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#InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog in numbers . . .

 

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In My Heart – JM Kayne’s Blog (www.iamjmkayne.com) is now . . .

 

  • 8 years old today
  • 6.5 years in the Blogger/Blogspot platform and 1.5 in WordPress

 

  • 225 posts/stories (as of today)

 

  • 18,000++ WordPress visitors  (moved from Blogger to WordPress)
  • 50,000 ++ visitors (from old Blogger platform, before moving to WP)
  • Approximately 80K++ views/visitors

 

  • 100 – 1100 approximate –  Page views/visitors per day

 

  • 105 countries (and counting)

 

 

 

Social Accounts (As of August 2018):

  • 1450+ Facebook Page likes & follows
  • 1400+ – LinkedIn Contacts
  • 500+ – Instagram Followers
  • 280+ – Twitter Followers
  • 120 – Pinterest Followers
  • 74 – Bloglovin Followers
  • 55 – Google+ Followers
  • 50 – WordPress Bloggers followers
  • 14 – Youtube channel subscriber

 

Thank you very much for helping me to grow this passion project. I appreciate every single page view. I love you all! ♡

 

 

God bless,

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My Paradise | JM Bacus

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via My Paradise | Julie Mae Bacus

from Ang Suga Publication (CNU)

Didn’t know that this 13-year old poem of mine was already published by @angsugapublication’s Worpdress blog since Aug 2016! So happy and blessed to have finally made it to the school’s mag! 😍 hahaha T’was my frustration back then… (to get published in the school mag) 😂
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Know the reason why I wrote it and get the feels of it! A special shout out to Ms. @leonemaeestrelloso (on IG) for the photo background.👍

Check it on angsugapub.wordpress.com/2016/08/my-paradise-julie-mae-bacus/

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#cnumagazine #AngSuga #HigalangNormalite #Poem #Poetry #MyParadise #FrustratedWriter #HappyMe #iamjmkayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog #PPBreakthroughs2018 #PoetDawKo #FeelingWriter

 

Never give up on your dreams, keep chasing it even if it will take more than a decade. The right time will pass. Take it from me, I just did after 12 years! <3 . . . #MyParadise #IamJMKayne #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog #PPBreakthroughs Click To Tweet

 

 

God bless!

JM Kayne 

 

 


 

Kayne Series (Vol. 4) – What’s on my Make Up kit?

Welcome to the 4th installation of Kayne Series

-the Getting to know the Blogger behind the blog version of yours truly.-

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This time, allow me to share what’s on my make up kit. Well, to be honest I’m not really a “make-up must have type of girl”. I go out of house with barely nothing or only with a face cream on. But when special occasions call for it, I have them handy. 🙂

 

Here’s what you can see inside my purse.

  • Blush on – Can’t recall the brand name but I bought it from Daiso 🙂
  • Blush on brush – from Avon
  • Mascara – Maybelline Hypercurl VolumExpress
  • Eyeliner/brow – Faceshop Lovely Autoliner (black no. 1)
  • CC Cream – Mary Kay very light Tres Claire
  • Eye shadow/brow brushes – from Clinique 
  • Eye Shadow – Nudes by H&M
  • Face Cream – L’occcetaine Reine Blanche
  • Face powder – Nichido Light 
  • Lipstick – MAC Lustre (red)

These are what I wear. Not everyday though, most of the time, I am all good with my basic 4: face cream, blush on, eyeliner and a lipstick. I’m not very particular with brands. In fact I don’t usually buy my make up, friends and families gave them to me. 😀

I don’t really have a specific brand to any of these. Sometimes I use Ponds or Olay for my face cream too. 🙂 I randomly pick one that may suit to my mood or maybe I should try one product? My cousin suggested a BB cream from Etude house too!

Well, I hope I answered those who asked me about this kikay side of me.

Tell me what do you have on your make up kit?

 

 

Read previous volumes of Kayne Series | Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3

 

 

 

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.

 

Finding your passion isn't about career & money, it's about finding ur #AuthenticSELF. The one you burried beneath other people's need. #OnPASSION #iamjmkayne Click To Tweet

 

 

 

God bless!

JM SIGNATURE-black

 


Credits to http://www.teachingsuperpower.com for the cute numbers 🙂

Reflecting on 2017 – A Year-end Review

 

 


Over the past 12 months, yours truly has been into a whirlwind journey of employment & unemployment. I’ve been a bystander of change, immobility and of hopes and dreams.


In this year-end review allow me to divide it into 4 major life aspects; Personal, Relationship, Work Life & Community Life. In each aspect – I will share both the pros & cons.

View past reviews: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

 

PERSONAL – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Where am I? What’s happening?

In between a few episodes of self pity and self awareness. I tend to ask these questions. It is more of the work-related issue than just the personal part… will explain it later.

Pro: Happy, Loved, on a sabbatical leave?!? 😜 I am happy. Yes I really am! This is a year that made me realize that no matter how low I (maybe be) in the other aspects of life, I’m 💯% sure that God hasn’t forsaken me. Happy because I’m in good health.

