Happy wife, Happy life

….musings of a happy wife & more….

back in the groove…


Great to be back! Forgive my “unwriting” for close to 2  1/2 months……it has really been a  loooonnggg while. ✍️😆

BUSY? Nah…I purposely stopped writing. I guess all writers have THAT moment when all they want to do is anything  EXCEPT write. I DID!  Dang! It was probably at the right time when all I want to do is what I’ve been missing all along… familiar, routinary activities which were put on halt while I was trying to make a go of this freelance content writing career. But much as I want to write…I decided to just take a break! Hey, the ‘lull’  is also kinda’ form of inspiration. Hmmmm.😀   IT IS!  While on a “writing hiatus” – here’s what I did:

  • WALKING in the mornings  ( and I know how this is so important 1st of all…but the blinding heat of the sun these days as early as half-past six to quarter to seven in the mornings  was the very reason that made me skip doing it…) And so I did some walks instead during the late afternoons but then again…..rains came to the rescue. Ha! Rains were a lot more frequent in the past weeks. JUNE ( last month)  is usually the rainiest month of the year in our country.  I know I can do stationary biking at home but the pleasure of walking around our village is something I always look forward to. I  get to meet old and new friends – I guess both the familiarity and surprise make this activity a worthwhile one.🤩
  • GARDENING  – I planted some flowering seeds ( wait till they bloom…😊)  and checked on some plants I haven’t seen for a while ( mostly at the back of the house). YES – did a lot of pruning, too, especially the humongous bougainvilleas for which branches can extend up to near the skies and get as low till the street ground.  I loved this part – the times I have not walked due to the rains  – I made up with this. Perfect! ✅
  • MARIE-KONDO-ing (Tidying/Organizing/Decluttering) –  Just recently, I filled-up a “Balikbayan Box” of old (and some unused) stuff – mostly clothes, shoes, accessories and bags – the recipients of whom are my millennial nieces who may be able to make better use of them now that they’re part of the corporate workforce.  I do not see myself back in a  corporate setting (  oh yes, love being home-based now, hehe…). More stuff to unload and give away hopefully – maybe another batch by end of this year.✨✨✨




Did I feel excited? Happy? Inspired?! You bet!  I’ve heard some saying that their toughest challenge is on putting it simply –  FINDING THE TIME to write. For writers, there is such a thing as planning your day wisely to manage your writing time. I did manage it by  NOT WRITING at all!  Hear me out on this –  I’ve made some little writings here and there – but mostly, they are not work-related. (*wink*)

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So, just about anyone is going through this period or experience of a rut – which is that time when they feel like they’re not getting what should be done ( or is the work good enough?). Still, others wonder if what they’re doing is really meaningful, at all. Worst, many are living by 1-2-3’s:  going through all the motions the SAME way  – day in and day out and they do not know if that’s really okay or not. We all get into a rut – but what distinguishes one from the other is in how fast one can realize that he is there – and eventually, do something to get OUT of it.

Here are simple tips to bounce back & survive the rut:
  1. RELAX & EXERCISE.  Breathe some fresh air.  Head to the beach. Get a dose of the morning sun. Walk into nature. Nothing will help you reset and recharge than a quick journey to those soothing blues and greens. Perhaps, a cup of coffee or tea, too.  Ohhhh. Exercise. The best way to beat your anxiety is to set aside what you’re doing momentarily and to focus on other things that would keep you busy and happy.  Go for a good walk or run,  attend a Pilates or a spinning class, or do some kickboxing if you want. Ensure that you are keeping your options open for any activity that will make you HEALTHY: physically, mentally and emotionally. There are a lot of avenues out there to refocus your mind and energies.
  2. ACKNOWLEDGE  that there is a problem and you know it.  You will not be able to get out of the rut if you don’t acknowledge you are in one in the first place. How is it usual for one to feel not at par with himself or others? Or not happy? We feel that sometimes. But you can always bounce back.  Don’t feel guilty that it’s been too long before you even took notice. The MOST important thing is you’re doing something to address the problem now. 
  3. TALK IT OUT.  If you think you need to discuss challenges about your work or gigs, then, by all means, DO it – with a loyal colleague, a boss or client. Or if it’s a personal problem or struggle – talk to any member of the family or your church authority and most probably, a very good friend. You can always seek professional help – if you think it’s needed. Do not assume that your family or friends know what you’re going through – be open and tell them what you feel and want. Reach out to those whom you think can understand you – people that are always there to help and support you. For me – I just told my dear hubby that I wanted a break from writing and that’s it! I’m happy that he was there to LET  ME BE….. so thank you, Papa B!❤️
  4. REDEFINE your goals and passions.  Write it down and take some notes: What truly matters to you NOW?  What makes you happy? This is TODAY – not the past or future.  Instead of thinking about how you want to do something perfectly or different from the rest, think about how you want to do things thankfully as it should. Or maybe, you want to explore NEW  stuff: new skills, new learnings. Tap into your ‘creative’ energies!  I have long been wanting to do something else, too – like making nice handmade jewelry and producing sweet-smelling soap & shampoo bars, to name a few. Ooooops  – that’s for another blog post, if and when. 🤩👏👏
  5. MOVE FORWARD. Perhaps you’ve fallen behind in your activities, work or gigs and worst, keeping in touch with friends and even family members. Get out of your bubble. Make a “to do” list to get through it and tick it off one at a time. If you wish to do ALL at the same time, it will just defeat your purpose. It can get to be so overwhelming and then, you’d be surprised you would fall into the “rut” trap again…and again.  Do it one step at a time. Focus on what you need to do first  – prioritize tasks and keep track of your small strides of success. Keep going, keep doing it and suddenly, you will realize you are now BACK on TRACK. ➜ ➜ ➜ Strive to do your BEST and set to achieve what needs to be fulfilled. Don’t aim to be foolproof – instead, whether what you work for turns out to be bad – you did your best and that’s what really matters. Tomorrow is another day, definitely.  You are NOT perfect!😊✨

As they say, it is our responsibility to take the time to develop our gifts and talents – and in that way – we can best SERVE others. Invest in yourself.  And in the end – it’s not what others think of you that really DEFINES you, rather it’s how you show the world who YOU ARE and what GIFTS you have to share.🖤

So yes, I. AM. BACK. ☆☆☆


Have a good LIFE!




