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2011 Thanksgiving Day 3 : I’m Alive!

I’m supposed to complete a 9-day Thanksgiving series of posts, but I wasn’t able to write anything for the past week. So, expect a bulk of new writings in the next days. I’ll just sum all my posts up afterwards. 🙂

Thank you for LIFE

When was the last time you stopped and thanked God for being alive?

With our busy lives and countless priorities and distractions, I know how easy it is to forget to be thankful we’re alive. And I know a lot of us, especially my fellow Filipinos, recently prayed and thanked God for being alive today after seeing the destruction and all the lives that were lost from typhoon Sendong. But, do we really need a drastic reminder like this to know how lucky we are to still be here?

It’s one of the things I’ve learned this year: I should be thankful for my life by living it to the fullest. I know I haven’t really done anything to do that, but I know that it includes doing what I love and following my heart, an integral part of reaching the path towards my purpose in life.

After we were spared from typhoon Pedring, I often think about what else I need to accomplish to make me and my loved ones happy. I still have my bucket list to fulfill. And I haven’t done anything major to give back or help my fellowmen. So, I don’t think I really have done anything yet to truly say I have lived.

I know the world ending in 2012 sounds like all crazy talk, but seeing what has been happening lately all over the world, it’s scary to think that we may be getting there. It might not happen next year, but eventually, I believe our world, as we know it, will end if we don’t act on saving our planet now.

For 2012 and from here on out, I vow to live my life and do things that I know will fulfill me emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I vow to thank God for being alive by sharing a little bit of myself with others in any way I can. And I vow to keep all negativity away and focus on things that I know will make me smile and keep me inspired to look forward to tomorrow.

2011 Thanksgiving Day 3 : I’m Alive!

I’m supposed to complete a 9-day Thanksgiving series of posts, but I wasn’t able to write anything for the past week. So, expect a bulk of new writings in the next days. I’ll just sum all my posts up afterwards. 🙂

Thank you for LIFE

When was the last time you stopped and thanked God for being alive?

With our busy lives and countless priorities and distractions, I know how easy it is to forget to be thankful we’re alive. And I know a lot of us, especially my fellow Filipinos, recently prayed and thanked God for being alive today after seeing the destruction and all the lives that were lost from typhoon Sendong. But, do we really need a drastic reminder like this to know how lucky we are to still be here?

It’s one of the things I’ve learned this year: I should be thankful for my life by living it to the fullest. I know I haven’t really done anything to do that, but I know that it includes doing what I love and following my heart, an integral part of reaching the path towards my purpose in life.

After we were spared from typhoon Pedring, I often think about what else I need to accomplish to make me and my loved ones happy. I still have my bucket list to fulfill. And I haven’t done anything major to give back or help my fellowmen. So, I don’t think I really have done anything yet to truly say I have lived.

I know the world ending in 2012 sounds like all crazy talk, but seeing what has been happening lately all over the world, it’s scary to think that we may be getting there. It might not happen next year, but eventually, I believe our world, as we know it, will end if we don’t act on saving our planet now.

For 2012 and from here on out, I vow to live my life and do things that I know will fulfill me emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I vow to thank God for being alive by sharing a little bit of myself with others in any way I can. And I vow to keep all negativity away and focus on things that I know will make me smile and keep me inspired to look forward to tomorrow.

Are You Ready for 2012?

Yesterday, we heard and watched devastating news of an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 hitting Japan and causing tsunamis that ruined lives and properties across the Northeastern part of their country. I know I wasn’t the only one deeply saddened by this disaster. Everyone was praying for Japan and those who were, and still are, affected by everything that transpired yesterday.

Book about the prophecies of Nostradamus - JustAnotherPixel.net

When I hear news about natural disasters and even wars or major violent clashes like that in Libya, I can’t help but wonder if those prophecies about 2012 marking the end of the world is true. Okay, I’m not a believer. I’m not a very religious person, but I do believe in God. And I strongly believe He will not let the world end like that. PLUS, there’s been predictions like it. For instance, people said the world will end back in 2000 and at the start of the millennium. And we’re now 11 years past that. Also, these disasters that are happening to us now have also happened in the past years so they can’t completely be signs of our doomsday, right? But, still, it’s a pretty scary thought.

