Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Random Is as Random Was


I miss blogging daily, randomly, like a journal.  The good news is this blog is now for that.  So here I am randomly blogging as I used to ... thus the title random is as random was.

I remember my blogging days when there was no Facebook yet. I like it better that way.  Facebook made it easier to connect with my family and friends and made it easier to post quickly, but it took away the "reflection" and "musing" that blogging facilitate.

I used to blog without having to "worry" how many likes and shares it will have when I post it o Facebook.  I someone really likes to read my post, they subscribed. 

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The other night I woke up in the middle of the night and started praying until I fall back to sleep again.  I honestly don't know how I would have survived living on this messed up world without the power of prayer.  Actually, the power comes from God but He has given us a tool to communicate with him through prayers.

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So much to do so little time is a narrative that I often tell.  Been wanting to change that.  One thing.  Do one thing at a time.  

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10:28 pm.  Now I am ready to sleep.  Thank you blog for always being here, ready to receive my online scribbles and musings.

And before I go, I'd like to share this YouTube Video.  You see I am starting to regularly post on Youtube this year. I have a plan.  But first I must finish my book, and publish it.  What book? Exactly - lol!

This video is random too ... this is not the plan ... hopefully, I can execute the plan.  But again ... da book ... must finish the book.  Ok, logging off now.  A hui hou!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

One Step Forward, One Step Back


Yesterday was a great day.  Here are a few of the wins which I consider Step Forward:

  • First thing I did in the morning was my quiet time with God - wrote in my prayer journal - did not check my Iphone - it was a success!
  • I attended a women's fellowship gathering - our Maui Women Live Out Loud Group.  It was great - a wonderful blessing to belong to a group of wonderful women who loves the Lord and love to have fun as well! 
  • Revisited my outline for the Maui Book. Motivated to work on it again
  • Did some changes on my online presence. Motivated to monetize my blog again. 
This morning was a Step Backwards.  I tried to tell my self not to turn on the computer and not to look at my Iphone. I failed on both.

So back to square one.  I need two days of doing the right things first in the morning. With the Holy Spirit's help, I can do this.

Until next time :)



Friday, December 15, 2017

Confession and Accountability


How many times have I told myself that I won't turn on the laptop and won't look at my phone until after I did my quite time and meditation? Plenty! Plenty of times! And how many times have I failed to do what I said I was going to do? Plenty! Plenty of times! Gah!  

It's one of those I know what I should do but I am not doing it.  There is a reason why I am successful in my career in social media on Maui - because I love doing it - I love connecting with people who love Maui.  I also genuinely love connecting with family and friends.  

And yes, the tools I use to strengthen these connections are social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram and even SnapChat.  However, lately, I am realizing that I need to re-organize my daily routine to maximize my achievement. 

And by achievement I mean to accomplish the things that are uber important to me.  It's about time to make a change. New Year 2018 is coming. That the year I will make this happen. So starting tomorrow, no laptop, no phone early in the morning.  

Grab the Bible, write on my low-tech journal (as in write with a pen) and also write that book that I had been saying I will publish (even just a short section at a time).  

After I have done those, then I can go online. Sounds good? Sounds good to me.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

No Gifts, No Guilt

Photo is from one of those Facebook Christmas Pages

One of my favorite "Marketing Mentor", Seth Godin, said that his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because it's a "no gifts, no guilt" holiday.  I perceive it as him saying that Christmas is a holiday where there is so much pressure about gift giving, that it creates guilt when you don't give.  This kind of thinking, in my opinion, is sad, but not uncommon. I myself is guilty of feeling guilty when I couldn't give gifts to the people I'd love to give gifts to, and people who gives me gifts.  People gets stressed on Christmas Season.  While it's supposed to be a holiday filled with love and laughter, it's become a holiday filled with stress, anxiety and guilt.

It is up to us to make our own Christmas celebration right and true to what we think and believe it is about.

Last night I started listening to Christmas music on Youtube while I am folding laundry, and I found myself singing out loud and dancing. It was hilarious. But no one saw and it doesn't matter. I was singing and dancing because I loved it.  It gave me so much joy.  Singing Christmas songs gives me so much joy!

So I think I'd be doing that again tonight. Sing and dance  Christmas.

The gift has already been given. It's the gift of  "John 3:16". The guilt has already been taken away.

In this world where there is so much sadness, sorrows, anxiety and stress,  Christmas is the time of the year when we can pause, and feel peace, love and pure joy.  Not feeling it yet? Sing along with me. Let's start with Moriah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" That always gets me going.  Just sayin'.

No gifts, no guilt. Just singin' and dancin'.  Bring back the Christmas JOY.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Just Write


Today is Tatay and Nanay's Wedding Anniversary.  Growing up, it's our family tradition to go out on a "nice" dinner as a family to celebrate this special occasion.  After dinner, we go to COD to watch the  Christmas Show.  Dec. 1 is not only an anniversary ... it's also the start of the Christmas celebration with the Estrellas' at 491-D :)  This is the day when we put our Christmas Tree up.  Oh I love reminiscing these fun memories ...

JUST WRITE.   That's my title for this post because I am coaching myself to just write .... write even if sometimes I don't feel like to (which is not really "I don't feel like to" but more of "I think I have other important things to do than write on my online journal" .... Ahhhh, just write. And so I did.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Because Journaling Is Good For The Soul



Yesterday I discovered that a friend of mine also re-started her blog and writing journal entries of  musings and reflection.  I enjoyed reading her blog because it's written in the same way I write here.  She talked about how she sometimes (or most of the time) overanalyze a situation. I am so the same.  And  journaling via blog helps me in processing my thoughts and dissecting my feelings.  I messaged her telling her that I found her blog. I encouraged her to keep on writing  on her blog  because "writing is good for the soul". ... "journaling is good for the soul".

Yesterday I also discovered a Facebook Page called Button Poetry and it sparked my love for Poetry. I think I might start writing poems again... 

Checked back on the Bucket List I wrote in 2012 and a lot has not been fulfilled. I think I need to be more proactive about fulfilling them.  

With my husband's retirement from his job at the Maui County, we are going through transitions. Praying all will go well, and all will even be better ...

And my book ... oh the book that I am supposed to write.  Nope, not done yet.  I really need to set aside a time to do it.  I also need to let go of  trying to make it a perfect book because it will never be perfect.  I need to remind myself to write according to my writing style.  People follow my blog and social media posting because of my style ... I just have to remain true to my voice and the writing will be easier and I'd be able to finish that book.

a hui hou