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Learning from stories

I love learning, I love stories, and I love learning from stories. There’s nothing like being so captivated by a story that you lose track of time. Great stories can ignite emotions in the depths of one’s soul and unlock new ways of thinking–that’s why I love them so much. Here are some stories that I want to share with you: 1. Blue Like Jazz – I’ve always loved this book by Donald Miller and now I love the movie....

Who wants to watch Planetshakers? :)

I do! PLANETSHAKERS, one of my favorite bands, is coming to Manila on March 12, and I’m going to miss it!  :( But guess what? You don’t have to. :) In a moment, I’ll tell you how you can win free tickets for yourself + THREE of your friends (yes, 3!) to watch Planetshakers live at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig. I’ll also tell you how you could win some Planetshakers CDs! And there’s more awesome news, but...

Five Ways to Get Your Joy Back

My word for the month: OVERWHELMED. I have been so overwhelmed with all the things that I need to do: between Christmas shopping and Christmas gatherings, weddings and training sessions, I am just about ready to fall apart. Plus I need to start preparing for a big move in January. Whew! I’ve been so overwhelmed to the point of feeling paralyzed and downright unhappy, so I had to make some changes this week to get the feeling of joy back....

My Christmas Wish List (a.k.a. My Geeky Gift Guide)

Today I’m sharing with you my Christmas wish list which showcases the shamelessly geeky side of me. If you know a geek like me, then maybe this gift guide would help! :) 1) iPhone 4 – I am a shameless gadget geek, this is true. 2) An awesome compact camera, like the Lumix DMC-ZS5/TZ8 or DMC-ZS7/TZ10 – I love my SLR camera, but I can’t carry it around all the time. I love the special modes on these Lumix cameras. 3) iTunes...

What I’m Loving This Week: Holiday Treats!

1) Cakes by Camille Morato Ocampo - One of my best friends, Camille, makes awesome cakes and pastries. It's really such a crime to be so near such delicious treats all the time. On one birthday of mine, she surprised me with a strawberry and cream cake because she knew how much I loved strawberries. I seriously fell in love with that cake. She's now selling that cake together with her specialty: the Mango Brulee cake (she also makes a version without mangoes, which is just as good, too!).

  • Strawberries and Cream Cake (PhP 900) - Light chiffon cake with fresh strawberry slices folded into whipped cream.
  • Mango Brulee Cake (PhP 800) - Mangoes cubes and sweet cream in between layers of chiffon cake.

If you're looking for something to bring to your next Christmas party, I highly recommend these, not just because Camille's my friend, but because they're really good! :) To order, you can contact Camille at +63916-7457729. [...]

What I Loved Last Week: Part 1

I usually create a post every weekend showcasing some stuff I’ve been “loving” during the week. Unfortunately, the past few days have been busy, so this post arrives a couple of days late. So without further ado, here are some good stuff I read this week! 1) The 4 Tasks of a Mentor and How to Receive From a Mentor by Tim Elmore – I love the straightforward and practical advice! 2) Watcha Gonna Do With That Duck? by Seth...

Gift ideas for Christmas (and for the rest of the year!)

Christmas is known as a season of giving, but it's also a stressful season for a lot of people because they feel like they don't have anything to give. The truth is that you and I actually have so much, but oftentimes we're too worried about the state of our wallets and bank accounts that we forget about all the other wonderful things that we can give. [...]

What I'm Loving this Week: Blogs, Books, Music

1) A high-level leadership question by Steven Furtick – In this blog post, Furtick presents “a simple, high-level leadership question you can ask every day that could significantly enhance the way you lead.” He hit the nail on the head. Great advice. 2) Before You Make a Career Change by Maurilio Amorim – Because I went through a drastic career change (and some other smaller changes along the way), I totally agree with the points that he wrote. I especially...

What I’m Loving this Week: Learning Resources

I am currently overloaded with free learning materials. Thank God for generous people on the internet. Let me share some of the great resources I’ve come across lately: 1) Leadership and Influence Summit – 36 video talks that you can watch for free at your own time (before November 30). The speaker lineup includes Chris Brogan, Jon Acuff, Keith Ferrazzi, Erwin McManus, Mark Sanborn, Tim Elmore, Charlene Li, and a bunch of other great leaders. Some of the topics include...

What I’m Loving This Week: GREAT VIDEOS (and more blog posts!)

This week has been all about videos! I’ve got more awesome stuff to share with you: 1) LeBron’s Nike commercial – One of the most creative commercials I’ve seen this year. I came across this by way of Carlos Whittaker’s blog–the comments section on his blog post alone is worth spending time on. Lots of great insights. In my opinion, what makes this commercial great is that it causes the viewer to really think. It’s controversial, clever, and thought-provoking all...

What I'm Loving This Week: You might want to take down some notes!

Here are some blog posts I loved this week: 1) Creating a Great Experience by Brad Lomenick @ Collide Magazine – Brad Lomenick is the head of Catalyst, one of the most dynamic and creative movements I’ve ever encountered. Their events are truly excellent, enough to rival an MTV awards show. Well, they don’t spend as much on stage design and they don’t have people showing up with outrageous costumes–or do they? Nevertheless, Brad and his team know what they’re...

Do all leaders really have to be readers?

There is a famous phrase that says “Leaders are readers.” I can’t verify if this has been consistently true throughout history, but on a personal level, I do know this for sure: reading helps me learn better, and learning helps me lead better. Personally, I prefer reading books. I can go on and on about books, and those of you who have followed this blog long enough know this to be true. I always love giving books to people when...