I have always loved writing.
And this is an understatement.

I fondly remember how I discovered my love for writing accidentally when I was tapped to join the school paper way back then in High School as a writer for the Sports Section. Me, in sports. Yes, I know. Haha!

But that particular experience started it all. From writing sports articles, I gradually shifted to writing literary and news pieces for the public to consume.

And during those formative teenage years as well, I finally found writing down my thoughts on my journal as something both liberating and empowering at the comforts of my private space then.

I guess that's how my love for journaling started. And up to this day, I continue doing that practice that sets my mind, body and spirit free.

Which basically became my inspiration for creating my best-selling #bestmeever book series and recently, the first ever #bestmeever Life Coaching Planner so others can experience the transformative change of journaling when it comes to their overall health and well-being. That is why I made sure that my planner has a bunch of free pages and wide writing spaces for flowing thoughts.

Writing can really do wonders for you. Like seriously.

So allow me to share with you how journaling can help improve your overall wellness and well-being:

  1. Journaling helps you declutter your mind

Your mental health suffers when you keep on thinking about things that rob you of joy and brings you so much stress and anxiety instead. Journaling allows you to do a mental dump --- where in you just write down all your thoughts as of the given moment and analyze from there what needs your focus and what needs to go. You don't have to hold on to each and every thought you have all at once. This frees your mind from the burden of having to process all at the same time, allowing you to relax a little more in the process.

2. Journaling allows you to become clearer with your dreams

Having your own quiet time allows you to inquire deep within and tap on to your greatest aspirations amidst the hustle and bustle of the real world. Journaling about your goals and dreams allow you to visualize them clearly, understand them better and strategize there after. It is when you are alone and immersed in your own thoughts that you come from honesty and vulnerability about things that really excite you and makes your heart skip a beat.

3. Journaling helps you recognize your progress

Writing down your milestones, big or small, allows you to have something to remind you during days that are tougher than others. Perfect for those who want to document their personal development journey, whether it involves getting your desired body or learning a new skill, journaling allows you to celebrate yourself along the way as you fill each entry about your latest adventure, realization or achievement.

4. Journaling helps you manage your emotions better

When overwhelmed by emotions, writing down your thoughts allow you to manage them accordingly This form of release allows you to center all your energy into putting words on feelings which you can't explain , allowing you to analyze them better and deal with them there after. What I also like about this is that on a personal note, I have something to look back at when all the heightened emotions have settled and I can finally be rational again, enough to come up with the best, non-impulsive decision.

5. Journaling improves your productivity

How different will your life be if you get to learn and discover how to prioritize tasks, manage your time well and deliver results smartly? Well you can experience that and more through journaling as it helps you process your thoughts accordingly while you write them down. This action gives your brain a visual aid, which helps it work more efficiently without the need to dissect abstract concepts.

So have you thought about giving journaling a try yet?
Never too late to do so.
Who knows, you might find the next love of your life soon.

You are exactly where you are meant to be.
I always say this to my coachees and mentees so that they will learn to be comfortable in embracing the current space they're in, no matter how that looks like.

I know, easier said than done.

Much like being compassionate, or changing behaviors you have gotten used to or getting rid of disappointments.

However, much like all those mentioned, it's still very much possible to enjoy the present and live life fully minus any form of regrets.

While some of our past seemingly painful experiences can bring about anxiety and worries, as it affects you overall wellness and well-being, it's important to note that those actually provided you with life long lessons you need in your personal journey.

Yes, I am talking about the decisions which you have made before which left you thinking at present if everything was well worth it because it doesn't seem that way.

Listen, don't overthink. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad, so that you get to learn and grow from them there after. So stop beating yourself up for decisions that may have led to unexpected results but you know for a fact were all grounded on beautiful, pure and clear intentions.

Now, allow me to share with you the 5 decisions you shouldn't regret in your life:

  1. Letting go of people and relationships that no longer serve you

Sometimes you outgrow people and relationships, not because they're bad (or you're bad), but rather simply because, you are no longer in alignment. Even the most familiar person you've been with for the longest time can change, in the same way that you can too, but always remember that sharing spaces is a matter of choice. It can't be one-sided only. So when you feel that you no longer feel happy or inspired and you've done everything you can to make the relationship work, let go and be comfortable with it. It's meant to be that way. And more often than not, it's for the best. So don't ever regret your decision of making space for new people in your life who are in alignment with your whole being at present.

