I used to believe Birthdays is just a typical day. The only difference is that a person is born on that certain day.
Being the Introvert that I am, I used to feel awkward about getting too much attention to myself especially when I get birthday greetings. I’m weird like that I know.
Deep down I felt like I wasn’t worthy and that I’m nothing special.
I thought having attention to myself would take away from others.
Well, fast forward to this year, thank heavens something shifted within me. It had everything to do with being a mom.
With all the chores and caring for family, I kind of lost who I am. The exhaustion left me feeling empty, trapped, sad and angry.
I decided to go on a self development journey. Ever since then I finally learned to love, care, accept, honor and respect myself.
I realized how important Birthdays are most especially my own. It is a celebration of life. It is gratitude for myself and for all that I’ve been through.
Birthday food and gifts wouldn’t matter to me if people aren’t as nice and respectful every day.
Hey, a tired mom needs kindness too you know. I value kindness, respect, love, support, generosity and encouragement more than these things.
So I fully celebrated my birthday this 2018! Since my birthday falls under the same date as the National Disc Jockey day, I played Hanson music all day while I reminisced my blissful journey.
Come join me on my trip down memory lane.
All these years I have become a:
As a child, I’ve always looked at the world with wonder and curiosity. I had my head looking up at the clouds.
I’d stare at the glimmering moon and stars. I’m fascinated by the feel of cold water. I wondered how things happen and why.
I’d be mostly by myself having such wandering thoughts and amazement. My fascination about life got higher especially when I learned how to read when I became 5 years old.
So I became a bookworm – I read science books, story books and had fun with coloring books.
The library and bookstores are paradise to me.
2.Poet. I wrote my first poetry about a clock when I was 12 years old. It had rhymes in 2 verses.
I published my first poetry book online last year. It was one of the highlights of successes I had!
Just the feeling of publishing it is so blissfully fulfilling for me. My very first masterpiece brought to life.
Traveling is always a beautiful experience. I started travelling at 12 years old.
Dad took us on a tour to Indonesia, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. We had business class flights and a master suite.
Indonesia is almost like home because the climate was similar. It has rich and colorful sculptures.
Australia has awesome ambiance and wildlife. People were very friendly, the weather’s great. I love the Kangaroos and Koalas.
Singapore is soooo unbelievably clean! I find the Merlion interesting.
Hong Kong seems like a busy place. It has great shopping malls. Mom tagged me along to America when I graduated High School.
We stayed at my aunt in Los Angeles for a month. It’s cold! We visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Queen Mary, Las Vegas and Arizona. I fell in love with their Cheesecake and pizza.
It was love at first sight! – especially Taylor Hanson. I came across Hanson’s first music video “MMmbop.”
They sound really good and I couldn’t get enough of their songs. My bedroom walls were plastered with posters of them.
I had their albums on cd and cassette tapes. I would listen to them all day. I’d watch my Hanson video every birthday I had. It always completed my day.
5. Soprano 1.
I auditioned to be part of our chorale in College. The vocal trainor classified my voice as Soprano 1.
Been singing the high note melodies along with fellow Sopranos, Tenors and Altos.
We had our concert when I lost my voice for a while.0_o’ As the curtains raised, my voice came back. I was able to sing.
I started keeping a journal at 17. I’d pour my heart and soul in it. I wrote more than I could speak.
I’d use some sort of an ambiguous or ambivalent words. So I’d be the only one who’d know what it meant. Writing always made me feel better.
I kept my first blog at 19. It was called “Soul of Irony and Bliss.” It was like an online journal with mysterious poetic writing style into it.
I wrote about love. I wrote movie reviews about “Hurtlocker,” “Sweet November” and the “Lake House.”
I became a News Writer for our College School paper at 18. I tried out as a News writer for our College journal and got in!
I was so happy. It was my first time to see my work published.
I climbed up the Editorial Ladder and became a Features writer. I learned to write in Features style.Since I had to interview people, it helped me overcome my shyness.
The best part of being part of the Editorial Board is to have my own column or section where I write my opinion as an article. My column was called Spotlight.
A year after, I stepped up as Managing Editor. I managed the publishing funds and edited articles.
I wrote critic views about studying and an inspirational about Happiness in Individualism.
As a College senior, I took over as an Editor-in-Chief at 21. I managed to handle a group of writers, artists, photographers and editorial board.
We successfully published 4 newspapers and a literary folio.