1 Peter 5:10   "And after you have suffered a little while, the God  of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will
himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."  


writing highs….

On my most recent post, I talked about how I dealt with some writing challenges, putting part of my heart on my sleeve.  Learning experiences that I went through, leaving me wishing for better days!  ✨✨✨

Exactly three weeks after  – I am writing today what I consider  simple joys and highs  in this freelance content writing that I do. 😄📝

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COPYWRITING – yes, that’s what I actually did for my 2 most recent clients. One is a 2nd-time client, another is one where I just got invited to apply.  TBH-  I didn’t know that much about copywriting per se nor do I have ample experience writing about it….BUT being the MORE adventurous that I am now in terms of tackling different niches and  types of writing – I went ALL for it….fast! 😎

One task was to create a business letter for a marketing company where I have to make a “call to action”  for their supposedly clients about their proposed value-added service on “business  coaching and consulting.”  I am NOT a SALES person but somehow,  my constant  collaboration and coordination with our Sales Teams back in my last corporate job was the very useful, helpful experiences I held on to.  A short letter I did  but nevertheless, I had to do a  2nd revision as the 1st draft was a bit weak and needs a  “stronger stance.”  I considered my client’s inputs.  I even had to ask my DH to read my 2nd draft and ask for what he thinks (  if I used rightfully some business idioms in the letter…) knowing he would have ideas to share.  Got his feedback and  finalized the draft.  Wheeewww….approved finally! ✪✪✪

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The second client was for a copy as well, but written more as a blog to be posted in the company’s website –  for a “home services” industry.  At first, I was kind of…..Ahhhh? What do I know about this? It has something to do with storage units and you know, being in a tropical country such as ours – I could not very well relate. We don’t have winter – only summer and summer.  Just kidding!😆 It’s about a moving and storage company (and a specified service) but to make the long story short, I got an awesome feedback and  the client said he’ll invite me again for future writing opportunities. Double whammy…not!  Pure bliss, twice in a row!

What did I say before? You WIN some, you LOSE some. I love that I am slowly  scoring some ‘little’ breaks now, (modesty aside…😌).   For that, I am truly grateful.  Ending this month on a happy note, albeit still with one week and 2 days away.   And hey, didn’t I say I just had a new writing offer this week. 🤩 It was totally unexpected but nevertheless, so much thankful.  I hope it would  blossom into an engaging and warm professional relationship later on. New collaborations, new clients, new niches and definitely new learnings are always like  “sparks of joy!” ❤️  I am an optimist so even if still early to tell —  I am definitely upbeat, excited  and  totally gung-ho about it.  I appreciate being read, but the person I’m really always writing for is ME. It’s something that I could not live without. Patience and perseverance….until you finally get there ( or so, I hope…). But when you get there – there’s no  explanation needed.  There is relief, there is something inside that tells you to continue and go on…then start again and have another inspiration, another goal,   another article to draft and polish, edit and finalize UNTIL…’s published.  To MORE writings and beyond is what your heart’s saying though you don’t need to utter anything.


And so…..

Scribbling this on a rather  sleepy and  tiring Sunday night ( fresh from a long day road trip…)  
but as they say – when you need to write, JUST WRITE. It’s the Resurrection Sunday….or Easter Sunday – with everything NEW that it brings –  new life, new hopes, new inspirations, new offers, new blessings, new interests!  What an apt time it is!  Oh, JOY! 😆😍 Continue reading “writing highs….”

writing lags…

At the start of this year, I told myself that I’d be more “adventurous” in my “freelancing-slash-writing” gigs. I would explore options to learn and write on different niches other than the ones I am familiar with. Stepping out of my ‘comfort zone,’ as they say.

Judging from the almost a quarter of the year that has passed, I can say I’ve been a bit successful somehow in doing this. But not really 100%.  Late last January- I applied through LinkedIn and passed an exam for a writing job where I had one-on-one training with a tech-savvy millennial soon after. This group is based in our city – but I have yet to start though I’ve been notified that it’ll be soon ( since team was still on the task of pooling a number of local writers…).  I’ve also tried exploring a different platform and frankly, had a number of offers ranging from writing about ladies’ garments (swimsuit), hair extensions, nutrition, self-defense and yes, even managing a digital marketing agency itself. Ha! Unfortunately – all these offers are pretty full-time jobs on a different timezone and I guess, I’m NOT up for that.  Ugh! This means being in a ‘graveyard shift’ to adjust to the client’s timezone. I am not too young nor eager for that, hehe.  Get it? 😎

So, back to my  regular platform – I had 2 very interesting trial writing jobs  these past 2 weeks :

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✪ PRESS RELEASE – I wrote a “press release” for the first time with all the information provided for this millennial Aussie new artist ( yes….IKR 😎). Imagine my apprehensions at first. Although I am a music lover listening to Spotify while writing and I sing sometimes,  ehem…🤣   BUT still I could not imagine writing something like this one EVER. But I took on the challenge, went for the Skype call and the client explained what their business is and what I was writing about. I had been given some samples which I can refer on. I  DID  IT! 👏 👏Submitted it and yes – my writing was ‘impressive’ as they say – but maybe had to do a few “tweaks” in some of my words (quite gentle…) and shorten it a bit for a press release. My article was more apt for a BLOG and so they got an idea of putting up an online blog in their website for their artists. Wheeew! Hopefully, when that’s set up – they will get back at me for work ( they would as they told me…) but of course, that will take time. Anyhow, I am so thankful for the opportunity and  I ACTUALLY enjoyed writing it. Yup – putting some “personality” and “character” to the artist other than her music is really a breather in this type of article. So, that’s what a press release is!?! I feel I have added a new dimension to my writings. So far, so good! 

The next one is…….

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION –     For this one, I had no idea ( and you know, TBH – been avoiding this type of writing with so many invites and ads – just maybe not my ‘cup of tea’ for now….). But one day, an opportunity was there with a trial write-up. I passed and they asked for 2 more product descriptions as “additional tests.”  I was a little hesitant to proceed but on my mind, I was thinking that as I enjoyed the 1st – these 2 might be the same. You bet it is! I proceeded with the tests and ideas just flowed smoothly – I completed them in just a few hours.

