Accountability 4.0

It’s MID YEAR. How did this happen? Time flies when you’re having TOO.MUCH.FUN.

How did the first half of your year go? Go anywhere? Accomplished anything? Ate something AMAZING?

Here’s mine so far:

  1. Spent the New Year in NYC.
  2. Got a new job
  3. Discovered by Chloe (their Caesar salad is AMAZZZZINNG).
  4. Had surf and turf (lobster & steak) for my 31st birthday.
  5. Watched the last Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie – Logan. EPIC.
  6. Went to the Philippines for a week.
  7. Met my brand new nephew, Jac.
  8. Met my best friend’s son, Joe.
  9. Had a legitimate black out in front of friends and family. My eldest niece never let me hear the end of it. (In my defense, I can remember bits and pieces, but somehow can’t remember the times I cursed).
  10. Saw the Whitney Museum’s Biennale exhibit. EPIC.

    Biennale 2017
  11. Photographed another sweet 16 birthday.
  12. Became friends with Adobe Illustrator
  13. Attended way too many sample sales. Here’s a recap of one.
  14. Discovered couple of Filipino restaurants that serve isaw (thank you Promdi and House of Inasal).
  15. Went to Grand Bazaar in Upper West Side
  16. Went to PH 808 for first rooftop drinks of the summer during Memorial Day Weekend.
  17. Met one of my oldest friend in New York for drinks.
  18. Watched Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot = my newest woman crush.
  19. Tried a new restaurant, had a bad experience, and wrote about it.
  20. Had beer while chilling at the beach.

Whew! There’s a lot more, but figured 20 is enough to keep you going.

For the second half of the year, I’d like to focus. New York, while amazing, provides a ton of stimulation for any human being. Let’s face it, it’s pretty stressful to live in the city that never sleeps. Too many things to do, too little money to do it. However, New York also offers opportunities that any one can avail, if they only focus on what truly gets them going everyday.

So, my game changer for the back half of the year would be to focus on things that really matter to me (as seen in my Mid-Year Passion Planner game changer page). I know this is just words right now, but I’m holding myself accountable to this. I hope plan to provide concrete results when this year ends.



Accountability 3.0

I want to hold myself accountable (yes, eerily similar intro to the previous post)….

I want to talk about being a detail oriented person. I tout myself as being one of those people who can easily spot a tiny detail from a mile away.

So, why am I holding myself accountable for this? Well, let’s see, it’s easy to become way over your head when you keep touting yourself as one. Why? Because you start slipping and start missing those tiny details when you’re not paying close attention (or when you multi-task, or when you’re not mindful about the situation on hand, or when you’re just tired).

It’s easy to miss those details if you’re not laser focused on the task at hand. It’s even easier to miss if you’re body AND mind is not 100% in the game.

What’s the moral of the story here?

  1. Sleep at a reasonable time. Screw House of Cards or Orange is the New Black binge watching. Those shows will always be available, your thinking cap will not.
  2. Leave the task you’ve been laser focused on for more than an hour. Come back to it after an hour or two. Chances are you’ll see details you’ve missed and you can correct before showing it to others.
  3. Do not multitask especially if you’re doing something time and brain consuming.
  4. Be mindful. Easy to say but hard to do, but always practice mindfulness everyday. Meditate, think happy thoughts, think how much you’ve accomplished before the week even ended.


Accountability 2.0

I want to hold myself accountable.

I recently passed on an opportunity to write for another blog. It was actually more like avoiding dealing with the responsibility of ending it before starting. I said ‘yes’ to being interested 2x, not completely thinking it through. In the end, they passed on me. 

I thought about why I went about it this way. Was it because..

  • I didn’t care because it wasn’t a personal/ in real life connection?
  • I didn’t have the balls to end it before it started?

Either way, its not OK. I want to acknowledge that.

Moral of the story: Take some time to think before you say yes. Do not take on too much. Prioritize and be good at one thing. Once you are, then you can move on to the next big thing. 

Scuola del Cuoio


In this post, I wrote about several goals I’d like to accomplish in the next 2 months. It’s almost the 1 month mark (have one more week left), but let’s dive in on what I have accomplished so far.

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
    • On track! I don’t know if “revamp” is the right word to use here, but I uploaded most of my photos and design works in my portfolio. I still have to learn how to correctly organize it. The blog’s theme isn’t exactly user friendly.
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  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
    • Logo is completed.
    • Still toying with what exactly I should call it. I keep using “lilo (type of photo)” on my Instagram hashtags because I keep thinking I should stick to “Lilo Factor” as the name. However, my logical brain is thinking, “you’re going to get sued by the movie people for using “Lilo”. Work in progress as you can read. 
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
    • Can’t remember when I last read an article about “creating”, so on track!
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
    • On track! I’ve stopped caring about when I should post. I stopped caring about my stats. 
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.
    • On track! See previous goal update. 🙂 

Overall, it looks like I’m on track with these goals. I feel like I should add more to this, but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself? Baby steps?


