Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Aspire" Author Kevin Hall in the Philippines!

We were very privileged yesterday to have met in the flesh, "Aspire"author, human being extraordinaire... Kevin Hall! Prior to yesterday, I had very little idea who Kevin Hall is. We were told that he is a bestselling writer as well as life coach to many successful and well-known people. The one that stuck the most was that he has worked closely with Oprah. The short intro left me intrigued -- actually just more on the Oprah part. Haha.

I am very thankful for the opportunity to have heard this wonderful man talk and experience first hand the brilliance of his ideas. I am writing to share one of the very special things I took away from yesterday's training that I think will be very big help for anyone looking to be better, happier, and a come a little more closer to knowing themselves more.

Kevin talked about a very powerful word, "Genshai." He said how we treat others is a mere reflection of how we see ourselves. When we see others as small and inferior, it's not because we are "big" and confident. We may not know it but that is how exactly we see ourselves.

One question raised in the audience was very interesting. The man went, "How do you show love to yourself so you can show love to others?"

Kevin shared 5 Declarations he tells himself every morning to assure his love for himself.


I wanted to dismiss it as nothing more than positive self talk. Until Kevin asked us to say it aloud. I cannot believe how powerful the words are. I was only able to say "I am worthy" and I choked. I had a lump in my throat and I couldn't continue on to say the next four words, lest I burst into unexplainable tears.

I knew the words. I knew I am worthy, capable, grateful, that I can forgive, and that I trust myself. But there was something so different about saying it out loud and dismissing all doubt that I AM ALL THAT.

Do you believe you are all that? Give yourself the gift of love. You owe it to yourself to know that all that and more :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Biggest Successes are the Biggest Hearts, Too!

Surot, Poleng, and I were at an event yesterday at the Mega Conference Hall where Traci were to speak. We had a few minutes to kill before the program starts so I decided to come up to Traci and ask for photos.

Just to help put things in perspective, Traci is one half of the THE Traci and Monte Schumacher. They are very, very, very successful business people from Provo, Utah (if I am correct, heee).She is a fitness coach and her husband is a retired army man. They built a business empire spanning 52 countries in 25 years and still growing and counting. At the present, the money that comes in to their family is staggering.

Just to give you an idea, they can afford to buy one BMW X6 every month. One EVERY MONTH! Not that they do that, but the size of their wealth will allow them to do that if ever they decide to :p

With Traci "I Think I'm Part Filipino, Too" Schumacher :)

In what feels like a scene straight out of a bad Filipino slapstick comedy, my camera dies just when I was about to take Surot and Traci's photo. I think we were all ready to just shake her hand and head back to our she seats when she said, "Oh, ran out of batter? Let's take with my phone instead!" After which she proceeds to give me her iPhone and went back to gamely posing with Surot. And then Poleng, and myself.

As if the kindness showed wasn't enough to throw us off already, she then proceeds to ask each of us our email addresses. She patiently typed up all our emails on her phone and sent us the pictures right on the spot! We walked back to our seats, all incredulous at what just happened. Poleng even told me she was expecting Traci to be masungit (snooty) so she couldn't believe herself when Traci gave here the tightest squeeze when we took their picture.

I mean it it wholeheartedly when I say Traci is definitely one of the nicest and most sincere people I have ever met. She gives a whole new meaning to warmth and kindness! Thank you Traci for restoring my faith in success and making me want it more. I wrote her in an email that she "inspires me to be more successful if success means being as warm and kind and big-hearted as she is." <3

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Joys of 25

I posted this on my Facebook status yesterday:
I just realized today how much I love being 25 :) Never have I felt that the realm of my possibilities been ever bigger than it is now. Cheers to life!

I was driving yesterday when it dawned on me how much fun-ner life has been (and will be) since I turned 25. (Oh, how I love the driver's seat for moments like these!) Never have I felt more in control, more able, and more ready to take on the world. I have never been this excited. Ever.

3 Adults in the Family
I am just so thankful for many things right now. My parents and I are in a great place in our relationship. They are finally seeing and regarding me as an adult and our relationship feels a whole lot different (and better) compared to when I was transitioning from teenager to fledgling adult. They are according me with more respect as an adult while at the same time keeping the home feeling like a safe place, a refuge.

Familia Zaragoza photo op on my 25th birthday party :p

Love You Long Time (and I mean... looong time)
I am at a time in my life when I can identify the friendships that are most important to me. At 25, you have gone through a considerable number of things (drama included) that bring to the fore the people that make the decision to be an integral part of your life. Amidst transitioning from child to adult, moving out of school and starting with work, and all the life issues in between, there are people who prove themselves to you, over and over and over. These people are a constant and they help shape the person you become, not only because you share common values, but because they are a great influence to you.

With my 2 most favorite people in the world, Mahal and Neng :)

The Greats, Up Close
The Heavens have also so graciously gifted me with wonderful business (and life) mentors. The last year has introduced me to many successful people as well as to the opportunity to learn from all of them. I can never be more thankful for the association to all these successes and the hope that the sucessess are replicable in my life as well. It is indeed true that the biggest successes are also the kindest hearts. I am thankful that I have witnessed their successes very closely. More than wanting to achieve the same, or even more success for myself, seeing what kind of wonderful people they turned out to be because of their successes inspires me to work harder to achieve it.

