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Happy 3rd Year with ProLook/Quickstrike!

This week pondering focuses on humility, D&C 5:24.  Behold, I say unto him, he exalts himself and does not  humble  himself ...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

30 Day Stress Relief Journal Prompts

Day 1
"Appreciation Day" 
I am thankful for what I have because... 

1. I have a forgiving Heavenly Father. This is what makes me feel grateful every day. I know that Heavenly Father is always there and that He will never get tired of me. Most of the times, I feel so unworthy of the many blessings I have because I am so impatient. Every day is a learning process. My Father in Heaven makes me feel how patient He is to me especially in those times when I am a slow learner. I am deeply thankful that He never ceases to help me and He never withdraws His blessings from me.

2. The Atonement of Jesus Christ. I was inspired by a sister today. She doesn't know me and I don't know her either but her posts on Facebook touched my heart. I started to hope that one day I can love just like how she loves. The atonement sustains my hopes and my prayers that one day I can be the person I know I should be. Mistakes should never define us. We aren't perfect yet but the atonement will help us become one. We need the people around us to be righteous. We cannot do it alone and by ourselves.  It is through "love" that we can feel the Spirit with us always. I know I need everyone around me.

3. My loving husband. I guess every day we need to appreciate one thing good our spouse did. My goal is to never overlook how amazing Michael is each day. I am thankful because he cooked our breakfast, bought foods for lunch and washed the laundry early morning today!! Wow! Seriously, I need to do this more often. I realized how I'm becoming so critical expecting him to be perfect most of the time just like how rude I am to myself.

4. I am grateful for myself. Just like what I mentioned in #3, I often forget to appreciate myself. I always have high expectations for myself and when I fail, I feel so bad which causes too much stress to myself. I need to be more forgiving of myself. I need to learn how to move on quickly.  I love who I am today. I love my new looks, my talents, and my capabilities. Thank you Nyles for always choosing the right. I know you still have lots of improvements to make but you know what? I am so blessed that you have constantly desired to be righteous. It's never easy to stay strong but you have made it this far. I love myself. I am thankful that I am Nyla Irmamina Person Burgos. 

5. I am so grateful for my healthy, smart and beautiful baby. She is the best baby for me. She is exactly what we need. Every child is a customized gift. I said "customized" because every child is different, and God knows our needs. We are so happy each day because of her. Thank you Zephrine!! 

6. I am grateful for my church callings. I am learning so much about leadership because of these responsibilities. I am realizing that time and being open to accepting tasks helps us improve our ability in leading, managing and loving. Leadership helps us see God's miracles every moment, every day. 

7.  I have a good job. My job is a blessing.  I guess Brother Jojo was right. It's not bad to work as long as your job allows you to be a good mother. 

8.  Because we have good families. I love the Person Family so much and the Burgoses too!!! They are such a great example for us. They are always full support! I hope one day I can help them more in every way. I am thankful for our upcoming bonding!

9. I am grateful for Sister Janet Ticong. She is the best babysitter for Zephrine. She is such a huge blessing for us. 

10. I am very much grateful for Nanay Suting! In one word,  ENDLESS! 

Day 2 

"What's going well in my life right now is...."

our good health because "Health is Wealth". I am learning more about self-care lately. And it's true. You have to prioritize yourself so you can function well and take care of the people around you better. 
Let's jog. Let's eat right. Let's rest. Lest unwind. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our June Highlights

Hello June! It was an adventurous month for us. The little travel lady had so much fun. This month was special to us. We received a new calling which I will write about in my next 'month specials blog'. This month started (June 1st) with a dinner for all the youth leaders of the Philippines Angeles Stake together with the Stake Presidency. It was a simple "thank you token" for a very successful youth conference last month. These leaders' love for the rising generation touched my heart. It is true that in every church calling we have, we do it not for ourselves but for the benefit of others. And simply because of our love for the Savior.

June 3.  Youth Spectacular Night Repeat Performance
As requested by our Stake President, we had our Youth Spectacular for the second time at the Stake Center so the parents and other members could watch the youth performed. This year's theme was James 1:5. The first part of the show was a short clip of the Joseph Smith's first vision.  The story was about "How Mormonism began in the world". Each ward represented a country and shared how the church started and expanded in that area. I learned that the first member from Australia became the first mission president. Wow! There are lots of other amazing conversion stories that were reenacted by the youth. San Fernando Wards showcased our beloved country, the Philippines. Here are the rest of the wards and the countries assigned to them: Angeles 1- UK, Angeles 2 - Spain, Bulaon - Tonga, Santo Tomas - Australia and Arayat - Nigeria.

