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A few days ago, the government announced that we are now moving to the so-called new normal. But what is this new normal? Politicians often talk about this, but will we ever get back to pre-pandemic normal? The term “new normal” has since been used in a...
Do you feel like there's nothing happening in your life? like there's no exciting milestone coming? Or you just simply notice you've been living a life in systems and a totally predictable day? Well, that feeling is truly valid. You're in what I call the flatline. A...
The World Health Organization just recently included Burnout in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases as an occupational phenomenon. It is not classified as a medical condition. People of this age are simply bombarded by numerous deadlines...
The culmination of the Lenten Season has given us a new start and even the coming of the second half of the year as it slowly unfolds now. Decluttering is and should be an integral part of your new beginnings. But, what does it really cost to declutter? How can this...
Things never happen the same way twice so we must make the most of every opportunity that comes knocking at our doorstep. But how can one get an opportunity? I do think an opportunity is created rather than by mere meeting a chance. To dream is to welcome an...
How to effectively fight your fears Every Filipinos have their own fears, for some it could be the fear of losing your love ones, fear of failing, fear of not succeeding or fear of not being able to say what you really want say. People are different from one to...
How many thank you’s have you said for this day? How many were formed by habit? How many were uncommonly delivered? It has always been my advocacy to inspire others to have an optimistic view towards conquering everyday challenges and in aiming to ace every single...
Every Filipino dreamt of having their own business and quit their 9-5 jobs. We have a family-centric culture, family above all. And within these odds, we fail to understand the true potential of mindset. Since then the majority of us prefer to do the everyday grind...
I was blessed to had a series of speaking engagements to attend last November 2018 and for that very reason I missed out my #tuesdaysuccess live series. So I shared a short post about resting and how it's crucial for your success. Many of my followers have the same...
Asking is one of the most powerful secret to success and happiness. If you want to achieve your goals and dreams, you should not be afraid to ask for help, ask for advice, share your goals with someone else because that person might be able to help you. The more you...
Season 2 Ep 7 conversation with Parizad Patel Srivastava, NJ, USA“Whatever you appreciate, appreciates.” Wonderfully said by Parizad Srivastava, Certified Trainer at Manifest Your Life of Greatness, Montvale, New Jersey, USA
Conversation with Friends Season 2 Episode 7
Parizad is a financial consultant and a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. It was such a pleasure speaking with her. She grew up in Mumbai, India and studied in the US and now lives with her husband and 2 daughters in New Jersey.
I learned so much from her in this conversation. “Manifest what you want and be clear what you want. Manifest money and let go of limiting beliefs.” And I think many of us manifest what we don’t want and have negative emotions especially in this time of crisis.
“When the fishermen can’t go out to fish, they fix their nets.” Wow! What a wonderful analogy of what’s happening today. Many of us are still working from home, in lockdown so while we can’t do our routine before the lockdown, we can “fix our nets”. Work on yourself and help yourself grow.
How to stay optimistic during this trying times:
👍 Practice resilience
👍 Event plus response equals outcome – Your response is so important to have a positive outcome
👍 What you give focus to will come back to you.
👍 Your thoughts become reality. Visualize what you want even if it’s not your current reality
👍 Do affirmations
👍 Embrace the shift to create happiness in the future
👍 Be grateful always. Have a gratitude journal.
Thank you, Parizad, for this lovely conversation. I’ll see you in New Jersey, one day soon!
Season 2 Ep 6 Conversation with Marie Castaneda“Leadership and agility are two qualities needed in global mobility now. Agility and speed, think fast, implement, experiment and implement. Virtual assignments may come due to the crisis but exchange of talents, whether virtual or in person, diversity of thoughts is still important in organizations.” Emmarie Castaneda, Global Mobility Manager – Asia, Unilever
Marie is also offering free mentoring sessions for those in mobility roles to help them become more strategic and prepare for what’s coming.
