Happy New Year – 2013!

I welcome 2013 with wide open arms!

This new year presents great promises and I claim it to be in my side of the table.

God has blessed me during 2012 and this new year will surely be much more than that.

Although, I’ve got plenty of expectations and prayers in mind, here are few of the priorities:

First, GOOD HEALTH. Yes, you read it right. I believe in the saying “Health is Wealth”.

I pray not only for my health but also for my family, loved ones, relatives, and friends especially for my mother.

May the good Lord restore her health back when she is still young and strong.

Second, SAFETY and PROTECTION.

I believe that God always deliver us from all evil and protect us against it. Let God’s protective arms surround us lovingly this year and let us not be weary of all unforeseen events. Trust that in His protection we are safe.

Third, UNITED and LOVING FAMILY.

I adore families that are happy and loving. Together each members reach for their goals.

I intend to spend more time with my family. I love them deeply and they are my strength. I pray for greater understanding and unity.

Fourth, GREAT CAREER.

I’ve been blessed in my career last 2012 and I expect to be more bliss this year. God has altered my path. Shifting my career last year is a great start and now that I can hold on to it, I know, I can achieve more!

Fifth, DEEP FAITH.

I admit, I am not that faithful to God. I am a sinner. But, I will do my best to find my way back to Him starting this year. God is my backbone and my everything. Into Him I cast my burdens plenty of times.

He received deceitful words from me, yet, He never forsaken me. He is faithful, patient, and perfect in which I am not. But, He reach out to me as if I had never done anything bad. He forgives me every time I made mistakes. He comforts me. He is my God.

Along with all these, I trust God for a more stronger, loving, and faithful long-term relationship I have with @Gracess_Dad. Having him around every day is such a blessing. Waking up every morning at his side is definitely a bliss.

All in all, I’m all set for 2013 – so I think! God bless this year!

Is Staying In Love Hard?

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A friend of mine updated her status in Facebook stating that “To love is easy, to stay in love is hard.”

I believe that most of you would say the same thing but for those who experiences true love will surely disagree with this.

I mean, c’mon! If you truly love the person, why can’t you stay in love? Staying in love is easy – probably not that much – but certainly not hard! Just do the things that would make your beloved happy and you will surely be happy too.

I know it is not just that. Being in a relationship needs factors other than love itself. You need trust, care, affection, and so on. The list just go on with no stop.

Believe me, I am not in a perfect long-term relationship myself. My beloved and I usually fight even the smallest reason there is. But, that just makes us more in love with each other!

When you are in a long-term relationship, you tend to exactly read your partner’s mind. Yes, it happens. A lot!

At times, because you believe your partner will act on this way after a fight, you seldom approach him or her and say sorry. But, to tell you, it is always a good idea to address the fight immediately. Well, after both of you are much calmer.

You don’t need to be the faulty ones when you have to say sorry. If you really love the person, there is no reason for you not to ask sorry! Gush, you love that person and you do not want to hurt the ones you love. How much more your special someone in life?

My beloved and I usually fight these days. Yes, I’m guilty – as always! The thing is, after each fight, we make up. I’m just grateful to God I have a very wonderful lover in the world. He understands me – BIG TIME!

In my part, I always tell him how sorry I am, how much I love him, how much he means to me, how much I miss him and oh! I can’t stop talking. I mean, he is my world. He means everything to me.

Also, take it from me. When you are in a long-term relationship, there is always a good reason to surprise your beloved. The excitement in their eyes and the smile that curve their lips – so wonderful! It feels like you are on your first date!

You don’t actually need to plan a surprise party or buy expensive things. A simple love letter with your handwriting is enough. I seldom do that but it is really effective. His eyes lightens on every single word I write. As for his mouth, it is painted with a huge smile – ear to ear! And as for me, my heart leaps every time I see him like that! Of course, I feel really shy afterwards. Haha. But, I can’t help it!

Don’t also forget to always tell and REMIND your beloved how much you love them. Yes. Remind them!

You say there is no point of telling them ’cause they knew it already? Let me ask you. Isn’t it a nice feeling to always hear from the one you love how much you mean to them? to be always reminded that they are there for you? Most of all, to know that the ones you love treasures you like no gem in the world could ever replace you?

Well, if you hear that everyday, will you ever forget how much you mean to your partner? Will you fall out of love if everyday a confession of love is always in your ears? Certainly, not!

The great thing is, the more you open yourself to your partner, the more they open their self to you too.

I know there are plenty of lovers around the world who do not know how to say their love and affection. Trust me, they just need to be pushed. I didn’t say intimidate them but show them how to do it. Even the simplest things count. If they can’t say it then write it!

