Sunday, September 30, 2007

let's do lunch

Last Friday, I had a very stressful morning. You must be thinking, uh-oh another post about stress again. Well, yes it seems like "stress" is a word that's fast becoming a constant in my work life. I had to talk to a very difficult client that morning. And guess what? it was only 9:30 am. The receptionist told me that he wanted to talk to the manager (guess who?) and no one else. I asked the security guard to let the person in. He was not tall, in fact I think I looked a bit taller in my five-foot frame in two-inch heels. His height does not seem to bother him at all. In fact, the way his voice boomed and echoed throughout the office you'd think he was six-feet tall!

He said he wanted an explanation about his contract with the company. So I took pains in explaining it to him in layman's terms as clearly as I could. And then he tells me, he does not know what I was talking about because he never read the contract! At that point I felt like pulling out those make-believe hairs on my chest. He has not read the contract! And he's asking me why he can't understand it?!

The man was becoming unreasonable and even if I tried as hard as I could he never listened to me. I talked to my boss and she told me it was best to have him talk to the Division Head, the Senior Vice President. I don't really know how our big boss did it but he turned the guy around. Note to self, get lessons on persuasion from the SVP. I escorted him outside the building and we shook hands. Odd how that meeting turned out.

When I came back to my desk I was suprised to see it was lunch time already! Ahhh, my favorite time of the day. I consider my lunch break as sacred. If I'm lucky I get to enjoy the full sixty-minutes of it. And those are really precious. It's a time when me and my friends get together and enjoy a good meal. We had lunch out and I was surprised to see a lot of people having lunch out too! I guess it's payday or probably a lot of stressed-out employees needed time away from the office as well.

Everyday my friends and I would take turns in deciding where to have lunch. Are we having Japanese food? American? Italian? Filipino? Korean? Chinese? I find it funny sometimes that being given a lot of choices makes it even harder to choose. You'll probably find it mundane but we take it seriously. =) That day we decided to deviate and try something different. We had lunch at Cafe Mediterranian .

I had this yummy Morrocan Chicken in buttered rice and side salad. Every bite was heavenly. Ha ha, I did not realize that I was closing my eyes as I enjoyed each bite. This is not the actual picture but it looked something like this. Yummy right?

Lunch for me is not just the meal. For me it means being with friends, it also meant some moments of relaxation, a time to exhale and breathe, a chance to recollect myself. It's my precious sixty-minutes of doing things that I like, no stress, no angry client, no rush's all about me. So what do you think? Let's do lunch? =)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Meant to Give

I went to the supermarket this afternoon to buy some essentials and as soon as I walked into the store I was greeted by Christmas carols. I thought to myself, "gosh it's that time of the year again." And before I start to panic thinking about my christmas list I went straight to the health and beauty row of the store and quickly grabbed what I'm supposed to buy and got out as fast as I could.

It's not that I don't like Christmas, on the contrary, it's my favorite time of the year! I guess I was just not ready to review my shopping list, yet. As I walked back to my building I remembered a Christmas when our company was involved in a project called "Adopt an Angel". This project involved all the employees and a chosen orphanage. A big Christmas tree was placed in the lobby and all employees are supposed to pick a name of a child and fulfill their wish. My colleagues mostly got names of new born babies who were requesting for milk and diapers or medicines. As I was picking a name, I was expecting to read a similar request.

But boy was I wrong! I opened the paper and saw that my angel wished for a new bike and rubber shoes! I was the only one in the company who got such a request! Even the CEO only got milk and clothes as a request. Everyone was joking me around about it.

As the day of the Christmas party at the orphanage was drawing near I knew I had to buy what was requested. I thought a bike was expensive and the rubber shoes too! I could have bought something for my daughters for that price. But I thought my children always had enough of everything, toys, love, food and shelter. This boy does not even have parents! So in the spirit of Christmas I bought the bike and the rubber shoes.

I volunteered to come to the party because I wanted to see the boy's eyes as he received my gifts. When I saw the seven-year-old boy, I felt my heart crying from the inside out. He looked unkempt and lost and totally needing a lot of loving. Know what? He never left my side all throughout the party, his little hands kept searching for mine. I hugged and took care of him that afternoon and when the time came when I was to give him the gifts I was so consumed with anticipation. I knew receiving it would give him tremendous joy.

He was jumping up and down when he saw the lonely bike among the gifts gathered in one big table. When I walked towards him with it, I asked, "want to try ride your bike?". He said, "Is that really for me?!" He cried and started to hug and kiss me. He told me that he knew his request would probably not be granted...but he hoped Santa would intervene=)

You know I could never forget that boy and the tremendous love and happiness that I felt for him as I was handing over my gifts. My heart was overflowing with the feeling of joy because I made someone happy. From that moment on I thought all of us were not only receivers of gifts, we were also meant to give.

