Look again.

Hey followers!

Anyone who knows what midterm season is like? Day in day out, you’re attending lectures, participating in seminars and tutorials, studying your notes, researching articles, writing essays, blah, blah, BLAH. Yeah, go ahead, hate on it. Because it IS BLAH.

School will always be school, just like your home will always be home. But you know what else is constant? God. God and His presence in your life. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” If you’re like me and you’ve transferred schools more than 5 times in your life, you know what it’s like to have to adapt to a new environment. Maybe you’ve had new jobs every year? Perhaps you’ve gone in and out of relationship – Idk what change you’ve had to encounter, but I’m happy that you did!

Why? Well, I’ll tell you one thing: I’m not a scholar, but I’ve got faith! I’ve’ got faith that those changes have allowed you to become more mature, more aware, and more educated of the world around you, yourself, and your abilities. These assignments and papers, don’t get be wrong, they’ve bogged me down enough, to make me think that I’m not smart enough to get them done on time or well enough – but who’s to say that that’s all? Is school your end-all-be-all? Heck to the no!

This past week, the theme of conversation amongst many of my close friends can be summed up into this: there’s more to life than school and work. #nuffsaid

Yeah, right… is that what you’re thinking? Well, stop thinking that way and change your attitude friends! If you’re in school like me, it may seem like this is IT. This is ALL WE HAVE right now. Which in a sense is TRUE, but it’s not ALL. – don’t you have a family? Don’t you have hobbies? Don’t you have friends you haven’t really talked to in a while? Is there a recipe you wanted to try out a couple of months ago? What about that movie you’ve been meaning to watch? Or that book waiting to be cracked open in your shelf? Bottom line is there’s more to life than school and work. 

I’m not encouraging you to stop focussing on your school work or work work (LOL). What I am trying to say, is that you’ve got to stop focussing in TOO MUCH. You know what it’s like to fully zoom in? – you’re basically doing some macrophotography and seeing only what’s in front of you. Which is great because you get all the details, but you tend to miss out on the bigger picture. Take a step back and un-zoom a little bit. Realize that there’s more to life than school and work!

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Be a diligent student and a responsible employee, but don’t let your role, performance, or abilities define you. “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”” Ecclesiastes 12:1.

Remember why you’re where you are in the first place. If you don’t know why you’re there — then take time and think about why you are where you are. Reflect on the struggles that you had to go through to get where you are. Appreciate succeeding through your failures – they weren’t all useless.

Consider yourself being refined day by day to become a better person. Strive for your best, everyday. Each day is another opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.

As I always say, “I am who I am today, because of my yesterday.”

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

Making sense of life.

Hey Followers!

To my Canadian followers, (and Canadians at heart) I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! It’s Reading Week for me, so I’m pretty much in “vacation” mode, while finding myself kicking myself in the butt! I have work to get done man! LOL. It’s all good, as long as you’re able to balance it out. Spend time with your friends and family, but remember to take care of your responsibilities. That is, if you’re a student — get to work son! Be accountable for your occupation/role. Cool? 🙂

I look at the calendar and it just surprises me how fast time is passing. We’re nearly in the middle of October. Soon enough, we’ll be seeing some of those movember staches growing out. (eww, but power to ya!)

You’ve probably noticed that my posts have often been centred on motivating, encouraging, and inspiring you to do what you love, what’s best for you… you, you and YOU! And for that, I’m sorry. Why are you sorry? Well, let’s just say I have a friend who reminded me that my life’s purpose doesn’t start with me, it starts with God. – Which I was definitely well aware, but you know, I’m human. I get full of myself, and focus on what I want, what I need.

Isn’t this the society we’ve come to know? The “me” lens. I once wrote a post on Facebook, ages ago, about looking at life from God’s perspective, He knows you – after all, He’s you’re creator. How am I supposed to do that? I’m not God. Exactly. We can’t see what’s in our future, we aren’t psychics; we can’t dictate what will happen in our future, nor can we determine the exact purpose of our lives if we look within ourselves. Our profs, textbooks, and scholars articles cannot define what our purpose is. As Rick Warren puts it, “If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn’t know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn’t be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the owner’s manual could reveal its purpose.” (Purpose Driven Life, p. 22, 2002). The only way to know our purpose is to look to our creator, the engineer of our lives – God.