Right after graduation, I became an online Research Writer. I worked at home for 2 years.
I got the 3rd place Savant Writer title for writing the most number of pages. I won a cash incentive of P10,000.
It was such an honor for me that my hard work paid off.
7. 3rd place Dean’s Lister.
After a heart break, I kept studying. There was so much to do.
I was reading chapters of books on all my major subjects ahead of time, reviewing the current topics of each and writing my written and verbal report too.
I was so busy. To my surprise, I made it to the top honorable students.
Maintaining an above 90% grade on major subjects is challenging. I needed to study hard to stay as a Psychology student.
Graduating with a Psychology degree gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
And yet, I allow myself to be silly, weird and crazy brilliant even. Because, why not? Just kidding.
9. Young and Independent Professional.
I went out into the world after 2 years as a home based Research writer. I landed a job in the Outsourcing field.
It enhanced my English communication skills and professional work attitude.
I moved in my own place. I did chores for myself and managed my finances. Freedom is so blissful! I get to do anything I want!
I watched movies and read books all day. I ate any food I want. I munched on Lays and watched Gintama on my rest days.
I read manga too. These always relaxed and made me laugh.
I get to shop clothes, branded perfume and make up. I’d party out with my best friend.
We’d dance away and watch bands play music. I listened to indie bands perform Rock Metal music. The genre took my stress and angst away.
I became business minded and took on business trainings after work.
10. Up levelled Professional.
I tried out for a promotion at work just for fun. I thought about how God sent Moses to speak to the Pharaohs to free the slaves.
I walked into the interview room filled with God appointed confidence I never knew I had.
Everyone knew I’d pass until it was officially announced. So there I was – a Quality Analyst Apprentice. Conducting audits, making reports and attending audit sessions.
At the same time I was automatically assumed into being a Resolution Specialist. Handling 2nd level concerns. Working for 7 years outside of Writing taught me to be stronger and diligent.
It took me 3 months to heal from Caesarian birth operation. My best day was when I succeeded breastfeeding my baby.
It was a special bonding moment for me and my child. I treasure them so much.
12. An Awakened Spiritual and Self Development seeker.
I decided to fix my mindset and finances towards positivity, self-love, happiness, well being and abundance. I learned about Law of Attraction on a deeper level.
I am still learning more about Crystals, Meditation, Chakras, Akashic Records, Reiki, Theta Healing, Paleidian healing, Intuition, Angel numbers, Spirit animals and Spirit Guides. All these knowledge inspires me to be a better version of myself.
13. Professional Blogger.
I built this blog and named it The Rising Bliss. I have been writing blog posts on it consistently once a week.
It kept me happy. I am able to reach out to people and serve the world with my passion.
14. Graphic Designer.
I have been editing and designing graphics for my blog posts, Instagram and Pinterest. It feels so great to create colorful masterpieces.
It was an incredible journey looking at my life. I am filled with gratitude for it and the people around me.
As I was reflecting on my life, I felt an inner bliss. Guess what? Blessings came pouring right away!
My hubby bought me my favorite snack! Popcorn! (Yes, I’m easy to please like that.) I got a thousand cash gift cheque too. My older brother came home with a box of Cheesy Lava Pizza just for me.
I’m so thankful. My eldest brother cooked a delicious Spaghetti and Spring rolls too. Our family friend gave me a box of J.Co doughnuts.
I received tons of greetings and well wishes on Facebook messenger, personal messages and text messages. I was so overwhelmingly happy!
Best of all, I received my first Theta healing. Are you curious just yet? Watch out for my next post about it!
All of these happened because this was the only day I allowed myself to shine the brightest. It is my birthday gift for myself.
The Universe supported me by showering me with massive love, happiness and birthday food.
I wrote my life journey to remind me of who I am and who I can be.
Best of all, to inspire you to celebrate your simple and grand successes in life. We are all amazing.
We can create amazing things for ourselves and serve the world. It all starts with loving ourselves.
Self Love is crucial to harness your power to give more. Keep loving who you are, even more so on days it feels quite difficult.
Listen to your body. Give it what it needs even for just a little while. This way you wouldn’t run out of love to share.
Thank you for reading all the way here. I am humbled by all the support.
I thought of you guys and it made me smile to have such wonderful people to connect with.
I love you and wish you all the great things in life.
Any birthday wishes for me? Please comment, like and share.
I’ll be here serving you with weekly inspiration, happiness and positivity.
