Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Securing the Future

Many of us fail to save for the future. Oftentimes, we live in the moment and we forget to prepare for what tomorrow entails.
*CTTO*
I.AM.GUILTY

Listen guys. Listen. Totoong kaganapan ito. (on a side note, everything I write here are true of me) 

I've been working for 5 years and believe it or not, I have not save anything yet (AND I AM NOT PROUD OF IT). I was once this lady who has an exact allowance-just enough pamasahe and konting pangkain. Yet I used to save my baon for other necessary things. Opted to use my savings for school stuffs rather than asking my mom for extra money to cover school expenses. I also use them to buy clothes or what it is that I need. So my life as a schooler is technically not the pasarap-buhay type. But I am not complaining. I know I need to do that because what we have is sapat lang  and I love helping my mom. Plus, it was my choice. 

Fast forward to the day I started working and finally earning money. I got overwhelmed because I can now buy what I want. (But that's just on top of my household responsibility of course. What we're talking here are extra money.) I buy clothes, shoes and stuffs I've been longing for. I know. I know. There's nothing wrong with that. But I become giddy. I become more concerned of wanting to get the things I can't have before. It's okay if it's paminsan-minsan, but if it becomes palagi and you don't need it, you gotta stop. It should serve as a reward. You don't always get a reward, right? If it becomes frequent and out of control. DEAR, THAT'S NOT GONNA BRING YOU GOOD. THAT'S SPLURGING. Take it from me. 

I was so thankful I got sick. Not actually thankful I got sick but the realization which I hope I was hit earlier. It taught me the lesson I refuse to see since then. I need to save for my future. I need it that when something unforeseen event happens, I am prepared. True enough- sometimes you know what to do, but you tend to wait for the situation to punch you in the face before you could actually practice it. Haaaay, buhay stubborn. 

So here I am now, making it right this time. Sharing you some tips that are working for me because I care. 

1. Write your 'fixed expenses'. This includes bills, groceries and other things you need to settle. 

2. Separate your 'fixed expenses',  the money you're gonna save, and what you're gonna budget for your daily NEEDS

3. Monitor your daily expenses. Write 'em down. Para may babalikan ka at pag-aaralan kung saan ka sumobra at nagkulang, bes.
Ayan, yang Jollibee ang magandang halimba ng unnecessary. HAHA Pero sabi ko naman magsave, 'di i-deprive ang sarili  (Nailusot ko b?? HAHA)
4.  Keep savings as savings. And open [another] bank account for your S.A.V.I.N.G.S which I'm gonna do on December. 
  

TANDAAN!

Don't say I didn't warn yah! :-) 

love,
Joyce Lauren

Securing the Future

Many of us fail to save for the future. Oftentimes, we live in the moment and we forget to prepare for what tomorrow entails.
*CTTO*
I.AM.GUILTY

Listen guys. Listen. Totoong kaganapan ito. (on a side note, everything I write here are true of me) 

I've been working for 5 years and believe it or not, I have not save anything yet (AND I AM NOT PROUD OF IT). I was once this lady who has an exact allowance-just enough pamasahe and konting pangkain. Yet I used to save my baon for other necessary things. Opted to use my savings for school stuffs rather than asking my mom for extra money to cover school expenses. I also use them to buy clothes or what it is that I need. So my life as a schooler is technically not the pasarap-buhay type. But I am not complaining. I know I need to do that because what we have is sapat lang  and I love helping my mom. Plus, it was my choice. 

Fast forward to the day I started working and finally earning money. I got overwhelmed because I can now buy what I want. (But that's just on top of my household responsibility of course. What we're talking here are extra money.) I buy clothes, shoes and stuffs I've been longing for. I know. I know. There's nothing wrong with that. But I become giddy that I become more concerned of wanting to get the things I can't have before. It's okay if it's paminsan-minsan, but if it becomes palagi and you don't need it, you gotta stop. It should serve as a reward. You don't always get a reward, right? If it becomes frequent and out of control. DEAR, THAT'S NOT GONNA BRING YOU GOOD. THAT'S SPLURGING. Take it from me. 

