April 11

Have you ever woken up to a day filled with questions about life? Well, today is that kind of a day for me. I thought of naming this article something else — some title filled with emotion, but I decided just to call this post April 11, for some reason I will expound on later in this article.

I woke up thinking of a lot of random things like how children are so brave. They just jump into doing things without thinking of the consequences of their actions. From stumbling and falling, they learn things. Then my mind shifted to thinking about working out today. A friend of mine told me that working out really makes you a happier individual. This made me think that this may be the reason why I have been feeling so “blah” for the past year. I haven’t been moving my muscles a lot lately. Then, my mind drifted to the thought of why Pia Wurtzbach, Lisa Soberano and Alice Dixon (my local girl crushes) are so damn hot! In the future, I would love to interview them just to see what they do on a daily basis, because I feel so ugly lately.

Then my mind again drifted to why I feel so insecure about how I look and what I can do. I thought that this may be because I think too much of what other people say and think. I analyze and interpret and then make conclusions already on how they feel about me base on how they treat me. I guess it’s because I’m human, and as human being (and a woman at that … haha!), we have our own intentions for doing things and then formulate certain expectations from others. Bottomline is that I think I should just not care and try loving myself more from now on.

Ej shared with me this very beautiful animation short for the music of Jane Bordeaux Band. I would like to give “slow claps” to the following people, too, who deserve to mentioned for this great animation short:
Producers: Uri Lotan & Yoav Shtibelman / Director: Uri Lotan / Co-Director: Yoav Shtibelman / Art Director: Ovadia Benishu / Additional Art: Avner Geller / Lighting and Shading: Yosef Refaeli / Additional Lighting: Uri Lotan, Rob Showalter / Storyboard: Yoav Shtibelman / Modeling and Rigging: Uri Lotan, Ore Peleg, Or Ofri / Texturing:Yosef Refaeli, Dor Ben-Dayan / Animation: Yoav Shtibelman, Toby Pedersen, Ron Polischuk / Effects: Phenomena Labs / Compositing: Uri Lotan, Ilia Marcus / Colorist: Ilya Marcus

Beautiful animated short! The lyrics are about a girl stuck in a routine while the world changes around her.

 

from Uri Lotan on Vimeo.

Here are the lyrics in English (translated from Hebrew):
Nights turn into days
Days turn into years
And among them I was going faster in circles
Winds are blowing on me
Blow on the back of my neck
Everything seems too far too big
I’m not moving forward
It’s the time that drifts away
This is another passing train
It’s a further tightening rope (knot)
Sunrises sinking fast
As more seasons pass
And I stay the same in this shortening time
(x2) I’m not moving forward
It’s the time that drifts away
This is another passing train
It’s a further tightening rope (knot)

I really loved this animation short and the lyrics. I love how it captured how I’m currently feeling now. I feel stuck and I feel like time is fleeting so fast. I actually just came from church, because I just had the urge to cry and cry. Manong uber kasi shared his life story and how he found his way when he turned to the Bible, that when I arrived here at Megamall, I wanted to let all the emotions out. From the entrance, it was a long walk to the 5th floor. I felt like a lost child hurrying to see my dad, because I just wanted someone to pour my heart out to.

Whew! That actually worked. I now feel that I can just surrender. Surrender everything — where I’m going, where I’m heading. I’ll just use my talents and continue to help others. Sometimes, we just all need to be reminded that there is something greater than us, a Divine Being, a God, a Lord that will help us make it through. We just have to believe that today (everyday) is the start of living a whole, complete life – the life that we always wanted to live.

April 11 is that day for me.

PS. Animators will want to know about this! 🙂 Animation Jam!

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How to Show People that you Value Them

I forgot to great you all a Happy Easter! It was a long day for me yesterday. I didn’t get to sleep the other night. I just slept a total of 2 hours, so last night, obviously, my body gave up on me. This is not an excuse, but we should show people that you value them more often. This is what I want to share with you today. Before anything else, check out how cute my little darling was yesterday.

Hawaiian Little Cutie

I didn’t even remember kissing my daughter good night last night. I think I did though.

Who invented kisses and hugs? It’s just so amazing that by doing just these two simple things, you can change the world of someone else. By doing just these two things, you need not say anything else; it just says a lot already on how you feel about the person.