Here's a message that I received from my dad today. He says, Rivers do not drink the water they carry. Trees do not eat the fruit they bear. Clouds do not bathe in the rain they produce. We are meant to give, even if we get nothing from it. Measuring life by what others do may disappoint us, but measuring life by what we do will make life meaningful.

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Life is a gift. Let's be thankful we were chosen to receive it.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


I had the whole day to myself today, although my kids are at home they were having their own activities. Hubby has post-graduate classes today which starts in the morning and ends at 7:30pm. The afternoon was pretty quiet, the kids had their afternoon siesta and are both still sleeping while I'm writing this. I should be too but I did not feel like doing anything in particular.

I first thought of doing some accounting of my expenses which I enjoy doing when all is quiet in the house but I thought that was particularly boring right now. I thought of reading some of the books that I bought some weeks back but I did not feel like doing that either. Suddenly I was alone and the stillness of our room was deafening. It was a strange feeling being by myself today. As I look at both my kids sleeping soundly I wanted to wake them up and play with them right now. But I know how much they needed the sleep. They both had the flu last week and their bodies are still recovering. So I guess, that leaves you and me right now. But it's the weekend so you're probably doing somethingelse too.

Strange thoughts are crossing through my mind right now. I am again fast-forwarding my life thinking about the future. When my daughters have families of their own and don't have much time for me...wonder what hubby and I would be doing then?I have thought of travelling to different countries when I retire, writing memoirs and collecting souveniers. But I sort of feel blue and I can't seem to shake the feeling. Laughing, I scolded myself for asking for respite from the hectic life and now that I had it, I didn't know what to do with a lot of time in my hands. Ah, the irony.

It's raining outside, it's as if the skies are crying too. Adding to my feeling of loneliness. I watched a couple of old movies but that did not help too. Arrggggh! I need noise! I need to do something that will make me think. So I guess this post is what came out from that moment of insanity. Ha ha!

Happy Weekend guys! And thank you for keeping me company.

Friday, September 21, 2007

kids zone

Each day my kids rule my life and that's the way I like it. They're always on to me, asking me what I'm doing, what I'm eating, what I'm reading, why am I cleaning, why I'm blogging, what I'm blogging about, why I keep hugging them, why I keep on kissing them, why I am always fuzzing over them.....a lot of what? hows? and whys?

I don't mind that they do that but sometimes the questions gets harder and harder and I have to do research to satisfy their curiosity. My eight-year-old is a wide reader. She asks the hardest questions at most times. She reads the dictionary! She probably has a wider vocabulary than I do when I was her age. She is a voracious reader. She can read a book in 1 or 2 days if it's interesting enough. She is competing in a Math Olympiad in October on a national level. And she does most of her studying on her own. Studying and reading is her utmost interest.

My four-year-old on the other hand is more inclined towards the arts. She also loves books but she's more on to dancing especially ballet, singing and pretend play. She loves to draw and doodle in her small notebook. She also loves to ask questions about things that are new to her and she won't stop until she gets her answers. She can take care of herself and loves her independence. Today we watched the stage play Mulan at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. While we were watching the play she kept asking me when the "real" Mulan was coming. She was expecting to see the 'Disney' version and kept whispering a bit loudly to me that what we were watching was a "fake".

Here are some pictures I took recently of my two daughters. You can click the pics for a larger view.

@ the Car Show

@ the Barbie Exhibit

With Mulan the stage play actress @ the CCP

@ a Birthday Party

@ School when she performed on stage

I guess now you know how much I'm addicted to these two. =) Have stress-free day people...I just had one today.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tagged Again! Priscilla Palmer's Personal Development List

I have been tagged by Priscilla Palmer to participate in this Personal Development List and add my own favorite blogs in the growing list below. It's quite lenghty but well worth your time.

