Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tonight's Headlines

Life is tough right now. Too tough to find time to write on a blog. It's actually disappointing dahil di na ko marunong magsulat (kung marunong man ako before). Anyhoo, life is life... ups and downs and all.

We recently purchased a house and I'm still adjusting to the financial aspect of it. The feeling of not being able to pay your mortgage is scary. I can't put anything on my savings because all my paychecks revolve around the house. On the upside, it's great that we can do our own thing and there are no lonely people living downstairs complaining of how we walk at night.

I've purchased my ticket to California already, but I don't have a return date yet. Ang tapang ko noh? I don't even have my spending money put aside yet, but I'm not too scared about this one... at least not yet. Haha. I'm excited. I'm going to see my cousins and a potential city I could move to. Hay... dreams...

After four years and 8 months, I finally filed my resignation letter with my day job. It was very challenging, but I've learned a lot. There are so many things that I've learned that I could apply to my future business(es). My last day will be on October and I'm really excited to start something new.

I actually started writing this entry for the purpose of venting out because of the current struggles I'm dealing with, especially with my financials. Writing it all down makes me feel better. It reminds me that the Almighty God is there and won't give me anything I can't handle.

Friday, October 26, 2012

One Year Later...

After more than a year of having two jobs and taking more volunteer work, I can finally feel the exhaustion. I really try not to complain. I truly am grateful that I have two jobs in the middle of the unemployment crisis. I truly appreciate His provisions... even if I don't have a lot of extra to spare, all my bills are paid on time. But most of the time, I feel that I am pushing myself to hard.

At the same time, I feel unaccomplished. I see people my age moving forward in their careers and I'm currently stuck buying toilet papers and plastic utensils for a living. I want change but I don't want to disappoint the people I love to help because I'm thinking of myself first. There are more ventures that must be explored, but it's hard to choose which of my current responsibilities do I have to drop or put on hold. The feeling of floating through life is not something I ever wanted.

Dreaming of and working hard for one's own success should not be considered selfish, especially if that will benefit another person in the long run. But somehow, I am stuck with the idea that I should put others' happiness before mine. A friend advised that I should think of my own happiness first. The people around me will be disappointed at first, but at least I won't be living the rest of my life wondering of the "what-ifs". And that, in turn, will prevent me from having lingering reasons to blame others.

I trust myself to pull through with whatever this is.

Monday, August 15, 2011

i need balls

I've been looking for a flash, better lenses, and a new laptop for my photos. Asked my dear ate for advice on what to get and she said, "If you buy, promise yourself that you will get photography jobs." That scared the fat out of me... well, not really. I mean, the fat out of me, but the scared part is true.

Honestly, I've been holding back and not posting any photos that I took. Part of it is because my HP is acting patootles and my photos are stuck there. But mostly, I'm just plain scared. To be judged, criticized, or rejected. It's dumb because most people are oblivious to stuff they're not interested in, but still, I am scared. I know that I have a lot to learn and I tell myself not to do anything until I have enough skills to pull it off. But I also know that I'm never gonna get anywhere if I think like that.

Ok. Let's do this!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

One of those random blogs

I've been wanting to blog for quite a while, but I always get lazy when the laptop is in front of me. By the way, I'm not using my HP. Dear boyfriend lent me his old laptop because my HP is breaking down too early. It just made 2 years and the screen is already broken, it heats up... really really heats up until it shuts down itself sometimes, and the fan is too noisy. I promised myself that I will get a Mac soon.

There's a flashdrive in my bag that I never used for the longest time. I had to transfer some files so I used it, and there I saw... pictures. Skinny pictures of myself. Then much more skinnier pictures. I WANT THAT AGAIN. Haha

Gah. I need to stop this nonsense. Hopefully I'll be sane the next time I blog. Tah tah!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

hula and hullaballoos

Another month passed since my last entry. There's nothing really new to say... just the same old, same old. My life is definitely not boring, at least according to my standards. There are no real rest days. Weekend rests are non-existent.

Last Friday, I went to auntie's shop for the first time in a couple of years. I was slow. haha. There was no practice at all and I have to double check my steps. I was standing up for 5 hours with a few minutes break once in a while. It was fun as much as it was tiring. I love the touch of the fabric and sound of the shears. I have a lot to learn... and a lot to finish.

Today, I danced hula (real hula) for the first time. The Hawaii delegation will perform on the first night in the Florida conference. I think I did pretty good for someone who does not have any experience at all.

This week had it's disappointments: work, sick, dramas. Whew. I'm glad it's over and hoping it won't happen again. Everyday, I still force myself to get up and put on a happy face for work. I just remind myself that God has a purpose and everything will fall in place in His perfect timing.

I'm really looking forward to the Florida trip. Finally! My first out-of-state trip. I'm really grateful to Jesus and my church for funding this trip. But I have to get my hula straight first :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I just finished calculating the current balances of my loans and credit cards. Let's just say I would be ecstatic and probably could afford a few cosmetic surgeries if I have that amount in my savings account. Never in my life I imagined that I would have that much debt. Of course, my car payment isn't due within the next seven months of this year, but it's a bit overwhelming to know that I am in debt.

I was thinking of going back to school by fall, but it seems unlikely now. At least until I can finish my credit card payments. That also means, no shopping at all. BTW, just off topic, I came up with a statement. "Don't buy clothes. Just lose weight." It's because I have so much clothes... I just can't fit in them. Haha. Anyway... going back to school. I still have about 8 grand in my past loan. I'm not sure if I can afford to add to that. There will always be scholarships available, I'm just not sure which ones I can actually get. I decided to enroll (if I do enroll) in a community college for now. I will be self supporting and I can't afford the university, yet. I might also have to study part-time in order to pay off some of what I owe.

Dahlia (my car) also needs/requires money. Gas, though it went down a bit, isn't cheap. The monthly payments and insurance also add up. I'm not complaining about it. I'm just stating the obvious. I love Dahlia and really grateful to Him for this gift. I just have to be more strategic with my budget.

I'm praying for guidance. I'm in a state of slight confusion and I really don't know what to do.

Philippians 4:19 (NIV) "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Banana Muffins!

The sixth and last batch... for now :) It was a success! Thanks to my older sister and my cousin for the recipe.