I think in this world, where we are constantly busy and constantly striving to make ends meet, we forget to show people how much they mean to us. I know, because I, too have been guilty of such a thing. It seems pitiful that I’m coming up with a list of things to show people that you value them (haha!), but really, we all need a little reminder once in a while. Here are the things in my list:

#1 – Say good morning and good night
I remember a thing that someone said about making sure that you no matter how busy your are, make sure that as parents, try to be the ones to send off and pick up your kids from school. It makes their day better. So this is also something that we can do for the person you care for. Try to say good morning, right after you wake up and try to say good night, just before sleeping. It really can make their day!

#2 – Try to celebrate with them and be present for special occasions
Yup, show people that you value them on their birthdays especially. I’m not a Valentine’s kind of a girl, neither a Holidays type of a person, but I enjoy and love these times, too, but I do love birthdays. I think we all should and we all do, even if we don’t admit it. It’s that one day in the year that you can be selfish and do whatever you want to do. By spending it with someone you love, even if it’s the day before your birthday with birthday salubongs and all, it just shows these people, your family and friends, how much you value them.

#3 – Do random and unexpected little nice things for them during the day that make them smile
Leave little post its with loving notes for them to see in different places, like in a book, or inside their wallet. Message them sweet and little things that show them how much they mean to you. Make them the first one you call when you receive both good news and bad news. This is what people don’t often get. It’s the little things that matter. People don’t expect that you’ll make grand gestures for them, but little stuff count.

#4 – Initiate and don’t wait

We often just wait for our husbands or boyfriends to take us out on dates. We often wait for our children to hug us, before we hug them back. Don’t wait for the perfect or the last moment before you show the person you love how much you value them. There is no such things as the perfect time. Personally, timing’s not an issue. Don’t be the person who regrets not doing things that you have wanted to do with the person you value or don’t put on hold things that you wanted to say, but was scared to say it because timing was off. Don’t wait to show people that you value them.

#5 – Respect their decisions and Listen

We are different people with different personalities, beliefs, desires and opinions. To show other people we value them, we need to respect their decisions. If we don’t agree with them, it’s okay. Listen to what they have to say. Don’t shut them off too quickly. Then, if you still think that you have a point, reason out with them. Try to reach a compromise, but if that doesn’t happen, just accept the fact that you won’t agree on some things, and just respect their decision.

#6 – Make time for them.

No matter how busy you are or no matter how groundbreaking your and revolutionary your job, career or business it, make time for the people you value.

It is really a fast paced world, and there seems as if there was too little of a time to do all the things that you need and love doing. Show people that you value them. Never delay or postpone things that would make the people you value feel special though, or it may be too late.

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The Importance of a Life List

It’s 5:00 am and I know I should be sleeping, but for some reason, I couldn’t sleep again. So I did the inevitable and got my laptop and now, I’m writing this after looking through my life list. For a few days now, I have been busy with a lot of tasks for the different businesses that I have, so I haven’t had time to write. It’s been bugging me. I’m glad that the universe found a way to give me this time for writing.

Yesterday, on our way home, I was filled with energy and gusto for life. I was telling my husband that I think there is not enough hours in a day for all the work that I want to accomplish. I was telling him how excited I am for Monday, when I could start working again. I never felt anything like this when I was still employed. I know that this may sound crazy, but really, I never had the same zest for doing something greater.

MG - FB POST

Anyway, I think this zest, this passion, or whatever you want to call it, may be the reason why I am up this early. I woke up and I just wanted to grab my laptop and work or blog. When I opened my computer, I was drawn to read my life list. As I was reading it, I realized that there were a lot of things that I wanted to remove and I wanted to add. I realized something more important, too, that a lot of the things there were things that I wanted to do for others and not really something for myself. I realized that this was true for those that I have already accomplished and for those that I have yet to accomplish.

Looking through my life list gave me the renewed passion that I have for life. It gave me a clearer picture of who I am as a person and what I really want to achieve or do with my life. I highly recommend that you create your own list.

Here is my list: http://mommyginger.com/my-life-list

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Cute or Sexy and the Reason Why I don’t Take OOTD Pictures

Recently, I was asked by Style Weekend of Manila Bulletin to be featured for the Woman@Work section, where they feature the everyday style of fashionable women! I had to submit OOTDs. I quickly went through possibly thousands of files but to no avail, I think I only saw 1 OOTD picture. I read the email again and every time I would reach the word “fashionable”, I would blink again.

I think I have never been fashionable. I have tried, once in my ancient past, to be one fashionable lady. Oh, I even have a Lookbook account (for heaven’s sake, please do not check it!). But, I have constantly failed in that department. I know that I have what it takes to come up with a great ensemble. I have styled others, but when it comes to myself, I have constantly failed.

