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Earth Day 2013

Today is Earth Day!

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To celebrate this special day, we take care of our small “garden” create last year in our balcony. We grow aromatic plants, vegetables and flowers.

It always feel good to do something with you own hands and see your project develop as time pass. In addition having fresh aromatic plant available is quite handy.

Tips learn from last year:

Plants can grow quite a lot, especially vegetable. So don’t be shy in spacing plant.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2013 in Checked

 

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Challenge ourselves out of comfort zone!

We are changing the way we do our current bucket list challenges!

From now, we are going to share the results of our achievements first, then inviting you to take the same challenges and let us know how you do!

Cindy and Loic_XmasAs the year is approaching to the end (2012) and heading to another new beginning (2013), we start to examine our individual and couple achieved and yet-to-be achieved goals & to-dos, to reflect on our personal learning and growth during the year, as well as looking at goals for coming months.

We have engaged just a month ago and there are lots of activities planned for 2013 already, including our lovely wedding!! We have few other bucket list activities discussed too… Definitely for us, we will be out of our comfort zone; the question is then HOW MUCH OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE??!!

We will keep you updated for sure!! And YOU LET US KNOW YOURS?

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 30 – Be creative in loving your partner

Creativity is the opposite of routine. Surprise your partner!

How do you love your partner? Are you constantly trying out new ways to love your partner, new manners to show and express your affection and caring, new channels to communicate your admiration, gratitude and appreciation? Are you being creative in loving your partner, delivering your love messages and actions, as well as creating the relationship you want? Surely your partner would not mind little versatility and dynamic in how you love him or her.

Ever thought that loving your partner may be creative? Love may be just love and you just love your partner and nothing in love can be ‘creative’ about it. If you are willing, give it a try and answer this: how many ways can you come up to express ‘you love your partner’? How many ways to say thank you to your partner? When you come up with 10 or 20 options, there will still be few out there, waiting for us to explore.

Sounds exciting, isn’t it? To go beyond what we know exist already and explore the unknown. It not only surprises your partner, but also excites ourselves in the exploring process. Here are some tips for being creative in loving your partner and building the relationship:

  • always brain storm for some new exciting ideas; not to stop at first and only idea
  • do something spontaneous and out of your ordinary routine, i.e. your colleague mentions a good place for night viewing today in office, why not take your partner to the place for a romantic night view (something you would not normally do in weekday).
  • deliver messages unconventionally, i.e. writing on the sand, through your singing, spelt out the message using MM chocolate, using post-it, graffiti….etc.
  • following the heart-felt moments; create environment for it and for surprises
  • go extra mile for your partner, try something new or wouldn’t dare to do

Relationship is what you create of it; it’s in your hand to excite and energize your love for your partner and the relationship. What you invest and put in the relationship, you and your partner will both benefit from it.

Today I love my partner by: (share it aloud to your partner)

Being creative in the ways I love my partner; I will try different ways.

For your actions:

(1)    Take time to brainstorm right now and come up with at least 5 NEW ways that you have never done before in expressing “I love you” to your partner. Do these 5 new ways with this week.

(2)    Create a small surprise in the coming weekend for your partner.

 

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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“THE WORK” by Byron Katie ~ Berlin 30th June 2012

We are on a road trip to love ourselves more!! 

We are attending a 1 day workshop in Berlin hosted by Byron Katie whose job is to teach people how to stop suffering. Her developed concept “The Work” is a simple yet powerful process of inquiry that teaches people to identify and question the thoughts that cause all the suffering in the world. It’s a way to understand what’s hurting you, and to address the cause of the problems with clarity.

We will update you the course when we are back!!

Here is a video from youtube about her:

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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My 5 self-love actions for the next 90 days?

Day 30 – Today’s home work: Create a self-love plan of 5 action items for the coming 90 days with (a) what is the action; (b) why you choose this action; and (c) what you want to achieve and (d) by when (include 3 milestones for appreciation).

The below is my 5 self-love actions that I would like to share with you:

(1) Read 3 self-love books

I dedicate 30 minutes everyday (on the way to work and back home on the metro) to read 3 self-love books to enhance my understanding about self-love. By doing so, I may search into myself deeper with the insight or guidance from the books. By the end of 90 days, I am more rich by 3 books.

Milestone: 1 book by the end of every 30 days.

(2) One statement per day

I dedicate one statement per day to myself (when I brush my teeth in the morning or just before I go to bed); the statement may be words of encouragement, self-affirmation, self-appreciation, self-recognition or self-gratitude and so on. The purpose is to fulfill myself with positive energy and be my own positive influence. By the end of 90 days, I will have 90 positive statements for myself.

Milestone: 30 statements every 30 days. (I will keep a log book on what I say to myself everyday and share after every 30 days! Please feel free to do the same!)

(3) Two hours of exercise per week

I take two hours at least per week to exercise and train my body, look after my health. (one hour yoga or running or swimming or hiking) By the end of 90 days, I will have 26 hours exercises.

