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Freedom to Dream ♥

As we commemorate the 121st Philippine Independence, I celebrate my own FREEDOM...  ...TO DREAM. 😊
Two months ago, I attended the first Freedom to Dream Summit organized by the Viviamo team (thanks Ms. Dar and your awesome girls!). Until now I'm reaping the fruits of that summit.

I got to talk to two amazing coaches, Coach Rezza and Coach Celine. With their help, I learned a lot about myself, what truly matters, what I really want in life. Since the summit, I've been more enthusiastic and more determined to not just dream, but dream big dreams, to challenge myself, and to really make things happen. ❣️
And today, friends, I'm happy to say that, by the grace of God, I am slowly but surely "living the dream." I am actively pursuing my greatest passions, and while I still have a lot of room for improvement, I can say that I'm making significant progress day by day. One tiny step at a time. 🙂

Let me briefly share two of my greatest dreams:
1. Grow my side hustle (Hum…
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Love Is A Verb ❤️

I travelled to Baguio last weekend to attend the graduation of the last batch of cadets I took care of during CFC Singles for Christ's Christian Life Program back in 2015. My husband was not able to come but he made sure I'd have everything I need for the trip. ❤️
He took a half-day leave on Friday to prepare my food and to bring my things (so that I don't need to bring a lot of stuff in the office). He met me and Ate Chie at Galleria that night and accompanied us to the bus terminal. Much to my surprise, he also prepared something for Ate Chie (most likely a bribe to remind her to take care of me 😂). 
And so I had a very emotional (in a good way) weekend in Baguio. I got to see and talk to my girls, I bonded with my SFC brothers and sisters, and finally got to eat at Arca's Yard and Cafe Adriana. Every now and then, he would send me a text message to check how I was doing, if I had already eaten (I've been following a strict diet - food and timing - since April)…

Why Human Nature? ❤️

In my last post, I shared about my desire and commitment to pursue my passions, including Human Nature. I also gave a little background about the brand. This time, allow me to share some more reasons why I super love them. I actually saw the list when I visited their branch at SM North Edsa (The Block).

Without further ado, here are 10 REASONS WHY HUMAN ❤️NATURE  MEANS GOODNESS
1. It is a social enterprise working to lift Filipinos out of poverty.  2. They don't make whitening products because they believe we are beautiful the way God made us.  3. 100% of profits fromBug Shield go to community development.  4. They never paid just minimum wage! Since day one, they've been paying living wages.  5. They stick with their people. They have a NO FIRING policy. 6. They use ingredients which can grow in the Philippines.  7. Everything they do is grounded on their pro-Philippines, pro-poor, pro-environment philosophy.  8. They have the most NPA-certified products of a company in th…

Passion Pursuit ❤️

Last Thursday night, I had the privilege to speak with a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Ms. Celine Sugay. Thanks to Belle De Jour's Freedom to Dream Summit. 😍

We talked about my dreams and goals for the year. One of those is to pursue a career in selling. 😁 Actually I just want to grow my little side hustle: Human Nature dealership. ❤️

Late last year, I decided to set up my own online shop. But I haven't really given much time to promote it. I have my reasons (mostly fear and doubts) but talking to Ms. Celine made me realize a greater "WHY." 😊

I shared in my online profile that at the start of the third decade of my life, I promised myself that I'd do everything I can to be better, stronger, and healthier in all aspects. Part of my journey to wellness is a major lifestyle change that includes switching to naturals. That's why I'm so grateful that there's Human Nature!!! 😍

And that, my friends, is my greater WHY. 😊 I signed up as a Human Natur…

Labor Day Honor List ♥

I've done tons of projects in my life but one I consider the biggest (so far) is our wedding. 😍 Yey! Finally, I'm sharing about it after five months!!! 😊
To be honest, I still feel like it just happened yesterday. And until now, I'm still overwhelmed at how the Lord worked through the people around us to make it such a beautiful occasion. It wasn't my "dream" wedding. But it's everything that I needed it to be. ❤️
And so today, on Labor Day, and on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, allow us to honor the beautiful souls who worked so hard to make our wedding as perfect as it could be.
Ceremony and Reception: Sta. Maria Della Strada Parish Church Thanks to Ate Tere and everyone in the Parish Office! And of course to Rev. Fr. Dante Martinez for saying yes to be our officiating priest. 😊

Flowers:L&R Flowershop Thanks to Ryan and his team for accommodating all our requests. They were highly recommended by our caterer (we'll get to them later) and w…

On How To Be Truly Happy ♥

The following text was attributed to Pope Francis but other sources say it's actually the English translation of Portuguese Poet Fernando Pessoa's Palco de Vida (Stage of Life). Whoever the rightful source may be, thank heavens this text made its way to us. :)

Read and be inspired. ♥ 
You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it from going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.

To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity.

Fourever 💕

We are on our fourth month to forever! 😍 
This song perfectly narrates what I have to say. 😊 Thank you, Johnoy Danao! 👏

Iniibig ka
‘Di inakalang
Buung-buong tatanggapin Ako na yata'ng
ako nga ba ay
karapatdapat ‘Di karamihan
Ang ari-arian
Maaalay ko lang
Buong buhay ko Magpakailanman
Ikaw ay tatabihan
Sasamahan ko
Ang iyong pangarap
Aalagaan ko
Ang iyong tiwala
Pipilitin kong
‘Di ka luluha Karangalang
Maging iyong katuwang
‘Di ako bibitaw Magpakailanman
Ikaw ay tatabihan
Ang iyong pangarap
Aalagaan ko
Ang iyong tiwala
Pipilitin kong
‘Di ka luluha Tapat kang mamahalin
Sa hirap at ginhawa
Luha mo'y luha ko na rin
Aking sinta Kinabukasan Iibigin ka Mas higit pa Bukas makalawa