Let’s Count Our Blessings
One morning, I got a text from a friend. He said, “Hey Sha! I haven’t seen any new posts from your blogs happysha.com and seminarphilippines.com. Are you brewing up something exciting?”
I quickly replied, “Oh, I’ve been very busy lately. I will find time to update my blogs.”
At the back of my mind, I knew that I’ve so many things to do (after work). There are articles I have to write, speeches I need to compose and deliver, book drafts I want to complete asap, a talk I need to revise to tailor fit my target audience, and the list goes on. Just thinking about this lengthy To Do list made me want to screeaaammm!!!
Have you ever been in the same situation? You wanted to do so many things but it seems that you don’t have the luxury of time to do them?
And so one Friday night, I decided to hang out in a coffee shop by myself. I wanted to have some quiet “thinking” time. I took out my Idea Bank and started revisiting my Goals for 2012. My goals are big and exciting! But the moment I looked at them, I got overwhelmed… and impatient.
I should have finished this before December 2011. I should have done this months ago. Oh! I still have so many things to do. This is getting very stressful. These thoughts emerged.
And then I remembered one of Bo Sanchez‘ talks. “Count your blessings. Focus on what you already have rather than what’s lacking.”
I think Bo Sanchez is right. So before I work on my kilometer-long To Do list, I decided to count my 2011 blessings first.
A blogger that I am, I decided to use my blogs as venue to share my 2011 blessings. This is also my way of thanking you for being part of my journey.
Blessing # 1: My Own Townhouse
I’ve always wanted to have my own place in Manila where my family could stay every time they come here to visit me. In January 2011, my dream came true. I moved in to my own townhouse down South. It’s a three-bedroom townhouse located in a nice subdivision with fresh air and friendly neighbors.
Blessing #2: My first book Think Rich, Yuppies!
Three years ago, an idea of writing a book came to mind because there was a compelling message I wanted to communicate to employees, especially the young professionals.
After two years of painstakingly writing, my very first book called Think Rich, Yuppies! was published through the help of Lloyd Luna. What made this book special was that it had the endorsements of people I admire like Tony Meloto of Gawad Kalinga and John Calub, among others.
Blessing #3: Resource Speaker in some Seminars and Talks
In 2011, I got a break. I was invited as one of the guest speakers in the seminars that I attended in 2010.
The seminars included the Money Summit 2011, Jomar Hilario‘s Breakthrough seminar, Eireen Diokno-Bernardo‘s Paypal 101 Workshop, and John Calub‘s Attracting Wealth seminar. These seminars gave me the opportunity to speak before large audience ranging from 20 participants to 2,000.
Blessing #4: I was featured in Opinyon and Success TV
I love watching talk shows. Never had I thought that one day, I’ll be a guest in a talk show. Thanks to John Calub and Cheska Camille San Diego who interviewed me in their TV show Success TV.
Blessing #5: Local Adventures
Travelling has always been one of my great stress relievers. In 2011, I visited interesting places in the Philippines like Cebu, Bukidnon, Mizamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, Bohol, and Boracay.
In terms of adventures, indeed, it’s more fun in the Philippines. I did the Plunge and wall climbing in Bohol, white water rafting in CDO, and beach hopping in Boracay.
Blessing #6: Meeting and dining with the people I look up to
I’m a big fan of Gawad Kalinga and of Tony Meloto, the person who founded it. And so I was really happy to meet him through my friend Ria Cantos-Moritcho. I learned a lot during the two-hour meeting with Tito Tony.
In addition, I also had the chance to celebrate my birthday with some of the big guys in the seminar industry like Jerome San, Eireen Diokno-Bernardo, Ian Del Carmen, Mark So, Heinz Bulos of Learning Curve, and Rich Dad Asia Mr. Bellum Tan.
Blessing #7: My first e-book “How to Earn While on Vacation” with a Foreword by Bo Sanchez
One day, I was seated in the sala when an idea came to mind. “Write an e-book and give it away for free.”
