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5 Values You Will Learn From Blogging

It all started once upon a time…

There was an insecure writer who wanted to escape from all criticisms – closely from all the Grammar Nazis found on her Facebook friends. She was afraid to post even a single note fearing that she could receive judgment concerning her writing style or her usage of grammar. So instead of posting on her Facebook Profile, she searched for other platform where she could clearly express her thoughts and experience the freedom that she wanted.  Upon looking, there she found her majestic palace: WordPress, the place where she embraced the joy and peace of being a writer.

And now, four solid years have passed. Wow. I could never imagine reaching this far. Though I have that inconsistency every now and then, I still managed to make it. Honestly, I came to a point of deleting my account. Of course, it was due to my drowning insecurity – sign of my immaturity before – within me. Anyway, I’m over with that issue. :)

This is how I went through. Allow me to share what helped me from my four years of journey in blogging

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1. Never bother what people will think of you

                People will always have something to say. And you can never control that fact to be in favor upon you. I just told you, I’m an insecure writer before who used to reason out that she’s not good enough.  For that reason, I made my initial blogging a top-secret to my friends even to my closest. Almost no one knew that I’m writing and posting some stuff here. I remember a friend of mine for years just discovered my blog last year. She expressed in surprise, “Amae, bakit hindi mo sa akin sinabi na my blog ka pala?” (Amae, why didn’t you tell that you have a blog?) I was just laughing when I heard that to my friend so it showed how effective I am to keep my blog away from them. Haha.

                 We can never really please people at all – cliché as it sounds – but we need to be reminded about that. Some people will never understand the cause that you are joining or the things that you are doing. After all, do their opinions matter? What really matters is that you love your craft. That’s it.

                When I was able to understand this, I began to have a new mindset regarding blogging. From being insecure and fearful, I became bolder to stand with the message that I’ve been sharing on my blog. I need to face my fear and accept my weakness or else I’ll just stumble.

                 So you have to remember, fear is always there – fear of acceptance, rejection, criticism from people or what. What you need to do is just face it because there is no way for you to run away with it; you have to deal with it.

2. You should know your purpose

                What is my purpose in blogging? The answer to that question should be bigger and founded so that when busyness, timidity, and other problems come, you can still manage to maintain your blog.

                There are times that I really don’t feel to write. But I still need to write. I have to fight over that feeling because it would affect me badly if I didn’t overcome it. There are times that I can’t find time to blog, yet I would keep on blogging. That is because of the purpose. The reason why I continue blogging for years.

My purpose is to inspire people and send hope to them, telling them that hey! Life is not miserable and pointless at all that there’s always hope above there which is always available to everyone.

3. You will never know who you are inspiring

                There will come a time that you will feel like nothing is really happening. But you need not to buy on that idea. It’s just a trap that will stop you from doing what you love. You have to continue no matter what because you will never know who you are inspiring.

                I remember I was away from blogging for weeks when I received e-mails saying that they were inspired on my blog and they were asking me when will I have my next blog post. So after reading those messages, I immediately turned my laptop and contemplated for my next blog topic.

                In reality, you can’t really afford to ignore or neglect something when you know that what you are doing is a great help and inspiration booster to a lot of people.

4. Never neglect the power of social media

                Don’t underestimate the power of social media. It can change hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people out there. We need to maximize the social media to create that difference and change that we wanted to see.

               Blogging is just another way to maximize the social media. If you are planning to, it would be better to carry out that plan and start inspiring other people through your writings and your personal story. 

Here is my favorite video where globe tattoo illustrated how powerful social media is

 5. Keep sharing love and hope

                A lot of people are hungry with love and hope. And As I received that kind of love and hope from God, this one of my way to share this to everyone. Don’t be selfish. Share it! Help me my fellow bloggers to saturate the social media with His love. Let’s proclaim His name.

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To end this post, I would just like to thank EVERYONE (for I cannot mention you all) who made my life more meaningful for if not I could not post any interesting/inspiring/helpful topic. Thank you for those who have been visiting my blog despite of my inconsistency. Hihi.

 Cheers for more years of my blog. I’m planning to gear up my blog. Hope you could help me too with my layout. Hoho

All glory belongs to Him. God bless!


