coming down with the sniffles

Stressed w/ demanding clients, last minute clients, mabagal landlords, people who owes me money, upcoming and previous weddings, wedding suppliers, my bank, my finances, and let’s not forget the boys – I’m starting to feel like I’m coming down with the sniffles. Oh no.

Need for hot calamansi juice and some TLC. Overload with vitamins and throw in a secretary for free please.

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Crystal clear

Okay so even if it was a busy day at work, my colleague, Crystal and I still found time to fool around and take pictures. This one was a shot I took while inside the pantry (of all places) using my camera phone. Konting edit lang sa picture (di pa photoshop). Hehe talk about amateur!

Carrot, Egg & Coffee

We need moments of inspiration daily. Here’s one I received that lifted up my spirits. Just when I’m about to take my morning coffee, I might add.

Hugs!

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A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose. Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.

In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.” “Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. “Which are you?” she asked her daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

May you always have the best COFFEE to your taste!

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Personally I feel like I’ve been a carrot. Hmm, maybe that’s why I crumble easily. Another cup of coffee please…

decluttering

My lifestyle has always had been disorganized, clutter-ful and chaotic mess. This is very evident in my house, my car, my desk, my wardrobe, my bag, basically everything. A lot of people can’t stand me and my mess. There’s a good reason why I like living alone, and the fact that I would rather work alone, than with other people.

I’ve tried it all – bag organizers, planner, drawers, labels, etc. etc. etc. But I seem to still leave items all over the place. Don’t get me wrong, I still prefer a clean desk, an organized filing cabinet and an orderly home. But it’s a bit too tedious for me. And frankly, there are days where I find order in my disorder, anyway.

But sige na nga, I’ll humor myself and the people around me. Because of upcoming July, I have committed to myself to clean, throw what needs to throw and basically declutter my stuff. In LEAP it was part of a completion exercise.

So in order for me to get my goals, I have to first take care of the other items in my life that become road blocks, starting with my surroundings. So here are my list of to do’s that I need to accomplish on or before July 1, 2007.
  • Get 2nd room ready as my room while Glenn and Scheela are here (dapat may bed, basically)
  • Contact Roy and ask him to come with me to buy aircon (hmm, maybe electric fan will do)
  • Buy bulb for the bathroom and for the 2nd room
  • Laundry and press all remaining clothes
  • General Cleaning for the house
  • Go grocery shopping (stock up on food)
  • Have drawers fixed
  • Fix up laptop area
  • Extra house and car keys for Glenn/Scheela
  • Have car auto detailed and interior detailed
  • Friendship sticker?
  • Make sure Meralco and water bills are paid

Next item is to prepare a To Do list on cleaning up/decluttering my workspace.

old and new

As part of my decluttering goal this week, I arranged the files in my laptop and and also went through my emails. I deleted a lot of very old and unused documents, pictures, emails etc. Here’s something I saw.

Left picture taken sometime August of 2006 and picture at the right around May 2007. New do, new glasses, new mobile. 🙂

Hmmm…