Join me as I start reading The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren. I’ll share my reflections and insight as to what I’m learning from this book, as well as about myself and why I was created, what my purpose is, what the point is to this life.

If you’re interested to get the book, there’s actually a free PDF version online you can find with a simple Google search 🙂 It’s worth it, because you are 😉

Happy reading!

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

You got this ;)

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Hey followers!

This September, I started off with a ‘Reflection’ post – looking back at how far I’ve come as an adult. (yeah, adult. not a teen, or a young adult — an ADULT)

It’s been a month already, and this one song continues to come to mind: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. This was my aunt’s graduation song when she completed her university degree; as she shared words of wisdom and advice, she mentioned this song and it’s been a driving force in my university career, thus far.

Funny enough, she’s actually at my school right now – doing something she absolutely LOVES: meeting new students/potential employees, and educating them on what they should know upon entering the finance/business field. #lifegoals #careergoals (well close).

I 100% enjoy my current part-time job as a Peer Learning Strategist Assistant. This is my second year taking on this role at school, and it amazes me how much I’ve grown, professionally because I never thought I would be so happy with what I do, as a student. I want to take this a step further and rename my title as a “peer mentor”, instead. My main responsibility is to help guide students with various learning disabilities (LDs), with time management, organization, and study skills; it’s my duty to help students stay accountable for their due dates, keep up with assignments, readings, and attend classes when they need to, while trying to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

My aunt says, she enjoys taking on new challenges and she loves what she does because, “everyday is different.” — this, too, is what I love about what I do. Forget the academic side (while that’s also a challenge… and I guess I’ve grown to ‘like’ it…ha), but in terms of my part-time job, I honestly can’t see myself in any other position right now.

The students I work with come from all sorts of walks of life, just like anyone else I would meet at a cafe or the grocery store. Everyone has their own story to tell, unique from everyone else. Your experience will never be the exact same as the person’s beside you. Even twins have different experiences. (studies proven — as learned from my Intro to Psych class) 🙂

For example, I have one student who is so clever and creative, that their designs on Photoshop and Illustrator, or whatever computer designing software there is out there – his designs are so impressive, and his ideas are highly innovative, it brings the biggest grin to my face. (Literally). And his, too! Today, is told me that he appreciates the conversations that we have and the feedback that he receives for the work he does because he works really hard on his projects and likes to hear encouraging words to keep him motivated. #purposefilled

Another example, is this one student who is highly involved with a varsity team and is strongly committed to maintaining her GPA as well as her performance on the team. Talk about motivation and passion. #motivated #passionate

I could go on and on about how one of them is the most flamboyant and positive, while another tends to be pessimistic but very intelligent – the list could go on. Each one has taught me a little more about myself and showing me a side of them I hope that they see.

They’ve taught me that, yes, school does get stressful, but it’s not just about getting assignments completed and studying enough for an exam. It’s remembering why you started in the first place. It’s about making it through the first month of the semester. It’s about making that new friend in Entrepreneurship Basics to swap notes with. It’s about the new tart you tried from the Market on campus. It’s about how far you’ve come, from where you’ve started. 

If you can remember why you started and where you’re headed, I’m confident that you’ll stay motivated enough to stick with it. You’re capable of anything you want to do. Like the students I work with, sometimes it takes a friend to remind you what you’re worth, what you’re capable of. Your abilities are far greater that your “dis”abilities.

Happy studying! Keep your chin up, or else you’ll end up with a double chin! HAHA.

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

Take a step in faith. Trust that God has gone before you.

Lately, life has really been challenging me to ask myself questions about who I am, what I believe, why I do what I do. I guess you can say im having a little bit of an identity crisis.

Thankfully, there’s one thing that remained constant in attempting to answer my own questions. And that is the fact that I have a God who used Paul, an apostle of Jesus, to encourage Timothy to remember how to live life.

He said, “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the GENUINE FAUTH that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:3-7

 WOW..Who knew 5 verses would speak so much.

Fear is the opposite of faith.

