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Sunday, July 23, 2017

30 Day Stress Relief Journal Prompts

Day 1 - July 24, 2017
"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 - July 25, 2017

"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.

Day 3 - July 27, 2017

Describe a happy memory. What did you see, smell, hear, feel? 
My favorite happy memory is when we attended a temple session as a family in the Philippines Cebu Temple. It was a dream came true to me since I had that vision before while serving a full-time mission there. I saw eternity right in front me. I heard my father's prayer for us. The smell was just right. It was a glimpse of heaven on earth. I felt love all over my body and a stronger desire to keep going. I recommitted myself to work harder in all aspects of my life. It was a majestic day.

Day 4 - July 31, 2017

Today I will take a break all to myself by sleeping or taking a nap after work. I hope I'll be able to accomplish this today :)

Day 5 - August 10, 2017

List 10 things that make you smile. 
1. My husband successfully finished his training with Red Cross.
2. I am feeling so much better now.  Good health is coming back! Wohooo!!!
3. Daddy Mike's health is also getting better.
4. Most especially Baby Z!!! I love that she's a fighter!
5. I am grateful for the bonus from Dusty.
6. Showtime Ms. Q&A and other Kapamilya Shows make me smile from time to time.
7. Being able to work and see the smiles of the people around me.
8. A revision in one of my callings.
9. Nanay Sofi makes all the difference.
10. My family's chatroom and the convo there is so funny.

Day 6 - August 11, 2017

Appreciation Day! I am thankful for my body because I am simply healthy despite too many stresses around me. I am very much grateful that I've never been hospitalized for a long time now. I love my body. I love taking good care of it. This is the container of my soul. This is my true wealth. I am grateful that I'm recovering from flu and cough quick. My goal is to keep myself healthy. I will post my 10 healthy tips at home today.

Day 7 - August 12, 2017

Today I will enjoy nature by taking a quick swim in Subic. We arrived there around lunch. We ate at  Harbor Point Mall then went straight to Inflatable Island. We didn't try the slides and the floaters. We just swam at the shore. We ended the day with a dinner date with the stake leaders at Tabehoudai.

Day 8 - August 14, 2017

What are two negative thoughts you don't want anymore? What can you do to let go? 
The two main negative thoughts in my head right now are first the memory when I got mad at my husband. The second thought is that I am a bad employee right now because I wasn't able to go to work due to our sicknesses last week. I want to move forward with a perfect brightness of hope. I want to do better both spiritually and socially. I will do my best to let go of these thoughts by being a better wife and employee. I want to work hard and finish all my tasks with excellence. I will also focus my scripture study and spiritual research on how I will support my husband in all things better.
I will repent of my sins.

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!