GINspiration — Life Lessons

Talks about Mommy Ginger’s life lessons for Baby Zeeka.

Beauty Biz Bliss: We are Here for You!

You only get one chance to live, so live it to the fullest.

As cliché as it may sound, I just had to start my article with that statement. I still see that we all don’t FULLY get it. I know this for a fact, because I don’t FULLY live my life to the fullest. I had my birthday yesterday and I know that I haven’t really lived my day to the fullest yesterday. I woke up in the morning and my husband and little cutie of a daughter came and woke me up with flowers. I was grateful, of course, but after waking up, I went straight to my computer and worked. Then I went to the bank with my loving husband who wanted to be with me the entire day. Yes, my entire morning was spend doing bank errands. Yes, I know. I’m weird that way.

The rest of the day was better than how the morning went. I eventually, let go and dropped my laptop and did the minimum amount of work that I could do from my phone. What can I say? I admitted that during Martine, Frances and my talk at the Work at Home Expo 2015 that I’m a workaholic. But digging deeper into how I felt and who I was, I have always felt that I wasn’t good enough for anything. And my birthday was not an exception. I felt like I did not have the right to celebrate. I have always felt that my birthdays are just like other day. I don’t understand why people need to celebrate my birthday when I haven’t even done something significant.

So there, that’s how I felt. But waking up this morning and upon talking to my friends, Frances and Martine over Facebook Messenger, I again realized that I am VALUABLE enough to celebrate my birthday. We, three, have so many plans for helping other women achieve outer and inner beauty, succeed in achieving the dreams that they are so passionate about and achieve a life of bliss that they have always wanted. I realized that my feeling of insecurity is just normal and a lot of women feel the same way.

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This is the reason why Frances of MommyTopaz.com, Martine De Luna of MakeitBlissful.com and yours truly of this blog, MommyGinger.com decided to come together to start a lifestyle brand that would ignite change, inspire and empower women to live their lives to the fullest. This brand is Beauty Biz Bliss or BBB. BBB’s credo is collaboration over competition! We aim for the inclusive growth of all women no matter what age, stature or race. We want to help women achieve their full potential and help them build the dreams that they have always wanted for themselves.

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Beauty Biz Bliss will have several components. We will have intimate social gatherings so that people will get to know other like-minded women. We will have workshops that will tackle three components in our brand. We will also work with brands who believe in the same cause and see how they can fully help the community of women and vice versa.

We would love to meet all of you! Let’s change the world, Ladies, one step at the time by achieving our dreams! We will make it happen. We are here for you!

Frances, Martine and I are very excited for this. Get to know more about us and about BBB at facebook.com/beautybizbliss. For brands that want to work with us, please email me at ginger@mommyginger(dot)com.

Living Truly, Madly, Deeply

If I were to create titles of articles, I would always place ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ after a verb. For example… Live Truly, Madly, Deeply or Love Truly, Madly, Deeply or Learn Truly, Madly, Deeply. You get the idea. I love those words because I believe that it encapsulates everything that a human being needs to be in this world.

Live Truly Madly Deeply

Truly.
Everyone needs to be honest about what they feel, think, act and do. For me internal suffering occurs when one goes against what they know is true. Well, obviously, you can lie about what you really feel and you can deny doing things that you have actually done, but of course, there will be repercussions. Even in business, the people who last, the people who make it are those who are genuine. You can hide but eventually, you’ll be figured out.

Madly.
The world’s crazy! Seriously. But let’s embrace CRAZY, because without it, we won’t have innovations. We won’t have driven people looking for positive change. We won’t have people longing to make a difference. In this world that we live in, those who are madly in love with an idea are the driven ones. These are the ones who can’t sleep and the ones who are crazily obsessed with making the world a better place. They won’t stop until they get things done.

Every morning, when I wake up, I think that if this is the last day I would spend in this world, would I be content with my life. Would I be able to say that I lived — and I mean, REALLY LIVED? We need to be madly in love with LIFE. We need to always be excited to face every day’s challenges.

Deeply.
We sometimes go through life like robots. We oftentimes forget to feel. We forget to breathe. We forget to appreciate the little things that make life worth living. It’s time that we live intentionally — live blissfully (like what my fellow blissmakers would say). Start breathing and start feeling everything. Love and give love.

Are you living truly, madly and deeply? It’s time we do.

 

 

 

Reality Check

Here I go again with random thoughts. There are just days like these that make you think. There are just moments like this that shake you and make you realize how off tangent your life is. I always try to be positive, but there are moments when you have to admit that life isn’t perfect and maybe things will never be perfect. Maybe there is no such thing as perfect.

Why do we strive for perfection? Why do we dream of a better life, a better job, a better business, a better marriage, a better figure, better health, a better bank account, etc.? Are these really things that we need to have or are we presented with a standard that we need to attain or at least fulfill? It gets so stressful sometimes. Sometimes, I wonder if people are really what they seem. I wonder if they are true or are just pretending to be something to someone to carry on the show. I wonder if anything in this world is real.

That brings me to the point of reality. What is REAL? Is something real when you see it? We see pictures of happy people on Instagram, Facebook and should we automatically think that they live happy lives? Is that real? If it’s something that you don’t see, such as love or sacrifice or friendship, isn’t that real, too? I just don’t think we’ll ever know if something is real, unless we really try to find out ourselves.

For friends and family, they know that I overthink things sometimes. I do think though that it’s good to do so at times. It makes me really check on myself. Sometimes, I feel tired, and now I know that it’s not only because of the multiple tasks that I have to do. It’s because I strive to be perfect in all aspects of my life. I strive to be the perfect wife to my husband. I strive to be the perfect mom for my daughter. I strive to be the perfect friend. I strive to be the perfect mentor. I strive to be the perfect boss. I strive to be the perfect Ginger. And today, It just hit me once again and I realized that all of these are just fantasies and that no one can be perfect. No one can be the best at everything.

