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"For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness but of power, love, and discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7
Over the weekend, I had the chance to be with amazing and beautiful souls for a camp for girls. Camp Courage was the first camp that I joined without anyone forcing me or asking me to take part of it. At first, I was hesitant and quite nervous about it. I am a bit of an introvert (teehee! :3) and I find it really hard to build friendships with new people. That was what I was stressing about days before the camp. But I still pushed through with it and it has let me see things in an entirely different perspective. 
You see, I’ve been going through life aimlessly. I always thought that I can do everything on my own; that I don’t need some divine power to get me through life’s circumstances. I’ve always chased the wrong things, and conformed to the standards of this world. Whenever I don’t reach that certain standard, I break down and think that I will never be enough. I gave emphasis on things that’s temporary, when I should have fixed my focus on things that are for eternity. I’ve looked for love in all the wrong places when I had someone who loved me unconditionally all along. 
Yes. This is what I was doing with my life for the past years: breezing through time, doing and stressing over things that don’t matter, and living a life that doesn’t fulfill my true purpose. I was ashamed of the wrong things I’ve done that I grew even more distant from Him than ever, thinking that “I’ve done so many mistakes. I don’t deserve Him in my life”. And yet, despite all this, He remains to be faithful. He has always been there for me, I was just too distracted with worldly things to notice. He still pursues me no matter how far I distance myself from Him. That, ladies and gentlemen, is true love.
I find it a bit hard to believe that I’m saying these things now, but I think this isn’t me typing. This is Him communicating His message through me. It really took me a while and a great amount of courage to stop running and surrender to Him. I’ve been told that living a life that will fulfill His plan is not going to be easy, but it definitely is going to be worth it. 
My heart is overwhelmed with so much happiness knowing that I’ve shared the start of this journey with other girls who are as courageous to live for His purpose, as me. 
I’ve been lost, but now I am found. Cliche as it may seem but nevertheless, it is true.

"For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness but of power, love, and discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7

Over the weekend, I had the chance to be with amazing and beautiful souls for a camp for girls. Camp Courage was the first camp that I joined without anyone forcing me or asking me to take part of it. At first, I was hesitant and quite nervous about it. I am a bit of an introvert (teehee! :3) and I find it really hard to build friendships with new people. That was what I was stressing about days before the camp. But I still pushed through with it and it has let me see things in an entirely different perspective. 

You see, I’ve been going through life aimlessly. I always thought that I can do everything on my own; that I don’t need some divine power to get me through life’s circumstances. I’ve always chased the wrong things, and conformed to the standards of this world. Whenever I don’t reach that certain standard, I break down and think that I will never be enough. I gave emphasis on things that’s temporary, when I should have fixed my focus on things that are for eternity. I’ve looked for love in all the wrong places when I had someone who loved me unconditionally all along. 

Yes. This is what I was doing with my life for the past years: breezing through time, doing and stressing over things that don’t matter, and living a life that doesn’t fulfill my true purpose. I was ashamed of the wrong things I’ve done that I grew even more distant from Him than ever, thinking that “I’ve done so many mistakes. I don’t deserve Him in my life”. And yet, despite all this, He remains to be faithful. He has always been there for me, I was just too distracted with worldly things to notice. He still pursues me no matter how far I distance myself from Him. That, ladies and gentlemen, is true love.

I find it a bit hard to believe that I’m saying these things now, but I think this isn’t me typing. This is Him communicating His message through me. It really took me a while and a great amount of courage to stop running and surrender to Him. I’ve been told that living a life that will fulfill His plan is not going to be easy, but it definitely is going to be worth it. 

My heart is overwhelmed with so much happiness knowing that I’ve shared the start of this journey with other girls who are as courageous to live for His purpose, as me. 

I’ve been lost, but now I am found. Cliche as it may seem but nevertheless, it is true.

Posted: October 20, 2014
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“The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.” - Cornelia Funke

Posted: October 13, 2014
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"Weekly Favorites" has been going on for quite some time in some personal blogs that I’ve stumbled upon and followed. I lost track of those blogs so I’m not quite sure who to give credit to for this idea. But if you thought of this idea first, please let me know so I can give you proper credit! :)
Here are some interesting stuff that I’ve found in the ~interwebz~:
So You Want To Get Started? by Isa Garcia
TED Talks - Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to keep Creating
This is Point A by Shekinah Bangsil
21 Dreamlike Film Photos by Oleg Oprisco That Will Blow Your Mind 
Top 20 Life Hacks That Actually Work
Zaliepie: Poland’s Painted Village
121 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness
The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter
Become More Productive
31 Grilled Cheeses That Are Better Than A Boyfriend
It has been such a tough week. The first semester is about to come to a close and I’ve been drowning in so many school-related activities. I apologize if I don’t update this blog more often than I should. A few more days and I’ll be free from school, for a while at least. 
So, what interesting stuff have you found in the internet this week? :)

"Weekly Favorites" has been going on for quite some time in some personal blogs that I’ve stumbled upon and followed. I lost track of those blogs so I’m not quite sure who to give credit to for this idea. But if you thought of this idea first, please let me know so I can give you proper credit! :)

Here are some interesting stuff that I’ve found in the ~interwebz~:

  1. So You Want To Get Started? by Isa Garcia
  2. TED Talks - Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, Failure and the Drive to keep Creating
  3. This is Point A by Shekinah Bangsil
  4. 21 Dreamlike Film Photos by Oleg Oprisco That Will Blow Your Mind 
  5. Top 20 Life Hacks That Actually Work
  6. Zaliepie: Poland’s Painted Village
  7. 121 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness
  8. The Psychology Behind Messy Rooms: Why The Most Creative People Flourish In Clutter
  9. Become More Productive
  10. 31 Grilled Cheeses That Are Better Than A Boyfriend

It has been such a tough week. The first semester is about to come to a close and I’ve been drowning in so many school-related activities. I apologize if I don’t update this blog more often than I should. A few more days and I’ll be free from school, for a while at least. 

