After Hiatus | I’m Back!

I am back from a 6-month hiatus! So, hello (again) to you who is reading this from wherever you are! Just in case you are wondering why I took a break from blogging, you will know as you read on.

For the past 6 months, I chose to break free from all the chaos that was going on in the online world. Not that it’s all “chaos” but I chose to be in peace. Why? In order for me to heal – mentally and physically. The stress and anxiety that the pandemic brought me was too much for me to handle – especially as my duty calls for it. I have received numerous concerns (most of them were beyond my control) that I needed to cater to, acknowledge, and deal with. To cut the long story short, I have mostly tried beyond my best to give positivity and encouragement and in return, I mostly received (and inevitably have to absorb) negativity. It was a battle I needed to face even though I knew it was an internal battle between me choosing what is good for myself versus responding to the calling of what I believed was my purpose.

And boom! The moment finally came when I told myself to wake up and realize that it was not at all healthy. Entirely, it was not mentally healthy and it all manifested to my physical health. I was diagnosed with a condition (related to my monthly cycle) that was triggered by my stress, lost weight, I had sleepless nights, and even when I get to sleep, I dream of all the negativity and every waking day, it is what I immediately think of.

I tried to divert my attention to good things that I could think of – which included blogging, setting a little online shop that I could get busy with, and even enrolling to online courses related to my career. But they did not entirely help me get through. I decided to switch off anything in the cyber world – deleted some friends on Facebook that I don’t constantly connect with (from 1,000+ friends, it’s currently down to 357), I did not post so much on my Instagram and Twitter as well. I shifted to reading books and watching series just so I can take a time off from social media.

And eventually, as everything was becoming the new normal and everyone has adapted to it, I realized that healing is a decision one should make for himself/herself by putting things in its right perspective, having the right mindset, choosing the way one responds to different situations, and ultimately, reviving relationship with God through surrendering everything to Him. All of these I have done and have provided healing to my mind, heart, body, and soul.

Today, as I choose to get back up (and open my book again), I am praying that I continue to move forward and never worry about the future and to never let the fear get in the way (again) as I face the challenge in pursuing the journey towards where I am called for.

Welcome back to my journey! Hope to meet you along the way. 

Jhen

Sunday Currently 01

Summer has ended and I am hit with the reality that I won’t be having the time of my life going to the beach or any getaway soon because it’s June – which means another semester in graduate school is approaching and I’ll be busy again with additional school work (this is my last semester so I am crossing my fingers to get it done and over with!)

Right now, let’s forget about past and future things for a while and see what I am currently being busy with. Thus, my first Sunday Currently entry in this blog. I have been doing these Sunday Currently entries in my former blog. And while I keep myself committed to this one, I will try my (very) best to consistently do it.

To give you an idea on what “Sunday Currently” is about, well, I actually discovered this from Maine Mendoza’s blog (yep, I am a fan, so to the haters, shooooo away!) and found out that it is a trend set by Siddathornton. Link-up your entries here: Join The Sunday Currently link-up by siddathornton!

So, let’s start!

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reading The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. What made me read this book was actually the cover page. I once went to a bookstore in a nearby mall and I was so attracted with the cover because of the dogs! But I got no extra money to buy it at that time, so I decided to download an e-book. To see how the cover looks like and read reviews about the book, visit Goodreads.

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On Positive and Better Changes

Lately, I have been reading and following some articles online that inspired me to become a better version of myself — in all aspects of my life. I realized how important it is to notice my own self and actually do something worthwhile to “improve myself for myself.”

So you see, I am not really an expert on anything and I am not really good at giving advice or tips about everything. As a disclaimer, everything I am going to share to you is solely based on my own experiences.

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While evaluating myself, I discovered that I have five important aspects in life to improve (in case we are on the same stand, I hope these help!):

Spiritual Life

I am very blessed to have grown up in a family where Jesus Christ has always been the center of everything. My parents have always demonstrated this love for God and His word and how important they are in everything that I do in life and that involves my choices and decisions. I am so grateful to be saved by Jesus Christ, my Lord and Personal Saviour, for saving a sinner like me from my sins, for giving up His life on the cross, and for giving me the promise of eternal life. My salvation is very important to me and as much as I can, I want to spread this gospel to others so they can experience God in their lives. I know in my little ways, giving the most available time I have in sharing the gospel is something big for God’s glory. I believe I must improve on this – winning souls. And aside from that, I need to be diligent in attending church activities, my bible reading and devotionals, as well as my prayer life. I firmly believe that I can do and achieve these because God has promised us that with Him, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

Health and Lifestyle

For the record, I am not a health buff nor a fashionista nor a beauty conscious individual. I often reject the idea of being too conscious of how I look like and how other people see me on the outside because I personally believe that what always matters is what is in the inside. However, I changed that perspective because it is equally important to pay (at least) some attention to how you look outside as a reflection of what’s inside – unless you want to look like you haven’t taken care of yourself for the past 23 years.

I am not the typical “hey, she has a great body” type of person and I am definitely not a girl who makes guys turn their heads twice because I possess a beauty of an angel or a porcelain doll. I don’t like make up until I realized how I need to at least put something on my face so I won’t look like a zombie. Moreover, my body type (I don’t call it fat) is on the chubby side. I am fluffy – that’s how I always describe myself. It didn’t really matter to me if I am thin or chubby. But lately, I realized that I must now focus on my health especially in my food intake and the need to exercise. I am not getting any younger!

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New Phase

Hi guys! I don’t know how you’ve come across this space in the web which I guess doesn’t make up even a single byte of it (because I normally don’t post anything about it on Facebook) but, hello, hello!

If anyone of you already knew I had previously owned a WordPress blog and a Tumblr, I hope it is not a surprise for you to spot this new one. I always have it in me – trying to find contentment in all things and when I cannot find it in one thing, I venture to another one. Got me? There really was nothing wrong with my Tumblr, I just felt the need to change some things a bit. And blogging or sharing some of my personal thoughts or even some of my random writings would be of little recognition if it stays there.

Aside from that, I created this new blog to acknowledge that I have finally decided to get out of my comfort zone. I needed a fresh start – to expose myself to new adventures, new chapters, and new experiences in life. And it would be a great privilege to have them shared to you (may you be interested or not).

This blog is going to have more personal touches but definitely, I would still share some good stuff that would help you in case you needed something that can inspire you physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

It isn’t the new year yet but every day is a great day to start anew. And today, August 7, 2016, I am, by God’s divine grace, entering a new phase of my life and I hope you join me in this journey!

Enjoy, guys!

Carpe diem,
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