Because I faced my fear, now I am free!


‎”Expose yourself to your deepest fear;

After that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.

You are free.”

– Jim Morrison

After several months of praying, discerning, equipping myself through seminars, researching and opening up myself to the Universe by repeatedly declaring my goals and desires, I finally conquered the fears that have held me back!  To think is to create, and to act is to achieve.

So I acted and took that leap of faith.

Starting Aug. 22, 2011 I will be free from corporate life and will embark on businesses that will bring me closer to what I really want:  Financial freedom through passive income, travel (not constrained to a finite number of Vacation Leaves), expand my boundaries through further education, cooking, and serving others by being a Trainor and life coach 🙂

Time for this eagle to fly and experience a whole new world 🙂

Breaking free from the chains of my mind!

The Starshooter’s Code of Ethics


I commit to something bigger than myself.
I commit 100% to a world that works.
I take full responsibility for whatever I create in my life.
I live a life of excellence where commitment, not circumstance, dictates the outcome.
I overcome my obstacles and make my life work 100%.
I move forward with character and courage.
I WIN as a TEAM Player.

His Love Never Fails to Amaze Me


I woke up to a missed call today, and couldn’t go back to sleep. Hundreds of questions came rushing in my mind, filling it with so much doubt and negativity. Decided to jump off my warm, comfy bed and turn to my laptop.

My mail failed fully syncing since neighbor’s free wifi got turned off in the middle of the night (what a leecher, LOL). As I tried figuring out how far the RSS got into, my mouse went over an entry, and I *clicked*.

It opened to a *different* mail entry. But oh gawd, the message aiming straight at my heart, jolting my core.
Continue reading

Pages of Life


Someone named “Bella Estrella” sent this to my gmail account. I’ve no idea who she is,  but what she sent was beautiful… I marked those phrases that struck me most.

Pages of life

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” – Psalm 139:16
God has already recorded every part of your life from the beginning to the end. He knows every disappointment, every loss, every challenge; and the good news is that your story ends in success. God has written out a plan to bless and prosper you. Your final chapter concludes with you fulfilling your God-given destiny. Here’s the key: when you go through a disappointment, when you go through a loss, don’t stop on that page in your life. You’ve got to decide to keep moving forward. There’s another chapter in front of you, but you’ve got to be willing to take the next step. Sometimes, we get so focused on what didn’t work out that we stay stuck, reliving the disappointment.
You have an option to stay in that hole, or haul yourself right out!

Don't stay in. Jump out!

If that’s you, recognize that you’ve been on that page long enough. It’s time to let it go and turn the page to the new chapter God has in store. You may not understand, it may not have been fair, but the next chapter is full of blessing, full of favor, and full of victory. Make the decision to let go of the old so you can move forward into the abundant life. God bless you !

His mercies are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness, o Lord!

WHOA.

I love the line “…recognize that you’ve been on that page long enough.  It’s time to let go…”

When we feel stuck or defeated by a situation, or even a person, it happens because we allow ourselves to be brought down by that situation.  Its so easy to take on the attitude of self-pity and plunk yourself into that quagmire of hurt and defeat.

But knowing, with a quiet reassurance AND expectant faith, that God’s next chapter for you will be a truly blessed on, is something that gives one inner strength and courage to get up and GO!

Thank You, Lord for inspiring me again today.

God is so good, all the time!

Love abundantly,

Rezza

Discovering the ‘Global Microbrand’ Concept


I love links.  They literally link you to an entirely different world.

From Mike Abundo’s site talking about Alodia Gosengfiao’s downloads available to Globe subs, I got curious when he referred to her as a “global microbrand”.  So I naturally *clicked*.

Which led me to Hugh Macleod‘s blog called “The Gaping Void” and his blog entry “The Global Microbrand Rant.”

It was easy to grasp alright (Macleod says it’s not conceptual rocket science just to get it, LOL).  This is why people have blogs.  This is why the ‘exclusive’ sells.  A blogger can turn any mom n’ pop store,  any home-run business, any local designer’s work into a microbrand — even the small businesses and the persons themselves can wield enough power to influence the world if they knew how to harness the potential of the digital space.

Aside from the concept itself,  3 other things struck me:

  1. The realization (and monetizing) of one’s passion – Alodia Gosengfiao, in her passion for cosplaying, did the right thing by partnering with a global (not just local) CP. At the young age of 22(?), if she played her cards right, she’d be earning royalties (another form of passive income) from drooling boys and no-longer-boys all over the world, all of them eager to have her images downloaded on their mobile phones.  She created a name for herself, and now can earn potentially millions, because she lived out her passion.
  2. The corporate rat race thrives because we make it that way – I’ve read a number of self-help books and e-learning materials that talk about why one SHOULD get out of the rat race. People like Robert Kiyosaki, Tim Ferris, Bo Sanchez, Trace Trajano illustrate how you can go and grow beyond your monthly paycheck, how earning on your own and becoming your own boss is a bazillion times more rewarding than having to trudge through the same thing day in and out to put more money in the pockets of a giant corporation, while you get paid your not-so-fair-share despite the blood-sweat-and-tears you shed daily.  More importantly though, the natural propensity for people is to increase their standard of living, and adjust the lifestyle change when the pay increases.  Buying more material goods and upgrading your lifestyle in so many ways drives you back to the office — so that you work harder, so that you can pay the bills due from creating that new life standard you think you deserve.  Credit card and loan companies like using the line, “Get the lifestyle that you deserve!” in the effort to make you say, “Heck yeah, I work too hard! I need to reward myself with a bigger house, a bigger car, fancier clothes and more trips abroad!” After the acquisition, its back to the grind… to pay back what you just had spent.  Macleod says that lifestyle is “not sustainable”.  Honestly, its happened to me.  Barely 2 years ago, I couldn’t stomach shelling out P2,500 for a bag.  Today I’d be willing to shell out P7,000 for a designer bag… without blinking.  What’s the difference between a Paris-made Longchamp Le Pliage medium short handle made of nylon, versus a locally made Secosana in faux leather?  Aside from paying an extra P6,000 (if you bought the LC here), they basically do the same:  Carry your stuff.  Plus the LC demands a bag organizer or base-shaper (P400-600 a pop) so that it doesn’t look shabby and un-shapely.  Bear with me.  I’m a work in progress.  My fallback?  I can simplify my life (again) and sell all my designer stuff to earn back at least 85% of what I spent.
  3. Creating your own Global Microbrand transcends borders and ‘enlarges your territory’Yes, that last phrase is from Jabez’ Prayer.  It was my prayer in 2007-2009.  Believe me, it definitely WORKS… and sometimes to a crazily overwhelming extent that I’ve to tell God, “Whoa, wait Lord…this enlargement of territory is waaaay to big for me to handle at this time!” But I digress.  Macleod says:

…the Global Microbrand is sustainable. With it you are not beholden to one boss, one company, one customer, one local economy or even one industry. Your brand develops relationships in enough different places to where your permanent address becomes almost irrelavant [sic].

He refers to Robert Scoble (Scobleizer) earlier in the article, calling him the “grand-daddy of this space”, and says, “(Scoble) may work full-time for Microsoft, but whose brand is much, much larger than any job description they could give him; that’s worth far more than anything they’re ever likely to pay him.

That, IMO, is pure awesome.  You can be an employee, yet since you are your own Global Microbrand, you can be anywhere and be worth so much more.

Read the full article here, and be enlightened 🙂

Love abundantly!

Rezza

This Blog’s New Purpose


The thought has been simmering at the back of my head for a few weeks now.  I need to blog it in order for it to crystallize and take shape.

To think is to create. (thank you PSI)

Since 2006, I already knew my calling: EVANGELIZATION.  But that thought did not make much sense when I left Janssen and the BLD Singles Ministry to re-join Smart in 2007.  My new job demanded so much of my time, it required excessive gray matter that I did not have time to pursue other things… and I was a workhorse that had to churn out one advertising campaign after another. At the end of my first year in Smart, I had done a whopping 197 ad campaigns.

Mid-2008, a man who had just turned 40 and was dear to me at that particular time was struggling with himself.  He was experiencing mid-life crisis.  He plainly expressed that at his age, he still did not know what his life purpose was. I gave him a curious look.  So point-blank he asked me:

“Do you know what your purpose in life is?”

The answer to me was crystal clear.  In a heartbeat, I replied,

“Yes. My purpose, my calling is to do evangelization.”

He was wide-eyed and doubly surprised. From how he knew me, plus with the hours I kept in the office, he couldn’t fathom what I meant. I gently explained to him how I had spent practically 16 years of life, prior to meeting him.

Quite indignantly, he retorted,

“Then why aren’t you evangelizing to me?”

I was dumbstruck.  After a pregnant pause, I quietly replied,

“Because I don’t force these things unto others. I believe the longing should come from within themselves.  I only aid, support and lead. I do not impose.”

Another thought was playing in my head. It was telling me, “Because I chose to do something else, and evangelization is something I have to set aside for now given other priorities in my life.”

Fast forward to 2010.  This year has been a roller-coaster year, emotionally.  But that’s not the highlight. An uncanny series of events has been unfurling before me, evolving, emerging, becoming increasingly more apparent. I can NO LONGER ignore my calling. I can no longer hide and procrastinate, pretending to be deaf and having other worldly concerns.  No more lame excuses, no more but’s.

Don’t ask me about specifics yet. I just KNOW with real certainty this is a personal awakening, the start of something LIFE-CHANGING for me and my future readers/friends.

As I write this, it just dawned on me that I have received again the gift that I once thought I lost a long time ago: The gift of EXPECTANT FAITH.

This is what I have discerned:  I will use my love of writing, plus my desire to pursue social media, as tools for evangelization (I wrote about it in an earlier post here).  First I figured, “I need to create a brand new blog.”  But tonight, it smacked me hard on the head.  I didn’t need to create one.  This blog,  created in 2007, only recently seemed to have the most nebulous, generic positioning. Now, it makes real sense.

Brand New Day, Brand New Blog” or BNDBNB, will henceforth be the place where I will write about transformation, positivity, change, leadership and a newfound life that I am about to experience.

Stretching out my hands to reach out to what the universe has for me: God‘s abundant gifts and blessings all laid out for me to receive and use to the full!

God is so good.  All the time!

Love abundantly!

Rezza