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So when I submitted – after a day – they said we can proceed with work. Ahhhh – first, a Skype call. The work – 50 descriptions a DAY for 8 hrs?!!!! And 5 days/week. Not for ME, haha!!!🤨🙃 I easily get bored with writing the same thing, much more do it in straight 8 hours in one week….and yes, eventually WEEKS!  I had to think it over…begged off politely and actually, what they’re looking for is someone who can fully “commit” to the Team . I. COULD. NOT. Oh, well – I need to LIVE! Haha!😀a lot of

And so…. life goes on. I move forward and as I shrugged my shoulders – I do not regret TRYING both. After all, life is like that – it’s a HIT or MISS. You’d never know what you’ll miss if you don’t even take a hand on what is being given. Go for it!   Do you realize that?  I know I am more of a risk-taker now…. maybe ‘reluctant’ at that but thank God, I am managing somehow with a lot of “what ifs!”

The truth is when I am being offered a writing gig ( no matter how ‘small’ it may seem) — I ALWAYS PRAY ABOUT IT.  I guess if the job  is not meant for me, then it’s fine –  if a client will tell me bluntly, “Sorry, this is not the kind of writing we are looking for. “


That to me is a “sign” that maybe – I will not be a good fit or I will not do well in this type of writing. Or I have yet to LEARN more. No worries. Or perhaps, better writing offers are coming along. Writings that I will love to do. Because to DO well – I guess you must have your HEART in it. ❤︎❤︎❤︎ At some point, I even ask myself, “Am I NOT good enough?”  Silver linings? Maybe. But as for me, I will continue to WRITE no matter what.  You will not know if you can do well in one niche if you don’t even try. Putting off those fears. Doing what I know is right – apply all the tools and skills I know in writing  plus some inspiration- anything CAN BE an inspiration. Read on some more to add to what you know, it really HELPS  ( I had to research on “what makes a good press release/ product description” as I was writing  those trial articles…).

And hey – I hope trial writings are ALWAYS paid. ✅  Haha.😉 JK. Enough said. But the truth is,  I don’t really mind. What’s important is – I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH MORE!!!!😍







Romans 12:12     "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful 
                 in prayer."

oh, Mondays….

Just went by my thoughts this morning as I wrote this short limerick-style poem on this pretty gloomy Monday. Hope we will all have an awesome, productive week ahead.

Let’s DO this!  🤩

My nook…my thoughts…on this MONDAY!


I look out in the sky today,

Finding some sunshine on my way,

It is somewhat overcast,

With no blue clouds in sight.

A quite perfect day I should say – so cool a Monday!


With my pen, laptop and a notebook,

I struggled to write some notes in my nook.

Where do I even start?

When things are not so really bright,

Guess I would just let my mind drift a little, then just get off that hook!


As I think and wonder about what I might,

The resolve, the desire no matter what… but fight,

Another day, another opportunity is here to fly,

Right here is a chance to make it one MORE  try.

This day is a GIFT….but only I can make it RIGHT.

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YESSSSS!!!!! 🙂





Philippians 4:13 
            "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength."

my 9D’s in 2019….

Are you ready? I wouldn’t say it would be easy….but I know it’s going to be full of new adventures, wonderful surprises, amazing moments, happy thoughts and kind people. 



At the start of this year, God has impressed upon me 2 things – WALK and PRAY.

New day, new year, new beginnings….( Photo by hubby: Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines)

Walk?!? To literally & figuratively walk. I know  I’ve neglected my “early morning walks” for most of the days last month (last year)  when everything was in a bit of frenzy. Visiting relatives, checking out groceries and a few gifts, going to bazaars here and there, completing doctors’ check-ups before Christmas….then, not to forget doing some last-minute writing gigs at the same time….ALL in the thick of the Holiday season. Hoooww?  No complaints, though – it was one of my easiest, slow-paced and stress-free seasons in recent years. 

Walk the talk. PRAY more! Walking with God everyday – I need to strengthen my resolve  to turn  to Him in prayer at any moment, sharing my thoughts, expressing my love and listening to Him as I read the Scriptures or hear others preach and teach. I have to walk with Him every day.  ALL. THE. TIME.  Amidst our so-called busy schedules or lives, He is not too busy to listen, so why are we so busy to talk to Him? 😒

As I go about my 2 words to FOCUS on this year – WALK and PRAY,  I also came up with my 9 D’s. My  9D’s are what will guide me through the days ahead   –  as I want to be continually present, have physical connections and celebrate moments,  EVERY SINGLE DAY. 

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

My 9 Ds for 2019:

1. Decluttter – yields some “great finds” too! While looking for something which I thought got misplaced, er, lost – I saw that my cabinet needs some order. Haha! What did I find out? About a handful thingies, some gifts left untouched and a bevy of body lotions, creams, lippies, pouches, etc.  Decluttering  my website or blog  is also a good idea. Hmmm, need to find out how (…maybe limit to max of 1K words per new blog post, starting with this one….~wink~).

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Decluttering is LIFE!

2. Delete – some unwanted files, photos and videos, both from my cellphone and laptop ( a clean cellphone and laptop makes for better, faster and useful gadgets – don’t you think?). Hopefully in the next few days….

3. Desist – from an ACTION without a second thought ( as dear hubby would often say to me, “Think before you act!” with matching hand gesture pointing to his head, lol…). Enough said. 😜

4. DissuadeME from thinking of “what ifs” and “what have nots,” BUT instead think of “what musts.” Have to consistently see more on the bright, positive side. Just be realistic, too, at times. “The glass is ALWAYS half-full rather than half-empty” should be my mantra for 2019. Emphasis is on “always!” 

5. Discover MORE passions, MORE skills or learnings that would make me really happy, inspired and would keep me engaged and productive (and why not – earning maybe, but it would just be a “bonus” if ever…). Top of mind are: crafts – accessories of any kind, online learning courses for writing and some other interesting subjects plus  small ventures which can still be tested before plunging in. For the adventure part: checking out some of “off-the-beaten track” breathtaking places that are near or far…. those that are worth visiting and sharing …..when the right time comes. Must be well-planned, too. But experience would also show us that random and spontaneous decisions are also best, at times. 

