Saturday, May 27, 2017

Forming The Habit

At the beginning of this month, I committed myself to becoming a morning person. 

Today, I think I broke the "It takes 21 days to form a habit" mark. 

I've been doing these things for a month now: 
  • Wake up at 5 in the morning
  • Run for an hour
  • Lift weights (3x a week)
  • Shower
  • Drive my brother to work
All of these things are done before 9 in the morning!

So now, I can finally say that I have made this a habit. My journey to becoming a morning person started off strong and I'm proud. 

Getting here wasn't that easy though. Here are some of the things I learned along the way. 

The first week is the toughest

When I started all these, I had the right motivation, mindset and discipline. But, it was a rough start. Imagine how I had to drastically change my body from being a night owl to waking up at  5AM and then dragging myself to run. It was tough. 

Run with music

It's painful to run continuously. It can sometimes be boring. But, music definitely helps. It makes the run a bit bearable. I noticed I can run longer and even better when I listen to music. I highly recommend Spotify Running for this. Listening to good podcasts is also a good alternative. It makes the run even more productive. 

Just keep pushing

There were days when I don't feel like waking up very early. I was even sick at one point. But, whatever. I just went out and ran. I wasn't in my full capacity. But, doing it less is better than not doing it at all. 

Find something that will force you to keep doing it

Aside from the discipline and willpower to keep doing the habit, there has to be some things that will help you keep doing it even if you feel otherwise. In my case, I always ask my father to wake me up at 5AM no matter what. And, I've volunteered to drive my brother to work every 7:30AM so that alone forces me to get up early and move. This greatly helps in pushing you to keep the habit. 

The Apple Watch (screenshot above) is also a great tool to monitor your move and exercise levels. It has been a fantastic companion for my morning runs.

So many things have changed now that I can finally consider myself a morning person. 

I've been generally happier and more productive. I definitely want to keep it this way.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My Journey to Becoming A Morning Person

This week has been pretty interesting.

I suddenly had the urge and motivation to wake up early and become a morning person.

I've been doing morning runs, I drive my brother to work, I eat breakfast, shower, read and relax even before going to work!

Just last week, I've been waking up at 9 and immediately go to work.

I can't believe how drastically my body clock has changed in the last few days.

Wherever this motivation came from, I need to keep and take advantage of it.

This is a start of a healthy journey that I am excited to take.

It's something I need to sustain or else I'd end up falling off again and lose the motivation.

This is me just striking while the iron is hot.

I hope this journey would be a long one.

Cheers to good health and good mornings!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The 200 Peso Miracle

Do you believe in miracles?

Let me tell you a true story.

Tonight, me and my girlfriend saw an 80 year old man selling street food at 12AM.

He was very slow and weak. Plus, it was already dangerous for him to be on the streets at this time.

It crushed my heart.

Instead of begging for money, he was working hard to sell stuff to support himself and his family.

God was speaking into my heart to give something to him.

I looked at my budget and I only have 200 pesos left to spend for the entire week.

But, without hesitation I gave him all that I have left for now.

Then, I prayed to God, "Lord, bless this man. Keep him safe and use this money to support his needs."

I could see that huge smile in his face. It may not be that much but I knew that it was huge for him.

It was very heartwarming and satisfying.

When it became really late, I drove my girlfriend home and I also went home.

As I was about to change my clothes, I did my regular routine of emptying my pocket of my phone, wallet and loose coins.

But, when I did that my finger grabbed some paper.

I pulled it thinking it was just one of those receipts I may have kept.

When I looked at it, the paper was purple. It was a 100 peso bill! Not one. But two.

I got my 200 pesos back.

I got goosebumps at this point.

I have a finance app that keeps track of where my money went. I could not trace where this 200 came from.

I felt a sudden rush in my heart. It was as if God was speaking to me, "Give and it will come back to you."

Miracles really do happen.

And yes, this experience is enough reason for me to believe in them.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Life Goes By So Fast

Today, my nephew celebrated his 5th birthday.

He is a smart 5 year old and he definitely knows a lot of stuff already.

Together with his younger brother who is now 3 years old, these kids are growing up insanely fast.

It seems like it was just yesterday when they were still newborn babies and can't even talk.

Today, these kids can already make their own decisions and even reason out when they want to do something.

Apart from all the celebration we had today, I just realized how life goes by so fast.

Every day or every moment that I don't act on my goals or dreams is a wasted opportunity and there's nothing I can do to get those back.

So, while life goes on fast forward I better move.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

How I Keep My Mind Alert

I stay in the computer for long periods of time.

It's actually pretty straining to the eyes. But, that is the nature of my job and pretty much everything else that I do.

So, I tried to find a way to keep those creative juices from flowing even if I decide to get off my computer.

The answer is The Rubik's Cube.

I don't know what this cube does to the brain scientifically. I just feel like it makes me alert and it helps my brain to constantly think logically and actively -- even during downtimes.

Every time I take a break from work and go off the computer screen, I pick up, scramble and then solve the cube.

My mind stays active even though I am not working. That means no slacking off during break times. So much win.

I recommend it to other people who are in the same boat as I am.

I can now solve the cube in less than 40 seconds (as of this writing).

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wisdom and Age

Tonight, I attended a 50th birthday celebration.

I think it is was a beautiful reminder that age has to be celebrated instead of dreaded.

It may sound weird but I personally want to age already.

The wisdom, maturity and experiences you would have acquired at such age are priceless.

For sure, you can't relate to the newer generations anymore. But, at least you've experienced a couple already.

I'll cross the bridge when I get there.

The thought actually excites me.

For now, I'll just embrace every single day that I'm getting older and older.

There are so many things to explore and so many things yet to be experienced.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Staying Focused

I have been working remotely since 2009. It's been a great experience and I'm still enjoying every bit of it today.

I get to work anytime and anywhere I want. It's an unconventional setup but it works really well for my lifestyle.

If there is one advice I would give those who are just starting to do the same, it would be to stay focused.

The remote work lifestyle is very enticing. You get your freedom and flexible work schedule.

But, with great freedom also comes a huge responsibility.

It's very much easy to slack off, get lazy, procrastinate and be unproductive.

You have to stay disciplined, keep your focus and find ways to be productive every single day.

It's something I've been working on for years. And, I believe that is what has kept me going.

People should stop treating remote work as a way for them to do 'lazy' work when it is in fact the opposite.

It requires tremendous hard work, dedication and determination to be able to sustain the lifestyle.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


When life goes on full throttle and everything seems to be on full speed, it could be really hard to catch up.

Things could be scary, risky and even uncertain.

It is in these moments that you have to sit back and reflect on your current life.

Are you still on track?

Should you continue your momentum?  Or, do you need to adjust?

So many decisions have to be made.

But, one of the most important yet the most difficult decision is sacrifice.

There are things you need to sacrifice and even let go of.

When life hits you hard, you would see how there are things you currently have that you might not need anymore.

There could be things you would want to give up just to achieve a certain goal.

It was never this way before. But, priorities change.

You are not the same person anymore.

You are on to the next chapter.

These sacrifices have to be made.

The good thing is they are temporary. And, soon all the sacrifices would turn out to be for your own good.

So, in these crossroads just hang on.

Things will get better.

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