Conversation with Friends Season 2 Episode 6
My understanding of the mobility role in Human Resources is helping employees assigned to another location, prepare and eventually move to the new assignment. Basically, transaction. My conversation with Marie Castaneda opened my eyes to how the mobility role has evolved. Mobility has evolved from transaction to being a business partner – finding the right talent in the right country at the right time, talent ideal for the culture but with diversity of thought.
When Covid hit in China, as early as the start of the year, mobility has been moving in their organization having to make sure they care of the employees assigned and their families. It’s more on care and providing the support.
How will mobility be affected with the restrictions now in travel? Per Marie, there will be a new normal which is still unknown, evolving. Diversity is still important and talent exchange as well. The manner on how this will happen may changes, perhaps virtual assignments.
How do she stay optimistic during this time of crisis (Antipolo on GCQ)?
✔ Look at the positive side of things, meet more people online
✔Get some sunshine and look at nature
✔Accept that there are good days and bad days
Realizations for her:
🌹 Go local. Many times we look outside to find the things we need (example Metro Manila) only to realize what she needed was available within their locality.
🌹 Improve yourself – virtual yoga, reading
🌹 Supply chain and business continuity need to learn from this situation. Diversification in supply chain as well.
🌹 Be resilient
“The future is HERE NOW.” – Marie Castaneda
Thanks for the conversation Marie! I learned a lot about mobility!
Season 2 Ep 5 Conversation with Dr Carol Enriquez“Educators are always looking after the best welfare of the students. At this time, it may be online or flexible mode. Give it a chance.” The advice of Dr. Carol Enriquez, President of Our Lady of Fatima University (all branches) and President of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) –Philippines
Conversation with Friends Season 2 Episode 5
I first met Dr. Carol Enriquez (MD, not PhD) when I was at IBPAP and the project I had was rolling out a standard assessment to check the soft skills competencies of students as required by the business process outsourcing industry. From then on, we have been friends and I had been invited in many of the OLFU and PACU events. Both Dr. Carol and I are both “Kulasa” (Proud Scholasticans)
Now that schools are still closed, what will happen in the next semesters? It is still unknown. When the lockdown was announced, OLFU had to move fast to be ready for online teaching. It’s not that easy even with an LMS to move from blended to fully online since content may need revision and connectivity issues both for students and faculty.
At OLFU, the guidance counselors had to reach out to students who especially were living in the dormitories since being isolated may have an effect on the students’ wellbeing. During this crisis, the whole school system had to be creative and continue to be creative. There really is no choice.
“Moving forward, be prepared for the wave. 2 weeks in school and maybe two weeks online. Delivery should be agile and this requires a change in mindset not only for the students but for the parents as well.”
Her advice to parents of students:
✨ Be open to what type of education it will be – online, blended. The school has the best interest of the students both in studies and their health
Other advice to all of us:
✨Follow the rules of social distancing
✨Bring lots of patience
Thank you, Dr. Carol, for the opportunity to converse with you. Being an educator at this “new normal” requires a lot of change and upskilling. We, educators, can do this together.
Season 2 Ep 4 Conversation with Ricky Petry Minneapolis, USA“We are all one, one humanity and for us to get through this, we need to do it together.” Rick Petry, International Speaker, Leadership and Culture Consultant, Ultimate Success Coach. Greater Minneapolis, USA
Conversation with Friends Season 2 Episode 4
When I first met Rick, I was doing my best to stay away from him. He looks so honorable, knowledgeable, Jack Canfield’s right hand man, and he is so much taller than me!! But after being with him for many years in assisting Jack's in his training, I began to really know Rick. He is one of the most gentle and kind hearted person I have ever met.
Speaking with Rick was truly a privilege. And I was envious when he talked about being able to walk the dog in the park and even played golf with his friends though practicing social distancing.
“Change the channel in your mind. I changed from watching news to doubling meditation, affirmation and listening to Tibetan music even before getting out of the bed to be ready for the day.” He moved to a positive channel.
Stay centered. Be present at the moment.
Other realizations I learned from Rick:
❤ Learn new things. Like the use of zoom (we are now experts!)