Are you excited for Christmas yet? Have you ever felt sooo excited that you can’t sleep a few hours until Christmas comes? Just because?
Christmas is the best holiday because it is the happiest time of the year for most of us.
It is a time of giving, loving and forgiveness.There’s just so much magical feeling into it. Miracles happen anytime and everywhere.
It has that joyous atmosphere and the whole world just feels much more alive. Christmas makes my most favorite occasion in the world.
I enjoy every bit of it because of all the effort, love, energy that we put into the celebration.
Growing up, I realized how much time, effort, feelings and money is given, just to create a very special and most awaited Christmas moment.
This occasion only happens once in a year. It is only best to cherish it with all our hearts.
Christmas is meant to be enjoyable so I’m sharing these simple ideas to make this special holiday feel more blissful.
1. Be a Christmas DJ!
Play happy Christmas songs of your favorite music artist.You can also create a happy Christmas playlist.
Keep in mind that the kind of music that you listen to creates a big impact on your subconscious.
Since you’d like and intend to make Christmas feel happy for everyone, make a conscious effort of playing only those Christmas songs that have positive, inspiring, happy lyrics and upbeat tune (relaxing mellow tunes would be perfect too).
Include the Christmas music staples such as Joy to the World, Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls,Christmas Alphabet, O Holy Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Silent Night, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Christmas in our Hearts and White Christmas.
For a more highly contagious festive mood boost, I highly recommend listening to Hanson’s latest song “Finally, it’s Christmas.”
Another one that you can listen to is Hanson’s “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” from their previous album Snowed In.
Play these Christmas music starting today up until during the Christmas celebration.
You can keep these songs in the background every morning when you wake up and every evening before sleeping.
You can even play these songs all day when you prepare the Christmas food, shop, wrap gifts and decorate the Christmas tree.
2. Bring out the Christmas Artist in You.
Choose a color and theme for your Christmas decoration.
Cut out or print out happy Christmas images and quotes. Put them together into a Christmas poster or collage.
You can display it on the walls of the living room. Add in some Christmas garlands and fairy lights too.
Turn up the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree and switch on the fairy lights for a short while during rest days.
Take time to watch the lights dance and admire their colors.
3. Make Jesus the Real Meaning of Christmas.
If you can believe in Santa Claus, then why not believe in Jesus Christ all the more?
Regardless if you’re not into religion, you can always have your own faith in a higher being or greater source.
Starting today, find a quiet time to reflect on life and search for those times you felt saved from harm or suddenly received miracles of blessing or being helped out.
Reflect on how every cell of your being were wonderfully made, how nature flourishes by themselves, who holds all the planets in place in the galaxy and how certain people or life events led you to the good in your lives.
If those out of nowhere miracles, guidance, blessings and protection circumstances in your life aren’t more than enough proof that God exists, I don’t know what is.
Take some time to seek and discover who God is and how would it feel like to have a happy relationship with God.
Choose to believe that a higher being loves us greatly and was born to save us.
Jesus came down from heaven to be one of us, to guide us the right way towards God the Father, protect us all the time, love us unconditionally, gives our needs, makes us happy and gives us eternal life.
As you celebrate Christmas, think of Jesus with gratitude. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath and say your personal thanks to him.
Welcome him and greet him a happy birthday.
Jesus is the celebrant of honor! The holiday itself says CHRISTmas after all.
It is the day we choose to remember his birth. By being born into this world, we are already blessed with the best gifts in the world – Love, Health, Free Will and Eternal Life.
You are loved and blessed more than you think because of Jesus.
4. Become a Christmas Angel.
Give away or donate old things that are still in good condition.
Give some spare change to Christmas carolers or give the coins during mass offerings at church.
Be more encouraging and expressively appreciative of others.
If you’re knowledgeable on a certain topic, share positive and helpful advice to people who needs it.
Post inspiring words of wisdom, videos, photographs and art on Social Media.
5. Get Crafty with Christmas gifts.
Christmas gifts are icing on the cake. It keeps the Spirit of Giving alive.
You can always create a personalized play list of songs for loved ones who love music. Compile 7-10 positive songs in a CD.
Good with knitting or crocheting? Knitted or Crocheted gifts like scarf, coasters, small wallets and bonnets are great personalized Christmas gifts.
How about sewing by hand or using a sewing machine? If you’re good at this, a handmade animal plushies, dolls or pillows would also be nice to give to kids.
