Showing posts with label work and ministry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work and ministry. Show all posts

TOO AFRAID TO FAIL

Have you been too afraid to fail?  When I say too afraid, it means you either end up not trying at all or quit in the middle of it. 

You know what? Recently, I have been too afraid  that I thought of stopping mid-way.  I was bold and brave as I started but when the situation became shaky and my expectations were not met, I decided to stare instead of pushing myself to do more.  It was as if the obstacles I was facing was bigger than my “dream”.  One thing that added to my complacency was that I know that I am a contented stay-at-home wife and mother.  Since I am loving my life, I figured out, why do I need to subject myself to walking into unlighted paths when I am very much happy in my comfort zone? I mean, why do I need to push when I have already attained much (at least on my eyes) when I was single?

To my surprise, when I was on the verge of quitting and even I was not praying for my struggle, God made me read “Jesus Walks on Water”. 

I was like Peter who focused on his wobbly feet and stormy water instead of looking at Jesus who said “Don’t be afraid, it is I”.  Shame on me for trusting myself, looking at the negative factors, not trusting Jesus and quitting without trying and praying harder.  Nakakahiya!

I know Jesus wants me to still do brave things for His glory.  To learn from every situation I will be into.  And to be confident in Him though things will not go my way.  To be honest, I still do not know if my venture will be a success, but just like the cliché goes, I am rooting for the journey and not the destination.  As of now, it is still stormy and my feet can barely not step BUT this time, I will commit myself to not be afraid because he tells me “It is I”. 


Are you also scared to start something new?  Or too tired to continue?  May I suggest that you start acknowledging God in that dream of yours?  I have learned that God is not only interested in our spiritual affairs but also with our ambitions, bucket lists, shallow goals, and crazy wants.  As long as it does not contradict His word, I am sure He is very much interested to help you out get whatever that is!  Do not be too afraid to fail.  He got you!

THINKING OF FREELANCING? JUST DO IT! :)

My life as a freelancer started last December 2015 when I decided to print out my name on a card and (finally) declare myself as a professional event host.  I have been hosting all my life, and so I thought it would be appropriate to do it actively on the side.  Thankfully, I mostly received “dapat lang”, “buti naman”, “bakit ngayon lang?” from family and friends. Yey!  That was definitely a good sign!


Actually, what was intimidating was when I was seconds away of clicking “enter”.  It was a battle I had to fight hard.  There was a mixture of excitement, kaba and fear.  I was so afraid that no one will ever get my services and that my cards will be put to waste. I was also into the idea that there are a lot of hosts so “why would they want to get me?” However, with my eyes almost closed and with a silent “bahala na” I just did what I had to do -- I declared myself as a professional host and gave a go signal to have my card printed.  Looking back, I was so glad I clicked “enter”. I am so happy I jumped into the world of freelancing.  Definitely a right choice.

Do you also want to be a freelancer?

My tip?  Just do it.

If you have been passionately baking, cooking, fixing, decorating, writing, editing, etc. for free, then that means you already more or less “freelancing”, only that, you have been neglecting the business side of it.  So, why not do it “professionally” na ‘di ba? 
And yes, just like me, you will always have excuses.  I am not saying that you do away with it, but maybe what you can do is to figure out which ones are valid and which ones are totally absurd.  Take your time and write them down.  Analyze, compare, argue with yourself then decide.

And yes, you do not have to quit your job once you have decided to be one.  You can start slow and just do it on the side.  In time, you would notice when you are ready (only if you want) to quit your 8-5 routine and do something really really great with your life (yes, I am being biased here).

Freelancing is an awesome choice for a stay-at-home wife and mom like me.  I am still able to spend a whole a lot of time with my husband and son without forgetting of the things I am good and passionate about.  Freelancing is God sent.  He gave me the talent, and as always, He gave doors to be able to use it. As always, praises be to Him!

 


WHEN WORK SEEMS DIFFICULT: A Testimony of Patricia Anne


Hi everyone.
I’m Tricia.
Ako po ay isang guro.