June 5. Sherizah's Wedding Reception in Cauayan, Isabela.
This was our unexpected trip of the month. It was an 8-10 hour drive from Pampanga but it was worth it. We left at about 2:00 in the morning and arrived at the reception around 11:00 am. Zephrine met a lot of the Burgos clan especially Tita Bhing who came home from the US.

June 12. Independence Day
We went to Nayong Pilipino but it was closed. We decided to go to the Airforce City Park instead. We walked on the grass, played and enjoyed the fresh air. It was our first time to try the slide together with the little travel lady. Our final stop was at Deca Clark WakeBoarding. We watched Daddy Mike and he did a whole turn successfully. cheers!!!

June 17-18. Father's Day Weekend
We watched the Wake Boarding competition 2017 in the morning and slept the whole afternoon till it was the BYU Worldwide Training with Brother Joenee Briones at 4:00 PM. Zephrine was very cooperative because she slept the whole time! Then, we had a special dinner in celebration of Father's Day! We had a short program for the fathers in our ward. By the way, last night I helped to decorate the chapel for this special surprise. I also made the crowns for the fathers. I love it because it's Michael's first Fathers' day so I wanted it to be so memorable.
Sunday, we attended church at Angeles 1st ward (afternoon schedule). We were so tired so we decided to sleep the whole morning. Zephrine and I made a huge card for Daddy Mike. You can watch our complete Father's day weekend on my youtube channel. Then, our last activity was the Pathway Devotional conducted by Brother Joenee and other BYU representatives.

June 24.
We had our 2nd fun run for the year 2017, the Snoopy Fun brought to us by SM Clark. I would like to thank Ate Cynthia for getting us the tickets!!! Wohoo! We run with the Ticongs and 3 young women from our ward. Zephrine was very pretty today.
After our run, we had a movie day with Kim, Jessie and Joycelyn. Then we went together to San Fernando Chapel for the Back to School Party! There were lots of youth who shared their talents during the entire program. They danced and sung. We had pizzas for refreshments! :)

June 26. Daddy Mike attended the 'EQ Lechon Day". He brought home a little for me. Then we went to Essel for a stroll and bought groceries.

Our highlight of the month is Daddy Mike's certification as a legit Safety Office. We feel safer now. I think it was a perfect time since there's a lot of calamities nowadays!

Thank you June for making our year even brighter. I am grateful for the Lord's love and sustenance. I am excited for the next month!! xoxo

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Overflowing Blessings from Serving the Lord

These are my second mission parents, President and Sister Schmutz. We had our fireside with them last Sunday, July 2. It was a very special night for me. It brought me back to the days when I myself was a full time missionary. I am grateful that my eldest daughter met them. This photo is truly a gem to me. Sister Schmutz reminded me to be a missionary 24/7. She encouraged everyone to speak of Christ wherever, whenever and whatever we are doing. I realized that I've been so serious lately because of the negativity around me. When we think of Christ all the time we can remain calm, meek and full of love. We will be like a sunshine to the people around us. We can share the gospel by the way we live. I learned three important things from Elder Schmutz that night: 

1. Our dreams and hopes are important to our dear Heavenly Father. It's connected to the very first lesson I learned from him in the mission. He taught us that the one thing we own that we can offer to our Heavenly Father is our will. This means that if we really love Him, we need to submit our will to His will for us. But how about dreams and goals in life? Do we need to forget them? His message tonight taught me that Heavenly Father is a very supportive dad. I've seen that in my own life. I love negotiating with him. When you tell him your hopes, He will listen and will help you through to achieve them. Elder Schmutz emphasized that we have to know the path to our dreams. And I realized that like the atonement, there is only one way--- even our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

2. Have you ever asked yourself if you are doing the Lord's will for you? Or you are just doing what makes you happy? There's a brother who raised up this beautiful question. He his an active member, has lots of callings and always wants to help everyone but is this really what I should do now? 
The answer was as beautiful as the question, truly we can do a lot of good things in this life, BUT the most important thing in life is to be obedient to His commandments. It doesn't matter how long we have been a member in the church, if you have a good job or fame or have 5+ callings, great teacher. 
However, we should also remember not to run faster than our strength. We must accomplish and magnify each of our responsibilities in faith and genuine love. 