You can also get a small basket to customize a food basket filled with snacks or fruits or create a bath set with soap, shampoo and bath sponge.
Another option to give to women is a beauty set with a chapstick, nail polish, a small tube of lotion and small bottle of cologne or perfume.
Wrap in a clear plastic and put a ribbon on it to make it more special.
A goodie mug can also be stuffed with either 3 sachet of Swiss Miss hot chocolate or Coffee, Sugar, Creamer or Tea (depending on which the receiver would like).
Alternatively, you can put small trinkets like a keychain, small angel figurine and bracelet in the goodie mug.
Of course, this gift is only advisable to give to 11 years old and above. These small trinkets should be kept away from babies and toddlers.
6. Awaken your Inner Christmas chef.
Enjoy making an easy and delicious Christmas appetizer, dessert or dish for everyone to eat. Search on the Internet and watch video tutorials on YouTube.
Food preparation is fun for me. I get to make refrigerated cake, tacos, cheese sticks, California Maki, Chicken Strips, Mojo potatoes, fruit salads, pesto, coleslaw or potato salad.
These simple yummy dishes make me feel like a pro! Whoo!
Volunteer to help out your mom in the kitchen even if there are helpers.
It is the best way to have more family bonding behind the Christmas celebration scenes.
You just might discover your passion for cooking and learn more about it too.
7. Wear Christmas in Style.
Have a Christmas colored theme with your family.
You can try to wear red clothes or green clothes or a customized Christmas shirt or put on a Santa hat.
Wear a style that make you look good and comfy in.
Have fun posing stylish, making silly and happy faces with your family for picture taking.
8. Channel Your inner Christmas Paparazziness.
You can document a video and capture photographs of everything from the preparation down to the celebration.
A smart phone, video camera or good digital camera should do the trick.
You can shoot photographs of the Christmas decorations, food, gifts, eating and Christmas activities you shared together.
These photographs can be created into a movie presentation or music video as a fun way to capture moments with your family.
9. Indulge as a Christmas Feel Good Movie Enthusiast.
After cooking Christmas food, resting, wearing Christmas clothes, going to Christmas mass or having a quick thankful talk to Jesus, savoring a luscious food with loved ones as the Christmas music played and gifts were given, Christmas pictures were taken, greetings were said, now what?
Christmas movie time!
Relax comfortably with family and watch some of these oldies but goodie movies: “Elf” starring Will Ferrel, “Home Alone” (1990), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), “Charlie Brown Christmas”, “Muppet Christmas” (1992), Arthur Christmas (2011), “About a Boy” starred by Hugh Grant (2002), The Polar Express (2004) and “The Santa Clause” starring Tim Allen (1994).
I’m feeling more thankful and excited for Christmas just writing about this. The wonder of it no matter how simple it is celebrated still never cease to amaze me.
It reminds me of the endless gifts of love, comfort, nourishment, peace, health, abundance and happiness showered to me every day. Christmas just keeps getting brighter and brighter!
How do you make your Christmas even more special?
If you have some fun ways of celebrating Christmas or if you enjoyed this post, feel free to comment.
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This blog post is my special Christmas gift to all of you.
The only approval you’ll ever need is yours. We go on all our lives waiting for others to like us. We go out of our way to please everyone so they can approve of us.
When we set ourselves free from seeking approval from everyone, we become fearless and unstoppable. We would start liking ourselves for who we really are. We awaken our inner greatness.
The Unapproved Life
I’ve been there. It happened during my College years. I have always been the quiet one who always did the right things. It gave me peace knowing I was being a good girl that I was told to be. I know I will be loved for doing so.
I always went to school early, studied well and waited patiently for mom and our car to pick me up. I was one of the top students who made it to the Dean’s List.
I was chauffeured and never travelled by myself. I made sure I finished my tasks at school so mom won’t have to wait too long for me. I never went out with my friends or stayed out late for after school activities.
I know I was being good to mom but I felt like I stifled myself. I felt sad. I was not able to have many friends because I never went out unchaffeured or without a chaperone.
I really would have loved to perform in a play or sing Christmas carols with the choir. This required staying late after school. I had to give it up so I won’t make my mom worry. I understood she was only keeping me safe but then my heart yearned for something more.
For all the good things I did out of love, I never heard any appreciation and encouragement from mom. Not one. I guess she never grew up to be the encouraging kind. I still love her for giving birth to me.
