May 1, 2014

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Negotiation Works

So I finally have a Personal Finance post for you guys. 🙂 Like my Author Blurb says, I’m a work in progress, when it comes to Personal Finance. I’ll be turning 30 this May, but I still haven’t gotten it together. Is it something I’m proud of, not really. Is it something I’m beating myself […]

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April 26, 2014

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Time Is Gold: Use It With What Counts

My dear friend Florence uploaded a beautiful song on SoundCloud:   The lyrics go: Oras Na Ginto Written/Composed by: Florence May Arcenas dated 4/23/14 I H’wag bulag-bulagan Kahit ito’y nakita naman Maikli lang ang buhay H’wag ubusin oras sa away Pararap pap parara rara Pararap pap parara rara Repeat I II Pagkunwari’y walang magpupuri Lingunin […]

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April 22, 2014

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Bringing The Benefits Of Holy Week On Regular Days

Last Sunday was Easter Sunday for most of us. Some of us chased bunnies and hunted eggs, while others preferred to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Philippines celebrated the Holy Week. It was a time to wind down, a time to contemplate. Others went off to the beach. Others went to churches. And […]

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April 15, 2014

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On Decision-Making

So, having tackled fresh beginnings, a question was raised in my mind. I used to ask this question, and most of my teens to late adulthood were spent asking this question: “So how do you know which way to go?” Most of us go through life, just going through the motions: Go to school, graduate, […]

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April 15, 2014

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New Beginnings: A Fresh Start

Speaking of New Beginnings, I’d like to share something I’d realized. As a child, and even as a teenager, my father would always tell me that the Lord would only give a few chances to a person, and when He tires of a person’s misuse of his God-given talents, the Lord will take those talents […]

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April 15, 2014

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Of Graduations And New Beginnings

It’s graduation season in the Philippines, and last week, I managed to attend, not one, but TWO whole graduations. The first was for my boyfriend’s youngest daughter’s church group leader, and the second was for my boyfriend’s eldest daughter. Here were the two things I learned from the commencement speeches of the two events: Seize […]

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April 8, 2014

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Things I Learned From Robin Sharma

I’ve been following Robin Sharma’s Facebook Page posts for a while now, as I found them very inspiring. God knows I totally need the extra motivation these days, and Robin Sharma’s thoughts and nuggets of wisdom help keep me going. The pictures are also very beautiful: they truly are inspiring. And because of their social […]

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March 28, 2014

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A Tribute To Dennis Reyes

Around this time 28 years ago, I graduated from Don Bosco Makati. It’s a private, all-boys school ran by the Salesians, specializing in both academic and technical disciplines. It was a bittersweet moment knowing that I would be leaving the school after 11 years spent there. “Bitter,” because I remember realizing that I’d surely miss […]

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March 26, 2014

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Relative Deprivation, Contentment, And The Middle Ground

“Relative Deprivation.” It’s a concept I learned in a rare moment that I was paying attention in a basic Social Sciences class in college. It’s the feeling of being deprived, even when the poverty isn’t even real. Even when the person is actually a person who has means and can afford his wants, over and […]

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March 20, 2014

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Ordinary People

  There’s just so much that you can realize from the songs you listen to, or the movies you watch. The other month, I was going through a period of insecurity about work, when I realized a major Life Lesson gem from a song. The song was shared to me by LiveWealthier’s founder, Robert M. […]

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March 19, 2014

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Stuck Like Me? Here Are My Realizations — Hope They Help You, Too

Like I said in another post just now, I think I’m going through some form of quarter-life crisis. I know that I’m a fish out of water in this work from home career, and that I believe that I belong out there, working on the waters of counseling. My Facebook Wall may be a scarred […]

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March 19, 2014

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Realizations By Two Girls In Their Quarter-Life Crisis

Earlier today, my best friend Kitchie and I took up another discussion from Ellen Miller‘s “The One Year Book Of Inspiration For Girlfriends: Juggling Not-So-Perfect, Often-Crazy, But Gloriously Real Lives.” We discussed “One Breath Away From Burnout: An Unfulfilled Spirit,” parts 1 and 2. The discusion was about how Ellen Miller realized that, as her […]

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March 16, 2014

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Reading: The Door To Self-Improvement

On a daily basis, we face so many challenges: Some of us are nursing a sick family member, others are going through a rough spot in their marriages, and yet others are going ballistic with parenting. Thus, there’s a need for a stress-release outlet. Some find it in yoga, others find it in running, in […]

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March 16, 2014

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When You “Give Away Your Power”

“No one can mess with your joy unless you let them.” — Ellen Miller, “The One Year Book of Inspiration for Girlfriends: Juggling Not-So-Perfect, Often-Crazy, but Gloriously Real Lives” And no one can get in your headspace and eventually control you, unless you “give them your power.” This counts as one of the most important […]

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March 12, 2014

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When Life Gets In The Way…

We go through life working on conforming to systems, from the time we could go to school. From nursery, to kinder, to elementary, to highschool, to college, and then as we work, then grab a Master’s Degree, then a Ph.D., this paradigm seems to convince us that there’s no room to get sick, for someone […]

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February 27, 2014

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A Tale Of Two Donuts

In Kalibo, where there are limited choices because of the market’s conservative tastes, my significant other and I are on the constant lookout for things to eat. One of the things he discovered were the dense and compact breads from Panaderia de Panay. One comment I often heard from him was of how “hollow” and […]

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February 21, 2014

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The Art Of Letting Go

  If there’s any one emotional skill that we all need to learn in this life, it must be the “art of letting go.” I think there’s a consensus everywhere that it’s so easy to be offended, so easy to get hurt and carry hurt, that we all need a thick hide to survive this […]

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February 20, 2014

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That Obligatory Post On LOVE

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and I’m really sorry if I didn’t have a say about it. As a teen, I’ve always felt like the ugly duckling, and maybe a great majority of men would agree. Except for my boyfriend, that is. So, I took to wearing black on some Valentine’s days, and this […]

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