Sunday, January 03, 2016
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I often wish, like I always do, that there is enough time...time to do the things I love. Time to stop and pause. Pause. Now there's a nice word.
I just came off from a three day workshop about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I think those were three days well spent. We were taught that "pausing" is one way for people to go inwards and think about what they really want, revive their hope and dreams. Think of the big rocks and reorganizing them in one's life. There are times when I wonder if I have positioned my big rocks correctly.
Today I paused...I looked. Today I see my big rocks...my husband, my daughters, my parents, my family, a new house, travel plans and a job I love doing.
I may have placed my big rocks correctly after all.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Glad to be back with a post in Bloggerville.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce
Monday, August 27, 2012
The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well that's just fabulous! ~ Carrie Bradshaw
Another year older... and wiser, I hope. When I was much younger I thought when I grow old I would know who I really am and who I am meant to be. Little did I know then that each part of my life, my birth, my childhood and everything in between are moments meant to happen to make me the person that I am now. Every second, every event, every choice, every word, every move, every feeling is a definition of me.
When I am asked to describe myself, I often fumble at my answer. It's not that I don't know my description but I sometimes hesitate and wonder if the person asking wanted a physical description of myself or who I am as a person. I had noticed that when one is much younger, we define ourselves more on our physical attributes. Is she tall or short? Is she thin or on the chubby side? Does she have long straight hair or short and curly?
I noticed that I have matured when I started to see people as persons with feelings and character. We are often deceived by the physical that we sometimes miss to see the person behind the beautiful face.
I often wondered if I were not a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister or a friend who would I be? These are only roles that I carry out each day and there are so much more that I can do and become depending on what the event calls for.
Of all my roles being a mother is probably the most versatile. I get to play so many characters in a day, sometimes even within minutes. I can become a teacher, a healer, a friend, a playmate, a comforter, a superhero and sometimes a villain, a cook, a storyteller, a fashion consultant, head coach, a tour guide, a shopping guru, the book of knowledge and sometimes a dictionary and much much more.
I love those roles. It's something I want to be good at each day of my life.
I know I am still a work in progress. Each day a new me is born. I hope each one gets better and better and more and more the me that my Lord planned for me to become.
Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
"No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big."
I grew up in a home where dreams were encouraged. I may have brought along the dreamer in me as I was growing up. I also learned that the way a person looks at dreams also mature with them. The younger me would have thrived in waiting for things to happen, content in just feeling good when other people achieved theirs and wishing...wishing very hard that mine would come true, one day.
As I was growing old, I kept dreaming of a better place, a better life, a better me. Each morning I wake up and ask myself, is this the life I am meant to live? And each time my heart would say no, there must be something more, much much more than what is right now.
It's not that I was disappointed with the kind of life I have. Oddly, it took very little to make me very happy. But there was this small piece of me that says I could make things even better, that I could raise the bar another notch. So I went through life searching for this. This something that would add meaning to my life.
At a very young age I learned that money does not make the world go round, sure it could jazz it up a bit, but the real ticker, my mother taught me, was love and family. If you had that, wow, you were rich, rich in what mattered most in life. No matter how fat your paycheck may be at the end of the day if you have no one to share it with, it didn't really matter much. That lesson, I kept close to my heart.
And so today, I want to share with you some tidbits I learned along the way.
1. Life doesn't stop when you reached a certain point in your life; like marriage, having kids, or getting a promotion. Make these experiences your wings, to soar higher, to share more of yourself, to give some back.
2. For my married friends, having a family shouldn't be an excuse to stop dreaming. Dreams are for everyone. Get one and make it come true.
3. Don't be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes. Smile, relax and most of all learn to laugh at yourself. Stand up and get back on your feet again, this time you know better.
4. Always give back to life the blessings you have received. Don't be afraid to share. There is more where it came from, much much more.
5. Don't feel guilty when you sometimes just want to sleep all day and do just nothing. You work very hard, you deserve the break. And sleep helps you regroup, regain your strength and allows you to dream some more.
6. Despite your busy schedule, always schedule time to call or visit your mom and dad. Remember, when you were younger, you were their world...and they never stopped thinking that, even if they already have grandchildren. Give back the time and love they showered you then. Your love and time may mean more than you think.
7. Take time out to take care of yourself. By doing that you can give more and be more to others.
8. Hugs will never be out of fashion. Hoard it, store, get it at every opportunity. We need loads of these no matter what age we are in. I am guilty of hoarding every chance I get... it is an elixir that cannot be found anywhere.
9. Respect other's opinions, although it sometimes differ from yours. You may be surprised to learn something new by just listening.
10. Love with abandon, never hold anything back. The chance may not present itself again. Don't let fear hold you back. So what if it's not reciprocated, it is yours to give. Enjoy each moment, seize every opportunity. Time could be a friend if you use it wisely.
I realized I have learned so much the days I was away. Although I loved to write about my life, I also learned that I must live it first before I could write much more.
I miss all my blogger friends. I hope to read about your life more each day too. Have a blessed 2012.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The moment I came out from my mom's womb the first thing that I received from the angel who was to be my mother, was a hug. The second her arms closed around my wriggly fragile body and as she kissed my little button nose, I knew I was loved. All throughout my life, my parents' hugs assured me that I was safe and loved. So I went through my life confident that I can do anything and be anything I wanted. And as I grew up , I seem to be needing a lot of those warm hugs to make me feel better. When I fall and graze my knee, when I spill milk on the floor, when I just feel a little blue, a hug would make me feel better. When I got a little older I became a little jaded and concerned with propriety. I began to think that big girls don't need hugs, it was a sign of weakness - I wanted people to know that I am independent and strong. However, when I was having a bad day and there was too much pressure in school, all of it will fade away as soon as my mom would give me a hug... just like the old times.
I give and get hugs from my daughters all the time, when they have their arms wrapped tightly around me, I feel that it is me who gets healed in the process. Here are some quotes about hugs:
A hug is like a boomerang - you get it back right away. ~Bil Keane, "Family Circus"
Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you. ~Jacques Prévert
You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug. ~Author Unknown
Hug Department: Always Open ~Author Unknown
I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug ten people at a time. ~Drew Barrymore
Arm ourselves for war? No! All the arms we need are for hugging. ~Author Unknown
A hug is a handshake from the heart. ~Author Unknown
A hug delights and warms and charms,that must be why God gave us arms.~Author Unknown
A hug is the shortest distance between friends. ~Author Unknown
A hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange. ~Author Unknown
A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance. ~ProverbReceived this video in the mail, it's about Juan Mann who's giving out Free Hugs all over the globe. Loved it! Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today,because when you give one, you get one right back your way. Hugggsss to all of you.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
aughter. That is something you'll notice as soon as you go inside my house. My kids laughing at something their dad did or said. My girls being tickled by their dad on weekend mornings or something good on TV. or a book they were reading. Reminds of the laughter that resounded my parents house when my siblings and I lived there.
Don't you always hear that phrase "laughter is the best medicine"? That is soooo true. At work, my staff are happy people. You hear them laughing most of the time, they are working and laughing and somehow the pressures of our daily grind seems manageable and bearable. I was reading Bo Sanche'z blog yesterday and I got this message "Go ahead. Do the most important thing in the world. Build your relationships. And be happy."
Remember no matter how hard life is right now, no matter how dark and grave the future looks, there is always time to laugh and be happy.
“Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live.”