Milestone: 8.5 hours every 30 days.

(4) Two activities per month that I would love to do with myself

I find two activities that I enjoy and love; take time out to spend with myself to do these activities. By doing these, I enjoy and learn more about myself. I know sometimes doing activities with myself may induce interesting conversation between me and myself. By the end of 90 days, I will have 6 activities enjoyed with myself!

Milestone: 2 activities every 30 days.

(5) Save $100 per month for the thing that I always wanted

I save $100 per month for the thing that I always wanted, but find too expensive to buy for my own pleasure. By doing the saving, I get to pamper myself. By the end of 90 days, I may give a gift to myself!

Milestone: $100 at the end of every month.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 30 – How you love yourself in the next 90 days?

How would you love yourself if you were the only person left and you have everything to offer?

We were born with emptiness and openness; subsequently been preconditioned by our parents, educations, cultures and social groups. Until we have a mind of our own, start to make own choices, decide who we want to be and realize who we really are, then we declare our life ownership and create a future belonging to ourselves.

You are the master of your life; the captain in the journey of self-love. You have all the capability to make a wonderful trip, as long as you allow your capability to be explored, skilled and practiced. They are there within you. Others’ presences are like the visitors to your ship; they accompany a part of your life, some stays for a long part, however eventually it’s still you navigating your journey, making no regrets no remorses in life.

The end is also the beginning. Let the end of 30 Days to love yourself more the beginning of your self-love journey in the next 90 days!

Today I love myself by: (read the below aloud 3 times and listen to what you read)

I understand self-loving is a life long journey requiring everyday practices. I make loving myself a daily habit in my life.

Today’s home work:

Create a self-love plan of 5 action items for the coming 90 days with (a) what is the action; (b) why you choose this action; and (c) what you want to achieve and (d) by when (include 2 miles stone for appreciation). For example: I read 3 self-love books to enhance my understanding about self-love. By doing so, I may search into myself deeper with the insight or guidance from the books. I want to finish 3 books by the end of 90 days, with milestone 1 book by the end of every 30 days.

Encouragement for myself:

(It’s your space…)


 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 29 – Why not take a road trip to love yourself?

Live for the journey, not the destination.

In your daily life, do you love yourself? Or are you waiting for the perfect timing to start loving yourself? Planning and choosing the right love-yourself activities to do soon? Or perhaps still trying to find the time for you and yourself? How about right now, make a decision to take the coming weekend or one day out for a road trip, completely dedicated for you alone to love yourself?

Loving oneself is a life long journey requiring on-going love-yourself activities to take place. You are probably aware of the importance of self-love and want to love ourselves more or you are already in the journey, but sometimes experience temporary stagnation at a point during the journey. You know the final destination to reach is that you are your best lovers; however for whatever reasons, you just don’t seem to move to the direction of destination. This is normal and possibly a good sign. It reminds you to enjoy any single moment during the journey, even when you are not even moving. When you stagnate, it means there is an invisible road block you don’t see. Take time to find out the root cause and overcome the obstacle at deeper level. You are one step closer to the destination.

The journey of self-love requires self-awareness, dedication, time spend with self, courage to face own weaknesses and vulnerabilities, gentleness, kindness and empathy for self, as well as actions and support to realize the self-love. It’s your life and the only one life; make sure you are very much loved, at least by you in your best ability.

Today I love myself by: (read the below aloud 3 times and listen to what you read)

I am a self-loving person who gives me care, attention and time; I spend quality time with myself. I am not waiting for a perfect time or day to love myself, but rather through everyday life activities, I love and enjoy the life journey with myself.

Today’s home work:

Take yourself out for a weekend road trip to nearby city or resort; just enjoy spending time with yourself, do things that you like or attend a seminar or workshop that enriches you.

Encouragement for myself:

(It’s your space…)


 
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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 28 – How much do you protect yourself from negative influences?

Positive energy meditates on positive thoughts, affirmation and influences.

How many times when you achieve or accomplish some goals successfully, you hear yourself saying instead of “Well done! You are so brilliant!”, “I am so proud of myself”, you hear “It’s nothing; it’s my responsibility” or “Be humble and not to be egotistic about it”. How many times when you fail or under achieve, you make judgment on your capabilities, blame your abilities and lash yourself with inadequacy. Are you a positive influence to yourself?

Are people around you that you know of happy about themselves and content in their lives? Are they influencing you in a positive ways? Are you protecting yourself against the negative influences brought by you and others?

Negative comments, thoughts and influences consume energies. The more you receive, the more you accumulate and multiply. It’s like a black hole absorbing all your energy. In additions, you would need to generate more energy to recoup with the energy you’ve lost. It’s like the snow ball effect; it just rolls and rolls till it gets far too big. Luckily the same applies to positive energy! The more you focus on being positive, support yourself with affirmations, encouragement, recognition to own abilities and be proud of self, the more positive you will be and more loving, nurturing and enriching you are to yourself in your life.