Let’s talk about global warming. I mean, the damage has been done. We’ve caused Mother Nature to retaliate against us not taking care of our environment more than we should. All we can do now is to prevent further damage. But, how can we do that without sacrificing our progress in technology and other sciences?

Again, it’s a scary thought – our world ending by December 2012. One that I don’t completely believe in, but it makes me think about what I’m doing with my life RIGHT NOW. Makes me think of what I should be doing if I only have less than 2 years to live on this Earth.

Yeah, I have my bucket list. But, most of the ones I listed there are FOR ME. I feel like I haven’t done enough to prove that I am a kind, generous, loving and caring human being. And, above all, I feel like I haven’t fulfilled my purpose on this Earth yet. Less than 2 years is not enough for me to find out why I was born into this world. I mean, it took me 30 years to be in this situation I am now where I’ve finally figured out that I want to manage my own business that’s related to technology/computers AND that I truly have a passion for blogging, design and writing, and I would be completely happy pursuing it.

Yes, I’m still experiencing quarter life crisis. My brother, who’s only 23, is also experiencing this. He wrote about it on his blog What The Fat. I’m telling him to not stress himself too much about finding his purpose, a piece of advice based on how I “practiced” or experienced it myself so I’m allowed to preach about it.

He’s experiencing issues about where he thinks he should be at his age. He graduated as a Nurse and passed the board exams with flying colors. But, now, he’s pursuing a different career. And he’s not the only graduate from a medical school or with a Nursing degree who is experiencing this. Most Nursing students nowadays end up working for call centers (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Imagine, just weeks ago, 29,000 were added to the pool of licensed nurses in the Philippines. That’s a LOT.

I took up a course I had true passion for – Computer Engineering. But, in all honesty, I didn’t learn a thing from my school. That’s why when people wonder where I studied after learning about my business, I always answer with “it’s a secret!” or “never mind”.  My course and my school weren’t the ones responsible for where I am now. It was ME who pursued this and made it possible. Of course, with the help of my mother (and people from my past). That’s why, though I’m a bit worried about what my purpose is in life, I know that I’ll eventually realize it. I just have to continue what I’m doing and not actively search or discover it. I trust that it will come to me.

Still, I believe less than 2 years is not enough. So, I don’t think the world will end in 2012. But, hey, we’ll see then.

See yah in 2013! Oh, I don’t like the last 2 numbers!

See yah in 2014 then!

Let’s all pause for a few seconds to pray for everyone in Japan and nearby islands and countries (including Hawaii) who were and are affected by the recent earthquake and series of tsunamis. Please stay safe everyone. God bless!

Gone is My Love for Reading? Oh No!

I need to love reading again - JustAnotherPixel.net

Ever since my brother raved about how fitting the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is to what I was (ongoing still) going through – a case of Quarter Life Crisis – I’ve wanted to finish reading it. And that was months ago. Almost 4 months now, I haven’t finished the book yet!

I miss the fun of reading. I used to really love reading anything, from books, newspapers, magazines and even comic books! I can finish a 400-page book in one sitting. Now, I can barely keep myself to sit still and read a few chapters before I want to move on to doing something else.

I remember watching my brother read books. He can really get animated while doing it. It’s like he’s really in the zone, where the story of the book is actually happening. He can even take a book in the bathroom and sit on the bath rug for hours and read right there and then without getting distracted even for a second. And I envy that so much! I miss the booklover in me.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading. But, now, I tend to go for shorter reading materials. Which reminds me that my Reader’s Digest January issue hasn’t been touched for 2 weeks now. Waaahhh! I seriously need to do more reading!

