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Friday, November 30, 2007

How I Make Me Feel Good Today

There are days when I wake up in the morning and just don’t feel like getting out of bed. It is going to be another day at a job that I am beginning to hate. Worse, the bank just called the previous day to demand last month’s payment for the house. My credit card debts are piling higher and higher. I am down to my last 20 on which I have to survive for the next 2 weeks. I just want curl up in bed and die a painless death.

But the kids need breakfast before going to their daily activities, school and what not. Dragging myself out of bed, Robert Frost’s rhyme came to mind. ‘...The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep’. So I will make myself feel good today...feel good about me, about people around me, about things around me. Just feel good about everything under the sun. So how do I make me feel good today so I can go on with my day? I have a few daily mantras which kept me going. I followed through these five mantras as much as I can each day, and they have worked for me:

1. Be Grateful

· Be grateful that I am alive and healthy – I can breathe, walk, run. I am healthy and the good old heart is pumping great today. I am thankful that I am capable of working and earn money for my loved ones.

· Be thankful for my family and friends – I try to see the wonder and miracle beyond my little urchin’s face as he goes through his daily ritual of refusing to brush his teeth and eat his breakfast. My friend just had her first baby and another just got married, I will call and congratulate them.

· Thank God for his glorious creation all around us. This is the easiest to do. I just look around me, the sun is just showing its first rays and the morning wind blows in fresh and sweet. And I see in my mind’s eye some of the favorite scenery pictures that I treasure of God’s glorious creation.

2. Put Forth My Intentions

I take about 5 - 10 minutes just as the sun is rising, in the quiet of my bedroom, sitting in a relaxed state, and I put forth my intentions to the universe. It’s like a prayer. Usually it works for matters that needed to be resolved urgently, like I need to pay up an outstanding payment to the bank by a certain date. So I announced that to the universe. And somehow, from somewhere, someone pays up some money owed to me, or some claims get approved. Usually it is just enough to make a particular payment. It works each time. Coincidence? Maybe. No matter, what's important is that warm feeling of gratitude inside as I say my thank you(s). However, I find that it does not work when I ask for extras…like striking that million dollar lottery. Hell, I tried; it just doesn’t work that way. No way will it work if I start getting greedy.

3. Stay Positive

Having announced my intentions to the universe, I endeavor to stay positive. It is going to be tough the minute I walk out the bedroom door. But I focus on the positive. I find it easier to be positive if I hold on to that feeling of gratitude. I try not to get derailed when the going gets tough. I know it is easier said than done. But this is crucial. From my own experience, I find that if I am angry or I stay mad at somebody, my intentions or prayers are never answered. And I could stay in that bad patch for months, even years, until I blessed the person whom I thought had caused me misery.

4. Do Good and Keep Busy

Just do good each day, no matter how big or small. I am a firm believer of karma and 'What goes around come around', and also in the universal law: “Do unto others what you would that they do unto you”. I know a man who tried to molest his young sister-in-law. Years later, his own son-in-law tried to molest his younger daughter. Bad karma, it hits you back in exactly the same manner and where it hurts the most.

And I keep busy. Weekends, I tend my small orchard. My job is becoming boring…so I blog. I now look forward to tomorrow.

5. Believe and Receive

Having released to the universe my intentions, I believe that I will receive one way or another. I have faith that what I have asked for is on its way to me. I believe and I receive.

These are the five simple steps I follow to make me feel happy. Except when I get derailed, and that could be for months. But more often than not, they have worked for me. I hope they will for you, too.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Blogging Tips for Beginners - Steps Closer to Making Money

Hordes of wannabe bloggers around the globe are now venturing into blogging as a business either full-time or part-time. The buzzwords on the current trend are increasing as we speak: 'blogging to riches', 'monetize your blog', 'blogging to the bank', 'blog & make money online', and so on and so forth. By the look of it, one can generalize that blogs are moving away from being purely personal journal or diaries and are now increasingly becoming money making machines.

For newbies trying to break into the biz, especially those not too IT savvy, the starting line can be a scary place to be. But the money is just too tempting! Luckily, there are hundreds of sites out there sharing and give out tips and guidelines for beginners for free. Not purely out of the goodness of the heart but more to lure in traffic, of course, because that is the bloodline for this type of business. Irrespective, beginners can't be choosers and have to start from scratch... somewhere. I found a good starting point on Wikibooks which I would recommend for beginners:

Click here

Adding on to your wealth of knowledge especially on how bloggers can earn money, Problogger gives helpful tips:


I'd like to particularly mention a very helpful website - Blogger Tips and Tricks - by Peter Chen who gives a very easy to follow instructions. Beginners might find it easy to follow:

Blogger Tips and Tricks

There are hundreds other sites to learn from and purchase information from. But newbies should take it slow. Learn one thing at a time and just enjoy the process of learning, knowing that at the end of the day, we can sit back and watch the money flow in.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Obsession with Money

Everyone I know is obsessed with money. Except for my parish priest (s), of course. But then again, they can afford not to worry about money. They get so much donations from the faithful, and have more than enough from Sunday church collections for the their upkeep and expenses of the church. You bet I've been counting how much they get in weekly collections - they publish it in their weekly bulletin. Holy cow! those guys get about the same in a month as 20 lowly paid civil servants put together! Tax free some more. Talk about vocation! If only I'd known...