6. DevoteMORE  time to prayer, walking, ME time and the people who matter. In time, dedicate a part of myself to serving others as well, in whatever way I can – nothing big-time or fancy for now.  I can start off with just being compassionate, patient, thoughtful, empathetic and sensitive with others –  with those whom I usually interact with, even  strangers. 

7.DevourMORE veggies, MORE fruits and LESS of sweets & foods rich in carbohydrates ( Late last year, I’ve had concerns with my blood sugar levels – I want to really make it up this year – my endocrinologist surely would be delighted…yay!!!! ). 🤩

8. Detoxify – Get it?  ( My hubby adds: DEDUCT – deduct weight, haha… 😜). We need this, perhaps, once in a month. Or maybe once every quarter. I have to plan and see what works for me. 

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9. Distract – For me NOT to be  distracted while I write and write – hmmmm, you know what IT IS. Ha! I will try my very best to be disciplined  enough to know that I have deadlines to meet and even if I have so MUCH time to spare – I need to finish first the tasks and later, do my posts online. I dilly-dally sometimes. Linger. SADLY. But I know MY  priorities and yes, I meet commitments to my clients  ALWAYS.   I am hopeful and should be better this year.😇

Now, what are your GOALS and FOCUS this year? 


Let’s surrender 2019 to God and place everything in His hands. I pray that God will show ME  how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than MYSELF

May you ALL have an abundant, joyful, healthy and inspiring New Year!  May you have more days to celebrate, lessons to learn  & enjoy and boundaries to push in 2019!  ❤️







ISAIAH 43:18-19  "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." 


thankful, grateful….

Is there a scientific theory to prove that people who nurture thankfulness lead better, happier &  healthier lives? I AM NOT SURE. 🤓 But what I know is this:  Grateful people lord over what they have instead of sulk, complain or gripe over what they don’t have. Don’t you notice that as you become grateful, you see every NEW morning or day as brighter, sweeter  – one that is an opportunity for some happiness, inspiration and motivation rather than a challenge, a struggle or a setback? 🙃

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” 

~Henry Ward Beecher

The truth is, you CAN cultivate a more thankful mindset than you never thought you would. IKR. It may not be as easy at first, but you’ll be THANKFUL that you made the 1st step. How to do it?

For this THANKSGIVING Day, I came up with a list – just 10 of the many. Isn’t it a good practice to list down all  the things that you’re grateful for everyday – heard of the “Gratitude Journal?” It helps that we jot them down, so that it’s better for us to remember and when we have time, we can reflect on them. There’s also a ‘gratitude journaling app’ that you can download to help you out — it can send you daily notifications. Pretty cool, right?! 😁

Some families have their “Blessings Jar” – where each member writes down the things they’re thankful for. You can be creative in this, too. How about a “Gratitude Board” – so this must be a huge one, eh? 🤩 Bottomline, you’d be surprised at how many BLESSINGS you could have in a day, or week, or month and in one year. “Count your many blessings, name them ONE by ONE,” as the popular church hymn goes.

But still, some say that being THANKFUL is also being able to give. Just as giving God our thanks for His mercy and kindness is both a blessing and a privilege. It truly humbles us and allows us to just be amazed at how great God is. As we shift our attitude, it also makes us more aware of God’s activity in our lives.

To others, it would seem a cliché or they may seem awkward to express their thankfulness, one way or the other. D. Fileta  (a contributor),  shared her story and recognized that, “Thanksgiving is about more than merely listing your blessings.” She asks, “What if being thankful meant surrendering our struggles, too?” Hmmm. Food for thought. ❤️

I have so MUCH to be thankful for this year (as the year is also about to end in a few weeks…). As I list them down, everything was just falling into place. I know this is a REMINDER for myself to never EVER take things for granted. Oh well, it’s been said that “Gratitude makes what we have ENOUGH.”  👏👏👏

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ~Ralph H. Blum (Location: Davao Oriental, Philippines)

In case you’re wondering what that LIST is, here it goes: 

  1. I am thankful for my husband, whom I affectionately call Papa B – who has never once let me down from DAY 1 of our married life – my biggest fan, cheerleader, my spiritual leader, my inspiration, my loving partner and funniest ‘beshie'(bestfriend) for life! 💙💚💜
  2. I am thankful for my health – for being able to do the hour-long walks, for getting (and enjoying) into Pilates for several years now, and yes – being able to eat what I want, though mostly in moderation as a choice and MUST ( hello salty and sugary foods!😝 ). It’s true – having a sound mind and body will help you go through life in a breeze. I feel more energized and healthier now more than ever. Perhaps, stress is another factor:  stress-free life is the BEST!
  3. I am thankful for the gift of writing and the work that comes with it. It is both easy and difficult at the same time. Easy to do, but perhaps, hard to excel in. Always rewarding. At times frustrating.  Something that I hope to still do in the many years to come. ✍️ ✍️✍️
  4. I am thankful for living in such a beautiful city as Davao. Clean air, all greeneries and so many refreshing sights everyday to see. Seascapes and landscapes to wander and wonder in a few minutes or hours. Fruits to splurge on (and not that much to spend for). An interesting mix of diverse, interesting people – mostly cool, warm and friendly. I admit I had a bit of apprehension 20 years ago in relocating here but now, this is  MY HAPPIEST PLACE. Gotta love Davao!🌴
  5. I am extremely thankful for family and friends whom I can talk to just about ANYTHING. They make my life exciting, fun, full of surprises and lessons. I know they’re always there for ME. They’re my CONSTANTS! ☺ ☺ ☺
  6. I am thankful for all the writers, bloggers and readers who are out there sharing their ideas, opinions and stories in the online community. To THEM who share a part of themselves in this crazy, tough but amazing world. These people inspire me to WRITE to no end. 
  7. I am thankful for MUSIC – Spotify music, that is. 🎶☺ Best of all, it’s FREE. I’m just so thankful to good, beautiful music that’s easy to find and listen to – the lyrics and melody continue to inspire me as I create my writings. Surprisingly, they help me get in to focus and once I get the hang of it –my writing becomes smooth sailing all through out. Plus, I don’t get bored with the SAME type of music everyday. 🎶 It just comes and goes! Somehow, it gives me fresh perspectives every time.
  8. I am thankful for books and movies – for the laughter, the drama, the learnings and my “go-to” combination when I want to take a break from writing. The good thing is what I read and  watch seem to inspire me as well! Hoooraaay for good books and movies all the time!
  9. I am thankful for my PRESENT. Waking up feeling relaxed everyday with nary a stress (maybe except if I have an article’s deadline to cram for, but it’s not that often… as I always try to send in advance.. *wink*). Enjoying my morning walks or a ‘go-see’  in our garden. Or just doing nothing for some mornings. Drinking my coffee at the porch, staring in space with a lot of musings & deep thoughts. Making coffee for Papa B and sharing stories with him during breakfast. How great & refreshing that we have lots of time to spare for this part of the day unlike before. Ha! 😜  Simple joys of retirement and being out of corporate world —  didn’t come on a more perfect time than NOW. Yay! 😍
  10. Last but not the least, I am truly thankful for how GOD has shown His LOVE  to me through these years which encompasses  EVERYTHING! Enough said.  My heart is overflowing with gratitude! ✨✨✨

