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Dream Chasers, Work + Life

Share Movement’s Mission, and an Invitation

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This is exactly what I mean when you do work that matters—it doesn’t stop at serving your family’s needs, it goes further into helping communities and building lives for God’s glory.

When I met Jam Pangilinan (Founder and Director of the Share Movement) early this year, I was surprised to see someone so young who cares enough about, not just her own dreams, but also the dreams of the young children in the country’s urban poor communities.

I was immediately on board Share Movement’s mission, and this is why.

I wish you all have met my Dad :)

You see, my Dad (Pastor Bob or Kuya Bob to others) lived his life with so much passion for the urban poor community. He took street kids in, placing them in a shelter inside our small church in Manila. I remember times when he would take me and my brothers to walk around the University Belt, scouting for street children! When we came across some, he would share the gospel to them, invite them to our church’s feeding program and then later on, allow these children to stay in if they want.

We would start referring to them as “shelter kids“, no longer “street kids” as they once were. Our church would raise funds for the daily needs and the education of these kids. When funds were scarce and circumstances were challenging, our church did its best to keep them. Some of these children stayed for the long haul, completed their education and reconciled with their families. A few even became pastors! I literally grew up with these kids. They were our playmates and friends. They were our extended family.

My Dad got our whole church on board this ministry, which I find rather selfless and heroic. I mean, it’s a beautiful thing to have the heart for missions, another entirely huge thing to inspire and encourage others to take part and to experience the joy themselves.

He wasn’t only asking for help from our church community, he was also mostly sharing the fulfillment, the eternal joy, and the blessing that comes with extending your life and resources to bless others.  (more…)

Love Life, Married Life

Who Takes Your Couple Photos on Date Nights?

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It’s our fourth wedding anniversary today, and it’s that time of the year where I give myself an excuse to browse through photographs and memories of the past years with David. I was going to apologize for the throwback photos and cheesiness that have been flooding our social media feeds all day, but I thought, hey, I’m not really sorry. :D (Sorry, not sorry!)

The web is our backup

Today as I was taking a trip down memory lane, I realized that, que horror, I lost (or misplaced) a big chunk of image files from years 2010 to 2013. I can’t remember where I backed them up or if ever I did! The lost files include photographs from our engagement, my New York trip in 2010, our Boracay honeymoon, our baby moon at Canyon Woods, and other special occasions in between.

The good news is, most of Dawn & Rain’s photographs are intact, thanks to that 52 Project! (Whew!) And as a consolation, we have uploaded a significant amount of these missing image files here on my blog and on social media. The upload-worthy ones. (Double whew!)

You know those times when people cringe at you for posting too many photographs and status messages on Facebook? Well, this is one of those moments I’m soooo glad I ignored those comments and posted photographs on Facebook anyway. Instant backup memory! I’m still wishing we locate those missing files, but if not, I’m glad we have Facebook (and this blog!) as back up.   (more…)

Pursuit Community, Work + Life

Doing Meaningful Work

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Last Saturday at the Pursuit Manila Arts & Crafts Fair, I had the privilege of sharing a little something about how to do inspired and meaningful work to Pursuit Manila members, friends, family, merchants, and early shoppers. Someone else was supposed to speak that day, but something came up and I had to cover for our invited speaker last minute.

No complaints, I was happy to do it, albeit nervous as I always am whenever I have to speak in front of a large audience. I’m kinda getting the hang of this, having to speak in Pursuit gatherings. I know that no matter how unprepared or nervous I am, I only have to open my mouth and let God speak through me.

And now I want to blog what I shared back there.  (more…)

Destinations

The Paradise that is Ephrathah Farms

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Summer has long been over but we still keep looking back and reminiscing our time at Ephrathah Farms. Located in the quiet town of Badiangan, Iloilo, the farm has been there for a while, growing organic produce that are sold at SM Iloilo Supermarket.

With hectares of land and natural resources, it makes sense that the family who owns this piece of property would develop it and welcome people to come in and enjoy this paradise; after all, you won’t really keep a place this beautiful to yourself would you? :)

And so early this year, the hotel and resort were opened to the public; and in May, just as summer was about to end, we had the privilege of coming over to stay there for a couple of days.  (more…)

Blogging, Faith Walk

Chasing Dreams, Year 6

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Chasing Dreams

Exactly one month ago, on June 19, this blog (quietly) turned 6 years old. It always feels like it’s my birthday when this blog turns another year, and I can’t help but wax poetic about how this little space in the web has changed my life.

The truth is, blog posts like this are the hardest ones to write, especially since I’ve written several versions of this over the past 6 years. But words have to be said, milestones have to be time-stamped, gratitude has to be expressed. I will always be grateful for this platform that the Lord has given me, and for the countless of blessings and opportunities that came with Chasing Dreams.

This blog has seen me through my cynical and rebellious yearsto finding love and losing it and finding it againthrough heart breaks, deaths and being alonethrough places, wasted plane tickets, Hillsong and detours; from Sydney to New York and my endless moving from one place to anotherthrough making a long distance relationship workplanning a weddingbecoming a wife, surviving pregnancy and embracing motherhood; celebrations, career growth, passion projectsPursuit Community, growing in faith, the continuous pursuit for my calling and purpose. This blog has seen me grow in so many levels, and I’m so humbled that anyone would keep reading this thing, much more that anyone would walk alongside me in this journey.

The best things

Yesterday someone messaged me out of the blue, thanking me for being one of the first people who inspired her to write. I’ve met a lot of friends and made a significant amount of income and business through this space; but the best kind of affirmation, really, is knowing that somehow this blog has become a channel of blessing and inspiration to another person. It’s humbling and mind-blowing how the Lord affirms to me and reminds me why this space even exists, and why I should keep trying.

The best things that came out of this blog, indeed, are the opportunities to contribute to other people’s dreams, to see them find their voice, their purpose, their place in this world. I’m grateful for the chance to meet other women who uphold the same faith and values and passions, that we can encourage and strengthen each other in our individual pursuits. And I love that I get to do all of these while preserving trinkets of my days in this little space. 

Passion Cards, Chasing Dreams edition (and a giveaway!)

To celebrate this 6th year, I’ve put together a new set of Passion Cards, the Chasing Dreams edition, which is now available in the shop. It comes with 11 cards (instead of the usual 10), with carefully curated quotes and Bible verses that I hope will inspire you in your journey to make those dreams happen! You can buy this special edition HERE.

But wait, there’s more. :) I’ve put together some of my favorite things—paper, pens, washi tape (from Art and Sky!) and some passion cards—and doing a little giveaway! Visit my Instagram to know more!

Ready for Year 7? :)

Dream on, dreamers, dream on!

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