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Personal Development List (up to date):

Aaron Potts at Today is That Day

Adam Alexander at Adam’s Peace

Adam Kayce at Monk at Work

Adam Khoo at Adam Khoo’s Philosophies and Investing Insights

Adebola Oni at Life Lessons

AgentSully at Life Learning Today

Al at

Alan Torres at Made to Be Great

Alex Shalman at

Alexander Kjerulf at The Chief Happiness Officer

Alexys Fairfield at Unraveling The Spiritual Mystique, and Speak The Speech

Albert Foong at

Albert Lee at My Journey to Living an Exceptional Life

Alvaro at Sharp Brains Blog

Amber at Amber Waves

Amber at Random Mangus

Amel at AmelsRealm

Amie Ragan at Psychology of Clutter

Amit Sodha at The Power of Choice

Amy Hedin at There is no Maximum to Human Potential

Andrea Learned at Learned on Women

Andrea J. Lee at Money, Meaning, and Beyond

Andrew Brunelle at Andrew

Andy Wibbels at

Anita Pathik Law at Power of Our Way

Anmol Mehta at

Ann at A Nice Place in The Sun

Anna Farmery at The Engaging Brand

Annita at Footprints

Antonio Thornton at

April Groves at Making Life Work For You

Argancel at C’eclair (for those who speak french)

Ariane Benefit at Neat & Simple Living

Ash aka Mr. Biggs at One Powerful Word

Ashley Cecil at The Painting Activist

Ask Lucid at Ask Lucid Spiritual Development

BK Diva at Bklyn’s Finest

Barb Lattin at Feels Like Magic

Barb Melloh at The Law of Attraction Info

Barbara Curtis at Mommy Life

Barbara Sliter at Creatorship

Bea Kunz at Bea’s Beatitudes

Belle Wong at Abundance Journal

Ben Casnocha at Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Ben Yoskovitz at Instigator Blog

Benjamin at WOWNDADI

Beth at Butterfly Thoughts

Bill Perry at Lucid Blog

Billy Smith at The Organic Leadership Blog

Blogfuse at LifeDev

Bluskygirl at

Brad Isaac at Achieve It

Brett Farmiloe, James Whiting, Noah Pollock and Zach Hubbell at Pursue The Passion

