Gratitude Journal with a Twist!

Gratitude Journal with a Twist!

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Do you love writing journals?

I do! Or shall I say, I did!

My favorite TV show back in my High-school days was G-mik and Roni/Ronalisa (You’d know who she is if you are a fan… curious? this is her IG) used to write diaries. So as a teen and a trying hard writer (been really trying hard ever since… 🤣 hahaha) I took my own space and started writing diaries! Oh by the way – it was also in High school  that I read Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl – that inspired me to start the journalling too!

Fast forward 2010 ~ 2011 – I found myself less “emo”, so I started to drift away from this habit. I guess social media came and a love life too. 

So somehow my “me time” and my Dear Diary moment started to vanish. Until it was totally out. But, I still hoard notebooks of different shapes, size, designs and colors. I guess the teacher in me – still sinks in whenever I am in a bookstore/stationary shop.  I feel like I’m at home – I’m in my haven! 🙂 A part of me still have that “diarist”/journalist soul! 

Anyhow – I have started to make a new way of writing journals. As I continue to embark this “creative living lifestyle” I found that a habit I’ve “paused for a while” is worth keeping! – that is – – – 

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Having a notebook to write your thoughts, ideas and even keeping a Gratitude list!

Now, this post is about that GRATITUDE JOURNAL. . . .

(with a twist! – as the title says! hehe)

I started creating a journal or list of THANK YOU/GRATEFULNESS. The first entry went pretty well.

Day 2 – Another good one.

Day 3 – Still good

Day 4 /5 /6 /7 /8 – – – I suddenly started feeling like – oooppppsss!

What happened?

My list has become a copy and paste . . .

Then I heard in one podcast that I love listening – Happier by Gretchen Rubin! That keep at least 3 rather than just blurting out a looonnng list. Stay very specific and recognize even the smallest things that bring you joy!

So Let’s say:

 


Today, I am thankful for:

  1. Person – For that smile from a baby I met in the metro.
  2. An Achievement – For today’s safety travel.
  3. Something small – For that smell of a coffee that boosts my mood!

If you think this is the twist – – – well, not yet!

As I continue to explore podcasts, articles, blogs and other TV/Youtube shows on creativity, business, productivity and more – I landed on Marie Forleo’s Marie TV!

She once had a guest that describes similar habit/practice – but instead of simply writing the easy one (even if small and specific) – the guest mentioned that it is better if we take this into a step higher . . .

How?

He said, how about you write 3 things you are grateful in a “different perspective”.

Today, look at life on the other side of the coin.

Write 3 things that brings you stress, worries or something that is not positive. Oppppsss! Stay with me! The twist is here!

 

Let’s say:


Today, these things bring me a not so good moments:

  1. A Difficult Person at work/home/community (be specific) – he/she wont see this diary anyway.
  2. A bill I missed to pay.
  3. I was late at work/ for an appointment

Now, let’s do the twist!


Today, these things bring me a “not so good moment” BUT! On the other hand I learned to – –(Make them BOLD or underline them on your journal to emphasize that these are the one you are GRATEFUL for and not the stress/negativity.)

  1. For Example – John – he was difficult but I learned to extend more of my patience.
  2. A bill I missed to pay – I missed to pay this because I haven’t keep it on my notes/calendar/reminder list. So I learned to take note and mindful about it.
  3. I was late at work/ for an appointment – I learned to set an hour or 2 to make sure to be on time.

Vary your list on day to day basis. This exercise will allow you to be mindful of looking at the positive side of the story. Most of the time, we focus only on one side that we fail to see the brighter one.  

If one day, you find yourself not having any negative moments – then no need to make it with a twist. Go the simple way by just writing what is positive.

This is just an alternative.

Which I personally love and so I am sharing it!

 

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My journals through these years… 2013,  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 

Stay positive.

 

Be blessed and be God’s blessings!

 

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How to START a BLOG (2018)

How to START a BLOG (2018)

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For a while now, I always encourage my friends and a few readers to start a blog whenever they tell me that I inspire them to pursue their passion in writing. And I always get caught up to the thought that why not tell them HOW TO DO IT? 🙂 

Now, this is my action step! ^^ Let me share how in this blog post.

The 7 steps to start a blog:

  1. Answer, WHY do you want to start a blog?
  2. Decide what to blog about. Define or identify your niche
  3. Choose a blogging platform.
  4. Get started with WordPress.
  5. Design & use your blog!
  6. Pick a domain name. (Optional for beginners)
  7. Find a host. (Optional for beginners)

Don’t worry, I will elaborate these steps one by one and hopefully I will give justice to it. 

