Life Logs: April 2022

November 09, 2022

I admit, I was not 100% myself during this month, but I continued to go on and do things one day at a time, especially in terms of pushing my limits and going out of my comfort zone.

πŸ’ƒ Experiences

  • Splurging on food. This is still a luxury that I feel lucky to indulge into. Since becoming more comfortable with how I manage my expenses last year, I now know my limits on how much I can spend and on what. If there's something to celebrate, may it be a small or a big win, I see to it that I honor this achievement by... guess what... eating great food πŸ”πŸŸ! A simple Mcdo fast food order gave me lots of happy energy that day.

    Although I realized that these are really not "healthy" foods, and that they can be classified as foods with "low vibration." I have to eat more of those foods that can increase the body's vibrations, a.k.a. those that are good for us.
  • Feeling that oh-so-familiar comfortable and peaceful energy. I don't really know how to explain this one, especially if I want to avoid talking about supernatural stuff. But there have been moments in my life that I remember distinctly, wherein I feel such a different level of calmness, like I'm experiencing the energy of love. I have experienced it again this month (despite all that was happening LOL) and I was grateful to recognize this calming energy. Since I'm now knowledgeable with the practice of manifesting, I requested something that I wanted and visualized it while feeling this happy energy. And it's as if the Universe answered back, "It has been done." ✨Writing for this month's life log, I have actually forgotten that this one happened, and I was delighted to have remembered this memory, as I continue to claim that yes, what I wished for is already here, it is already fulfilled. 🀲
  • Receiving the good news in the most perfect timing. ✨There are certain moments in life wherein things are just falling perfectly into place. I experienced something like this this month (πŸš—πŸ§Ύ), just in the right timing that I was hoping for. And because of this, we were able to do what we were all planning to do. It was a now-or-never type of decision, and I'm grateful that the Universe opened the "now" option for us. πŸ’–
  • Sending my parents off as they traveled to the province. I felt like our roles were reversed, as I reminded them of the things that they need to bring and prepare. 
  • Being home alone... with the pets. I have always liked my solitary time, but being alone in the house evokes a different feeling from me, maybe because I'm so used to the company of my family at home. Well, good thing I have the cats and dogs with me. At least I still have "company." I became honest and transparent with myself, which was a scary process. Despite that, I faced this conundrum with the notion of learning something from it.
  • Prioritizing my mental health and knowing my boundaries. Looking back and writing this, I still didn't know why I felt that way during that time. All I knew was that I was tired and I needed to breathe and take a break. Out of my usual character, I declined nominations and invitations. I felt like I needed some time for myself. I had to detach myself emotionally because I was finding it difficult to let go of the things that I have learned to value over the past year. But I felt that this will do more harm than good for me, so yeah, I knew I had to slowly let go.
  • Experiencing a different level of anxiety. I remember that time I almost threw up because of worrying. 🀒I'm still trying to learn from that experience. 

⛰️ Accomplishments / Milestones

  • I was able to participate in the District-level Toastmasters Table Topics contest (spoiler alert: I didn't win a place).πŸ₯³ Since the start of this contest journey, the feelings of surprise and amazement were constant because never in my wildest dreams did it occur in my mind that I would be able to immerse, not to mention, win, in these Table Topics contests. But I did. I did not just win once, but thrice (club, area, and division level, first place each time). Setting my foot into the District-level contest arena was such a different experience. It was intimidating yet inspiring at the same time. 

    Meeting the "cream of the crop" speakers in our district, and sharing the stage with them, is an experience that I will remember for a long time. What an experience it was to witness these great speakers craft their messages during the Table Topics contest. This. This is the skill that I aspire to have. I have witnessed first-hand what Toastmasters can offer people in terms of improving and excelling in their public speaking skills. I am very much inspired to continue this journey on  (face-to-face meeting soon, please! ✨).
  • I started my fitness journey through Chloe Ting's exercises! As part of my quarter goals, I participated in two workout challenges. I also joined the Discord group (or server? or whatever that was called haha) and even connected with a team to finish the same challenge with. It's so fun to be in touch with people with similar goals. I think that really helped me in maintaining that momentum to finish the challenge with my team. πŸ’ͺ
  • I was able to drive from Laguna to Rizal. πŸ‘ Because I had several errands that day, I needed to go around cities. We were able to visit my sister's house and also did some shopping! Expectedly, I felt so tired upon arriving home due to several hours of driving. πŸ˜…

🧠Game Changers

  • Listening to podcasts while washing the dishes. I have been doing this for some time now, but it was during this time that it dawned on me that this was a very meditative process for me. Ironically, I felt lighter and more relaxed after the chore. Now that I was doing this with this specific intention, it made me enjoy this activity more. 🍽️
  • Klean Kanteen. I bought a tumbler during this month and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking cold water any time of the day. It amazes me how long the coldness can last in this tumbler. I'm so satisfied with my purchase! ❄️
  • That Life Kit Podcast episode about seeking pain and avoiding pleasure. The message of this one really hit home for me that I had to listen to it again and again. Well, I'm giving my future self a favor by embedding the audio episode here in case I need a refresher!

🎬 Movie / Series List 

Forecasting Love & Weather
Tall Girl 2
Prince & Me
Don’t Look Up
The Way of the Househusband

πŸ“š Reading List

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (CS Lewis)
Money Hacks (Lisa Rowan)
Prince Caspian (CS Lewis)

⛳ Goals Checkpoint

I'm writing this in a retrospective. Here's the results for the quarter.

πŸ’‘ Takeaways

  • Authentic connection energizes me.
  • Words can move mountains.
  • Social media drains me.
  • It feels weird to be alone and lonely at the same time.
  • I'm ready for adventures.

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