2. Pursuing your dreams and passion

I am a firm believer of going for whatever makes your heart skip a beat and whatever inspires you to be your best, no matter what age or status you may have at present. Never feel bad about making that decision to make your dream come true. You deserve to at least give it a try and see where it takes you. You are very much worthy of turning it into reality so hang on, keep the faith, keep going and keep growing. You'll make it someday.

3. Choosing yourself first

Never feel guilty for putting your needs and wants first at times. Remember: you can't give what you don't have so it's very much important to practice self-care and self-love so you can come from a space of overflow. You matter as much as anyone else so don't ever see yourself as a mere provider of everyone else's needs and wants. You're definitely more than that. And if people can't accept that, it's ok. Still allow yourself to do what's best for you. You deserve that so never feel bad for giving yourself what is due.

4. Starting all over again from scratch

You are never too young or too old to begin living the life you want. It may be difficult at first but know that it gets better if and when you stay committed to yourself and your growth. Never regret your decision of embracing the life you want just because others are making you feel bad about it. They will never understand. And that doesn't matter. It's your life and you know what's best because you'll be the one taking responsibility after.

5. Investing on yourself and your growth

You are the best investment you can ever make. So never regret spending for whatever it is that will bring you genuine happiness and help you grow in the process. Whether it's a new laptop, a certification program you've been wanting to take or a much needed vacation, go for it for as long as you take responsibility for each decision there after. Life is too short to deprive yourself of the opportunity to live fully as you become your own #bestmeever without any regrets.

I hope after reading this you get to see things in a new light.

You are who you are right now because of the decisions you made for yourself before. Embrace your being.
And it's such a beautiful experience to discover what still lies ahead as you move forward without any regrets.

I am excited for you.

Things don't go always as planned.
And that's a fact.

At the end of the day, there are things far beyond our control: the future, unforeseen situations, emerging trends and even the behavior of people, among others.

And the lost of control over these things brings about "unwanted" change, most of which cause us stress and a whole lot of disappointment.

I know. We all dread that feeling of being helpless and frustrated about everything going on around us which seem overly traumatic at first, so to speak:

A broken relationship.

A missed opportunity.

A competition lost.

An unexpected plot twist.

And so much more.

However, letting our disappointments get the best of us will not only affect our mental health, but rather our over all wellness and well being as well. Imagine: being distracted, losing your motivation and sometimes your appetite, feeling angry and sad, blaming yourself and others, feeling insecure -- just some of the things you may experience when you feel overwhelmed by the unexpected experiences you now have on hand.

So now, allow me to share with you the 5 ways you can handle your disappointments better:

  1. Acknowledge the situation and how you feel

Awareness is key if you want to be able to process things freely. Do not invalidate whatever it is that you're feeling as of the moment, no matter how painful it may be. Running away from your own emotions will only worsen your state. What you can do is accept things as they are and try to inquire within and recognize what your emotions are really telling you. Example: not getting the job promotion made you feel sad and disappointed. However, digging deeper, the real reason is because you are fearful about not being able to pay your outstanding loans. Being able to determine the root cause of whatever it is you're feeling now helps you address it strategically as you move forward.

2. Focus on what's under your control

This is what we oftentimes forget: we are resisting too much the reality that we have on hand that's beyond our control. The key here is to eliminate the need to be on top of everything and then just surrender (to) and trust the process. As you let go of the resistance and welcome change openly, you allow yourself to be free from all your disappointments as you focus on what can still be, based on the influence and power you have on the situation on hand. As I always say, let go of anything and everything that's beyond your control. Life gets easier that way.

3. Intentionally look for the silverlinings

Asking yourself "what is this situation teaching me?" or "what can be good about this?" can do a whole lot of wonders for you. Each time that you focus on the lessons to be learned and the silverl inings, you unburden yourself from the negative emotions you may be feeling, disappointment included. When you change the way you look at things, you change the way you feel towards them.

4. Count your blessings

Difficult times make us forget how blessed we are to begin with. When faced with challenges, try to recall all your wins from the past and acknowledge how far you've gone. By mindfully doing so, you allow yourself to shift from a space of disappointment to a space of gratitude, which opens up your life to new opportunities there after.