See! I have no SEXY bone in my body... :) haha!

See! I have no SEXY bone in my body… 🙂 haha!


And I know why… (of course, this over thinker knows why).

My why’s lie within the realm of a perceptions that I (throughout the years) have believed to be my TRUTH.

Perception: Only the SEXY ladies look good in picture

I think that there are two kinds of women in the world — the sexy ones and the cute ones. The sexy ones are those who can take perfect selfies, even without filters. Even as a woman, I love looking at their social media accounts since everything seems so perfect. They know their angles (whatever that means) and they just come off as confident, attractive and bold (for both men and women, actually).

I could never pass as sexy. When people compliment me, the highest form of flattery would be something with cute in it.

Hey, Ginj… Cute shoes.

Cute hair.

Cute dimple.

Cute dress.

Cute smile.

Okay, okay! I get it already! Even if I try to be flirtatious, sexy, bold and daring, I still come off as cute. Thus, I hardly take OOTD pictures. All of pictures that I take of myself seem like I’m just going to the mall for coffee or sometimes, it even looks like I haven’t taken a shower and just decided that my pajamas was worthy of an OOTD picture.

Check out this video from Buzzfeed and empathize with me, please. Haha!

But, kidding aside, we CUTE women can create amazing OOTDs, too. We can take amazing selfies, too (even if we start with taking selfies on Snapchat where we only have 5 friends). Hey, that’s fine! That’s a good start. The world needs a dose of cuteness and we are here to BRING IT! We need to claim 2016 as our year!

We should start building confidence. We should start believing in ourselves more. We have our own sense of style and even if it comes out as cute, as weird, as geeky or as uninspiring as people say it is, this is an expression of who we are — and WE are beautiful. If you see that flab in your arm or that little belly fat, it’s okay. Love yourself! Forgive yourself for taking that slice of chocolate cake, girl! We live only once.

So are you cute or sexy? Now you know it shouldn’t matter. The most important thing is that you are happy. It shouldn’t matter what other people say.

You are sexy, beautiful!

 

You’re equally sexy friend,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

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Learn a Little Every Day with 365 Days of Learning

I was in the shower a while ago and something really bothered me. We all know that learning in general is good for us, since we get to ‘grow’. We know that learning something new everyday is something that we should turn into a habit, but what stops us? For the attendees that we have for Manila Workshops, it is interesting to note that some are repeat attendees and these are the people who I often see and get to know more of. Like them (probably), I personally see the value in striving for knowledge and new learnings on a daily basis.

What stops us from making learning a habit? One thing that I could think of is that we think learning needs to be in a structured environment, but it shouldn’t be. We don’t just learn in school, or even during workshops. We learn through conversations. We learn through the shows we watch, through recordings and podcasts that we listen to. We learn through going to networking events and when we meet new people. We learn through different platforms.

Love Learning

Another thing is that we say that we don’t have time to learn new things. The thing is, learning is really easy to incorporate into our lives. We just have to make it a habit. For example, when we commute or ride the car going to work, why not listen to a podcast or a recording. When going out for coffee during lunch break, why not read an ebook?

There are so many lessons to be learned. My team came up with this idea of helping you learn a little everyday from different people in the metro. This project called 365 Days of Learning aims to help you instill that habit of learning. We want you to discover a whole new world by discovering the love for learning.

Here are some of the lessons that we have already posted:

Day2… on #rebranding 🙂 #LoveLearning #AlwaysLoveLearning #Branding #ManilaWorkshops #entrepreneurship #startup Mommy Ginger

Posted by Manila Workshops on Friday, January 1, 2016

You can view one tip every day at the Manila Workshops Facebook Page, Love Learning Facebook page or the Love Learning Shop Instagram account.

If you have a lesson that you want to share, or any experience that has taught you a lesson, please feel free to leave a comment below! Let’s do our part in spreading the word about learning a little everyday!

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One Word for 2016: Simplify

Last year, my one word was FEEL. This year, I want to make my life simpler. Last year was a great year but I noticed that a lot of the unnecessary stress that I felt was because I had so many things on my mind. My to-do list reached 4 full pages on my notebook. I was working simultaneously with different project management platforms. I had numerous windows opened every time I worked. I noticed that I would open a window every time something else would cross my mind.