3. Family first. God first. 
When Elder Schmutz was a young lawyer, he had a meeting with his partners. In his field, he needed lots of good partners to be successful. His partners invited everyone to have a dinner thing after the meeting but that night was also his son's birthday party. He needed to choose but he knew right away what to do. He bid farewell to his partner and the senior partners couldn't believe that he was leaving for his son's bday party. The elevator opened like in the movies, and he bid goodbye. 
Luckily, he didn't lose his partners. I believe this is how the Lord tests us. When we put Him first, He will also put us first. 
When we are also in the homes, let us be in the home. Let's focus on spending quality time and teaching our children. 

 What a great reminder! 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Our May Highlights

I love May.  For some reasons, this month always gives me the spring feelings...
Flowers bloom, sunny skies, no more gloom but only summer kisses!

May 1
Today was our family outing. It's a day to relax and  to learn new skill for Daddy Mike. 
We went to Fontana Leisure Park and Resorts in Clark. The place reminded me somehow of Adventure Cove in Singapore. We did the raging river ride again and Zephrine loved it more. I was so proud of our little girl as she bravely walked on the wave pool. She loves the water. 
It was fun watching Michael wake boarding but it's more fun to know he is having fun. I love to see my husband enjoying new things. I love the smiles on his face. Overall it was a great day!

May 9 - 10
Mommy Lydia visited us. She brought us supplies from the Burgos Farm. We got a sack of rice and freshly harvested vegetables. She's very kind. I love my Mother in Law. We are so blessed to have her. We also had a chance to attend a temple session with her as our babysitter and had our Mother's Day dinner in Pasig. We then took her to Ate Iroal's place so she can go to the airport more comfortably for her flight to Dumaguete the following day. It was a great memoir. 

May 14
My First Happy Mother's Day! 
We attended church in Arayat. We had to announce important reminders with regards to the upcoming Youth Conference. It was very hot this day and we had to leave early. Zephrine took a bath at the branch's meetinghouse after the youth Sunday School Class. Being a mom is really tough. It purifies the heart. But truly, it gives the greatest and most satisfying joy in this lifetime. 

May 15 & 16
Wellness Month. Our family did our monthly check up for the baby and the annual physical examination for the parents. It was great to know everyone is in good shape.  I love taking good care of my babies (dad, lucky and Zephrine). I also set a new goal this month to keep our car and my bag always neat, clean and organize for cleanliness is next to Godliness. When everything is clean, life is at peace. 

This Month, Zephrine also started to led wean herself. I'm more relax now as I fully accepted that every child is different. We cannot compare their milestone to anyone. As a parent, we are here to guide them, to cheer them up and to support them the best we can. 
May 22. We got a pair of Red Sox hats from Dusty, our Ceo. Our brand started to sell hats. I am not a hat lover or so but I'm starting to love them. Here's my selfie of the month: This is perfect for summer. 

May 24 - 27
Youth Conference. It was a long preparation but I'm grateful that it turned out so well. It was not perfect but it's beautiful. The mutual theme for this year is found in Jame 1:5-6. It was through a desire to ask God that the true church was once again restored on this earth through a 14- year old boy, Joseph Smith. He was in his youth that he saw God the father and his son Jesus Christ.  We held the event at Raven Resorts in Bataan. Here's a glimpse of our activities: 
Day 1 - Arrival & Billeting, Pathway to Success and Spectacular Night. Our topics and Speakers for the Pathway to Success are as follows: 
"How to get your dream job?" by Sis. Ayo Abanggan 
"How to live the best life?" by Bro. Erlwin Abanggan 
 "Self Defense" by Brother Ramel Ticong 
         "How to install CCTV?" by President Louie Escoto
Our overall director for the Spectacular was Bro. Ezra Magallano. Our theme was "How Mormonism Started in the World? (England, Nigeria, Australia, Mexico, Tonga & the Philippines) 
Day 2 - Testimony Meeting & Devotional with Elder Baquiran. There were lots who bore their testimonies. Elder Baquiran talked about online gaming. He reminded the youth to be careful on how they spend their time. The adversary can use this to drag them down. 
After lunch we had our team building and the dance socials. Our motif was ancient greek and romans. 
Day 3 - Seminary, Gospel Quiz and Missionary Preparation 
It was fun to see how the resource speakers were so prepared and humorous. Brother Ranjen, Brother Brad Pete and Brother Jojo Briones led these activities. It was a great way to learn the gospel.