5. Revalidate yourself from within

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, our self-worth gets hit the most as we begin to question our own skills and value due to the disappointment we are feeling as of the moment. However, we should never let ourselves be defined by external factors. What happens to us doesn't define us. How we respond to them, does so it's very important to give ourselves the validation we want and need so that we can rise above the situation and move on and forward accordingly. Never deprive yourself from hearing the affirmations you deserve to hear from the most important person in the room: you.

Feeling disappointed at the onset of things that have gone wrong is ok.

What is not ok is to dwell in that space because truth be told, you deserve so much more.

Nothing is permanent in this world. Including what initially broke your heart.

So take a deep breath, pick yourself up and start all over again.
Because you can.
You're on your way to becoming your own #bestmeever .

Health is wealth.
This is perhaps one of the sayings we all grew up with.

I remember writing this down back then in grade school when I was answering a friend's autograph book (my, my, I missed this!).

This alongside my other favorite motto then "time is gold." Haha! I am sure you can all relate.

Kidding aside though, prioritizing my health has always been an advocacy of mine.

However, through the years, it has evolved from focusing on the physical aspect alone, to including several others: mental, social, emotional, financial...all of which comprise my definition of holistic wellness.

I have always believed that one should consider all the aspects that affects one's overall well-being and that it's ideal to treat each one equally to achieve that healthy balance, as part of becoming one's own #bestmeever .

Truth be told: you can't really function at your optimum if a certain aspect of your life holds you back e.g. your mindset, how you feel, the people around you, your finances -- yep all these have an impact in your growth so you must be mindful on how you address each aspects needs accordingly.

So today, allow me to share with you 5 ways you can improve your overall wellness so you can experience life at its peak:

  1. Have a quality break

You deserve to pause. To rest and recalibrate. Don't ever feel guilty for giving yourself quality "me time". You are worthy of that, as much as everyone else. Avoid experiencing burn out by recognizing your own limits, needs and wants in the pursuit of your goals. Whether it's all about making pocket stops or taking a month long vacation, do what you must to keep you happy, inspired and charged up so you don't end up hating whatever it is that you're doing as of the moment. And yes, you don't have to hurry life.

2. Declutter your personal space

And no, I am not just talking about your messy room. Haha! But yeah, that's also included because remember: your physical space affects your mental health and your mood so always be mindful enough to keep it clean and tidy. Apart from that though, you may also want to declutter other aspects of your life which also influence your space: the people around you, your own behaviors and actions, situations you allow yourself to be in constantly -- know which of these you need to let go off because they no longer serve you and which ones you need to nurture so that you can grow even more. What you allow in your space influences you so know that you have the power to choose what's best for you.

3. Develop a healthy morning routine

How you start your day can greatly influence how the rest of your day will go. So it's very much important to start your day on a happy and healthy note: meditate for a few minutes after waking up, affirm yourself and practice gratitude before having a hearty breakfast, find time to exercise and be mindful enough to notice simple joys that can inspire you for the rest of the day. Do these every single day and notice how your life will change for the better there after.

4. Start a passion project

Do whatever it is that makes you feel happy, complete and fulfilled. Regardless of your age, it's never too late to work on your passion project because that will give your life new meaning as it uplifts your sense of purpose. So yeah, this is your sign to start that business, build that NGO or audition for that role you've always wanted. You are your only limitation, so don't let yourself (and your insecurities) get in the way of what you're meant to be. Keep going -- that gives your life new inspiration and meaning.

5. Invest on personal development

You will always be the best investment you can make so don't ever feel bad when you spend for yourself and your growth. You need to value yourself enough for you to seek for ways on how else you can improve and grow so that eventually, you will end up happier and more fulfilled. Take that class. Get a coach. Embark on a self-discovery journey. You deserve to give yourself the kind of life you've always wanted to have. Go for it. That will always be better than having a lot of regrets about what could have been in the future.

I hope these help you improve your overall wellness as you learn and discover more about yourself in the process.

May you always be at the pink of health in all aspects of your life.
Because you deserve it.

Keep going. Keep growing.
This has been my mantra since after I celebrated my 42nd better last August 12 in Bangkok.

And yes, I had a grand time as I took my coaching hat off for almost two weeks and just let myself enjoy each and every moment with my loved ones during that trip.

What made that celebration even more special is the fact that my social media platforms and phone were filled with heartfelt greetings and well-wishers. I felt the love from all over. Never knew I mattered that much to a lot of people beyond expectations. And for that I am grateful. I just have to put it out here so that each and everyone who celebrated with me then will know. Again, thank you guys. You made this Unicorn very happy.

