Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two Cents Worth Wednesday: Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons

I thought of coming up with this new category and naming it Two Cents Worth Wednesday. I'll be posting random lines of inspiration from different books.  For today, I choose Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons and this words of wisdom from American life coach, Martha Beck.

"People who are mastering something that fascinates them become fascinating to others. If you want to capture people's attention, put your own attention on something that has nothing to do with them; oil painting, cooking, wildlife rescue. The more you get lost in what you're doing, the more interesting you'll become."

Sunday, November 25, 2012

In Love with Dorothy

But before you think of anything, I'm actually talking about the clothing brand, Dorothy Perkins. 

They do have a branch just three minutes away from my office and en route to work one morning, I found this dress on display and absolutely fell in love with it -- as in immediately!

I only found the time to ask about this dress last Thursday. What they currently have was the same dress in red violet. When it came to the size, I (sort of) found it disappointing because they have the Size 8 -- and it's already their smallest size for this dress. I'm just size 4 (but Beth said she think's I'm either a size 2 or size 0).

The lady suggested another dress which she thinks would fit me (and I might like). That dress was this:

This was the exact same color they have at the store. When the lady showed it to me, I knew it would fit me well but the style was so sophisticated that I doubt  about getting it. Social functions that I attend to could be counted with my fingers so I won't really use this much. Besides, I was madly (as in head over heals) aiming for the blue lace dress (and I don't know what hit me to love it like that). It's just that the size aren't amendable with me (and my budget -- for now :-p).

Oh well, as much as I love the dress, if it's not really meant for me I can't do anything with it. But then, for sure, there must be something better out there that would fit me -- perfectly. 

Blue lace dress and wine lampshade dress images from Dorothy Perkins website.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This is Friendship -- in 10 Words

I was at Fully Booked this afternoon looking for a good bookmark  for the book that I brought to work to read during my idle time. Instead of buying a quite pricey one, I opted to get this. Not because I was in a hurry; but paying a costly price for it would be a stubborn decision.

But apart from that, the main reason why I decided to leave the bookstore with this choice was simple:

What was written in it reminded me about us. The word "friend" is more than just a simple reference of how we call each other. I realized that this is the appropriate description of the kind of bond that we have. This said so -- exactly.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sneak Peak: Paulo Coelho Transformations 2013 Planner

A few hours ago, I got a comment from a reader (who decided to remain anonymous)  after reading this entry requesting if I could post photos of the inside pages of the 2013 Transformations Planner.

So I did some random shots this afternoon as well.

January- Waking Up

March- Experience

Pages containing the month features an artwork by internationally- renowned illustrator Catalina Estrada.

July- Sharing

June- Surrender

November- Possibility

Each month features a theme.12 different themes for the whole year.

The pages of the planner is made of quality paper, you would want write in a legible penmanship to make the most out of it.

Each page contains quotes from his books too.

The planner is available at bookstores.But  I got mine from National Bookstore after comparing the prices with another bookstore (I realized the other one sells the same planner 100 pesos higher than that in National). The best part was I got to avail of a discount when I purchased one in September.

I guess that's one good perk of being an early bird. :-)

Of Big Days and Answered Prayers

After what had been a long, busy 18 days, I get to sit down and write. Likewise, things related to work had kept my hands tied up, then there was that long November holiday weekend which I spent for errands and bonding time with the family then came my big day.

My birthday was a great one. I had a blast and so far, this has been my best birthday. I celebrated some "firsts". Last Monday, one of my wishful thought of celebrating my big day in the office as someone who's employed (and full time at that) was fulfilled. It never dawned on me that this was about to happen until a couple of days before. Incidentally, last Monday also happened to be my 8th month in the firm and my boss was generous enough to allow me to have the rest of the afternoon all to myself to attend to some appointments and to celebrate.

Photo: Google Images
Some things are worth the wait. Believe it. I've been saying that line for a lot of times. On my special day, this proved to be true -- because God answered my prayer. Aside from those mentioned above, I actually had a "real wish". While I've known myself to seek refuge in prayer for a lot of reasons, it was during this time that I found myself doing something different -- I was more specific with what I was praying for.

But it's not just that. At one point, I came across Eliza Wilson's article about The 7 P's in Prayer and thought of applying it to what I've been doing.
Patient- We all want to get what we prayed for. But God answers prayers in three ways -- YES, NO and WAIT. In my case, He opted to let me wait before revealing to me the best answer which was eventually a YES.
Perseverent I prayed fervently for my wish not for days or weeks, but for 3 months. And I did not mind doing that repeatedly; because it was during those quiet moments in prayer too that I found solace.
Personal- Use your own words when you pray. Describe how you feel in an honest and straightforward way. The strength of a prayer is not measured in what you say, but in how you say it and in how you feel.   
PowerfulWhen I first let out what I wanted, I admit I had both the doubt and fear that God will not grant it at all. But the truth is, as we learn how God works, as we learn to distinguish His voice among the confusing whispers of this world, we also learn to rely on Him. It's all about three things: FAITH, TRUST and above all, LOVE.
Passionate- It means putting your heart and soul into something. You can’t be cold-hearted in prayer. God sometimes wants us to take risks. For unless we try, we will never really know.
 ProfoundA profound prayer can be a prayer reflecting your most hidden inner feelings.
PositiveWe don’t know the complex mechanisms of this universe and how it all works. But we do know there is a balance between good and evil, between positive and negative. God doesn't ask us to understand. But He does want us to stick to the positive side. In the course of three months that I was praying, there were moments when I'd just feel my wish won't come true. But it was at that same time when something would remind me to BELIEVE IT WILL HAPPEN. IT REALLY WILL.
In a way, it was all about believing, praying and working on it that made things happen. Funny but a few days ago, I was telling someone, "that line in the movie when Bea said not because you want it, you'll get it is wrong. It's completely Hollywood :-p"

Because God's Will is what is in your deepest desire. And if Divine Providence intervenes, you do really get what you pray for.