We say love is sweeter the second time around. Well, how much more the third, fourth, fifth, and so on with the same person? Falling in love all over again with the same person is the greatest love you really need – and it is possible!

So, is staying in love hard?

To My Dear 14-year-old Self

I know that you are struggling hard right now for your second year in high-school – away from your family and away from the hometown you grow up with.

But, that is all a challenge. There is much more you need to encounter. Whatever trials presented to you, never give up! You might not see the fruits of your struggle at this very moment, but it will make an impact in the future. You have to weigh everything before you decide. Don’t rush.

You already made a mistake when you were in first year. Don’t do that again. Study well and do your best to excel. Forget being homesick. Remember, you chose to study on a different part of the country so that you will have a great future. This is all for your family. This is just the beginning.

If only you could vision your life after 8 years, you will know that you make a great decision. Holding your diploma and bearing a bachelors degree is all worth your struggle. How much more if you see yourself inside your own office? That’s a great joy! It is just the beginning of your success.

Pray hard and always believe in God. Never forsake Him. He will guide you and take good care of you. Trust that all will be well. Cause you know what? Everything is well. You are the only one who makes it difficult. Forget the hardships, look for the light.

Good luck!

Sincerely,

Your 22-year-old Self

Present – 2012

What It’s Like To Work At Home

Just this April, I turned my back to my position as an Officer In-charge in one of the most prestigious real estate company in the Philippines.

For what? Well, I found working at home much convenient for me.

I have health problem. But, no, it’s not serious. I have migraine and my body is not capable enough to work multitasking. When I said multitasking, it means more than five tasks at the same time.

As you know, being an Officer In-charge of a big company is tough. You get to face clients, handle workers, do and check bank accounts, daily progress of the office and the properties, and many more.

And guess what, I’m only 21.

Yes, for a big company like that, they employed a 21-year old woman like me to handle everything.

Sometimes, I hate my job. But, usually, I love it.

Who would not love a job with a good paying salary, great office, second-boss, and everyone looks up to you?

Everyone, but, me.

The only reason why I love my job is that, it compensates me. It satisfies my craving for fries, spaghetti, chocolate sundae, beef stakes, popcorn, cinemas, travel, and most of all, my crazy love for internet. It pays my internet bill, in short.

Luckily, I found a new  job.

It is online freelancing. Actually, I have been working as such since 2010. But, I did not make it as my full-time job. Only, these days.

Someone is brave enough to take me as his full-time assistant and partner in an online business. I started working for him since May of this year until now. And my work includes writing. Yes, I have written a lot for his sites. So, basically, my main work is article writing.

But, I also have part-time jobs as virtual assistant. I like being a virtual assistant. I get to search, book flights and houses, call schools and known people, work with big companies outside the Philippines, and most of all, I love my job. Not only because it compensate me big time. But, because, I know I am doing the right thing.

I, guess, working at home with these same set of employers is my passion. They are good employers. I love and adore them. They are very understanding with my health situation, most specially my full-time employer.

Doing different tasks allow learning to myself. Most of these learning are very useful for me.

And I love working at home. Why? I can work while doing house choirs. I can watch TV, comfortably settle myself in my room, chat with friends while working. I can do most things while working! That is how convenient it is.

When I get tired, I can immediately take a rest and resume working when I am able to do so. I do not have to travel from the office to my house and then back again after resting.

That is really cool, convenient, and easy.

Now you know what it is like to work at home.

Loving The Real Me

Looking at my face in the mirror makes me laugh and cry at the same time.

At times, I wish I have done something better.

Not that I regret what I am now, but, I just wish I could be somebody else who can have everything I wanted.

I know that I am deceiving my self completely with this whole crazy idea.

But, who knows?

When I was younger, I dreamed of plenty of things.

I am happy back then but I am much happier these days.

Some of my dreams are still vivid and others are not.

But, all of those dreams lead to one goal: HAPPINESS.

A lot of us would say that happiness can be attained depending on the person who wants it.

But, I have proved to my self that true happiness is extremely difficult to have.

You might be happy forever, but, is it true happiness?

I have never loved my self. Perhaps, it is much nicer to say that I like ME.

Love and like are two different things.

I came to know it when I finally met the man I hope of loving forever.

He taught me the differences between the two….

Loving oneself might be unnecessary for someone, but for most of us, I believe that it is important.

I guess, all of you will agree that having to accept the real you is difficult.

It is especially if you know that you could have done best more than you have done before and today.

I firmly believe that there is still tomorrow.

Tomorrow that will lead me to what I think I am.

Not the person, I wish I am.

But the person, I think I can be.

And the person, I know I will love.