Life is a trade-off.

“To be able to accept fully, you must give up willingly.” ~Anonymous

If life has one great limitation aside from the fact that it has an end, it’s that it can never give you everything. It can give you one thing, but not the other. It cannot give you both. And when that rare time comes that you do get both, it means you’re just getting lucky and the chance that it could happen again is very slim.

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Yes, I do believe that life is a trade-off. It’s funny because this realization hit me after I watched an action movie last week. I’m not so sure, but I think it’s from the movie John Wick (which was highly-entertaining, by the way). The main antagonist there mentioned about it, how life is all about trade-offs and compromises. Indeed, you really can’t have all the things you wish for. I’ve known about this before, but its relevance today, in this fast-paced world we live in, makes it a subject worth discussing and reflecting on again.

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Papal Visit to the Philippines 2015

We have all witnessed the warm reception of the Filipino people (Catholics or otherwise) to the apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. It’s impressive how good we behaved while he was here. It was such a lovely sight to behold, really.

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Pope Francis is such an inspiration. He’s so warm and genuine. The kind and comforting words he left us have definitely touched our lives in more ways than one. I had the chance to see him face to face and eye to eye at our workplace when he visited there last Friday. (He even blessed us as he was walking past us!) I couldn’t describe the mixed emotions I felt. Napatulala na lang talaga ako. Paano pa kaya pag si Jesus na ang makita ko?! Waaaaah!

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More Good Vibes = More Blessings

I was having a conversation with my officemate the other day and suddenly she brought up the topic of good vibes and how they seem to attract blessings. I couldn’t agree more. We went on to sharing personal experiences on how good vibes have helped us gravitate towards blessings, one after another.

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Good vibes start with good thoughts. Having good vibes promotes positivity and lightness. Have you noticed when people who have a good emotional state or exude a positive aura are together, the atmosphere around them seems to be brighter and they tend to be more productive and inspired in what they do, both individually and collectively?

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On Having a Small Space

Given our financial capacity at present, I think it’s only appropriate that we bought a tiny house. The mortgage payments are lower and the insurance premiums are smaller as compared to those of a big property.

I love having a tiny house. It’s easy to clean and easy to maintain. If something gets broken, we could easily have it repaired or replaced. Like when we had our built-in cabinet organizer updated, we didn’t spend much because it’s just a small one, too.

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A Good News and Some Happy Thoughts

Remember the last graduate in our family? She eventually landed a job at a bank and has recently been regularized. She was ecstatic while telling us the good news. We’re just so happy for her (and we can’t wait for her blowout)! Haha.

It feels good that all my three siblings are now working and making money. It feels good, too, that they’re now all stable in their respective jobs. Our parents must be very happy right now knowing that all their children are now earning a living and trying to be responsible members of society.

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Shopping Fast: October Report

Note: I started my self-imposed shopping ban on January 1, 2014. I made it official online through this post, and called it a “shopping fast.” I also shared there the reasons why I took the challenge and laid down some rules to guide me while on it.

Shopping Fast: January Report
Shopping Fast: February Report
Shopping Fast: March Report
Shopping Fast: April Report
Shopping Fast: May Report
Shopping Fast: June Report
Shopping Fast: July Report
Shopping Fast: August Report
Shopping Fast: September Report

I love you, November! I’ve been waiting for you since January. Good thing you’re here now. It just means I’m on the verge of finishing this challenge. Just a few more weeks to go! But before I revel in the thought of a successful 11-month long shopping fast (ehem), let me report on how October, my birth month, went.

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