 

<<< A little BACK STORY <<<

I have been blogging since 2008, this year is a very important year in my life because it’s the year that I have ticked off one of my bucket-list : To get my passport stamped before it expires! lol hahaha kidding aside – this is the year I left Cebu for Abu Dhabi.

So, to ease loneliness (not really lonely but excited of the new adventures) and more on being homesick – I have decided to record my experiences through blogging. Thus, In My Heart came to life. Because these are the stories #InMyHeart ♥.

 

🖥 NOW BACK TO THE MAIN TOPIC  🖥


 #1 – Answer, WHY do you want to start a blog?


[ #KayneAnswers: I wrote it already above – I wanted to express my feelings and document my life experiences.]

Most of the people, will have the same reason as mine. Others because they have learned that blogging can also let them:

 Practice the writing skills

✅ Share their stories, poetry and other literary expressions

 Earn money

 Or just to simply make an online diary of their life.

You, what’s your WHY?

 


#2 – Decide what to blog about. Define or identify your niche.


[#KayneAnswers: I want to blog about my life experiences (take 3 heheh). At first, I can’t define  my niche but overall its a lifestyle/personal niche where topics about life, travel, faith, teaching are combined.]

You have all the right to choose whatever topic you want to write, as long as you don’t hurt anybody.. {Avoid fake news pls!!!}  I would suggest that you write what you are passionate about. You can also just make a photo blog – where you simply share your favorite photos and a little description or caption. 

 

Not Sure What to BLOG yet? Write anyway! Share whatever you have in your mind. I even found a blog that I am currently loving – where she simply share a note of the little things in life. Check out http://justlittlethings.net. Another blog only features his favorite YouTube Music videos and songs. One fellow blogger shares her journey about depression. Actually, it is all up to you. 

#Writing, for me is therapeutic, it eases my thoughts amidst the many cabwebs it has. It calms me down. The words that I release through the pen and paper takes out anxiety and makes me feel better. #iamjmkayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog… Click To Tweet

💡 FYI: Niche noun [nich] is defined as – pertaining to a specific position or specific appeal to a market. This means topic such as Life, Travel, Faith, Family, Food, Political issues, Entertainment… etc.

 

 


#3 – Choose a Blogging Platform


[#KayneAnswers: In 2008, I was blogging through in Blogspot.com (this is the Google blogging platform). And in 2016, I have decided to move it to WordPress. Simply because I have found out that WordPress has more users compared to Blogspot and that I often encounter difficulty in connecting and conversing with bloggers from WordPress when I was still in Blogspot.]

For item #4, I am sharing the platform that I am using now, and that is WordPress.

 

💡 FYI: Blogging Platforms – are the sites  (software/service) that allows you to publish your content onto the internet in a form of blog. There are many options to this. There is Tumblr, Portofolio.com, Google+, Facebook Page, Medium, SquareSpace, Wix and more. This link will help you more as it compares these platform.

 


#4 – Get Started with WORDPRESS


  1. Visit www.wordpress.com or download the app (in IOS or Google App stores)
  2. And the next few steps are on the below Slideshare. 🙂 Or alternatively, here’s a free downloadable version of ✅ HOW TO MAKE A BLOG 2018.

 Alternatively, here’s a free downloadable version of ✅ HOW TO MAKE A BLOG 2018.

 

 


#5 – Design and USE your Blog!


[ #KayneAnswers: I got my blog theme/design from a free WordPress design called NIKKON. It’s easy to use and if I wanna make it premium, I can totally change it once I’m ready to pay for the extra and better widgets or services. But for now, I’m happy with it. ]

Pick the design you love. Change when you feel like, edit this, edit that. Change the font, change the color. You can change it as you like. But there are times that you have to buy the premium versions of it. So if you’re cool with the free one (just like me) stay there. haha 😀

There are thousands of blog designs or themes you can choose from. WordPress Free account has  options or you can also purchase your prefered style and upload it to your blog. 🙂

 

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#6 – Pick a domain name


[ #KayneAnswers: In the earlier stage of my blog I have already used i-am-jmhkayne.blogspot.com  Mine happens to be www.iamjmkayne.com.]

