2014: New Challenges, New Lessons

Year 2014 is a start of a new phase in my life: new work, new challenges, new colleagues, and new opportunities to grow. I consider this year as a “balancing” year, because I need to balance my time with many activities that I needed to take care of and prioritize. There is my new work in WIKA, my fitness program, to name a few.

Activities for this year were not as significant as year 2013, but there are a few highlights that I can pinpoint that made this year a special one:

WIKA

Lord God has been very good to me as He answered my prayer of being able to work in an office environment. I have expected that the stress will be great but at least only during working hours. True enough, it did happen. Thankfully, I have great colleagues that have made this stress lighter, especially my fellow countrymen who works in the office as well. All our lunch breaks were such a much-needed breather from work. They are awesome friends to work with as well.

The management is good as well. I have always been blessed with good bosses and the current one is no exception. The work nevertheless is challenging but I took it as an opportunity to improve myself.

And I keep on improving up to now.

Speaking of opportunities, WIKA has been very good to give me an opportunity to be trained in one of my dream destinations:

ITALY

Forza Italia! I didn’t expect that I will be chosen to be part of the Primary Flow component training in one of our subsidiaries in Italy. I was just 4 months old then in the company. Italy is my dream country, thanks to Ferrari.

It was one of my highlights this year, to finally experience the Italian spirit there is: from food, wine, coffee, people and the culture. It was truly an experience worth sharing and worth keeping.

The people in Italy, particularly in countryside Cremona, are the most relaxed people I’ve ever met in the whole world. Too relaxed that I realized I’ve been approaching my life in the most stressful way. They are out there going home early from work, walking slowly, going to a coffee shop and chatting with friends. I can easily tell if there’s any sign of stress from their faces, and there’s none. Amazing.

I was able to go to Milan as well and I thank Tita Joys Calingasan, wife of my mentor Pastor Dan Calingasan, in showing me around the city. Together with their lovely kids, they were able to accompany me to the best places and food in Milan. I can’t thank them enough for the hospitality and patience in walking me around.

I will surely come back in Italy, hopefully for vacation and next time in Florence. 🙂

 

#ProjectKatawangPangRomansa

You will see this project over and over again but this time around I got really into it, serious as hell and as focused as LASER.

I have put up the most rigorous training and diet regimen that I can.

Swimming, stair climbing, running, weight training, density training and all the works.

No white rice, white bread whatsoever. I can eat all the ulam I want, but no rice.

Imagine the discipline it takes for me to do those things, especially the swimming session every Saturday evening. It went on for 4 months straight. It took me sweat and blood to burn what I need to burn and establish my target metabolism.

Thankfully, this 6 month workout investment (which I will still continue next year) have already produced its results. The weight that I obviously lost is one thing. But the better part of this is that my metabolism is still on its peak rate, burning 1-2 lbs per 6 hours of sleep/no-activity. Amazing. That’s why this christmas vacation, I can just eat whatever I want and my body itself is helping me burn the fats to control the excessive weight gain.

That should be your goal in working out as well. Not just weight loss, but metabolism. 🙂

PROJECT KAIZEN

A few months prior to the holiday, I felt that my knowledge in finances and money has been stagnant due to being busy in workout and watching lots of drama series. I came back to Asensadong Pinoy with a renewed vigor and hunger for learning. I missed going to the greenhouse and as I hoped, every session I attended with AP is a session of realization and learning — which I really needed that time.

So I came up with a new project called KAIZEN (good change) that will help myself re-learn the ropes of various subjects needed to become a complete person and a competent investor. In short, I want to re-increase my value.

So I started reading Economic news and read numerous financial and personality development books. I also attended numerous Asensadong Pinoy Investors’ Training led by my mentor himself Pastor Dan Calingasan. Indeed, I am glad that I am back on my usual self — hungry for knowledge.

The key now with this project is that I must be consistent with what I do and develop a habit of touching every aspect of the learning curve. Needless to say, I am now so busy studying and doing what normal people of my age do: wake up early on weekends and stay up late on weekdays to self-study and read books.

There is absolutely no time to waste. This is not easy, but it will be worth it.

#Pasko2014

And finally, the much awaited Christmas vacation is here! All those months of hardwork will be rewarded by an awesome vacation in my home country. So far so good. I am able to eat all I want to eat and be with my loved ones almost everyday. The relationships I have re-forged is priceless and I will always treasure all those days that I have been with them.

That’s it for my 2014. I thank the Lord for giving me daily blessings through my family, friends and loved ones. It is really not the material things that made me happy, but the inner peace Lord God has given me.

As for my plans for 2015, I just need to focus on my Project Kaizen as it now involves me expanding my investment portfolio deep into the stock market. I feel that I will be good at it — I can be confident at times and this is one of those instances where I think I will excel on something. I just hope that God will bless me with wisdom and knowledge in pursuing this. After all, I do this not for myself, but for a higher purpose of serving Him by blessing others as well.

To my family, loved ones, friends and colleagues who kept me company for the past year, thank you very much. Words alone cannot express the joy that you have given me. You truly are instruments sent by God to bless me with riches that money cannot buy.

Happy new year everyone! Indeed,  #AwesomeNeverStops in 2015! God Bless! 🙂

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