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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....

What I Loved Last Week: Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, there are a lot of other stuff I loved last week, and today I’m sharing them with you, show-and-tell-style! This is the life group that I get the privilege of leading, made up of student-leaders from the University of Makati: I learn so much from them, and I am constantly amazed at how talented, wise, gifted, and passionate they are when it comes to loving and serving God. When I was their age,...

Gearing up for Christmas!

I’m excited that Christmas is just around the corner! Christmas is a wonderful time to spread the love and cheer, and it’s also a great opportunity to create memories with loved ones. Today, I’m blogging about what our family has done in the past so you can get some ideas. Every Christmas Eve, our Claudio clan comes together to celebrate. We exchange gifts and eat lots of food, like most families. Two Christmases ago, we decided to add something extra...

5 Reasons why Teaching & Speaking are like Kayaking & White-water Rafting

“You never paddle the same river twice.” My uncle–the adventurer extraordinaire Anton Carag, Jr.–was in the middle of briefing our family about kayaking and white-water rafting when I stopped to write what he had just said. I had a feeling there was a deeper lesson in there somewhere. Fast forward to today. I was busy developing a workshop that I’m giving next week to some students from the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. As I was working on the...

T.G.I.S. – Thank God I Survived! :)

I survived the weekend! Here are some photos from our awesome adventure up north (Cagayan Province, Philippines): This trip deserves a longer post, so I’ll tell you more about it in the coming days. I just need to wait for the rest of the photos that were taken during our kayaking and white-water rafting adventures. And I definitely need to catch up on some sleep. Haha. Did you have a long weekend? What did you do?...

Should you go on a faith journey?

What does a “faith journey” look like? One can say that our entire lives can be called faith journeys, but for this blog post, I’m talking about real journeys, real trips–the ones that involve some geographical distance and usually a mode of transportation. But faith journeys are not your ordinary trips. Here’s how I define it: A faith journey: starts when you step out of your comfort zone involves going down a path you’ve never gone before has no promised...

My simple joys

It’s funny how time and time again we get deceived into thinking that happiness is tied to wealth, success, fame, or power, and yet some of the simplest things in life that we often don’t notice can bring such joy! All throughout this trip, God has romanced me in ways that seem too simple and yet leave such an impact on me. Here are some of my simple joys (some are old and some are new!): 1) SEEING STORIES TOLD...

Tribute to MTV Philippines

The Super! section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer made a tribute to MTV Philippines, and they asked some of us to write about our memories. It was one of my toughest assignments ever…there was too much to say! I was still in Boracay with my family when I got the messages from Tammy David and Pam Pastor of Super! so I had to work within the 30 minute computer access I had in the airport to whip up whatever I...

Superhero series: KYTHE

Today I want to talk about an organization called KYTHE. I’ve been hearing about Kythe since my college days, but I never got around to joining. I’m thankful that I finally had a chance to be a Kythe volunteer last weekend when my family decided to spend a morning at the National Children’s Hospital cancer ward as volunteer play buddies. Kythe is an organization that aims to help alleviate the anxiety of pediatric patients and their families by uplifting their...

My 2009 :)

Where do I begin??? There’s so much to say about this Christmas season and this year as a whole–it’s hard to put into words! So in the meantime (once again), I’m going to have to leave you with photos. Lots of them! Hover over the photos for the captions....

Better late than never :)

Aww phooey. I missed a day on my 30-day blog challenge. To make up for it, I’m just going to have to post twice today! Yesterday (Sunday) was truly a family day. First up, we had a lunch reunion with the our Claudio “superclan!” It was great to see my second cousins again! After that, our sub-clan (is there such a term? I’m talking about our immediate relatives) went to Razon’s to have some halo-halo, then I capped the day...