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A few days after my Dad arrived in the US for a short vacation, I lingered on the thought of going as well – not for a vacation but for two reasons: 1) spending time with my Dad and family, and 2) stepping out of my comfort zone again.
Before the flight which we only booked four days before the scheduled departure from the Philippines, I felt so anxious, because I did not want to leave home.
I told my Mom, “I love you, so I should stay.”
But she assured me that just because I will leave for a short while does not mean I did not love her.
Going out of my comfort zone, taking on another international trip by myself for a second time, talking with other people, practicing speaking in English, and standing on my own two feet on this once-in-a-blue-moon chance from God – these are all for love for her and my Dad and the Lord.
Ever since I’ve been working at home since January 2017, I rarely get to do what I used to do when I was still working: reports, submissions, presentations, pitches, and weekly team meetings.
I was worried that I did not know how to converse with others anymore, let alone be street smart, because there was no need to be street smart anymore for I was home.
Likewise, I was afraid that I did not know how to travel by myself anymore, as compared to a few trips I had on our last visit in the US on May 2015. If you knew shy anxious me, you’d know it would take a lot of self-encouragement, prayers, and moments of saying ‘Yes, I’m going,’ and ‘No, I’ll just stay.’
But finally on a Saturday, I decided I will be going again on a flight over the Pacific.
It was November 2015. A gentle warm light poured in through the large windows behind us. Worship started and ended with bright hopes and serene tunes, lunch was delicious, and the day was only starting.
She was sharing about a wise woman from the Bible, and she knew of her story through Lysa TerKeurst‘s The Best Yes book. This was how I was first introduced to this work that would eventually help me get my decision-making better.
Today is a good day to reflect. The weather is cold, unlike the other weeks that passed when it had been humid and hot. There was a light shower earlier, and the sky has been gray up to this afternoon.
reading still The Best Yes, but I’m nearing the end already. I’ve also started reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Meet the Austins, the first book in her Austin Family chronicles. I’m truly thankful to the person who left it at The Book Stop in Ayala Triangle. I came back for it with an old book from my shelf, so I could read it.
writing deeply. For some reason, I want to continue writing more. It has always been a love of mine ever since I was young. Though reading was the first, it invited writing afterwards.
listening to the calming pieces of the Wolf Children soundtrack. There are days like this when I just listen to the songs over and over… I truly loved this movie so much.
thinking about relationships. For us to have God-honoring friendships, relationships, and marriages, we must first have a personal relationship with God that we continuously nurture through prayer, reading His Word, and quiet time. Then we must seek and build a positive connection with ourselves internally too, so we will not pass on to others the frustration in ourselves.
smelling the rain on the ground.
wishing that I could use blogging more as a way to glorify God and to share lessons with others.
hoping for a little bit of courage, faith, and clarity.
loving people who are so generous in showing how God has been so good to them and who use their gifts as a way of praising Him and helping others.
wanting to be serious in jogging/running lately because of a friend’s discipline and determination in this area. Not that I wasn’t serious during my past jogs, I just wasn’t consistent. But on this recent Friday night jog/run with my friend, I felt happy and free again while running. Truly, this has always been a favorite thing to do ever since… And it will always will be.
Sundays are always a good time to reflect on things and on our lives. I’ll start today by doing my own Sunday Currently, which was started by siddathornton.
reading Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes. I’ve had this since January 2016, but it is only now I have decided to read it, because I felt the need to improve my decision-making by basing it on God’s Word. When it comes to decisions, it takes a lot of time for me to weigh the pros and cons, to consider the current situation, see where my heart and mind are coming from, and seek advices from my Mom and Dad and close friends. So far, it’s been helping me tremendously!
writing down my why’s and the values I want to build our business on, as well as the personal and shared dreams that my Mom, Dad, and I want to realize someday.
listening to piano instrumental pieces that my Dad has in his phone. It makes our house feel like a spa sometimes, which is a good thing!
thinking about the next steps to implement in our business. I’ve realized that I’m way out of my comfort zone right now, because I’m not really a business-, sales-, or marketing- person. But somehow, over the past few months, I’m appreciating how business can become a platform for us to help other people, especially if the products we carry are of high-quality and can truly improve people’s health and wellness in several specific aspects. There’s also the culture of empowering others by teaching them an attitude for excellence, value, and integrity, so that they too can help support their family well. Venturing into business is stretching me in ways that I was sure I won’t be able to grow in like leadership, speaking, and becoming an obedient and good follower. I’m excited about the growth I’ll enter into, hoping that I can help others grow as well.
smelling my favorite Filipino dish prepared and cooked by my Mom: chicken adobo with lots of garlic!
wishing for a little more faith in myself, that I can be more responsible, loving, and caring not just to my Mom and Dad and family but also to other people that the Lord leads me to meet.
hoping that my Mom, Dad, and I can spend more time together with our families.
wearing pambahay (house-clothes!)
loving my Mom and Dad. I’m thankful for the past few weeks we’ve been staying together, talking about our plans, business, and our own stories, eating together, and going out to visit places.
wanting to bake banana bread and make fruit ice cream!
needing discipline, responsibilities, corrections, improvements, learning, mindset shift, prayers. Also, to make my March monthly review!
feeling hopeful and healthy. This is the time I’ve been feeling really healthy. For the past 5 days or so, my Dad and I have been walking from one place to another (within 1 city, of course!) Just last night in Ortigas – a place I’m not so familiar with yet – I was feeling so good, even if I was walking from 1 place to another. It rained a bit, but when I was finally outside, it stopped. I’m thankful for the Lord for giving us ways on becoming healthy.
clicking blogs, interviews, and podcasts on the success stories and creative processes of people I look up to or are in the same industry as I am
There’s still much in my heart and mind lately, but for now, I can say that things are changing, I’m changing, and I pray that the Lord guides my family and I in all we do according to His Word.