The Key

Would you agree that because of all the cruelties that’s happening nowadays, some people just go with the flow without even feeling happy? They just let the time pass them by and all they think of is just survive. How dull would it be to live a life like that?

In my own point of view, happiness is not dependent on others. Unlike butterflies, we don’t need to chase it. It is within us, it is a gift that comes from above. Base on experience, contentment and thankfulness are two great factors that affect happiness. If you learn how to be content with what you have and be thankful for it no matter how bad or unacceptable things may seem, you’ll find real happiness. But the real key to a happy life is to trust God Almighty.

TrustWhen I lost the most important person in my life, I lost all the reasons to survive and I felt as if I died a million times. It was really devastating and nothing seems to matter to me anymore. I have children but that reality is not enough to convince me that there is still hope. Then one day, when I am walking alone, I stumbled upon a bookmark with a quote from the Bible. The verse is in the book of Isaiah 41:10. I found myself crying, the tears even blinded me for a while that I don’t have any choice but to stop and sit in the nearby waiting shed. Then it dawned in me that God sees what I am going through. It became clear to me that we have two options when faced with difficulties, it’s either we break down or we break through. The choice is ours. That’s when I learned to look at the bigger picture and look at things in a positive perspective.

Problems are part of our everyday lives. Sometimes bad things comes all at the same time and it’s trying to knock us real hard. But I believe that as long as we trust God and we cast all our burdens upon Him and do our part, we can survive everything with flying colors. And by then, we can surely live life to the fullest amidst all adversaries.

I used to ask God to take away all the heartaches and pains in my life so that my happiness will be complete. I’ve prayed so desperately then, but recently I just realized that as long as I live I will always experience such things, so what I ask God these days is to teach me how to accept the things I cannot change, give me strength to change the things I can and find happiness in every circumstances.

 

 

Cry If You Must

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Being betrayed by someone you love is one of the most painful blow that you might experience in this life. How would you deal with this? What’s your first step to at least pacify yourself?

For some, they consider crying as a sign of weakness. But for me, it’s the other way around. Crying or shedding tears is even a stress-reliever.

According to the Minnesota study, crying can help to wash chemicals linked to stress out of our body, one of the reasons we feel much better after a good cry. Higher levels of adrenocorticotrophic (ACTH) have been found in emotional tears (compared to reflex tears).

Removing this chemical from the body is beneficial because it triggers cortisol, the stress hormone – too much of which can lead to health problems associated with stress.

‘Crying can help release tension and stress, as well as expressing emotions,’ says Dr Abigael San, chartered clinical psychologist.

‘When you’re upset and stressed, you have an imbalance and build up of chemicals in the body and crying helps to reduce that.’

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No wonder I feel a lot better after I cried out all my sadness and frustrations. I will never be ashamed to see my eyes filled with tears at times. It actually washes away all the negative feelings I have inside and makes me feel detoxified and ready to move forward positively.  It is one way to take care of myself.

Some wounds cannot be healed quickly. We must give it its own time. In the meantime, let’s appreciate the lessons we’ve learned from it – to mourn for the loss, to accept what happened, to forgive ourselves, and to hope. For the best is yet to come…

 

Weekly Quotes To Ponder

I am grateful I’ve joined Blogging 101, writing  a blog is actually one of my greatest dream since college. I almost gave up, but with God’s grace it is now turning into reality. The feelings I have is inexplicable, seeing people reading and following my blog is amazing!

Without further ado, as part of our assignment in Blogging 101, I would feature a post every Wednesday. Since I am a sentimental fool, I would post different quotes every week and share my thoughts about it. I would really appreciate it if you would also leave a comment.

 

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Writing for me is not merely to express my thoughts and feelings but more to share a part of my soul. The moment I begin to type a word and share my deepest thoughts and wildest dream is a moment I believe I have lived and it clearly defines my worth. Writing for me is like breathing, I just can’t live a day without it.

That’s it for now, until next Wednesday!

The Artist In Them

Summer vacation is fast approaching, my children will be staying home more often and it means more time to bond and enjoy each other’s company. As a mother, I feel great joy in seeing my children enjoying every moment that they have at home, I don’t want them to feel bored when school days is over.

I am reminded by their activity last year. It was really fun, they bond and learned something new all at the same time. We discovered an activity that would kill time and unleash the artist in them… LOOM BAND MAKING

This activity really measured their patience and determination. Since this is new to them, watching a tutorial in YouTube did a great help.

It’s amazing to see the loom bands they made. I’ve seen how elated they were after they finished their project. I am so proud of their work:

 

This coming summer vacation, we have so many things in mind but our top priority is to explore their creativity with cross stitching. Whatever happens, the most important is the moments in between.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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First and foremost, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my fellow trainee and blogger Kiwinana for her nomination. I never expected that writing a simple blog could lead to meeting fellow bloggers who have the same passion as mine to be following my posts in a short span of time. I am also glad I joined Blogging 101, I’ve learned so much in just two weeks.

 

 

I consider this a great opportunity to meet new friends with the same interests, share my craft, and learn some more. I’ve had a hard time selecting my nominees since almost all bloggers I encountered in Blogging 101 are awesome in their own writing.

Here’s ten of the Blogs I found most aspiring and worthy to be recognized:

Bob Ramsak

Katherine Grace

Kiwinana

Michelle Malone

Bobbi McGowan

Laura Cereta

Igneousidol

A Girl With An Adventurous Fork

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Andrea

The rules are simple:

Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
Nominate at least 10 bloggers of your choice.

