I started the week by learning about global trends in women’s studies in this digital era with women in the forefront. And I just noticed that my Facebook newsfeed is steaming with gender issues.

There’s the controversial SM shirt and Bench’s Naked Truth. And the highlight is the beautiful Ms. Watson’s newly-launched campaign.

Found this on Pinterest and I fell in love with how clean and bright this corner looks. :)

Found this on Pinterest and I fell in love with how clean and bright this corner looks. :)

Time traveled last night at my old dorm. Got to sleep at my old bed again.
Delighted to see the words and quotes scribbled on the wooden table at the lobby; they have survived several summers. The flowers are in full bloom at the garden where I used to contemplate.
The dorm is a chest of beautiful and precious memories of the teenage girl in me.

2013 showed me


-that I’m capable of making several I-never-thought-I-can-do mistakes, and that those were necessary for me to achieve what they refer to as “maturity” 
-that misery is inevitable (zits, death of a friend, etc.)
-that stress and sleep deprivation account for most of the illnesses I had 
-that health is holistic and I must seek to be healthy in all areas of my life
-that I must stay conscious of all that I have to be thankful for (Hence, the Gratitude Wall)
-that I must leave the relationships that wear me out so I can make room for new ones
-that I have dependable and caring friends accdg. to random social experiments 
-that the time I spent with the person whom I call The Bestfriend is the Most Important Time of the Year.
-that I can laugh at myself before others can, live and enjoy the present, and
-that life can be better than good. 

All in all, it was a meaningful year. And I’m still here.

A Story About Failing Forward

I am currently reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, cocreator of Chicken Soup for the Soul. 

The 13th Principle is about taking action and Mr. Canfield discused  failing forward. He shared this story, which according to him, is one of his favorites.

There’s this famous research scientist who had made several very important medical breakthroughs. He was being interviewed by a newspaper reporter, who asked him why he thought he was able to achieve so much than the average person. In other words, what set him so far apart from others?

 He responded that it all came from a lesson his mother had taught him when he was young. He’d been trying to take a bottle of milk out of the ref, when he lost his grip and spilled the entire contents on the kitchen floor. His mother, instead of scolding him, said “What a wonderful mess you’ve made! I’ve rarely seen such a huge puddle of milk. Well, the damage is already done. Would you like to get down and play in the milk before we clean it up?”

Indeed, he did. And after a few minutes, his mother continued, “You know, whenever you make a mess like this, eventually you have to clean it up. So how would you like to do that? We could use a towel, sponge, or mop. Which do you prefer?”

 After they were finished cleaning up the milk, she said, “What we have here is a failed experiment in how to carry a big bottle of milk with two tiny hands. Let’s go out in the backyard, fill the bottle with water, and see if you can discover a way to carry it without dropping it.” And they did. 

The scientist then remarked that it was at that moment that he knew he didn’t have to be afraid to make mistakes. Instead, he learned that mistakes are just opportunities for learning something new – which, after all, is what scientific experiments are all about.

 

Last Friday, I organized a Pre-Mother’s Day Food Tasting activity with my friend Yza. The activity held at Satya Graha Cafe and Restaurant was attended by 30 people (vegans and non-vegans). I am really grateful for the support of our friends from The Health Walk. 

The Health Walk is a group of enterprises within the Los Banos community that promotes the healthy lifestyle.

Mr. Ric Navis of MGSK Health Corp. and Mr. Clarke Nebrao of Makiling Organics were our speakers. Chef OJ Gomez, owner of Makiling Hillside Delicacies, prepared an Abra Style Pancit Miki and my partner Yza shared her green smoothie recipe packed with superfoods.

Sir Clarke shared that Makiling Organics was established to support their Mom’s advocacy - organic agriculture. Makiling Organics only sells organic products with turmeric as the main ingredient. 

This Food Tasting activity was a success and we look forward to our next activity. Perhaps, on Father’s Day.