Birthday Project

Hello!

Since I will be celebrating my birthday soon (April 12th). I am raising funds to help Pasig City Children’s Hospital in the Philippines. As you may know, hospitals and first responders need personal protective medical equipment to treat cases of COVID-19.

Money raised will be used in providing PPE’s to the frontliners of PCCH.

Any amount will do! To those who would be willing to donate, click the link below. https://gogetfunding.com/for-pasig-city-childrens-hospital/

Thank you in advance for your contribution!

– Claudine

Take heart

They say that worry and a kitchen blender have a lot in common. With one push of a button the contents of a blender are twisted and swirled until they become a frothy, churned mixture. In our lives, worry chews and wears away at us until our lives become jumbled. But God doesn’t want us to live “blender-ized” lives of worry.

Everyone worries; some people worry excessively. We worry about our finances, family problems and even simple things like foods to eat, clothes to wear and things that haven’t even happened yet. We worry about what others think of us. However, we cannot solve your problem by just worrying all day.

Worry has a lot to do with our perspective. Imagine yourself in a forest, lost and couldn’t find your way out. All you could see are enormous trees. But if you climb up to the top you’ll see that you’re almost out of the woods. When you’re facing a situation and you don’t know which way to take, always remember that God can see us. All we have to do is turn onto Him for He will never leave and fail us.

Take heart! God loves you 💕

La Vie (Life)

If you only realize that life is not happening TO us but it us actually happening FOR us, life would be so different

– sharing this inspiring quote from a You Tube video I watched ❤

There are a lot of things happening right now. But let’s make God bigger!

Also, It has been 3 years since I last updated this blog. And I REALLY missed writing and sharing my thoughts! Guess I’ll be active here now!

-theamantdefleur

The true meaning of Love

As the bible says “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

Love is not only about romantic relationship with someone. It’s not all about rainbows and butterflies. It’s deeper than that. It is full of meaning. Love is something that transforms us, that makes us survive and bloom.

Love is not all about beliefs and words – Love is wholly about actions. It’s about extending and reaching out to the needs of others. It is about sharing a smile, a hug and a word of encouragement. It is about inspiring someone to live – to live life to the fullest.

Step out and show others the true meaning of love

Give yourself a break

We often get overwhelmed with all the things that is going on around us that sometimes we forgot where we are headed to. We stumble and we don’t know how to stand up again. We got tired and we wanted to quit. And we lose sight on how beautiful life is. If this happens, learn to take a break. Stop for a while and ask yourself: what is my true goal in life? Am I still happy with what I’m doing? Am I taking the right path? Is everything will be worth it in the end?

Sometimes, we just need to unwind and figure things out. Slow down a little bit. Take it easy and breathe. Focus on the bright side of life. Remember: what you focus on is what you will see.

💕, Claudine

The reason why I stopped planning my life in detail

One thing I’ve learned so far is not to plan life in detail. For the reason that a lot of unexpected things can or may occur.

I used to plan my life in detail. Like what I want to do 5-10 years from. At what age I want to get married. At what year I wanted to have my own house. Or what job I really want to last or pursue. Stuff like that.

So why I don’t want to plan my life in so much detail? Because as what I have mentioned. A lot of unpredictable things may occur. For example, you started working at this dream company of yours and you plan to work there for the rest of your life. Suddenly, after 2 years of working there you got laid off and they tell you that they are reducing the number of employees because of some issues the company is facing. And you left with no choice but to leave that company. This is devastating and frustrating. You are just starting your career and in just a snap it’s gone. See, if you plot your life thoroughly and if something doesn’t go on the way how you planned or wanted it to be, you’ll end up disappointed. Then you’ll ask yourself: what now? Why me?…

You know, life is a series of unfortunate events. It is given. We have to put up with whatever life is throwing us. We have to move forward. Believe that it happened for a reason.

