As a husband/daddy and wife/mommy raising a toddler full of energy and who doesn’t have a helper or a yaya, things between our household, family and career lives can be pretty hectic, to say the least. It’s so easy to get lost in the beautiful chaos of our daily lives and it’s a challenge for our family to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stick to a wellness routine. Unhealthy habits like overuse of gadgets, poor diet and lack of quality sleep make us easily susceptible to sickness.
In an effort to reboot our lifestyle and to #BeHealthyInsideAndOut, Brian and I decided to tweak some habits, inject rest and relaxation and make healthier choices daily in what we eat and feed our #LittleAdamBryce, ingest and use in our bodies.
A quiet time in the early morning to read Devotions for Women. Thanks SampleRoomPH family for that wonderful gift!
Flexible time! I’m so grateful that I can be with my toddler boy majority of the time, especially when he needed an impromptu check-up from time to time.
At lunch, an 85-year-old lady adoringly notices how conversationalist (talkative) and independent Bryce is in feeding himself and telling me “That’s good!” making me feel like I’m doing a great job as a momma. *makes me proud of my #LittleAdamBryce yet again*
Somewhat-free HMO from husband’s work. Grateful we can consult a doctor anytime we needed to without creating a dent on our finances.
Winning raffles and contests!!! Both from leisure and from work. This evening, I was tagged by our Sun Life Financial Philippines Sales Agency that I’m one of the October and November 2018 Single Pay Raffle Winners. ***WOOHOO***
I’m declaring: 2019 is my most blessed and luckiest year ever!!!
How was your Monday? What would you like to declare for your 2019?
Abundance of gifts that we gave AND received from our loved ones and friends
Hooray for family friends! Thanks Bestie Jaja and Jorge for the yummy lunch today.
Sunday is the best day to go out around the city — less traffic!
Seeing, carrying and smelling a newborn baby. Love you already, baby Sachael Johann!
Seeing Bryce happily playing with tropang Iñigo
Starbucks sticker collection is extended until January 20! I might have a chance to get a free planner, hehe!
Grateful for the all the provisions of our needs. We’ve got everything we need and more! Thanks husband Brian!
My new plant baby — potted Lavender! Thanks Bestie Jaja!
How was your Sunday? Were you able to rest and relax before the start of a new week? I certainly hope you did!
“Sunday. A day to refuel your soul and rejuvenate your spirit. A day to reflect how grateful you are for your blessings. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax. Enjoy your family, your friends, and a cup of coffee.”
Above all of the hustle and bustle of the events and reunions, my head’s above water. I can see more clearly. The appreciation of every day is more apparent. In a twisted manner, what good came out of the same old holidays is the ability to control and slow down my thoughts and my actions. Slow and lean—these are my words for January.
It’s amazing here in, Manila Philippines, where I am from that the long holidays is literally long. We are just about recovering from the holiday festivities — pre-Christmas date with good friends Clang and Millie, Noche Buena with husband’s dad’s side, Christmas day with husband’s mom’s side, post-Christmas lunch visit to my mom and uncle, a little playdate and toy shopping with cousin Ate Ira, Ate Koi and Tita Ninang Hazel the next day, post-Christmas lunch with Tito NinongGlenn, Tita NinangMaxine and my baby niece Leille the following day after, amongst all the other Christmas parties with workmates and friends in between. And that is just for the Christmas celebrations!
Moving on to recognizing the festivities for the new year 2019. We had Media Noche with my little family, another playdate and gift shopping with cousin Ate Ira, Ate Koi and TiNang Hazel, and a great catch-up date with our couple friends, Joseph and Shirmel. And tomorrow we visit my bestie Jaja, Jorge, Iñigo and our newest baby Sachi!
Life is good!
Despite the roller coaster of emotions I’ve felt, not so good moments and situations I have experienced, I am humbled to recognized that I AM GRATEFUL for all these details in my life. For all these precious people in our lives. For all these precious life experiences.
Gratitude List: 5 of 365 Days
A full 8-hours of sleep (or longer). Thanks to my husband for keeping our toddler entertained!
My toddler who is showing-off more and more interests, talents and skills
Instant lunch, care of the holiday-leftovers
Life-planning 2019 with my husband
All the free resources that supports my manifesting, life transformation and numerology practices
How do you welcome this new year? What are you aspiring to achieve this year?
Here’s hoping you are getting all the inspiration you need to go after your goal this year and beyond! ✨
1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
An Attitude of Gratitude
There are tons of benefits for us humans if we cultivate the attitude of gratitude. Being grateful is one way we magnify and amplify the good in our lives. It is a powerful yet underutilized tool for transforming our lives for the better and to increase our happiness and satisfaction in life.
