30 Best Quotes on Character Building

Oh, how I love quotes! I have been collecting them for 10 years
now and still counting.

During the years when I was living in solitude, quotes have served as my mentor. And reading the combination of words from the minds of great people, it stimulated me into meditating about my own life.  In a way, it helped me in my own self-discovery.

Those thoughts became my powerful propellants in understanding who I am.  As a result, those stimulated reflections created a strong sense of self-confidence and self-esteem within me.

We often think of our life in a negative way.  Then somehow, we get into this belief that life holds us back from experiencing our dreams.

In contemplating the quotes that I read, it led me to look at things on a different perspective.  It guided me in revelations that I did not even know about myself before.

In collecting beautiful quotes, they became my inspiration.  It helped me build a picture of myself with a vision that motivates me in seeing something good towards its conclusion.

So, as we focus on our thoughts as a means of self-discovery, we can create life goals and have allies to keep us focused when self-doubt inevitably creeps in.

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An Introduction to Self-Discovery

Do you know that self-discovery is greatly dependent on whether you love yourself?

The term “Self-discovery” means identifying your nature and your needs to understand your dreams, fears, insights and true identity. Even though the word self-discovery may sound trivial, it is a significant process in learning of knowing one’s self.

Do you ever remember about a time when you dreamt about having a certain kind of life that after you finally achieve your desire, you still seemed to feel unhappy? Why do you think that is happening?

Let us discuss it now.

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10 Steps to Attract the Life You Want

10 Steps to Attract the Life You Want

“What you seek is seeking you.”


If I told you that you could create the exact type of life circumstances you want, would you call me crazy?

What if your very thoughts could create ripples of change that not only impact your life…

…but those around you as well?

Philip, a call center worker from the Philippines certainly didn’t think so. He dreamed of moving overseas so he could secure a better life and provide for his family. 

But at every turn, his own mind shut down every opportunity he thought of. 

For instance, Philip considered seeing an immigration consultant, but he either “didn’t have the time” or “couldn’t afford it”.

So, he resented his situation and cursed himself (and the world) for his “bad luck”. 

He didn’t realize that the real culprit was his mindset – not his circumstances. 

And it seemed like the more he ruminated, the more bad things happened. 

Thus, he kept feeding the cycle of being stuck in a rut and feeling bad, trapping him even more.

That was, until his aunt Sara introduced him to the Law of Attraction.

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Part 4: Inner Critic’s Role in Building Self-Confidence

Do you notice and listen to that tiny voice inside ourselves? Strange but it is true that you may succumb to a somber and mediocre way of life depending on how you respond to those promptings. There is no biological or scientific explanation to this voice, but we all hear them.

Do you know what your inner critic is telling you now?  Do you believe its validity?

In the last blog post, we talked about increasing your self-confidence. Today, we are going to deal on how your inner critic affects your self-confidence.

Do you notice and listen to that tiny voice inside ourselves?  Strange but it is true that you may succumb to a somber and mediocre way of life depending on how you respond to those promptings.  There is no biological or scientific explanation to this voice, but we all hear them.

Although there are two types of voices – one in a form of good motivation and the other stemming from fear.  The latter being an innate automatic response to protect us from hurt.  But ironically this inborn whispering voice would tell us that we are not good enough, we are worthless, or we cannot do anything right.  Sounds familiar?

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Part 3: Building Self-Confidence

Having a great deal of true confidence is so important to share because “with realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

This is Part 3 of the 12 series on “Building Self-Confidence” and we will be discussing more on how to increase your self-confidence today.  Are you ready to get on with it?

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Having a great deal of true confidence is so important to share because “with realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama said that and he is right.

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Part 2: Building Self-Confidence

In the previous post, we talked about the signs of low self-confidence.  Today, we are going to go over several different ways that you can increase your self-confidence.

Even though we dream of being perfect and we see other people who appear self-confident and flawless, we must realize that no one can be perfect. We are all human and we all make mistakes all the time.  And I have to say, that is okay.  That is part of human nature.  We are here to experience life.

Do not be fooled!  Even the most confident people have their insecurities and the people who appear extremely self-confident are not perfect. Because no one is!

With age comes maturity and maturity comes from the experiences we go through.  Experience is one of the greatest teachers we have. And when we fail to learn from the experiences we encounter, that only keeps us reliving the same type of conditions over and over again.  Until we are ready to accept our current conditions and resolve to move past the disappointment, we would not be able tostop the cycle of self-defeat.

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Part 1: Building Self-Confidence

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Part 1: Building Self-Confidence

Do you want to improve your self-confidence?  On this first part of a series of blog posts, you will learn valuable information on how you can successfully build your self-confidence and live life feeling strong, confident and self-assured.

