5.29.2014

Leadership Books

Woohoo! Who's on a roll? 2 posts in one sitting? Wow!

Haha, since I'm already in the writing mode, I'd like to share the books recommended er, required in our Spartan coaches' team. The thing with required readings is that it saves you time of knowing what's a good read and it caters to specific concerns. #geekstuff Ah, I've truly changed (or grown.) From the person who wants to be different to a compliant follower.Yeah it took a looong time and I'm just grateful to be in this space of learning and unlearning.

Starting off with the first of three! Here's the hunky Joel Osteen gracing my blog. I'm now on my nth round of this book, I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak over your Life. It's not something that you finish in one sitting. Perfect for the busiest of the busy. It sets my day to be great. That's it. And I like that it requires participation. It's a declaration so it has to be heard out there. It's not something that you keep inside. I don't know 'bout you but I'm a firm believer of the Law of Attraction. As he said, he hoped to bless our days, one day at a time and I'm privileged to be one of those people who experience this "blessing" just by declaring these promises every morning.


 
Second and third are John Maxwell's Leadership Gold and Go for Gold. These are 2 books designed to work together. Ahh, marketing genius. That aside, it works! Leadership Gold provides a main topic for the week and Go for Gold provides nuggets of wisdom related to the topic for the week. I could relate more to some of the topics while not so much with the others. And that's the beauty of these books. It gives you a preview of what's in store for you as a growing leader and you know that it's got you covered when that time comes. It's amazing knowing that I could always go back to the other chapters when my responsibilities and concerns have matured as well.

How about you, are you using a small portion of your time for books that make you a better leader?


The Fault in our Stars

What was the last book that you read? Now that we're 40 days away from creating history, I feel guilty for devoting my time to finishing The Fault in our Stars in 2 days. It was a book (an e-book in my case) that I couldn't put down and just had to finish the soonest possible time so I could resume my life. haha. This is the reason why I don't watch TV because the series just gets you hooked. At least books have a deadline, depending on how fast you can read.

I'm not really writing this to summarize or critic or note down what I learned. There's a lot of that in google. :) In the past years, reading novels (or material irrelevant to my business like fashion magazines) have become an indulgence for me. See, my business is like a baby that I need to attend to. In the same way that Isay is always my top priority, anything that is not aligned with being a good parent (at least what I know of it), I don't do.

Roy (ze hubby) is the only person who knows that I read the book. (Well now, the visitors of this blog too.) Then he asked, "so what did you learn?" Nothing. Yeah maybe there was something but I don't want to consume energy processing it. I told him that I just enjoyed reading the book and cried in some parts. I simply became present to what I was reading. Or probably I feel that I'm not bringing justice to the material by just relaying what I remember of it. That's how I am, even for movies that I've watched. Lazy as it may seem but I just want the person to experience it and I'm sure he/she would see something different, far from what I experienced. So why provide a synopsis?

Reading is an escape, that I know. If there's one thing I learned from reading The Fault in our Stars, it's the reminder that books are to be experienced. Yes it may be shared but to get it is to experience it.

And probably for future reference?
The last book that I read before TFIOS was Crazy Rich Asians :)


4.28.2014

Dropping by to Say Hello

Wow, my last post was Valentine's day? tsk tsk.

I guess it's an indication that so much has been happening in my life. I'm currently enjoying bigger responsibilities in the Spartan Transformation team and seeing more and more lives change for the better because of what we do.

Say hello as well to the countdown timer on my sidebar. What's up with the remaining 72 days? Something HUGE is gonna happen and I couldn't be more excited to be part of it. The hashtag #createhistory couldn't be more fitting. Aaaaah! Basta, it's really going to be exciting. Not really fond of science but biogenetics is now music to my ears. (*'▽'*)♪
No less than great news for both people who simply want to achieve their healthiest form and those looking into a huge and sustainable business partnership. Can't help smiling just writing about it. :)

What's keeping you busy nowadays?

2.06.2014

First V-Day Concert


Roy and I never really make Valentine's Day plans so it doesn't come as a surprise that I'd be watching my first-ever Hearts' Day concert with my bestfriend Maanne. haha! I'm really excited because it's always a good time with her and Nyoy is one talented artist. Buti na lang at pre-Valentine ito para should something come up on Valentine's Day itself, nandito lang ako sa tabi-tabi. ;)

1.30.2014

My First Leather Purchase

Ooooh, what a mature post title. Haha!

I wasn't really set on buying a wallet because I was ok with just using a pouch. Until I realized that it's taking me a lot of time going through the pouch before I find the card, cash, coin or old receipt that I need. Talk about efficiency concerns. My eyes were really set on purchasing my first leather bag but that would be part of another post. Let's just say that this is the delaying-gratification phase.  :D

Now back to the wallet. I could just purchase something cute or fazyon but then I remembered what happened to the last one I bought. Barely a year into use (and partida not so much abuse), and it looked like this.And so I thought why not go leather with my wallet as well? I never really understood why Roy would spend a thousand pesos for a belt when I bought mine for P50 in Greenhills. Now I truly appreciate its value and if you're not so particular on the brand, the cost is even cheaper than the leatherettes and Class A's.

  
The Casualty

So here it is! It's a leather wallet from Hickok bought from the not-so-fancy Robinson's Galleria Department Store, Men's accessories section. I'm so happy about it because #1 it's leather, #2 it smells soooo good (amoy bagong sapatos all the time!), #3 it's functional and #4, it was on sale!  

All photos have no filter. Loving the brown color.

How it looks like inside
"Genuine Cowhide"
They have a lot of designs to choose from but since I'm getting pretty old and getting tired of going through so many options, nah, I was just in a hurry and working on a limited budget, I just chose from what's on sale, picked a color then narrowed down further to how well the compartments would serve me. Oh my, ako na ba talaga ito?

We'll see if this would look better as it ages. :D