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What I learned from Waiting Patiently

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised – Hebrews 6:15

Abraham waited for so long to have a son. He endured every suffering throughout his journey to receive the promise of God. And despite of impossibilities, he believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6). God saw his faith and character that is why he obtained the promise.

Sometimes time will test you. Will you keep on waiting or will you just settle for less? I could have settled for less. But because I have known God throughout good and bad season, I remained to cling on His promises – knowing that He cannot lie and His promises will soon be fulfilled on His perfect and beautiful time.

Some people have decided to compromise because they think that waiting just increases their agony. In times that they have no idea what will happen next, they settle for less. What waiting patiently has taught me is that to deepen my faith in times that I don’t know what future is ahead of me. I just embrace the idea that God has best and amazing plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11). Waiting patiently stretches my faith as I continue to believe on what I do not see.

Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Even there’s small distracting voice trying to make you worry, your faith will encourage you to believe and trust on Him. You will be reminded that you have a big and awesome God who would fulfill His promises on our lives.

Waiting for something or someone is just another testing to surpass. It may be painful, but at the end it will be all worth it. The process of waiting will build your character and will deepen your relationship to Him.

While waiting, just do your best in all areas of your life for the glory of God. Work with all your heart for you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24). Focus on what God wants you to do and keep your trust on Him for the latter will always be greater than the former.

And whatever will happen on your life, it’s always according to the His plan. Be the best that God wants you to be while you are waiting patiently


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8 Life Values You Can Learn From A Military Training

taken during my Kuya's Incorporation day

taken during my Kuya’s Incorporation day

            Choosing to serve your country and other people is not just a job, but a calling. And that calling will require you something: to pay the price.

            However, pursuing this kind of calling is not just about suffering but more of the priceless fulfillment you could ever have in your life.

            Last month, we already had the chance to visit my Kuya (older brother) from his training camp for Officer Candidate of Philippine Air Force in Lipa, Batangas after five long months of no communication.

            After observing & hearing my Kuya’s story from his challenging and strict training, here are the life values I have observed that we can practically apply to our own lives as we face our battles and chase our own dreams.

1. Discipline will allow you to go to your next level.

 “Discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) There is no discipline that seems pleasing. But all hardship that we will encounter will eventually refine and mold us to be the best that we can be. 


2. Undergoing strict training is essential for you.

 Strict training will help us form our character. You can never be better/great without training. Imagine a Soldier without a proper training, not undergoing proper basic shooting skills, what could we expect from their performance then? 

Strict Training prepares you for the real battle. It will dictate your performance. So whether you don’t like to the process of training, you still have to love it.

3. You should face your fear

The only way to conquer your fear is to face it. Your fear is your unnecessary baggage that stops you from growing.  In military training, they have to face their fear. If they don’t know how to swim, they should learn to whether they like it or not. They are thought to conquer their fear because most of the time we allow our fear to consume and control us. But if we learn to face our own fear, we can expect to be the best version of us.

4. It’s better to be uncomfortable

 The moment you stay on your comfort zone that’s the time you will stop on growing. In Military training, they have to beat their own record everyday. Improvement should always be evident in their performance. Thus, in life, you should always aspire to conquer greater heights and to keep from complacent atmosphere.

5. Trust and obey the authority

The authority delegated to our lives see things beyond what we can see. Their vision is beyond on what we see. That’s why sometimes we hardly understand their instructions. But at the end, you have to obey because their instructions are always for the sake of us. You have to obey because obedience brings reward.

6.  Don’t quit! Quitting is for the weak

The easiest decision you could make when hard pressed comes is to give up. It is easy to give up. But a soldier never quit. It is never part of their vocabulary. You have to finish what you have started because your efforts will soon be paid off

7. Focus on the result

Focus on the price not on the negative things that will just make you discourage. If the prize is not clear to you, you will hardly fight for it. The result will push you to the limits and will allow you to go extra mile when difficult times go. Result is always priceless.

8. Your character matters!

Your skills aren’t enough to sustain you. What matters is your character! The Lord wants to see your heart not your skills. You have to stay humble no matter what you have achieved. Your heart to serve should never waiver and you should always have the right motivation why you are doing things. 