After college, nagsimula akong magturo sa isang Private School. Syempre iba na ang sitwasyon ngayon. Dati nag-aaral lang ako pero ngayon ako na ang magtatrabaho. Hindi na ako bibigyan ng pera ng parents ko dahil ako na ang magsisipag para sa sarili ko. Dati, nauubos ang oras ko sa pag-aaral. Puro pag-aaral, pag-aaral at pag-aaral ang inatupag ko nung nasa College ako. Gusto ko kasi matuwa yung mga taong nakapalibot sa akin. I want to please them and not God. Akala ko magiging masaya ako na makitang proud yung parents ko sa mga natanggap kong awards pero na-feel ko pa rin ang emptiness sa puso ko sa kabila nun. Alam ko namang may God dahil laking Sunday school ako at nagsisimba na ako sa Christian Church elementary pa lang ako. Pero kinakausap ko lang Siya kapag may hiling ako o di kaya kapag may problema lang ako. Dun ko lang Siya naaalala. Puro kasi sarili ang iniisip ko.

Hindi nagbago yun kahit nung nagsimula na akong magtrabaho. Kung dati puro aral ang ginagawa ko, ngayon puro work naman. Sa Private School ay 7:00am ang pasok hanggang 5:00pm pero dahil nga Private School siya at tambak ang mga paperworks, umaabot lagi ng mga 7:00 or 8:00pm ang uwian namin. Wala na naman akong time sa pamilya ko at kay God. Dahil si Jesus ay nasa isipan ko lang at wala sa puso ko, puro stress, puro problema, at puro lungkot lang ang aking nararamdaman. Madali akong nagagalit sa mga bagay at unti unting nawawalan ng gana sa pagtatrabaho.

Then One day, kinulit ako ng schoolmate ko nung College, si Bujay, na umattend sa Singles dito sa CCF Muntinlupa. Then, by God’s grace, May 3, 2013, I decided na pumunta. Medyo nahihiya pa ako nun kasi ako lang mag-isa. Nung time na yun ay si Marchelle, ang discipler ko ngayon ang aking nakilala. Wala siyang kasama kaya one on one kaming dalawa. Noong time na yun, mas naintindihan ko na ang JOHN 3:16. Memorize ako ng memorize dati pero ngayon, naisapuso ko talaga siya. Naintindihan ko na, FOR GOD SO LOVED the world that He gave His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE. Wow! As in wow. Nalaman ko na hindi pala ako mabuting tao. All this time, ang dami ko palang kasalanan. Ang dami kong kasinungalingan sa magulang ko. Ang dami kong maling ginawa sa mata ng Diyos. Pagkauwi ko sa bahay, nagPray ako at talagang buong buo kong tinanggap si Jesus as my Lord and my Savior. I repented from all my sins, I surrender my life to Him and I completely trust Him. Now, I have Jesus in my heart.

Nagresign na ako sa Private School na tinuruan ko at nag-apply sa Public School. Mahirap po mag-apply sa Public School dahil ang daming requirements, may interview at may demo pa. Sobrang dami pero I trust God. Last week na ng May pero wala pa akong call. Hindi ko alam kung magkakawork pa ako pero I trust God. Lagi lang ako nagpe-pray sa Kanya. Then 2 days bago magstart ang klase, tinawagan ako ng principal at nagkawork na ako. Sa Tunasan Elementary School. Grade Six & Filipino Teacher. Yun nga lang City paid lang ako at hindi National Teacher. Ang City Paid kasi hindi pa permanente, ibig sabihin pede akong tanggalin after 1 year. Natakot ako pero I know God is in control so I trust Him and pray. After two months, napalipat ako ng school dahil yung principal namin nailipat sa Bayanan Main. Sinama niya ako dun. Pagkapunta ko sa Bayanan Main, sa Grade Six ulit ako dinala pero English naman ang subject na ituturo ko. May mga pagkakataon na hirap na hirap ako sa paperworks pero nakukuntento ako. Nagiging masaya ako. Kung siguro dating Patricia ako, lagi na lang akong stress at magco-complain pero dahil I have Jesus in my life, sobrang grateful ako sa mga nangyayari sa akin. Dumating pa sa point na masasabi ko na mahirap pala magturo. Kasi ang pagtuturo, para ka na ring magulang. Ang dami mong anak na tuturuan at didisiplinahin. Matitigas ang ulo nila. Sobrang mga pasaway. Ang hirap pero God is in control. God is always telling me to be patient and lagi kong feel ang hug Niya sa akin. Nagtitiwala lang ako sa Kanya. Ang naging sandata ko sa mga paghihirap na nararanasan ko ay Prayer. Si Lord ang kasama ko, kaya di ako matatakot. Tapos kapag may mga trials and challenges sa buhay ko, isa sa verse na nagpapalakas sa akin ay ang James 1:2-3 “My Brethen, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” So sa lahat ng nararanasan ko sa work, alam ko natatakot ako at nahihirapan pero masaya ako kasi alam kong kasama ko Siya. Alam kong tutulungan Niya ako. Alam kong hindi Niya ako iiwan at pababayaan.