Reading has helped me a lot in the past. It not only improved my skills in writing and communication, but it opened my eyes to a lot of possibilities, lessons and knowledge. Reading stories from non-fiction authors makes me feel I’ve experienced what they actually gone through myself. I love how reading can develop my imagination and my creativity. Even fictional stories make me feel alive. Now, I don’t know what exactly happened. Can one’s love for reading go away just that easily?!

Whenever I try to read a book, my mind wanders. Like seriously wander. I usually can handle it since my brain is used to multi-tasking err thinking (*LOL*). But now, I had to go back like a few paragraphs to remember what I just read. They’re all words to me now. And I hate that this is happening to me. I miss loving reading, you know. 🙁

One of my bucket list items is to read 10 good books. But, considering what I’m going through now, I don’t think I can even get to 5 books. I seriously have to do something about this.

Some of you might think I’m just going through some crazy (and fun) new things recently which might be causing me to not be able to stay still for a moment. But, trust me, that has nothing to do with that. It’s more of me falling out of love with reading. And that’s bad.

I now prefer to watch TV series, movies and videos, listen to music, blog and read blogs, etc. I need to seriously learn how to focus my attention on one thing so I can get it done. That’s the solution, right?!

Now, if only I can get past Chapter 53 of Eat, Pray, Love. Read the previous chapter like five times now and I’m starting to hate the Gurugita, too. Okay, I’ll get back to reading now. *sigh* This is starting to really frustrate me. 🙁

Any tips for me? Please, share them at the comments section.

Oh, by the way, before I even wrote this post, I was thinking about baking. See?! Attention deficiency problem!

My 2011 Game Plans

I know this is a super overdue post. Usually, we come up with our New Year’s resolutions before or right after January 1st of every year. But, let’s just say that I’m moving away from the word “resolution” because I always tend to not fulfill any of them by the end of the year. So, instead, I’m sticking with “GAME PLAN”.

My favorite desktop dictionary defines these 2 as:

  • Resolution – a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner.
  • Game Plan – a carefully thought out strategy for achieving an objective (in war, politics, business or personal affairs).

My New Year game plans for my resolutions - JustAnotherPixel.net

Do you see the difference? My understanding is you come up with your list of resolutions and then you strategize on how you’re going to achieve them. So, basically, game plans involve more actions.

I know, this might just be all words to you, but to me, it’s a biggie. Enough of those empty promises to myself. I better act now ’cause I’m not getting any younger. I still have my bucket list to fulfill!

Anyway, let me share with you some of my most important resolutions and game plans for 2011:

  • Submit an article to Reader’s Digest Asia and get published.

    • I’ve always loved writing. But, because I don’t think my writing style can be appreciated to the point of getting published, I haven’t focused on improving my skills. So, this year, I’ll start working on improving how I write. And, one of my major goals is to get published on Reader’s Digest Asia. I’m not sure if I can make this happen this year, but I’m determined!
    • One of the ways I can improve on my writing is to read more. Nowadays, I only read blogs most of the time. It doesn’t really help me ’cause I’m already a freestyle writer. I need to read more formally written articles or books.

My first edition of Reader's Digest Asia 2011 - JustAnotherPixel.net

 

  • Reach my weight goal of 150 lbs. by the end of 2011.

    • My target weight is 150 pounds by December 2011 - JustAnotherPixel.net I’ve already started eating healthier. I try to avoid sweets, pork or anything with fat or oil. I also request now for fish, chicken and/or vegetables when my mom goes to the market.
    • Continue with my less- to no-rice diet. I’ve already started this last month and a lot of people have noticed my weight loss. Imagine that! Just by lessening my rice intake, I lost weight. Okay, I went off the wagon a couple of times the past weeks, but as of this writing, I’ve vowed to only eat rice for lunch and limit it to 1/4 to 1/2 cup.
    • Whenever I think about having a midnight snack, I’ll resort to just drinking water instead. It’s been working these past days.
    • I’m now working on not eating dinner anymore. Like tonight. I only had a cereal drink for dinner.
    • Purchase that elliptical exercise machine I’ve been itching to buy and follow a strict schedule of exercising every morning.