Optional for beginners. Domain names are your personal choice of what your world wide web (www) address will be. Picking a domain name in this level means no more – – – domainname.wordpress.com or domainname.blogspot.com or domainname.tumblr.com. This time only yourdomainname.com.

Bear in mind though that picking a personalized domain has a cost. It is not for free. WordPress itself has a per month price, shown in the above slide/downloadable guide. BUT! Don’t worry I can recommend you a cheaper service that will cost you around 550+ Pesos only for 12 months! I will share that website in the next item.

 


#7 – Find a host


Again, this is optional for beginners. Understanding what a blog host sometimes is very confusing.

[ #KayneAnswers: My blog’s host is COFFEEMAGS! I also bought my domain from them at *500 PHP (*10$) for 1 year. While my blog hosting is at 1$ per month (more or less 600 PHP/year). So far they have the cheapest cost I have encountered, but their service is great! Both Michael and Gecel are so helpful especially for a non-techy person like me 😃 ]

*Price varies depending on the domain that you choose.

 

💡 FYI: Blog Host – is the place where your blog lives in the online world. For example, Blogspot’s host is Google. It is powered by Google. To make it more simple, Andy Traub makes this simple analogy: Web hosting is the LAND and your domain is is the ADDRESS of the house. So for you to stay in your place (online) you need a blog host.


 

This is my humble version of HOW TO START A BLOG this2018. A very basic guide to start into the blogging world. This has been my passion project (even without knowing/understanding what a passion project was back then) and still an on going one. 🙂

 

Read about why you too, should Start a Passion Project here.

 

I hope this post inspires you to start your blog this 2018!

 

 

Let the blogging begin! 🙂

 

 

 

God bless

 

 

 

 

 


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Bonjour 2018

Bonjour 2018

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Bonjour 2018!

How time flies!?! January has just hit half way!

Isn’t it amazing that in a snap, we find ourselves changing 7 to 8 on our dates as we welcome 2018 with our calendars? Let me say BONJOUR 2018! There have been a couple of posts that was published right before this and somehow I feel the need to complete this themed post for my year’s chapter title. Right after this post is AU REVOIR AD. My emotional yet bitter-sweet salute to UAE’s capital. Watch out for it.

 

Let’s take a moment to REVIEW:

Last year, I have decided to start having a yearly theme, which will guide me as my north star whenever I feel the need to be reminded of my target/goal in each year. Making sure that I won’t fall back into that long-list of “New Year’s Resolution”, I instead wrote a THEME to follow and thus helps me accomplish what I’d like my year to be. 

So, last year my theme was:

2017: Learn & Amplify Creativity.

Allow me then, to highlight what are my accomplishments for this theme.

In the quest to learn more, I have enrolled into 3 ILT (Instructor Led Training) courses from Filipino Institute Abu Dhabi. I’ve completed the ladderized format of Basic, Intermediate & Advanced HR & Admin. 

[Sharing certificates photos, as soon as I collect them . . . ]

I also enrolled online classes from Arriane Serafico’s The Purposeful Creative & tried her free online classes. I did purchased her 2017 Braver Goals workbook too for a self-study and guide.

For Amplifying Creativity, I took the initiative to re-edit my talks for the CLS and tried my best to make them look better and deliver them as well in a heart-filled manner. Of course I won’t be able to do that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In between; –  creative tasks are also done for the community magazine – CFFL – Vineyard Magazine and other stuffs for family and friends. The DIY – G+M Wedding invites was my final 2017 creative Passion Project and indeed I am so happy to be able to complete it on time.

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 NOW: As I say hello to 2018, Bonjour 2018! Allow me to share my theme this year:

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2018: A Year of

Passion Projects & 

Breakthroughs

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#PPBreakthroughs2018

 

Similar to my community’s theme for this year; DESTINED for GREATNESS. I envisioned this year to be full of passion projects and breakthroughs in all aspects of my life. I believe God has created as in his likeness and image, thus like Him, we are on our way to greatness..

 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own”

(1 Peter 2:9a)

When, I look back what happened to me last year – I’ve come to realized that it culminates into that destiny that God has created for me and Darrelle (Kokobear/ my husband). In fact earlier this year, Kokobear and I have moved to Dubai and been anointed to be God’s servants. Looking at the bigger picture, this is just only the beginning of His plans and I am so excited what are the other breakthroughs that will unfold according to His will.

I want to extend my biggest THANK YOU to all readers and followers, join me as we say Bonjour (Hello) to 2018. Let us face it with hope and assurance that God has promised us according to the scriptures from Jeremiah 29:11 and that of Romans 8:28.