 Oh I love you May. Thank you for the beautiful days. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Why my mommy is the best?

"Every mom in the world is the best." President James E. Faust once said,  "One of humankind’s greatest blessings is for righteous womanhood to hold “the highest place of honor in human life” and to be “the perfect workmanship of God.” Today on Mother's Day, I would like to share some of the best lessons "my mother taught".  I hope one day my daughter will learn the same things because truly our examples are the best teachers. 

My mother taught me that "Faith" is doing our best and believing that the Lord will provide.
There was a time in our life when my father was laid off. We didn't have money. There was no food for the next meals. My mother asked me to change. She said, "let's go. We will find and bring home food". After we said a prayer, we went to my mom's friend. We cleaned their house and folded clothes. We came home that night with full of groceries in our hands. I learned from that experience that faith is trusting in the Lord's tests. He will be there no matter what. He will never forsake us.

My mother taught me to take care of my spirit and my body. 
These two should and always a combo. My mother's love for health and the word of God is so evident in her day to day life. We had our regularly early morning exercise and scripture study when we were young. We used to wake up at 5:00 AM. We stretched and flexed together as a family in front of our house. My mother taught us to detoxify toxins from our bodies. We learned to eat vegetables and fruits. She also introduced us to a variety of fruits juices and herbs. My mother is the best reflexologist. I never had to drink any medicine when I was sick. Her magic touch was enough. I grew up hearing her say, "Early to bed, early to rise. Makes a man healthy and wise!"
I developed a love for reading the scriptures because of my mother.
In 2nd Nephi 32:3, it says "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. My mom demonstrated what it means to feast upon His words.  Feasting is a gradual process that starts in "liking" to read because there's someone or something that pushes you to do so, (my mom). Then it becomes a habit. You obey this time because of love. You are "loving" it. Feasting is equivalent to  needing" it. You need to read just like how you need the air to breathe. You feel incomplete without doing it. From like to love, then to need. Feasting is more than reading it daily. It is delighting in the words of God by prayer, study journals, likening and personal applications of the principles learned. Thus, leading us to becoming like the Savior. This is how she studies the holy scriptures.

My mother taught me the importance of education and learning skills. 
When I started school in kindergarten, I never liked it. I was mostly absent and I didn't even attend my graduation. So my first year, first grading period in elementary was worst. My classmates already knew how to read and write fast. I was lost. But I don't remember my mom pressuring me to get A's/ 100% at school but she motivated me to do better by a "reward system". And yes, I was 1st honor at the end of the school year.
She also believed in me. There is so much power in that phrase. I hope every parent will believe in their child because believing is the beginning of becoming. My passion for writing started when my mommy discovered a write up I made when my favorite dog died. She told me that I am a good writer and she kept that little note I wrote. I love that she values what I can do. She taught me how to do laundry, to be clean, to speak English fluently, to sew my clothes and to be organized in all things.

My mother taught me to love music. 
Music runs in the blood of my mom's family. They are all musicians. My mother learned how to play the piano and the guitar by herself. I remember when I was still in primary, my mommy bought a small organ and she taught us the basics patiently. I guess mom was very successful at this because all of us 6 children learned how to play the piano and the guitar plus my eldest sister also learned how to play the drums. We actually had a band named "the Persons" before.
And yes! We had our first voice lesson by mom! She was a choir conductor since I was a baby. And today she is a choir member in the states.
We had so much videoke days when we were kids. Mom usually turns on the TV and the microphone and each of us take turns singing while cleaning the house. Oh I miss my childhood days. There's so much fun because of mom!

My mother taught me to serve the Lord in any circumstance. 
My mother is a servant of the Lord. She has a very valiant testimony. She loves it. She lives it. I will never forget her big bags with all her visual aids, books, scriptures and music sheets in them every time we go to church. My mom is a great teacher. She expounds the doctrines
of Christ very well. She is vibrant and energetic! Fired up & ready to go. We had many days spent at the temple together. We searched and performed temple ordinances for our ancestors. She inspires us to always be willing to act upon and not to be acted upon. She taught us that the more we serve, the greater the power we can receive from the Lord.