I just feel that I need to get it together this year. I realized that the reason why I rush through life and I don’t get to FEEL things as much is because I have so many things that I’m doing. I think this year, I need to take it easy and focus on the essential stuff. My one word for 2016 is #Simplify.

Simplify

So, what are the things that I will do differently this year? Here are some of the things that I will do:

  1. Fix schedules with the different businesses that I have.
  2. Use technology more for meetings, like Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
  3. Use my little Moleskine planner for note taking for meetings. Use my CBTL planner for my To-Do list.
  4. Don’t reply to emails after 8pm.
  5. Wake up at 6AM every day so that I can run and i’ll have enough time to blog in the morning.
  6. Learn to say “no” to projects that are not aligned with my overall goals and if I really can’t accommodate it into my schedule.
  7. Always go back to the basics when thinking of strategies for the business.
  8. Outsource things that can be outsourced. Automate things that can be automated.
  9. Learn how not to overthink things.
  10. Learn to relax and enjoy 🙂 (haha! #10 makes me sound like such a boring person… I think I am pala!)

There! These are the things that I will do to make my life simpler.

How about you? Have you thought of your one word for this year? Here are some links that can help you figure out what your one word will be for this year.

http://myoneword.org/

http://oneword365.com/

I have been doing this exercise since 2013. It has really helped me a lot decide and act on things. How about you? Have you thought about what your one word will be for 2016? Do share it with me by leaving a comment below! Please do share! I’d love to talk to you here!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

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Reflecting on Life: Lessons Learned in 2015

Today is such a perfect day to cap off the year that was. The sun is out, but the weather is pretty much cooperating since it’s not too hot and the wind is blowing. It’s pretty cold for a day in this tropical country. The weather is perfect for doing some serious contemplation.

I started creating the files for 365 days of learning for ManilaWorkshops.com and LoveLearning.co. 365 days of learning is a project by the team where we gathered 365 short lessons from different people and we share one with you daily. In collating and creating some of the lessons, I thought of my life and looked back at the things that happened to me in 2015.

Reflecting on Life

It was a challenging year for me. It was a year that tested my patience, strength and perseverance. There were a lot of moments that brought happiness and moments that brought tears. There were numerous times when I felt uncertain, detached and so unsure of my life. It’s true what they say that life is a roller coaster ride. My 2015 was hell of a ride! But with that ride, I got to learn a lot of things and these lessons that I have learned or these realizations, I know, will be such a great help for me as I welcome 2016.

The True Meaning of Success

More than three years ago, my definition of success was to be the boss of a department in the company that I worked for. Success for me was getting a promotion and with this would come a raise that would help me buy things that I want for myself and my family. Then, after starting my own company, my definition of success was trying to build an entity or several entities that would eventually give me passive income, so that I can sustain the lifestyle that we wanted as a family. I still am trying to achieve this last goal, and I have worked overtime in achieving this is in 2015. By overworking, I forgot to set aside time for myself and my family. I also just rushed through things so that I get to the results at once.

The Arboledas

2015 has made me realize that the true meaning of success for me is enjoying every single day with family and friends while doing the things that I love the most. Success can be achieved on a daily basis when you have cherished every single second of the day, and then go to bed happy and contented that you have lived life to the fullest today.

Collaboration over Competition

Collaboration has been a buzzword, especially in the start up scene this 2015. I have used this word quite a lot this past year, too, and I know you’ve been seeing a lot of this hashtag from me, but this has become more than that for me. 2015 has shown me clearly what working with others can do. With collaborating with others, I have found true friendships that I would have otherwise not have found. And guess, what? Most of them, I have actually met online and have grown to be friends with offline, too!

With my Beauty Biz Bliss co-founders, Frances of Mommytopaz.com and Martine of MakeitBlissful.com

With my Beauty Biz Bliss co-founders, Frances of Mommytopaz.com and Martine of MakeitBlissful.com

The beauty of being open to whatever lies ahead is that you find the most precious people unexpectedly. You find people who will be there for you through good or bad times. These people will be ready to support you all the way.

With my good friend Fitz Villafuerte

With my good friend Fitz Villafuerte

Some may even trust you enough to share their ideas and their goals. They may even consider you as a business partner for other endeavors that they might think of.

Yours truly with Lyle of Raket.ph

Yours truly with Lyle of Raket.ph

 

With Tina Rodriguez of TrulyRichMom and Donna of ManilaWorkshops.com

With Tina Rodriguez of TrulyRichMom and Donna of ManilaWorkshops.com

 

The Educating for Life Team of Sanne, Michelle, Mariel and yours truly

The Educating for Life Team of Sanne, Michelle, Mariel and yours truly

Yes, we fear competition, especially in this highly competitive world, but through a deeper understanding of myself, how I am as a person and a knowledge on how I can make that unique difference in this world, I am now braver.