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To our Heroes, Fallen 44

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Being a soldier is a tough and dangerous job.

No one can ever explain how it was difficult to stay away from their families and go to the most dangerous area on the country where you are clueless if you can go back home or not.

It is not an easy profession. It requires a servant heart and a dedicated spirit. It takes passion for your work and a compassion for other people.

The SAF 44, who ended their lives on an encounter at Mamasapano, Maguindanao with the MILF and BIFF in search for an international terrorist Marwan, will never be forgotten.

To our fallen heroes, we will always salute and honor your bravery. We can never payback what you have done on our country just to attain peace.

And to the leader who is behind this operation – still unknown as of this moment, I condemned your action! A leader has its essential role to lead the troops. This operation was made into secret to prevent the MILF from getting any hint regarding their plan. They did not even inform the AFP regarding their operation.

I just hope that leaders who do not pursue their personal agenda will rise up! We need strong and effective leaders who don’t mind if his name will be recognized or not.

A leader is not after the distinction or praises of other people, his always after serving his fellow countrymen.

But when are we going to have this kind of leader?
When another soldiers will sacrifice their lives?
When another operation will fail its mission?
Or when we have a mature leader on the government who would not answer safe but admit his shotcomings?

I still wonder when are we going to have this kind of leader?

The fallen 44 should have not been killed if not for a leader who allowed the operation without considering the worst and coordinating with the AFP.

May this event serve as a lesson for each of us.

I demand the government to take an immediate action regarding this.

Let’s not be apathetic about this. They deserve Justice!

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8 Things To Do On Your Teenage Years

As a teenager, there are so many things that can distract us from our destination. Here are the 8 things – that helps me as well –  to keep your eyes from distraction and get to the right track. 

Disclaimer: I do not own the photo.

1. DREAM AS GIGANTIC AS YOU CAN

Is anything too hard for the Lord? Dreams are the language of God as Paulo Coelho said on his bestselling book, The Alchemist. Don’t just dream, but dream as gigantic as you can. Dreaming big will allow you to stretch your capabilities and push yourself to the limit. And if the Lord sees how genuine your heart towards your dreams, He will help you fulfill your gigantic dreams. Just always remember that fulfilling your dreams is not an overnight process; it is a slowly stream combination of perseverance, hard work, and positive outlook in life. 

2. PURSUE UNENDING LEARNING 

Don’t just settle on what you learned from your school. Go outside and learn other craft. Go to your local library or explore other places to learn new things. You can also get insight from people who excel on their chosen field. Ask their attitude, skills and habits in that way you can improve yourself and learn from them. You have to be intentional in improving yourself because growth is always intentional. Remember that if you stop learning, you stop growing.

3. DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

The Lord has given you gifts to use and unlock. Do not believe the enemy that you don’t have any. You possess skills and talent that just need to be discovered and developed. Discover what you love to do and harbor it with diverse passion. 

4. LOOK FOR A MENTOR

A mentor is someone who can guide you and lead you to your destination. Find a mentor who would inspire, motivate, and push you to achieve your dreams. 

5. CONNECT TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Bad company corrupts good character. (1Corinthians 15:33) Choose to connect to people who will bring out the best in you not the worst in you. These people are the ones who would constantly support you and believe on you.

6. BE DISTINCTIVE

You are never created to be like someone else. God wants to see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. (Malachi 3:18). Let your life shine upon other people and allow them to see the goodness of God through you. 

7. IMPROVE YOURSELF

Strive to get better everyday. We always have something to improve on. Quit your bad habits. Wake up early and make your day productive. It is never too late to improve yourself.

8. SERVE GOD

Offer your life fully to God and Serve Him with love and joy. Your service to God is not in vain. Whatever you have planted for the Lord, you will reap it at the proper time more than what you have imagined. So do not lose heart and keep your fire serving Him.


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Things I learned from 2014

We all shared memorable situations that have struck our lives. Here are some of the things I learned from 2014:

1. Age is just a number; dare to stand out
Whether you are young, teenager, adult, or on your ending years, it does not matter at all. Your age is never an excuse for you to reach your goals. It will never dictate who you are. Only your maturity will dictate your level of growth and competence. So take risk and dare to be the best.