My mother taught me to be strong and to learn how to make myself happy.
In times of trials and pains, I never see my mom self-pitying nor in a corner crying. But she's always positive. Faithful people always see things in an eternal perspective. My mom never blames. She taught me that sometimes life can be unfair, we might be unfortunate or failures will come but these should never determine our future. We have the power to choose and change our paths. We can celebrate each day. Happiness is and will always be our choice. I realized that one of the measurements of a successful parenting is to be able to teach our children how to make correct decisions even without our supervision. To teach them to stand on their own with dignity and integrity. My mom taught me that even in darkest times, we can smile! Life can be tough but a good humor will help you get through it.

Finally, my mother taught me to be a mother. 
I feel like I can sit all day enumerating  what she has taught not just to me but to all of us. My mother taught me that being a mother is the best and noblest calling in life. She was working when she had me. Now that I am a working mom, I realized that no honor is better than to be a good mom. I really don't know specifically what a good mom is. But I guess just like how my mom defined it through her ways, being a good mom is to love your child untiringly. It is to be a parent not according to our will but His will.  A good mom recognizes her imperfections and will do her best to keep the Spirit of the Lord with her so she can serve her children better. In the end the bottom line of being parents is to help each child return to God's kingdom safely.

My mother is not a "tropa or a barkada type". She was my trainer, a mentor. In the scriptures it says, "Train up a child in the way she should go, and when she is old, truly she will not depart from it."  (Proverbs 22:6) To my dear mother, know that I feel extremely grateful that you are someone I call, "MY MOTHER". Just like how I used to say it every night before I go to sleep, I love you, I really do.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Our April Highlights


It's a month of training, interviews and evaluation at work.
It's a month of spiritual feast, youth con preps and meetings at church.

April 1. Advance Supervisory Training of Michael's.
April 2. Happy 1st Sunday in Pasig with Tita Iroal.
April 3. How to set up a travel and tour agency Training for me.
April 4. Happy Birthday Brother Nembu! 
April 8 & 9. 187th General Conference

We started our employee evaluation this month. It was fun learning and growing with these amazing people at work. Al though it's really tiring to talk all day, I'm grateful that I have developed my listening skills too. It was remarkable when one of them asked me if I feel fulfilled so far for what I have achieved right now. It made me really think and ponder for a time. Well, I'm glad that it's a yes.

April 13 - 15. We also decided to spend the Holy Week Long Weekend in Clark. We explored inside this area. We went to El Kabayo, had a scoop of gelato at Cream Line, and checked-out Fontana Leisure Park.

We were sick this weekend. We stayed home. Rested.

WEEK 4 - Busy.. buzzy!
Attorney came and we had meetings, meetings and meetings.
The hight light of our week was the QStrike Team Building at Lola Corazon Leisure Farm in Candaba. It was a great day!!!
The week ended with a dry run for the youth spectacular.

Our March Highlights


We had our first international flight as a family this time of the year. We visited the beautiful city of Singapore. It was an unexpected vacation with my High School Best friends. We flew from Clark International Airport after lunch and arrived past 5:00 PM at Changi Airport.
Cedrick picked us up and met Eloi at Marina Bay for dinner. It was a lovely night. We ate pizzas and pasta while serenedad with beautiful songs by a live band . I guess they were filipinos. We also witnessed the dancing fountains show with the bubbles. What a great welcome!
Then we headed to the Montesurs' humble abode.
We were so lucky to have this free accommodation since SG is a very expensive city.

We went to Singapore Zoo + took a photo at the Night Safari. It was so much fun! My favorite part of the day was the Elephant Show and Michael's was the white Lion. It was so nice to see our daughter enjoying all the views and how she interacts and smiles at almost everyone. We also had gelato for snacks. Truly, beautiful places and experiences become more memorable when spend with a loved one. We then met with Von and his family at Marina Bay. We ate dinner there again but this time we tried Singaporean meals. We also saw the current Prime Minister while waiting for them. He was walking around the Bay area to check when we discovered a bunch of people encircling him. We were so lucky that he passed by right in front of us. I was impressed by his humility and simplicity. He only had 2 body guards. He was wearing a casual attire. I learned that a true leader serves.

