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Kuwentong Barbero ❤️

My husband is good at everything. That's why one of my struggles before is to find my place in our relationship. For quite some time, I've felt useless, in Tagalog, 'walang silbi' kasi kaya namang gawin ng asawa ko lahat. I've shared in a previous post that I admired my husband so much that I lost my self-confidence. I made the mistake of comparing myself to him and I'd get frustrated at the realization that he's the better version of me. By the grace of God, I found the courage to finally tell my husband about my insecurities. And all the more I admired him for reminding me of my own strengths and helping me believe in myself again. Our relationship has gotten better ever since. We've been married for 1.5 years now and I know we still have a long way to go, but I'm super proud of what we have become as individuals and as a couple. We're far from perfect but we're everything I've dreamed of and more (anak na lang talaga kulang, Lord! I k
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Shake It Off ❤️

I welcomed the "merry" month of May with much enthusiasm and excitement. Aside from it being the month of Mary, my Mama's birth month, and my parents' wedding month, it is also the month of mothers. And I was hoping I could also be celebrated this year as one of those brave and strong women we call mom (or mama or nanay or lola) Why not? I know a lot of women who are either pregnant or have just given birth, and just this week, I learned that Assunta de Rossi is finally pregnant despite having endometriosis. So my hopes were really high. I haven't forgotten that I have severe endometriosis, but I thought, if Assunta had her miracle, maybe mine is also just around the corner. However, on that same day, my period came, after four long months. We've made several lifestyle changes since last year and I've been taking meds to treat my condition. I know it will take a miracle, but as what my OB tells me, nothing is impossible . We just have to keep trying. And s

On Transformation ❤️

I struggled on my fourth book this year. As you know, the world has changed all of a sudden. There's the Covid-19 pandemic, and we've been forced to stay at home for more than a month now. At first I thought it's not going to be a big deal (thank God I have some privileges, like wifi and work from home). But as the hours and days pass by, I find myself anxious about a lot of things, especially when you hear bad news after bad news. I couldn't concentrate (except at work - I have to focus on getting things done because that's the least I could do to show how grateful I am for being part of an organization that truly cares. Just a side note, I'm happy and proud at how our company is dealing with this crisis. I really applaud the foresight and the leadership of the management, local and global). I found myself starting several books but not finishing one, enrolling in online courses but not pushing through. I guess my mind too was cluttered. I wanted to do a lot al

Your Scars Make You Beautiful ❤️

"Scarred people are beautiful people." This is what Fr. Joel said at the beginning of his homily. And that is why here I am again, writing about his beautiful reflection. ❤️  The Gospel ( Luke 24:35-48 ) is a continuation of yesterday's account (Road to Emmaus, reflection  here ). This time, Jesus appeared to the disciples and showed them his scars. "Look at my hands and feet and see that it is I myself. Touch me and see for yourselves that a ghost has no flesh and bones as I have." (verse 39) Instead of doing the natural human response of hiding and being humiliated by scars, Jesus made His scars as His badge of honor - something He could be proud of. Why? Because His scars are a symbol of His and the Father's great love for us sinners. Like Jesus, we can also turn our hurts and pains (and scars) into badges of honor by doing the following: Turn your pains into passion Forget the  lesions but remember the lessons Turn your

You Made Me Live Again ❤️

I was so moved by the mass earlier this morning that I can't help but write about it. :) Gospel: The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) Renewed Vision. "Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him; but He vanished out of their sight." (verse 31) After His resurrection, Jesus can no longer be "seen" with the eyes of the body. It is only with new vision, with eyes of faith, that we recognize Him present and active in us and around us.   Renewed Passion. "Were not our hearts filled with ardent yearning when He was talking to us on the road and explaining the Scriptures?" (verse 32) Encountering the Lord gives us hope and encouragement and makes our heart burn with passion to carry on and march forward. Renewed Mission. "They immediately set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and their companions gathered together." (verse 33) Instead of going to Emmaus, the two disciples we

March Wins ❤️

This month has been difficult. But it made me reflect a lot. And so for my month-end post, let me share three decisions I'm so grateful I did. 1. Voting for Vico Sotto. ❤️ Seeing how he leads now makes me feel proud. I am no longer a resident of Pasig but I am truly happy for all the Pasigueños. They deserve a great leader. We all do. Kudos too to all the public servants and elected officials who are truly stepping up and doing their jobs responsibly and with compassion.  2. Sending our parents to Iloilo. ❤️ We were living together for more than 25 years, but in 2014, we decided it's time to part ways. Papa and Mama went home to Iloilo while Arnold and I stayed in Cainta. It was difficult, but now that I think about it, that experience taught us (my brother and I) to be independent. We learned, by practice, how to cook proper meals (before we were just our parents' apprentice), do the chores, buy stuff, etc. As for our parents, I am relieved that they are now in Il

Life with HIM ❤️

For my third book for this year, I read Sha Nacino's Mission Happiness: The Millennial's Guide to a Happy, Inspired, and Meaningful Life .   Like most (if not all) of Sha's books, Mission Happiness is an easy read. In fact, I think one can finish it in one sitting. In my case, it took me a week because I did not just read the book but went through the action steps as well (though I think I need to do more introspection).    So the book has 9 chapters, and an epilogue. As usual, I'm sharing my key takeaways from the book. It's been said that the best way to retain a learning is to share it. So here goes my list: 1. Be purposeful. Dr. Didoy Lubaton also mentioned about this in his book Whole Again . If we only do things just for the sake of doing them, then life would not have much meaning. Eventually, we'll get tired and burned out without really having a sense of fulfillment. As humans, we search for meaning, we aim for significance, and we are