What we consider normal now is being busy. It’s not surprising that all of us can’t keep still. We always feel like we need to move — check our phones, type something in front of the computer, go out and workout, etc. We have an endless list of dreams that we want to accomplish and there seems like there is not much time given to us every day.

I’ve been pretty busy this past week. Up until last week, I was working on one major project and I have set aside the other things that I needed to do. Since that project didn’t push through, I thought of focusing on the businesses that I will set up next year. But then a new wave of opportunities came rushing in.

Speaking of the Kerygma Conference 2015 (which has been running for 9 years already), I really feel that I need to go this year. The Kerygma Conference is the biggest inspirational event in the country founded by lay preacher and best-selling author Bo Sanchez. I feel that at this time in my life, I really need to be inspired and enlightened. I know my purpose — I am clear with what I want to accomplish, but sometimes, I get lonely, and I don’t know why. I feel that I may find answers when I attend this year’s conference. This year’s conference will be on November 19-22, 2015 to be held at SMX Convention Center and SM Mall of Asia Arena.

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Why am I excited to attend this conference?

The Kerygma Conference 2015 is four days of non-stop learning with as many as nine (9) classes of your choice from five (5) different streams—business and career, leadership and education, church ministry and systems, wellness and health, and family and relationships. Just click on this link for the list of classes and speakers: www.kerygmaconference.com

Brother Bo Sanchez

I want to hear Brother Bo speak. I always feel inspired and enlightened after I hear him talk. Bo Sanchez’s mission is to bless you because He believes that God loves you as if you’re the only one left on earth to love. He’ll be preparing his talks for the Kerygma Conference with that intention in mind — so get ready to be blessed like never before!

I’m excited for the roster of speakers for this year. The speakers will be Rex Mendoza, Justin Fatica (of the U.S. based Hard As Nails Ministry), Fr. Joel Jason, Arun Gogna and Alvin Barcelona. There will also be international speakers, Jana Stanfield, Scott Friedman, and Jonathan Low who will  be sharing business and leadership insights in their respective classes. Other esteemed speakers who will be at the Kerygma Conference are Francis Kong, Paulo Tibig, Jojo Apolo, Rissa Singson-Kawpeng, Ichel Alignay, and many more!

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And what’s nice about the Kerygma Conference 2015 is that there’s a Youth Conference for students and teenagers, life-changing career talks for the young professionals, empowering entrepreneurship talks for those thinking of starting their own businesses, retirement topics for those who wish to learn how to be “happy retirees,” and so much more! The Kerygma Conference definitely has something for everyone!

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I also feel that I NEED it. Have you ever felt that way about something? I just feel that this event was scheduled perfectly at the perfect time in my life when I need it the most.

Kerygma Conference

Kerygma Conference

Two “Grand Feasts” at the Mall of Asia Arena will mark the last day of the Kerygma Conference. I haven’t gone to the Feast but I would really love to go to one, and this may be the perfect opportunity and time to go. There will be a Holy Mass and plenary talks by Bo Sanchez and Alvin Barcelona, plus powerful worship. For non-conference attendees, tickets will be available at www.smtickets.com. For more details about the Kerygma Conference 2015: Coming Home, visit www.kerygmaconference.com.

There, I just shared my own personal reasons on why I want to go to the Kerygma Conference. How about you? Will I see you there?

Do you encounter days that you know will just be perfect? Upon waking up, you immediately feel gorgeous and you know that nothing will stand in your way. You know that everything will just turn out perfectly and even if it won’t, you know you’ll just keep smiling. Well, I had that kind of a day last week. For some reason, I just woke up feeling amazing. I knew that I had a ton of things to do but I was happy.

I felt even more accomplished and happier after that morning. That particular morning was fantastic because I got to make my own clutch. Yeeeeeah! I know. I just said I and emphasized the “I” in that sentence. Little ol’ super-not-at-all-crafty me created my own clutch and it was because I attended the DIY Bespoke Your NiQUA (#DIYBespokeUrNiQUA) event at Century Mall.

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I was one of the first people there. It was nice to see Bunnie from NiQUA again and Mia from Juice Hut Manila.

Mommy Ginger, Bunnie of Niqua and Mia :)

Mommy Ginger, Bunnie of Niqua and Mia 🙂

I also got to see some friend that I have not seen for the longest time like Jam from the Share Movement. This day was really turning out to be a brighter day!

Mommy Ginger, Bunnie of Niqua and Jam :)

Mommy Ginger, Bunnie of Niqua and Jam 🙂

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My favorite bag from Niqua!