I do have some ideas in mind on the next actions to pursue, but still firming it up offline.

I have to say, I’m loving this putting my goals online and holding myself accountable to them (ugh, can this sentence be any more passive???).


Shoulder Shrug by Mr. Hart

Sometimes when life throws you a curveball you gotta just give it a shoulder shrug or make fun of it.

At least that’s what I got from Kevin Hart’s new book, I Can’t Make This Up.

Though sometimes it is hard to just shoulder shrug it, especially if you’re the type of person who don’t seem to understand why certain things happen.

Anyway, I prefer the shoulder shrug. It amounts to less stress and worry.

All for now.

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5 things to avoid when you had a bad day

I have to admit, when a day kicks me in the behind, I lose all sense of creativity and motivation. I just want to plop down and chill OR plop down and bang my head against a pillow.

This was how I felt for the most part of last year (and today):

Well, Liane, you f***** need to change that (says me talking to myself). While it’s cool to loose all your nerve and cool on a crappy day, it’s not cool to let it affect your motivation or your goals. Go bizerk for a couple of hours, but then learn and move on.

So, if this happens to you – what would you normally do? I myself would like to avoid the following:

  1. Wallow in self-pity while I read inspirational or how to articles.
  2. Endlessly scroll Instagram. Though I still do this, I do it for the sake of inspiring myself to create (at least, that’s what I keep reminding myself).
  3. Sleep.
  4. Binge watch while not doing anything productive.
  5. Complain.

23 reasons why you should read this post

Hello Interwebs. It’s been a while since we last danced.

Well, not really. Let’s face the music. I ignored this blog for 8 months. A lot has happened since then:

  1. I got a new job.
  2. I celebrated my first new year in New York.
  3. I went to the Philippines for a week to see my entire direct family.
  4. I met my best friend’s son and my brother’s new son.
  5. I photographed another sweet 16 party.
  6. I struggled with life. A lot.
  7. I barely escaped the struggle. Barely scathed.
  8. I learned hard lessons.
  9. Vilified a few out there. Realized that it’s better to just let things be.
  10. Tried out Hello Fresh (still trying).
  11. Subscribed to Adobe Illustrator.
  12. Studying how to use Adobe Illustrator.
  13. Went to the International Car Show at the Javits Center.
  14. Discovered a flea market that gives back.
  15. Developed a slight obsession for this Filipino fashion brand.
  16. Started a photography gear wishlist.
  17. Reached out to some folks online via Shapr and Danielle Moss’ blog.
  18. Wrote a lot on my Passion Planner.
  19. Bought Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
  20. Practiced Calligraphy with said Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  21. Renewed my apartment’s lease for another year
  22. Continuously praying that I don’t have to move for another year.
  23. Endlessly thought about starting a photography side business.

I got more, but I figured 23 is a good stopping point before you start to get bored with me.

So what’s next for me? Well, I hope to accomplish the following in the next 2 months:

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.

Last year, I chose “Create” as my word. It became a crappy year for it, so I chose it again this year. I’m accountable to myself and to anyone who reads this post. I will come out this year having created a number of AWESOMENESS (I’m making that a word).

Ciao e a domani. 


Getting Personal

I haven’t posted anything in a while because I don’t know what to post. Truthfully, I lack the motivation and inspiration to post anything relevant for everyone. I’ve been exposed to too much noise that for the most part I felt I didn’t want to add to it. It’s one of those “too many cooks” experiences for me.

Today, after listening to an hour long webinar by Jenna Kutcher, gave me a small inkling to write and post something. She mentioned that connecting to people in a more personal level can help with marketing oneself. The webinar was about how to grow a photography business, but the lesson is also relevant here.

I honestly find it difficult to be personal especially in a forum of strangers. We all know the internet is full of trolls and psychos, basically people who make it a mission in their lives to put others down. But, truthfully I find it difficult to share personal things about myself because I am afraid of judgment, especially from people who don’t know me at all.

I also have recently found it increasingly difficult to be myself and to do things my own way. I always find people misunderstanding what I have to say, even if I mean otherwise. I also find that even if I have other people’s best interest at heart, my way is often not the best course of action to go. Having to put myself in a forum like this where every single word I write can be misconstrued makes it even harder for me to get personal and be myself.

While this may sound like I’m complaining, I’m really not.Don’t get me wrong, communicating is something that I am working on every single day. I also know communication in all forms is something that everyone should be willing work and improve on.

I guess you could say this is me writing something personal… 



1 tip about anger

There are times when you just feel like getting mad at everyone around you.

I could make a list of how to avoid this, but I’ll share the one simple suggestion my mom told me:

When you’re mad or see yourself close to getting mad, just remember that this is the devil’s handy work. Pray to God and give your anger to Him. Let God deal with it. When you do this, just watch how things flow naturally away from the anger.