Happify: Face the Situation

Today’s Happify made me think through difficult times and had me face it head on. It’s hard to move forward when you just lost a dear soul whom you’ve taken cared more than anyone you’ve ever did. I can’t help but repost and have these thoughts shared for your own reflection:

unlock your happiness, happiness skills, happiness test, studies on happiness, how to be happier, blue brain, join happify, With greater self-knowledge, we’re better able to make hard decisions that reflect our own nature, interests and values. This is easier said than done, because often we’re scared to think about what we really want. The next time you’re facing something uncomfortable, like asking for a raise or ending a relationship, ask yourself the “Five Fateful Questions”:

  1. What am I waiting for?
  2. What would I do if I weren’t scared?
  3. What steps would make things easier?
  4. What would I do if I had all the time and money in the world?
  5. What is the worst, and the best, that could happen?

Being a HAPPIFY pioneer certainly has its perks and one of which is that it has continuously been supporting me throughout to stay grateful and look into the brighter side of things especially when the going gets tough.

Join me on Happify, I promise you nothing but smiles which can brighten up your day.

Health is Wealth: Successful tips

Health is wealth

We hear that all the time. It may have sound like a cliche but it does bare truth. How can one move productively if he’s not in a good condition? How can one be successful if he’s always bed ridden or suffering from illness?

Taking good care of your health is counterproductive with building wealth.

Often, health is being taken for granted not until one experience regret. Why wait? Here are few tips which you can incorporate everyday to ensure you won’t leave yourself behind from all these work load.

SLEEP LIKE A BABY

sleep like a babyBid adieu to feeling sluggish, foggy and heavy when you wake up in the morning by setting up a sleeping routine and logging seven to nine hours of quality sleep.

If you ever feel like having a hard time, you may try meditative apps you can listen to, turn off the lights, have your electronics away from you or go ahead read few pages from the book you picked up from the store.

EAT CLEAN

veggie bike

Have  more greens, less of the junk and MSG. I’m pretty much sure that you do know you have to have more of these green little things yet often most choose pizza over salad.

Replace salad for lunch or dinner, start the day with a green juice smoothie or perhaps munch more carrots and celery than how much you consume french fries.

Eating these good stuff not will only help you cleanse your colon and fill you up with the right nutrients, it also keep you from feeling sluggish throughout the day and prevent you from having migraines.

MOVE IT

exercise movement

Building a sleeping routine and working out goes hand in hand together with eating clean hence, as soon as you wake up in the morning – get that ass moving! EXERCISE!

Exercising doesn’t mean you’d have to head to the gym or spend on so much expensive memberships. You can just hit the floor and do some crunches, go for jumping jacks, jump rope or log on to youtube for some instructional exercise videos you may imitate.

Most importantly, stick to it.

BREAK THE FAST: Breakfast!

oatmeal with raisins

  • A good breakfast should have between 500-750 calories, where about half of them should come from carbohydrates, 25 percent from protein and the other 25 percent from fats. The foods that are best for carbohydrates are fruits, whole grain cereals such as oatmeal and whole wheat bread. Great sources of breakfast proteins, which also include fats, are eggs, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, milk, cheese, yogurt and meat.

Break the fast from having breakfast and give that metabolism of yours fired up! Yes, it’s true! Learn to love breakfast and you’ll thank yourself for being able to do so as you’ll crave less throughout the day and manage what you’ll have for lunch and dinner.

Drink Water

glasses of water

Did you know that drinking more water actually gets rid of your sugar cravings? Yes, that’s true.

Drinking a glass or two of water will help quench your thirst and help hydration; it’s crucial that you also drink up a glass or two upon waking up.  Throughout the day, if it’s available, squeeze some lemon or lime if you feel that you need a little flavor, it also helps your metabolism, too!

How many glasses of water does a person need in a day? have 8 glasses of water if you’re sedentary and gulp up as much as 3-5 liters if you’re often active.

Stay Positive!

positive Remember: Attitude is EVERYTHING.

People underestimate the power of optimism and how trying to always look at the brighter side of things can change everything. Associate yourself with those who believe in you, and mean well. This perpective would help you breathe through situations with less anxiety and stress. Isn’t that amazing?

Stay away from gossips!

If you encounter any disappointing situation, always weigh through the pros and cons and lean on towards how you can change or turn it around.  Don’t dwell on frustration but rather act on improvement.

Learning to stay positive, getting into a routine and keeping yourself accountable and cautious of your health not only can save you from tons of medical bills but also the hassle of encountering all other things that may hinder you from productivity.

