This post is severely late, but I can’t concentrate on anything right now, so it’s time to just write, just blog. Don’t you love those moments? I’ve been reflecting lately on the topic of “defying limits.” And last week, I realize that I witnessed a handful of breakthroughs, both in my life and in the lives of others around me.
My “week” last week began on Saturday. I was going to meet two blog coaching clients at the Podium Mall. Since the clients both worked on weekdays, we weren’t able to make our meetings fall within my usual schedule. So I decided to not work last Friday, so I could run some errands and spend extra time with Ton and Vito, since I would be out and about on Saturday.
I scooted over to Mary Grace first for an early lunch. I almost always get a pasta here, and instead of my usual mushroom and truffle cream order (my fave) I got the classic carbonara. Bacon has a way of soothing a tired soul, anyway, and I needed it after a semi-hectic Friday!
How stressed was I on Friday? This explains how much:
Chicken Joy as a de-stressor. Not bad, not bad!
Basically, last Friday was a combination of (1) annoying bank tellers and (2) stupid restaurant employees. I won’t dwell on what went down, but let’s just say that I was pretty heated, and I’m not even menopausal. Think hot flashes, but in my eyes and in my head.
OK, “now the past doesn’t really matter”, as an old familiar song goes.
Thankfully, Saturday was salvific and refreshing, because I had some time to myself before my string of meetings. After lunch, I had some time to blog at Craft Coffee Revolution, which recently opened in the Podium. Incidentally, I love their coffee, and their original location near my old neighborhood of New Manila, in Quezon City. However, their Podium location lacks a load of charm.
Which explains why this is my only photo of the place:
Oh, wait, I have another! Here’s me with one of my coaching clients, Dette. She’s a fantastically talented woman! We’ve been working for the past six weeks on her soon-to-be launched blog, which features her creative ventures in watercolor, and her reflections, too.
We had such a great wrap-up meeting that afternoon, where we talked about our love for creativity, art, and the art of “bliss-making.” As a busy wife, mom and corporate woman, it’s amazing that Dette stays on course with her “me” time, through her watercolor creations and journaling. Love her! Good luck, Dette!
Later on that evening (also in Podium), I attended a short meet-up session on book publishing and platform-building with best-selling author, Yeng Remulla, who wrote the hits Productive Pinoy and Start Something. (Both are available in National Bookstore branches. You should get both!) During the meeting, I learned first-hand from Yeng how to successfully write a best-seller from start to finish.
Me, Adrian of Seekers Portal, Bob of Start Learning, and Mr. Yeng Remulla. Thanks for the super informative session!
I realized that I can most likely fulfill my life list goal #6 in perhaps a year’s time, provided I’m consistent with my writing. That’ll mean also raising the funds to publish and market the book (which Yeng also shared with us that night), and building up a consistent message on my platforms, such the blog, the writing workshops and my work-at-home mom organization, the WAHMderful Life.
Breathe. Just write, Martine.
Incidentally, Yeng will be one of our keynote speakers at the WAHMderful Weekend on October 27. It’s going to be a one-day learning celebration for “WAHMies” (work at home moms & “marrieds” — dads and married women are welcome!).
Oh, and I forgot to mention something else I did that week. On my business blog, Martinedeluna.com, I wrote a two-post series on something very personal, which you can read about here and here. It apparently caused a stir in my community of work-at-home moms, but in a positive way.
It’s all about how I conquered some of my limiting beliefs regarding certain unmet “standards” I had in life — like not being able to go through a regular college experience. I say “experience” and not “education,” because I did receive my education through other means, mostly through apprenticeships and internships with some awesome people.
You’ll have the read the full story. I hope it will inspire you, too, to conquer any fears and uncertainties you may have.
So, that was my week last week, summarized. Can’t wait to tell you about how this current week has been even more, well, eventful and full of learning moments.
Leave me a comment, if there’s something you’d like to chat about! Miss you, ladies!