We attended the 9AM sacrament meeting. It was the first Sunday of the month so we were blessed to hear the testimonies of the members from Singapore. We were planning to share ours too but failed to do so. After lunch,  It was an adventure for our little family on our way to meet Eloisa and the crew in Sentosa Island. We were planning to get a taxi but ended up exploring by the MRT Train. When we were about to take our 3rd train, we saw a sign pointing to cable cars going to Sentosa. So we decided to take it instead. We were so happy!!!!! We made it to Sentosa Island!!!!! It was a marvelous experience for the three of us. The view from the cable car was indescribably amazing!!!!
Plus we received simple gifts of surprises when we reached the Island.

We spent the rest of the day with the best friends and the families at Adventure Cove. This place had exciting pools, slides and snorkeling area. It was Zeprhine's first swimming experience. We rode a floater on a running lazy river. It was so much fun as we passed amazing fountains, caves, fishes, and other statues along the way. We also tried the extreme slides they have there. My most favorite part was the snorkeling experience with the lives fishes. We swam with hundred of fishes!!!
Our day ended at the Gardens by the Bay after a Singaporean Meal for Dinner. What a magnificent view of beautiful plants, flowers and lights!!!  We sat and enjoyed watching the dancing lights.
My heart was full. I felt extremely grateful for this moment.

We spent the whole day at Universal Studios. I started to miss Disneyland right after we entered the park. They have 7 attractions. My favorite so far is the transformers ride. We met a lot of characters too! The water world show was also breath taking! It was a high class performance. We were so tired but everything was fun and exciting.

Chinese for a day on a shopping day! We bought pasalubongs at Chinatown. We tried some Chinese food there too. They had street food like fish balls, chicken balls and etc. Then, we went to Japanese and Chinese Gardens. It was so cool to see all the zodiac signs in this park. I got too excited when I saw Mulan's statue and the other well known Chinese leaders like Confucius. We also saw many temples, houses and bridges. Then we met with the Tadina Family and ate in one of the restaurants at the MRT Station Terminal. It was so nice to meet their beautiful daughter.

Departure Day. We packed our stuff in the morning, cleaned our room and chilled at the airport. We rode an uber taxi Mazda CX5 something like that. It was a very nice car!!!
By the way SG has a cool, clean and nice airport. We got free massage, got our refund from unused MRT passes, ate, played, took some photos and some more photos.
Brother Ticong picked us up from the airport. We reached home at past 9PM.

Thank you so much Singapore! It was a great time!

March 11 & 12. Stake Conference
March 15. Zephrine met Dusty, Jane, Sela & Kj
March 19. Couple Speakers at Sacrament Meeting 
& Stake Youth Temple and Family History Workshop
March 20. Lunch at Hello Kitty Cafe with Attorney Mhe-Ann
March 25. A Sunday with Arayat Branch Saints 
+ Lunch at Mt. Arayat National Park
March 27. Happy Birthday Mother Lydia
March 30. Labor Laws Training at Camelot Hotel, Quezon Avenue

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy 3rd Year with ProLook/Quickstrike!

This week pondering focuses on humility,

D&C 5:24. Behold, I say unto him, he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me; but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith, in the sincerity of his heart, then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see.

What a perfect thought as I celebrated my 3rd year anniversary with Prolook and Qstrike Mnfg. 3 1/2 years ago when I had my Skype interview with Dusty. I was at Disneyland, CA and he was in UT. I never thought this short chat would have directed the course of my life.
This job is very special to me. I started only as a Liaison, and now 3 years had passed, I am now the General Manager for QuickStrike Mnfg. Philippines Incorporated. From 1 employee to 47 amazing assets! Wow! I never expected it will come this far. Truly when we seek God's will through humility, He will exalt us. He will show us the way.

It's like yesterday when I was sitting by myself at a little corner inside Alson Sportswear Office. There were many many times when I wanted to quit. I felt left out. Alone. From Pasig to Pampanga. "Napag-iiwanan" because all of my friends are with big and well-known companies. I felt tired. There were discouraging times when good employees resigned. There were days when I doubted my own abilities to lead. Being a leader can be very lonely. It was very difficult to stay strong and happy while combatting my postpartum depression.  There were times when all I wanted to do is to be a full-time housewife. Truly, nobody can do it alone.  The words of Dusty, our CEO pricked my heart when once  he told me, " When I look at each employee in this factory, I feel a strong desire to work hard because I need to bring food on each of their table". I learned that in life, everything we have and those we will yet acquire are not ours but the Lords. He entrusts us with all of these resources, power, fame and richness to lift  and serve others. When He gives you this opportunity, take advantage. Grab it.