Work Smarter not Harder

This 2015, I really got drained with all of the work that I had to do. The past year has taught me to try to work more efficiently and smarter. I know that I always say that I’m a workaholic, and there is no use to denying that fact, BUT I am not proud of it. This coming year, I want to simplify things and declutter (my life). I have to learn to say no and feel okay about it, if I know that it will just bring in useless worry and anxiety. I need to feel less guilty about declining things that I can’t handle anymore.

Results Matter

Any marketer would know that the first goal is usually to build awareness. For the things that I have been doing and for the goals that I want to achieve, I think 2015 was a great year for building awareness for it. I’m so glad that I was given a lot of opportunities to spread the word about my own personal advocacies, but this year, it will all be about results — seeing actual change. My wish for 2016 is that more and more people develop that habit of learning. I also wish that more and more people build successful businesses — businesses that would help others achieve their own personal goals and dreams, too.

Try New Things

I helped write a chapter for the book - Cyberpreneur Philippines

I helped write a chapter for the book – Cyberpreneur Philippines

This year, I have gained back that zest for life. I have learned to just jump and see where life takes me. I am proud to say that this year, I have tried to make my own youtube episodes, have helped write a book, have discovered the love for boardgames, have tried flying across the air (flying trapeze), have received my yoga certification (YTT200), have grown my team, have joined 3 tech startup companies, have appeared in a TV commercial, have done several interviews, have seen my daughter’s first Christmas presentation, etc. I realize the value of trying new things. Some felt like these weren’t really for me, but other things felt pretty good. I may have failed in some areas, but I am thankful of the fact that now I know better.

Dear 2015, 

I am grateful for all of these lessons that I have learned. I think I have grown more mature. You have taught me how it is to love life with a renewed energy.  I think the challenges you threw at me made me a better and stronger person. I sweetly let you go today and welcome in a new year of hope, faith, love and learning. 

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

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Why We Need to be Better People

As I scroll down through Facebook updates, I see one update of a lady who was there during that horrific night in France. After recounting the specifics of what had happened during the concert, she goes on with these words. Her words got to me. “There last thoughts were not on the animals who caused all this. It was thinking of the people they loved… Last night, the lives of many were forever changed and it is up to us to be better people, to live lives that the innocent victims of this tragedy dreamt about but sadly will now never be able to fulfill. – Isobel Bowdery”

I have not been in any situation like that and I couldn’t imagine what she had gone through. I doubt anyone of us would want to be in her situation, but I admire her for exposing what we should be thinking of right now. Yes, we may wonder about what is happening to this world — why is there so much violence, violence that even involves killing innocent people. Our hearts may even be filled with anger for those who did this. We may blame a lot of people for all of these things happening, but I think what this should be is more of a wake up call.

Better People

A wake up call for us to be better people.

Better does not necessarily mean that you need to change the world. Better does not mean running for office or seeking for a government position. Better does not mean inventing a life-changing surgery that may change the medical industry (sorry, I watch too much Grey’s Anatomy and Code Black downloads). It doesn’t even mean building a huge conglomerate, let alone a company.

Better, for me, just means being in love — in love with life, in love with living. Better means waking up everyday, loving ourselves and loving how living gives us the opportunity to enjoy and grow. Better means seeing yourself as valuable and capable of making a difference in this world, no matter how big or how small. Better means living with integrity, conviction, kindness and faith. It means seeing and upholding what is fair and just. It means loving yourself so that you can love others more. It means being kind to people and respecting what they believe in even if you don’t necessarily agree with them.

Better means that we just don’t thrive with people in our community, but we mingle and interact. We build relationships — relationships that strengthen the main core of our existence which is to love. We help each other achieve and grow, learn and love. We help them move on from past hurt, heartaches, hang-ups, depression, bullying and other negativity that they may have experienced. We help them achieve their fullest potential, by actively helping them out or by just being there as a friend.

Better means realizing that minute things that we can do will impact society in a big way if we constantly do it. We need to give more importance to living intentionally. If ever something tragic happens (I sincerely hope it doesn’t happen to any of us), we need to be able to say that we have lived and loved. We have done everything that we could have done with this precious life. We have been good people and we lived a good life.

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