2. Don’t look down on yourself; believe on your capabilities


There is no reason for you to compare yourself from the others. Some people are just really better than you. But that’s not the reason to look down and doubt on yourself. You are a great person full of potentials. If you believe that you can, you can reach whatever your dreams. Throw your unnecessary fear and have that positive mindset. Remember, you can if you say you can!

3. Go extra mile; maximize the time


You can never see any successful person who just sit around and wait for their turn. Every successful person did what is more than required. They have stretched themselves to get better result.

If you want to reach your goals, then don’t entertain negativity. Do activities everyday that will lead you to your goals. Set practical applications and keep your dreams and vision alive. Seal it on your heart and mind so you will have that motivation to accomplish your dreams

Don’t waste time. While you still have ample of time, maximize it to reach your goals. Be proactive and productive!

4. There are people who are looking for directions. Be the person to help them and bring out the best in them. Be compassionate!

Be a blessing. What is your greatest contribution on earth? For me, it is helping other people and being an instrument for them to reach their dreams and do their purpose of their lives.

There are a lot of broken people out there. People who are looking for answers, longing for something and finding their happiness. Be there to help them. Help them find their directions and teach them to dream bigger dreams  because you have the capacity to bless other people

5. Don’t lower your standard; be the example
Be the example. Be the change that you wanted to see. There are a lot of people who have decided to ruin their lives. To go on drugs, commit suicide and etc. Do not decide to be one of them. Be an inspiration for them. Help those who do not have life to get life. You will only live once so decide now to live it right.

6. When you hardly understand the situation, trust the Master Planner
Time will come when there will be unexpected twist and turns of your life. Things that are just out of your plan, far away from the things that you have expected. But just trust the Master Planner, He knows what He is doing. Trust Him because He got an amazing plans for you.

So as the year ends, it’s the right time to evaluate your life. What happened or what you have turned after 2014 is now your past. Forget every bad and mistake that you have made. Learn from it and don’t commit the same mistake. And whatever your successes are, forget it as well and achieve higher.

I’m sure you have also realization and lesson that you have gotten from 2014. Why not share it to other people as well?

A prosperous new year everyone!

Have an amaezing year everyone!


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The True Spirit of Christmas

Maybe you are longing for something or for a better half this Christmas. It could be particularly on your career, family, dreams, etc. Or you are searching for your hearts, trying to look an answer for your emptiness. You tried to do everything just to fill that emptiness, tried to look for answers to other people but everything is not just working. What’s wrong then?

Certainly, you are missing out an essential Someone on your life. This 25th of December, let it be our reminder for us that Someone was born just to free us from bondage. That Someone endured and embraced all the sufferings for us to enjoy what we have now.

Jesus Christ is born to save us from all our sins. HE IS THE REASON OF THIS SEASON. Let’s not forget it. More than the gifts, reunion, party, and celebration, He is the reason why we are merry to celebrate the 25th. He is the reason nothing more nothing less.

That’s why, if you try to look for answers for your emptiness, He’s the only way. I’ll tell you that there is a space on your heart that no one could ever fulfill. He is the only one who could sustain your heart and fill that emptiness in your heart.

Don’t overlook Him for He has been waiting for you for so long. Don’t wait for tomorrow if you could give your life to Him today.

This Christmas, let’s not waste another great opportunity for us to be grateful for all the blessings and victories for 2014. It has been an amazing year and we can’t afford not to get better and better this 2015.

God has indeed blessed us. He has been faithful to us despite our shortcomings.  There are a lot of things that we did not ask yet He gave it immeasurably more than what we have imagined and asked. Wouldn’t that be enough for us to be grateful to Him?

So this Christmas, take a quiet time to thank the Lord for all the goodness He has done on your life. Take time to ponder on the situations you have conquered this year. Don’t waste your life! Be a blessing to someone.

A great and wonderful  Christmas everyone!

(Disclaimer: I do not own the photos. All photos were grabbed from Pinterest. God bless!)
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