Work On Your Work

Being grateful for the little things will help you to be grateful for the big things. You heard the saying “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If you don’t give the first step because you think it’s too small or too little, you will not be able to celebrate the big milestones.

It is being consistent with the little steps and being grateful of those small achievements that will help us to accomplish bigger and bigger ones.  It is enjoying the journey, enjoying the process.  It is being bold enough to go ahead and do something even when you feel you are not fully ready to do so.

Many of us wait to do things “when we are ready.” What is this? When we are ready? So what if you are not perfect in the beginning. Begin it anyways. So what if you get criticized for working on that thing that you feel deeply about. Work on it anyways. You will become better and better in the process of doing that which you think you are not yet ready for.  So stop making excuses and do it anyways; even if you think it sucks.

Keep grinding and keep working hard. Don’t just work when you feel motivated to do so, because then you will be inconsistent. That’s why discipline is so important; discipline helps you do the work whether you feel like doing it or not. Work on it; work at it. Do your thing.  Don’t give a care about the negative criticism.  Negative criticism is created to see if you care enough to do it regardless of the negative critics.  Amazing things can happen when you do what you need to do, when you work on what you need to work.   So work on what you need to work.

God bless you, with love,

Querin

Just Do it

Excuse me Nike if this phrase has been trade marked. My produces were delivered from Whole Foods this morning.  Immediately I got in the kitchen and cleaned my carrots, celeries, apples, etc.  Right after cleaning my produces, I prepped my veggie juice and drank it.  There was not much thinking; I just did it.

I know healthy eating is part of healthy living. I don’t have to overthink these things…making, drinking vegetable juices.  I feel good when I drink them.  I know my body is super happy when I drink them.  If my organs could speak and make gestures, I could imagine my digestive system, my kidney, my liver, my lymphatic system, smiling and saying “yes! this is what I need!”

Then why do I sometimes overthink drinking my veggie juice? I know part of it is that my palate craves the processed foods over the whole foods.  But I also know that when I have my produces ready in my fridge; when I prep my veggies in advance and they are ready to go in the blender or the juice extractor at any time, it’s much easier for me to just make the juice and drink it. If I have to clean the veggies each time I have to make a healthy veggie juice, there will be a lesser chance of me making the juice. So I’ve discovered that cleaning all the veggies before placing them in the fridge, will increase my chances of being successful on drinking, and eating my veggies.  Because when I come home tired, I have less steps to take to make my healthy drink.

Planning and prepping are keys to have execution. When execution happens, success is achieved. Then just repeat the process each time.

God Bless you, with love,

Querin

Thank you 2018, Welcome 2019!

Thank you God for a 2018 filled with amazing new experiences and opportunities. Thank you for the wisdom and the guidance in overcoming obstacles. Thank you for the new friends I made.  Thank you for the people who inspired me to continue working on my craft.  Thank you for those friends and family who have always believed in me and who have given me their support. Thank you for the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.   Thank you for so many things.  Thank you for everything.

2019, here you are!  You know you’ve been welcomed! Welcome 2019!

 

With love,

Querin

Don’t wait to be perfect to start

A friend of mine recommended this book to me. We all can identify with our inner struggles and resistance to start doing something we feel called to do.

We may feel that we are not ready to embark on that journey that we feel very deeply about. I have learned that you cannot wait to be ready to start working on your calling and on your dream. The process of working on your calling or your dream now, even if you don’t feel ready, is what will help you to get ready.

God bless you,

Querin

My Little One’s Day Out

Date: Wednesday November 7th, 2018

Where: New York City (Flat Iron district, Time Square, Bryant Park)

Weather: 59 degrees Fahrenheit & Sunny

Places : Eataly, Lego Store, Bryant Park

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I checked the weather forecast days ahead and the forecast showed it would be a nice sunny day with temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. So I planned to spend the day out with mom and son. My husband had to work, therefore he could not join us.

I thought this was a perfect day to spend outside with mom and my little one. We had a great time and part of having such a great of a time was preplanning in advance so that we could leave the house early enough to enjoy most of the day out and still come back home at a decent time in the afternoon.

Back in my pre-baby days when I did not have a family of my own that included a baby (or young toddler) were very different. If I wanted to go out, I would just go out. IT was that simple. But now I’ve learned that if I want to go out with my family and especially if I want my little one to have a great time; I have to research, pre-plan, and execute what I plan.