After 1 year ko sa Grade Six. Naging National Teacher na ako. Puro blessings ang narereceive ko then nilipat ako sa Grade One. Ang pinaka-ayaw kong lipatang Grade Level dahil alam kong makukulit at di ko kakayanin ang mga bata. Pero alam niyo, God is really amazing. By God’s grace, tinanggap ko ito ng maluwag at inaccept ang challenge ni Lord sa akin. Sinabi Niya sa akin na, “Anak wala akong ibibigay sa iyo na hindi mo kaya. Kaya mo yan Anak.” Sobrang peace ang naramdaman ko. Imbis magreklamo, inaccept ko ng maluwag. Pero habang tumatagal, nag-eenjoy ako sa Grade One. Mas masaya nga actually. Minsan madami pa ring problema, sa paperworks, sa mga coteachers, sa mga bata, sa mga parents nilang nagrereklamo, para sa akin, hindi na ganun kabigat o ka-stessful dahil kasama ko si Jesus. Dun ko naintindihan na ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. Kung mapapansin niyo, ang daming changes sa buhay ko. From Private School, nilipat ako sa Tunasan Elementary School, then sa Bayanan Main. From Grade Six naging Grade One. Ang daming pagbabago. Sa totoo lang, mahirap kapag pabago bago kasi palagi kang mag-aadjust pero God is really in control. Sabi nga sa Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who have been called according to His purpose.” Lahat ng bagay ay may dahilan. We need to trust God.

Minsan may pagkakataon na nasasaktan tayo.
May mga taong nanakit sa atin especially sa work.
Minsan may pagkakataon na nahihirapan tayo sa iba’t ibang sitwasyon lalo na sa pagtatrabaho, pero lagi nating tatandaan na meron tayong Panginoon na ready to help us.

Friends, tiwala lang. Wag tayong magsasawang magdasal sa Kanya. Wag tayong magsasawang magtiwala kay Jesus.
Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. TURN TO GOD. He has a plan.
According to Colossians 3:23
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

How do we respond when work seems difficult? Be patient. Be calm. Cast your cares on the Lord. Pray. Trust God. Always remember that God is in control and He is a great God.

Thank you and God bless!





ON LOVE AND TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT IT

This is probably the most rewarding, fulfulling and productive vday I have ever had. To begin, I spent it with Bryan. Then we had the chance to do the things we love that looked forward doing since we werw engaged with the people that matters to us.

It was Feb 13, Saturday when the Singles Fellowship of CCF Muntinlupa had the Event entitled
"On a Personal Note, Ang Concert ng Sari-Saring Love Stories".  This music night featured the different phases of love thru songs.  The ambiance was so relaxed, fun and interactive.  Parang group videoke lang!  This fun night turned out to be more special because Bryan and I had a chance to share how God puzzled our stories, lives and hearts together.  Such a pleasure to speak about our friendship, engagement and marriage. 





full house at Qaldi Coffee Bar
with Joy

On the second day of our Vday weekend, we spent it with our D-group (young couples) a.k.a Sanity friends.  It was such a fun meet-up because we got to answer a few questions from the youth of Danielle's home church..  Here are some of the inquiries we got:

1.  Paano ko po malalaman kung mahal ako nung babae?
2.  Ilang taon po pwedeng mag-asawa?
3.  Bakit po hindi ako crush ng crush ko?
4.  may nangyari po sakin nung bata ako, may magmamahal pa po ba na lalaki sa akin?

