Star Dream Girl

I don’t know if Philippine Star (local newspaper) still has this portion in their Lifestyle section called Star Dream Girl where they feature inspiring women. I imagined myself being featured in this article. And I did! Only that, I wrote the article myself haha…

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The starting letter of her name stands for vivacious. He definitely stands out in the crowd because of her vibrance and warm sincere smile. She’s very bubbly, lively and enthusiastic. But this energetic chic is not a sports fanatic. She only plays badminton once in a while and enjoys rollerblading and ice skating. She enjoys reading a book or writing in her blog, spending time in her room or hanging out with friends and family.

Viv, as some of her friends call her, is not just a TV personality. He is also a teacher. She studied some units on Thailand and worked as an English teacher there. After some months, she moved to Japan and tried her luck in the entertainment industry. After tons of auditons, she finally made it. She signed a contract for a TV commercial and a print ad for a fast food restaurant. She was more than fulfilled when she went home to the Philippines early this year.

Live life to the fullest is her philosophy in life. She enjoys every moment God has given her. At 24, she has achieved much already but according to her, there is still much to explore. Viv not just wants to penetrate TV and movies. She also wants to be a writer. Her dream is to someday write an inspiring book and write a movie script. She’s also into business. There are plenty of business ideas lined up in her list like restaurant, bookstore, gift shop, and resort. Aside from that, she also wants to be a wedding coordinator.
To Viviene, a Star Dream Girl is “someone who dreams and achieves”.

And here’s the true story… No print ad or tv commercial because I never really auditioned anywhere since the time I wrote this. Oh, I actually did (once) a couple of years back for a short film.

I did go to Thailand but not to work. Hubby and I vacationed in Phuket for a week. And Japan… Crossing my fingers. Planning to go there soon! As for the studying, I did take an English course to further my studies in ESL (English as a Second Language). I love love love teaching ESL!

Businesswise, you guys know we just launched our business a few weeks ago. ^_^ This is actually my 5th business since I wrote this article. I’ll tell you more about it in a later post.

Oh, and I wrote my first book too!

So that’s really what happened in my life.. Haha! But it was nice seeing this piece of article after a decade =)

Is the life you are living now the same as what you imagined?
What were your plans or dreams 10 years ago?

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Books for Wives

I thank God for books. I really do.. Books are my favorite things next to pen and paper. I love that when I read, I get to experience being another person and learning about others perspective. I really love that.

Well, you know that when you become a mom your whole world changes including your me-time. In fact, it changes so much that it becomes non existent! Haha.. As for me, me-time is reading time. And I have only read I think a couple of books in 7 months! Imagine that!

Life also changes in such a way that you focus more on your kid more than your husband. Please don’t start a lecture on me. I know I know.. Sometimes it feels like I have stopped growing as a wife since I became a mom. I stopped researching new recipes to fill hubby’s tummy. I stopped giving him a massage. I stopped rubbing his back. And so much more. My husband has never complained one bit. In fact, he is very very understanding of the stress I’m going thru as a new mom. But of course I know that is never an excuse. I should never stop learning about being a better wife.

Because of that I’m going to start reading again! I hope to learn and apply them in my married life.

The Wholehearted Wife. My sister gave me this book for Christmas and I’m just on page 32! This is going to be my book for April.

Instead of focusing on “How do I have a better marriage?” this book embraces that truth, and helps women ponder the question, “How can I be the best wife I can be?” It provides every woman with skills, information, and encouragement to make a positive difference to this and future generations, by wholeheartedly investing in her marriage and her relationship with her husband today.

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Wife After God. This is what I plan to read next for my devotion. I have started on this before but never got to finish when I gave birth two weeks after reading it.

Wife After God is a refreshing and inspirational 30 day marriage devotional for wives who desire to have a deeper more fulfilling relationship with God and their husbands. This devotional study was prayerfully composed with 30 days of biblical concepts and practical challenges to help you nourish your relationship with God and your relationship with your husband in marriage into ones that are captivating, intimate and extraordinary. Every day you will be presented with a biblical topic to help draw your nearer to your God and your husband. You will find that as your relationship with the creator deepens so will your love for your husband.

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Unveiled Wife. I wrote a book review about this a couple of weeks back if you remember.

As a young bride, Jennifer Smith couldn’t wait to build her life with the man she adored. She dreamed of closeness, of being fully known and loved by her husband. But the first years of marriage were nothing like she’d imagined. Instead, they were marked by disappointment and pain. Trapped by fear and insecurity, and feeling totally alone, Jennifer cried out to God: What am I doing wrong? Why is this happening to us? It was as if a veil had descended between her and her husband, and between her and God—one that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love. How did Jennifer and her husband survive the painful times? What did they do when they were tempted to call it quits? How did God miraculously step in during the darkest hour to rescue and redeem them, tearing down the veil once and for all? The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story; one couple’s refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair about your marriage, the heart-cry of this book is: You are not alone. Discover through Jennifer’s story how God can bring you through it all to a place of transformation.

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7 Things Every Wife Should Know. Although I wrote this book, I still learn and relearn many of the principles I’ve shared. Sometimes I think that I wrote this for myself to remind me of the kind of wife I should be — one that pleases God.

Written by a newlywed herself, Viviene explores the fundamental virtues every newlywed wife should know in order to TRIUMPH in her marriage. She shares her own stories of bliss and adjustment living in one roof with her lifetime partner.

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I realized that if I don’t become intentional about being a better wife, I will slowly slide into being a mediocre one. And my husband does not deserve that! Through reading books with godly perspective about being a wife, I know this can really help my journey.

What’s your favorite marriage book?