Brian Clark at Copyblogger

Brian Kim at

Brian Lee at

Brightfeathers at this time-this space

Brooke at Plain Advice

Bob at everyeveryminute

Bob Crawford at Bob Crawford Online

Bolly at Motivational Corner

Boston Gal at Boston Gal’s Open Wallet

Buchiko at Killing Time

Byron Katie at Byron

Cam Beck at ChaosScenario

Cara Lumen at The Success Magnets With Cara Luman and Your Second Wind Blog

Cardin Lilly Routh at OptimistLab

Carlon Haas at Possess Less Exist More

Carol Skolnick at Soul Surgery

Catherine Carter at Continuum Wellness

Cheif Family Officer at Cheif Family Officer

Chris at The Philosophy of Change

Chris at One is All and All is One

Chris Brogan at Chris

Chris Cade at Spiritual Short Stories

Chris Cree at SuccessCREEations

Chris Marshall at Martial Development

Chris Melton at

Chris Owen at Pink Apple

Christina Katz at Writer Mama

Christine Kane at

Christine Valters Painter at Abbey of the Arts

Christy Z at Totally Fabulous

Clyde at Feeling Good

Colin Beavan at No Impact Man

Colin at Life

Colleen Wainwright of Communicatrix

Conceive, Believe, Achieve at Conceive, Believe, Achieve

Confessing at 7Confessions

Cooper at Wonderland or Not

Corrine Edwards at Personal Growth with Corrine Edwards

Corey at Cooking With Corey

Crabby McSlacker at Cranky Fitness

Craig Harper at Motivational Speaker

Craze at Crazedreamer’s Thoughts

Curt Rosengren at Occupational Adventure

Cyres at Cyres Matters

Damian Carr at Soul Terminal

Daniel Roach at Daniel

Daniel Sitter at Idea Sellers

Danny Kohn at Be Inspired Everyday

Daria Black at Figmeant Writing Studio and Community

Darlene Siddons at Spirited Boutique

Darren Rowse at

Dave Pollard at How to Save the World

Dave Schawbel at The Personal Branding Blog

Dave Schoof at Engaging the Disquiet

Davers at Language Trainers Blog

David Allen at The David Allen Company

David Bohl at Reflections on Balance

David Finch at David

David Richeson at 360 Degree Success

David Rogers at How to Have Great Self Confidence

David Seah at David

David Zinger at Slacker Manager

Dawn and Ann at Twisted Sister

Dawn Goldberg at Write Well Me

Dawn Vinson at Daydreaming on Paper

Dawud Miracle at

Daylle Deanna Schwartz at Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

Dean Lacono at Law of Attraction for Beginners

Deb at Mind Body and Solar

Deb2012 at Fibromaylgia and Wellness

Debbie Call at Spirit In Gear

Debbie LaChusa at 10 Step Marketing Collection

Deborah aka Zephry1 at Climate of Our Future

Debra at 28 Years Later

Debra Moorhead at Debra

Denise Mosawi at

Derrick Kwa at Sui Generis

Desika Nadadur at Desika

Devlyn Steele at Tools To Life Guide

Diane Cese at Everything Yoga

Dick Richards at Come Gather Round

Dominic Tay at Personal Development for Winners

Don Simkovich at Hey Don

Donald Latumahina at Life Optimizer

Donald Trump and others at The Trump Blog

Donna Karlin at Perspectives

Donna Steinhorn at Rethinking

Doodski at A Rainbow After the Storm

Douglas Eby at Talent Development Resources

Dream Catcher at The Augmented Reality

Dr. Charles Parker at The Core Psych Blog

Dr. Hal at Northstar Mental fitness blog

Dr. Michael Shea at From Pain to Personal Gain

Dr. Tim Sharp at The Happiness Institute

Drew Rozell at Drew

Dwayne Melancon at Genuine Curiosity

E Murphy at The Active Life

Edward Mills at Evolving Times

Edward Smith at Bright Moment


Edith Yeung at Dream Think Act

Elizabeth Badurina at Modern Gypsy

Elle Mgee at Ever Hopeful, Ever Thankful

Ellen Weber at Brain Based Business

Ellesse at Goal Setting College

Elly Jolly at Jolly Life Coaching

Emily G. W. Lilly at The Science of Waldorf Education

Emmanuel Lopez at The Adventures of Motivatorman

Enoch Tan at Mind Reality

Eric Boehme at The Blogging Boss

Eric Napier at Quotation Collection

Erin Pavlina at Erin

Ev Nucci at My Life is Murphy’s Law

Evelyn Lim at Attraction Mind Map

Evelyn Rodriguez at Crossroads Dispatches

Evolving Excellence at Evolving Excellence

Farouk Radwan at 2KnowMySelf

Frank at Re/Transformation

Frank Kanu at Frank Uncovers Excellence in Leadership

Frank Roche at KnowHR Blog

Galba Bright at Tune Up Your EQ

Garr Reynolds at Presentation Zen

Gary at Personal Strategic Plan

Gary Evans at Good to Feel

Gerri at Absolutely True

Gilad Buchman at Sigsug

Gleb Reys at Personal Development Ideas

Glenda Watson Hyatt at Do It Myself Blog

Grayson at Modern Worker Blog

Greg Butler at

Greg Frost at

Geoff R at

George Vasu at 360

Golbguru at Money, Matter, and More Musings

Gretchen Rubin at Happiness Project

Gustav at

Guy Kawasaki at How to Change the World

Gyanish at Diethack

Halina Goldstein at The Inner Travel Journal

Hatter at Dreaming to Infinity

Hilda Carroll at Living Out Loud

Heather Goldsmith at A Creative Journal

Helgi Pall Einarsson at Everyday Wonderland

Henrik Edberg at The Positivity Blog

Holly Jo at Evolving Blueprint

Holly Sumner at The Abundance Place

Honman at Open Your Mind to Prosperity

Hueina Su at Intensive Care for the Nurturer’s Soul

Ilyria at Finding Norway

Inkedmn at The Cranking Widgets Blog

Irene Becker at Just Coach It

Isabella Mori at MoriTherapy

Isha at Isha Yoga

Itzy Sabo at Email Overloaded

JC at Job Life Upgrade

Jacin Steele at Jacin

Jack Vinson at Knowledge Jolt with Jack

Jackie at The Painted Veil

Jackie Ford at The Vegan Diet

Jacklyn Ker at Inspiring and Empowing Lives

James and Karen at visualized.Feel.Abundance

Jarle Husefest at The Personal Development Blog

Jason and Michael at Black Belt Productivity

Jason Ivers at A Miracle a Day

Jason Womack at Fit and Effective

Jay White at dumb little man tips for life

Jean Browman at Transforming Stress Into Power and Cheerful Monk

Jeane Michelle Culp at Binding Ink

Jeanne May at Aspirations Plus

Jeannette Maw at Good Vibe Coaching

Jeanie Marshall at Empowerment and Meditation Blog and DailyAffirm: Positive Affirmations Day by Day

Jeff Davidson at Breathing Space Blog

Jeff Lilly at Druid Journal

Jeffrey Phillips at Think Faster

Jenna Glatzer at Hot Diggity

Jennifer at Goodness Graciousness

Jennifer Mannion at Heal Pain Naturally

Jenny Ryan at Using My Powers For Good

Jenny and Erin at Jenny and Erin

Jeremiah Owyang at Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Jerry Hart at Blue Print to emarketing

