The Sunday Currently, Vol. 21: Getting better

This week, I look at the things that I seem to be getting better at, such as relating to my kids, social networking, and blogging. On the other hand, I also see the things that I still need to get better at, such as recognizing my own shortcomings as a wife, parent, teacher, friend, and volunteer leader. I’m glad my God is a God of second chances and “His mercies never come to an end”; I could still get better every day.

reading still the ebook copy of “How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps: Tame Your Vices, Nurture Their Virtues” by Patrick M. Quinn and Ken Roach. I’ve been distracted by so many activities lately that I haven’t really got the time to read. Nevertheless, the book’s making me own up to my issue with pride, and I’m now on the part where it teaches (me) how to handle it. I’m getting to know myself (and my daughters) better with the help of this book.

writing emails. I get overwhelmed every time I see the number of emails in my inbox, including junk mail. They don’t seem to go below 500 anymore lately! Well, at least, I’m getting more emails that are really worth my time reading, such as offers to be a guest blogger for websites with huge following, invitations to certain events and to review some products and services, etc. I guess I really am a blogger now!

listening to dogs barking. Our next-door-neighbors and their guests’ loud voices seem to make all the dogs in the neighborhood agitated. Ooh, well, what’s new?

thinking about yesterday’s events. We attended the “Monetizing on Video as a Platform” workshop, with Dennis Lim, head of ABS-CBN Corporation’s Digital Media Services, and YouTubers Mich Liggayu and Lloyd Cadena as speakers. It was the first time I have attended an event by Manila Workshops as an invited guest blogger, and my passion for learning was reignited. It’s been a long time since I last attended a workshop or seminar with the aim to learn new skills, and I intend to continue to do so, even as a guest blogger.

wishing to turn back the time. I feel like I have wasted so much of it, especially when it comes to homeschooling my daughters. I was so proud and naive, thinking I could easily wing it because I had been both a very good student and teacher in the past, not to mention I have very smart kids. The school year is about to end and there are still a lot of areas that we need to cover. I know we can do it, but it would really require absolute dedication and focus from both my kids and myself this time. We cannot be distracted anymore!

hoping I’d be a better mom each day. I have been praying that God would show me my flaws, and slowly, I am able to see the areas where I need change and grow.

loving how my teen is starting to pay attention to her appearance, particularly in the way she dresses and styles her hair. She has been wearing her nicer clothes recently, finally letting go of the old shirts, especially when going out. I told her once that I was offended that she disregards the brand new (and branded) clothes we buy for her, choosing to wear old hand-me-down oversized shirts instead. Last week, she asked me to buy her a layered dress and shirt, which she wore to church earlier today and she styled her hair nicely, too. She really looked her age now, and a happy teen at that. I just wish she would take extra time to scrub off the paint on her skin! People don’t need to know she’s an artist by the paint stains on her arms and legs, do they?

wanting to rest, get a long uninterrupted sleep tonight, but I can sense that I would still be up for a couple more hours or so, with my head full of ideas for my blog, freelance career, and homeschool, plus the schedule of activities and budget for the upcoming week(s).

needing to have dinner, but we all just seem tired and prefer to relax, writing, watching TV, or painting. It has been a long, albeit enjoyable, weekend.

feeling anxious after just realizing that there’s a big purchase that I need to make in a couple of weeks, and I need to budget this month’s resources really well. Although I’ve already saved some money in our respective savings accounts, I’m still rather nervous somehow, that I may have already overspent with our recent shopping sprees and frequent trips to McDonald’s (just to complete the Smurf village collection).

enjoying this opportunity, this time, to write and share my thoughts. Busier days are up ahead and I’m not sure if I would still be able to blog consistently.

praying constantly for my eldest brother and his children’s safety as well as for my and my family’s too. Evil may be lurking around us, but I am confident that God always sends forth His angels to protect us. May the LORD deal with these people and their family up to the seventh generation severely if they don’t stop thinking of ways to harm us!

thanking God for second chances and for His radical love (for me). I learned more about the extent of the wickedness of the Assyrians in the Old Testament this morning and understood why Jonah ran away from God, refusing to follow His command to send them a warning and tell them to repent. If God cared about these utterly wicked people, why would He not care (more) for me, too?   ❤

 

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