Still on money. Growing up, many of us are told 'Money can't buy everything', 'Money can't buy happiness' or 'Money is the root of all evil'. Yeah, over and over, they stuffed it down our throats and pound it into our tiny brains. And we believe them (whoever the authorities over us were then, parents, grandparents, teachers, priests, nuns, the whole lot). At least, I did, believed them. Money became something that I should never have much of or seek or ask for because money can make me a bad person. But growing up, I realise that the exact opposite is true. Money simply became more and more important and very,very much needed. I saw my father worked himself to his grave just to get money to feed us. My mother scrimp every extra dollar she can and keep them under her bed, inside her pillowcase (even to this day) or behind pictures on the wall. (This became such a habit to her so much so that when the many times she forgot about her hidden stash, my siblings and some neighborly kids have such a thrill finding lost treasures under her bed!)

Contrary to what we were told about the 'evils' of money, money soon came to mean almost everything in life. Money means food, clothings, schooling, going to work, curing the body of illnesses, and buy you things that make you healthy. These are the basic necessities that money could bring to our simple lives when I was growing up.

Today. Oh, today, I can no longer go through a single day without the thought of money tripping me up! The minute you open your eyes each day: oh what's for breakfast, you asked, and that's money spent; you turned on the bathroom lights, that's money spent; turn on the water, money spent...and so on and so forth, the car, the house , the kids' education; it just doesn't stop, does it? Then some smart Alec comes by and say it right to your face..."well, that's life! So get on with it or stay in your cave!"

So, what do I tell me today? That Life is all about making money so I can live a good life and be happy. Well, for now, I believe that much is true. So, Universe, tell me otherwise...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Make Money and Buy Happiness?


Today, I begin to document my journey to finding my success and riches in life. I am told that it is my birthright to be rich. All I have to do is ask and receive. I have listed down all my goals of being wealthy. I have written affirmations, set the time frame, and ask the universe, and I am ready to receive. I waited...and waited. Well…nothing. Nothing seemed to work for me. I am sinking more and more into debt, all stressed out and close to penniless and depression.

We live today in a world without boundaries, the global village where so much information can be passed around in a blink of an eye via the internet and other ICT devices man has created. In today’s virtual world, I am inundated with an avalanche of systems, books, and e-book on the secrets of success, how to make money and be really, really rich and happy that now I am as confused as ever and nowhere even close to living my dreams of being rich. Through all the confusion, the scams, the truths, the lies, the jungle of information to finding my success, I remain today, as depressed and penniless as I was when I first started out on my own.

The Exposure

I had traveled a bit: studied in the US of A, holiday in the Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia, traveled to Thailand. Life is great traveling, learning about people and places. Otherwise, it’s all work, work, work…pay the bills and work, work, work, some more. Don’t even have time to check my email at times. Then, suddenly I have more time on my hands. I am still working though but I now have more time on the computer, traveling the virtual world. But that’s the only thing I have more of now…time. Oh, I forget…my debts, the other thing that I have more of. Still not much money. I just gotta do something about this. Maybe, this online thing can help...

Ahh…the Internet. The Internet has created so much yearning and dreams for people like me. It has caused me to see that life is more than this slow comfortable paced, day in-day out working from 8 to 5, waiting for end of the month salary to pay the bills. The Internet bombarded our lives with so much information about anything on the face of the earth. I can read and see much more of what’s happening out there …from the rich and famous to the hardcore poor and downright ugly. I now see that there is more to life than just sitting at work in front of this computer, creating some nonsensical action plans for my local government telling them how best to do their jobs. There should be more to life than this! And I’ll be damn if I want to retire, just simply noted on my employment record as a so-called expertise for local decision-makers and politicians, assisting them in their job to do good for the people …whilst in reality, I remain heavily in debt and still close to being penniless except for some retirement funds which could be gone in 60 seconds the day I retire. Armed with curiosity (hope I don’t get killed like the cat!), actually more of a hunger in wanting to get rich and live my rich dreams, I had started on this journey to find the answers to the question, “Can I really get rich, live my rich dreams and find happiness?”

The Search

Along the way, I am told that there is a science of getting rich, a science of being well, that there exist a universal law of attraction, that the universe will manifest all that you want if you only ask for it, and that the secrets of success and happiness can easily be found. Specifically on money, I read about how you can easily be a money magnet, about secrets of a millionaire mind, making money online, multiple streams of income, passive income, and so on and so forth.

In trying to find out which are genuine and which are scams, I am further bombarded by hundreds of books, ebooks, ezines, newsletters and sites telling me how to get rich and make money online if I buy their cash machine packages, their ‘business in a box’, their how-to guides. Get this special offer, this one time offer, they say, and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams!

Today Still

Today, here I am still, lost in this jungle of ‘make money’ offers but very much obsessed with making money. After all the questioning and searching, here I am, still heavily in debt, even closer to penniless, and worst still now, I am very much lost and even more confused!

Will I ever get out of this, I wonder? Will I ever get out of this jungle, filthy but rich and smelling of success, and happily living my rich dreams? Is money equals success? I wonder still. I am nowhere close to getting the answer to the big question above. So my journey continues…