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We’ve Got a Makeover!

Last month marked the first year when I started blogging on this site. I remember my first post – it was in a depressing tone as it featured the passing of one of the most bubbly personalities in Hollywood, Robin Williams. It was so relevant at that time as I remembered some people who were in challenging situations in life.

This year, however, I decided to do a complete makeover as suggested by my son, Josh. We started to work on the theme to set aside the gloom of last year and to welcome the new season of life and new beginnings. From the very dense logo and “hospital-ish” feel of the website, Josh decided to do a little bit of experiment with the theme and it’s colors.

He suggested that it should be simple yet stylish, so we played with only three colors: green, blue and red. Green speaks of life, harmony, healing and safety. Blue, on the other hand, talks about clarity, wisdom, tranquility and stability. To strike a balance and a contrast with the other two colors, we used red to display energy, leadership, passion and love.

Also, and surprisingly, the past year has earned us an audience from different parts of the globe from Japan, India, Macau, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Canada, Australia and more. Reason why we decided to put the world map as it’s base.

After several weeks of brainstorming, here now is the finished product!

Hopefully, I would be able to reach more people to help transform their lifestyles in the coming years. So as an added treat, I am giving you a free “Health Assessment Test” for you to know where you are in your health condition and what can be done to meet your wellness needs. Answer the question: Are You as Healthy as You feel?

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body. Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)

Success in The Workplace, Successful Living

Popular Authors Are Using Twitter to Share #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

I am a hopeful writer and I do it as a hobby. 🙂 #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter #peace

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Best-selling novelists, journalists and amateur writers alike gathered on Twitter today to turn a hashtag into a nationwide trending topic.

The hashtag in question? #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Writers have been chiming in to vent the everyday frustrations of the profession (or, for some people, the side job.) The most common grievance seems to be the fact that some people refuse to regard writing as actual work. They assume it’s an easy task that anyone could do if they just had time.

If you want to avoid making a writer angry, check out some of the best tweets:

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My Kind of Guy

Are you looking for love? I am sure that just like me you have been betrayed, taken for granted or have been broken to pieces when the person you loved the most failed you.

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Me Thinking

In this season, a lot of people are desperate for love, and sometimes do foolish things thinking it is for love. Allow me to tell you about someone I met who turned my life around, and made me turn 180 degrees from the broken pieces of my past.

Let me begin by telling you that there is no such thing as hopeless…

As a young woman, I had a few of failed relationships. I thought that if I loved truly, it would be given in return. That if I become loyal and generous in love, my partner would reciprocate and do the same. I was wrong and not only in few occasions. In fact, I learned that if you give too much, men tend to abuse it and ask for more. As a result, I ended up broken, devastated and low self esteemed. I thought, I would never find someone who would truly love me unconditionally.

I was wrong.

You might think I am talking about my husband. Well, yes and no. My husband of course, is my greatest gift and my lifetime bonus from heaven! Human as he is like me, however, he fails me as I fail him, he misunderstands me as I misunderstand him. We both have our own shortcomings.

I am talking about someone who disproved me that taking love, asking for acceptance and demanding for intimacy will make me feel complete and happy. He made me realize that it is by giving love, showing genuine acceptance and working towards intimacy that will give me greater joy. It is not in asking, but in giving that I can truly be complete.

This guy’s name is JESUS. When I truly understood what He did on the cross, my whole mindset about life and love changed. He died for me. He gave me a clean slate when He stripped me off of all my sins. He gave me His righteousness and now overflows me with so much grace and love. Something that I never knew before and have never experienced in the past. The love that He gives me just spills like an overflowing stream, something that I can give away freely without fear of running out.

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I challenge you today to seek Him and to experience His love, so you never have to feel alone again. You have got to get to know Jesus to understand why I am so crazy in love with this Man!

Media Credits:
He Loved us First: http://proverbs31.org/
Loved: http://livingoncloud9ine.blogspot.com/2014/01/1-john-419.html

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

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Why Do You Do What You Do?

As 2015 begins, have you seriously considered what your past year had been like? I am sure it was not all roses. Have you also wondered and asked this question to yourself? “Why do I do what I do?” Most people would answer, “I just want to” or “somebody made me do it” Did you know that the answer you give to this question tells a lot about who you really are?

A friend told me recently about her frustration with a woman who goes to the same volunteer work for kids that she goes to. They are not what you can consider friends, but she was so upset with the woman’s disregard to authority and specific rules.

In that volunteer work, they have a rule that children must be treated equally and are strongly discouraged to give money or expensive gifts. The woman, however, violated these rules over and over again and kept giving money and special gifts to only a few. My friend’s frustration over the system made her decide to stop going for awhile hoping to make her point known.

Like this woman, this year was like a roller coaster ride for me too, because of the unexpected turns, sudden drops and uncontrollable speed. I’ve heard the most bizarre gossip stories and accusations about me from people who hardly even know me, and I’ve had major conflicts with family, relatives and friends too.

I’ve always been branded as a person who speak my mind, and in most occasions when I do, the initial reaction I get is that of anger. I often see myself caught in a situation when I have to make a choice between being silent and enduring the misery, or speaking out in love and praying for a change of heart to occur.

There are times though that God impresses in my heart to just be silent and pray. Being a very outspoken woman that I am, this is the most difficult thing to do – be silent. Surprisingly, with a huge amount of grace, I am now able to do that.

If you ask me, “Why I do what I do?”, my answer is having that “sense of purpose”. What makes me opt for the difficult choices? It is knowing that Jesus has got my back.