After blowing my official birthday candle then during our dinner at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, I had some ample time to reflect on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life as this new chapter unfolds.

I mean, I have always been a planner: I know what needs to be done upon going back to Manila, what my next steps will be, what programs I will be launching and how can make my 42nd year even more amazing.

Yeah, it was all about moving on and forward.

But then it struck me as well: in order to keep going, I must also stop a number of things, behaviors and whatever is holding me back from becoming my own #bestmeever .

And that isn't exactly easy, you know. Coming from honesty and vulnerability, much like everyone else, I have grown to be so comfortable with a number of things, people and situations, both knowingly and unknowingly, hinder my progress and prevents me from becoming truly happier in my space.

However, truth be told, I know that it will be all worth it when I muster all my strength to finally cut ties with these things that short change my own value as a person.

I hope that by sharing these with you, I know that one way or another you can relate too. My goal is not to be perfect in your eyes (or mine) but rather to show each one of us are very much alike and we are in this together.

And yes, you don't have to wait for your birthday to take action. Let's do this together now, shall we?

Presenting to you the top 5 things I intend to fully stop to allow myself to grow further in my 42nd year of existence:

  1. Making (and accepting) excuses for the wrong behaviors of others

It is what it is. While it's important to see the goodness in each and every person that I meet, I should not allow that perspective to blur what is here and now. Yeah, sometimes people are not just really having a bad day; it can be their usual reaction towards others and I must be mindful of that. Being totally open instead and coming from a genuine space of concern, I want to be more comfortable in telling people how things are from my end for as long as I am clear and honest with my intentions of doing so. After all, I am a firm believer that tolerating any form of bad behavior isn't exactly a sign of love.

2. Feeling guilty for letting people go

Not everyone has to play a part in our story, even those who have been with us for quite sometime but because of reason or two, have changed along the way. And that is fully ok. To outgrow people, To realize that we are no longer on the same page. To let them and myself be. It doesn't make any of us a bad person. It only makes us respect our personal spaces more. So I guess there's no sense of feeling bad about giving ourselves what is due in the first place: the freedom to grow on our own.

3. Allowing others to take me for granted

While I have been known to be kind and patient, I can't just let myself be in a one-sided relationship. I need to be more mindful of the circle I keep and what value they provide me as well. I mean, I can't just be too lenient when working with friends or family when it comes to agreed upon deliverables because exceptional output has nothing to do with the relationship but on one's commitment. Note to self: I don't have to please everyone and it's not my responsibility to save everyone as well. So this year, I am allowing myself to just be with people who know how to acknowledge and appreciate my value as they inspire me to be my best through good times and bad times. And that goes both ways, mind you. Because that is what we all truly deserve.

4. Overlooking the value of here and now

Admittedly there are times when life seems to be overwhelming: work, responsibilities, goals, expectations among others. But hey, it's best to remember that what we can only control is what is here and now ---and there are times we don't even have to be in control. I guess in this case, I need to allow myself to be 100% present wherever I am , without having to worry about the multiple hats I wear. And yes, I know I no longer need to wear them always at the same time. Because they don't define me. And what is important is how I make the most of today because that's the only thing for certain by simply letting myself be: flowing and free.

5. Thinking that I am invincible

Ok, admittedly that as we age, we forget that we also have new needs and wants to be addressed and a number of new limitations to accept. That's the hard part. While I know that I am in good shape, it's also important to acknowledge that staying up way late at night or engaging in super strenuous and highly stressful activities are no longer my cup of tea. I need to understand and accept that my body is changing and so I must support it with the tender loving care it deserves. It's all about recalibrating my adventures and how I view fun and excitement in my life. And no, I don't feel the need to belong to do this because I am doing it for myself and my own well-being, something far more important than simply fitting in.

Whew, that was a handful. However, what's good now is that we can be quite accountable for each other as we journey towards our own #bestmeever .

Because when we put all these on my list on a hard stop, there's no stopping us from growing and becoming the person we are meant to be.
Excited for that to happen.

Based on actual experience: There will always be at least one person who will hate you for no reason at all, regardless if you're not doing anything wrong.
Can relate? Quite factual actually.

I have yet to be in a space where politics does not exist and gossiping is a thing of the past. And mind you, I have always been conscious enough to not get myself involve in any way simply because to be honest, I don't need any form of negativity in my space.

I guess that itself makes me a target of gossips: because I don't give a F*CK. Haha!