And today happens to be the fourth Thursday of November, and that means in most parts of the world, people are celebrating Thanksgiving!
And since I haven’t written my Happy List (I miss writing for Dollhouse Diary) for a long time now, and I’m just glad to take this day to hopefully start and get back in the habit of writing my happy list slash gratitude list.
I am most grateful for…
My husband! Since I’ve met him in 2007, he has been the wind beneath my wings, my number 1 supporter, my partner in everything. He has been my inspiration to be more, do more and have more in life. Together with our little family, I couldn’t ask for more! Except maybe lots of organized travels domestically and internationally. Hihihi 😛
My #LittleAdamBryce, of course! Raising a toddler is kind of the same as being a student, except that I don’t get high grades when I did good, BUT I get little hugs and kisses when mommy has done something good. *awww* Not only is my toddler learning how to be a little human, but I, myself, is learning how to be a good parent to him. I’m learning patience, creativity and immense unconditional love, amongst a sea of new talents and skills just so I can cope in raising and parenting my incredibly amazing, adorable, bibo kid!
Flexible Time! I’ve stopped working since I got pregnant in 2015 until I gave birth and raising my toddler until half of 2016. But the itch of creating something that I believe in and pursuing something that I love to do never left me at all. Hence the birth of my status of being an entrepreneur in May 2017, when I launched my very first baby, Mrs. Gift Boxes! And many more baby brands in the making… so exciting! I’m also able to pursue my passion for learning personal finance and this year, I am happy to share that I’m now a licensed financial advisor!! *woohoo* And this is where the loop comes in, because this is all possible and all because of my husband! Get it? Get it!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May you acknowledge the things and people you are grateful for, and enjoy the turkey!
Who wants to wake up in the smell of hot cocoa every morning? Us! because we live behind the factory of Ricoa—yes, the maker of Flat Tops. It’s like mom mixing in a cauldron brimming of that chocolatey goody in a Christmas morning.
A couple of days ago, Bryce wasn’t like himself—more like a person carrying a worldly burden. Little big thing, it was. He kept asking to wash his butt while there was none to wash when I checked. It turned out that he couldn’t win over pushing out the brown monster in his tummy for two days already. On the third night, we saw him standing motionless at the living room—his face grueling internally. He succeeded giving birth to a poop the size of a grenade. Drink more water, kid.
Last night, Jaycelle and Bryce got home from a sewing workshop wherein Bryce luckily had a four–year old playmate. He was sleepy when I opened the door—slumped over Jaycelle’s shoulder. I took him and sat him down the sofa, eyes wide awake yet still sleepy. Then it happened. He threw a fit wanting “daddy–yon” (polvoron) then milk and orange. We explained to him that we only had grapefruit but he insisted to cut it open. He ended up not eating it. It was his wildest delirium to date—shouting and bawling and commanding us to do and not to do every little detail. Beyond all this we knew he was simply caught up in the middle of sleepiness and playtime withdrawal. You know that feeling when you just had the best day of your life only to deal with the reality of going home. Jaycelle and I got to the finish line without losing any of our patience. Good job, mom and dad!
It was melancholic—the act of rearranging the dining table to make space for our lipat–bahay boxes. I knew the sky felt the same in its grayish loom. The air that enveloped our little home was already different—at least for me because Bryce at the living room seemed to be enjoying his regular fire-chuck and peace–car YouTube shows.
A year ago, when we chose East Raya to be our first home as a family of three, Jaycelle and I also rearranged the dining table before anything else. We put a white doily–like table cloth underneath the rectangular glass and it instantly made the place feel more like home. The arrangement and the look had our touch.
This feeling—was it because I was alone doing the “undoing”? I updated Jaycelle with a picture of the messy house—a disarray that was certain of the move that we’ve been preparing for. On a lighter side, I was relieved of every thing that I get to single out in a big black trash bag. It was like weight off your shoulders when you finally dispose of those things that had been lingering with you for a year yet didn’t get to be used.
We can live without these, I thought.
In two days, the living room and kitchen were suctioned off into boxes neatly arranged by the door–waiting in a day or two to finally get out. I cleaned up each area as I emptied them—leaving less work for the unit owner and ultimately getting back most of our initial rent deposit.
We’re still halfway through packing and I’m excited of film–wrapping furniture and filling–in boxes in a Tetris–like manner.
But mostly, in making another page into a new chapter in our book of adventures.