We have been hardly beaten by this pandemic that still causing chaos worldwide. All sectors are affected and recovery is still an outcry to many. We are left with uncertainties and worries. People struggle to live the life of the so called “new normal” in our society. Indeed, this is the worst circumstance I have yet to experience in my 38 years of existence.
Being jobless when the virus started to infiltrate our country, I was greatly distressed and fearful. When the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) was implemented, my stress level was at its peak. I couldn’t eat well and couldn’t sleep as well. I was anxious, even frightened of what will going to happen to my family with all of what is happening all over the world. I was afraid that my family will really starve to death since we do not have the means to earn. My hubby’s source of income was also temporarily suspended as public transportation were halted. We do not have savings or emergency fund to rely on. We totally have nothing to support our needs during this time. I was overwhelmed to think of all our financial obligations and where to find the resources to cover those. I was in despair. I would sometimes cry quietly at night thinking of what tomorrow may bring.
In this quiet moment, I would also pray to God and ask for enlightenment. Even though my heart is heavy, I did not stop asking Him for provision, safekeeping and good health. I pour out every worries I have in Him. I give thanks for His blessings in our lives. I sing praises to Him. I worshipped the Lord in the midst of my adversity. And this really helped me a great deaĺ in overcoming my hopelessness and restlessness. In His words, I find hope and peace. I just cling to His promises that He has a purpose why things has to happen and that He has good plans for us. He is mighty and just, a very present help in our trouble. And He will never leave us nor forsake us as we continue to believe and have faith in Him.
This crisis taught me a lot. We shouldn’t put our security in temporal things such as jobs, career, business, possessions etc. rather for things that will have eternal value.
During the lockdown, we spend more time at home and with our loved ones. We had a lot of time to contemplate on what is going on with our lives. Plans changes. Perspective changes. Circumstances dramatically changes. All this changes really make our world upside down. We need to cope with all these changes. We need to survive in this ever growing world of uncertainties. And we need to hold tight to the hope that this too shall pass. Everything will eventually and gradually go back to normal. Coping is our basic response to situations that is beyond our control. It may be difficult for some and easy for others, yet we must do our best to conform with the new norm or else we will be left behind. No matter how hard the situation we are in right now, one thing that will push us to try harder is to survive in this pandemic. We will all become warriors in life.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin
Taal Volcano is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. It historically erupted several times before and now it is again displaying its wrath. The eruption started last January 12 and it indicates that a hazardous massive eruption is still possible. It continuos to emit more steam and sulfur dioxide. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) issued an Alert Level 4 and the authorities are in full force in monitoring the volcano and keeping the people safe in the affected areas. A total lockdown has been reinforced to the dangerous areas and a lot of people are now in evacuation centers. Because of this, there are numerous problems that have to deal with. One of them is ensuring that those who have been affected will have enough supply of basic necessities. To address this matter, many organizations, be it private or government work hand in hand in helping our fellow countrymen who are now suffering because of this disaster.
As part of the humanitarian effort to help the victims of the eruption, our church launched a relief operation project. We wanted to contribute as well even in our own small ways so I and my sister volunteered in repacking donations.
It was amazing to work with these volunteers who had devoted their time and effort to repack these goods/donations with the joy to serve all for the glory of God and willingness to be of help to others and the community. It is not all about ourselves but it is all for our love and service to God. With gladness in our hearts and the joy to serve, we were able to do our tasks efficiently and effectively. The outpouring support and benevolence of all who contributed to making this possible are really heartwarming and humbling.
There were pure bliss and satisfaction in doing our tasks. It was a blessing despite the exhaustion for the love and service to the Lord and the people in dire need because of the Taal volcanic eruption.
The relief operation effort doesn’t end here. As the situation is still in progress, we continue to reach out to those in need. We only hope and pray that the volcano may not bring utter destruction anymore.
“Even with all our technology and the inventions that make our modern life easier than it was once, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.” – Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Prayer is a powerful way to combat any problems and hardships. We come to God in prayer as a way to communicate with Him. It is by praying that we develop an intimate relationship with Him. That is why it is significant that we pray for everything in our life. Ask God’s guidance, protection, and wisdom in everything that we do especially for our work. As I go through my bible devotional, I came upon this insight on how to pray for your work from Youversion.
1. Praise God – start your prayer with praises to the Lord to divert your thought from your problem. He deserves to be praised. And nothing is more beautiful than to start our prayer in praises for who He is.
2. Tell God your real work problems – ask for God’s kingdom to invade your workplace. Ask for the strength to do God’s will. Surrender your problems to Him and let Him direct you, lead you, on the right path to resolving it.
3. Ask God to give you what you need – whatever you need, ask God directly in prayer. Be audacious to ask whatever you need from our Father. He actually knew it even before you ask so be ready and claim it.