Jerry Lopper at Personal Growth

Jessa at

Jessica Hagy at Indexed

Jim and Emma at Go Smell The Flowers

Jim stroup at Managing Leadership

Jim Walton at Black In Business

JoLynn Braley at The Fit Shack

Joan Schramm at Accelerating Momentum

Joanna Young at Coaching Wizardry

Joanne at I’m Happy Fish

JodeeB at You Already Know This Stuff

Joe Vitale at Dr. Joe Vitale at Zero

Joel at Fearless Dreams

Johann at Johann The Dog, The Days of Johann, and Rescue Me

John Allison at Technology for Living

John Chow at John Chow Dot Com

John Pratt at John Pratt International

John Place at John Place Online

John W. McKenna at The Leadership Epidemic

John Wesley at Pick The Brain

Jon at Join The Secret

Jon King at The Effective Life

Jon Willis at Self Happiness

Jonathan at Smart Wealthy Rich and Freelance Folder

Jordan at The Abe Blog

Jory Des Jardin at Pause: Meaningful Work

Josh Bickford at Reach For Magnificence and Reach for Magnificence

Josh Kaufman at The Personal MBA

Joshua Denny at Catalyst for Change

Judy Martin at The Work/Life Monitor

Julia Rogers Hamrick at Julia’s Blog: Journal of the Journey Home to Eden

Julie Bonner at Declutter It

Kailani at An Island Review

Kammie Kobyleski at Passion Meets Purpose

Kara-Leah Masina at Be Conscious Now

Karen at Journey with Water Learner

Karen at Square Peg People

Karen Lynch at Live The Power

Karen Putz at A Deaf Mom Shares Her World

Karen Wallace at The Clearing Space

Karl Moore at Karl

Karl Staib at Karl

Kathy Mallary at Coaching Biz Tips

Keith Ferrazzi at Never Eat Alone

Kelly at Kellymentology

Ken Dow and Martin Cooper at Creativity Happens

Kenton Whitman at

Kevin Kinchen at Creative Power of Thought

Killeris at Attitude, The Ultimate Power

Kim and Jason at Escape Adulthood

Kim George at Doing What You Can Do

Kimber Chin at Client K

Kirk Nugent at Kirk

Krishan Singh at Kundalini Yoga Blog

Kirsten Harrell at Ipopin

Krishna De at Biz Growth News and Todays Women in Business

Kristen King at Lively Women

K.L. Masina at Be Conscious Now

LJW at Heavenly Inclinations

Lauchlan Mackinnon at Think Differently

Laura at Heaven is Inside

Laura at Orgjunkie

Laura Howard West at Cafe Entrepreneur

Lawrence Cheok at A Long, Long Road

Laura Young at The Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life

Leah Maclean at Working Solo

Leigh at The Lab

LeisureGuy at Later On

Lee Nutter at bmindful

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits

Lianne at Excessively Diverted by Divine Mojo

Liara Covert at Dream Builders

Life Reflection at Universe in a Single Atom

Lilifixt at Feel Happy

Lillie Ammann at A Writers Words, An Editor’s Eye

Linda Hernestal da Silva at Daily Power Walk

Linda Salazar at Awaken The Genie Within

Lisa Braithwaite at Speak Schmeak

Lisa Gates at Design Your Writing Life

Lisa Haneberg at Management Craft, Two weeks to a Breakthrough Blog, and Chile Pepper High

