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On letting of go of plans and making a book…

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If I had a soul sister from a movie, it would be Belle from my all-time favorite animated Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast (the live action version is now showing in theaters, FYI!). Belle is described by the villagers to always have “a dreamy, far-off look, And her nose stuck in a book.” That’s me! Or at least that used to be me when I was younger. These days, my nose would most likely be stuck on an e-reader, but the same love for books...

The story of how I ended up in grad school

I was sitting by the window on a full flight to New York, casually reading a moderately interesting book on social media marketing. I like window seats on airplanes and I like reading books when I travel — window seats because I like looking at clouds, and reading because it saves me from awkward small talk with the stranger sitting beside me. I’m THAT person who wears a polite smile and a pair of earphones pretty much during the entire...

Six months later…

As of today, I have been living in the US for six months. Allow me to quote a Lea Salonga song when I say, “What a journey it has been.” When I first got here, I was overwhelmed and filled with anxiety. Six months later, I can say that God has been so faithful, just as He has always been. I didn’t expect things to turn out the way they did nor predict how things would unfold, but I can...

Seeing the beauty in every season

It’s Memorial Day here in the US, which marks the transition from spring to summer. I arrived here in the winter and now it’s already summer? I barely had the chance to enjoy spring! Oh, how time flies! At the beginning of the year, when I prayed about it and I decided to settle down here in California (at least while I’m in graduate school), it felt like it was time for me to put both feet in the ground...

My favorite sound bites from Catalyst West 2011 (Part 1)

Catalyst West isn't done yet, but already, I feel different. I forgot how life-changing a Catalyst conference can be. It's just one of those events that create an environment for people to feel hopeful, inspired, and empowered once again.

Just like last year, my pen had trouble keeping up with all the speakers, and most of the time, I was too focused on listening that I forgot to take down notes. But here are some of the funny, witty, and powerful sound bites I managed to write down [...]

Ready, get set, GO.

Today, I’m off to one of my favorite events: the Catalyst West conference. I’m excited to learn, to be encouraged, and to be inspired. One of my mentors, Anthony Pangilinan, uses the word “disturbed” quite often as something that needs to happen to every leader, and as scary as it sounds, I hope to be disturbed in these next few days as well. I want to share with you the description of this year’s conference theme, which I pulled from...

Warming up…

Starting what seems like a new life isn’t easy. Everything is new and uncomfortable, and it takes a while to get used to things. It’s like going to the gym on the first week of a new year. You want to lose 10 pounds right away, but you need to ease into your workout, stretch out your muscles, and give your heart a chance to keep up. ©iStockphoto.com/CREATISTA Such it is with my blogging. I haven’t been able to blog...

A Slice of My California Life

As of today, I’ve officially been in Southern California for one month! It’s been one overwhelming but blessed month, and I am so thankful for so many things: my relatives over here, my friends back home who are praying for me, my new friends, my classmates, and I can go on and on and on… You know what I realized? You know you’re no longer in the Philippines when… 1. The cars stop for crossing rabbits. 2. You’re actually aware...

The Winners of the Planetshakers Promo

And the winners are… *Drum roll please* Wait! Before I make the announcement… I want to say thank you to everyone who joined! I enjoyed reading your comments, and I really hope that whether or not you walk away from this a winner, I pray that God would bless you in ways beyond what you expect! :) I also want to thank the people from Becca Music, Inc. for producing concerts and experiences like these for Filipinos to enjoy, and...

Dealing with Change

Can you pinpoint an exact moment in time when your life changed? Maybe for some of you, it’s the day you got married. Or maybe it’s the day your first child was born, or the day someone you loved dearly passed away. It’s as if your life changed overnight, and you feel like you’re in over your head, and what was reality for you yesterday no longer remains to be the reality you’re living in today. You know those moments?...

Goodbye, 2010!

I’ve been thinking of what to write for my end-of-2010 post. I’ve been reading through my RSS feed, and quite frankly, I’m overwhelmed. There are so many good posts out there from various bloggers, and all I could come up with is this: I am grateful. Yup…that’s all I could think of at the moment. :) Simply grateful. But grateful in a way that my heart wants to burst with joy. God is—and always has been—amazing. And He made 2010...

Happy Holidays!

I would type up a list of my excuses for not blogging much lately, but I think my excuses are better shown through the photos from this busy but blessed month! :)

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I know this is a little late, but HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!

What God said today…

It’s been an exhausting month! I finally finished my Christmas shopping yesterday, but I still have lots of items on my to-do list, so I woke up early this morning to get more things done. But when I woke up, I could barely move. I was so exhausted. I wanted to get up, but I couldn’t. And then a word entered my head and wouldn’t go away… “SELAH.” It’s difficult to find an accurate description for selah, but for now,...

Christmas Chaos!

Is your Christmas season feeling as chaotic as mine? December is always known to be an incredibly busy month, but this December is extra-crazy for me for another reason. I’m leaving in less than a month to embark on a new adventure. It’s easy to get caught up in all the planning, just like it’s easy to get caught up in all the craziness of the Christmas season. I wish I could write one of those blog posts that would...