Up for a CHALLENGE? Take time off for a moment – wherever you are or whatever you’re doing. Just come up with a TY( THANK YOU) list. A ‘Gratitude List’ may not come out automatically or in an instant – but NEVER let that  discourage you from still showing that gratitude and yes, giving thanks. There’s just SO MUCH to be thankful for!  😇



 "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."    PSALM 136:1         

55 summers….

NOVEMBER comes and goes, but the 7th day is truly special. It’s my BIRTHDAY and I just think birthdays are really important. Don’t you think so? ☺

So, why celebrate the day you were born in this world? Everyone of us SHOULD. Our presence MUST  be celebrated everyday but more so, if you are to pick just ONE day, it has to be your BIRTHDAY. ❤️


Celebrating 55 summers – with the sun, sea & sky. ☀️/ Location: Dahican Beach – Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines


As I go celebrate this milestone  – I am doing a LIST of 55 THINGS you know ( or do NOT know (yet) ) about ME. 

Please indulge :  written in random, loose, anything-goes fashion:

1. My name originated  from Sta. Carina ( remember those old Roman Catholic calendars that has all the names of Saints written on it – it was just there in the day  and year I was born). A first cousin suggested the name to my Mom looking at the calendar. But years later  – I learned that “CARINA” means “beautiful” in Italian, hmmmm. 😆

2. My Mom said she was fond of turnips when she was still conceiving  – maybe that’s why I am fair. I love turnips, as it is,  or when mixed in salads!

3. The “apple cut,” remember? That was my childhood perennial ‘do.  Yikes!!!!! 😁

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ME and my “apple cut” ‘do… 💇‍♀️

4. My favorite indoor childhood game was MONOPOLY.   Had to play it for a number of hours with our neighbors as playmates. What’s yours?

5. My favorite childhood outdoor game was “Agawan Base.” It’s a Filipino game much like having 2 teams outwit each other to go out and claim the opposite base without being touched by the opponents. FUN! Lots of teamwork, too! It was what we usually play in grade school back then.

6. My fave childhood summer thing to do : Chasing, catching dragonflies and putting them in a small  jar  with  bits of grass on it. You know – a balanced eco system. Ha!  But I usually set them free to fly again  after a few hours…. hey,  don’t judge me. Haha!

 7. I’ve fainted twice in my life –  when I was 9 and  11  –  both  in public, crowded  places. Thank God, it has never occured since!

8. I love collecting pens and highlighters (raving about the pastels now).  I adore cute and dainty  notebooks & journals ( even giveaways as long as paper is lined and soft). Maybe because I just love to WRITE about anything – the colors of the pens and the softness of the paper makes me raring to write MORE! 📔 ✐

9. If there’s one make-up item I should have – it has to be a lipstick or a lip gloss. Yep- I can never have enough of lippies.  So now you know what to give me as a gift, haha! 😀

10. I still like to go outside and play in the rain sometimes. Don’t you think it’s FUN?!?

11. It kills me to see a room without windows ( yasss, I’m a certified “claustrophobic”).

12. I am the second of four girls in a family ( coincidentally, sister next to me has 4 daughters as well…).

13. I love the smell of freshly-cooked popcorn. 😋

14. I can get out of bed in the middle of the night to watch falling stars in the skies. I just love watching stars at night – in the mountains or the beaches. My thing! ✨ ✨ ✨

15. I can sleep with lights ON ( but only if I’m too sleepy). Would still prefer a dark room  for sleeping.

16. I am not really sure what my natural hair color is anymore – but a  HS  classmate said that my hair’s color is “chestnut brown.” That one I truly remember.

17. Do you know where I went in my very 1st air travel?  Yes, you guessed it – in DAVAO. God paved the way for me to meet Butch’s family while on a business trip.  ✈️

18. The chores that I love to do most are those with water:  washing clothes, cleaning the dishes and watering the plants. Anything with water makes the chore kinda’ refreshing and less tiring, hehe! 😝

19. I usually read something interesting online or a portion of a book randomly before I go to sleep. More of the good stuff and inspiring reads!

20. My favorite IG baby is Leia – Nataleia Martine Godinez-Valenciano ( yes, Gary V’s granddaughter) – I think I look a bit  like her when I was her age…no joke! 😇

 21. I have 2 guilty pleasures – coffee and chocolates.  Coffee is usually mocha. But I don’t really go for chocolate cakes. I prefer  buttercream cakes. A HERSHEY’s chocolate bar, DOVE or KISSES are my “go-to” chocolates. MILK chocolates and DARK comes 2nd.

22. At times, I’d like to walk all ALONE. It gives ME time to reflect, think about things to write  and observe people. I sometimes engage in small talks.

23. I like romance and love stories…..a LOT! 💕

24. I am a consistent honor student in grade school and graduated “Salutatorian” of the class.  Other awards: Best in Science and Best in Social Studies. 🤓

25. My HS favorite subjects are “English” and “Social Studies.” I hate Geometry and Trigonometry  – will go more for Algebra and Calculus, hehe. 🤪  I studied in a Science High School.