❤Connect with people because we all want to connect.
❤Be careful with what you expore yourself to, the channel you are tuned in.
❤Be kind to yourself.
Listen and watch this conversation with my friend, Rick.
Season 2 Ep 3Conversation with Ana Pena, Milan, Italy“Value the present moment” – most important learning I got from Ana Pena, Student of Masters in economics in Milan, Italy.
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Ana was my former officemate at IBPAP and she was working with me on IBPAP on research for the Roadmap 2022 when she left at 2016 to go to Italy to study in Pisa. She now is also teaching in an English School and still does research work as well.
Last May 4, they opened up a bit, more freedom to go outside, opening the parks and she was so looking forward to this. Still with social distancing though to make sure that everyone is safe.
We has a lot of things to talk about having been officemates and friends as well. Including the being in zoom for all day long given the total shutdown in Italy – classes on zoom including dancing, cocktails, karaoke and anything you can think of. Sometimes, it’s zoom fatigue already (even to this day).
She mentioned a phrase I discovered from her – when opening up and still not vaccine – it’s “living with the virus” which is so true. What do we do not to contract the virus?
How do we stay positive while “living with the virus”?
🌹 Support each other – people are now willing to counsel, coach others
🌹Go for a walk – movement helps
🌹Acknowledge what you feel and reach out to others.
Realizations from this crisis:
✔ A lot of things are temporary and we may have taken them for granted. ✔ ✔ Reflect on what’s truly important for you
✔ Value the present moment
✔ This is a humbling experience for all of us
You’ll hear the benefits they receive in Italy. Don’t forget – it’s a first world country.
Watch and enjoy the conversation with Ana. Another Filipino kababayan living overseas.
Season 2 Ep 2 Conversation with Michelle Nagel Oregon USA“Know the difference between self-esteem and self-worth. Your self-worth never changes.” - Michelle Nagel Bestselling Author, HeartMath Certified Trainer, Certified Success Principles Trainer, Post-Betrayal Transformation from Ashland, Oregon, USA
My Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) Project – Conversation with Friends Season 2 Episode 2
Michelle is a friend of mine since 2013 when we attended Breakthrough to Success of Jack Canfield in Arizona and we both went on to the Train the Trainer on the Success Principles. She lives in Oregon, USA and I was so excited to talk to her.
She is a speaker, author, coach and helps people overcome trauma. Her business especially during the lockdown period has even improved since all of the people were confined to their homes and trauma, anxiety, depression was being experienced by some. Some have reached out to begin to explore how to overcome trauma in their lives.
In Ashland, Oregon, the lockdown has eased up and she was even able to go for a walk with friends and walked past 7 waterfalls! (Wow! I’m envious. Hahaha)
Some of the countries and cities are still on partial lockdown, what can she advice people?
👍 Be centered and grounded
👍 Have faith with your Higher Power
👍 Be kind to people
👍 Now is the time to do introspection and really need to work on self and learn to adapt
What I loved most about this conversation – “know the difference between self-esteem and self-worth”. ❤
Watch the video to learn more.
Season 2 Ep 1 Conversation with Lorna Scott, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada“Be grateful always. We will all get through this!” Lorna Scott
Season 2 Episode 1 Conversation with Friends – with Guest, Lorna Scott from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
Lorna Scott is a friend of mine from the Jack Canfield group and we have been part of Jack’s assisting team for many years. She lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada and this is really the first time we ever talked this long. Though always together, we have always been busy and now with this opportunity (crisis), she enlightened my mind to so many things.
Lorna has been doing freelance work for years helping people online and helping them launch courses with Facebook ads. This crisis of self-isolation is really nothing new to her except she can’t really be with her daughter and grandchildren.
What I learned from the conversation:
😊 People are now realizing the importance of online business
😊 At this time, cost of ads are low (for now)
😊 She can’t envision a world that we are always 6 feet apart but for now, it has to be this way
😊 We are all one – in whatever country we are in. This pandemic is global
😊 We connecting with each other more now
How do we stay optimistic in this crisis?
