How important is it to be noticed?

Have you ever felt overlooked?
Have you ever secretly wished that people would notice you more?
Have you ever been frustrated because someone else took credit for something that you did?


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I'll be honest--I can answer "yes" to all of those questions. But a couple of months ago, I learned a valuable lesson from a fascinating leader named Bob Goff: being noticed isn't really all that important. Your popularity doesn't define your purpose, and becoming well-known isn't a prerequisite for making an impact. [...]

I can’t wait to…

___________________________________. Go ahead, fill in the blank! Are you looking forward to something? I’ve got a number of things on my list. I can’t wait to.. reunite with the rest of our Vanguard University cohort tomorrow (we only see each other one week/semester) watch Tony Bennett in concert on the 24th (I’m a fan, seriously.) see my family again (some of them are coming to visit, I can’t wait!) experience autumn in California (I don’t think I’ve ever been here...

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...

Should you stay or should you go?

New experiences can be very tough.

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been slightly afraid of meeting strangers. I'm constantly worried that I wouldn't know how to introduce myself or I'd run out of things to say.

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People who know me say that they can't imagine that I'm like that, especially since I used to work in a field that required me to meet and interact with a lot of people on a daily basis. But trust me, I didn't just cruise into that type of work easily. Maybe I was good at putting up a strong front, but deep inside, I had to summon up a lot of courage to be able to get by. Thankfully, after some time, things got easier. [...]

Is it possible to be faithful and foolish?

Recently, I started reflecting again on the story of Abraham. I’ve always admired Abraham’s faith. Hebrews 11:8 says that “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Have you ever wondered how someone can just do that? How was it possible that Abraham was able to head out without a clear destination, without a plan? ©iStockphoto.com/stacey_newman...

How to communicate with God

One of my greatest pleasures these days is receiving mail.

Every morning, I look forward to opening my computer and checking my e-mail accounts. While I'm asleep in the U.S., people in the Philippines are wide awake. On a good day, I usually have a couple of emails from my friends and family waiting in my inbox in the morning [...]

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...

What’s your next step?

A wise woman once told me:

"In moments of fear or confusion, take the next best step. It's as simple as that. Take the next best step. Don't worry about where you'll be in 5-10 years... just handle today. There is freedom in abandoning the 'what if's' and life plans created in our minds. Let God be good... He'll open and close doors!"

I never forgot Bianca's advice. It was simple, but it was powerful. Now, every time I feel lost, I ask myself: "What's the next step I need to take?"

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Sometimes, I arrive at some pretty convicting answers. But most of the time, the answers are kind of funny.