Take a stand and start to be the best positive influence in your own life; protect yourself from all other negative influences, no matter from yourself or others.

 

Today I love myself by: (read the below aloud 3 times and listen to what you read)

I protect myself from any negative influences bought by me or others; it may be an unconscious blaming, one line of harsh criticism or a hint of inadequacy to a basket of complaints or trivial blab la. I block them out to conserve my positiveness.

Today’s home work:

Take a moment to list out what negative influences I bring to myself and also brought by others. Think of the solutions to stop doing that and come up with alternatives positive habits to replace.

Encouragement for myself:

(It’s your space…)


 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 27 – How self-sufficient and abundant are you?

He who self-sufficient does not ask others for more; he who is abundant in all kind has lots to give.  

Being self-sufficient goes beyond the general understanding of having enough money to support daily spending, living standard and random pleasures; it is more importantly about having emotional maturity and adequate stability to take care of own emotional needs, as well as others’ needs. A self-sufficient person interacts with others with adequacy and abundance in his or her emotion tank, rather than with the intention to withdraw from others or to take from others.

Are you emotionally self-sufficient? Are you fulfilling yourself with love, happiness, content, security, recognition, appreciation and so on? Are you abundant in your heart? Or are you waiting for someone else to fill up your emotional tank, i.e. make you happy, satisfied about life, appreciated and to give value to yourself? If there is a glass with 50% of water inside, do you see it as a glass with half full of water or half empty? If you choose half full, this indicates you are viewing from a positive and self-sufficient angle; if half empty is chosen, simply the negative and inadequate point of view is taken. There is no right or wrong answer; but only the answers which enhance you and your life!

On the journey of loving yourself, it is very important to realize how fulfilled and equipped you are emotionally; and not to be disturbed and discouraged by any circumstances or anyone. You are the number one investor and contributor; you invest with care, attention and time to generate and re-generate these positive emotions within you, especially at the time of difficulties and emotional vulnerabilities. It is not others’ responsibilities to restore your emotional breakage or to enrich your emotions and bring you self-confidence or security; it’s solely yours alone. If others do make good contribution in you having a happier, more pleasant and fulfilled life, it is your bonus; treasure them as much as you can.

Today I love myself by: (read the below aloud 3 times and listen to what you read)

I am responsible for my own emotional maturity, stability and security. I fulfill my own emotional needs instead of withdraw or take from others; I interact with abundance in heart. I am self-sufficient and I love myself.

Today’s home work:

Find out 2 of your biggest emotional needs and see how you could fulfill your own needs.

Encouragement for myself:

(It’s your space…)


 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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Day 26 – Are you standing firm for your beliefs?

When no one else in the world is to support your beliefs, there is always this last person steps up for what you believe in. And this person is ‘You’.

How many times in life, people question and challenge your beliefs? Thinking you are young and inexperienced, still lots to learn in life or perhaps assuming you are aged, becoming stubborn and rigid in thoughts? Or seeing you are as an outlier with totally different perspectives and they just don’t like your un-conformed ideas? Under these circumstances, what do you do and how do you react? Do you stand firm and confident in what you believe in? Or doubt yourself and back down to avoid confrontation? Or don’t even bother to explain and communication your point of view? And how do you feel about the stand you take?

We are living in a world where the strong takes advantages of the weak, the loud takes over the soft, the majority ignores the minority, and everything is in fast-tracked mode and simply no time for each other to listen and to explain. Are you behaving like this? Are you doing this not only to others, but also to yourself? I.e. take advantages of the emotions experienced or exploded, ignoring inner voices and body signals, as well as no time for self. If it is you, it’s the time to stop whatever you are doing and takes a moment to listen and empathize the inner you, change your side and perspectives.

Stand firmly right by your own side. Truly believe what you believe in. If you don’t, might as well drop that belief. Breath in and out these beliefs, live through them and act base on them. Your beliefs are the principles of your life; they are meant to support and help you in creating your life, achieving your dreams, but not to hinder and stubbornize you into a corner. Be very careful of what beliefs you are choosing to be part of you and your life; review them regularly and be proud of them, as well as stand firm by them. No one should make you feel inadequate about your beliefs.

Today I love myself by: (read the below aloud 3 times and listen to what you read)

I choose my beliefs wisely and review them on regular basis; I am proud about them and always stand firm by my own beliefs, not give up easily in communicating my beliefs to others. I honor my beliefs in creating a life I want and achieving the dreams I wish for.

Today’s home work:

Find out if you stand firmly about your beliefs when others challenge or criticize your beliefs? If yes, how do you stand firm? And if you are not, find out the reason and ask yourself, what does it take for you to take a stronger stand about your beliefs the next time?

Encouragement for myself:

(It’s your space…)


 
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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Thoughts

 

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