Year: 2012

My 2012 in a can of sardines

I can’t say I’m in the mood for holidays this year, but I shall always be thankful for the break I’m getting from having to wake up very early in the morning every day during school days, even at weekends. But, of course, that’s not the only thing that I am grateful for; 2012 has been such a wonderful year for my family and me. It’s ironic though how a can of sardines helped me realize how blessed I am, especially this year. You see, I’ve been a little bit under the weather the past couple of days, which means I haven’t been in the mood to cook either. After so many months, I’m experiencing sinusitis again, though it’s definitely not as bad as I used to have. Last night, in my attempt to serve a no cook/easy-to-cook meal, I rummaged through my kitchen cupboard and found a can of sardines in tomato sauce next to some of our favorite imported canned goods. I berated myself for buying one a few weeks ago, especially as the …

12.12.12

What’s so remarkable about 12-12-12? Well, for one, there will never be another instance when all the numbers in the calendar and the clock will appear the same. Next, since that makes it rather historical, many people tried to make the best memory out of it, mostly by couples getting married. I have to admit that I had been planning to do something remarkable, if not memorable, on this day too. I wanted it to stand out in my memory when I look back to this particular day. I remember waking up yesterday feeling so refreshed and excited. My daughters and I went to bed the night before with a clean house and that must have contributed to the energy I had by the following morning. Who doesn’t like waking up to a clean house, anyway? However, just as I tried so hard to keep a positive outlook, I had another encounter with my own Merida (remember the movie “Brave”?). Sometimes, I just couldn’t believe that I have a very willful 9-year old child. If she’s …

Following Kiyosaki

I have been quite busy trying to build my business lately. I talk to a lot of medical practitioners, particularly dermatologists, as well as salon and spa owners. That’s only natural, of course, since I am a distributor of anti-aging products. I supply them skin care products that do not just target the signs of aging, but the sources of aging. I introduce them to the latest innovation that can erase up to 10 years’ worth of wrinkles in just 10 minutes. And that’s done painlessly, without the use of needles, by the way! Today, I’m supposed to meet two more dermatologists at different hospitals, but I opted to stay home and rest. I’m not sure if this is the best decision for me, since time is of the essence, not to mention time is gold (money). However, I haven’t had some “me time” lately, and later this evening, I have to be out again to meet an old friend who needs help in managing his weight. Well, you’ve got it right: I also distribute …

Delaying Christmas

Soon it shall be Christmas. However, instead of feeling giddy about it, excitedly counting the days as I used to do when I was a child, I am now wishing I could postpone it. It would be our third Christmas without my mother and my husband to celebrate with us. Of course, you must already know that my dear mama’s already gone, while my husband is working in another country. I can’t wait for my husband to celebrate Christmas again with us! I long for the day when time and money would no longer get in the way, when physical distance could easily be bridged… I know I shouldn’t complain because my family is still blessed in so many ways no matter how I look at it. Yes, I am grateful for what we have, for all the things that I have now. It’s just that having hubby with us during the merry month of December would be so much nicer though and that could make my daughters the happiest little girls on Christmas. I …

Officially at mid-30s

Monday of this week seemed to be the only Monday I had thoroughly enjoyed in my entire life. And it must be because it’s my 35th birthday. Yes, I’m finally, officially, in my mid-thirties, yet it feels like 40 is still more than a decade away! I just feel so blessed! I may not have everything that I want in life, but I know that in time, God will give me my heart’s desires, which include having my husband home for good, without him having to work abroad anymore just to keep our family’s finances afloat. I know that in time, my business will also grow big and I’ll be able to bless others through it. I’m actually surprised that it feels good to be at my age. Looking back, I dreaded reaching 30 when I was still in my 20s. In fact, early in our marriage, I made my husband agree that once I get past 30, we would no longer consider having another child. I suppose it’s because my late mother was already 38 when she had me. …

“Time in a Bottle”

