Lately I’ve been waking up in the morning feeling all sorts of panic. I’ve been losing sleep, juggling too many projects at the same time, getting my deadlines and commitments mixed up, having too many unanswered messages, drowning in lists, bills, codes.
And then there’s the struggle with raising twin toddlers who are growing way too fast, and that nagging guilt that comes with not being able to be there for them as much as I want/need.
That’s not to say that I’m unhappy. There’s so much to be grateful for—I love my job, I have a work setup that’s very supportive of my family’s circumstances, I’m able to earn a bit from something I love to do on the side, I belong to a community I’m passionate about, and have a growing network of clients, collaborators and friends. Most of all, I have two happy and healthy kids, a supportive and loving husband, roof above our heads, food on the table, a warm bed at night.
I guess the “panic” comes from feeling tired all the time, and being frustrated about the lists that never end, the hours that don’t seem to be enough, and the fact that I have to keep working even when sometimes working is the last thing I want to do. (more…)
Last month I talked about how I met Julianne through Pursuit Community. You see, the amazing thing about pursuing your God-given dreams is that, you are never alone. When you step out in faith to pursue your dream, the Lord brings His people together to accomplish something that’s even bigger than all of your dreams combined.
This couldn’t be more true in my life right now, and year 2015 has been an eye-opener for me as far chasing dreams and pursuing passions is concerned.
Ashes to Beauty x Pursuit Manila
And so on May 16, that’s exactly what happened. About 50 of us gathered at Heima Brixton, listened to Julie’s music and story, and found that our stories are all connected in this beautiful, God-orchestrated master piece. God brought us together to realize things we wouldn’t have realized on our own; and His message to us that day was crystal clear: No mess is too great, no hearts too broken, and no failures too big for Him to turn our ashes to beauty. (more…)
I have become a very reluctant shopper. Pre-motherhood, I was impulsive and didn’t think so much about how I spent my money. I swiped my credit card irresponsibly, consumed my loneliness with (careless) retail therapy, and collected too many unnecessary stuff.
Things have changed, and motherhood has taught me to think many times over before purchasing anything at all. I suppose my reluctance comes from being budget-conscious as well as being more intentional about keeping a specific set of values and style. I became careful about the brands I choose, and only stuck with ones that are familiar and I’m sure of. I’m less of a hoarder, but I still make it a point to “enjoy the little things”, as they say. That said, I thought I’d curate some of these little things that pass my reluctant-shopper filter. :)
Here are some of the items that I’m loving lately. Check them out! (more…)
June 11, 1994. Exactly 21 years ago, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in my heart and received His gift of salvation. “Accept” is the word we use when we were kids, because truly it’s all about “accepting a gift”. But as I grow older I learn that it’s also about surrendering your life, making Him the Lord of all, submitting to His will, and obeying His Word.
More so, now that I’m a parent, I find myself in this whole new level of understanding and gratitude, that Anyone would love me so much He would spare His only son to save me. Tell me, how can anyone not surrender and trust Someone who would do just that?
It’s been 21 years since that day I made a decision to follow Jesus, and that decision was only possible because He chose me and loved me first. Today I remember and celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness since that beautiful day in 1994, and for everything He’s done to stretch me, mold me, bless me these past 21 years.
And today I invite you poke into your heart and look into your life—somewhere inside of you is a God-shaped hole that no one and nothing else can fill. You can try to fill it up with work, achievements, material possessions or relationships, but you’ll find that nothing truly satisfies than the love and the presence of our Father.
Today I invite you to believe. :)
It hasn’t been a while since I’ve met Grace Barbers-Baja. I only know her blog, The Spoiled Mummy, but our paths have never crossed until recently when she approached me for a project. She welcomed me to their lovely home, and it doesn’t take a long time for anyone to see that not only does she have a beautiful house, she also has a big heart and some big dreams!
And now she’s making those dreams happen.
This week the first line of Grace Home products is unveiled, with items that Grace developed herself and sourced locally, as well as items that are curated from her travels. (more…)