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?

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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”

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”

Happiness: The Making of a Wonderful World

Do you know that Happiness is an obligation?

The great book, the Bible, stated a commandment, “You shall rejoice with all the good that the Almighty has given you.” (Deut 16-11).

This post is not about geographic destination travel per se, as most readers would probably expect, but relates on the lighter side of sojourn and journey in this time and place.

Not one of us can always stay happy all the time even when we get to travel around the world, have the most beautiful mansion or the coolest car in the entire planet. It requires a 180-degree turn in the way we look at things.  We can drive to the next country in our bucket list or just walk to the nearby town and feel fulfillment simply by beginning to change our mindset.

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A Manifesto of Freedom

Responsible Freedom

Is freedom really free?  I believe there is not one soul who would want to be contained in a box for a lifetime because certainly, I know that we are born to create the life we were given.

Every person has that innate urge to express themselves in one form or another.  We were born with a free will. However, it does not mean that we can just do anything we want based on our whim.

Freedom is not about going on a rampage without being aware of its effect on other people, culture, or the place. It is granted to those who make themselves accountable for their actions by the virtue of respect and fairness.  It is being aware and present as you create yourself into being.

I believe travel gives me the opportunity to be creative – to explore, to appreciate, to treat local people well and learn the culture around me and at the same time get to know more about myself.  It is a win-win situation.

In every angle I turn, there is a story.  Those are the stories that I have not read in books or watched on TV but more so of what I have personally experienced with my interaction with people, places, and situations.

There is always a story to write and I can be a part of it.

Freedom Expereince
Zipline adventure at 7 Waterfalls Lake Cebu, South Cotabato.

When I travel there is a deep sense of freedom.  They always say that travel is not about a certain place but enjoying the journey of getting to your destination.  I believe it is so. And what captures my heart most is the pit stops and fanciful observations along the way.

 Although some people thought that travelers have this affordability factor to consider, I myself do not have to go to a far-away land to fulfill my wishes to travel.

Where I am is where I should be. The question that requires a creative answer and question is: What is the best that can come out of this?

There are several junctures when I get to a place either by invitation or by impulse as if luck has just invited me in.

And when I get there, I always find something uniquely special about the locale that I can treasure, which when someone asks about it, I could tell the story.  This is the kind of freedom that nobody can take away from me.

I have this collection of shot glasses of every place I go.  It gives me a remembrance of what the trip was like and where was I when I bought it. It was a simple way of collecting memories on top of my photographs.

 I am not a TOURIST but a TRAVELER.

Tourists usually arrive at their chosen destination, takes pictures but never engages with the locals disregarding their culture and society. 

A responsible traveler is one who finds out about their destination, their culture, and their rules.  A traveler helps the community they are visiting by reducing waste, respecting wildlife and its people.

 “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” -Aliyyah Eniath

Being a hobby photographer gives me an edge of expressing the artist in me with my creation.  Whenever I capture the beauty of what the universe presents in front of me, I realize the fulfillment – a moment of freedom to create.

I admit that there are numerous moments which I missed at times when I was busy with other trivial things – stuff that really does not matter, in retrospect. Nonetheless, nature is always forgiving and constantly gives me yet another opportunity to see the choice of seizing another beautiful moment.

The best thing that I benefit from travel is a chance to re-invent myself. Memories are created so I just go and follow the destination of where my heart leads…that is what I call FREEDOM.

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What is freedom to you?  How do you create your freedom during your travels?


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