May this year be filled with the dreams we wish to accomplish and ticked them off out of our list, may we be filled spiritually more than ever. Keep praying, it is free. Nourish your soul.

 

 

God bless us all!

 

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Why start a Passion Project this 2018?

Passion Projects, what are they?

Over the past few months of 2017,  I’ve been flooding my Instagram about #PassionProjectSeries and this one is one of the many items that I’ve curated to dig deeper into this term and explore this idea!

But of course, let me define what Passion Project is.

Passion Projects or PPs are projects that are outside your daily job. These are your personal creative side projects that gives you excitement & allows you to appreciate life. It is what you do to somehow relax and yet contribute on your own simple way.

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These photos below are 3 of my intro methods for this blog post.

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To get it a clearer view of what #PassionProjects are; one of my favorite Creative Entrepeneur – Arriane Serafico of The Purposeful Creative Podcast wrote these samples of what a Passion Project could be:

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A Blog, a DIY Project, a Challenge, Organizing an event or just getting out of comfort zone!  Or maybe polishing a skills you always love! ♥ 

 



Now, without any further a do, let me share my personal top 5 reasons to start a Passion Project!

 

#1 – A reason to wake up in the morning 

For sure, we all have every reasons to wake up and get excited every morning. It could be our work, our love life or an exciting activity that we are about to attend. But how about taking a #PassionProject and waking up in the morning having the reason to work for it because you love doing it! 

#2 – A Stress reliever 

In the midst of busy 8-5 schedule, flipping pages of books or browsing FB & IG are the common things to do. Having a Passion Project allows you knit, draw, create, write, run, jog, walk, smile or do something that you love. Taking out the pressure to yourself because what you are doing comes from the very core of your being. No matter what the result of that piece you are working on, you don’t owe anyone an explanation or no responsibility is required. That project you’re doing is a personal expression & thus it de-stresses you. I’ve also read that doing Passion Projects could bring us to our “state of flow”, in positive psychology it means the state when a person is performing an activity fully immersed, energized & enjoying the process of the activity.

 

#3 – Another identity of a deeper “You”

When someone asks us, “What do you do?” – our common default answer is to answer what we do for a living, what is our work to be exact. Yes it all happens to all of us and we all answer in unison about what’s our job.

How about if you answer that question in the context of what do you do as a PASSION PROJECT? Maybe the correct question is, what else do you do? Here comes our answer related to our gifts, talents, skills, our simply a passion (even if we aren’t perfectly well versed with that – but you love doing it.) In this way, you are allowing someone to know you more than the “you” as an employee. An identify sometimes left hidden when we don’t share our passion to others… during these moments, you are opening yourself to another dimension of YOU.

 

#4 – Build up & Polish your Talent

While working on your Passion Project, you get to discover many things about yourself. What you truly love and enjoy. How are you when you’re relaxed, what  excites you, how your patience works and most of all, along the way you’d discover that this project (whatever you have chosen to do) has allowed you to harness or your talent and skills. You build up yourself by putting your heart and passion into what you are doing and thus, you are polishing your God-given gift!

 

#5 – Who knows someday, this Passion becomes a Profit!

Over the past few months that I was literally a “stambay” (stay at home – unemployed wife) I have divulged myself to many things that allows me to broaden my view about life. I enrolled in an institute where I studied about HR, created more than 10 blog posts and gained more acquaintances in some blogger networks and I have also attended some online productivity, creativity & passion related courses. On these days and months, a thought of mine ( from personal experiences and the lessons learned) keeps popping up “Profitable Passion” – this is mostly from Arriane Serafico  – she’s the Creative entrep/coach of BraverGoals & of The Purposeful Creative.

 

So, what if your Passion could actually lead you to your own destiny of leveling up and taking your passion into a business? Who knows, someday… 

 

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These are just 5 reasons I could share of, when you scout the net they’ll give you plenty more! So what are you waiting for? Start one now and nourish your soul.

Do you have a current #PassionProject? Share it on the below comment. 🙂 I’d be happy to hear your amazing ideas!

 

Oh by the way, my 2018 theme revolves around this and I will share it very soon.

 

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God bless!