I was so thankful I got sick. Not actually thankful I got sick but the realization which I hope I was hit earlier. It taught me the lesson I refuse to see since then. I need to save for my future. I need it that when something unforeseen event happened, I am prepared. True enough- sometimes you know what to do, but you tend to wait for the situation to punch you in the face before you could actually practice it. Haaaay, buhay stubborn. 

So here I am now, making it right this time. Sharing you some tips that are working for me because I care. 

1. Write your 'fixed expenses'. This includes bills, groceries and other things you need to settle. 

2. Separate your 'fixed expenses',  the money you're gonna save, and what you're gonna budget for your daily NEEDS

3. Monitor your daily expenses. Write 'em down. Para may babalikan ka at pag-aaralan kung saan ka sumobra at nagkulang, bes.
Ayan, yang Jollibee ang magandang halimba ng unnecessary. HAHA Pero sabi ko naman magsave, 'di i-deprive ang sarili  (Nailusot ko b?? HAHA)
4.  Keep savings as savings. And open [another] bank account for your S.A.V.I.N.G.S which I'm gonna do on December. 
  

TANDAAN!

Don't say I didn't warn yah! :-) 

love,
Joyce Lauren

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Late Night Feels x The Art of Music

One of the reasons why I resist staying late at night is it's when I get so much "feels". Feels about my life's current state, future endeavors, my under-construction-love-story, great time with friends and "sana" moments with my family as I listen to songs that hit me bone-deep. I usually listen to the ones with senseful lyrics but with great accompaniment of course.
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” 
― Aldous HuxleyMusic at Night and Other Essays
Music gives me magic in a form of contemplation. While I plunge into the beauty of each songs, it allows me to  move in a world my imagination has created through melodies.I see future. I get to feel emotions that reality won't allow me. It uncovers my eyes to possibilities.
 “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou 
The beauty of music is that it explains what's deep down in you. And unconsciously, it's an outlet to what you are feeling. The reason why smiling and crying to a beautiful song gives you the same feeling... The same satisfaction. Music speaks to your soul and moves to your every being. Also the reason why I believe you can learn about a person through the songs he/she is listening to.
 “People haven't always been there for me but music always has.” 
― Taylor Swift
Leaving you with some of the songs I listen to.
1. Up & Up by Coldplay
2. Fix You by Coldplay
3. The Scientist by Coldplay
4. The  Last Time by Taylor Swift
5. Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift
6. Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift
7. Night Changes by One Direction
8. History by One Direction
9. Perfect by One Direction
10. More Than This by One Direction
11. Youth by Troye Siva
12. Touch The Sky by Hillson
13. Fight Song by Rachel Platten
14. Better Place by Rachel Platten
15. When She Cries by Restless Heart
16. Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes
17. Closer by Chainsmokers
18. One Call Away by Charlie Puth
19. We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth
20. One Day by Matisyahu ft. Akon
21. Geronimo by Sheppard
22. Pompeii by Bastille
23. Kill 'em with Kindness by Selena Gomez
24. I Love You Always and Forever by Donna Lewis
25. Whole Wide World by Mindy Gledhill
26. All About Your Heart by Mindy Gledhill
27. All the Pennies by Mindy Gledhill
28. Say Something by A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
29. Pusong Ligaw by Jericho Rosales
30. Lakambini by Ebe Dancel

I'll change it to a playlist as soon as I learn how to make it, :-)

---
Lauren

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dead Time

I am assuming you know that I am in our office as I am writing this post. *winks*
Do you experience having this hour of the day when you were so productive then suddenly boom! you just don't wanna move. Exactly what's happening to me at this point in time. I am writing to keep my mind awake and processing. You know my love for writing (though writing doesn't love me back) But if you know me well, you would know that I write enthusiastically the most when I am feeling happy, sad, excited, angry... yeah! quite during extreme emotions!