On this post, I am going to talk about the signs of low self-confidence.  In identifying those signs, you will be able to recognize them and begin to conquer self-doubt.  While there is no single factor that leads to a lack of confidence, most often, it is the accumulation of negative experiences from our past, which we fail to deal with when they happen.  It is also the result of our failure to recognize who we truly are and what hinders our own growth. Continue reading “Part 1: Building Self-Confidence”

Alaska: 15 Amazing Things You Want to Know

Alaska 15 Things You Want To Know

Most people have formulated a misconception about the “Land of the Morning Sun.”  But there are a lot of reasons why Alaska makes a great place to visit and explore.  It was once a territory which finally became a U.S. State in 1959.

Whenever someone mentions “Alaska,” what usually is the response you get to hear?

Well I admit, I never even cared about replying to it!  I have this misconceived notion myself that it is a remote, rugged, freezing cold and snowing all the time, that people live in igloos and get around with a dog sled.

Do not blame me but most of the TV shows I have watched have depicted the State as such.  Those mental images from the Discovery Channel’s shows like the “Alaskan Bush People,” “The Deadliest Catch,” “Railroad Alaska,” among others, created these pictures in my mind on how one has to be adventurous to survive in that environment.


You got to experience it to appreciate it first hand.  To some degree, this great State is none of that at all.

I was surprised when I arrived at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage.    When we droved out from the airport, the roads are all paved and wide; the business and commercial buildings are sprawling against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.   Everything that I have experienced so far really proved to be amazing and such one beautiful place I have ever been in my life.

Of course, compared to other states, it is colder by the standard.  The coldest months in the year is from October through April.  Though homes do not typically have an air conditioner, but rather a heater, being someone who loves the cold, I definitely enjoy the natural air conditioning.

Most people even have this notion that there are only 4 hours of daylight.  Unless you are in Barrow which has only 4,212 population on the northernmost part of the State, you will experience 65 days of straight darkness.  But in the southern part like the big cities of Anchorage, Seward, and Juneau, you will experience plenty of sunlight and even brighter days, especially during the summer months.

The motto of Alaska is: “North to the Future.”

On this note, let me move along and introduce you the 49th State with the following noteworthy and wonderful facts about “The Last Frontier.”

1. Sun and Moon Movements

Having used to watching the sun and moon rise (up) and set (down) all my life, I am surprised to witness this! The sun and moon move from left to right throughout the day and night.  Watch the short time-lapse video that I put together to show to my friends this spectacular moment.

2. Proximity to Russia

The gap between Alaska U.S.A. and Russia is less than 55 miles wide. And if we are to include the Russian-owned island “Big Diomede” and the American-owned island “Little Diomede,” Alaska and Russia are as close as only 2-1/2 miles apart.

3. The North Pole Exists

It is a good news to know that there is indeed an existing and real North Pole!  About 1,700 miles south of the geographic North Pole lies a City of Fairbanks suburb of North Pole with a postal zip code 99705.

North Pole Welcome Sign
North Pole Welcome Sign in Alaska

A real-life Santa Claus was even elected to the City Council at one time.  The North Pole is a home to the world’s largest fiberglass statue of Santa Claus.

What is even incredible to know is that when Post Office receives letters to Santa from the boys and girls worldwide,  the citizens of North Pole answer the letters with an authentic wish of “Merry Christmas!” and many times with the gifts they wished too!


4. Alaska Oil Production

The State accounts for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.  Gasoline may not be the lowest in the U.S. but gas prices are lower than in most states.

5. The Alaskan Seas

Alaska is the only U.S. State to have coastlines on 3 different seas – the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea.

Port of Kodiak Island, Alaska
Port of Kodiak Island, Alaska (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)

6. World’s Largest Chocolate Waterfall

The World’s Largest Chocolate Waterfall at 20 feet is located at Alaska Wildberry Products, Anchorage.  It is a little version of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  But the one we have here is more than Hollywood, it’s the real thing.

World's Largest Chocolate Waterfall
World’s Largest Chocolate Waterfall in Alaska Widberry Products, Anchorage

7. Other States

When you are in Alaska, you would refer to the other U.S. States as “The Lower 48” like an Alaskan.

8. Land Mass

Alaska is the largest State of the United States. Its area is remarkably 1/5 of the size of the entire continental U.S.A.  Even when we split Alaska into two, Texas will be the 3rd biggest state.

