Making Bliss

Blissmakerie 2015 team

The ladies on the photo above were the team behind this year’s first Blissmakerie which was held last September 13.  This was also the first public Blissmakerie, and there could be no better team to work on the event because these four ladies make bliss everyday.  Here’s how they make bliss:

Martine, the woman who gave birth to the Blissmakerie concept and who got us to collaborate with her (thank you, Marts!!!), makes bliss by turning what she loves doing into a career — blogging and digital branding, community-building, and even photography!

Audrey, my partner-in-crime (heehee), is grateful for everything in her life — and this is exactly why she’s able to make bliss.  She makes bliss by striving to become better at her job and at the same time, inspiring others through art and creativity.

Rikka, the youngest member of the team, makes bliss by juggling the demands of being a young mom with managing events and websites.

April, our special guest speaker and the lady responsible for sparking the art scene in Davao, makes bliss by using a difficult experience to grow into the person she’s meant to become.

BLISS: One word, demonstrated differently by four different individuals in their own unique ways.

They’re the perfect group of people to bring the first Blissmakerie to the public because they do inspire all of us to live out whatever it is that makes them feel blissful. I am honored to be among the four of you.  Again, thank you, Marts.  :)

The said Blissmakerie was held last September 13 at Mateo’s Restaurant and Cafe.  35 individuals graced the event, all with the hope of becoming inspired to follow their own bliss. Thankfully, they were not only inspired but everyone had a good time!  Scroll down for event highlights.

The team with the owners of Mateo's Restaurant and Cafe. Thank you, Tita Grace, Lala, and Margaux, for opening the doors of Mateo's for us. Your food is GREAT and I'll definitely bring my family there. :)

The team with the owners of Mateo’s Restaurant and Cafe. Thank you, Tita Grace, Lala, and Margaux, for opening the doors of Mateo’s for us. Your food is GREAT and I’ll definitely bring my family there. :)

Another lovely shot of Mateo's! Mateo's Restaurant is located at 54 N. Domingo Ave., Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Excellent food, cozy venue! :)

Another lovely shot of Mateo’s! Mateo’s Restaurant is located at 54 N. Domingo Ave., Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Excellent food, cozy venue! :)

The Blissmakerie wouldn't be a Blissmakerie without the styling!!! Thanks to the Sweet Street Manila team who made our event the loveliest in spite of the series of unfortunate events they had to go through the previous day! You guys are awesome!!! :)

The Blissmakerie wouldn’t be a Blissmakerie without the styling!!! Thanks to the Sweet Street Manila team who made our event the loveliest in spite of the series of unfortunate events they had to go through the previous day! You guys are awesome!!! :)  Follow them on Instagram at @sweetstreetmanila.

A juice bar was also set up by Sweet Street! Ah Juice Hut - my favorite brand whenever I need to go on a juice cleanse! I'm so happy that they're part of Blissmakerie. Follow @juicehutmanila on Instagram to find out how to order these yummy Bliss Milks!

A juice bar was also set up by Sweet Street! Ah Juice Hut – my favorite brand whenever I need to go on a juice cleanse! I’m so happy that they’re part of Blissmakerie. Follow @juicehutmanila on Instagram to find out how to order these yummy Bliss Milks!

Audrey and I don't wear makeup on a daily basis so we'd like to thank KAYCEE LIM for making us (and Marts and Rikka) beautiful on that day!!! Thank you, Kaycee, for waking up so early for us! Follow Kaycee's work on Instagram: #kayceelimmakeup!

Audrey and I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis so we’d like to thank KAYCEE LIM for making us (and Marts and Rikka) beautiful on that day!!! Thank you, Kaycee, for waking up so early for us! Follow Kaycee’s work on Instagram: #kayceelimmakeup!

April San Pedro flew all the way from Davao for this. She willingly shared how she used a difficult experience as fuel to pursue her passion. Thank you, April!!! :)

April San Pedro flew all the way from Davao for this. She willingly shared how she used a difficult experience as fuel to pursue her passion. Thank you, April!!! :)

And then the conversations began! After April's talk, there were group leaders who triggered the table discussions --- all of them shared how they've found or are still finding their own bliss. From there, there were new ideas shared, souls inspired, and friendships made.

And then the conversations began! After April’s talk, there were group leaders who triggered the table discussions — all of them shared how they’ve found or are still finding their own bliss. From there, there were new ideas shared, souls inspired, and friendships made.

Our craft sponsor, Craft Carrot, then distributed chalk pens and notebooks to everyone. Everyone wrote down their "bliss words", and here are mine. Because I'm starting a new job, I believe I need courage and kindness for me to find my bliss in this new chapter. ;)

Our craft sponsor, Craft Carrot, then distributed chalk pens and notebooks to everyone. Everyone wrote down their “bliss words”, and here are mine. Because I’m starting a new job, I believe I need courage and kindness for me to find my bliss in this new chapter. 😉  Follow Craft Carrot on Instagram at @craftcarrot!

The program closed with the distribution and opening of the Blissful Boxes!

The program closed with the distribution and opening of the Blissful Boxes!

I'm so happy how holistic our Blissful Box is! The contents of the box is a mixture of personal care, beauty, and functional items. We also chose brands that are meaningful and inspiring.

I’m so happy how holistic our Blissful Box is! The contents of the box is a mixture of personal care, beauty, and functional items. We also chose brands that are meaningful and inspiring.

On that note, I would like to thank our Blissful Box sponsors:
Lulu Swing   Urban Ashram Yoga   TwoThirtySixty   Paper Pliers   A Vanilla Story   Philosophy   Elin Philippines   Niqua Shop   Girl Stuff Forever

And our Raffle Sponsors:
Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce Skin and Laser Center    Wanderskye    Zenutrients    Hey Jow    Nicole Ortega

Thank you as well to our lovely media partners:

Cat Juan-Ledesma    Rhiza Sanchez-Oyos    Nica Cosio    Alexis Ventura of Ink Scribbler    Tina Rodriguez

Okay, just to close this entry, one thing I’ve learned about FINDING BLISS is this: To find bliss, you have to be grateful for whatever you have and whatever you are.  This I have learned in the recent weeks.  That’s the first step toward finding bliss.  If you are truly grateful, you won’t have a difficult time making things blissful right where you are. :)

Blissmakerie group photo

Thank you all for coming.  Until the next one! :)

2 Comments on Making Bliss

  1. Martine
    October 3, 2015 at 1:15 am (2 years ago)

    Carms, you are a dream collaborator! I am so glad you agreed to be a part of Blissmakerie 2.0!! And I love your perspective on bliss, “to find bliss you have to be grateful for where you are.” Absolutely!!! Thank you, Carms!! Now, when is our spa date?

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    • Carmel David
      October 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you, Marts! I’m happy to be part of the MIB community. :)

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