Life is a Cinch

While contemplating in my yoga position on the floor, I suddenly found myself peering through my old planner. It was my 2013 Belle de Jour power planner. It is a beautiful planner especially designed for women. It has discount coupons offered by their business partners, dreamboard, goal, menstrual tracker, wardrobe checklist, health and fitness plan, vacation planner, cash flow, etc. But what got me to get this planner at that time was that, it has a lot of words of wisdom and positive thoughts to live by to help empower and uplift us, women. This planner may seem to favor women but I believe, thoughts, lessons and proverbs suit all genders. 🙂 Anyway, browsing through the pages recalls a lot of memories.. happy, sad, troubling, embarrassing. A roller coaster ride to everything.  It was this year where I got the chance to go to Europe again, for the third time. How lucky was that? It was also the year where I had to battle and deal  a lot of emotions. It was a learning process, the hard way. This planner somehow helped me in one way or another. All writings aim  for positivity and for the betterment of our lives. 

Like I said, the objective of this blog is to share random thoughts and experiences. Also, I would want to influence people by sharing positive thoughts and readings to live by. Let’s admit it, life really gets hard and tough at times so I hope, through these readings, would help you lift and uplift you in trying and challenging moments. Cheer up! It ain’t that bad. 🙂

Here are a list of readings. Hope this helps. Credits to 2013 Belle de Jour Planner. Have fun reading. Thank you in advance. 🙂

 

STOP AND BREATHE

Breathe.

Breathing can transform your life.

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help you bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing right now. 

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

 

ONE CHANGE AT A TIME 

Focus on one change at a time.

It’s very hard to make changes that stick, especially if you’re trying to focus on more than one. Your focus gets spread thin, and in the long run you end up failing to stick to any of the changes. 

So, do one change at a time, for at least one month.Six weeks is better. Then you can focus on one more change, and so on. That’ll be about six to eight changes a year – changes  that will stick. They will last much, much longer than ones that you apply thinner focus to.

This method is effective. Most people use the less effective method of multi-changing, and fail to stick with things, and blame it on their “lack of discipline”. No, it’s just less effective method than single-changing.

Patience is tough. We are geared to wanting lots of changes right now, and waiting seems too hard. We want instant gratification, because television and marketing has taught us that this is best. It isn’t. Waiting and doing things slowly is much more satisfying.

 

SIMPLIFY 

The tendency of life in our society is to become more complicated: internet, television, work, family commitments, possessions, eating – these things pile on top of each other endlessly.

It takes a bit of conscious effort to simplify, but it’s one of the greatest things you can learn to do.

Simplify everything. It might sound hard,but with practice, it’s actually fairly easy, and leads to a quiet, content, lovely life full of space, with only the things in it that matter to you.

So, how do you simplify? As simple as possible.

Here are a few ways:

  1. Block off some disconnected time.
  2. Start eliminating commitments.
  3. Start purging possessions.
  4. Wash your dishes.
  5. Schedule time for what’s important.
  6. Get outdoors once a day.
  7. Eat some plants.
  8. Drink tea.

 

 

 

….more to come in my next blog. Thank you.  Smile. Cheers!^^

The week that was

Last week has been pretty busy but definitely worth it and memorable. 

I just wanted to share how last week went. 

MONDAY (041116)

A get together party which was definitely for the books. Meet up with family ver 2.0. One friend held a party for us since we haven’t seen him for such a long time. Nine years to be exact. Well, some of us still see each other since we are just around the corner but we haven’t done this in a while so, this one was definitely special.  I was battling with migraine during the gathering. It’s something I could not afford to miss. I don’t usually take medicine but for the sake of the memorable night, I took one. Was not effective.. Thank you, anyway. 🙂 The night was generally filled with laughter, endless stories, reminisce, ‘okrayan’ (like everyone is used to doing.just like the old times), crack jokes and everyone would just end up laughing really hard. It felt good. I felt family. We almost saw each other grew up together. Well, we were the first batch to have traveled Europe at a young age. How cool was that? I am blessed to have met these wonderful people. Our differences and uniqueness make us love each other more — like a real family does.

 

WEDNESDAY (041316)

Watching a graduation recital made me realize how blessed and thankful I am for the gift of music. Music really has its way of coming back. Even in its simplest form. I decided to watch it because I wanted to know the feeling of watching a classical performance again after all these years. Also, in support of a friend who has a special participation in the recital. You did great, as always. 🙂 Anyway, I realized that the feeling will always remain the same. No matter how I try to run away from it, I guess, the heavens will really find its way for me to go back to music. Whether as a performer or as an audience. As long as there’s music. Both are fulfilling and nurturing. Being a part of the audience is also a great thing. It makes me appreciate everything more. Also, I become more critical and analytical. It was a great performance, anyway. You know what naturally happens next after the show? Rushing to the nearest coffee shop that is. There’s always room for more bonding sessions. I like that our topics are so random and with maturity.

FRIDAY (041516)

The supposed plan to celebrate a student’s birthday somewhere was almost cancelled but for some strange reasons, it pushed through. We went to the nearest adventure park. No idea what to expect since it’s almost everyone’s first time. Well, I’ve been there last year, but had no chance to actually explore the place. It wasn’t a good start for everyone. We started really late. Plus the fact that it’s extremely hot. Everyone was just sensitive and hot headed. We spent almost the entire day there. Somehow, everyone just managed to have fun and enjoy. It really is just a matter of perspective. 🙂 Dinner was also a great time for everyone to talk and exchange thoughts. We ended the day by playing billiards. It was one leisure activity that I really enjoy doing. Quite glad that I had the chance to play with them. I don’t understand why the time on this day was specially way toooo slow. It was a great time, anyway.

How did your week go? I hope that whatever you do anytime of the day or the week, you find beauty in everything. Even in stressful situations. Stay positive. Have a great week ahead! Cheers!

10 Steps to Positive Body Image

1. Appreciate all that your body can do.   

      2. Keep a top 10 list of things you like about yourself – things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like.

       3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep… Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.

        4. Look at yourself as a whole person… choose not to focus on specific body parts.

        5. Surround yourself with positive people.

        6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not ‘right’ or that you are a ‘bad’ person.

        7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body.

        8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages.

        9. Do something nice for yourself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it.

       10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others.

Source: National Eating Disorder Association

Remember : You are beautiful in your own unique way. Celebrate it!

Happy weekend. Stay positive and beautiful. Cheers!💐💃