After our 45 minutes question and answer stint, we gather to talk about God's design for marriage.

                                
panel :)


To cap-off, we are so thankful that we had a chance to share our love for each other and God's love to us.  It would be difficult to stay in-love without His love and grace.  My desire is we would know what God's love is all about because this is the only way we can truly love each other.  (Please check Risen's ribbon below hehe)



Aaaannnddd wait, let me share the sprinkles on top of my full vday.  It ended so sweetly.  Thank you, Bryan!  I can't wait to love you more and tell the world about it!


FULL TIME FREELANCER AT HOME

Drum roll pls!!!!

I am now working with ManilaWorkshops as a Workshop Director!  Woot woot!!
I can't believe that I would soon be invloved in my two favorite things:  Learning and Events
Thank youuuuuu, Jesus!

I have always wanted to do something like this, however, I have always been afraid of the Marketing side.  Plus, I am not sure of what to do, how to do, where to do and all the other aspects of it. Thankfully, Ginger Arboleda (who is super nice and down to earth) of Manila Workshops allowed me to pitch-in my ideas and skills in her company. What we (naks, we na talaga!!  kasama na talaga ako haha) do is prepare workshops for all kinds of people:  from food phototography, entrepreneurship, motherhood, crafts, car maintenance,  etc.  Haaayyyy, just thinking about it makes me soooo kilig!

My first assignment is a series of live Webinar on Entrepreneurship.  We have 10 topics (2 hour per session) for a bundle price of 3999.  And since this is a Webinar, it is like learning from the comforts of your bed! How fun and stress-free, diba?




I have been waiting the longest for something like this.  Grateful for Bianca Ravanes who asked me if I would be willing to try and to Ginger Arboleda for trusting me with her events, materials and guides!  This is the closest thing I could get to being a classroom teacher. I am already so excited for the workshops I will prepare which I can also learn from.  

And once again, God has proven His faithfulness and timing. Thank you, thank you, Jesus!!!




HOW ARE YOU ENDING THE FIRST MONTH OF 2016?

It has been a while!  I just had to stop and re-collect my thoughts, priorities, wants, etc so this post for 2016 came so late.  Hence, I am asking you the same question I had to ask myself when I realized the first month of January is about to end!!  How are you ending the first month of 2016?

image not mine


I remember making promises and wishes at the beginning of the year.  I swore to eat healthier (no more sodas), I vowed to take time to exercise and focus on the things I have been longing to do for the longest time (put myself out in the market as an event host and support newlyweds), etc…

Looking back, I drank 2 glasses of Coke already (one at home and the other in McDo), however, we still have not cooked pork and beef at home for this year so I guess, I am more or less doing good on this part.  Now, the exercise part is kind of “naaaahhhh”. I haven’t gone back to the gym that is 10 minute away from our place!! Sayang ang membership!!  Anyway, moving on, I have finally announced I am a “professional event host”, so I have two bookings for January! Yipee!!  Finally, regarding the support I have been meaning to do the newly weds, I am starting to note down the details on how our FB group page could be more of help to all of us.

Needless to say, with the short list I have, I think I am doing well. Just note that this does not guarantee that I will continue up until the end of the year.  However, just like what we all believe in "what matters is the now".  Let me encourage you to just do what you need to do today.  Blessings!!

  
How about you?  How are you ending January 2016?



34 AND DREAMING

Though I am already 34, I still have been wanting to actively pursue two things in my life.  One is to initiate a support group for the the newly weds and almost weds and second is to do professinal hosting and coaching (Communication Skills).  I am glad I have started with both, however, I am determined to put hard work this year.

So far, I have started an FB group with Viviene named JUST MARRIED:  A Group for Newly Weds and Almost Weds .  We have more or less 50 members who just got married (1-5 years) or are engaged.  If you know someone in this stage, let me know so I can add them up.  