 

  • I know this is a long post. So, if you REALLY got to read everything above this line, say “Hooray!” at the comments section. Don’t cheat! Yeah, I may be guilt-tripping you into reading this whole post.

Seriously save up! - JustAnotherPixel.net

  • By the second quarter of this year, I should have a bank account with money earning interest consistently and pay off all my debts.

    • Yep, I need to save, save, save! The past months really made me realize how much I need to seriously save money. Though it might be a struggle now ’cause of the reason indicated on the next bullet point, but I’ll do my best to start saving up.
    • Because of the transition last year in terms of our shop’s management and ownership, I had to buy new computers. Half of the amount I used were our money, the rest, I had to “borrow” from my father’s friend. Well, technically, we swiped his credit cards for the second batch of computers so I’ll be paying off that credit for the next 11 months. But, I’m just glad I can call this business my own… of course, I still consider this a family business even though my parents always say it’s MY computer shop. 🙂
    • I just swore to fill up my Marlboro coin bank everyday. Ten peso a day. Plus, any 5 or 10 peso coin I see anywhere else aside from my coin purse and wallet goes straight to the coin bank. And I swear to not open it NO MATTER WHAT. Okay, well, except for real emergencies.
    • Control my compulsive shopping. Yes, I can say I’m a bit of a shopaholic now. I really need to get that out of my system. I’ve got tons of more important things to do with my money than spending them on senseless shopping.

 

  • Sales at my computer shop should double or even triple by the second quarter of this year.

    • I’ll be designing new tarps to advertise my photo printing and desktop publishing services here in our shop. I’ve already gained a couple of customers who prefer to have their photos and invites printed here so just a little adjustment on my marketing strategy should do the trick.
    • I’m saving up for my upcoming business that should be launched online, too. Stay tuned for that! It’ll be a collaboration between me and my father so this should be interesting.
    • Now, if you got to read EVERYTHING up to here, aside from “Hooray!”, say “Yeebaaa!” at the comments section. C’mon now, don’t be a killjoy. ^_^
    • I’ll be saving up for a renovation of my shop as I’m hoping to add 2-4 more computers by next year. Plus, I also want to put up a small studio here for those photo shoots.
    • Practice on making DIY invitations, especially for weddings. I’ve done DIY projects back in the days. Heck, I even made my own souvenirs and invitations for my 18th birthday. This should be really fun!
    • By the second quarter of this year, I should hire someone to help me man the shop. That way, I  can have him/her open earlier and close later. Plus, I can focus on my online money-making and possibly get an online job or finally start my designing business.

 

  • Cook more and learn how to bake!

    • Learn how to bake.. cupcakes! - JustAnotherPixel.net I’ve already rekindled my love for cooking. So, I’m pretty excited to cook more dishes and come up with my own recipes to share on our food blog.
    • I’ve always wanted to bake. I envy my brother Kien who’s just good in baking. I want to make my own chocolate fudge cake!
    • I want to learn more about cooking so watching cooking videos on Youtube and reading food blogs is now one of my favorite hobbies.
    • I’m saving up for a Kitchen Aid Mixer and other cooking/baking materials/machines! That’s how serious I am about cooking more and learning how to bake!

 

  • Learn more about photography.

    • Though my main focus is on food photography, I also would like to learn more about taking photographs of various subjects. First thing I need to do is buy myself a new camera… probably a more professional point-and-shoot like the Panasonic Lumix LX3. But, again, I need to save first! 🙂
    • Save up for a DSLR by 2012. I’m not really in a hurry to purchase one. But, if it does happen this year, then, woohoo!
    • Prepare to start my Project 365 for 2012. This, I’m particularly excited about. Woot!

 How I looked over a year ago compared to today - JustAnotherPixel.net

  • Take care of myself more.