Admittedly though, when I was younger, I was fond of confronting people left and right, wanting to prove a point and assert myself in the process. That was me operating from my huge, bruised ego.

But now, through coaching, I have become more and more mindful about my actions as I gained clarity about what really matters most: my space, my peace.

The first step really is to understand why people gossip behind your back. Because with understanding you get to accept people as they are and free yourself from the notion that what they're doing is really all about you.

Because it's not. Really. I mean gossips are mere hear says. All assumptions. No facts.

You might be asking now: why do some people like to engage in it?

I can sum up some of the reasons why for your understanding, not tolerance: they feel insecure. They want to belong. Ego is hurting. They have nothing great happening in their lives as of the moment and they long for excitement. They want to gain sympathy by playing victim in their stories.

Reading through this, I know that it's still very hard to let them off the hook easily but practicing compassion, not only for them but towards yourself too, can do wonders for you as you deal with gossips accordingly.

Here are 5 ways you can deal with gossips accordingly:

  1. Focus on the facts

If you're the listener, ask for proof. If you're the subject, hold on to your facts. You don't have to shove everything up their throats though. Just be prepared to show them when asked because at the end of the day, those screen shots, witnesses and other pieces of proof can vindicate you in no time. It's also fun to watch gossipers scramble in panic when they can't produce proof about their gossips. They'd probably leave you alone because you'll be no fun for them as an absorber.

2. Detach yourself from the rumors spreading around

You don't have to blame yourself for the situation or doubt yourself and your worth in the process. Again, their opinion is not your truth. You know better. And for as long as you have proof to show, walk on with your head up high and let the rumors around you die a natural death.

3. Let others experience you differently

When other people are questioning your capabilities or your worth, show them who you are and what you're really made of instead. Don't waste your time arguing with people who won't really give you a chance to prove yourself. Focus on just moving on, day after day, unbothered and focused on yourself and your growth as you journey towards your own #bestmeever and let others experience you as you are, outside of the rumors surrounding you. That is a game changer indeed.

4. Focus on being genuinely happy and in succeeding

Turn those gossips into stepping stones towards your happiness and biggest goals. Remember, people who are trying to pull you down are actually underneath you in so many ways so stay undaunted. Don't be distracted by unnecessary chatter that don't really contribute to your growth and happiness Let them be and just live each day as you please, letting yourself flourish fully along the way. Remember: success and genuine happiness can be the best form of revenge without even having to lift a finger to prove a point to your bashers.

5. Surround yourself with the right people

Don't go out explaining yourself to people who don't really matter. Be with people who genuinely love and support you. Know that for as long as they know your truth, that will always be more than enough. Let them be the ones to put in good words for you. There are always two sides of the stories, but yours become powerful when others speak on your behalf about your worth and what's really true. Take this to heart: real friends and family will defend you in your absence. Such a comforting thought.

I hope this list empowers you the next time you experience being the talk of the town.

Remember: people close to you will always verify facts with you. Those who take just one side are not your people. And that's ok. You can't please everyone.

But you can always choose to hold on to your truth and the facts surrounding it.

Never compromise your credibility and integrity just because others have failed to see it.
It's never about them and their gossips to begin with.
So don't stoop down their level.

Reflect on this: why does it seem harder to forgive ourselves than others when things go wrong?
Interesting question right? But very much relatable.

Oftentimes we beat ourselves up relentlessly whenever we experience failures, disappointments and unforeseen situations, most of which beyond our control.

And as we do this, we forget this very important fact: that no matter how bad we treat ourselves, that won't be the solution to whatever concern we may have on-hand. In fact, that can even make things worse. And yes, same goes for those who have thought of committing suicide or any form of self-harm to resolve their issues. This is your reminder.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will, the key here is to practice self-compassion: giving yourself that full understanding, love and support that will allow you to forgive yourself and move on and forward from the experience minus the blame game.

Here are 5 things you can do to practice self-compassion:

  1. Remember that nobody is perfect.

You don't have to be perfect to become your own #bestmeever ; you just have to give all that you've got, with all that you are each and every time an opportunity arises, regardless of the results there after. You are allowed to commit mistakes and your flaws don't make you less deserving as a person. As you are now, as you strive to better, that's more than enough.

2. Acknowledge how far you've gone in your journey

Don't be caught up too much in the present chaos. Reflect on your previous success and give yourself more credit. You've made it this far. And you owe that to yourself. The least you can do is be kinder to yourself along the way, because you deserve that as you do your best.

