March lessons

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Tell us one thing you learned about yourself this month.

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A couple of things (and these five): I learned that I’m most comfortable when I’m hard on myself. I love doing things for their own sake, and though I’m virtually aware of my shortcomings 24/7, I accept that I will never know who am I to judge my own actions. With that, I might as well leave my fears aside and let my heart take over.

I also may have expressed my frustration a bit on the NaBloPoMo challenge, but the challenge itself is something I’m immensely thankful for this month. Continue reading →

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Girl talk: Ideas for flying solo

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
How old were you when you started your first diary?
Prompt of yesterday:
Have you ever taken a trip by yourself?
Do you prefer to travel with people or alone?

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Although I have ‘fly solo’ under my bucket list since forever, I’ve never really done it. I did went to Denver in Colorado by myself for reasons I can’t tell you, but it certainly wasn’t for pleasure. I didn’t get to see much of the city, and I didn’t enjoy the whole stay either.

Way before that I actually went to get the materials to apply for a Schengen Visa – just because I wanted to see all of Barcelona by foot. I grabbed the brochures off the Spanish embassy, and I could really see myself exploring the city without end. At that time, I really wanted to get away from everything that was happening in my life, although now that I look back, I’m thankful that my conscience got the better of me (my mother would kill me if she finds out I travel alone to Europe).

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I’m in a relationship with an extrovert, and we live in an ideal world.

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Do you enjoy being alone? What do you do when you’re by yourself?
Prompt of yesterday:
What is your favourite personality trait that you possess?
Prompt of the day before yesterday:
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

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To be 100% honest, the NaBloPoMo challenge has got me jaded by now. I’ve got other projects under my belt for the blog and outside of the blog, but somehow I just won’t give up on this one. Although the prompts are directed to me personally (with “self” fittingly dubbed as the month’s theme), I strive to provide content that really achieves the level of depth I see in stories and writings I admire. Doesn’t look like it, but it takes a lot of thought before hitting the ‘Publish’ button for these NaBloPoMo posts. Since this is a challenge I signed up for myself to begin with, I’m gonna zip it from now on – no more complaints until I breathe out the final sigh of relief.

 
 

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The short answer: I enjoy being alone. I do creative stuff. My favorite personality trait is my introspective tendencies. While I don’t believe people can change 180-degrees, I do believe people change, just as I have consciously made changes about myself while being in a relationship with an extrovert.

The really long answer:

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On being a doer, and 27 quotes on knowing thyself

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Do you do more for yourself or for others?
Prompt of yesterday:
Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a
diamond, and to know one’s self.” Do you think you know yourself well?

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On being a doer

Just a few days ago, I took a questionnaire at my church to see where I will best fit for public service vocationally. The results are surprising. I score highest on being a teacher and a doer (others are perceiver, encourager, giver, leader, and the merciful). Also, it is estimated that 60% of the churchgoers in the world are doers.

Ironically, I still look at myself as an undisciplined student of life, but I won’t ramble on.

For the sake of this blog post, let’s just focus more on the doer part. This is what the teacher said:

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Self-confidence is a skill, and where to put your trust

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Would you say that you are your own best friend?
Yesterday’s prompt:
How would you rate your self-confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest?
Prompt of the day before yesterday:
Who do you trust more: yourself or others?

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As I grew older, I learn that friendship is not a given, but a flower bud that requires effort for it to sprout and to bloom.

Problem is, it’s easy to gain a certain level of expectations when you’ve invested so much of your time and energy to set aside your differences with a potential buddy, especially when that someone is difficult, or just isn’t reciprocating to your favor.

The reality is that often, things we do or say will go unnoticed, or simply taken for granted. This is because everyone values different things, and takes priority of different things. Thankfully with time, I accepted that I have no such rights to expect the friend, the relative, or anyone else on earth, to remember the golden rule 24/7.

Why not? Because I myself haven’t truly lived by the rule.

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A workweek’s worth of binge blogging

 

This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day (Friday):
Is it easier for you to work together with other people or to work alone?
Yesterday’s prompt (Thursday):
Have you ever been part of a group blog? Tell us about your experience.
Prompt of the day before yesterday (Wednesday):
Do you feel like you reveal too much of yourself on your blog?
Do you think you hold back too much?
Prompt of two days before yesterday (Tuesday):
Do you think you’ll still be blogging 10 years from now?
Prompt of three days before yesterday (Monday):
How has blogging changed your life?
Tell us one thing that is different now than
from before you started blogging.

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Man, I’ve been ditching my NaBloPoMo challenge for a whole week. Just haven’t had the time to really sit down and think things through. The last thing I want is to sacrifice posting up crap just to fulfill the challenge, and quality beats quantity – all the time1.

I covered the topic of how much I reveal and hold myself back really briefly on last Friday’s post, How blogging will change you—in GIFs. I’ll go more into details after the jump. In response to Tuesday’s prompt, I want to memo a post I did two years ago, Me + 10, and that I’ve got 8 years left to manifest those dreams into reality. So since blogging has been an integral component of the process, there’s no question as to whether I’ll still be blogging 10 years from today.

Now I can’t really tell the difference between my life before I started blogging and after, since it’s been my sidekick for more than half of my life. In the beginning, all I did was posting vents, rants, complaints, and any other forms of rubbish, neither having any intention whatsoever of what the blog would become nor the awareness as to how I’m actually responsible for making it public.

But what I can examine is the difference after I began familiarizing myself with blogs that were written by full-time2 bloggers.

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Footnote(s):
  1. … and probably the hardest lessons I’ve learned through blogging. []
  2. i.e. professional []
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