Lisa McGlaun at LifePrints - Good News for a More Compassionate World

Lisa Mills at Work at Home Mom Revolution

Lisa Q at 40s Singleness-Dating in Your 40s

Lisa Van Allen at Finish Strong

Liz at Internet Marketing Strategies

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog

Lodewijkvdb at How to be an Original

Lola Fayemi at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development

Lori Grant and Debbie at Smart Lemming

Lorie Marrero at The Clutter Diet Blog

Lorraine Cohen at Powerfull Living

Luciano Passuello at

Lucid at Spiritual Suggestions

Lumosity at Brain Health Blog

Lyman Reed at Creating a Better Life

Lyndon Antcliff at and

Lynn McTaggert at Living The Field

Lynne Morrell at Lynn and Musings From The Edge


Madame X at My Open Wallet

Maddy at Illuminated Minds Want to Know

Maki at Dosh Dosh

Malathy Badri at Laws of Universe

Malcolm Campbell at The Round Table

Mallika, Gotham, and Deepak Chopra, and Shekhar Kapur at IntentBlog

Manny at Success Books

Maria Gajewski at Never The Same River Twice

Maria Garcia at Get Organized Now

Maria Palma at The Good Life

Marianne Williamson at Journal

Marion at Herbal Connection

Marilyn Jenett at Feel Free to Prosper and Feel Free to Prosper Ryze Network

Marney K. Makridakis at Artella

Mark at The Naked Soul

Mark Forster at Get Everything Done

Mark LaPierre at The Winding Path

Mark McManus at Build Your Life To Order

Mark Sanborn at Mark, and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

Mark W Shead at Productivity 501

Martin Avis at Kickstart Daily

Mary K at Becoming Your StellarSelf

Matthew Cornell at Matt’s Idea Blog

Matthew M. Costello at The Winning Attitude

Max Coutinho at Max

Meg Haworth at Life Lessons From Your Soul

Melanie Benson Strick at The Success Blog

Merlin Mann at 43 Folders

Mert at Almost Somewhat Positive

Meryl K. Evans at

Michelle at aMusing My Genius

Michelle at Binding INK III

Michelle Moore at Happiness Blog

Michael Port at The Think Big Revolution

Michael Vanderdonk at TOACH Performance

Michael Werner at Dream Jobs Dialog

Michiko at Live as you dream

Mike Janssen at Opgestroopte Mouwen

Mike Kemski at BANABU

Mike St. Pierre at The Daily Saint

Millionaire Mommy Next Door at Millionaire Mommy Next Door

Mimi Lennox at Mimi Writes

Mizzy Bohemia at Miz BoheMia’s Rhapsody

Mona Grayson at Question The Mind

Monte Ladner at Fitness Rocks

Moneymonk at Moneymonk

Mr.Wang at Mr Wang Says So

MsJayy at Jackie Young Writes

My Everyday Planner at My Everyday Planner

My Mind on Books at My Mind on Books

Mystical Monkey at One Mystical Monkey

NCN at No Credit Needed

Nancy Mills at The Spirited Woman

Nancy Tierney at Unconditional Confidence

Neal Donald Walsh at Conversations With God

Neil Patel at Quick Sprout

Nic Askew at Monday 9AM Blog

Nick Smith at Life 2.0

Nita at Moments

Nneka at Balanced Life Center

Norie at Life is too Short

Ordinary Mystic at The Ordinary Mystic

Organize-It at Organize-It

Pamala Slim at Escape From Cubicle Nation

Pamm Larry at My Secret Spiritual Dance

Patrick Combs at Good Thinking Co.

Patricia Klingler at Remarkable Women Speak

Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker

Patti Digh at 37 Days

Paul at Paul’s Tips

Paul Piotrowski at Self Help Wisdom

Paula Kawal at Paula

Peggy Payne at Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog

Penelope Trunk at The Brazen Careerist

Peter at I Will Change Your Life

Peter Aldin at Great Circle

Peter Haslem at Necessary Skills

Phil Gerbyshak at Make It Great

Philip J Eby at Dirt

Philippe Matthews at Shockwealth

Pia at Courting Destiny

Polli at Polliwog’s Pond

Priscilla Palmer at Personal Development Demands Success

Priya Florence Shah at Soul Kadee

Quint Jensen at Win Your Mind

Ray Dotson at Fresh Blog

Raymond Salas at Zenchill Powertools

Real Modern Man at Real Modern Man

Reg Adkins at ElementalTruths

Rhonalala at The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Am

Ricardo at Wake Up Tiger

Rich Schefren at Strategic Profits

Rick Cockrum at Shards of Consciousness

Rick Cooper at The PDA Pro

Ririan at Ririanproject

RivKaz at Waterlearner

Rob at 7Breaths

Rob Cooke at Leave the Office

Robert at Compassionate Council

Robert at Myselfdev

Robert Ashcroft at PDSS Online

Robert Hruzek at Middle Zone Musings

Robin Skeen at Robin’s Reflections

Robin Yapp at Yapp 3.0

Robyn McMaster at Brain Based Biz

Roger Von Oech at Creative Think

Rolf F. Katzenberger at Evomend

Rosemary at Parkinson’s Disease and Peripheral Neuropathy

Rosa Say at Managing With Aloha Coaching

Ryan Marle at The Alpha Project

S.J. Yee at Personal Development for the Book Smart

Sam at Aquire Wisdom and Live with Passion

Sammy Simpson at The Tune

Sandee at Comedy Plus

Scott Adams at The Dilbert Blog

Scott Andrew Bird at Scott Andrew

Scott Berkun at Berkun Blog

Scott Bernadot at Keeping The Secret

Scott Ginsberg at Hello, My Name Is Blog

Scott H Young at Scott H Young

Scott McArthur at McArthur’s Rant

Secret Simon at The Secret of Life

Self Pursuit at Self Pursuit

Senia at Positive Psychology Coaching

Seth Godin at Seth’s Blog

2 Know My Self at 2KnowMySelf

Shane Navratil at Zoomstart

Shaun Boyd at

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Shaheen Lakhan at GNIF Brain Blogger