3. Don't let the pressure around you get the best of you

Fact: no matter how good you are, people will always judge you based on their standards and their experiences. And that's ok. You don't have to take their opinions to heart. You know yourself better. Treating yourself like trash won't change their views about you so why bother? Focus on improving yourself and let your success do the talking. You don't need to stress yourself out trying to explain to others why things happened as they did or why you're not the person they paint you to be. You don't owe anyone any explanation for letting yourself be so don't be too hard on yourself when you feel pressured.

4. Remember that everything is temporary

You will always remember how badly you treated yourself long after the unfortunate event is over, leaving you with feelings of guilt, shame and anger. And those emotions can weigh you down big time, stopping you from achieving the growth you want in the first place. So never do any permanent harm to yourself over something that's temporary. Instead reflect: will this issue of mine still matter after a day, a week, a month or a year's time? If not, let go and forgive yourself. No sense of holding on to something that does not have a long term, life-changing impact on your life anyway.

5. Be mindful about silver linings

I say this time and again: everything happens for a reason. So behind each and every painful life experience is a beautiful lesson that will help you move on and forward. Focus on those. They matter more. It may not seem that way yet at present but those lessons will help you go and grow further in life only if you take them to heart. By accepting things as they are, understanding and forgiving yourself along the way, you allow yourself to grow in harmony with the flow life has in store for you. Stop resisting. Start trusting more.

At the end of the day, know that regardless of whatever you've been through and whatever space you're in as of the moment, know that your experiences don't define you and your worth.

Because each one of us is special in our own way, flaws included.
And that makes us all worthy of forgiveness and second, at times even a third, and fourth, chances.

Freedom is priceless.
And that’s a fact.

I have always believed that you cannot be truly happy unless you’re free.

For the longest time, you have subscribed to what people around you and the society have imposed on you as your reality.

A reality that fits you inside a box that has little or no room for comfort as you try to conform with the so called norm.

But hey, life isn’t all about just going with the bandwagon.

It’s all about being able to celebrate your authentic, unapologetic, grandest version of yourself: your own #bestmeever .

Being (and staying) free is one of the biggest commitment you can give yourself, one which you truly deserve.

So allow me to share with you the 5 things you must free yourself from to be able to live your life fully:

  1. Pains from the past

Life can be rough at times and the pains that we have experienced before can haunt us at present. However, it’s important to know that holding on to them won’t change a thing. Accepting them as they are and learning from those experiences, will. Treat them as a springboard towards the life that you want rather as a huge weight on your back that holds you down. Pains only need to be recognized and felt, not held on to.

2. The need to please others

You are not in any way required to seek approval from others to live the life that you’ve always wanted for yourself. It’s your own life, your rules. For as long as you’re willing to take responsibility for your actions and you remain committed to your own happiness and growth, it’s ok to choose a life others will never understand. They don’t have to, to begin with.

3. The pressure to meet your expectations

Things don’t always happen the way you want them to because there are a lot of things beyond our control. Stressing over them won’t bring you closer to your goals. Take things as they are. Work with those under your control. And just live in the moment. Don’t let unmet expectations hold you back. Remember, not getting what you want now does not necessarily mean that it will never happen. Free yourself from the need to control each and every outcome you want for your life. Things happen for a reason, let them be. Let yourself be, too.

4. Your self-judgments

Don’t let the judgments of others influence your own when it comes to how you see yourself. Their opinion is not your reality. You know yourself best and that is all that matters. So instead of being your own worst critic, be your own greatest fan as you let go of the need to put yourself down just to feel that you’re one of the many and that you’re being humble enough as you do just that. Totally the opposite I tell you as you are merely short changing yourself and holding yourself back with your own judgments. So let go of them. You’re better off without them.

5. Toxic people and habits

Like they say, surround yourself with people, things and situations that bring out the best in you, not the stress in you. Reflect on your own behavior and the circle that you have as of the moment: who and what does not add value to your life at present? Set them free so that you get to allow those that you deserve to share spaces with you, in. It’s all about being mindfully aware of owning your space and curating it in such a way that it helps you live life to the fullest without any form of negativity that can hold you back.

I hope this post empowers you to finally set yourself free from everything holding you back from becoming the person you’re meant to be.

Never too late to start now.
Because as you are, you are very much worthy of this new beginning as you live life fully and free.