I hope somehow, eventually, you’ll be able to mean the difference between your success and your failure in life. All these may sound easy but getting into a routine may take a while for one to live it.

Your health is your most valuable asset. Take care of it, invest on it and love it.

Start your business with a plan

By Entrepreneur Staff

 

Before undertaking your dream business, closely examine if you are up it. Here’s a guide to help you to do just that.

A would-be entrepreneur often starts with a great idea popping in his brain. He sees the idea very clearly in his mind and feels the urgency of translating the idea into reality. Depending on his passion for the concept, he could even taste the sweet success that his idea would bring.

Then it becomes apparent that he would have to put into motion a series of actions and events that would lead to this success. He could react to this realization in two ways: amuse himself thinking that all he has are mere ideas, or make a decision to act and see his idea not just in his mind, but also in reality. The former is simply a dreamer, and the latter, an entrepreneur.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit,” says Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. There’s the rub: It’s not how big or small you think your idea is but what you do with it, and how you deal with yourself as you go about turning your idea into your reality.

How do you go about turning your ideas into gold? Do you go out and tell the next person you meet on the street? Do you call your best bud over the phone? Or do you take out a pen and a piece of paper and start writing the heck out of your mind about that grand design in your head? Time’s up!

First things first: Keep in mind that your ideas will turn into dust if you don’t put them into writing.  How come? For the simple reason that writing about it gives it a physical presence—letters in ink on paper. Your idea is now real because it is already taking up space.

Psychologically, this also gives you perspective. But that’s enough space we are going to give to time-space mumbo-jumbo. It’s time to tell you how to put this business idea into writing.

This exercise will give you the opportunity to focus and plan what you need to do to turn these ideas into your dream business. Having a well-written business plan will also allow you to seek and engage investors who could give you that much needed funding to jumpstart you business.

A typical business plan consists of three parts:

1. The Business—Include in this section the following information:
a. Description of the business
b. Market
c. Competition
d. Location of business
e. Management
f. Personnel

2. Financial Data—Among others, this is what you should include in this section:
a. Sources and applications of funding
b. Capital equipment list
c. Breakeven analysis
d. Income projections

3. Supporting Documents:
a. Personal résumés
b. Personal financial requirements and statements
c. Credit reports
d. Letters of reference
e. Job descriptions
f. Letters of intent
g. Copies of leases
h. Contracts
i. Legal documents
j. Other relevant documents

Hopefully, after going through this exercise and organized your thoughts, you would have enough knowledge and information about yourself and the business environment, which you can later use to come up with a complete business plan ready for scrutiny by investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

This article was originally published in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur Philippines.

Summer Cleaning

Okay, It should be Spring Cleaning but in Manila, Philippines there are only two seasons: Rainy and Summer hence the term.

The entire Holy Week, I COMMIT myself to and for change. I am all about inspiration, motivation, production and dedication. This has been the first time I’ve ever been giddy on segregating and fixing things accumulated over the years. I also decided to relocate back to the room I grew up with instead of the bigger room I transferred in when I flew back home from the states which I hoped for when I was younger (I thought It would’ve been nice for sleepovers)

Relocating: 2 4-corners of my room

Photo on the Left is the first corner of my room right after you open the door. Thanks to my Mom and our trusted Carpenter we moved almost all my cabinets on that side and the Photo on the Right is where my little comfort comes in.I may not have a loo in this room (I will have to head out and pass by the dining area to the guest comfort room) but I sure am more than glad I moved back.

Changes are still occurring. Renovating and Relocating on a budget. Mounts of paper were segregated for recycling, boxes filled with items fit for garage sale and donations for Maple Tree Foundation, Visayan Forum Foundation and few books for a public library’s collection.

For the Walls: Color Theme

The fact I now wake up near a window again, hearing the birds chirping and the ray of light hitting my blue curtain makes the entire waking-up to a new day encapsulate you into this rejuvenating feel and perspective.

It’s time for some repainting. For finally, I received the blessing from my parents to personalize my room as MY room with MY OWN touch – What do you think of the theme? Oh, If only I have the luxury to transform my room, I would’ve want to have my little nook resemble the photo above or take an inspiration and transform the walls resembling to the photo below:

shade of white and blue

April is the New January. Hello 2011!

Hopefully I’ll be done segregating and transferring all my stuff by Easter Sunday. What about you? Have you done your Summer cleaning? 🙂