See how very much my Father loves me, for He calls me His child, and that is who I am! 1 John 3:1

I do not feel guilty, and I can come to God with bold confidence. 1 John 3:21

I do what I do because I have an advocate who holds the steering wheel of my life, so I know I am safe.

If He tells me to go, I go.
If He tells me to stop, I stop.
If He tells me to speak, I speak.
If He tells me to be silent, I keep silent.
If He tells me to make a turn, I turn.
And if He tells me it is time to shift my gears, then I do.

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Welcome to a better year!

I do not understand completely, and I guess I never would, for His ways and His thoughts are so much higher than mine. But this is what I know, He loves me and He knows what’s best for me! This is why I do what I do!

Being lavished with so much love, I too must love those who love me, those who think impure thoughts about me, and even those who slander and gossip about me – even when at times it means I have to be silent and just pray. Jesus modeled this best, and so I try to live by His example. People may not always understand the way I express my love, but it is God who sees my heart and whose approval I seek.

We love each other because, He loved us first. 1 John 5:19

Looking back, 2014 was like an adventure. I had many lows, but I also had many highs for which I can be thankful for! Here’s to a better and brighter 2015!

Media Credits:
Career Hub Blog: http://www.careerhubblog.com/.a/6a00d834516a5769e20168e7e2eb2a970c-pi
Fun Mozar: http://funmozar.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Happy-New-Year-2015-Wallpaper-10.jpg
Daily Motion: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2dr8hh_happy-new-year-2015-wishes-and-greetings_people
New Year Greeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgZ1JO9Y0AE
Daily Inspiration, Hope for You, Successful Living, You are Loved

Who is Your Person?

“Who is your person?” I got this question from Meredith of Grey’s Anatomy, and in that TV series, it was Cristina Yang for her.

This “person” referred to here is someone who you can turn to, count on and lean on when the going gets tough. In my case, I have many “persons” in life and I am so blessed to have them all!

The second (yes, you read me right – second) on my list is of course my loving husband Anthony. We are definitely not a perfect couple because we often disagree in many things, but I am thankful that we have learned to argue without being disagreeable. God knows how much I love him! Cheezy moment!

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Next is my son Josh, who is my number one fan and critic. A very sweet and thoughtful son, but because he got my wit and persuasiveness, we oftentimes clash. All because we are both works in progress. I praise God for His unfinished work in my son’s life because every day I see him slowly, but steadily being transformed from glory to glory.

Then, there are my parents and siblings, in-laws and relatives who have always been there to support my entire family. We may not always see each other eye to eye, but I am proud to say that the genuine love for each other remains intact.

Then, I have the bonus of having the gift of a spiritual family. I praise and thank God for my pastors, mentors and friends from church who deeply love Jesus; and the many women God has placed in my life who take time to hear me out and  lift me up. Your encouragement and prayers keep me pressing on in this journey.  Today, I am stronger and wiser all because of you.

Lastly, there is only One Person who deserves the number one spot and center stage of my life – His Name is Jesus Christ. I will be forever in debt with this Man because He loved me, He saved me, and continues to change me from glory to glory…

I have no fear of the future because I know and I know that the One who holds it is faithful.

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I Stand Boldly for CHRIST!

He says to the Son:

In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with Your hands.

They will perish, but You remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing.

You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing.

But You are always the same; You will live forever.”

Hebrews 1:10-12

Hope for You, Successful Living

Are You Living for Your Resume or for Your Eulogy?

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Ideas Worth Spreading

I happen to have a 30-minute break in between classes last night and my language student introduced me to this TED.com website. I came across this very short talk by David Brooks that left me thinking – am I living for my resume or for my eulogy?

I did a quick research about Brooks and was quite impressed with his resume and accomplishments. And although I do not agree with some of his political and social positions, I found this talk very enlightening. A question that at some point, we must all decide the answer to.

In the talk, Brooks mentioned about Joseph Soloveitchik’s illustration of Adam I and Adam II in the essay “Lonely Man of Faith”. In a nutshell, we as humans have both natures in us.

“Adam I is built by building on your strengths. Adam II is built by fighting your weaknesses.” – David Brooks

Adam I is the man of the world. He spends most of his time feeding on worldly pleasures such as wealth, power, fame and many lusts of the flesh. Adam I thinks that by accumulating much of these things he would be successful and happy.

In his pursuit of success, however, Adam I forgets about what matters the most like family, relationships and inner virtues. He lives in the lie that he is doing everything for his family, when in fact, it turns him into a stranger in his own home. In the end, he becomes accomplished, but empty.

Adam II, on the other hand, decides to invest on intangible things that money, fame or power cannot buy. He values virtues like faith in God, love, humility, integrity, wisdom and hope above everything else. He believes that these things will make him happy and successful in life.

In his quest for excellence, Adam II will have a very impressive resume, but will also have the most meaningful of relationships.

In the end, Adam II will live his life to the full. Why? My analysis is simple, Adam II will spend his life’s quest for purpose and meaning by spending more time with his family, performing admirably in his workplace and by drawing closer to his Maker. This is the methodical formula to achieve fruitfulness in everything he does.

Now about Adam II’s eulogy, wait until you hear his legacy from his family and friends…

Remember Him before the door to life’s opportunities is closed and the sound of work fades.

Yes, remember your Creator now while you are young, before the silver cord of life snaps and the golden bowl is broken. Ecclesiastes 12:4, 6

There is treasure in the house of the godly. Greed brings grief to the whole family. Proverbs 15:6, 27