I also realized that not everything works according to plan, for example, I wanted us to be in the Flat Iron district by 9:30 am. But we got there at approximate 10:15 am. Still planning did help us a lot, because if I did not have a time goal, we could have arrived at 12 noon instead of 10:15 am. I woke up at 5:30 am, prepped everything we were taking for the baby.

In the planning phase, I did not take into considerations that we would need to find the elevators in the subway stations we were using to get us to the subway and back up to ground level. Because with a toddler, a stroller, a diaper bag, etc. you need to know where the elevators are.  After this trip, I learned this is another reason why is important to give yourself extra time when traveling or out with a baby. Logistics, logistic, logistics. Also, some subway stations don’t even have elevators, so you may have to use muscle power just like I did.

Just go out and have fun with your little one. If you overthink it, and over preplan, you may not go out at all. Don’t do that. Once you are out and about with your baby, you will be so glad that you did. Plus, there are still a lot of nice people out in the world. We had a couple of people who asked “do you need help?” when there was a stair in front of us and no elevators in sight. Use the information center; that’s what they are there for. Ask the NYPD, when we did not see any signs for the elevators and we needed one for sure, we asked a NY police officer. He directed us on the right direction to the elevators. On our way back home, when we were returning to Jersey, I spoke to one of the NJ transit reps and told him that I could not walk up the steep stairs/escalators they had (with no elevator to get to it) and he had my bus meet me on the level where I was. I didn’t even know they did that, but yes they do! You just have to ask.

Despite those little hiccups with the elevators in the subway and NJ transit, it was all worth it. Isaac had a great time. I don’t just start talking to strangers, but my little one just walks to other kids and stars socializing. I love to see him doing this. Children start with a clean slate. They don’t have any preconceived notions or prejudice until adults teach them otherwise and start messing them up.

My boy had a great time. I observed that he is very sociable with other children. He gravitates towards them and I love that. One case in particular that I observed was this little girl (older than him) who initially did not want to play with him. Yet, he kept gravitating towards her and eventually she started smiling, running with him, laughing with him and all of a sudden they were playing together.

In short this is what we did:

  • Took a bus to NYC
  • Took the subway (my boy loves to see the train running)
  • Went to Eataly – had breakfast – had a great time here
  • Went to the Lego Store (baby fell asleep ) and I got him his first Lego toys
  • Went to Bryant park – here I thought we would not spend much time and this was my little one’s favorite part of the trip. He was watching the ice-skaters and then started walking around and socializing with other kids. He did not want to leave
  • Took the bus – came back home

This was Isaac’s day out

 

God bless you, with love,

Querin

A Letter To You

 

 

Hi,

How are you? I hope all is going well with you. I am writing to let you know how proud of you I am. Thank you for being you. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for not giving up on your dreams and on your goals. Thank you for working hard and doing your best even when no one is looking.

I know it’s not easy. Sometimes you feel discouraged. Sometimes you ask yourself if all of your hard work will pay off. But you keep on going because your spiritual strength is much bigger than the doubts.

You are so amazing. Thank you for being in this world. You may don’t realize it but you are making such a positive contribution in this world. Each time you encourage someone who is feeling down; each time you lift someone’s spirit with your words of encouragement, you are making a positive contribution.

Don’t underestimate your value. And I don’t mean your financial net worth value. I mean your value as a human being. You don’t give yourself enough credit. And you demand more of you. Sometimes, you feel like you are not good enough. But let me tell you something. You are not just good enough. You are more than enough.

You are so precious to God. You are so precious to this world. The world may not be voicing out loud to you, but the world needs you to continue going, and to continue working on your goals and dreams.

Yes, take time to rest, but please don’t give up. When a hiccup happens, let it run its course and then get working again on your dreams and goals.

Fear will show up at times, and it will try to scare you away from working on your goals. Do you know what you need to do to fear? Stick your tongue out at it. Yes, imaging fear being a very ugly thing with horns and a tail. Oh no, wait, that might be a deer J.

So next time you are feeling fearful, lonely, overworked, and hopeless remember this verse from The Word Of God, aka the Bible: 

Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.”

~Isaiah 41:10 :

 

God bless you, with lots of love,

Querin

 

P.S. I’m rooting for you. Keep on going and keep working hard on your dreams and goals with breaks in between to rest and recharge.