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26. I eat ice cream compulsively. Favorite flavors are mocha or coffee, quezo and avocado.🍨

27. I do take a bath pretty fast but  (I do a lot of things pre and post) so Butch almost always ends up waiting  for me in the car.

28. My Spotify constant nowadays: BEN & BEN – a young indie folk/folk pop group band. My fave songs are: Leaves, Maybe the Night and  Kathang Isip. Band members are all millennials,  one of whom is my HS classmate’s nephew with the same surname as I.

29. My favorite movie of all time is “Notting Hill.”  IKR  – hopeless romantic! 😍

30. The 1st long poem I’ve learned to memorize is  “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  Do you remember this poem (for the  Baby Boomers) ? I can still recite some parts of it now.

31.  My favorite TV series: Grey’s Anatomy ( secretly wishing to be one of the  surgeons of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital (*wink* ) ).

32. My childhood ambition was to be a doctor,  a pediatrician. I can never be a surgeon though ‘coz as Butch says –  “my hands can destroy anything” – a faucet, a gadget, a kitchen utensil – name it!  Waahhhh….so no chance at #31. Haha!😆

33. Music inspires me to write. I love Christian, pop, acoustic, instrumental piano or violin, love songs, Pinoy faves, ’70s, ‘80s or ‘90s songs – just about anything! Anything that’s not LOUD! 🎵🎶🎵

34. These songs never fail to make me  teary-eyed (or cry) : “Blessings” by Laura Story and “Give Thanks” by Don Moen.

35. My favorite plant: SNAKE Plant – has a lot of benefits, super fuss-free. Go Google it!

36. My favorite flower:  CARNATIONS ( white or pink ) Butch used to send me bouquets of carnations on special occasions – at home or in the office in Manila. 🌸🌸🌸

37. My lifetime motto: Live and let live.

38. I am very good at research:  whether a subject for writing, a new resto, a touristy place, a supplier for an item, a new place to visit  – TRY me! 😄

39. My favorite color is powder blue that’s why it was my wedding motif color. But years later,  it has changed – what I like now are  teal and  millennial pink.

40. My favorite Filipino dish of all time: Kare-Kare. But extra easy on its sauce (the bagoong) or else my BP will shoot up! 🙁

41. I can eat spaghetti for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the same day ( yep – tried it once or twice…BUT it has to be Papa Butch’s special spaghetti ). 🍝

42. Butch (dear husband) and I had our 1st date at a steak house in  Pasay Road, Makati. Butch recalls I hardly ate, hahaha! 🙂 Just fidgeted with the buttered veggies. Wonder why?!? 😍 😜

43. I do not know how to swim. Uuggggh, missing a lot…while Butch is a darn good swimmer!

44. I am good in memorizing names and faces. I can easily remember names and details about a person I met many, many years ago ( even really unique anecdotes  with them).

45. I love chicken more than beef and pork. I am not really  fond of steak nor lechon. But I can just eat chicken maybe everyday, but different varieties – fried, turbo-roasted, adobo, tinola, chicken curry, etc.🍗🍗🍗

46. I started my MBA at age 23, finished it at age 29. In my Oral Comprehensive Examination ( defense of thesis/paper  ) – my  subject was about HMOs, specifically, PhilamCare.  Rex Mendoza, the  past CEO of Philamlife,  was one of my panelists. He was a Marketing Professor.

47. My love for writing started in HS – had great English teachers, Ms. Josephine Agbayani and Ms Patricia Adame who’ve inspired me in a way.

48. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  WHY? I love being with people, observing them and I figured it might be the best option. No regrets even if I only had the chance to work as HR Assistant in my very 1st job. One of my best career joys – imagine doing preliminary screening/interviews, conducting pre-employment examinations and making recommendations for potential candidates to be hired or not. I was 20 years old, fresh graduate.

49. I would go for mountains than beaches. But having both is “surreal.”

50. My favorite Bible verses are  JEREMIAH 29:11 and ISAIAH 41:10. Both these verses are in the Old Testament.

51. If I had to migrate now in another country, it will be in NEW ZEALAND.

52. I am learning  how to do watercolor florals and modern calligraphy. It’s been my desire to do some artworks for myself — maybe not so much to be appreciated,  but more for the sheer enjoyment to create something out of my hands.

53. Back in college – I have  a 21-inch waistline and a less than  90 lb. frame. Just saying! Hahaha!  🤣

54. If I had a business now – it will be a bookstore cum coffee shop. Someday – I love both coffee and books! ☕️ 📚

55. If I can travel now ( or next month 😂 )  – I would like to go around all the European Christmas Markets. Wishful thinking eh! Ha!

As I turn another year older and wiser, I am grateful for the journey.  There have been a number of ups and downs, twists and turns, even cycles and roundabouts – but all these have made me who I AM  today.  For that, I stand tall & proud!

A brand new day after 55. Excited for the year ahead. 🙏  Location: Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines

I would like to think I’ve laughed and prayed as hard as I can and has seen as much of this beautiful world, so far ( but with the hope that I’d see other unexplored parts of the world, too, in God’s perfect time…). I hope I have loved, encouraged and shared MORE than what my heart and soul can feel and give. God has been so faithful & gracious that I am  now looking forward to the next places and  ventures  that will  bring out as MUCH  joy, peace and contentment….and love, of course! I am truly excited!!!! 😆

Loving this life, no matter what.  Trusting God in everything. Keeping my childlike attitude and GV mindset all the way.  Believing immensely that God  will direct and guide me  to the  choicest paths that would make me realize that there’s  MORE to live, laugh and love in this beautiful world! Bring it on, 55 summers!   I.AM.THANKFUL! ❤️






JEREMIAH 29:11...."For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." 

seasons and reasons….