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Slade Roberson at Shift Your Spirits and Spiritual Blogging

Sleeping Dude at How to Wake Up Early

Sonora Jayne Case at Positive Realities Coaching

Sophiagurl at Life is Just Around the Corner

Spike at Organize It

Spiritlifter at Intentional Abundance

Stacy Brice at Virtualosophy

Start Up Coach at Take Charge of Your Life

Stay at Home Mom at Insanity’s Oasis

Stephanie and Jeffrey at Brains on Purpose

Stephen at HD bizblog

Stephen Hopson at Adversity University

Stephen Shapiro at Stephen

Steve Beisheim at Jumping Ship Happens

Steve Grossman at Why I failed

Steve Harper at The Ripple Effect

Steve King at The Green Geek

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Steve Olson at

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Steve Roesler at All Things Workplace

Steven Aitchison at Change Your Thoughts

Success Current at

Sue Ann Edwards at Always Embraces All Ways

Sunny Schlenger at

Surjit at Gurushabad

Susan at Got2BeGreen

Susan R. Meyer at Life Work Cafe

Susan Sabo at Productivity Cafe

Susie at The Accidental Environmentalist

Susanna Kompogiorgas at Flowing Chi

Suzanne Bird-Harris at Learning Curve Coaching

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Takeshi at Nakayima

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Taylor at Mom’s Out There

Ted Demopoulos at Blogging For Business

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Tejvan at Sri Chinmoy Inspiration

Terry Starbucker at Ramblings From a Glass Half Full

Therapy Doc at Everyone Needs Therapy

Thom Quinn at Qlog

Tiffany at Little Red Suit

Tim Ferris at 4-Hour Workweek and Lifestyle Design Blog

Tim Taylor at My Agapic Life

Tim Warren at Personal Development4U

Tina Su at Tina

Tish at The Kat House

Todd Goldfarb at We The Change

Tom LeDree at Tom

Tom Peters at Tom

Tom Spanton at TRCoach

Tom Van Brunscot of Transformation Economy

Tony Brigmon at Smile Notes

Tony Chimento at Living Forward

Tony D Clark at Success From The Nest

Torlink at You Create Reality

Travis A. Sinquefield at Disorganizational Behavior

Travis Wright at Cultivate Greatness

Tricia at Blogging Away Debt

Tricia at Loving Farewells

Trizoko at

Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar

Trevor Gay at Simplicity is the Key

Troy Worman at Orbit Now!

Tuck Self at Rebel Belle Blog

Tupelo Kenyon at

Ubertech at Geeks Guide To GTD

Vanessa Vinos at Musings from a Life Coach

Vera Nadine at Vera

Vickie at Contemplate This

Wade Millican at The Middle Way

Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership

Walksfarwoman at Kissing The Dogwood

Wan Qi at Meditation Forum Mantras

Wanda Grindstaff at Creating Abundant Lifestyles

Wendy Betterini at Wings For The Heart

Wild Bill at Passionate Blogger

Winsome at Winsome Gunning Art Walk

Zale Tabakman at Success Through Balance

Zorka at Essential Life Skills

Zunnur at A Little Time

and these collaborated sites:

Blogher’s Religion and Spirituality “department”

Burst Blog

Change This

Change Your Thinking

Daily PlanIt

Did I Get Things Done

GTD Wannabe


Joyful Jubilant Learning

Life Coaches Blog Stratagies for a Greater Life

TED Blog

Transformational Girlfriends




And these for those of you who speak Russian:

Anatoly Tikhomirov at Personal Efficacy

Armen Petrosyan at Thought Storage #428

Irina Chelnokova at Women Path

Michael Subach at

Sergey Biryukov at Personal Development in Russian

Vitaly Kolesnik at

Vladimir Rundan at Living is Great!


The Community for Excellence

Personal Development Partners

Whew! that was a long one.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

a beacon of light

Today was the first day of my two-day seminar in Management. I thought to myself this was probably going to be one of those seminars about management, theories, principles and blah blah. I think I have attended a lot already and I was not expecting much of it. I was hoping I'd learn something new though.

