When You Go to a Place, Honor Its Soul

Someone once asked me, “Why, despite all its efforts at promoting tourism, can’t Ilocos Norte hold a candle to other provinces in the Philippines that are doing so much better?” I didn’t know the answer to that back then, but I may have an...

Here’s to the Transformational Year that was 2020!

2020 has been a good year for me. I noticed that, for people who unabashedly took responsibility for their circumstances despite the uncertainty the pandemic brought upon all of us, 2020 came with it unexpected opportunities, blessings, and amazing things happening...

The Only Kind of Work You Need to Do

I have a confession to make. I hate writing. I know. I’ve been going on and on about how writing is what I was meant to be doing and that if you’re not doing what you’re meant to be doing then you had better not expect much from life. But I hate it. I have to drag my...

How I Lost 20 Lbs. of Weight Since Lockdown

I lost 20 pounds of weight since the start of the pandemic. All the extra weight I gained since I graduated from college more than a decade ago I lost in the last several months. That’s mostly thanks to… well… my version of eating less. It came off as a bit of a...

You Already Know What You Need to Do

Some random guy I met at a party once told me to not bother with building websites. They said websites require a fuck-ton of writing and that I might not have what it takes to write that much. They said to focus on social media instead because I’d have an easier...

Step Into All That You Are

I sit here at the doctor’s office patiently and not-so-patiently waiting for my turn. I hate waiting. Anybody who knows me well enough knows I’m always on the go, always picking up new books to read and new projects to work on. As a result, my life is one...

Who You Are and What You Came Here For

On the surface, you’re just a regular girl or guy trying to make your way to the world. You look like everybody else. You sound like everybody else. You go through the motions of life like everybody else—or so you think. While you think you may be blending in, other...

Do You Know How Powerful You Are?

Do you know how powerful you are? There’s a whole damn system built to undermine you. If you were an insignificant speck of dust on this big space-rock we call Earth, why would the rest of the world do everything it can to suppress your rebellion and shut you down?...

The Battle Between Soul and Ego

Palms are sweating. Heart is racing. There’s a huge cloud of anxiety that looms overhead. What if you can’t keep this up? What if, after the initial burst of excitement is gone and you’ve got nothing to ride on but your own manufactured enthusiasm, you find you...