So, what interesting stuff have you found in the internet this week? :)

Posted: October 11, 2014
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Every Day and Life Realizations
After reading Norwegian Wood a few weeks ago, I was supposed to read something light and less depressing. I was a few chapters in of Cecelia Ahern’s Thanks for The Memories but I eventually gave up on it. I just lost interest in the story. It’s one of those books that I prefer to watch the movie adaptation instead of reading the book. 
When I found a copy of David Levithan’s Every Day, I knew I had to buy it. The first few lines of the book caught my attention in an instant. And I didn’t regret spending a portion of my sweldo for it.
Every Day is a unique read. A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day*. It’s the first book I’ve read that was written by David Levithan. And because I liked this book so much, I’m going to hunt down more of his work like How They Met and Other Stories and Every You, Every Me. Where I live, it’s a tad bit hard to look for copies of good books that costs less. 
Just like the rest of my Book Talk entries, here are a few lines I’ve picked out from the book that has stayed with me:

“When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.” 

It’s unbelievable the amount of hope these lines hold. The last line struck my heart through and through. When I read these words, I feel like I was being slapped in the face by reality again. Sometimes, I have these lonely nights when I’d think that I’ll never love the way I loved before. I hope I remember these lines next time.

“There are many things that can keep you in a relationship,” I say. “Fear of being alone. Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life. A decision to settle for something that’s okay, because you don’t know if you can get any better. Or maybe there’s the irrational belief that it will get better, even if you know he won’t change.” 

I know I still have so much to learn when it comes to love and relationships, but one thing I’ve learned from it so far (both from personal experience and observation on some of my friends’ relationships) is that it’s supposed to do you more good than bad. It’s supposed to shape you and your partner into better versions of yourselves.
If the relationship makes you feel shitty all the time but you can’t let go of it because of some reasons that those lines above might have mentioned, remember that a person can only take so much. 
I wish someone told me these things before. Oh well. Sometimes we just have to learn things the hard way, right? :)
In totality, Every Day was such a unique and enthralling read. It has been a while since the last time I liked a book so much that I just could not put it down, not even for a minute. The ending was a tad bit heartbreaking but I feel like it was the right thing for A to do. I’m actually itching to tell you guys more about the book but I know spoiler sucks big time, so I’ll leave it to you to find out what happens to A and Rhiannon :)
Have you read this book? If so, spill! :D I’d be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

Every Day and Life Realizations

After reading Norwegian Wood a few weeks ago, I was supposed to read something light and less depressing. I was a few chapters in of Cecelia Ahern’s Thanks for The Memories but I eventually gave up on it. I just lost interest in the story. It’s one of those books that I prefer to watch the movie adaptation instead of reading the book. 

When I found a copy of David Levithan’s Every Day, I knew I had to buy it. The first few lines of the book caught my attention in an instant. And I didn’t regret spending a portion of my sweldo for it.

Every Day is a unique read. A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day*It’s the first book I’ve read that was written by David Levithan. And because I liked this book so much, I’m going to hunt down more of his work like How They Met and Other Stories and Every You, Every Me. Where I live, it’s a tad bit hard to look for copies of good books that costs less. 

Just like the rest of my Book Talk entries, here are a few lines I’ve picked out from the book that has stayed with me:

“When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better in different ways.” 

It’s unbelievable the amount of hope these lines hold. The last line struck my heart through and through. When I read these words, I feel like I was being slapped in the face by reality again. Sometimes, I have these lonely nights when I’d think that I’ll never love the way I loved before. I hope I remember these lines next time.

“There are many things that can keep you in a relationship,” I say. “Fear of being alone. Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life. A decision to settle for something that’s okay, because you don’t know if you can get any better. Or maybe there’s the irrational belief that it will get better, even if you know he won’t change.” 

I know I still have so much to learn when it comes to love and relationships, but one thing I’ve learned from it so far (both from personal experience and observation on some of my friends’ relationships) is that it’s supposed to do you more good than bad. It’s supposed to shape you and your partner into better versions of yourselves.

If the relationship makes you feel shitty all the time but you can’t let go of it because of some reasons that those lines above might have mentioned, remember that a person can only take so much. 

I wish someone told me these things before. Oh well. Sometimes we just have to learn things the hard way, right? :)

In totality, Every Day was such a unique and enthralling read. It has been a while since the last time I liked a book so much that I just could not put it down, not even for a minute. The ending was a tad bit heartbreaking but I feel like it was the right thing for A to do. I’m actually itching to tell you guys more about the book but I know spoiler sucks big time, so I’ll leave it to you to find out what happens to A and Rhiannon :)

Have you read this book? If so, spill! :D I’d be happy to read all your thoughts about the book.

Posted: October 07, 2014
Currently With 16 notes
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