Map of Alaska
Map of Alaska

9. Seaplane Base

As most Alaskans travel within the peninsula via plane or boat, Anchorage’s Lake Hood is the world’s largest and busiest seaplane base with over 800 take-offs and landings on a busy summer day.

10. Own Time Zone

When the stock market closes the day in New York, Alaskans are just finishing lunch. There is a 4-hour difference between the two coast-to-coast states.

Alaska, "The Land of the Midnight Sun"
Alaska, “The Land of the Midnight Sun” (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)

11. Get Paid to Live in Alaska

Do you know that you get paid to live in Alaska? From rent to food to the high cost of travel, Alaska is not easy on the budget. To help offset the cost of living in the 49th state, the state government offers everyone who has lived in Alaska for a full calendar year, January to December, an annual Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). The amount varies from year to year, but it’s always a welcome benefit.  Since airlines usually drop ticket prices when the PFD is distributed, there is no better time for friends and family to book their next visit.

12. The State Flag

The state flag was designed by a 13-year-old boy. After calling on students throughout the territory to submit their ideas, Alaska ultimately decided on Benny Benson’s scene of the Big Dipper and the North Star in 1927. It would become the official state flag upon Alaska’s adoption into the Union in 1959.

Official Flag of the State of Alaska
Official Flag of the State of Alaska as designed by 13-year old Benny Benson

Little boy Benny did not even want to participate because there were older students who may be have had better ideas.  But what he wrote in his description advanced him to win the competition:

“The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The North Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear – symbolizing strength.”

13. The Capital in Juneau

Juneau is America’s only State Capital that is not accessible by road.  Juneau has no road access to the rest of the State. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane. It is also the largest, covering 3,108 square miles.

Juneau, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)

14. Coastline:

Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined.

15. The Purchase from Russia:

In 1867, Russia agreed to sell Alaska to the United States for  $7.2 million, which amounted to about two cents an acre.  Wow!

Alaska Museum
Alaska Museum, Achorage

There is still more to write next time, folks!  But one thing to note about Alaska’s economy if you are planning on a vacation before I wrap up on this post…

The State does not have an Alaska State Tax.  However, there are cities and boroughs that charge sales tax.  Therefore, before heading to The Last Frontier, be aware that Anchorage has no sales tax while Seward has 7%.  Having that in mind, it would save you up on food and souvenirs to enjoy more on tours.

So, if you have visited Alaska and have amazing and fun facts to add, let me know in the comments below.  And if you haven’t been on this side of the world yet, place it on your bucket list and let’s learn to manifest it.

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20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters

Perfect Shot Tips
Tips for Everyday Photography

20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters

Want to achieve a perfect shot at your everyday photography?   Want to know the best point-and-shooters’ tips that will improve your images?

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We always like to look at pictures, don’t we?  That is why we have pictures of ourselves, our food, our travel, friends, and family and post them on our favorite social media.

But if you are like me, I appreciate really good pictures.  I see the creative art in every frame even on my point-and-shoot photography. And that’s just the creative artist in me.

Most often I get attracted to something really spectacular and then when I come to review the photos, I tend to see something not right and it doesn’t seem appealing to me anymore.

Sometimes I wonder why I snapped it in the first place.  Yet surprisingly, those are the pictures that get the most likes on my Instagram.

In my quest for a perfect shot, I experiment with trial and error.  Good thing that we are already in the digital age where I am no longer wasting film and developing prints.

For my own pursuit to better photos, I also seek expertise from more seasoned photographers.  I study their technique, color combinations, balance, and texture.  Andhttp://www.shawacadamy.com that’s why I have this compilation of tips that I want to share with you to become a better Point-and-Shooter. Continue reading “20 Tips for Everyday Point-and-Shooters”

A Letter To My 5-Year Old Self

This is a letter that I would write to my 5-year old self as an adult. Quite liberating having no child of my own.

My Dearest Mimi,

I am writing you this letter to first greet you a Happy birthday! You are 5 years old now and you have a brand new sister for the first time.

I know that you have been enjoying your mama and papa’s love all to yourself for 5 years now but they thought it will be more fun to have someone to share your childhood while growing up.

You will soon be going to school and will be meeting new friends – boys and girls your age.  I know that you will be a good friend to them.

And yet sometimes, no matter how kindly you treat others, there will be someone who will not like the way you talk, dress, smile, eat and even walk.

Don’t feel bad when they criticize you. You know yourself more than others see you.  Just keep on expressing your BEING MIMIyou are unique, you are created special.  Do not be swayed by others’ opinions just to please them.  You see, it will make you sad and tired if you keep on keeping up with what others expect of you. Continue reading “A Letter To My 5-Year Old Self”