4. Forgive others and ask for forgiveness – sometimes other people may have hurt us unconsciously or unintentionally at work particularly when there is conflict. If someone has hurt you or wronged you, forgive them. Also, the same way that you ask forgiveness if it was you who have hurt or wronged someone in the workplace. Having a forgiving heart will lead to a harmonious relationship with others.
5. Ask God to be spared from trials and temptations- when trials do come, you can ask God to protect you from the power of evil. Always remember that there is no temptation or trial that He has not prepared a way out for you. Do not compromise. Always stand on your ground and guard your heart.
“Making our work into worship makes it worth.”– Unknown
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While I was browsing on my FB page, a memory about this topic came up. Thanks to Facebook, it is a timely reminder to mull things over to what is really going on with my life. Upon reading this, I was enlightened of some ideas that are actually holding me back to really pursue what I want. Numbers 3, 4, and 5 resonates with what I am missing to refocus in order for me to move forward.
Sometimes, what we need is a reminder to reflect on so we can go back on track. Being indecisive is what hindering me to pursue the career I really wish for. I want to focus on starting my home-based business yet I am apprehensive of the risks especially when it comes to finances. I have long been procrastinating this desire and I know that there is no perfect time than now. What I need to do is to make a choice. I perfectly understand that there will be consequences no matter what will my choice be. And I think I am ready to take and accept the responsibility. I believe starting my FB page is a good start. What I need now is the know-how to promote my products and services so it can reach more of my target market. Creating ads requires some monetary value and I could not spend a lot on this. So I have to make use of the oldest yet effective way of marketing and advertising which is through the word of mouth. Hmmnn, really interesting, isn’t it?
All right, so I guess, I have come up with a solution to my problem. Incredible!! Writing was like talking with myself and at the same time evaluating the situation and getting it resolved. Whew! It wouldn’t be easy I know however I am getting there, yeah? Okay, so let’s bring it on!!
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt
1. Treat and deal with them with respect and trust. 2. Do not assume you’re smarter than a child simply because you’re older. 3. Say thank you to children when they do something for you or others. 4. Admit when you’ve made a mistake and apologize when you are wrong. 5. Listen to children. They, too, have voices. Never neglect them. 6. Be firm and sure to set boundaries for acceptable behavior. Discipline and chastise them when necessary. 7. Lead by example. Children do not follow what we say but technically follow what we do. 8. Teach and practice compassion, kindness, and love. 9. Explain to them that actions have consequences good or bad. We can choose our actions but we cannot choose the consequences. 10. Affirm them of your love.
Enjoy watching and nurturing them. Take great pleasure in the privilege and responsibility of being able to guide and shape them into becoming responsible, well-adjusted grown-ups.
I give the credits to a friend for writing down this idea. I added revisions to some thoughts to incorporate my own. 😄
When I was young, I love drawing. I would draw anything, just random things in my free time. Every time we have school projects, my siblings would always ask me to draw for them. Even in school, during school activities, I would also join in some drawing competitions which I have won some of them. Then, I also got interested in drawing wedding dresses. I remember to have a notebook full of wedding dress sketches when I was in high school. I even dreamed of becoming a wedding dress designer. Sadly, I outgrew this childhood dream and hobby. Nowadays, I couldn’t draw as good as before. I lack the practice to master this art ability. Like any other skill or talent, we must nourish and hone it for us to reach our utmost potential. It is like a plant that needs to be watered and taken care of regularly so it will grow healthy. Mine hasn’t been sharpened for a long time and is now tarnished. Well, I know that there is still hope though. I just have to make room for the time to practice again.
On the other hand, I have not completely given up on my artistic side. I am basically still into it. Not in drawing but into doing DIY crafts. I made some DIY wall decors (the photos in this entry) that adorned our home now. Just a few since I’m quite busy when I was still working. However, now that I am jobless, I have all the time in the world, so I think I can do more crafting. I really enjoy doing it and it is also a good way to release some stress. I can find solace in creating masterpieces.
Moreover, I am my sister’s art sidekick in her gigs. She just started to venture into event organizing and has already done two weddings. I am assisting her in setting up and decorating the venue and we have been receiving positive feedback so far. I do hope that we will have more events to come this year. More events, more work, more income, yeah? Aja!
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
Another year has unfolded. This is the time of year that people are making New Year resolutions again. Many believe that it is a good idea to start the year and make a change. There is nothing wrong with this and I am not against it. I actually did it before and that is where my realization started. For some, it may be effective and helpful but to some others, it is just some kind of going with the trend. Having New Year resolutions is a good idea if you are serious and determined about it. Setting up goals is something that will motivate us to prevail in our endeavors regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. It is something that will help us be focused to achieve those goals.