Without commitment, you cannot succeed.
This is one thing I take to heart seriously.

Let's face it: it's not that easy to pursue goals, especially if they're big ones.

And I am talking about life-changing, industry-disrupting dreams that we all have.

On the other hand, admittedly though, at times, even the smallest steps seem so hard.

There are days that we feel that we are not our best, that things are not working out as planned, that nothing is happening.

It's during those days when our confidence hits low, our productivity slows down and our joyful, optimistic smiles fade into oblivion.

Yep, those days make us question our worth and if our dreams are still worth pursuing. It also affects the relationships we have not only with others, but with ourselves as well.

That's when commitment comes to play.

It holds everything together: your self-esteem, your focus, your motivation and your ability to endure and grow.

That is why it's very important to stay committed to not only your goals, but your over-all wellness and wellbeing relationships included, no matter how difficult life may be at times.

Commitment amplifies your credibility and integrity, promotes consistency and resilience and helps you face challenges with the least resistance. It anchors heavily on your purpose and core values, which are driving forces when pursuing your own dreams and goals as you become your own #bestmeever .

Staying committed is easier said than done. However, if you find yourself in that space now as you struggle with your commitments, whether to yourself, to your work or even with others, then this blog post is for you. Remember, not honoring your commitments can lead to broken relationships, lost opportunities and dreams unfulfilled so it's very important to keep your word always.

Here are 5 ways to help you stay committed:

  1. List them down

Forgetting about your commitment is never a valid excuse. You can never be too busy to honor your promise. Write down all your agreements, whether with others or yourself, and set specific dates to remind you of them. On a personal note, I always jot down my reminders on my smart phone and set alarms on them in my calendar so I will always remember and never miss anything a long the way. I also have a habit of scanning my notes/calendars before my day starts and after a day's work to ensure that I got everything covered. You may also try to post them (works best with goals) in random areas where you can see them everyday so that you are made aware of them consistently.

2. Start with small steps then gradually adjust accordingly

While looking at the big picture (and getting inspired by it) is key, it can also be scary at times because it seems way out there when one is just starting. Chunking down the things to be done and turning them to bite sized efforts makes them more doable and allows you to slide into the new routine easier. Once you're comfortable, you can gradually increase the effort, consistency and time that you spend in pursuing your goals so that you amplify your progress seamlessly without having to stress or pressure yourself to go big immediately.

3. Revisit your "WHY"

I used the word "revisit" here because sometimes, our personal "WHY" changes along the way. We may realize that we wanted to achieve something initially just because we want to prove others wrong or make a point without realizing that underneath it, we are longing to address an emotional void that we were overlooking. Along the way, check on your reasons for wanting to pursue your goals. See if they are still in alignment. If not, tweak them as you wish. Remember at the end of the day, you must pursue what's true and genuinely meaningful for you so that you can stay committed.

4. Celebrate your space

To stay committed, go beyond the usual celebration of milestones and wins. Choose to celebrate what you have in your space instead coming from a space of gratitude. Whether things are moving fast or life seems to be paused to give you time to reflect and recalibrate your commitment, appreciate the space you're in and know that you are exactly where you're meant to be. Ask yourself this: how can my current space help strengthen my commitment to myself, my goals and others?

5. Rest and recalibrate

You don't always have to be functioning at your 100% nor always in the hot pursuit of your goals. Allow yourself to breathe and just let yourself be. You deserve that time off too to honor yourself. You're doing a good job in being mindful about your commitments, but don't push yourself too hard to the point of getting burned out while doing so. Having renewed energy can fuel up your commitment in the long run.

Commitment is a big word. Having it can give you larger than life benefits.
So never take yours for granted.

Health is wealth.
And I believe that we can all agree on this.

However, as we grow older, we realize that this popular saying is not just about our physical health.

It also speaks true of the other aspects we have in our life.

This is essentially what holistic wellness focuses on.

It's all about having a healthy state across physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and environmental aspects of one's life.

Taking care of your own over-all health and well-being is part of practicing self-love and self-acceptance as you work on yourself, improve more in the process and become the person you're meant to be: your own #bestmeever .

So now, allow me to share these tips with you on how you can achieve holistic wellness as you mindfully choose what would work best for you in the long run.








I hope these tips will help you achieve the holistic health and wellness you want and deserve in your life.

At the end of the day, you are the best investment you can ever make.
So make sure you take care of yourself, holistically.