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    5 Podcasts That Made Me A Better Person

    Two weeks ago, it was still 2019 but now, we are in a new year and new decade. Hello 2020’s!

    In this blog post, I will be listing my top 5 favorite podcasts that helped me feel inspired to push myself towards self-development and shaped me to be the person I am today.

    So without further ado, here are my top five favorite podcasts:

    •  Coffee Break

    This podcast is hosted by Lynn Pinugu, Anna Oposa, Chely Esguerra and Bianca Gonzales. They tackle various topics from history to social events to grooming to business and even love! It is especially tailored to millennials who are already in the work force.

    I started listening to the podcast back in 2014 when I tried exploring the built-in apps of my iphone 5s then I stumbled upon this podcast and fell in love with it.

    Coffee Break taught me what podcasts are and pulled me into this new hobby. This is the very first podcast that I listened to, binged watched/listened to and obssessed about to the point of making my officemates listen to it too.

    The Coffee Break ladies are some of the people I look up to because they are all smart, beautiful and have their own causes they actively participate in.

    I have many favorite episodes but I would say that I like the episode where Karen Davila is the guest and they discussed about careers. I think it is a must-watch for people who just started their career or students who are about to graduate.

    • The Purposeful Creative

    Launched in 2017 by Arriane Serafico as her passion project which aimed to teach creative millennials about purpose (which is obvious based on the title).

    Arriane and her guests discussed heavily about business, passion projects and quarter-life crisis.

    My favorite episode would be the the one about the essentials in creating an online business which I listen to every now and then up until now.

    • The Lavendaire Lifestyle Podcast

    One of the youtubers I really really look up to is Aileen Xu, known as Lavendaire on Youtube. Like her channel who has tons of content about personal development, her podcast channel is also pure gold.

    She discusses about self-care and self-development. If you are into these things (like me!), you will surely love her podcast.

    I listen to Lavendaire whenever I need a push in life. I have a lot of favorites but I would say that I listen repeatedly to her first three podcasts episodes.

    • Adulting with Joyce Pring

    I love Joyce Pring’s podcast because I have been planning of doing this same idea. She discusses about relationships, confidence, career and business.

    She also invites guests on her podcast to share their wisdom and experiences. I love that her guests are all Pinoys because it is very relatable.

    My favorites are: Things to Stop Doing in your 20s, Becoming a Better Public Speaker, How to Start Your Own Business and Creating a Life You Life ft. Aurora Suarez.

    • Small Talk by Alec Cuenca

    I just recently discovered Alec’s podcast and I must say that at a very young age, he is wise and inspiring. He brings up topics that are relevant.

    I am truly digging Filipino podcasters who talks about self-development because it is more relatable. My most favorite would be the very first episode I listened to in his podcast channel: 7 Habits to Form in 2020.

     

    RUNNER-UPS:

    • Kalyn’s Coffee Talk
    • The Brand Cure Podcast
    • Game Changers by Erin May Henry
    • Set Apart Girl by Leslie Rudy
    • Wake Up with Jim and Saab

    There you have it!

    So, if you are also into podcasts or if you are interested to explore the beauty of podcasts, these are my recommendations.

    In 2019, I listened to podcasts more than I listened to music. This shows how much I am addicted to it.

    All of these are free to listen to in Spotify and Google Podcasts. Coffee Break is on Youtube too.

    If you have any recommendations about good podcasts, shoot me a DM in my Instagram.

    Have a great Sunday! Till next week.

     

    Love,

    Cha

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    Home Making, Personal, Productivity, Self-Development

    Uplifted Tummy: Apple Crisp

    Baking and cooking are just two of the things that I want to explore and learn more about. This month I have been channeling my inner Martha Stewart and have practiced a little in the kitchen. I wanna document my little food adventure thus the birth of this blog series called Uplifted Tummy where I share some of the recipes I tried.

    For this first installment, I want to share how I baked Apple Crisp. This is the beginner’s version of Mcdo’s Apple Pie minus the crust. So, shall we start?


