Purpose, perseverance, and relationships: May 2017 Lessons

This May, I find that my realizations and lessons revolved around purpose, perseverance, and relationships.

On Purpose

I’ve always deemed ‘purpose’ as something that is singular, grand, and fixed. It would show itself to me like this: Arli, you will work someday in an animation studio you love. If it doesn’t happen, then my purpose is gone in this world.

Sometimes, we relate it to our job or what we do for a living as well, and if our interests do not match our work, we think that our purpose is somewhere else.

Over the years, I’ve read articles and found myself dwelling on those that help you find your purpose.

Upon consulting the dictionary, these are its exact words for the definition: “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.”

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Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

*Featured Photo courtesy of my cousin Jango!

For the first two times we’ve visited Vegas, we were able to go to Mt. Charleston in December 2014 and to Red Rock Canyon in June 2015.

Although we did not climb any trail in Charleston, playing in the snow (my first time!) with my cousins is a memory I will hold dearly in my heart.

Years went by as my cousins from my Mom’s side of the family grew up and made their memories together, while we lived in the Philippines. Any time with them, no matter how short, is not to be taken for granted.

So when we had our first reunion in years (!) with my Mom and I in Vegas, one of my biggest and special dreams (one that is not related to an ideal career or lifestyle) came true.

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What is your Best Yes?

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.

I listened intently to our speaker, Ms Rhiza Oyos, the founder of Pursuit Manila under Pursuit Community. It was my first time to attend one of their events upon the kind invitation of a dear friend, Denise.

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.

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The Sunday Currently II

 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.
wearing house-clothes!

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.
needing patience. All things grow in time.
feeling hopeful.

clicking through blogs I love to read.


The Sunday Currently was started by siddathornton.

What have I learned after 90 days?

Finish strong. 

This was what I wanted to accomplish as the weeks neared to May 14, Mother’s Day celebration this year, which also happened to be the 90th and final day of my weight management program.

When the night came, I said thanksgiving to God, for my Mom and Dad, for the 90-day journey. It felt like a marathon just ended, but I know deep inside that this is only the beginning. So finishing strong may be the same as beginning strong.

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