Nothing so important to write.
The feeling is hmm never mind.
You may call it a pastime,
but this keeps me in my right mind.

Today, the drive is lost.
Yet I am writing this post.
'Cause this is what this little heart of mine propose.
That's why it's not that hard to compose

It's for you to decide whether what emotion controls me right now.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

UPGRADING 2016: Lauren Version 2.0

Few more days before New Year, I decided to make a list of what I should improve in the coming year based on my experiences for the past years. Without further ado, here are the things I'd build on for 2016. Except for number 1, the following are in no particular order:

1. Always remind myself that God is in control and continue to let God takeover with my life. Trust in His timing, (This one isn't really something I need to improve but something to keep doing)
2. Be reminded that a no means New/Next Opportunity.
3. Be more patient and understanding.
4. Be delighted about life. Count more blessings; laugh at negativity. SMILE. SMILE. SMILE.(Remember number 2 & 3)
5. Keep in touch with my loved ones (including friends)
6. Work on balancing work and personal life. Don't be too attached with work. (To fulfill number 5)
7. Create more memories. Go out. Explore the world. Appreciate God's creations. (Invest in what would refresh my mind and in what would renew me)
8. 2016 is my year of SAVING! (Number 7 passes)
9. Build a better future even if it means going out of my comfort zone. (Again, number 7 is applicable)
10. Be kind.
11. Be a blessing to others.
12. Be more lady-like.
13. Always be grateful.
14. Rant less. (Or rant when necessary?)
15. Be wiser.
16. Talk less. Listen more.
17. Continue to learn.
18. Read often.
19. Work on God's gift to me. Enhance my talents. (Discover hidden talents??)
20. Be fit and healthy. (To be able to do more of number 7 and live longer, ofc)

That's it! I might add when I found out something that needs improvement. Help me with these! Pray for me. Advance Happy New Year, guys!!!!

Friday, December 25, 2015

What CHRISTmas 2015 Means to Me

Yes, I haven't updated my blog for a really long time; (1) I've been super busy with work, (2) I don't know how to get back to writing, and (3) I don't know whether I have something interesting to share with you guys.

 Again, yes, today is Christmas day. I don't know but Christmas celebrations now are different from the celebrations I grew up with. We used to be so excited about Christmas.Our family would stay up 'til dawn just chatting, singing and laughing. Although we still did sort of the things I mentioned last night. There's still this feel that there's lacking. Maybe because almost half of my relatives were away from our place. We used to celebrate Christmas altogether, that's how Christmas celebration our lolo imparted us. I guess it's just the longing? The longing for people you love and used to share all this 'Christmassy' thingy.

BUT there are brighter sides that's why this feeling didn't takeover that much. I was still able to share the blessings I received this year. I was still touched by the unexpected Christmas messages from friends, workmates and I have to say this, from some unexpected people. Plus, I gave my room the reward called general cleaning. Of course, more importantly, I can't be sad on the day my Savior was born and the fact that despite all odd circumstances He has sustained me and He has proved to me that there comes blessings after adversities. I am that confident with my faith in God. I know He will finish what He has begun in my life. So yeah, I hope everyone thinks the same way 'cause life is more pleasing when you acknowledge that there's a God you can entrust every aspect of your life. And I hope I did inspire you with this entry 'cause if yes, it'll be a great Christmas gift.

Here's to remind you that HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON. We are celebrating the birth of Christ. Merry Christmas! God bless us all!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

They Say Honesty Is The Best Policy...

If you would look through my older posts, you'll say I've moved on. But surprising as it may seem, uninvited emotions kept on recurring over the past days. I have been pretty down with disappointments and anger. A lot could be the cause and I didn't want to point out one. Some says, vent it out or let it out. And some, I think, wouldn't love the idea of me dwelling on the past.