    Baked Apple Crisp by yours truly

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 2 pieces large apples (peeled, sliced thinly)
    • 3/4 cup white sugar
    • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp all purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup water

    For the toppings

    • 1 cup quick cooking oats
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 cup butter (melted)

    HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRISP

    1. Preheat the oven in 350F or 175C
    2. Wash and peel the apples. Cut it into thin slices
    3. Place the apple slices in a baking pan
    4. In a separate bowl, mix the white sugar, cinnamon and baking soda
    5. Sprinkle this mixture on the apple slices then pour half cup of water evenly over it
    6. To do the toppings, mix the oats, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda in another bowl
    7. Melt half cup of butter then put it in the oats mixture. Mix well.
    8. Put the oats mixture over the apple slices
    9. Finally, put the pan in the oven and bake the apples for about 40 to 45 minutes

    This is how easy it is to bake apple crisp. My siblings love it! ❤ It somehow tastes like Mcdo’s apple pie! This is a good dessert that you can also recreate for the whole family. Moreover, this is another way to be creative when you have a lot of apples in your fridge.

    Till my next baking sesh!

     

    ❤,

    Chacha

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    Personal, Self-Development

    Setting Goals to Thrive in 2020

    In less than a month, we will be welcoming a new year and a new decade. How time flies! It is the time to set goals again for the new year.

    To be honest, I have mixed feelings with the coming of 2020. December for me is quite an anxiety-filled and very busy month. I feel overwhelmed with all the tasks needed to accomplish at work and home, holiday shopping, and budgeting. I am also anxious because my mind keeps on focusing on the negative things that might go wrong. Do you feel me?

    I know I have to do something for me not to bring the feelings of overwhelm and anxiety in the new year. One of my ways to keep the negativities at bay is to be organized. For almost three years, I do an annual review and goal-setting to help me feel more in control of my life which will also lessen the feelings of stress and anxiety. I know most people have lost faith in creating resolutions but personally, it is my way to be more organized and directed.


    In this blog post, I will be sharing with you my process in doing annual review and goal-setting. This is my way of keeping myself on track with my goals and maybe, hopefully, you’ll learn a thing or two from this or just take inspiration if this is also your thing.

    My theme for 2019 is “Go Beyond Good” and quite honestly, I think I have achieved this. Several events showed my efforts to be true to my year’s statement. Although I have not remembered my theme in every situation, I have unconsciously revolved most of my actions in this statement. This also helped pushed me to face my fear of public speaking and accepting speaking invitations that even became my freelance side-hustle.

    For 2020, my theme statement would be “Re-build the Foundation” because I felt that I hustled and explored too much this year that I have forgotten the basics such as my values and priorities. In 2020, I want to live slower and more intentional. I aim to practice traditional and essentialist lifestyle.

    With this theme in mind, I identified five areas of my life that I want to focus on and my mini goals in each area:

     

    FIVE AREAS OF LIFE TO FOCUS ON 2020

    Finances and Business

    • Make budgeting a habit
    • Lead a more frugal and simple life
    • Accept only speaking invitations that are aligned with my advocacy and message
    • Help parents establish their little food business
    • Be passionate (again) with my main hustle as it is the one that provides for my family and other financial needs

    Personal Development

    • Learn more about home-making skills (e.g. cooking, baking, sewing)
    • Take opportunities that you are scared of because growth is in there
    • Continue learning about writing, blogging, and vlogging
    • Reconnect with God and faith
    • Read and learn from good books, resources, and people

    Relationships

    • Strengthen the bond with family, Zen, and friends
    • Be more kind, patient and understanding

    Health (Physical, Mental & Emotional)

    • Walk more, dance and move more
    • Count calories
    • Be more frugal with the food you eat, practice mindful eating
    • Take care of your body, take vitamins
    • Take a self-care day every week
    • Sleep

    Environment / Advocacy

    • Continue advocacy with mental health
    • Join Haribon or other environmental groups
    • Live a sustainable, frugal and eco-friendly lifestyle
    • Take care of your bedroom and home
    • Filter the people you follow and watch online

    Then I try to narrow and simplify this long list by identifying my top 6 goals that I want to prioritize next year:

     