Our Big Baby A recently turned nine this October. We wanted to have a fun and memorable birthday party for her, of course, and I just realized that I was the one who seemed to be the most excited about it! I couldn’t believe how many times I had changed plans for her birthday celebration already, trying to come up with a small-budget Disney Princess-like ball. By the time I thought things were already perfect, I’ve already done enough, and everyone’s happy with what I finally came up with, however, I started facing new dilemmas. The first has something to do with the fact that she’s my daughter, my firstborn. That means I would love nothing than for her to enjoy her ninth birthday even if we didn’t have a budget for the kind of party we (or at least, I) wanted for her. I wanted so much of of what I had envisioned to become a reality and see her so happy! So when my husband pledged an amount for us to spend on her party, I immediately set …

Unleashed

I had the opportunity to attend one of Unleash International’s famous seminars yesterday. A dear friend, who is also a full-time homemaker with two young children and a husband working abroad. invited me to it. A friend of hers had also invited her, and had the impression that the seminar was intended for OFWs and their families only. Since both of our Internet connection were not functioning well lately, we were unable to find out the exact details of the seminar online. We simply went ahead and attended the seminar, “Unleash the Highest Potential of Your Money”, at my first home church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) in Ortigas. The event lasted for one whole day. It turned out that it was exactly what I had been hoping to attend – a short, or should I say full, course on financial literacy, highlighting the need for effective parenting. And, to think that it had been given to us for free, when corporate participants are supposed to pay P3,000/head to be able to attend it at Unleash International’s own facilities, now that’s just …

The wisdom in putting God first

Lately, I have been reading about and hearing married couples profess that they love God first and foremost, then their spouses, and finally their children–yes, in that order. And I often wondered how that is possible. You see, I never fully understood how or why it should be that way, particularly for a married person. For me, it has always been loving God as a married woman means loving my husband first, then my children. If I do not prioritize and honor my husband before anybody else, then I am not really serving and loving God and vice versa. This afternoon, as I accidentally discovered that my husband is getting addicted again to online games–so much that he spends money on them, buying stuff online via PayPal on a rather weekly basis since last month–I was reminded of these couples’ testimony once more. The fact that he would call me first before he buys a small bottle of perfume or a nice pair of shoes, but kept small but repeated purchases from me raised a …

Little Z shares Jesus to others

This afternoon, my preschooler Little Z went home excited to tell me how she shared Jesus to her classmates. She said two of them were fighting again, so she told them to make peace and say ‘sorry’ to each other. After telling them about Jesus, she said the little girl was so afraid that Jesus won’t forgive her. To further assure her that Jesus would, my Little Z said she drew a cross for her. After hearing all this, I swelled with both pride and shame. Pride, knowing that my child is on the right track. Heck, that’s a six-year old girl carrying out The Great Commission! And she happens to be my daughter. Shame because a six-year old child has been trying faithfully to carry out The Great Commission ever since her Sunday School teachers gave their class the assignment to “share Jesus to others”, whereas I, who happens to be her mom, has not seriously done that for years! I was so moved by my daughter’s story that I was speechless. All I could do was go …

Time management for busy moms like me

It’s only the 10th of the month, yet to me it feels like it’s month-end already. Somehow, I already feel tired and could no longer keep track of the days. It looks like I need to double check on my priorities and reorganize my schedule. I seriously need to manage my time well. I feel so harassed and overwhelmed at the tasks that I need to do. I’m also out almost everyday this month so far, and I’m starting to feel that 24 hours in a day is no longer enough. Burn out. I guess that’s exactly the word to describe what I’m going through now. I wish I could have a week only to myself. No worries, no concerns, no emails, no goals to meet, no marketing strategies to conjure, no meetings, no phone calls, not even text messages. Just a week to relax, be quiet, eat, read, pray, reflect, and sleep.  I actually tried to do that this weekend. I just spent the whole weekend with my girls, not bothering to check my email, we went to the …