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Loving Mundane Wednesdays

I read an article on Thrive Global about Adam Grant's views on happiness. It was titled Adam Grant: Chasing Happiness can Chase It Away. Until a few years ago, I defined happiness as that state of success--where I am at the peak of my career and every aspect of my life is unfolding as it… Continue reading Loving Mundane Wednesdays

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Naming and defining our fears

The other day, I got a helpful advice from the most unlikely source: my job interviewer. After asking me about some things I've been through, the interviewer had shared with me her own trauma. Then she offered this advice: "Name your fear. Then tell yourself, 'I am bigger than this fear.'" And she was right.… Continue reading Naming and defining our fears

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Exploring and being still

When I began this blog, I had this intention of traveling all over the country, and the planet even, and writing about my adventures. Well, life happened, and it may take a while before I can pursue such a dream. So I'm reimagining this. I will still be a sort of traveler, an explorer, of… Continue reading Exploring and being still

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Starting over late in life

Photo source: Wetmount, Pixabay I continue to be amazed and draw strength from stories of individuals who are forced to start over just when they thought life is going as they had planned. Or to find meaning in their lives even during their twilight years.  So I'm coming up with this list. Some of these… Continue reading Starting over late in life

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The elusive life purpose

Background photo source: Free-Photos, Pixabay I spent countless hours searching for my life purpose, like it was something hidden far away, something SO DIFFICULT to find. I thought it would be found solely by serving a Higher Power, or others. And for a while, I did exactly that. Still, it felt empty. Something HUGE was… Continue reading The elusive life purpose

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Lessons from author Cheryl Strayed

"Don't let your dreams ruin your life."

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Takeaways from Stories (Movies, TV series)

Photo source: TiaLife (Pixabay) As with fiction books, I have come to value movies and TV series not merely for their entertainment value, but as another way of sharing real-life stories and messages. We resonate with the characters because we can empathize with them. We've felt their hurt, their joy, and witnessed some of their… Continue reading Takeaways from Stories (Movies, TV series)

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Living for the Little Things that Matter

Photo by: Pexels, Pixabay One beauty of witnesing your life fall apart is that, in order to get back up, you first let go of the big dreams, the grand visions you used to have. And focus on the little things, the small steps. And one day you realize that these "small things" are actually… Continue reading Living for the Little Things that Matter

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Standing in Your Truth

Photo source: jil111, Pixabay As I was wrapping up my day yesterday, I listened to a TED talk by Jeffrey Marsh, How to be You. Marsh mentions the work of Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse who wrote the book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Jeffrey shared the number 1 regret based on Ware's… Continue reading Standing in Your Truth

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Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Photo source: lightstargod, Pixabay William Paul Young, author of The Shack, revealed during his interview with Oprah that after hitting rock bottom, there had been a point when he had to juggle three jobs. And he was content. And the novel was written not as part of his "therapeutic process," but during a point in his… Continue reading Comfortable in Your Own Skin

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Following Intuition

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Lewis Howes' The School of Greatness. The talk was "You Already Have the Answer." Prior to this, I was beginning to craft my plans for my next career move(s). People kept saying, "Follow you passion." But my passion for what I used to love is gone. Thing is,… Continue reading Following Intuition

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A Grounded To-Do List

Photo source: kaboompics, Pixabay I love to-do lists. I've always had one for the past 10+ years. It's how I organize my day, my weeks, my months. They were packed with a few fun things, but mostly filled with responsibilities, tasks, chores, meetings, deadlines. But recently I realized, to-do lists can do more than that.… Continue reading A Grounded To-Do List

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Navigating the World of Personal Finance

Photo source: LIOsa, Pixabay Though I have passed my financial adviser exam last 2015, I am not a personal finance guru. In fact, what led me down the road of personal finance were a series of financial bloopers and very costly lessons. And this post’s goal is simply to share some of these lessons. In… Continue reading Navigating the World of Personal Finance

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When “life warriors” surrender

When you've given your all, the only thing left to do is surrender.

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Deep within, do you feel enough?

Photo source: johnhain (Pixabay) I don't think there's anything wrong with striving for growth and wanting to be the best you can be. I just realized that not being good yet at a skill, is not in any way related to my worth as a person. On one of those days when my schedule was… Continue reading Deep within, do you feel enough?

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Transforming our views on failure

Photo source: skeeze (Pixabay) The first time I went through a series of failures, I was 31. Two years later, I am still failing A LOT. I have failed more in 2 years than I have in my 30+ years of existence. When you are not used to successive losses, every failure is like a kick… Continue reading Transforming our views on failure

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“My feelings are real.”

I finally reached a point when I am able to experience my emotions as honest messengers and friends, instead of enemies to be extinguished or kept at bay. Well, at least 25-40 percent of the time. That's a huge leap, given where I began. I grew up thinking it was bad to cry or embrace my… Continue reading “My feelings are real.”

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There’s something about writing

There was a time when I thought I was a pretty good writer. That was back in high school, when the batch population numbered only a few hundreds. When I entered college, one of my friends (whom I knew could write well) was required to take basic English classes. I wasn't required to do the same, so I… Continue reading There’s something about writing

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A Case of Self-Love Deficit

Its been months now since it dawned on me that the depth of my lack of self-love was, well, really deep. Reaching this realization was a downward spiral, and sometimes, the drop was too much to take in. The good thing for anyone going through this is that the fall may be brutal, leaving you sore… Continue reading A Case of Self-Love Deficit

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There is something about books . . .

There is something about books. There is something about beautiful stories that stay with you days after you've read the last page and put the book down. There is something in your soul that awakens when it recognizes you in a character, or in the author's own struggles. There are moments when they validate your own… Continue reading There is something about books . . .