    TOP 6 GOALS FOR 2020

    1. Be more frugal. Create a budget, live simply and creatively.
    2. Value your work, regain passion for it. Make an impact through it.
    3. Strive for a healthier lifestyle. Move, eat and sleep.
    4. Prioritize relationships. Value others’ contributions and try to contribute good ideas too.
    5. Reconnect with my faith and spirituality
    6. Learn the skills of home-making

    Aside from setting goals, I also reviewed and reflected the lessons the year has taught me and I came up with this list:

     

    LESSONS I LEARNED IN 2019

    1. Don’t go in debt for a lifestyle you can’t afford. Save money!
    2. Relationships are your priority. You are working because of love. Family > Work
    3. Be courteous. Be firm with your words to avoid problems with relationships
    4. Take care of your body and health. Don’t abuse your body
    5. You can’t do things alone, you need people/others. Even in counseling, you can help the client better if you collaborate with others (the clients’ family, colleagues, other professionals)
    6. Not everything should be done for money. You can do things just because you are interested in it or if you love it
    7. It’s okay to experiment, try and fail. This is where you will learn and grow
    8. Avoid toxic relationships. It is okay to avoid/cut ties with people who don’t contribute to your happiness and wellness but some people are worth fighting for. Make efforts for them
    9. Be more uplifting with your posts on social media. Be more you!
    10. Let your man/others lead at times but still contribute actively to the task/relationship

     

    MY EXPERIENCE WITH COACHING

    I have always been open with my passion for mental health and if you are following me on my other social media accounts, you might already know that I am a school counselor. But even though I am already considered a professional, it is better if I will be able to experience counseling or coaching myself. Remember that even mental health professionals need assistance too.

    I was fortunate enough to meet Ms. Joyce Talag in an event that we have both attended last July 2019. We followed each other on Instagram and soon enough we were able to work together for a training session to the employees of a company.

    Ms. Joyce Talag is a #SolutionBuilder, professional coach and development consultant. She has been working with people, companies, and communities for over 12 years. I am grateful that she has offered me to try her most recent program, the 2020 My Year to Thrive program where I realized the major goals I want to pursue next year. The program also helped me identify my top 5 strengths. Moreover, I got a clearer and better picture of who I am as a person and what are the things I value the most.

    This is my third time to experience coaching as I also worked with a business coach and a financial coach earlier this year. However, this is the first time to experience solution-focused life coaching. I enjoyed every session I had with Ms. Joyce and I truly learned a lot of things. She is such a sweet and wise soul. In addition, she asks the right questions that will make you think and realize important insights.

    If you are also interested to get a clearer picture of what you want to happen in 2020, gain awareness of your signature strengths, skills and resources as well as establish a concrete plan to accomplish these goals, 2020 My Year to Thrive Program is still open for students. Also, if you want to work with Ms. Joyce too, you can check her website here.


    Failing to plan is planning to fail – Alan Lakein

    I encourage you to review and reflect about your year, set goals or even avail of the 2020 My Year to Thrive Program to fuel your motivation this coming 2020. I am hoping that you will make your mental health a priority too by handling your feelings of overwhelm.

    Wishing you happy holidays and a prosperous new year, friends!

    Photo by Marten Bjork on Unsplash

    ❤,

    Chacha

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    Why Start a Blog in 2019?

    Writing has always been a passion of mine.

    Written anecdotes of people, whether famous or not, interest me as they seem to have an eternal legacy because they have survived hundreds and thousands of years. As a young child, I would write notes and my personal experiences in my diary. Then, I would bury it in our little backyard thinking that people in year 2030 might stumble upon my notebook, read it, find it valuable and store it in a museum. This is really how I imagined it to be. *embarrassed laugh*

    Growing up, writing has been a tool for me to express myself and document my experiences in life. I still do it with a pen and a paper but now I type more of my thoughts in the web.

    This is not the first time I created a blog. Back in 2008 when Friendster is still a thing, I wrote short articles about my teenage life in the Notes page. I also had a Live Journal account. When Tumblr came in, I did not let the opportunity pass to create my own account, re-post pretty typography, create my own gifs and share my thoughts to my approximately 300 followers. After graduating in college, I outgrew Tumblr and moved to Blogger. However, life got in the way and I was not able to focus on blogging anymore. Also, times have seem to change and the attention went from blogs to vlogs.