In a tropical country such as ours – we just know 2 seasons – summer…and yassss, summer. Ha! Kidding. ☺ A predominantly sunny season throughout the year, with a few snippets of rains (or typhoons) at times, usually in the middle of the year. As they say – we only have the dry and wet season. 😀

But I am so fortunate to have experienced autumn in various countries that we traveled to, particularly USA (West Coast) and Canada, 4 years ago at about this time. The additional blessing is experiencing the same season 2 years after that – in New Zealand in May and Japan in November. Awesome FALL memories! Each place created so many wonderful autumn quirks and lasting memories that keep coming back (oh yeah, the Timehop app is perpetually reminding me on this…). I guess AUTUMN is such a special season for me – I just love it and will never tire of it. The fact remains – I.AM.AN. AUTUMN. BABY. 🍁🍃🍂


As nature unfolds in SEASONS – so does life. When it’s Spring – it’s like when we are still babies – a new beginning, a time of discovery and hopes and let us not forget, a lot of blooming. Summer feels are our years of adolescence, perhaps filled with some “hot pursuits and passions.” You know how teens are, I bet. Autumn brings us kind of maturity – much like our so-called productive years – a rich, vibrant hodgepodge of anything brilliant, or fiery but with a semblance of stability and calm. It’s also like the falling off to what you want to discard in life and look forward to something new and better. The next season slowly sneaks up as the ground is covered with oh-white-snow, brrrrrr – just like as we go through our senior years – with a covering of quiet contemplation, peace and contentment. But hopefully, not really too gloomy or somber as the Wintertime usually is.


As the trees’ bright green leaves fade turning into gold, orange, sizzling red or faint brown-ish, whatever — these leaves almost quickly fall as they change. I’m just thinking – “Oh why, can’t they just be lush and green all the time?” Why the CHANGE?!? But I believe there’s a reason for every season. To be forever green it was not meant to be. In order to bloom, flourish or thrive in the next season – the tree goes to naught. Those leaves have to change colors and fall until you know what happens next. Sometimes only its trunk remains. This bright green tree in summer is gone…. but not forever. It will just turn in another cycle…and so on! AUTUMN for me means a change for the better. As there’s something good that eventually will come to draw to a close – an ending is inevitable but not for long. Something new and hopeful to look forward to. Anything that weighs you down, makes you feel distraught or sad can be thrown away – can easily fall off….ONLY if we allow it.

Just like the leaves of autumn – letting them go! 👍👍

Sometimes, we HOLD ON to a lot – the trivial, the insignificant, the unimportant and negative  stuff that weigh us down. What are you stuck of that’s keeping you to enjoy and embrace the seasons ahead? As the leaves are decaying little by little (and then, piling up to no end that we end up clearing them…) — don’t you  think that you also need to discard these “unwanted stuff” from yourself for good? Throw them away! Do not cling to all those “decayed leaves” that you have – thoughts, attitudes, habits or situations that prevent you from shining on.

You must SHINE on!  🤓

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Maybe FALL is there for us to observe nature and life as we see it. As we watch the leaves roused by the wind with the trees giving all the way to their falling-outs:  something reminds us that perhaps we can also follow the same. We must not hold on these dead leaves of ours: unnecessary heaviness  that keeps us from moving forward. We cannot enjoy and embrace the NEW season if we constantly think of the old, let us allow ourselves to start anew. As you watch the falling of leaves this season – be reminded that you can always have a fresh start. A new beginning. Don’t be afraid to start over. Always strive to be better…and perhaps, the BEST. Oh yes, be the BEST that you can be. Release what no longer serves you and make room for BEAUTIFUL things, no matter how darn small they may seem to you!

Allow me to tell you this side story:

For the past two weeks, I’ve been pretty impatient and bored. I admit – there were moments I wanted to give up on my writing (for a while…) and look for something else to make me busy with. ☺ My old client went for a short break, new clients were far and between but on hindsight – I was able to focus on my walking, reading and gardening again. ☺ Things started to fall in place as writing gigs flowed in afterwards on my own kind of pace – not too many, just a manageable level where I get to write to ENJOY and LEARN at the same time. The last thing I would want is to be stressed out,  LOL!

And a few days later — three young people of diverse backgrounds approached ME for almost the same thing:

  • An established millennial freelancer in our city asked me to speak on a quite informal session they’re organizing on  how to get into freelancing from being in a corporate world (or while at it 🙂 ). And I go – ME?!?  But I’m up for the challenge and accepted it. Thankful that I have a lot of time to prepare for this activity happening next month. I’m excited to meet the participants and to be able to help and share my story.
  •  A LinkedIn connection request  from someone whom I didn’t know (but I later found out to be a millennial homemaker – a UP Political Science graduate with corporate backgrounds in Project Management, Quality Assurance, an IT expert and a Leader in her own right…) was sent my way.  I accepted the request. She messaged me afterwards and surprisingly, she asked me  for some “TIPS” on how I transitioned successfully from corporate to freelancing. She’s also mulling to freelance as a content writer and she feels there are a lot of competitors out there – how can she even start, with a lot of writers all over the world? Yeah – I know the feeling!  This young mother went into freelancing so she can take care of her kids at home. My initial reaction – ME? Really?!? I feel I’m not a veteran on this, hehe.  And so I messaged her back and we discussed. End result: shared with her pointers on how to get started based from my experience. But I know she could do even more. Tbh, I am really excited for her. I am waiting how her blog will turn out and how writing gigs will follow suit.
  • A colleague from my former telecommunications company (thru LinkedIn, too) and I had a long chat last night about our “freelancing experiences” though she is also working full-time in an office. Of course, since I had a bit of an edge in freelancing than her since I’m more of full-time, hehe… – I gave her some of my tried and tested tips so she can jumpstart her “freelancing” career. 🙂 I hope I was able to help her in a way. We promised to keep in touch and update each other.

So, what does this all tell ME?

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These incidents somewhat looped together to put  a “fresh” perspective to myself, to what I’ve been doing.  There MUST be a reason why I am writing.  I am  wondering what did I do to deserve the  wisdom being asked of me and to be able to  share  and help in my OWN little way.  ME?!? 🙂 I may  feel down thinking I AM not  the most “in-demand” writer of the platform that I’m with, my writings are still a long, long way for the experts’ level and I have just a handful of blog followers at this point but there is that unexplainable JOY that comes that  in the short span of time that I’ve been writing – I tend to believe that I am ABLE to influence, encourage, teach or inspire someone. For that – I’m really thankful. 😍 I know God has emboldened, encouraged and strengthened me for the new full seasons ahead. When we humbly pray about it – He’s there cheering us on and leading the way. Be prepared for the future, the NEW seasons and what it will bring to your LIFE.