    • I’ve mentioned this before and I know I neglected myself for the past years. Aside from gaining a lot of weight, I also noticed how haggard and boring I started to look. So, this year, it’s all about me, baby! *LOL*
    • I’ve already started taking care of my skin. Though my skin issues has nothing to do with me needing any acne treatment, I still have a lot of other stuff that I should get used to doing again.
      • Using lotion after I take a bath and before I sleep.
      • Put on petroleum jelly on my lips to prevent those cracks, especially now that it’s so fricking cold out here.
      • Always exfoliate and make sure to clean my face after a whole day of staying in our computer shop.
      • Apply sun block / sunscreen lotion on me whenever I go out. Though I’m not fair-complexioned, I don’t want my skin to wrinkle too early ’cause of sun damage.
      • Start waxing instead of plucking or shaving. TMI?! *LOL* ^_^
    • Put on some lipstick. I know, some may be surprised that I don’t use lipstick. I prefer my lips’ natural color. But, because of iron deficiency the past months, I now realize I need to put on lipstick. I’ll post about this soon so you can help me choose which color suits me best. ^_^
    • A day at the spa with my girlfriends or my mother is a MUST! Thank goodness for all those group coupon websites!

 

  • Boost my monthly earnings to $250-300 a month.

    • I haven’t been focused the past months on my online money-making. I guess I got so preoccupied with other stuff in my life that I lost focus. But, I’ve got solid plans now to increase my earnings. These, I will reveal soon!
    • I need to join more contests AND put more effort into it so I can bag more prizes. I wish I can win gadgets again this year just like when I won 2 Nokia 5230 phones and an iPad in 2010.
    • Because of how busy I’ve been the past months, I’ve slightly neglected my blog Pinay Online Money Maker. So, now, I have come up with a schedule when I’ll be writing posts for each of my blogs. That way, my other blogs won’t feel left alone.

 

  • Be a better blogger and reader/follower.

    • Continue helping others who look up to me for inspiration in blogging and making money online. I’m proud to say that I enjoy interacting with my blog readers and how glad I am to have influenced / encouraged people to start blogging and online money-making, too.
    • I’ve read about other bloggers setting a goal on comments they post. I prefer to do it my way. Actually, I’ve started my game plan already but fell off the wagon a couple of times because of too many other things I have to do offline and online. But, I’m determined to make this work ’cause it’s important to me to let my fellow bloggers I follow know that I actually read their posts.

    My blog contests in 2010 - Make a Wish and Thirty on 30 - JustAnotherPixel.net

    • Host a giveaway for each of my blogs at least once a year. I love hosting giveaways! In fact, I love being the host more than I enjoy joining. I guess it’s because I love going through the entries.
    • Proofread my posts BEFORE publishing. Still need to remember this before I click on the Publish button.

 

  • Be a better ME.

    • I want to make sure my family and I perform charity work at least once a year, starting this year. I still haven’t figured out how to do this, but I know my mom has a lot of ideas.
    • The new and true ME - happier, stronger, fearless! - JustAnotherPixel.net I’ve already worked on my temper. It has been uncontrollable the past years. Now, I don’t get upset, irritated or angry as quickly as before. I’m relearning how to control my temper.
    • Go out more with my friends. The past months, I’ve reunited with my long-time friends and words aren’t enough to express how much I miss them. Though a lot of things have changed in our lives the past years, I know our friendship will last forever.
    • Add more items on my bucket list. More adventurous activities this time. ^_^
    • Travel more around the Philippines and save up for trips abroad! Next stops are Bohol, Davao, Palawan and Batanes!
    • STOP PROCRASTINATING! Major issue with me, really.
    • Pray and be more connected to God… MY WAY. Though I’m not a practicing Catholic, I can proudly say that I’ve never been closer to Him than I was before I used to follow all the “rules”. I feel a closer communication with Him through my own ways. And I know He’s been blessing me and my family, and He’s guiding me through all the hardships I’ve experienced and preparing me for those I’m still about to go through.

 

Those are my resolutions and game plans for this year. Pardon the very long post, but I just wanted to write and publish them all so I can look back to this post anytime I need to be reminded of what I wanted to accomplish this year.

How about you? What are your resolutions and game plans this year? Share your post links! Would love to read them! 🙂