Sometimes, God gives us contradicting commandments. Thou shall multiply and replenish the earth but thou shalt NOT eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. It's easy to choose between good vs bad options. But it's very hard to choose between two good options. Which is better? Which is best? Should I move? Should I quit?
The first thing to do is to humble ourselves before God. Pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Open our hearts to acceptance and understanding of His judgments. He might assign you to a place you do not desire to be but His plan is always better than ours.
He sees the past, the present and the future at the same time. So there's no reason to doubt His will.
Secondly, choose that which concerns the good of others, rather than that which only benefit ourselves. My personal vision for myself is to leave this world a better place.

We have missions. In our pursuance to achieve them, choose a job that will give you a balance life. A company or a career that will allow you to become a good mother,  a loving wife,  a servant of the Lord and a servant of your fellow beings. I pray that in our pursuit of happiness, we may not only focus on one single mission and take other worthy purposes for granted. There are ways to accomplish all line upon line. We must always enjoy the journey because it is always more important than the destination.

So yah! Happy 3rd year to me....
Aside from being a Manager, I am also a wife and a mother to a cute baby this year, 2017.
Work Hard. Play Hard. Be the game changer.
Dreams do come true to those who have courage to pursue them. - Waltz Disney

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Do not draw your sword to kill a fly." - Korean Proverb

Since after giving birth, my temper became really bad. I get mad so fast. My expectations are too high and no matter how I deny it, I have met the monster in me. It's not easy to be a mom, a servant of the Lord and a career woman at the same time. Thanks to this book entitled "Eve" that I am turning to be somehow a better person now (compared to the past months). I guess. It taught me that we have several missions in life. It taught me about balance while achieving the purposes of why I am here on earth. There are days when we feel overwhelm that we wanted to have our dreams, aspirations and desires all at the same time. There are also times when we focus on one specific mission, and leave the rest. I realized that there are ways sequentially to have it all at their own perfect time. Maybe not at the same time but through seasons of time.  I need to accept a lot of things I couldn't change and trust God more as I continue my journey.

When you set a goal to be something, you need to write down specific ways to achieve them especially when they are habits or an attitude. It's not enough to say, I want to be patient. I will be patient this week. Changing a behavior requires hard work. I am learning to control my anger by writing each moment when I got mad to my "Anger Log" journal. I write down the date, time and the reason that triggered me to react on a certain way to a situation. I realized that I am most vulnerable when I am hungry, lacked of sleep and when I wasn't able to finish the things I planned to accomplish. Preventing myself from these traps helps a lot to remain compose.

To be a noble gas is the second most important lesson I've been learning lately. A noble gas is a non-reactant element. Whatever you combine with it, noble gasses never respond. I believe this is important too in reality. We need to choose our battles. We should never let any circumstance or people to provoke us to response in a way that do not define our real beauty. It's never easy but I guess that's what Heavenly Father wants us to be.

I am really thankful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. It's helping me a lot to never give up on myself despite of my reoccurring weaknesses and mistakes. His atonement enables me to keep going and hope with a perfect brightness that one day I will become the person He wants me to be.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Our February Highlights

It's the month of love.  Zephrine turned 7 months. She's growing beautifully like a sun flower. I love her smiling face and her bright personality. It was her first Valentine's Day. We weren't able to celebrate this day. But I got a bouquet of Ferrero Chocolates combined with red roses. 

Zephrine's First Valentine's Day

We finally applied (February 8th) and got Zephrine's passport (end of the month). She was really cute on her picture! The process went so smooth. We arrived at DFA around 4:30 P.M. and finished before they closed at 5:00 P.M. This month, we were able to go back to the gym. It's really nice to exercise with your husband. It's motivating. 

Our office extension was finally done. More space, less stress. I'm learning a lot about management. There's so much room for improvements. We hired more people and the company has its new motto: "Thou Shall K.I.L.L. ("Keep Improving Little by Little"). It was a great motto. It helps me think of ways on how I can improve.

