No Ordinary Day has a New Home!

First of all,

Merry Christmas, dear friends!!

I finally decided to set up my own site so I’ll be moving out from this hosting site starting this week.

But since I’m a sentimental pack rat, I’ve also transferred most of my blog posts here, including my reviews from my old book blog to my new blog.

So… welcome to my same old brand new No Ordinary Day site.

P.S. Thanks to my blogging partner, Lynai and her hubby for assisting me in setting up this site. 

see you!

Week 10: ​List of Favorites – Websites, TV Shows/Movies, Songs and Books

Surprise!

This challenge is still so on, you know. Aaaand finally,welcome to the last week of this challenge.

In  case you’re wondering, my friend Lynai’s blog is undergoing some renovation. But don’t you worry, her new and improved blog will be up soon so for the mean time, let me share to you some of my favorite things.

Good books and notebooks,
Post-its and cute papers,
Bright-colored pens and some fancy clothes- these are a few of my favorite things.

But this challenge asks me to write down my other favorites so here we go:

Websites

  • Goodreads – Maybe out of habit, I always tend to check this website even if I no longer read that much lately.
  • Twitter – This is where I throw all my trash talk.
  • Brew Your Best Year -If you’re looking for some life inspiration, this site is for you.

TV Shows/Movies
I no longer watch TV these days so I’ll just share my favorite movies:

  • 10 Things I Hate About You – My favorite love-hate movie of all time.
  • Old Fashioned – My ideal love story movie.
  • Flipped – Because I love Bryce and Juli!

Songs

  • No Borders by Ginny Owens – I love this song because it reminds me that it is God’s will for me to enjoy and live my life to fullest.
  • One Safe Soul by Josh Wilson – 
  • Make Me a Servant

Books

  • A Little Princess – Sara Crewe is the most admirable child you’ll ever meet.
  • Black Beauty – Black Beauty is the animal version of Sara Crewe
  • Anne of Green Gables Series – Anne Shirley is the most amusing girl you’ll ever meet.

And that, my friends, is the end of this challenge. In behalf of my partner Lynai, thank you for following us in this challenge.

P.S. Please watch out for Lynai’s version of this post as her blog will be up very, very soon. ☺☺

Okay, Cary. Let’s do this! Time to make up some story.

But first….

BREATHE IN.

BREATHE OUT.

Meaningful conservation doesn’t need to happen  face-to-face, right? So I’m petending that this happened through SMS (or not so short messages) exchanges.  I was waiting for the next train to arrive when I received that unexpected text from this friend. Let’s call this friend, Snoopy. 

Snoopy:Hi, Cary!
Cary:Oh, hi Snoopy. What a surprise!
Snoopy: Yeah, right. Just came out from my cave, you know. 
Cary: I see., 
Cary: So…how are you? Really, how are you?
Snoopy: I’m fine, Cary. Don’t worry about me. A lot of things happened for the past n years, both good and bad, but overall, life is good and thank God I’m still here. I hope you’re okay, too.
Cary: Glad to hear you’re doing good. Yes, I’m doing great.
Cary: Oh, I need to go. Can’t text much this time. I’m on my way home. Bye!

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Yeah, that’s it. I’ve been thinking hard how should I write this conversation and what are the words I would say, but in vain I have struggled. And then I realize that maybe, the reason why I can’t think of anything to say is because I’m no longer interested in that “closure” thing. Call it acceptance or perhaps moving on but whatever you call it, for me, that season of  my life when I’m still friends with Snoopy was over. I’m on the new chapter of my life now and Snoopy’s role in my life is supposed to have ended in the previous chapter so as much as I want Snoopy to reappear now, we can no longer be the same kind of friends as before. I don’t know but I think I’m a different person now and my preferences have also changed so I’m not sure if I still want to rekindle that old friendship. So when this unexpected scenario/conversation happens in real life, I don’t think we can go beyond that text exchanges. 😀😉

Day 15: Narrate a conversation between you and someone in your life who you never had closure with (a friend, an ex, a family member, etc.) What would you say? What would they say? What outcome would you hope for?

Day 14. Describe the last moment you felt really, truly blissful

The truth is,  I’m always kind of in a state of bliss lately so I can’t tell exactly when was the last moment I feel most truly blissful.

So for the purpose of this challenge, I’ll just share what made me feel blissful this week. 

Aaaaand tada!! This photo made me blissful this week:

I know this is kind of vain but I had some free time last weekend that I finally managed to try curling my hair the proper way – and this was the result. Besides, I really had fun curling my hair and I was really happy to see the result of my effort. 

Indeed, our former voice coach was right. When you look good, you feel good. ☺😀😂

Week 9: 10 Things I Want to Accomplish

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Aaaand yay! We’re down to our last two entries, can you believe that?!
This is the hardest post I have to write so far because right now, I’m not really sure of the things that I want to accomplish in my life. It’s not that I don’t have any dream at all. It’s just that the things that I want to achieve before no longer matter to me now. I know I’ve also mentioned it in one of my previous posts.

When I became a Christian, my priorities have changed that I realized there is only one thing that I want to accomplish in my life ~ that is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying the good news of God’s grace.

It has always been my desire that when I get to finally meet Jesus face to face at the end of my life here on earth, and I give an account to Him of how I have lived my life, I can say to Him with confidence that “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” And to that, Jesus would answer, ‘well done, my faithful servant.’

My lifetime goal is to glorify Jesus in my life by completing the task that God has given to me.  And because I know what my lifetime goal is,  it’s now easier for me to give up my worldly ambition especially when I know that it can get in the way of my goal.