I truly encourage you to continue reading from  2 Timothy 1, as well as the rest of the book., including the first book of Timothy. It’s simply inspiring to know that even hundred to thousands of years ago, individuals struggled to be fearless and become more faithful. I hope you got something new out of this lesson: be intentional and remember that God blessed us with a fearless, powerful, and love in ourselves, personally.  He intended that we meditate and focus on God’s promise of His Word.

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

Round 3

Good Evening Followers!

Depending on where you are in the world, here in North America, most schools are now back in session. For the past 2 days, the newest Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) Chapter in my region has become recognized as an official and ratified club at the annual Vendor Fair (also known as a Clubs Fair)!

The excitement rolled in after the exec met up on Monday evening and pulled together the last minute details and marketing materials for our booth. Here in Ontario, it’s been EXTREMELY humid, thanks to global warming and it took a toll on a lot of people today. From splashing water on one another and sampling out some free ice cream – the students did what they could to stay cool.

Now that that’s all done, today was the first actual day of school. Ugh, I tell you. It was the first time for me to sit in a Business class – Entrepreneurship Basics. Man. The idea of the class is exciting, and I’m honestly looking forward to what I’ll be taking from this class throughout the semester.

On that note, it’s Round 3 of university life for me. It’s such a bittersweet feeling right now because this by far, is the longest I’ve stuck to something since elementary school. In my previous post “Aloha to 25”, you’ve read the many changes I’d experienced throughout my life, and this, right here – Round 3, is something good that I’ve got that I haven’t had in a really long time.

There’s something about the feelings and knowledge of consistency.

At this point, I’m just sitting here, pondering about how this year could go. Will go.

I’ve decided that I want this year to be the best year ever! I’m a 1/4 of a century, a third year student going deeper into the foundation my previous 2 years have built to complete this journey. Since I’m currently at a loss for words to describe what’s going on in my head, I’ll have to come back and update you before the end of this week.

Have a great semester to all my fellow students out there! ❤

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

Aloha to 25

Greetings Followers!

So, this is it eh? 25 years. Already. Unbelievable.

This weekend marks the celebration of reaching an important milestone: reaching 1/4 of a century of life. HA!

There’s so much to celebrate, and the last time I remember having a ‘grand’ party, I had turned 18. In the Filipino culture, it’s at 18 years that a girl officially can be considered an ‘adult’ – also known as a Debut. In essence, it’s the ‘debut’ of a girl becoming a woman. There were probably about 100+ guests present for my Debut, whereas for this milestone, there were only a selected few. Those that were there/really wanted to be there, I consider to be the most important in my life.

From strangers, to friends, to sisters; brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents; room mates to best friends – they’re all counted because they’ve each equally contributed to whom I’ve become.

On the evening of my birthday, I lay afloat in my cousin’s pool, really just reflecting on the woman I’ve become from 7 years ago. There are countless life events, experiences, and downfalls that have allowed me to become this strong, confident, bubbly, witty, and compassionate young lady. Back at 18, I honestly thought that I knew what I wanted for my life, whom I was, and everything seemed to be nothing less than perfect. But truly, I was wrong. Within 2.5 months of my ‘debut’ of university life and living away from home, I got really homesick and gave up. I gave up on everything I thought I was ready for. I left everything I’ve worked for behind because of fear. Fear of not being good enough, not fitting in, not eating properly, not sleeping enough, not socializing with the right crowd, not balancing my responsibilities, and not prioritizing effectively; I was living life in fear. I fell hard and thought I would never get out of the hole I had dug for myself.

Note: This post will probably be one of the most personal.

Within the first months of being home, I cannot describe to you how restless, worthless, purposeless I had felt. I thought I was a failure – a drop out. (hard to believe eh?)

Well, for one, it was extremely difficult to move forward because my vision was so clouded with the negativity fogging up my view of life. My lens were constantly being blocked by the voices of incapability. The sad part of it is, I allowed it to consume me. So much so, that I even let go of my first love because of it.

Secondly, it was honestly through attempting to fill in the empty void that I had found myself and the purpose of my life again. My feelings were played with and I played along because it made me ‘feel’ good. I went out with several guys, one after the other (yup, embarrassing but true); didn’t ‘date’ them nor was I ever courted by any of them, but like I said, I played along. It was fun, at the time.