And as for myself, I may not have a plan but then, I still have my dreams. And I will never give up on that. I’m not telling you to just slouch in the sofa and wait until your dreams come true. There is no such thing.

Stop planning. I believe that dreams do come true if you put you heart into it. Take action. Find another job. Find your source of happiness and be passionate about it

“God’s plan is always better than ours. Maybe life is not going our way but trust that His plan is way way way much better. We just have to have faith and patience”

Note to Self

Note to self : The only thing you’ll be sorry in the future is to do things without a purpose. Be rich, not only on numbers but focus more on experiences. Be strong, to know that failures are the keys to success. Be kind, it’s our responsibility to build a better world. Be thankful, and you’ll find happiness in little things. Greater things are waiting ahead, all you need is to believe, look forward and stay positive. – Jane Chuck 


Acceptance

Have you ever had those moments wherein you see a certain quote or poem and suddenly you have all these feelings you can’t contain? Because I have. It was almost dawn. I was reading Lang Leav’s Lullabies book. Then I stumble to this poem titled Acceptance

There are things I miss that I shouldn’t, and those I don’t that I should. Sometimes we want what we couldn’t – sometimes we love who we could.- Lang Leav

Isn’t it funny how we miss the things we shouldn’t but don’t to those who we should? And want the things we couldn’t and love who we could? Life is indeed crazy. Crazy that sometimes we go insane figuring things out. Who cares if we miss someone that we shouldn’t? Who cares if we love someone that we shouldn’t? Let it go. Let it flow. We weren’t meant to figure things out. We were meant to accept. Accept that this universe allowed this to happen simply because it must happen. Accept that everything happens for a reason may it be good or bad. Because to some of us acceptance is the only way. This is what life is all about afterall. And we can’t control it. If you learn to accept it by yourself, people around you will soon accept it too. Remember acceptance starts from within.

How do you live your life thoughtfully?

current fav mag: Thoughtfully

Going to booksale is my hobby. Whenever I am free or bored I usually go there and just look for some good books and magazines to read. I love how all the books are piled up there and the smell of it is, I swear, like a drug to me Lol do you feel it that way too?

Then this one magazine caught my attention, 

It says “Thoughtfully; the way life should be lived”. As soon as I saw the tagline I immediately bought it went straight home and read it. I seriously love every page of it! It’s so heartwarming and really encouraging to live life thoughtfully. I’d like to share with you one of my fav quote i read there

“I live thoughtfully by trying to see the context of everything – from big life choices to the small daily decisions that make up so much of who we are. Because whether we know it or not, all of our actions, both large and small, have an incredible impact on both ourselves and those around us. I try to live with a sense of harmony by actively listening to both myself and the world around me, and finding a balance in between”. – Tielyn Jacobson (Stylist, On-Air Host and Blogger)

I hope we all can live thoughtfully like her. Always think first before you act because we obviously cannot take back what we already said and done. Remember, one single mistake can affect not only us but also to the people who surrounds us. 🙂

Happiness is a choice

As cliché as it may sound but yes, happiness is a choice. We go through some tough situations and think life doesn’t want us to be happy. You think it is? As I have said being happy is a choice. No matter what’s going on with your life, choose to be happy. Find and do the things you love. Buy everything you want. Say whatever you want. Who cares what other people say about us? Our happiness is more important, right? But don’t forget, never ever step on other people in order to be happy, never ever use and hurt other people in order to get what you desire. Because that is not happiness. That is self-centeredness.

When you feel stressed or lonely or anxious, I know it is pretty hard to avoid it but don’t let it affect you. Instead, find ways to get rid of it. Watch movies or watch your favorite series. Talk to your friends or family. Treat yourself. Go out and have fun. Meditate. Smile. Do the things that make you happy and make you feel alive. Soon you’ll feel great about yourself. See, things do get better or rather YOU get better. Cheer up!

Happiness is the secret to all beauty; there is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.

Christian Dior

Claudine Xx