6/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

6. Slow down.

The extraordinary life you’ve been waiting for is happening right now. While you are racing to the finish, making plans, keeping up and getting by, your extraordinary life is patiently waiting for a warm welcome. Slow your pace and look around or come to a complete stop to fully appreciate what is right in front of you.

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STOP and smell the FLOWERS. That’s one thing I’ve always remembered during one of the life workshops I atteneded a couple of years back. It helps to stop and slow down. Really. Because if not, you will miss the extraordinary moments, the extraordinary smiles and laughters, the unforgettable events. So yes, try to slow down.

5/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

5. Make space.

Clear out the clutter and the excess. You need space and room to pay attention to what matters most.

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Ah, this one, I’m capable of doing! I love de-cluttering especially at home. I want space. I actually need space to move around. I hate clutter so I tend to remove those when I have the time. And I usually do it on weekends. I’m on the right track, then! ♥

4/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

4. Let go.

Every time I think something has a hold on me, I realize I’m the one with the tight grip. Don’t be afraid of space and the absence of all the things you think you need to be happy and secure.

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I’m having a hard time letting go. Of things, of people, of events, of situations. I tend to “grip” as mentioned above. I just find it hard so hopefully this Holy Week, I will start doing what is right – let go and let GOD.

3/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

3. Stop comparing.

Someone will always have more or less than you. There will always be someone who is better or worse at what you do. You can’t assess who you are or what you have based on others and if your focus is on what they have or do, you can never fully appreciate all of the extraordinary blessings in your own life. Even your past and future cannot be measuring sticks for your life today. Keep your eyes on your own paper.

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This I got to do. Nowadays, with the social media sites out there, it’s hard not to “look” at other people’s lives and question our own. NOPE. It shouldn’t work that way. Life is too precious to compare it with everyone else’s. Enjoy life by focusing on your own life and your family.

2/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

2. Be grateful.

Expressing gratitude will help you stay focused on the magnificent happenings of your day to day life. It feels good to say thank you and it’s always a good reminder of how extraordinary your life is.

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You know, I totally agree on this one. there are times though that it takes a lot of effort to focus on the good things, but I believe that it works. It helps you to focus on how blessed you are with what you currently have in life.

1/10 Ways to Live an Extraordinary Life by Courtney Carver

Since Holy Week is about to start in the next few days, I’m sharing this wonderful article by Courtney Carver of Be More with Less. Many people want to live an extraordinary life so why not start now? Let’s see what she has to say…

1. Pay attention.

When you are distracted, it’s impossible to notice the extraordinary things around you and how you feel about your life. Unplug, look up and be present.

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I noticed that if I get too engrossed in the internet, the other people’s lives, and things that are non-essentials, I simply forget that I’m so blessed with a lot of things. I tend to focus on things that don’t matter. I should reverse and change that kind of thinking. Yes, disconnect to re-connect with loved ones and ourselves.

Yes, we are too blessed to be stressed.

Japan in January, What a Grand Country!

Here’s a proof how beautiful Japan is, most especially in January.

Watch this video about the county Japan grabbed from this article and you will be amazed.

Yes, I claim that one day I will be visiting this beautiful country. And I know that, that will come true in the next few years.

Why? Because I’m claiming it. (*wink*)

Jo’s Chicken Inato, My Ultimate Fave!

Do you know what is my favorite food when I go home to Cagayan de Oro City?

This.

Jo’s Chicken Inato is so simple, yet tasty and affordable too. Aaaaah, I miss this. Wish I could go home to my hometown very soon. Hopefully next year, that is! We’ll see.

Beautiful Butterflies at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

There is a butterfly sanctuary that I couldn’t forget when we visited the city of Puerto Princesa. It was small but the butterflies were so colorful and vibrant.

The Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village is a place that reflects the mesmerising beauty of a province that is known as the “Last Frontier of the Philippines”. It showcases a sheer variety or tropical butterflies from the Southern region of the country. These free flying butterflies are surrounded with live exhibits of scorpions, green-crested lizards, phasmid and mantises which are considered their natural predators. It is a window to the natural ecology of these colourful insects. (*Grabbed from www.Tripadvisor.com*)

Both Hubby and I definitely had a grand time!

The Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village is located at Bunk House Road, Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island. Visit this if you have the time. It will be worth it!

Enders by Lissa Price

Here’s the last installment of the Starters Series by Lissa Price. The seocnd book entitled Enders.

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life—but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Hmmm… So what do I think about this book? Well, I like the first book better than this one. It has so many questions left unanswered that it made me ask for closure. Does this mean that it has a third book? We’ll see!