I've had a conversation with my best friend regarding the matter recently, not only did I feel
relieved, I also learned to identify thoroughly from where are these really coming. As I head home, our lifegroup leader sent us a message which talks about pain dealings and forgiving. Right that very moment, things became clearer. I failed to forgive not just 'him' but myself as well. I've inscribed the repulsive things he has said and done to me for I thought it would free me from him... It would help me lose the feelings I have for him. Hence, it imprisoned me. It is not through dark that you would be freed. Where in fact, it enslaves you. It is always through light where you will learn to forgive and will let you be thankful it happened. It will help you look at the brighter side. Adeptly, God is working for our own good. If it is unnecessary, He won't let it happen.


Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.~Osho

My mom said, "There is no such thing as 'move on'. It doesn't happen." And for the record, again, she's right. You don't move on. You just move forward. You live with it as you learn from it. You.become.a.better.you.
This setback is a blessing in disguised. I was reminded of God's wonderful blessings and that I am capable of loving. LIKEWISE, IN GOD'S PERFECT TIME. :-)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In times of Loneliness, seek Him... Honor Him...

I ain't bitter, it is just that no matter what happens, I bet I  will carry the pain of the past. You just need/meet someone who [could] change/cover those. Guess what, the past months taught me to honor the pain. It has to be felt. I know it is essential in creating a new me and in building a life long relationship. I'D RATHER FEEL LONELY AT TIMES THAN FEED MY EMOTIONAL HUNGER IN UNACCEPTABLE WAY. In the end, it will benefit me. I'll get wiser. We know God give His hardest battles to His strongest/greatest soldiers. I will be rewarded- this is the clear ending to me, for now.

Valentine Blues

Well actually, akala ko nalampasan ko ang Valentine Blues dahil natapos naman talaga ang Feb. 14 ng may ngiti sa aking mukha. Wala pala dun ang struggle. LOL Nasa 15 pala. Yung feeling na gusto mong magdeactivate ng fb at  ig dahil puro mga gifts and dates ang nakapost. Ay sus! Kahit pala hindi talaga nagmamatter ang walang date o mareceive nang Valentine's Day. Aba aba! Maiinggit ka pala dahil sa paulit-ulit na pagdaan ng mga litrato at status sa newsfeed mo kung gaano sila kasuprise, natuwa, kinilig at kung anu-ano pa. Aba! Ke rami naman pala kasing sweet sa mundo, e bakit hindi naman ako makatagpo? Nagwoworkshop pa ba siya? Pwede ko naman kasi siyang turuan. HAHA O kung ako na lang magturo sa kanya kung paano maging sweet or mang-surprise? Marunong naman ako noon, marunong din ako gumawa ng letter at tula. E kung i-hire na lang pala kaya ako para gawin sa iba yun? Aray! Ang saklap naman pala ng role ko sa life. Charing!

ISA PA WHAT'S THE POINT OF TELLING SOMEONE YOU LOVE HER WHEN YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE THE BALLS TO PROVE IT? POINTLESS! I am not saying na material na bagay ang basehan ng love, pero andaming ways kaya to prove it pero wala kang naisip. WOW! Long message lang or presence oh. Tapusin ko na dito, nakita ko previous post ko pala about positivity. LELS

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First of 2015

Good day, everyone! I arrived early at work today (Well actually, since the beginning of the year). I am quite confused... Confused in what should I do with my career. Looking for another job visits my thoughts. But I ain't have the courage to take that step. oh well, just help me pray regarding this matter.

About my plans for 2015, I want to go places. I want to see more of God's creation. I also wanna be fit. I wanna get back to my workout routines; bike more often and push myself to jog again aside from doing some stomach exercises. With regards to love life(uuuy! I know may interested dito. Chos!), if I will be given a partner this year, I'd be glad. If not, I am still happy. I always pray to God naman na I want Him to prepare me first. If He thinks I am now ready, then I will take care of it.  2015 is the year of hope, love, adventure and positivity for me! This year is going to be far  better than the last! Let's change our thinking. No excuses for 2015! :)