It doesn’t have to be grand.

When I was younger, I used to believe that people should always be successful. I should always do my best and produce favorable outcomes. However, as I grow older, I’ve realized that my priorities are changing (yes, progressive tense).

I graduated grade school and high school with flying colors. When I was in college, I joined different organizations, and did some basic writing freelancing gigs on top of my commitment as a volunteer-servant in our community. My weekends were always full. My weekends were always spent in the church.

Before I graduated college, I set my goals. I should graduate at 20 years old. At 25, I should finish my MA degree in my dream school. My goals area always revolving in my career. I have forgotten about myself. That person outside the academe, that person outsider her career, and that person before everything else.

Who am I without those affiliations? Am I still myself? Am I forced to do what society expects me to do?

I’ve entertained these questions because lately, I’ve been thinking about a very critical decision. I reviewed my goals, priorities, and needs. And you know what, everything has changed.

My goals before are not my priorities now. I choose to spend my energy to what matters most.

I believe it’s totally fine. People change, and so our decisions. We live life differently. We all have different origins, environment, and experience. When our goals are not yet achieve, we should not falter. Everything REALLY happens for a reason. We should know that reason to move forward.

Here’s what I’ve realized after working for more than 10 years (including my freelancing days).

1. Life does not have to be always grand. Some people use social media to post achievements and be quiet in their in-betweens. I am guilty of it and I am sorry, self. I’ve realized that I can still find something special out of ordinary experiences and events in my life. There is beauty in simplicity. Reading Japanese self-help book made me understand more about this belief.

2. Sometimes, we do not achieve our goals in our own timeline and that is OKAY. There are external factors, too. We don’t have the control to everything. When the time comes, we will surely achieve our goals. We just have to take time to pause and review, and keep going. Who knows? Our time will surely come.

3. Never stop learning. In life, no matter what you do, you should be open to learning new skills or thoughts. Ideas and concepts must be learned to. Life has changed rapidly, and so are other ideologies. If people refuse to accept new facts and stick to the old and not updated one, then it would be really problematic.

Here’s my photo reminding you to celebrate new experience and embrace new life lessons. You are capable! Always!

What is something that you’ve realized lately? I hope you find life meaningful despite of your issues.

May God bless you, friends.


I cried after reading Find Your Surrendered Place by Bo Sanchez

Where is your surrendered place? In life, we need a place where we can be at peace with God. We need a little corner in our life where we can spend time praying to the Lord.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, we need to meditate in our surrendered place.

This is Bo Sanchez only printed book in 2021. He has written it after recovering from COVID19. I never hesitated to purchase this book because it is indeed meaningful. It added value to my life.

My Takeaways from Find Your Surrendered Place by Bo Sanchez

1. Surrendering doesn’t mean you are weak. It means that you are courageous enough to trust God wholeheartedly.

2. When we surrender, we believe that God will always be with us in this journey.

3. When we surrender our fear of death, only then we can live life fully.

4. Meditation is important. 🥺

5. Let us surrender the lifestyle of hurry. At the end of the day, only the most essential will really matter.

6. Surrender our emotional leftovers. Hatred, guilt, and fear. We should let them go.

7. Our surrendered place is not a Lala Land. It’s a quiet place where we communicate with God.

You should also read this book if you like reading books about healing, meditating, and praying. If you are just barely making it in life, read this book to feel better.

May you have a meaningful 2022 ahead.

What book are you currently reading? Any book recommendations?


Why I love Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

This is a super late book review about Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. This has been in my cart for some months. I’ve decided to buy it as a gift for myself.

“Be led by your curiosity and keep busy doing things that fill you with meaning and happiness.” 🥰

What’s your Ikigai? What is something that gives you meaning and happiness?
This book is a must-read. This book helps its readers to fully understand their reason for living by knowing their ikigai.

Ikigai does not have to be grand. Sometimes, it could be the simplest thing in life, and that is okay. It differs from one person to another.

This book also gives an overview about the Japanese secret to a long and happy life. The authors are so specific in their explanation. They included diet, exercise, and way of living. They share how people in a certain place in Japan live longer than others.

Major takeaways from Ikigai

  • Each setback is an opportunity to grow.
  • Worrying about things that are beyond our control accomplishes nothing.
  • It is not what happens to you, but how you react that matters -Epicletus
  • Ikigai is the reason why we get up every morning.
  • Once you discover your ikigai, pursuing and nurturing it everyday will bring meaning to your life.

Have you read this book? Share your favorite quotes, too. Here’s mine.

This is the sign that you should grab a copy of this book. Go read it, friends. 🙂