Hunger is a Great Thing
I also realized that the one thing that has been making me happy is how I have never ever this much hungry about learning. I am excited every day because I have learned to see that everyday is an opportunity to learn.  My vision for myself is still a work in progress but knowing that every new day is a building block towards that makes waking up everyday worth while.

The Best Is Yet To Come :)
Now more than ever do I believe what T. Harv Eker says, "What you focus on, grows." I have been blessed with the gift of a healthy perspective and I am very grateful to see things the way I see them now. What makes things more exciting is that I believe that - it can only get better from here :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

(Very) Belated Birthday Thank You's

It's one day away from exactly a month since my birthday. I am now just sending virtual thank you's to those who made the day special by remembering.

Today, when everything is just a wall post or a tweet away, it warms my heart to receive (what feels like) very personal messages via SMS. To these people, a month belated, but sincerely, thank you :)

To Princess (who sent greetings in all forms of social media but took the time out to send an sms), Pastor Jody for the sincere well wishes, KCL, Queenie, Janine Badiola who warms my heart so much for remembering, Aileen Wong, Ert Ling, Dan, CJ who I haven't seen in a while but remembered, Jules Ngo, Wilbert Go, Mike Bautista, Jonathan Macaballug, Vincent Siy, Miguel Ting, Mother Leli (who made my wish come true to be a bright ray of sunshine :D), Mark de Guzman, Uncle Jo, Stong Escara for the wonderful birthday song haha, Kim Kuan who feels like another me in an alternate universe, Rach Lim who I will always love for never forgetting, Janice and Ray Alberto for the love even on days not my birthday, Jeannette, Markie who will always be one of those very close to my heart, Ate Mae, Mommy Giddi for always remembering and Mav who is mosdef one of the sweetest person I will ever know

To Blanche who sent me exactly the same message I sent her 4 days ago for her birthday because it's odd to find friends who just get get you. I am thankful not just for the birthday message but for the weird but strangely amazing friendship. And to Mahal, who has been many many things to me for a very long time. To know that I have the love and respect of someone I equally love and respect is humbling.

I am, of course, thankful to everyone else who sent their love and well wishes on my Facebook wall. The flood of love and reminders is always a welcome treat. That I got 2 seconds of precious Facebook time is appreciated hahaha. Thankful too to those who sent birthday greetings on my Twitter. To be remembered is always a happy thought :)

Thank you!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Leaders Wake Up at 5AM

I have recently been blessed with the privilege of getting my hands on the beautiful book by Robin Sharma, "The Leader Who Had No Title". Wondeful, wonderful surprise. I was expecting it to be a book outlining in bullet points things I need to remember to be a good leader. But I was pleasantly surprised to be met with a story. A story with lively characters and real personalities.

My current read :)

I'm now on to my last chapter and dreading the next couple of days when I would finally shut the book close. Robin Sharma is amazing and every page is teeming with brilliance. Every nugget of wisdom is helpful but at the same time, simple enough to apply.

One thing I am struggling with though, is, are you ready for this? WAKING UP AT 5AM. VOLUNTARILY. I believe when Robin says leaders wake up early. Leaders start the day early to make sure to make the most of it. But waking up at the 5am, and voluntarily at that, is making me sleepy alreadyyy. Hahaha.

I get it. I get the reason behind it. But it's just so difficulttt. He says to make your body get used to it, to do it for the next 40 days. He doesn't deny the fact that it will be hard (I mean hello, I am proud of my self when I wake up at 7AM voluntarily! I cannot imagine 5AM on a DAILY BASIS.) But the good thing about it is, he also says it will get better. Well, at least he acknowledges the fact that it will be difficult and I won't feel like such a wuss when I do feel bad about waking up THAT early. Hehe.

Deep breath. Can I do it? 40 days. 40 long dayss. And then after, I will be THAT kinda person. The kind that wakes up at 5AM.

Leader's wake up at 5am. I am a leader. Therefore, I wake up at 5AM. One final, OMG. Hahaha. Wish me well! :)

Friday, March 09, 2012

Boats and Birthdays

I've been itching for write for a while. But yeah, my TV shows keep winning in the battle for my time. I know I said to be more diligent about writing but... yeah, no excuses. I just haven't been very diligent. With writing. And with my resolve to run. Haha.

Anyhoo, with all that out of the way, here are some of the things I resolve to write about. Too fun not to remember!

My Happy 25th Birthday Party!
Close to 40 of my dear friends trooped to the house to celebrate my year 25 with me and my family! Plus saw the (almost complete!) high school barkada after way too long! Sneak peek!

Birthday ko, kelangan may solo pic :p
So happy to see the gang againnn :)

I Did Not Know I Wanted a Boat Until THIZ
Kaizen Dream Tour for the year got leveled up! JCL for the win again, SEA Expo @ One Esplanade. I got to see a yacht up close and feel the smooth and inviting body of very pretty boat! Left us in bad wanting! Never did I think I'd want a boat. EVER. Until this. Haha. Parang true love lang. Sneak peek!

Chai and Su getting all excited with their boat
Me feeling not preppy enough haha

 Now the challenge is this: what to name your boat? The bar has been set very high by none other than Bobby Cobb of Cougar Town. His boat's name? "JEALOUS MUCH?"

How the frak to top that? Haha. What do you think of "Trinket Trinket Little Star Cruises"? Hahaha, whaddup street cred!

Til the next writing binge!
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