In Her Suitcase is a section on Pink My Ride that turns the spotlight on women who inspire me, who can inspire you, and who try to create their best lives by coloring their journeys in their own unique and remarkable ways.
Today’s In Her Suitcase features Ces Reyes — young mother, party crafter, celebration lover, and the blogger behind One Charming Day!
I met Ces in one of Martine De Luna’s Make It Blissful workshops. When I first visited her website, it was crystal clear how much this girl loves celebrating life and its “charming moments”, and she wants to inspire others to do the same!
Read on as she shares her journey toward discovering her inner creativity. She also shares how her blog has evolved from a site that merely features wedding ideas, to an online space that encourages everyone to celebrate life’s big and little charms, and to color every party and celebration with love and meaning.
PMR: So, what’s keeping you busy lately?
Ces: Being a full-time work at home mom, I guess you can say I am busy all the time, haha! But aside from that, what keeps me extra busy is my party inspirations blog, One Charming Day. Also, I am in the process of redesigning my blog so I have been reading tutorials and teaching myself new code and design tricks. Geeky stuff, I know. Haha!
PMR: Can you tell us a bit more about your journey as a woman driving to her dreams? What brought you to where you are now? And what else are you doing to take you there?
Ces: My love for celebrations began when I was planning my wedding. I was looking for wedding ideas and I stumbled upon various wedding blogs which I enjoyed browsing for hours on end. I’ve always loved blogging and so I decided to create my personal wedding blog to document our wedding preparations. Even after the wedding, I still continued to collect wedding inspirations and still enjoyed looking at wedding and lifestyle blogs and that was when I decided to create One Charming Day.
It started as a blog featuring wedding and engagement ideas but when I started planning my daughter’s birthday and posted my DIY party decors and party printables for her birthday, I received lots of messages from fellow moms giving nice compliments and asking about my DIYs. I also started receiving kiddie party submissions from different event suppliers and I found myself enjoying featuring parties more. Many friends have also requested me to create party printables for them. Eventually, I focused more on kids’ parties and other celebrations.
The setup during Ces’ daughter Patty’s birthday. How cute!
Aside from blogging, I am also working as a Data Researcher for a US company, at the same time, I am learning about web design and development.
PMR: Any amazing discoveries about yourself along your journey?
Ces: I am surprised about how creative I can be. I really do not consider myself to be very adept when it comes to art, I am not even good at drawing, but I really enjoy designing (mostly digital design) and crafting.
Ces’ party printables!
PMR: What does “coloring the journey” mean to you?
Ces: Coloring the journey for me means celebrating life and learning and taking joy in every experience life has to offer.
PMR: Life is a journey and in every trip or journey, we bring suitcases. Inside our “life suitcases” are the lessons we have picked up along the journey that we take with us wherever we go. What’s in your suitcase? (Name 1-3 of the most important lessons that you carry with you.)
Ces: 1) Trust in the Lord that everything will happen in the right time. Things don’t always go our way and when that happens, we just have to trust in His plans.
2) Always believe in yourself. Sometimes the only person who stops us from pursuing our dreams is our own self.
3) It is perfectly fine to make mistakes. As cliché as it may sound, it is by making mistakes that we learn and become a better person.
Thank you, Ces, for your time! Let us all make every celebration pretty and of course, fun and meaningful! Don’t forget to visit One Charming Day for party ideas!