Today, I looked at my daughter and I admire her. I admire her for the strength of character that she possesses. She’s very confident and she knows what she wants. Although she’s just two years old, I think she’ll be stronger than I am. I am thinking that I must be doing something right.

At least, I know that this is real.

Wake Up Inspired

I wake up inspired every day. Well, for one, I really am a morning person. But the real reason why I wake up inspired is that I see so many things that I can work on. I see so many things that I can do to make the world a better place. Oh, before you unfriend me on Facebook and think that I’m a total lunatic blabbing about being a superhero and wanting to change the world, you need to meet me. I’m really this gregarious and passionate about making positive changes in our country (okay, and prolly even the world but let’s not get to that just yet).

I was recently interviewed by Mike Grogran, an international speaker about being an entrepreneur. I super (yes, I always use this word) love this interview! It was one of the most exciting and comfortable interviews I have ever done. Kuddos to you Mike for being such a wonderful interviewer. Before going on to read the rest of this article, please do listen to the recording here:

EPISODE 8: UNLEASHING YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL STREAK WITH GINGER ARBOLEDA

Best of You

I hope that you liked the interview! In my article today, I wanted to share how I am always inspired. People ask me why I’m always so “hyper” and when I talk about my mission in life, I’m always so passionate?

Find things that will make you fall in love again. I’m not talking about puppy love or crushes. I’m talking about about falling in love with LIFE. Find things that make you feel excited, things that put you in a good mood, things that make you lov life more! For example, when I want to write amazing articles or when I need a little bit of a boost, I open my Spotify account and play a playlist called Acoustic Morning.

Take a morning walk with nothing in mind. I often rush hurriedly, jumping from one task to the next. But there are days when I just take time out to go to the bank and I don’t walk hurriedly to it. I just breathe in and I get to feel more present. I get to feel and see (really see) things happening. And during those days when I start it this way, I am more focused and more productive.

Take up a hobby. Everyone needs a break every once in a while. Try to look for something that you would want to do during your free time. One of the things that we do as a couple at home in the evenings is we play boardgames. It relaxes us both and we get to spend time together.

Write down things that you are grateful for. It really helps to remind yourself that the world isn’t so bad. Your life isn’t that bad. There are more things that you should be grateful for! Having a notebook, a journal or a blog where you write down things that you are grateful for can make your more inspired. The next day, you’ll wake up feeling more confident and optimistic!

These are just some of the things… plus coffee that helps me wake up inspired and ready to face to world! How about you? Do you wake up inspired, too?

Knowing One’s Self

Do you ever get to the point where everything is going great, but you still think that you’re lost. I felt this about myself a few weeks back. Maybe that wasn’t the right feeling. It was more like I felt detached from everyone. If I were to be asked to draw myself living in the world, I would have drawn myself in one edge of the paper and the whole world and the people living on it on another side of the paper. What I hated about it is that I don’t know why I felt this way. This is probably why I chose the the word FEEL as my ‘one word’ this year. It all makes sense now.

If you have met me or have spent time with me, you’ll notice that I’m easy to get along with and I laugh a lot (super babaw), but most times, too (when I’m not laughing), I think of a lot of things. I have a checklist, figuratively speaking (awww, I dedicate this word to my friend Chely and to James who were so devastated to know that this word’s meaning has changed), in my mind with a gazillion things written on it. I also have a lot of prototypes in my head, waiting to be implemented and executed.

The world that we live in is so fast and this has become the norm. We say that one thing constant in this world is change, and we have become so used to it that we think everything in our lives are indispensable and that we could just change it. People, family, values taught to us by our parents, relationships, words spoken, etc. — these can all just be set aside if we’re done with it or if we find these things useless. This makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sad because I know that I, too, am guilty of this. I take a lot of things for granted, and maybe that is why I felt detached and lost.

I am so glad that I took this teacher’s training class under James Brown (American Yoga School), because it taught me a lot more than just asanas (poses) or teaching skills. The biggest thing that I learned is that we need to live in the now and savor every moment of it. The pain or the discomfort that you feel during your practice, embrace it for it teaches you to focus, to know yourself better. It taught me more things about myself. It taught me that inspite of my weaknesses, I know that I am very determined. It taught me that even with the tons of things that I need to do, I am but human and I need to simplify. It taught me that life is filled with a roller coaster of emotions and everyday presents a challenge of either staying positive or beating yourself up with negativity.

My YTT Experience with Jame Brown

This experience has also taught me that we are all connected — our actions and decisions affect not only ourselves, but it also affects others. Yes, we should embrace our individuality, but we should learn how to respect each other and appreciate each one’s quirkiness and strengths and help them in their weaknesses.

Two more days and I will graduate from this Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training Course. I am not sure yet of what my plans are after this, but I know that I will graduate knowing that I have become a better person and a better yoga practitioner.

PS. This article is dedicated to my classmates who I love dearly. I will surely miss you! I think I’m gonna cry! 🙁 To Onelife Studio, thank your for the opportunity to learn. Thanks Tanya and team! 🙂 And to James Brown, thank you for all the knowledge and the friendship that you have extended. ‘Til we meet again!

*Thank you, Paulino, for this picture!

*Thank you, Paulino, for this picture!

Yours truly with Trece and Chely!

Yours truly with Trece and Chely!

I love these people! :) I will miss you!

I love these people! 🙂 I will miss you!