Monday, February 27, 2012

Make Everyday Your "Favorite Day"

It's Monday, the first day of the week  I am not really fond of Mondays, it's my least favorite day for as long as I could remember.  Monday means getting up early, having to go to work, and having to wait for a few more days before the weekend.  I must admit that I'm unusually lazy on Mondays, and I'm not really proud of it.  So I decided to change my attitude towards this particular day.  

There's probably more reasons to be grateful for, one thing is that it's the start of a brand new week.  A chance to redeem yourself if you have been through a rough week, better opportunities that might come up, adventures waiting to be experienced, places to be discovered, people you have yet to meet and I guess what's most important is that being able to spend another day with the people you love most.

So starting today,  whether it's rainy days or Mondays, I therefore commit myself to make "everyday" as my favorite day,

Friday, February 24, 2012

Of Babies and Being a Mom...

There must be a baby boom this year.  I have an unusual number of friends who are either pregnant or has just given birth.  My sister in law is pregnant, and surprise, even my kids "yaya" is 4 months on the family way! 

Friends often ask me if I have plans of having another baby, and my answer as of the moment is a big NO.  Don't get me wrong, I totally adore babies, and honestly I miss having a baby in the house, but my 2 kids take up most of my time right now.  I think they are at a stage when they need me the most, and I just want to be there for them.  I am sure the time would come when they would spread their wings and explore the world on their own and won't be needing me that much.  Maybe then, if God permits I would love to have another baby...

Being a mother has been my greatest blessing.  It has made me a better person.  Motherhood has changed me in so many ways.  When you are a mom, your mind always drifts to your kids when you're not with them.  No matter how you want to enjoy when you're out with friends, you can never take your minds away from them.  I learned that as a mom, there are times when I need to say NO and really mean it, and not be swayed by pouting faces and pretty please.  

Once you're a mom, there is this bond between you and your child that one can never explain.  It's the feeling of always wanting to protect them and keep them safe.  To be a mom is to love unconditionally, even during those times when your kids may seem to hate you for being strict.  To be a mom, is to know that it's OK to fail sometimes, and that it's OK to not be perfect.  Motherhood is tough, but the rewards of being loved by your kids is something that can never be compensated by any high paying job in the world.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Being More Organized

This year, I promised myself that I would be more organized when it comes to handling our monthly expenses, and that would include our groceries, the kids allowance, bills to pay, personal expenses, and other areas where it entails shelling out money from our pockets.  

Aside from carrying my planner with me where I am able to make notes and write down my daily expenses, I came across websites that provide "free printable planners", which includes grocery list, meal planners, to-do-lists, monthly and weekly calendars. 

It has been just a week since I started on my "being more organized"  self, and it does have its advantage.  Before going to the grocery I check whatever it is we need at home and by doing so, I am able to control myself from throwing in unnecessary items in my shopping cart, thus sticking to my budget.  I have also started out a meal plan for our meals, mostly focused on lunch and dinner.  I was not used to eating breakfasts, which I know is a bad habit. My husband too seldom eats breakfast, he only needs his coffee to jump start his day.    The kids prefer their milk and cereal for breakfast, and I make pan cakes during weekends. But we always have bread or "pan de sal" in the morning.

For now, I am actually making it a habit to always write down our daily expenses, bring my checklist with me whenever I go to the grocery, and planning out our meals so I would always know what it is I need to prepare for lunch or dinner and not just rely on canned goods and take outs.  I believe it pays to be more organized because you would be able to budget your money properly, that way there would be some extra money you can set aside for the rainy days.

These are the free printables I am using as of now.  You can  click here to get your own printable and it's absolutely free.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crying Can be Healthy

"Cry Baby".  That was my nickname when I was in kindergarten.  As the name implied, I tend to cry easily.  Over the years I remember that I would silently cry when I was teased, or when I was scolded. I would cry over teleseryes or drama movies, I'd cry when I am hurt or when I'm really angry.  

But over the past couple of years, I promised myself that I won't cry when I'm hurt, but I find myself breaking that promise over and over again.  Overtime, I realized that crying can be healthy for a person, it is a form of release. Personally, I feel much better after crying.  So when you feel like crying, I would advice you to cry your heart out, but as they say, make sure you won't cry for the same reasons next time.  Others may think that crying is a form of weakness, but I don't see it that way, I guess crying is just part of who we are, it's what makes us human.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Wear Red Day"

Last February 3, 2012, we were asked to come to work wearing something "red".  At first I honestly had no idea what it was for. Then I read the memo that was sent and learned that it was in support of the American Heart Association's campaign to increase awareness of heart disease in women.

Go Red For Women is a health campaign that aims to raise awareness of heart disease as the leading cause of mortality of women in the US.  The goal is to empower women to take charge of their lives, fight the causes of heart disease and promote a healthy lifestyle.

IMS Cardiology®, Meditab is joining efforts with the American Heart Association in supporting programs that benefit women in our goal to end heart disease.

Our company supports the American Heart Association as they celebrate National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the health complications that heart disease can bring to women. Hopefully our government and the health sector can do the same here in our country.  I wish that enough budget can be given to the health sector to come up with programs that would aim to improve the lives of our people.  It is just sad that the health sector is the least prioritized department in our country.  The budget for free medications and free health services are heading in someone else's pockets rather than being given to those less fortunate.

On a happier note, this is me with my good friends from work.  Being one of the most senior members, I consider most of my workmates like my siblings, and it is always fun being around them.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012: Be my Awesome Year

I promised myself that 2012 would be an awesome year for me.  So despite of the recent turn of events that came as a big shock to me, I want to remain optimistic that great and wonderful things are yet to come.  So, after crying my eyes out I then focused on the things that I was looking forward to for 2012. 

 The very first thing on my list would be to WELCOME CHANGE.  I have to keep my end of the bargain and really work on planning out my plans for residency training.  This would be a huge change on my part since I have been out of the hospital scene for almost 4 years?  I guess it's about time for me to practice my profession, because if I keep putting it off, I know I'll never be able to go back.

It's just the 2nd month of 2012, I still have 10 months ahead of me and I know that whatever life throws my way, I will have a great year ahead. I believe that it will happen.

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