Metamorphosis

Image representing Steve Jobs as depicted in C...

Time flies fast as they say.  As of this writing, it will only be a few hours til the calendar month changes again since it would be the first day of June!

The past few months have been like a metamorphosis for me as I also went through changes especially in improving my life perspectives. And I know there are still a lot more to learn about everything which I continuously appreciate especially with myself.

It was like I rediscovered my innermost potentials that I kept on recalling a particular past interest way back in college and my past professional accomplishments from my previous job which I found both personally fulfilling. And I realize those things also became my source of inspiration and motivation to do better in every aspect of my life this year.

Yesterday, I received an email from Jobstreet. I was intrigued so I read it since it mentioned about Steve Jobs in their recent featured article. It’s great to know more about a person I admire especially when I previously read about his advice to find what you love. After learning about it, I kept asking that to myself for like countless times until it went off my mind for quite some time. There were even instances that I questioned if it also applies to me but still I tried looking.

And it’s only recently that I started realizing what Steve Jobs meant. It became much clearer to me what I learned from him through the latest article I read entitled “Steve Jobs : You’ve Got to Find What You Love!

After reading a brief background about his life from the past, I reflected again on the events in his life that he went through. I realized that I could somehow relate on the parts where I also felt like a beginner again and when I recalled the past experiences which led me to a direction I want to fulfill in my life.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

Just Give Me a Reason

I felt guilty that I was not able to post daily in my WordPress blog before.  But early this year I resurrected my blogging interest sharing things I derive mostly from my past personal experiences, my own personal thoughts, and to WordPress.com’s Daily Prompt. There were even times when I also clicked the “Inspire Me” link (via posting New Post found top right of blog page) just to help me squeeze out my thoughts into blog writing.  

inspire me

It’s nice to be prompted again with such a question whether I have fulfilled my goal of daily posting. Well I did last March 2013 where I managed to keep up despite staying up late. Blog writing is definitely a challenge more so posting daily. A couple of times I kept asking myself why I still blog. It’s no joke to write about a topic of interest even when I’m prompted to answer a question. There are times that I’m not comfortable sharing it or I find myself having difficulty translating my thoughts into written words.

to blog or not to blog

But being able to come up with a great post is something fulfilling on my part as well. It just feels great to have successfully put into writing what I have in mind. And then I will realize that I have already written not only sentences but a couple of paragraphs much to my surprise and delight!

I once read an article that writing daily is good since it helps one to be reflective on what has happened in his/her daily life. What’s even more pleasing is to be able to read previous posts realizing I wrote something I never thought I have something to share and even inspire.

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Music Wednesday – Heart Attack!

Teen singer Demi Lovato performing

Just recently updated myself with the latest popular songs being played in a music video channel in the Philippines called MYX! When I switched to this channel last weekend, I was welcomed with its current week top 20 international songs.

I waited until it reached the current #1 music video which is ‘Heart Attack’ sang by one of my favorite international singers Demi Lovato! I like the tone of her voice and the way she sings especially when she reaches the high notes.

And then while searching the song Heart Attack on Youtube, I also saw a version of this song which I also immediately enjoyed listening to.

A Daughter’s Story

I used to hate my mom when I was little.

One of them was about our former neighbor (almost the same age as mine) who taunted me and made me wet using their hose. Another instance was when my younger sibling and I got into petty quarrels and I would tell her to scold him. But it turned out that I am reprimanded instead!

A pink tulip.

Only a couple of years have passed my hatred towards my mom moved to a 360 degree turn.

I got influenced by a good friend and former elementary classmate of mine who is really close with her mom. I never imagined that time will come I can also develop closeness with my mother as well whom my siblings and I fondly call our Mama.

I started thinking differently. Instead of bursting into negative emotions when she’s angered about silly mistakes, I would try to calm myself first. Then I will make the situation lighter by putting humor out of it to have a more positive environment. At times both of us would just find ourselves laughing them off.

What I especially like about our relationship as mother and daughter is that it also developed into friendship. We would hang out in a mall and watch the latest movie being shown in local cinemas.

There’s never a day that I would want to chit-chat with my mom about everything we like to talk about from the movies we watched, foreign and local popular celebrities alike, and even sharing life lessons which I greatly treasure. And I believe the things I learned from her also helped me become a stronger person every day.

We may have personality differences at times, still I am grateful for having a mom like her who never fails to reassure me that everything will be alright despite feelings of disappointments and failures from the past.

My mom is definitely not only a mother to me but my very best friend, my prayer warrior, and most of all my best encouragement booster. I also hope to treat her for an out of the country travel trip where we can bond more!

What I Learned about Love

Frankly, I literally sang postaday’s latest title post which is also the same title of a popular ballad song I am familiar with.

A heart being used as a symbol of love. Photo ...

Sometimes I still ask myself what really love is! As I was growing up I observe how love is demonstrated in our family especially the way my parents treat us at home.

I’m blessed to have parents who are very supportive in our personal endeavors. There were a couple of times I wanted to tell them not to allow me to go out very late with friends when I inform them beforehand about my trip.

And then I will also hear from other friends that their parents are very strict on them. They have curfews and ironically I wondered why my parents do not impose that to us.

I also like that I am strengthening my relationship with my family from my parents to my brother-siblings.

Just like in a group of friends, there is a possibility that I will have one or two closest friends whom I can share interesting topics to talk to. That also happens in a family. I am closer to my mom and my younger brother since the three of us almost have comparable personal mood swings, traits and interests.

But as time went by, I learned that it is also important to connect to the other members of the family whom I do not have frequent interaction.

How I did it? I just initiated to have a conversation separately with them which I think we can both talk about which started from their personal interests. Such gesture was a great improvement from me since I did not imagine that I can also have longer talks with them.

And to end my post, I would like to share a quote from Mother Teresa:

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”

Success Is Not…

Fame (2009 film)

I stayed up late at night to catch up watching a movie called Fame which I already saw a couple of years ago. I still remember almost all of the scenes especially the part when Denise who plays her classical piano began to sing her heart out with Out Here On My Own thinking she was alone in their school’s auditorium. And what really stuck in my mind was Jenny’s speech about success:

There are some things
success is not

It’s not fame.
It’s not money or power.

Success is waking up
in the morning

so excited about
what you have to do

that you literally
fly out the door.

It’s getting to work
with people you love.

Success is connecting with the
world and making people feel.

It’s finding a way to
bind together people

who have nothing in
common but a dream.

It’s falling asleep at night knowing
you did the best job you could.

Success is joy and
freedom and friendship.

And success is love.