When considering a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, keep in mind the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of their subject matter and the level of love displayed on the virtual page.
Link your nominees and let them know about their nomination.
Share seven facts about yourself.

7 Facts About Me

I am a proud member of Members Church of God International (MCGI) 

Since I am a nocturnal person, I prefer to work in a graveyard shift

I’ve been a hopeless romantic and a sentimental fool since high school

I am an impulsive buyer and I consider saving as one of the toughest job

I am good at showing people that I am strong but deep inside I am really weak

Sleeping is luxury for me and the most enjoyable thing about life is eating delicious foods

My greatest dream is to love and to be loved. God Almighty gave that to me already so I couldn’t ask for more.

I would also like to leave a quote that inspire me today, I hope it will inspire all of you too:

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

– William Arthur Ward

Longer Than Forever

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How I wish I could be in two places at one time so I can be with you…

I wanna feel the warmth of your touch, the softness of your lips in my forehead, and your breath in my ears while you whisper my name.

I miss the simple things that we do together, like movie marathons, walking along our village holding hands, playing scrabbles, and cuddling each other in bed before going to sleep.

  Run your fingers through my soul.

For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel…

 

It’s been about twenty nine months, and thirteen days since you left and the waiting seems longer than forever…

Stuck On Him

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My mind keeps on telling me those things over and over again but my heart won’t listen. Seeing the truth in front of my very face that he doesn’t love me anymore and loving him unconditionally is like a thug of war that I must deal with every single moment of my life.

“You didn’t loved her. You just didn’t want to be alone. Or maybe she made you feel better about your miserable life back then. But now that you’re out of the mess and your life is great, you’re treating her like a trash.” 

I’ve read a lot of sad love stories, have heard a lot of sad love songs, have known stories of broken hearts, and have seen how people separate lives after a lost love. I must be familiar, I must relate, and I must know how to handle this by now. But believe it or not, I am worse than a novice. Is it fear or is it still love that won’t let go? I am beyond desperate to find the answer to my questions. Questions that I’ve been asking ever since I’ve felt him slowly drifting away from me.

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I can live without him but I cannot see myself with someone else… but I believe that in time I will know when to hold on and when to let go…

 

The Choice I’ve Made

I must admit, I am not a result-oriented person. But it feels great to accomplish something that I never thought I can.

Philosophy is one of my favorite subject in college and one of the most interesting topic we had was about ‘Existentialism’.

Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe.

I could still remember, we had a debate that day. Our professor wrote these two sentences:

I Live My Life or My Life is Lived

In Philosophy, no answer is incorrect. So whatever we choose, we need to take our stand in the topic. From the meaning of the word, Existentialism, well I guess you have an idea which one I chose.

Free-will is one of the greatest gift that God bestowed to humans. He gave us the chance to choose between good or bad; right or wrong. But of course, whatever choices we make in this life, we have to face the consequences.

Let me share these verses in the Bible:

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If I am going to sum up the verses above, I would conclude that God Almighty is really the author of compassion. He doesn’t want us to perish, so He gave us an idea that even though bad or evil is part of the option we should choose good so that we may live a life.

 

 

 

Erhyn’s OOTD

How do you define OOTD (Outfit of the day)? For most people, it is defined as clothes or outfits they wear on a particular day or occasion.

While some people would wear something in a particular occasion even though they’re not comfortable, my eldest daughter, Erhyn would definitely find a wardrobe that would not only compliment a certain occasion but would also make her feel comfortable while wearing it.

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In life’s journey, we all make choices. And whatever choices we make will shape our present and our future. Looking at some of my daughter’s OOTD photos made me realize how time flies and how a thirteen year old could make a decision on her own. Sometimes, I am afraid of the choices that she make in her life. What if it is not the right thing, what if the outcome is not good, there are so many if’s I have in mind.

Then it dawned on me that I’ve been there in that situation and with God’s help and mercy, I was able to survive. All I need to do is guide her, support her the best way I can, and make her feel that no matter what will happen, be it good or bad, we,  as her parents would always be her number one fan.

Life is all about making choices.
Always do your best to choose the right ones,
and
always do your best to learn from the wrong ones.

What Meets The Eye

When I was in high school I always thought that I am just a plain teenager, when I look at the mirror and see my face I always say to myself that I am not beautiful. And since no boy seems to notice me or make an impression that they like me, I am convinced that I am not adorable.

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We’re six siblings – two boys and four girls. I used to believe that my three sisters are far more beautiful. I am not jealous with their looks, I am just aware that most people would notice them first and would compliment them and when it comes to me, they would just shrug a shoulder or just pass me by. But believe it or not, I have never felt any insecurities with them. 11137924_363168747215087_1281844690_n

I am the eldest and I am very close with my three younger sisters. I wouldn’t say that I am a perfect older sister but I believe that I was able to perform the role of being a responsible and supporting sister. And with that being said, I gained their respect, trust, and loyalty. Whenever I’m in a difficult situation, may it be financially or emotionally, I’m sure that they will never refuse to lend a helping hand. 

 

 

What’s really interesting to share is that even though I thought I am not as beautiful as my three younger sisters, I could say that I am blessed with a man who is not only handsome but also thoughtful and responsible husband and father to my children. From that point in my life, when I look at myself in the mirror, I am seeing something in me that’s more than what meets the eye.