    Two years ago, my love for writing/blogging resurfaced which prompted me to create my first WordPress account. I blogged about food and wrote poems. However, I was in the middle of my graduate school practicum that time and I was not able to really focus on building my blog.

    So now, why am I back to blogging?

    I have three main reasons.

    First is that I want to build a business. I thought of immediately setting-up an online store that sells bedding and home decors because I want to address a personal problem of finding quality, simple-designed and inexpensive bed sheet. I believe that it is important for people to design their homes or bedrooms (which I’d like to call comfort spaces) in a neat and simple way that would contribute to feelings of inner calm.

    However, there are a lot of other online stores selling bed sheets and home decors. Some are even very successful now. How would I be unique?

    I realized that the factor which would make me unique from other online stores is my own story, my own “why.” I want to share to my possible clients the reason why I want to sell beddings. I want to tell my clients about the importance of the environment to one’s mental health. I want to empower people to take charge of designing their own comfort spaces and take care of their psychological wellness.

    I planned to create a website where I can write my thoughts and at the same time sell products. But, after a few days of planning, I realized that setting both the blog and the store simultaneously is quite tedious. So, here I am choosing to build my brand and audience first before I launch possible products.

    Second, I created a blog as a way to develop my skills. My writing skills seem to have rusted and I want to re-polish it again by writing blog posts consistently. I also want to learn Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop so I would be able to post pretty visuals in this blog and in my Instagram account.

    Moreover, I am trying to build my resume as I wish to work as a Social Media Manager in the near future. I believe that I will only be qualified to such position if I am able to run a blog successfully and market it to social media sites effectively. This is also a way for me to try out the things I learned from the articles and books I have read about social media.

    My third and last reason is to establish an online space that discusses positive, substantial and helpful topics. Nowadays, the internet is filled with a lot of different stories about people’s daily experiences: where they have been and what they have been doing. Although I have nothing against these kind of subjects (I still watch and read these stuff too), my soul is looking for more meaningful content . I want to see blogs and vlogs where I can learn something valuable about life and teach me skills I could develop in myself. I am wishing for content creators who will take time to build deeper connections with their readers or viewers. Sadly, there seem to be a lack of people talking about this kind of content as most social media personalities are inclined to talk about the same topics. Some are inclined to give more importance on how much profit they would gain and how famous or viral they will be instead of creating content that would cause a positive impact to others.

    What is this blog about? What can you expect?

    In this blog, I will write quick-read entries (you can finish one blog post in more or less 10 minutes) about mental wellness, personal development and productivity/ organization. I will be sharing stories, personal experiences and practical tips about the three topics I mentioned.

    This will also be a medium for me to document lessons I have acquired from the books I read and videos I watched. I will be able to strengthen the knowledge I gained by teaching my readers about the information I learned.

    Also, I plan to interview people about different significant topics and feature them as guests in my blog. By doing so, I will be able to give the limelight to other amazing people who have strong advocacy and important message to share.

    This blog values authenticity, optimism, meaning/purpose and sense of community. If you want to read more about this blog and the author, you can check the About page.

    Call to Action

    If you have resonated with the things I discussed above and would want to see more, I invite you to:

    • Read my weekly post here in my blog. I promise to post inspiring and meaningful entries every single Monday morning.
    • Follow this blog’s Instagram account and participate in the post’s comment section. Share you answers to these questions: What are your big goals/ passion projects this year? What goal has already come true? What are your plans to make your goals real?

    In this time when a lot of different voices online demand for your attention, it seems difficult to speak up about your own ideas. You might take the false assumption that your content is invaluable. But trust me, your unique insights are very much needed. It is never too late to start taking action towards our goals. Who knows, there might be someone waiting for you to speak up too.

    If you are looking for a sign to start a passion you have been planning about, this is the sign you are asking for.

    Remember, your voice and your story matters. Don’t hide it. Don’t keep it to yourself. Instead, share it and let the world see how amazing you are.

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