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Health Problems After Childbirth

I am generally a healthy person. At least that’s what I think and feel. I was only hospitalized twice in my lifetime. One, when I had dengue. I was about 23 years old at that time. And the second was when I gave birth. That’s it! But after I gave birth, I just started feeling sick all the time. I mean sick physically, not just emotionally! Haha..

Knee problem. I blame my knee problem with the excess 20 lbs lying in my body right now and the additional 15 lbs I carry with me day to day up and down the stairs. Plus, I mostly breastfed in cradle position on my bed leaving my knees bent for hours. One night, I just couldn’t walk. Just like that I started walking like a cripple. We rushed to the hospital to have both my knees checked. I was given an anti inflammatory (in low dosage since I was breastfeeding). It got better but they still ache once in a while.
Lesson: Exercise. Lose weight!

Intestinal problems. Let me start by saying that my whole family has a problem with constipation. And when I gave birth, it worsened! I was constipated for the first 3 months and still experience it once in a while. Last month, there was blood on my stool. Fresh red blood. Not just a little but the entire bowl turned red! I was horribly scared and overloaded myself with fiber and water. Then it happened again. And again! You just don’t know how scared I was at the sight of blood!
Lesson: Eat right. Drink lots of water.

Cough. Remember Hubby went to Japan? He bought me lots of chocolates! Lots of them that I seriously lost control! Then my mom-in-law gave us chocolates from the US. Oh boy, those American chocolates gave me tonsilitis. Ok, not them.. My lack of self control did. My throat was in bad shape for weeks!
Lesson: Avoid chocolates please!

Heart problem. This is what scares me most. I’m not sure what’s up but since last week I’ve been having bouts of palpitation. I am yet to have myself checked next week and I’m hoping everything is fine! Oh, please pray for me.
Lesson: I don’t know yet! Hehe..

How was your health after giving birth?

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Helping Your Troubled Teenager

My mom went through a great deal of anger and confusion when my brother was a teenager. They just couldn’t understand each other.

Teenage years can be very trying for you and your children. Hormones and peer pressure will have them torn in several directions, and sometimes they fall down the wrong path. If you are struggling with a child that has turned to substances, it may be time to let a juvenile boot camp get them straightened out.

What to Expect

Boot camps used to have the stigma of military precision with a lot of drills and yelling. Woodcreek Academy is unique and uses the wilderness to help build your child’s self-esteem. This boot camp is for boys between the ages of 13 and 18, and is twelve miles outside the nearest town. There is nothing but forest surrounding the 60-acre ranch, allowing the residents to become self-sufficient and re-focus their life.

Programs Offered

Woodcreek is a boot camp that offers programs designed for troubled teenagers. Boys who are struggling in school, have behavior problems or are defiant are only a few of the teens that will receive help. Counselors and staff also help teenagers who have already begun to fall into the trap of drug and alcohol abuse, or those who are not motivated to move forward in life. The goal of the programs is to help your child and hundreds of other teenage boys take a step away from the stress and slow their life down.

When to Seek Help

The hardest part is knowing when you need to seek help for your child. All teens will go through acts of rebellion, but it does not mean they necessarily are troubled. Here are a few things to look for to determine if help is needed.

Loss of interest in family and/or school activities
Sudden disrespect for rules
Withdrawal from family and/or friends
Sudden disappearance from school
Returning home late from activities
Making excuses for behavior
Skipping classes or sudden drop in grades
Sudden sleep pattern changes
Memory loss
Finding drug paraphernalia, alcohol bottles, or cigarettes
Change in friend circle
Over-reaction over any criticism
Sudden weight changes

It is important for families to know that defiance in children and poor decisions does not necessarily mean parenting errors. Woodcreek is a boot camp that offers a chance to get everyone back on the same page, but also offers parents support necessary to continue improving life back at home. It is a long-term solution to hopefully a short-term problem.

Do you have a troubled teen?
Do you think it’s time to seek help?

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6 Mommy – Baby Activities for your 6 month old

Time flies so fast when you have a baby. One day, she looks so fragile you just can’t hold her without thinking you might drop her and break her bones! And you look at her weeks or months after, you can hear her giggles when you throw her up in the air. My oh my, my daughter loves it. I feel like she’s born for circus! Haha

When I realized she’s becoming more interested in her surroundings, I felt it’s time to expiment more on mommy-baby bonding activities! Here are some of the things we do during play time…

1. Sing. I have always sung for her even when she was still in my tummy. And when she was born, I continued singing to her. I noticed recently that when I sing to her, she would stop looking left or right. All of a sudden, I have her full attention. Babies love being sung to!

2. Look at the mirror. We have a big mirror in the living room. Sometimes during play time or when she doesn’t stop crying, I bring her in front of the mirror and we do silly faces. She loves it. And wouls stop crying almost immediately!

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3. Take selfies. I email a photo of the day to my husband every morning and everytime I say, “Let’s take a picture!” She would give her best smile. Even when she just woke up. Even when she’s crying. Even when she’s busy with her toy, she would always smile for the camera!

4. Read. Reading could be part of your night time routine like ours. Even when she doesn’t understand yet, your baby would love to hear your voice.

5. Play with sound. I give her crumpled paper, empty plastic, or anything that will produce sound! When I change her diaper and there is no toy nearby, I give her the plastic of cotton balls. It keeps her entertained! Haha..

6. Play with texture. Let her touch things that are rough or smooth. When I feel like she’s tired of her toys, I give her whatever I have in hand like a spoon, book cover, bristles of her hairbrush, etc. Of course, I make sure they are clean.

The possibilities are endless! You just have to be creative and imaginative. I hope you enjoy your mommy-baby bonding!

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