Falling for the  FALL season alone….definitely not! A new season is quietly unfolding and for that, I AM always READY with the right reasons!  ❤️


Have a happy life!




Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

"...There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity
 under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to 
 plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a
 time to tear down and a time to build...."

the perfect time….

This month of September ends today ( or in just less than an hour to be exact, in our timezone…) —  can you believe it? 🙂  Tomorrow we are already in our 10th month  and to think I remember I was just planning activities at the beginning of this year and then it dawned on me  now –  “Aahhh,   sometimes – it doesn’t have to be always THAT way” — think and plan, plot those dates, schedules, wish lists, travel musts and all the works!  You just have to let things flow and see what happens…..make room for surprises:  whether pleasant, unexpected, unfavorable, overwhelming, welcoming or not.

Which brings me to a VERY pleasant surprise of this month – our plant, the hot chili peppers of Indian variety produced fruits in the garden…..AT LONG LAST! Yay! 🙂 It was about this time exactly a year ago when a family member in Manila  gave me these seeds with the friendly caution that “if it bears fruits, those are really HOT, as in super HOT.” So, the hubby and I ( with some curiosity & excitement ) hurriedly planted the seeds in 3 boxes as soon as I got home ( BUT in my bubble thought: ” if  I   begin reaping the fruits, would I be able to taste or enjoy it” – me and husband ( and more so with him ) are not really fond of this spice…haha). So days passed by – the plants slowly grew with big, bright green leaves — everything seemed right until some aphids out of nowhere began destroying the leaves. Soon after, the plants looked AS IF dying out on us. Ugh. 😦  So, we transferred them at the back  portion of the house and continued to care “with lesser attention” but still full of hope and love. ❤  So  FAST FORWARD to a week ago:  just imagine our surprise when  we saw the fruits, with some more tiny buds beginning to bear the produce we’ve all been waiting for! Amazing! YESSSS! It pays to wait, huh! 🙂

So, does patience REALLY works?!?  What is patience, by the way? What does it mean to be patient? Staying calm and still….waiting for the BEST to happen? I’ve read that waiting and patience are TWO different things. What if THAT (“best”) won’t happen at all? Is it doing nothing and bearing all those “nega” emotions inside of you? Nope, it’s certainly NOT! 




So, what does being PATIENT really means? If you happen to plant seeds or a cutting for example and you just thought it was not growing despite all the efforts you do like watering the plant, caring for the soil, etc : WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  Patience does not mean that you will stop watering the plant and wait till it grows. The plant would not GROW on its own…ha! 🙂  If you didn’t water the plant – surely, it will die any moment. Thus, patience is NOT the same as waiting. Being patient means you’re waiting for RESULTS — while working on it at the SAME TIME, and I mean really working hard to achieve what you’ve wanted in the first place.  Makes sense!

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Life is at times, difficult. We all know this! We sometimes experience tough moments that will make us feel sad, bad and who knows, MAD! Haha!  Patience helps – because if you’re not patient – you end up like “living in a bad or uncomfortable situation” and of course, YOU do not want that. You may  kinda’ feel worse than you were before if you have patience and you end up waiting for a longer time than usual, still with that CHANGE you are anticipating nowhere in sight, ‘right? But if you can carry all those negative emotions with ease and comfort and simultaneously fighting hard to let them GO — then, well done, my friend –  give yourself a pat on your shoulder and smile because you’ve hit it right and understood what TRUE  patience means. 🙂

I guess – being impatient is part of human nature. Why?!? I’m slowly learning and realizing this MORE as I hustle in my writing gigs as a “freelance content writer.”  I write…and yes, WAIT.  I research, do a draft, proofread, edit, finalize and lastly, SUBMIT my “masterpiece” to my client. Wait for the feedback. Is the article great? Is it wonderful? Is it what  the client is after? Do I need revisions? Write, wait…. feedback, wait. Then, write again? Ha!  Writing is a process that TAKES an enormous amount of time, more often than not. But for me, it is by far worth every process spent and done. 🙂  If you love what you do, then it becomes trivial – I’m sure you know what I mean. But WAITING – often, it’s hard. Waiting for the right topics or niche. Waiting for the perfect client. ( I’ve just learned never to  do a “trial writing job” without payment…huh, good thing – I haven’t done a FREE article yet, or else…hmmmm, learning to be a little wiser & a better freelancer, too). Btw, this post is my 25th since I started on this blog a year and a half ago. Sort of a milestone, just had to mention it. 🙂

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So, it’s true what they say on testing one’s patience?!?! Why is patience  not so easy for us? We usually want what we  want exactly at the time we want it?  Why can’t we wait for God’s perfect time? Sit back, relax and trust that God’s timing will be IT despite our own excitement, anxiety or deep sense of urgency. Who controls your life?  Are you bracing yourself into a calm, patient and obedient submission to God’s perfect timing?  TRUST is such a big word, I know. In this world, we all live through plans, calendars, schedules, notes, to-do lists very much like an “organizer” that you need to keep things in place or in order making  life easy, simple and on point.  We sometimes miss the Lord’s wisdom for us towards success, fulfillment, enjoyment or even, safety. We can never go on our OWN as it is only God who sees the entire plan for our life – he sets the path, our different journeys and He knows what lies ahead BEFORE us.  God knows where we’ve been, what is, what is there to come as He has a plan for each one of us. Are you with me? 🙂  We have to let go and let God take charge of our lives. Keep waiting and trusting – when you hear that small, peaceful voice instructing you on what direction to take – walk through it and be bold and courageous to embrace and accept everything. Patience or pride?  Your BEST way is sometimes pride but know that God’s way is what you really need to fully TRUST as you await His promises. You’d surely be in good hands, no doubt about it. God has figured out ALL things for ME and you!!!! 🙂

Indeed, patience is a virtue that needs to be practiced over time.  My favorite Bible verse is right down there below: it has seen me in my storms, my anxieties, doubts, stressful situations and lowest moments. Thankful to God that I have been patient all along and I put ALL my trust in Him, no matter what. Life is beautiful.  All in God’s PERFECT TIME!!! ❤ ❤ ❤



Have a HAPPY LIFE.  





   ISAIAH 40:31
    "...But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 
   They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow 
   weary, they will walk and not be faint..."


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