And so I tinkered on my laptop the whole day until I came up with the e-book How to Earn While on Vacation. I am honored that my all-time favorite author Bo Sanchez wrote its Foreword. He was so kind to endorse it through his Facebook account. Yes, the e-book is free. Click HERE.
Blessing #8: My blogs www.seminarphilippines.com and www.happysha.com
I love writing (or blogging) but I never really liked doing the techie stuff. Alas, I needed to do some techie stuff to run my blogs. And so for months, I studied how to edit HTMLs, how to host a website, how to run a wordpress.org account, how to set up google adsense, etc. These were the nitty gritty details that I had to attend to even if I didn’t enjoy doing them.
After months of hard work, my efforts paid off. I launched my two blogs http://seminarphilippines.com/ and http://www.happysha.com/.
To date, Seminar Philippines has 2,035 likes on Facebook and 2096 confirmed subscribers. Thank you for liking my Facebook pages and for subscribing to my blogs.
Blessing #9: European tour and World Youth Day 2011
This was probably the best trip I’ve had so far. Yesterday, France, Italy, and Spain were but words. In August 2011, I was so happy to set foot in these beautiful places during the two-week European pilgrimage that I and my friends had. The experience was surreal.
Blessing #10: Two-month Special Leave
Immediately after my two-week European pilgrimage, I took a two month vacation (unpaid) from September 1 to October 31, 2011 to focus on some personal things that I wanted to attend to. It was also my way of testing the waters if “retiring from the corporate world” and writing full time were for me. I’m blessed to have bosses who were very supportive of my decision.
During my two-month vacation, I just stayed at home most of the time — jogging around our subdivision in the morning, playing with my kid neighbors in the afternoon, and writing in between. My two-month leave was very productive as I was able to finish writing and publishing my first e-book How to Earn While on Vacation and writing two drafts for two books.
The two-month leave was also an eye opener for me. I realized I was such a workaholic. I would often sleep at a little past midnight only to wake up very early the next day because I was excited to write. I was writing from sunup to sundown everyday for two months! The effect? Burnout.
I realized I wasn’t ready to go full time writing yet. I also started to appreciate my work in the corporate world more as it is very much in line with my passion.
So there you have it, my 10 major blessings in 2011. I think what I shared were just the “obvious” blessings. Apart from these major blessings, I also received seemingly ordinary blessings that I truly treasure. These include my happy and healthy relationships with my family, friends, colleagues, mentors, and of course, my God.
My friends, I invite you to do the same. Count your blessings. Let’s celebrate our blessings. If you wish, you may share them by leaving your comments below.
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Count my blessings in 2011… Random thoughts, here it is:
1. Achieved my Competent Communicator Norm in Toastmasters.
2. Got wonderful evaluation, including points to improve on in my speeches. (One of the evaluators I had was you, Sha 🙂 Thanks for that!)
3. Met great people in the physical and virtual world.
– Met Bo Sanchez in person, attended the awesome Kerygma Conference, started attending the weekly Feast at the PICC.
4. Met again Sha Nacino (Yes, that’s you! hehe) with her (your) book Think Rich, Yuppies. – Meeting a published author at a young age inspired me more to write my book, too.
5. Wrote my first ebook, Six Strings Every Young Mind Should Play. (Get your copy at http://www.sixstrings-youngmind.weebly.com, free til February.)
6. Launched the Young Mind Group at http://www.youngmindgroup.com.
7. And many more… (Gotta cut my list, have to prepare – I am attending the Feast at 8am today. :))
Thanks for this reminder, to count your blessings!
God bless you more, Happy Sha!
Wow! That’s great Chris! Happy to hear about your blessings. I’m honored to be part of your list. haha!
Way to go! May blessings overflow into our lives! 🙂
Yes! Amen. Thanks again.:)
Thanks for the post, friendly guy from philippines!
galing naman ng blog mo, kanina ko nag pagawa ng website?
i just got my townhouse in paranaque!