Our First Race (3K) 
"Foamy Fun Run"

I was so excited to check off one item on my bucket list, to join a fun run. This was so much fun. I invited the Santiago family and we were all finishers. Daniela was 2nd placer. It was a blast. Zephrine was very cooperative and she with Nanay Sofi waited for us at the finish line. 

It was the Angeles Ward 2 Conference the day after we run. We decided to do a little photoshoot. My most favorite talks were given by Sister Amistad and President Querido. Sister Amistad talked about putting God first before anything. She gave up all of her personal ambitions for the Lord. That is what truly it means to trust the Lord. President talked about the importance of magnifying our callings. Every time he doesn't have a calling, he asks his bishop or stake leaders where and how can he serve God and His children. I guess that's what I want to work out. To always make sure He is first in my life and regardless of my many weaknesses especially times when I don't feel worthy to represent God, that I should never give up. Service brings back the Spirit in our lives as fast as it can be.

One Wednesday morning (February 22, 2017), while watching "Umagang Kay Ganda", we got over excited when we saw this Sunflower Maze on the news. We decided to go there right away. It was so hot but the flowers are so beautiful! It was worth it. I love spending time with my favorite people. 

Sunflower Farm in Tayug, Pangasinan

Zephrine 1st hospitalization due to high fever. This was alarming but also gave us good memories. I finally felt when they say, "ako na lang mag kasakit Kaysa ang aking anak." I believe she got it from her skin allergy in Eggs. This lasted for a week. We were in and out of the ER because I panicked most of the time. Then she had her blood testing. This picture was taken while we were waiting for her urine. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our January Highlights

New Year -- a new beginning! 

Started the new year with our matching attire. Ola 2017! We celebrated our first new year together in our humble abode here in Rue De Paree, Angeles City. We didn't cook a lot but we made sure we had fruits. We waited till 12 midnight to embrace 2017. Zephrine was really scared of the bang of the fireworks so I played the piano while Daddy Mike sang for our little Zephrine. She's 6 months old now. Then we went to bed.
We also went to Bulacan this month. Great times with the Santiago's, Dulam's, Nanay Sophie and the great "Ate" of all times. I love our growing "Person Family" so much. We ate lots of foods and they just came back from Vigan. It was a blast.

The Grandchildren in the Philippines 2017
Daniela Ivana, Dwayne Isaiah & Denzel Israel Santiago
Charlize Dulam & Zephrine Burgos

Our first family photo of the year!

We also attended Nona's wedding in Manila. This is the 3rd wedding in a row since November. I realized that we've been attending a wedding every month.We stayed at Ate Iroal's house and played with Cham for 2 days. It was a great time.

We also celebrated our second year anniversary last January 8, 2017. Wow! 2 years already! It feels like we've been married for yearssss.... It's amazing! I decided to make a wall art greeting for Michael. I turned off all the lights except the blinking yellow orange star light. I left the door in our room open. Michael woke up passed 12 midnight panicking because he thought our house was burning. He saw the blinking light from our living room. He was like, "Nyla, ano yun? Nasusunog ang bahay!"And I told him worriedly to check right away. So he stood up quickly and checked. The next thing I heard was a loud laugh. Happy 2nd year My Love!

We bought each other a pillow and bathrobes. It's our cotton our anniversary. We got these from Marquee Mall.
We also ate at I forgot.

Zephrine started his solid diet. Her fist meal was mashed potatoes. She loved it. My promise is to feed her well.

CHURCH CALLINGS. We had a leadership training and I was invited to speak for Arayat Ward Young Women New Beginnings. I spoke about the importance of Personal Progress. I will blog about my talk soon. I was also able to do my Visiting Teaching Assignment. My new company is Sister Gina. We are assigned to visit the Magallanos. I love that their houses are very close to us.

There were about 33 leaders in attendance. Success!

We went to Mount Arayat National Park right after to check the venue for Feb. 11, Standard's Night

Message: The Relief Society
"The errand of angels is given to women."

WORK. We finished our office renovation and expansion! Finally I can breathe better. Dusty also came and gave a very inspiring YTD reports, new motto for the year and the company goals. He is a great motivator. He is awesome.

It was a great start. I am looking forward for more adventures. I hope to achieve my new bucket list.
And I know I can do this.