RELATIONSHIPS – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: “Steady, no major changes.”

Yes, I belong to a community and yes I met a few but it didn’t really progress more than being in an acquaintance level, probably bcoz we’re in the Area Household. While work related connections is not really a thing for me this year.

Pro: Met 2 new fellas although only for a short while. Maintained and kept the regulars

Childhood friends, BES, High school, CNU, UC-ESL and GEOS groups remained minimal yet always connected. Meanwhile my whirlwind Abu Dhabi school stints created 2 new friends on the list; Juna a fellow UC-ESL Teacher in UCLM campus and Gina from Manila. These two happens to be my buddies during our teaching applications, demo, a week seminar and the 3 days school class preparation. Ended short yet sweets as we are still friends in FB.

My active status in a few Facebook blogging groups/communities have created FB Friends add and a few exchange of convos, share and commenting on each other’s blogs.

WORK LIFE – What is #InMyHeart STATUS :

Cons: Unemployed for 326 days. A month leave & 8 days at TPGS

You are reading it correctly. Almost a whole year of stand by, I was and still am.

Pros : Great BlogLife

Away from office life is a busy net life for me and for this #PassionProject of mine – this blog, www.iamjmkayne.com #InMyHeartJMKaynesBlog. Over the past 12 months I have curated a total of 34 blog posts and what makes me so proud of it, is the facts that my “target” sponsored blogposts/ collaborations have been met and even surpassed. I’ve shared a mini review of those brands on this blogpost: 5 Gift Ideas and a Collaboration Review for 2017.

The truth is, my salary with my last employer will never be covered with these 8 sponsored blog posts, nevertheless these works of mine have brought me joy and confidence in the blogging world. There is fulfillment thereof.

COMMUNITY LIFE – What is #InMyHeart Status:

Cons: Limited, tested and challenged.

Limited because as I mentioned earlier we’re in the AreaHH (a CFFL/CFC-FFL member can relate or understand why). Tested – because of only 1 HH Spiritual growth has started to come dry. Challenged – because Kokobear has to step overboard to awaken situations and drive pathway in a different road.

Pros: Opened, Active and Challeged for 2018

Opened – because Kokobear spilled the beans, somehow a reconstruction has been made. I have to say though that a few people remain the same no matter what correction or openness you have been. It’s just “them”. … Active – for the whole year we both are active Area PFO and have delivered some talks to different ministries yet SFL has the quota. I guess it is because we’re coming from that group and the familiarity of field is easy for us. Personally I’d say it’s been a challenges. Often times when you deliver a talk it must or maybe somehow represents who you are… the downside for me is that – being jobless – at times makes me wonder how do I convey His greatness if I for one is not blessed with a job?!? Yet it has been so clear to me, I AM BLESSED! No matter what circumstances I am for this season, I am being carried by the King 👑 and that He will never forsaken me. So therefore I am giving all back to Him all the success and “touched by the holy spirit” 🕊 moment I and other CLS participants had during my talks. I am nothing but an instrument used by the Almighty. You rock Jesus!! 👆🏻

These are the four major aspects. Allow me then to do some shorties:


  • Health – Praise God I’ve been doing well. My insurance has expired since last year and glory to God for never making me sick all these time.
  • Exercise & Diet – Still gaining. 😔 It’s a shortcoming I have since last year… Don’t wanna make some promises that I may fail again. Crossing fingers I could break this!
  • Beauty – Hmmmmp not really sure if I did anything, but face has been attacked with all these pimples, I guess it’s also related to health. I learned that hormonal imbalances is one of the causes of this outbreak. Also, because I don’t have a day job, I tend to sleep very late. In fact, I sleep very early between 2 – 4 am.
  • Family – Lil bro is not little anymore! He’s tying the knot and will soon become a dad! Mamo and Dado are doing well too.
  • Byahe Ng Kokobears – because if what happened this year, we missed our yearly travel. Hope to cover it next year!
  • Kusina Ni Kayne – made new blog posts and a couple of videos too! Recently have my own kitchen (sharing no more) so hopefully I will get to do more cooking 🥘 and baking! 🥖 🎂

Reflecting on 2017 with the above sharing accumulated the facts that Jeremiah 29:11 (one of my fave life verses) is been passed. It says:

  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

My prayer of having a new job for 2017 was not answered, yet I fret no more. God has answered me “wait, I have a plan” Indeed He has! This year is not for me, but for my husband. This year His mighty hands led us north. We bid goodbye to Abu Dhabi this December and will embark a new journey as couples and as servants of God as we move to Dubai. In fact, our home 🏡 is now ready. 😄 What will Dubai and/or 2018 bring? Only He can tell. What’s #InMyHeart? Is peace and assurance that we are in the palm of His hands.

May God always bless all of us especially to you reading this and of those – a handful of friends/followers who read my blogs.

This has been JM Kayne signing off for this year, Adios 2017!