Our first exercise was to group ourselves in five and do some sharing. We were to say our name and tell the group how long we've been with the company and then think of an object that could best describe us as a leader. We were five in the group and the other four managers described themselves as a mirror, a magnifying lense, a peg in a puzzle and a goose. They had their reasons of course. When it was my turn to share all I could think about was a beacon of light, like a lighthouse.

As a leader or a manager, I see myself as a torch of light that illuminates over the people as they go about their daily task, a light that guides them to the right direction. It could be in a form of encouragement, mentoring, technical support, or coaching. It is my duty to keep my light as bright as I could and take good care of it so that it will always be well lighted.

Suddenly I was again made aware of the great responsibility I had over my team. Am I just a manager or a leader? If I were not in my position would these people still follow me? If I were just me would they still listen to what I was saying?

If you are a manager then you probably know how busy our days are like. Our work life is measured in terms of success rate, timelines and goals. But every successful project or every goal achieved could not have happened without the most important part of leadership and that is the people. Without them, we wouldn't be called leaders.

There are no hard or fast rules about becoming a good leader, although there have been a lot of books written about it, it does not guarantee success. And I have read quite a lot too!

John Quincy Adams says, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more then you are a leader."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

A Magical Carpet Ride

I was recently visited by two genies from Mariuca wishing on a falling star. They got hold of me through my friend Colin author of the blog called Life. Thank you both for the visit. And now I've been named a Genie Princess=) My daughters were asking me if they could be one too! LOL.

And now here is the difficult part. I must pass along the gift of the magic carpet ride with the genies to five very fortunate Kings or Princesses that are deemed worthy of such an honor.

1.Sweet Girl of My Life My Views
2.Zunnur of A Little Time
3.Debk of Ten Forty
4.Doodski of A Rainbow After the Sorm
5.Dani of the Lonely Hurts

Codes are given below: Please visit the link above at Mariuca for the code.

Genie Princess

Genie King

The Genie King, the Genie Princess and their trusty Genie Buddy have visited:

Mariuca would like to wish for success and fame.

Adrian would like to wish for good health and happiness.

Emila would like to wish for happiness and success.

MPG would like to wish for love and peace.

Bobby would like to wish for the powers of Superman and immortality.

Jean would like to wish for stress-free work environment and happiness.

Trinity would like to wish good health for Jan’s brother & Yah & Wan & success.

Jesse would like a great isp and a Yummy box of chocolates.

Jay would like to wish for 10k visitors and readers per day.

Spiff, The Spaceman would like a billion US Dollars! (Am I being too greedy here?)

Rolando would like everyone’s hearts desire to come true.

Sam would like to wish for a happy & simple life and happiness to everyone.

Speedcat Hollydale would like a pet acorn monkey named “Monkee“.

Joezul would like to wish for all to get their wish come true.

Promthep would like to be successful in everything.

kumo would like to wish everybody a better day every next day.

NAFASG would like to build a better community for everyone.

Levian would like to be happy always.

Apple would like to be slimmer.

Menopauseprincess would like peace, happiness, love, health & prosperity for everyone!

Morgan would like to wish for love, laughter, sunshine & blue skies for EVERYONE!!!

Kellie would like to wish for happiness & love to be bestowed on her family & friends.

LadyJava would like to wish for love, health, beauty and wealth for one and all.

Keeyit would like to wish for staying healthy and happily with family.

Colleen wishes everyone be well and happy.

Spookygrace would like to have a busy traffic and making money blog.

Shinade would like to send love,peace,wealth and good health to everyone.

Cotojo would like more Love, Peace, Harmony, Understanding and safety for our children throughout the entire world.

Bobo would like health and wealth for everyone she loves (including all her blogfriends).

Auntie Dar would love to end animal cruelty.

Chinnee would like to wish for happiness and good health forever!

Ozzieblackcat would like to wish for success for her blog!

Rinnah would like to wish for more good paying opps to come my way!

Bless would like to wish for more happiness & more blessing for family & world peace.

La Chanson de Phoenix would like to wish for a small bottle of sweet perfume.

Sophiagurl would like to wish for the good health of her mom and dad, peace and prosperity for her brother's family, a baby for her sister, good health and blessings for her husband and two daughters,peace, love and happiness for everyone.

Sweet Girl would like to wish that as long as she lives ,she has the company and love of sweetu(pkd)

Zunnur would like to wish for an escape to a place with fresh air, green earth, blue skies and nice people.

Doodski would like to wish for good health, peace and happiness for his family. Good health for his mom and dad.Good health and blessings for his sister Lisa's family.Good health and a baby for his sister Bubut's family.

Welcome aboard the Magical Flying Carpet for the Ride of your Life!

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