In our page, you will be welcomed with this note:

Hello again, ladies. Are you wondering why Viviene and I made this group? wink emoticon Well, it just really started with a sigh and a talk on how we have seen newly weds from our circles fall in love but are now in "it's complicated" stage. Sad but true. We have then realized that most support groups online are mostly on raising kids. There is nothing wrong here naman, however, we thought that it would not hurt to start a community of new wives (we are all new in this stage) and wives-to-be. We hope to learn from your stories, experiences, questions, and random thoughts. And of course, we want to praise God on how He is molding the love story He started. To begin this little community, would you mind sharing 1. how long have you been married and (2) how you met your husband or husband to be? We are excited to read cheesy posts! heart

About my second dream, I have been actually hosting events since I was 18. However, it mostly for friends or referral of friends, and it is mostly gratis (which is actually fine).  This time, I want to really do it and call myself a professional host (there goes my dream!!).  So as a start, I have a business card (ehem).  I have also advertised myself in Wedding suppliers sites.  I want this to be my "work" on the side.  To be honest, I do not see myself working fulltime so I need to do something on the side.  You may check out my portfolio here.



Lastly, I want to help out those who are struggling to answer job interview questions, those who has fear to speak in front of an audience and those who thinks that they are have poor communication skills.  My stint in TESDA Muntinlupa (Call Center Training) allowed me to feel the fulfilment every time a student of mine gets in an interview because I was able to give assistance.  Not to mention the number of people to do not get the job because they do not know what and how to say the things they have in mind.  Sigh.  I plan to do this one by one or by group. It can be face to face or via Skype.  

I may be a wife and a mother but that does not mean I have to stay at home all day.  I have seen the importance of loving oneself by making sure that I am also satisfied with the things I have loved when I was still single.  

May the Lord bless and direct me as bravely do these. I pray that His grace will see me through as I use the gifts He gave for His glory. May His will be done!

I DO HOSTING!


I have been hosting all my life.  
From weddings, to birthdays, to company events, to debuts, 
to Christmas parties, to anything!  
I have been practically around hosting events!

As a host, aside from having good communication skills, one also needs to have rapport with the audience.  She should be able to also adjust to sudden changes of the event, be sensitive to the needs and wants of her clients, think fast, be on her toes at all times and guarantee a flawless program.  I am proud that my background in Theater and experiences in training and teaching has molded me to be an extraordinary, professional and classy host.  



Interested? email me at mico.sadorra@gmail.com.  








facilitation during live Q and A with Ms. Luchi Cruz-Valdes


Regencia X Javillo Wedding January 2016

Clark's Christening February 2016 Rhapsody Club
house

Mac and Lorraine - Jan 2016 - Fernwoods Gardens


CCF Muntinlupa Auction and Concert - Jan 2016 - Palms Country Club




Matt - Sarah  - 2013 - Portofino


Promoting Adamson University to schools in Cavite - 2010

Poetry Recitation Host at Adamson University - 2010
JB X Vhim - 2015 - Bellefort Estates

Speech Fest Judge - 2011 - TUP Manila

JS Prom - 2008 - Intercontinental Manila

Dei's debut - 2010 (I also hosted her older sister's debut)

Fritz's wedding - 2010 - Bali Garden

Earl X Roxanne - 2012 - Susana Heights Subdivision (I also hosted his brother's wedding last November 2015)

HAPPY TO SERVE (AGAIN)

We are back in the ministy!  Individually, I serve in the Sunday School and Bryan writes for the Chronicle (CCF Muntinlupa Newsletter) and as a couple we help the Singles Ministry. We can say that it feels sooooo good (and right) to be a part of God's vineyard once again.


Bryan and I both grew up in the church.  Every time we talk about our "younger days", we both mention the same key words such as Sunday school, DVBS, choir, outreach, community work, camps, retreats, kid's praise, fund raising and others.  So, when we have more or less "settled our little family", we prayed then volunteered ourselves to help.



We are more than glad to be in the ministry again because aside from the privilege of serving our church and God, this is also a big opportunity to help ourselves, our marriage and Risen.  We are excited for Risen to grow-up in a church and develop lifelong friendship with the other kids (just like what Bryan and I did).  We are also anticipating that as we help the singles and young professionals , this will make our relationship and bond stronger (research says that when a couple pursues a common goal, their relationship is likely to be healthier), and lastly we can't help to learn from our ministry heads and from the people we serve. We know that at the end of the day God will use the time we spend in the church to mold us to be better and more responsible partners, parents and Christians.  This will be a wonderful ride!!!








My Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Experience

We stayed for two days at CCT Tagaytay for a couples retreat. We had a great time and I can say that the venue contributed a lot.


Our room was spacious, very neat and cozy.  It was good for 4 (2 single beds with pull-outs) that has a pretty big restroom that comes with free soap, hot and cold shower and tissue.  The bath towels come with a fee of 80 pesos.





The food that was served was yummy too.  Although there was nothing really different or special with the cuisines they served, I can say that it was not bad after all.  Just be extra patient with the cafe personnel because they get a little rattled when there are too many people to accommodate. Sometimes, the buffet table does not get refilled right away.  However, since you have (strictly) an hour (breakfast 7-8, lunch 12-1, dinner 6-7) to enjoy and finish your food, I am sure you will still have a great time.  Sorry that I don't have the actual pictures of the food I ate, however, let me share the menu we had.  



Lunch 1:
Corn soup
Rice
Fried chicken
Menudo
Sauteed veggies 
Papaya and Pineapples
overflowing brewed coffee

Dinner 1:
Rice
Pocherong Tagalog (clear soup)
Sweet Style Pork Stew
Sauteed veggies with fresh mushrooms
Papaya and Pineapples
overflowing brewed coffee

Breakfast 1:
Rice
Hotdog
Fried Daing na Bangus
Tortang Talong
Papaya
overflowing brewed coffee

Lunch 2:
Mushroom soup
Rice
Korean Beef Stew
Herbed Pan fried Chicken with gravy
Sauteed veggies with Basil
Papaya and Pineapples
overflowing brewed coffee

Since we were here February, we experienced a Baguio weather.  There were no buildings nor any infrastructure around so the wind and fog just came around.  It was sooo cold that I had to wear three thin layers of clothes!  As we strolled I also realized that CCT is a kid-friendly place. They have playrooms, wide green space, playground, basketball courts and games that can be rented with a minimal fee (I heard over the counter that Ping-Pong only costs 40 pesos per hour).






CCT is approx 800 meters across Picnic Grove. If you want a quick get away for your family or your team, it is a good place to try.  Just one of the things I do not really like is when you have to leave your shoes on the ground floor of your building (there is a shoe cabinet provided) and use indoor slippers to go up.  However, aside from this, I think CCT is a good place to have retreats, conferences and team buildings.  If you are interested to check on the rates, just scroll down coz I also attached it for you!

**room only (2-3 pax only) 
         2000 pesos - non-aircon 
         3000 pesos - aircon

**day use of room
          1500 pesos - non-aircon  
          2000 pesos - aircon

**day tour entrance
           200 pesos per pax

** bringing in of food not allowed




Forever Yours, Forever His: My Reflections on Our Recent Retreat


The retreat we recently attended reminded me that I should value my relationship to God so my relationship with Bryan will grow all the more.  All this time, I thought marriage is all about Bryan, I have never realized that marriage is about God.  I was tasked by God to respect Bryan because this is how He wanted it to be from the very beginning. Disobeying and raising my issues to my husband in an unloving and disrespectful ways do not only displeases Bryan but more so the Lord

This was a timely reminder because I wake up every morning with the hopes of doing all I can for our little family.  Although this may be good, this is not enough because I have to please God first in every aspect of our relationship.  And when I do, that is when I can truly be the "best" wife to Bryan. Though psychology, society, and media may all have the suggestions and ways on how a marrriage can work, I realized that these institutions did not create marriage.  It was God who instituted marriage, therefore, He alone has the master blueprint on how marriages can be made beautiful.  Thank you Lord for this assurance!


Let me also include a few lines that pierced my heart during our stay in Tagaytay.  May this encourage you as well.

God has a wonderful plan for our families -- and it starts with the husband and wife
- Pastor Roy Fabella

Marriage is designed by God to be enjoyed by the couple.
- Bro. Paul Aragones

(to husband) kelan ko sinabi sayo na "I love you"? Parang hindi ba diba? O ngayon, sasabihin ko na "I love you..."
- a wife who's been married for 40 years

Married couples are to create their own household.
- Bro. Paul Aragones

The things that matters to God, matters...
- I forgot who ;)