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This is your life … so live it

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This is your life … so live it

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Liza Mae V.

These words by Holstee Manifesto are what I live by and stand up for, though some days are challenging, never stop trying to live the life you want to live.

The Holstee Manifesto - This is your life ...

Lately life has been a big blur of heart felt moments both good and bad and I never felt so alive but lost at the same time.  It seems I go through this cycle that goes from knowing who I am and what I am doing with my life to not knowing who I am and not knowing what I am doing.  I guess when life is good, things are seen in a positive light but when I am put through difficult situations, I begin to question my life.  The life challenges really test my faith and really knock me down and make me feel insecure about my being but when all obstacles are put behind me and I have jumped that hurdle I begin to believe again.  I know life is a test and God doesn’t give us more than we can handle for He wants us to succeed.  I try to keep my head up in these difficult times for what am I left to do?  I can not sit in my sorrows for life is too short.  I gotta stand up for myself, my life, and make the best of it.  Though my ego wants me to believe that this is the hardest thing I have to face in the moment, I know life has many more challenges on the way.  I know this is just a building block to make me stronger for things to come in my life.  After all I am only dealing with Liza Mae and I don’t have to deal with a husband, kids, and in-laws.  I can only fathom how many challenges life will have when my decisions directly effect those people.  But for now I gotta stand up and appreciate the life that I have in front of me and the challenges life throws my way.

 Motivational & Inspirational Playlist

I have compiled some of my current favorite motivational and inspirational songs that lift my spirits when life’s got me down.

“Success is my idol and being broke is my rival” – Big Sean

“So in all the bad and the good will soon come
Don’t think second best
Be number one
Spread some love
Don’t give to receive
Strive to be happy
And live to believe”
– Jessie J

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Instagram Tips & Tricks | iPhone Photography App

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Instagram Tips & Tricks | iPhone Photography App

Posted on 13 October 2011 by Liza Mae V.

In my previous review about Instagram for Beginners I discussed the basic info about Instagram and my likes and dislikes.  Since then Instagram has launched a new update which has taken on a new look which I will review and also show you how to get more likes, comments, and followers.

Instagram Share Print Screen with Icon breakdown

Instagram Updates – Summary of Features

  • Preset borders with filters are now optional – Though this is an improvement from the previous version, you still can’t use any border with a filter.
  • 3 new filters added – Amaro, Valencia, & Hudson
  • 2 filters removed – Gothem & Apollo, good choice for those are filters that were specific and personally I didn’t use often.  I’m glad Instagram developers are paying attention.
  • Editing screen is all in one – There is no need to jump from the tilt-shift screen then back to the filter screen.  It can all be done in one shot.Instagram Editing Print Screen - Choose a Filter

Instagram Tips & Tricks – Get more Instagram Followers

  • Get noticed, use hash tags # – If you are a Tumblr or Twitter user, you can post tags by inserting hash tags like #iphoneography #photo, etc.  Hash tags that you previously used will appear.Instagram - Include a Hash tag
    The only thing I don’t like about this feature on tumblr is that it adds the hash tag  it to the description.  I wish instagram removed the hash tags in tumblr.Instagram posted on Tumblr with Hash tags
  • Get personal and reply to your comments – If you want to respond personally to comments on your instagram feed, write @username, just like Twitter.  When you put @, instagram propagates your contact list, making it easy to search for the person you are replying to.  Instagram is NOT like facebook where it will send you a notification if someone commented on a photo.
  • Take picture with the Camera app – The problem with taking pictures with instagram is that the maximum resolution it saves images is 612×612 pixels.  If you want to do more with the photos, like print, edit, create a desktop image, resolution will get lost.  I usually use Camera+​ to take all my photos.
  • Use the filters, borders, or tilt shift to take pictures – If you are taking the photo with instagram, there is an option on Instagram to take the picture with filters, borders, and tilt shift and what’s good about it is that it isn’t permanent.  That’s right, you can change the filters even though you used a certain filter to take the photo.
For more info about Instagram please read the guide below – Instagram for Beginners.
Instagram for Beginners

Find me on Instagram by searching for LuxaVision.

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