Thirdly, I kept myself busy because the pain of my negativity nearly numbed my heart to anything meaningful. I thought I knew exactly what I needed to make things right, but I was wrong. At one point I had 4 jobs (one full time and 3 part time) because I wanted to be busy enough to forget the thoughts and feelings I had brainwashed myself to believe about myself and what I was capable of.

So how can I stand here today and say that I’m “this strong, confident, bubbly, witty, and compassionate young lady” ? Through FAITH. Everything in my life has led me to the step I’m currently stepping on. 7 years ago, I thought reaching the top step was as simple as flicking on a switch. I was wrong.

The past 7 years have been the worst and the best of my life. They’ve taught me the most about myself, what it’s like to work in fast food, how to adapt to my surroundings whether it be to people or situations, but most importantly, I’ve learned the importance of trusting God with all I’ve got. It’s only because of Him, that I’m able to confidently say that I am ready for the next step. God has always been good to me, and in the dark times of my life, He was always and forever will be present. In His word, it says “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet of the nations.’Alas, Sovereign Lord, [Jeremiah] said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am to young.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:5-8).

So you see, as Jeremiah thought he wasn’t good enough to fulfill his purpose – to be a prophet, God reassured him that even BEFORE he was born, he was ALREADY set apart. Similarly, each of us are chosen for a particular purpose. The only thing that can hinder us from discovering what that purpose is and fulfilling it, is ourselves. It comes down to our attitude and what we decide to be the drive of our lives.

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I hope my short story here, well testimony, is an inspiration to someone out there searching for purpose. My upcoming posts will be centred towards this topic – discovering
and yearning to fulfill your life’s purpose.

‘Til the next post.

-LifeisaBeaut ❤

Always More than Enough: part 3 (Finale)

Good Evening/Morning!

The long-awaited part 3 is here!

So, as most of my friends and family already know – I ended up taking the job. The funds didn’t quite make it to the due date, therefore the donations received had been returned to those giving hearts. ❤ #Thankyou.

Looking back, it’s been nearly 7 weeks since I’d started my summer position – with next week being the last stretch of it; the job was an 8-month contract only.

You know that nervous feeling you get when walking into your first job, where you’re so excited that you’ve landed the job, but simultaneously, you want to run away and never come back? – Yup. That’s what it was like to start this job. Among 3 other summer student workers, this would be the first time we would be working together as a team, one of them being a returning student. However, for the rest of us – we were noobs.

Our main role for these 8 weeks is to ‘be the bridge’ for individuals with developmental disabilities. All has been fine and dandy, with many, MANY lessons to learn along the way, and counting.

I’d been assigned to a total of 3 families, each one with very distinctly-unique needs and interests. For those of you I’ve spoken to, you know for a fact that this job was one of THE MOST challenging ones I’ve ever taken on. I’ve commuted from one end to town to the other, got drenched in sweat trying to make it on time to catch my bus, got a mad farmer’s tan when I went to the park for about 1.5 hours, learned about a new local cafe with delicious biscotti, tried out the softest beds at Sleep Country, and I can’t forget the storm that poured down unexpectedly on THE day my friend and I went to the lake -_-. Talk about luck! LOL.

This job has taught me so much, more than I believe I’d have learned/taken away from going on the mission trip. Going into this job and giving up the mission trip was very difficult for me, but by God’s grace, He delivered me and has revealed Himself to me though each family I’ve worked with. Sorry, let me correct myself – each family, staff member, and student that I’ve interacted with this ENTIRE summer has taught me something. The main key is: He is ALWAYS ENOUGH for me. 

Although I couldn’t see the purpose or the positive to the job offer at first, since my mind had been set on going on the mission trip, God never left me *Deuteronomy  31:6*.

I’ll share my reflections in the upcoming posts, shortly.

Just know, that wherever God leads you – whatever direction life decides to take… you will ALWAYS have what you need. God will equip you with the skills, knowledge, problem-solving, and open mind you will need to embrace the opportunity that has been set before you.

“…being confident of this that He who has begun a god work in you will carry it out to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6.

-LifeisaBeaut ❤