✔ Try not to read the news, nor go on social media too often. The world will not stop
✔ Have a routine that is helpful to you (meditation is important)
What were her realizations through all of this?
✨ Hand washing has always been important but it’s only now that people really are doing it.
✨ Everyday is an opportunity to connect with other people
✨ We can really help people around the world
Thank you, Lorna, for having this conversation with me. I am truly grateful!
Conversation with Friends - Season 2Thank you to those who watched my conversation with friends during this pandemic (March -April 2020 recorded) and how each of us cope with the pandemic and the lockdown. What kept them busy and for some, may still be on lockdown, how do they still make use of their time.
I call those conversations with 33 of my friends from all over the world - Conversation with Friends Season 1 (just like in teleserye or series).
Now that countries and some cities are easing up, what is happening in their parts of the world, parts of our country?
Watch out for Season 2 of Conversation with friends.
Should you want to join me in these conversations, please reach out to me. I will be extremely grateful!
Conversation with Mona Meland Norway Episode 33“A lot of learning and reflection during the lockdown. This is the time for meditation and breathing. Be in contact with our hearts. Focus on the real important things in life – family, community “ – Mona Meland, Speaker, Author (Women Who Rise), Canfield Certified Trainer from Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway
My Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Project – Conversation with Friends, Mona, Episode 33
I met Mona last year when she was a participant at the TTT Live in Palm Springs, CA and I was part of the assisting team. We really didn’t talk much then. We had one thing in common though, English is not our fist language. But we connected.
Mona feels that she enjoys being in lockdown since she has been bonding with her daughter a lot more now. Even with siblings and nieces/nephews and a lot of time to converse with her daughter and get to know her more with joy and much more love.
She has been thinking about her small business and how to put her business online. She even made a Facebook page – Faith, hope and Love (in Norwegian).
The truth of the matter is we don’t know how long this will last but definitely coaches will be needed, even online. It is the time to give back and touch people’s lives.
She is launching a book, Women who Rise on May 7 and she was so scared telling people abouther book. She was able to get a free online coaching from one of the most famous Norvwegian coach who helped her conquer this fear. Women Who Rise is about the stories of 30 women who were able to handle obstacles in their lives and she is proud sharing her story.
This part is exciting - Mona made a video on how to hug ourselves. Watch the conversation and it’s so soothing!! How to calm our emotions by “hugging ourselves”.
Last advices: Love yourself. Take steps outside our comfort zone. Learn more.
Thank you, Mona, for this wonderful conversation! I learned a lot from you! Truly grateful!
Conversation with Cathleen Elle North Carolina USA Episode 32“Be gentle with yourself, with your family. Breathe. There is good stuff that will come from this. Don’t focus on the negative. Start enjoying your life. Do something good for yourself every day. Find an inspirational quote that resonates with you and say it every day. “ - Cathleen Elle, Keynote Speaker, Author (Women Who Rise), Emotional Healer, Trauma to Triumph Specialist, Grief Expert, Canfield Certified Trainer from Charlotte, North Carolina
My Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) Project – Conversation with Friends, Cathleen, Episode 32
I met Cathleen when we both assisted in Jack Canfield’s workshop in 2019. We were together for 8 days but it was only this time that we truly had a conversation.
Learning so much from her and what she does will forever inspire me.
What keeps her busy now that it’s also lockdown in North Carolina?
💕 She has chosen to give back to others
💕 Does morning meditation on FB Live
💕 Hold space for people in grief and trauma
If you are feeling anxious, her tips are:
✨ Acknowledge the feeling and give it a voice
✨ Don’t look too far out
✨ Breathe deeply and connect with your inner soul
✨ It’s not always going to be like this. Something good will come out of this.
✨ Everyone deals with a crisis differently. Respect each other’s response.
So much more in the conversation that I truly appreciate her sharing. Cathleen is a beautiful woman – inside and out! Thank you, Cathleen, for spending time with me. I am forever grateful.