My favorite bag from Niqua!

 

Again with my favorite bag from Niqua!

Again with my favorite bag from Niqua!

During that morning, we were taught how to create our own clutch and we got to keep our work. Personally, I love this idea because I haven’t really created any bag in my entire life. Now, from a business standpoint, I salute Bunnie for thinking of an activity like this, and here are my reasons why:

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  1. Involving the Customer. Gone are the days when customers would just be spectators and then hypnotized into buying something. Now, we, as consumers/customers crave so much more. I love how NiQUA extended the customer experience from deciding which materials to use down to customizing the clutch with a monogram. Nowadays, it’s all about experiential marketing and by having this event, NiQUA gave emphasis on “experience”.

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2. Understanding the customer. A bag for a lady is very personal. We don’t want people looking through our stuff. We don’t even want want our boyfriends or husbands checking things inside our bag. Having this elegant touch of personalizing these clutches is very smart. Even if it’s the same style or given it’s of the same color, we will still be able to know that it’s ours because of the initials monogrammed on the bag.

 

 

Your Truly with Working Mom EIC, Jane :) Busy Mommas!

Your Truly with Working Mom EIC, Jane 🙂 Busy Mommas!

3. Saves manpower cost. With having a retail business, one of the barriers is really creating a lot of products of quality at the fastest possible time. A lot of the retailers that I have mentored say that looking for the right people and training them takes a lot of time and effort. This event is a brilliant way of selling bags without having to think of labor, plus you can also price your products at a premium because of the entire experience and the personalized touch.

Busy me! haha!

Busy me! haha!

 

 

 

 

Busy ladies at the #DIYBespokeurNiqua Event!

Busy ladies at the #DIYBespokeurNiqua Event!

4. This is a good marketing strategy. We all went home happy, and we will of course share the news about this service / product of NiQUA. People underestimate the power of word of mouth, but it’s about time that we give it a shot. This is the reason why celebrities and online influencers are commissioned by brands. Words have weight.

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Monogram!

Monogram!

So this event was worth it! I really wanted to share this so that other retailers and aspiring retailers can get some tips from this post plus the fact that I wanted to share with you this appetizing picture (food from Early Bird Breakfast Club). Yummy!!!

 

 

My very own Niqua Clutch with this Early Bird Breakfast Club soup!

My very own Niqua Clutch with this Early Bird Breakfast Club soup!

Had a great time with these ladies! Thanks Niqua!

Had a great time with these ladies! Thanks Niqua!

Thanks NiQUA for inviting me to your #DIYBespokeurNiQUA event! 🙂 It was truly an amazing experience. If you want to check out their products and get that bag that I love so much (in the picture above), visit their site: http://www.ni-qua.com/

Yesterday, I was so pumped up to start November right. I made this recording.

 

True enough! Yesterday, I started writing my To-Do List and ended up writing 2 pages with 42 tasks. No worries, I said to myself! I envisioned today to be seamless… perfect. I would wake up at 6:00 am to jump on the treadmill. Then I would take a cold shower and work until around 9:30 AM. After which I would rush off to my 10:00 AM meeting and eat lunch at the coffee shop and work again once I got back home. Then I would take a Skype call from a potential partner from Amsterdam and then work again after the call. In my mind, everything was perfect! I was so pumped up for November.

Me Time

Then this morning came and I couldn’t get up at 6:00 AM. I stayed up late watching the first episode of Code Black and a few episodes of The Flash. Yes, seriously, a workaholic entrepreneur like me has some lazy moments, too. My head hurt last night. It was probably because I gobbled up one whole bag of Popcorners (so much for my diet!). That is the reason why despite the snoozed alarm, I was only able to fully wake up at 9 am. I then rushed taking a shower, eating breakfast and packing my laptop, which was lazily dumped on top of the table the night before.

He, let’s face it, peeps. We will have days like these when we think of ourselves as lazy bums, and guess what?! That’s perfectly alright! We all need some “down” times like these. We need our ME time. It makes our “game” faces and “game” feelings even game-r (somewhat like the calm before the storm!).

It doesn’t mean that you’re less effective or you’ll be less effective. Feeling tired and longing for some rejuvenation and relaxation makes you human.

Now that I had that down time yesterday, I feel like i’m more pumped up for November! Time to cross all that tasks in my to-do list. How about you? How was your weekend? Where you a lazy bum like me?

Raaaaaaawr! I hope you’re now pumped up, too!