 

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 


 

What’s in my heart ♥ . . . on Christmas 2017

Popping in this very day of Christmas and decided to write a short blog post of what is in my heart ♥, this Christmas season!

So, it’s exactly 1 year since I wrote this blog post and yes it’s been one year since I’ve been a stay-at-home wife. When I look back, it feels like only yesterday that I bid goodbye to NDC, visited home for surprise vacation, back to Abu Dhabi again and tried my luck for a new job.

There was scarcity, I couldn’t believe that in 4-5 months I only received a couple of calls that didn’t materialized. Then I delivered a talk for the HFL (Handmaids for Family & Life) CLS wherein one of the participants was a teacher of a Philippine school. I mentioned during the talk that I was looking for a job and truth be told, they have such vacancy for that specific major that I am in to. To make the long story short, I was hired but it will only commence on September of this year.

Come September, I started for a whole week of Teacher’s training. Week 2 kicked off too, but in the twist of events, I was forced to give up the job. October came and Kokobear was scheduled for 3 interviews!!! Made me think, it’s not my year – – –  this is for him. He bagged one of them that has made me conclude that EVERYTHING REALLY HAPPENS for a REASON! God closes a door and opens new one! Sharing this story in my furture blog very soon.

 

So what’s in my heart? ♥ this Christmas 2017?

#InMyHeart ♥ is nothing but being GRATEFUL!!! 

I may be jobless, nevertheless I am so full of love, hope and still grateful.

  • I am healthy.
  • My family is complete, safe and healthy.
  • I am loved by my husband (and taken care well too!) 😀 – happy wife happy life! hehehe
  • My brother is getting married and will soon be a father – that makes me an official aunt too 😀
  • I have family & friends that never lost the touch eventhough I am miles away.
  • #IamJMKayne passion project is progressive and started collab works.
  • God has used us for the upcoming community event for IBC 2018.
  • God has used us as a PFO for 4 years as a preparation for a bigger task next year.
  • This list goes on and on…  but #InMyHeart is just blessed!

That is why all I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH LORD! Thank you for blessing me, my family and all those people around me. May your name be praised at all times!!! #HEisTheREASONfortheSEASON

Let me close this post with this prayer.

 

 

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 


 

5 gift ideas + 2017 Collaboration post review

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Hello there everyone!

 

JM Kayne signing in for this Christmas season… well, basically this blog post is a mini-review of the collaboration that I have this year and at the same time a quick gift guide for you out there who might not be sure yet of what to wrap for your family and friends in this season of giving!

With those in mind, let me share 5 gift ideas for this season!

1. Personalized Journal

A journal/ diary is very ideal and Purpletrail has a solution to that, check out my story about this on PURPLETRAIL JOURNALS, Record memories with style!

2. Wallet & Bags 

Of course, Eva Leather has it covered! I’ve received my very first Christmas gift this year as they’ve sent me a wallet and I am so happy with it. Read my wallet review on EVA LEATHER – ROSAIRE WALLET.

3. Books  

Thank you to those people who ticked off these wish-list! You know who you are!!! God bless you! Mwahh xoxo

Awwww! I get giddy whenever I say this.. hahaha so at around last week of November I posted on facebook a few of my wishlist books and indeed some of my friends have  responded by sending me these! What better gift can you give, is the gift of knowledge. Read, read read and widen your horizon and vocabulary. This time, I wanna explore creativity and that amazing world of the Thrones.

4. Bags  

Bagail came in as my second collab post this year and they have variety of bags to choose from, mine was clear-tote bag, where I shared 3 REASONS TO LOVE BAGAIL.

 

5. Not Sure? Go Online & Get a Cashback! – 

Online shopping has been a trend for a while but Shopback has a little twist to it! You shop online through their website, they will redirect you to your prefered online site and you get a cashback in every completed purchase! How cool is that!? Read more about this in my blog post SHOP AND GET A CASH BACK!

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This year, my very first collab was with a Singaporean company that has created a base in the Philippines, it is called Shopback PH. Second, followed by a variety of bag from Bagail. Third, Quality Education campaign from Rocketship Schools. Followed by Basic Invite for your party invitation needs. Then my very first Christmas gift this year is a leather wallet from Eva Leather and finally personalized journals from PurpleTrail! This year has been really fruitful and amazing. . . To be honest, my target was only for 3 collabs but when it rains, it pours! Thanks God!

I look forward to what 2018 may bring. As early as now, I’d like to set my target for next year. 2017 was for 3 collabs, this new year I’d like to hit times 2 at 6 collaboration blog post and hopefully surpass it just like this year. Wish me luck! 🙂

 

Thank you to all brands/companies I have worked with this year, it has been a pleasure. Hope this won’t be the last one!

 

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IF YOU HAVE DEALS, GIVEAWAYS AND WOULD LIKE ME TO REVIEW YOUR PRODUCT AND SERVICES EMAIL US AT JMHBACUS@GMAIL.COM.

 

 

God bless,

 

 

 

 


This post is not sponsored, this is just a simply review of my past sponsored blog post this year!