What to give this Christmas?


Amidst the shopping frenzy, last-minute gift list, and deliveries all over the place, this list of gift suggestions was what I appreciated the most:

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~ Oren Arnold

Give of oneself to make the Universe want to give more back to you

So one more time with feelings:

“I love myself!” – My personal commitment statement, Oct 2010

I put my own stamp of utmost approval on my own personhood!

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

Never Give Up on Yourself


Today I got my heart broken…again.  I found myself struggling to focus at work but once in a while would drift into a little wall or window staring, still in a slight daze about what transpired this morning.

This morning, I told this man, “Getting married in 2011 is part of my Heroic goals. I realized yesterday that I shouldn’t waste my time with people who only mess with me and get in the way of my goals.” Hurtful words, yes. But I guess to someone who is insensitive, those words should drive the point across.

I couldn’t help but think to myself over and over today:

“You’re so stupid, you’re so stupid for having fallen into his trap again!!!

Driving home was a bit of a challenge.  My tears were blurring my vision so much that everything was misty.  Good thing traffic was slow-moving so I didn’t have to compensate.

Fell asleep by 9pm. If you know my sleeping habits, that’s something short of a miracle. But then again I had to wake up at 11pm to run a promo on Facebook. So along with going online comes email checking, etc.

Tonight, God sent me this whisper:

September 20, 2010

Dear Rezza,

I’ll never give up on you. So don’t give up on yourself.

Planner,

God

P.S. And I’ll never give up on your destiny. So don’t give up on yours, Rezza. A new day is here!

Yes, His mercies are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness, and I know that He will carry me through to reach my goal in finding and marrying my true life partner in 2011.

Love abundantly!

Rezza

Inspirational for Sept. 17, 2010


Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.

Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.

Ella Fitzgerald

Love and Inspiration drives you to achieve that which will bless you most. Image Credits: http://www.byrdbaggett.com/free/wallpapers/perseverance1024.jpg

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