But then lately, God is teaching me that I need not to be resentful of the things I’ve given up for the sake of God’s Kingdom. Jesus wants me to live this life to the fullest so pursuing God’s Kingdom shouldn’t be my excuse for not pursuing the good things that God would love to give me, if I will only ask it from Him. So now I realize that I need to set goals again and work hard to pursue them.

For now, these are the things that I want to happen in my life:

1. Lead 12 Women to Christ. I know I’ve already mentioned this in my week 5 post and I will say it again today.

2. Finish my master’s degree. God knows how much I wanted to take up master’s degree but given my goal in number 1, I know that this is not feasible at the moment. Besides, I’m still not sure which career path I should pursue so I still don’t know what course should I take. But I’m sure that when the time is right, God will finally give me the grace to take my master’s degree (most probably for free) for His own purpose and glory. I know that God will not withold any good thing from me so for now, I will trust in His perfect timing.

3. Do solo travel abroad. Or maybe at least locally, before I turned 30. Actually, I’ve done solo travel before in my previous work but this time, I want to do it for leisure. And yeah, I just want to do it for the sake of experience.

4. Travel abroad with friends. My foreign travels are always work-related so again, I want to try traveling for leisure with friends. I want to do it with friends because I want to take a lot of pictures! 😅

5. Save at least Php 500,000 Because I want to save food for the rainy days.

6. Own a housing unit or have our house in the province repaired. I want to give my parents the luxury of living in a decent home so I want to do this soon as they are not getting any younger.

7. Write a book. An inspirational one. I’m not the creative type so I want to write about the things that God has done in my life to give Him glory.

8. Watch a ballet performance in CCP. I don’t know why but it has always been my dream to see ballet dancers perform live. I think this is the most achievable among the things I want to accomplish.

9. Start my own business. Because I believe that if I do really want to get rich, I should start my own business. I also don’t want to remain an employee forever. And lastly,

Finish this blogging challenge

10. Lose weight. Do I have to explain this?🐷💪☺

Thank God It’s Monday!

So it’s Monday again.
The sun is finally out. I hope it’s for good this time. Just like how my father is finally out of the hospital. Just like the weather, life has been gloomy for the past two weeks. But praise God because despite the gloomy atmosphere, Jesus never failed to shine His light upon our family the whole time. JESUS is the reason why despite the desperate situation, I can still laugh and think about make up, food and other silly stuff that I shouldn’t worry about during times of trouble. Sure I have fears but God has never failed to assure me that He will bring upon healing in the end to display His glory not only to me but to the entire family. True enough, they have seen how God has been good to us. They have seen how God has provided everthing we need to help us endure the test in order to grow our faith.

And with that, I am truly grateful. All glory, praises and honor to God! Thank you, Jesus. 😀😂

How To Get Through Life Like A Cat

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The Invisible Moth

Take the road less traveled. Sure, it’s tempting to go down the path others have already been on for ages; the pawsteps before you are clear and easy to follow, and most of the dangers that may come, you’ve been warned about. But nothing will make up for what you’re supposed to do in your own life, for jumping onto the path destiny has set for you and you alone, regardless of whether it’s planned or prepared or expected or not. Don’t worry too much about what others think you should or shouldn’t do. Find your own road, and proudly put your pawsteps on it.

Remember to play. Chasing that butterfly or leaf is valuable. It reminds you to let go of worry and fear; you can’t control the world, you can only control how you react to it. The sun may not always shine, the butterflies may not always…

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Week 8: 10 Personal Daily Affirmations

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Buon giorno! 

Week 8 topic is quite easy for me so I won’t procrastinate any longer to finish this post. Nothing beats the comfort from the affirmation that comes from the Lord so what I will share are my favorite timeless promises I received from the Lord during my quiet times in the past.

In  no particular order:

  1. I am forgiven.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

2. The Lord is my shield. 

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5)

3. I am highly favored.

I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you. (Leviticus 26:9)

4. Perseverance is the key.

 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:35-36)

5. Ask, seek, knock. 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

6. I am blessed with everything I need.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.(2 Peter 1:3)

7. God’s plan and purpose will always prevail.

Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
    and as I have purposed, so it will happen. (Isaiah 14:24)

8. I am loved forever. 

The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying: 

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

9. I am called to make a lasting impact.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. (John 15:16)

10. I am beautiful.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

Week 7: I love it when….

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Hello! Welcome to week 7. I want to make a longer list for this post but since this post is way long overdue, i’ll just make it two. So here we go!

I LOVE IT WHEN…

God answers my most random and silliest prayers.
I’ve always known that Jesus is the God of the impossible but I often forget that He is also the God of small things. So I always find it amazing whenever God answers my silliest and even my unuttered prayers and secret desires.
One perfect example of this was when I made a note to myself that I need to buy an external drive for my computer files. A few weeks later, our office issued a 1 tera external drive because our office laptop has very limited storage capacity. I praise God for it because I no longer need to pay for it. Indeed, why pay when you can pray, right?

I get random updates from my old friends
Rekindling and nurturing old friendships is quite a challenge for me nowadays. As much as I want to keep in touch with my old friends, life happens so spending time with them became less and less through the years. Even simple sms and online chat became less frequent that’s why I always try to say hi to them from time to time. But then I realize that it’s me who always try to make the effort to reach out to them so I got tired eventually and just let our friendship remain silent for a while. That’s why I always feel happy whenever I get some opportunity to hear updates from old friends. I also appreciate it whenever I get random sms or chat from them, specially when they are the first one to do so.