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Why I was hesitant to volunteer for SJC Kids’ Summer Camp 2017

Summer! A season when the kids are taking their break from school, and this year, SJC has organized another Summer Camp for kids.  In the beginning, I have no intention to volunteer for St. Joseph Church Kids’ Summer Camp 2017. Maybe some of you know, my husband Kokobear was the one who posted the ad on CFFL Abu Dhabi FB pages about kids/youth to join this camp, including volunteers. While he was doing that, I little voice inside me says I should give it a try. When I opened it up to Ate Lou, she was excited and so I told her to give me time because I still have some hiccups… Lo and behold, she was actually praying for me to join and to cut the long story short; when I said “yes” she was just finished praying.

Allow me to share, my very personal reasons about why I was hesitant in accompanying Ate Lou. Actually, the job is pretty much easy, I am the presentation personnel who queues the slides during the mass. Of course a little bit of assistance too for the Kid’s Choir while Ate Lou teaches them how to sing the songs.

Here are my 3 of the reasons why:

First, to go out of my comfort zone is just not easy.

My comfort zone for the past 6 months has been staying home: applying for jobs, watching tv, a little exercise, cook lunch and dinner for Kokobear, read books, create ideas for blogs, unli-Facebook, and the list goes on. Allotting my 5 hours from 4:00 PM – 8-8:30 PM is not my usual, not my comfort zone.

While listening to some productivity/ creative podcasts, it hits me when they emphasized that we must go out of our comfort zone/s and try something new. These are the moments when you know in your heart that you are being called to explore and take yourself into a challenge of going outside the comfort of our home and just dive into the unknown. So I prayed and I got His confirmation to proceed.

Second, I don’t have money to go and come back and forth (Home-Church-Home)

This is our first photo – Ate Lou & I during the day 1, briefing session of the SJC Kids’ Summer Camp on 9 July 2017.

 

This might be one of the biggest reason for me and for those who were considering to volunteer. Taxi fare nowadays here in Abu Dhabi is at the roof top! Gone are the days when you could reach the church for 10-12 AED, nowadays it’s between 20-25 AED one way. The public bus is possible, although it will take some time to reach the church and still needs to walk during this scorching heat! But then, I worry no more – God provides that Ate Lou took over. She’s my personal sponsor in this service. 🙂 Thank you Ate!

 

And finally (third), I was hesitant because I’m not familiar with the sequence of the mass!

Yes! That’s a big revelation for me. I am a Catholic, I’ve been bold about this faith and I’ve been attending masses all my life – but there is a pang in my heart that hurts. 🙁 That hesitation, that I felt was this! I am (or was) afraid of what I will do if the slides won’t work… How will I know what’s next? This and that and all other questions that are related to both technical issues and my personal issue of not being worthy to be assigned in that area because I don’t memorize the sequence of our own mass!!!

I wrote notes on the missal, highlighted some parts and go over masses on youtube to know which is which, what goes first and next and last. God also sent people to help me know what is proper Gospel or a Feast to change the readings of the day. I also learned that regular days don’t have Second readings. All these and more –  I won’t know if I haven’t volunteered.

 

That was 25 days to be exact – when I handled the slides (minus 1 because I was off for a day for MER 2). Minor technical glitches happened but the church people are just so helpful. I’ve also had the chance to assist the kids and Ate Lou with the tune of the songs – ha ha never thought I’d be singing – just a little :).


Here’s a shortie video I captured while the kids were practicing their finale’ presentation.

What I learned on this “somehow” mini #PassionProject of mine.

I called this a mini Passion Project because; this act of volunteering is indeed a part of my preparation as I take on a new journey to teaching. To teach is not new to me. I’ve been in that field since I was a kid, it is my major passion that I even finished university & become a professional. But, it has been almost 9 years since I last danced in that stage of nourishing the minds of students. This camp immersed me into that real world of how the youngsters of today are different from way back almost a decade of my minute experience. I am positive though that I’ve learned something from this 5 weeks journey.

To cap it off, I am blessed to be attending mass all week long. I’ve heard many different priests doing the homily. Even though their context are directed for the kids, the adults also have their own take home of those teachings. One night, the homily was about our fears – and on that day, I found out and literally defined one for me. All the while I know I have a little share of fear for this and that (heights, snakes, dark rooms etc.), but manageable. Nevertheless, my mind opened that I am actually afraid of the unknown, just like my third reason. Unknown of what happens next, unknown things that I might fail to do what is needed from me.

It’s amazing, how God works. In this camp, he provides. In this camp, he confirmed that nothing is impossible. In this camp, he knocked into my heart and reminded me of His daily presence.

 

God bless us all!