On the contrary, if we half-heartedly created those goals we will definitely not be able to accomplish anything. These goals will just last for months then will eventually be forgotten particularly if there are a lot of things going on that you have not anticipated. Inevitable circumstances that will lead you to a different way. And the goals that we carefully chose will no longer be realistic and attainable.
When I realized that making goals and plans for the year is likely to be elusive, I started journaling instead. I did not make any checklist or bucket list anymore, however, I write down all my thoughts, feelings, and goals with the hope that it may come to fruition, not by my will but of the Lord’s will. I started to lift up and surrender everything to Him. I have also learned from our head Pastor that setting up goals is not enough. What we really need is to develop some good habits that will help us become successful in obtaining it. For one, is to always pray. To seek guidance and leading from the Holy Spirit by reading and meditating on the word of God. To develop an intimate relationship with Him. He is the Sovereign God and He knows what is best for us. Trust in Him and have faith. Our ways are not His ways. Be patient and be still with the Lord.
“Re-set, re-adjust, re-start, re-focus…as many times as you need to.” -Unknown
Finally got my journal for this year! Thank you to my sissy for this.😄 I always look forward to having one every year. 😍
Journaling is something I love doing at the end of the day to reflect what it was like. This is where I pour out my thoughts when I do not have someone to share it with. This is my way of having a conversation with the Lord. It serves as a reminder of my goals and desires in life. This is also my most effective way to reduce and relieve stress. Journaling has significant benefits that can help us emotionally and psychologically. 😉👍
At the end of each year, I go over my journal to see if I have accomplished the things I worked hard for, learn from my mistakes and failures, fulfilled my responsibilities and reset unfinished business for the new year. It is a great way for me to start my year. And I am looking forward to seeing what 2020 has in store for me. 🙏💕💯
“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” -Brad Wilcox
Upon publishing my recent post, I got excited to share that the name of my blog is also the name of my FB page that I just made to offer products and services online as a part of my online business. Online business is somewhat challenging and complicated but I am doing some researching and studying for this purpose. I know that there will be difficulties, however, I am positive that I can make it through by the grace of God. I have an extraordinary God and this is an extraordinary beginning for me in this New Year 2020.
I resigned from my job due to health reasons. I actually regret leaving my job but then I have to focus on my health first so I can go back to working again hopefully soon. For this reason, I have to think about some ways to still generate some income for our family. I had been thinking of putting up a business and now that I am jobless, I considered doing an online business. We have to tighten up our budget so I can still sufficiently support all our expenditures. I know it will be tough in the coming days so we really have to brace ourselves for the worst.
I have observed that people nowadays tend to be so caught up in their personal quest be it personal or professional. In the fast-growing technological society that we are in, we really need to keep up or else we’ll be left behind. Sometimes, in our need to cope up with the increasing pressure and challenges we lose the time for ourselves and even to our family and loved ones. Sometimes we don’t even have the time to clean up our house or space we live in. I personally experienced this. It was because of my hectic schedule at work that I almost live in the office. One could say that it is just a matter of time management and I couldn’t agree more. Surprisingly though, it is not as easy as a pie. So I come up the decluttering, cleaning, and organizing service. This is intended to help people who do not have the time to spare in making their abode clean and organize. I am not sure if I am doing the right thing but I am willing to take the risk. I will be adding some services in the future and products for reselling/selling and buying, too. I am seeking ideas for this at the moment.
Any suggestions as to what other services I can offer for my online business and ideas on how to make it successful? 😊 Please feel free to comment down below and hit the like button on my page. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, peeps. 😉😙
A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND GOD BLESS US ALL!! 🥳💯💕🙏
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“In today’s industry, in which change happens at a relentless pace, standing still is not an option. You must take a risk at some point.” – Sanjib Sahoo
The title of this article speaks volumes. I wonder what makes people happy; genuinely happy for that matter.
When I asked this question to some of my friends, they gave me varied yet interesting answers. Happiness for them means family, money, job, accomplishments, success, wealth and possessions. So it ranges from material to immaterial things. People have a different perspective on this matter and I respect that. We tend to work hard to be happy, to make someone happy.
Happiness lies in different aspects of our life. It is by knowing and understanding ourselves shall we grasp the real meaning of happiness. It runs deep within us. Only YOU can answer what really makes you happy.
Now that the year is nearing to its end, it is a good time to look back to the things, people, circumstances, events, and accomplishments that make us happy and joyous. Overcoming this year’s hardships and difficulties could also be a great source of happiness. Good things and bad things alike spice up our lives. It is a blessing that we were able to withstand everything that we encountered. We knew that we are ready to face yet another endeavor in the coming year.
Let us continue to be conquerors of happiness. Happy people make others happy as well. So let us spread happiness to make our world a better place in one way or another.
“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” -Lucille Ball
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” -Aristotle
“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well-lived.” -Eleanor Roosevelt