Journey to Self-Approval
Since mom seemed to be very unexpressive of her approval, I learned to no longer care if she ever did anymore. I decided one day to just f**k it, I am my own Unicorn. I approve of myself fiercely because I am worthy and a good person all throughout. And yes, being imperfect is okay.
The moment I did this, my life turned around into so much inner happiness. I enjoyed every minute of my life. I managed my earnings and saved more than enough to live on my own.
I worked well and spoiled myself with shopping, massages, delicious food, stylish clothes,branded perfumes, signature make up, funny anime, great sleep, happy loving relationship and night outs.
I choose who I love, who I spend my time with and how I live my life. Of course, I listen to caring reminders but I no longer fear of what others might say, think or do.
I understand deeply that people can sometimes project their fears and limiting beliefs on me. I respect them anyway and spend more time with positivity. I choose my own positive empowering beliefs.
So why not approve of yourself for the amazing person that you are? You have everything in the world to gain for it.
The right kind of people will succeed along with you. Approving of yourself is embracing your purpose and the power to create the best life you could ever imagine.
It’s about time you do yourself a favor right now. Approve of yourself above all more than anyone else. And yes, you felt it right. Self-Approval tips up ahead:
1. Be willing to choose and learn to like those qualities that make you, you. No one in the world is like you. There’s not one single being that can talk, think, feel and act as you are.
You are original limited edition kind of awesome. A rare find. Please, please keep that in mind. Only you can be you.
What makes you stand out physically, intellectually and emotionally? What is your trademark when it comes to food, music, style, art, books, movies or just about anything?
Find clues in genres you are drawn to and compliments from genuine friends and family. What 3 values do you stand for? Take a journey to discovering and developing yourself. Use a journal to answer these questions.
2. Appreciate and share your talents. You are given unique gifts for a reason – to share to the world and light it up. Create your own masterpiece whether it’s mixing music tapes, designing beautiful digital images, writing profound poetry, composing a song, making a tasty dish, etc.
Be in that creative moment and be thankful for having these gifts. Take a snapshot then make an Instagram out of it or share it on Facebook. Put it out there to cheer someone up.
Join Facebook groups who has the same passion. Share your knowledge, inspire and support others.
3. Be passionate about little and grand things that give you joy. Surround yourself with things you like. Use your favorite mug and drink your fave coffee, chocolate or any drink you love from it.
Read your fave book or listen, dance or sing to music you’re crazy about. Watch that show you find enjoyable. Wear that fave clothes that make you feel awesome. Eat foods that make you happy.
Imagine how you can expand your fave coffee or clothes into something more enjoyable for everyone.
Think of things you love and daydream of it, speak about it with like-minded real friends or write it on your journal. Your passion and fave things are clear directions to your purpose.
4.Speak with love about your knowledge and truth. Express your thoughts in a journal or a blog. Share positively and lovingly your ideas to like-minded friends online and in person.
Speaking your truth will lead you to those who need it. Your truth will help you find your soul mate people.
5.Be your own best friend (cheerleader even) and speak lovingly about yourself. Always tell yourself: “I am worthy of all the love, happiness, peace, great health and abundance in life.”
Repeat this 10 times verbally or silently in your mind. Write it in your journal 10 times as well.
Always choose positive words about yourself as much as possible. Focus on the things you love about yourself. Watch how your awesome self grow.
If we can encourage others, I can’t see how we can’t do this for ourselves the most. It takes practice but hey, all things are possible as long as you are determined.
6.Go outside the idea beyond what is approvable – things that people seem to find silly, unpopular or weird. Let yourself go, relax and have fun.
Lay on the floor, walk barefoot all day, eat with yourself, watch that show or movie you really like even if none of your friends like it and eat foods that you crave once in a while.
You get a thrilling satisfaction of being a rebel in a herd mentality. (Just kidding.) Do things by yourself and savor how enjoyable it could be to give in to your soul. Life is more meaningful, doing things that light you up.
When we approve ourselves we no longer fear and doubt ourselves. We become much happier and alive. We are powerful on our own. No resentment, no regrets, just pure love.
When you celebrate yourself you open up doors of endless possibilities of happiness, inner peace and success. The kind that no one can ever take away.
Go ahead and just give yourself the biggest approval unconditionally. You are your own happiness. You are the life you chose to live. Choose the best life.
Be the unconditional love that we give and yearn from others.
How are you approving of yourself today?
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