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It hurts, but you’re teaching me to grow

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Today, I sit with you again just like I did almost a year ago.

How is it that you come so quietly, so stealthily, without any word of warning, without any banner to announce your coming? How is it that you come and go as you please, never minding the chaos you leave in the wake of your passing by? Never minding the shrivelled bones and parched souls, the heart-shattering sorrow, the questions, the eyes that burn with tears that refuse to fall.

I’ve been acquainted with you in many forms. For my limited mind and the dull ache of…

Sometimes, you need to revisit an old tale from a different perspective

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There’s something different about curling around a delightful novel at the end of the day. Forget about the drab and dreary life you lead. Forget about the deadlines you have to meet and the meetings you have to set. Sometimes, you’re whisked off to a distant land with dragon-slayers and hair-raising adventures. Sometimes, you’re the hero or heroine set to go after a villain who is hell-bent on destroying the world. Sometimes, you’re just a simple person minding your own business until someone yanks your hair and calls you carrots.

Stories like this are what make reading precious and worthwhile…

We all need to take a step back and breathe

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It can be tempting to sacrifice rest for the sake of getting things done. Sometimes, you’re just beginning your day — you’re not even done with your breakfast — and you feel like drowning under all the items in your to-do list.

It’s important, then, to give yourself time to rest through the week. It doesn’t have to take up a huge chunk of your whole day. Sometimes, five to ten minutes is enough. Sometimes, those few minutes of taking a break can make a whole lot of difference.

Here are 25 ways to take a break and give yourself…

Here’s what it’s been like

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It’s been more than a year since our government placed our city on lockdown, lifted the restrictions, then placed us under lockdown again. Every day, I read updates from my journal app where I recorded a lot of my experiences prior to, during, and after the lockdown. It’s funny because I had a lot of things going on back then, a lot of things I was preparing for, not even knowing that a few weeks and even days, things would be completely different.

You know the story. You’ve seen how it eventually unfolded in your corner of the world —…

And a few lessons I learned along the way

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It’s been raining the past couple of days and I was reminded of a sensation I had when working for my old company.

Rainy weather meant waking up early and checking your phone to see if they cancelled work.

Now, I know most companies don’t usually let their employees off during rainy weather. But we live in a tropical country that is straight in the path of strong typhoons at least twenty times every year. And out of those twenty typhoons, five are usually deadly.

Thus, extreme rainy weather could mean that work might be cancelled. Milder rainy weather could…

Setting boundaries for manipulative people

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I think we all have that person in our lives. The one who will ask you for something, and then when you refuse or, for whatever reason, are unable to comply with their request, will act in such a way that you’ll wish you’d done what they wanted instead. Such people, I’ve been learning, are manipulators. And like it or not, whether we are aware of it or not, we can have close encounters with manipulators every single day. They can take the form of your boss, your colleague, and even your friend.

I’ve been reading stuff on life, people…

Here’s how to say goodbye to what every writer dreads

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Writers are no strangers to writer’s block — those periods when our minds draw a blank and refuse to produce any output worth publishing or promoting.

As a writer, there can be nothing as frustrating as this, especially when you have deadlines or when it’s been some time since you last published a blog post.

Thankfully, there are some tools — websites, software, apps — that are dedicated to helping writers get rid of their writer’s block and write to their heart’s content.

1. 750 Words

I recently heard about 750 Words and thought of giving it a try. It’s an online journal…

You’ve probably met her; you just don’t know it yet

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You know her. She sits beside you on the bus. You went to school with her. She’s in the cubicle next to yours.

She’s your mother. Your sister. The cousin no one could ever understand. You could even be her, though you might not realize it yet.

She’s outgoing. The go-getter. The one in charge of her own life. The one with a hundred calendars and to-do lists. The one who organizes her things until they are properly smoothed out and perfect. Without a single spot. Without a single wrinkle.

But she could also be the quiet one. The one…

How to soothe your soul and take your rest

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It’s been a crazy year since they announced the lockdown and most of our life became uprooted from what we’ve always known and thought it to be. I feel it. You feel it. We all do. We’ve gone from the normalcy of our lives being shaken to the core to finding and having to make sense out of a new way of doing things.

In the face of uncertainty, people respond differently. Some find it difficult to be productive and some dive into any and every project they can get their hands on. There’s no right or wrong. …

Believe me, girl, you can do it

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I’m a little bit exhausted today and I know I can’t be the only one. When that happens, I like to read some quotes to inspire me and get me right back on track:

When you’re standing at the crossroads of an important decision:

“If you’re too comfortable, it’s time to move on. Terrified of what’s next? You’re on the right track.” — Susan Fales Hill

“Stop telling yourself you don’t know what to do. Yes, you do. Listen to your intuition and trust yourself.” — Katherine Sullivan

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” — Dolly Parton

“I learned to always take on things…

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