Taking A Blogging Break (Plus A Short Gratitude List)

Carmel David 3

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To my dear readers:

I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks due to personal reasons. I’m not sick nor dying nor broke, don’t worry, and everyone in the family is okay.  I just need to sort some things out, and I’d like to request that you pray for me as I go through this somewhat difficult time.  Again, no need to worry — yes, it’s quite major and serious but it’s nothing that any of you haven’t gone through.

As much as writing this blog post is already taking up a great amount of my energy, I don’t want to end on a sad note so I’d like to share a short gratitude list. They say that regardless of the circumstances, we should always be grateful and count our blessings, and these are just some of the things I’m grateful for amidst the negative stuff (no particular order):

1) A NEW JOB!

Yes I know I just switched jobs last year, but it didn’t quite turn out as planned and expected so I had to leave.  Thankfully, I got to rest for a couple of weeks (even though I got the effing chickenpox a week after the effectivity of my resignation), and I was able to find another job right away!  I start in May.  I’m turning 30 this month, and I think God wants me to be where I’m meant to be by the time I reach 30, so I believe that the events that transpired are no coincidence. :)

2) LES MISERABLES

Les Miserables Philippines

My dream of watching the tandem of my West End crushes Ramin Karimloo and Hadley Fraser as Jean Valjean and Javert may never happen anymore, but I’m glad I got to watch Les Miserables last March 26 (Black Saturday).  I’m a big musical fan, and I’ve memorized all of the Les Mis songs since I was 8 years old!  The story was quite apt for Holy Week and Easter, especially when I heard the bishop sing:

“And remember this, my brother: See in this some Higher Plan. You must use this precious silver to become an honest man.  By the witness of the martyrs, by the Passion and the Blood — God has raised you out of darkness; I have bought your soul for God.”

These are just a few of my favorite lines from the musical because they speak of second chances and starting anew.  I was planning to write an entire entry on this.  Maybe I will when I get back from my blog leave.

3) FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

Clara's prom!!!  Clara is my youngest first cousin from my mother's side of the family.  She was only a baby when I went to MY own prom!  Where did the time go?!  Congrats Clar on winning best-dressed!

Clara’s prom!!!  Clara is my youngest first cousin from my mother’s side of the family.  She was only a baby when I went to MY own prom!  Where did the time go?!  Congrats Clar on winning best-dressed!

After more than a decade of living in the States, my aunt, Ate Pam, has finally come home! I got to meet her cute little daughter Stella for the first time! Isnt she adorable?!

After more than a decade of living in the States, my aunt, Ate Pam, has finally come home! I got to meet her cute little daughter Stella for the first time! Isn’t she adorable?!

4) SPECIAL PROJECTS THAT KEEP ME BUSY DURING MY “SABBATICAL”

I salute all you preschool teachers out there!  I don't know how you do it, but you're doing a fine job teaching and nurturing our little children.  I've been tutoring Maron (our family driver's 5-year old son) in Reading and it's been really challenging!  I'm grateful that he's shown some progress this week though. :)

I salute all you preschool teachers out there!  I don’t know how you do it, but you’re doing a fine job teaching and nurturing our little children.  I’ve been tutoring Maron (our family driver’s 5-year old son) in Reading and it’s been really challenging!  I’m grateful that he’s shown some progress this week though. :)

Some things Ive learned while teaching kids how to read: 1. They get bored after an hour of serious reading, so more fun activities like drawing should be included in the sessions. 2. They love using the blackboard more than paper. Thanks to my friend Charmaine for the blackboard! :)

Some things I’ve learned while teaching kids how to read:
1. They get bored after an hour of serious reading, so more fun activities like drawing should be included in the sessions.
2. They love using the blackboard more than paper. Thanks to my friend Charmaine for the blackboard! :)

I was invited by the Womens Business Resource Group of The Hershey Company to become one of the speakers during their Women Empowerment Forum. The forum, held last March 29, was organized by my dear friend Gian Ramos in celebration of International Womens Month. Haha I feel like Im the last person to give a talk on empowerment right now, but Im grateful for opportunities like this. :)

I, along with two other ladies, was invited by the Women’s Business Resource Group of The Hershey Company to become one of the speakers during their Women Empowerment Forum. The forum, held last March 29, was organized by my dear friend Gian Ramos in celebration of International Women’s Month. Haha I feel like I’m the last person to give a talk on empowerment right now, but I’m grateful for opportunities like this. :)

 

5) NETFLIX AND IFLIX!!!

I’ve been doing marathons of some TV series that I’ve already watched before.  More than that, I’ve been analyzing character and plot developments which I wanted to blog about but maybe next time!  Thank you, Netflix and Iflix, you help keep me sane!

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That’s it!  Just thought I’d share what I’ve been up to before I temporarily disappear from the blogging world.

What have you been grateful for lately, in spite of the hardships and trials?  Share in the comment section below! Also, let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to pray for as well!

I hope to be back as soon as possible, so I hope you can say a little prayer for me. :)

xo,
Carmel

7 Comments on Taking A Blogging Break (Plus A Short Gratitude List)

  1. Pia Dysangco Villamor
    April 6, 2016 at 2:11 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Carmel! I hope you have a peaceful and fruitful sabbatical. As intimated to you yesterday , I went through something similar last year. So I can totally relate to your need to disconnect. coincidentally I’m about to PM you something. I hope it helps! :)

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  2. Patricia Alix
    April 6, 2016 at 5:35 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on your new job and the speaking gig!

    I think it’s good to take a break once in a while. Give yourself time to process all the changes you’re going through. I hope you’ll come out of it refreshed and renewed.

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  3. Martine
    April 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Praying for you, Carms! Enjoy your sabbatical from blogging and have a wonderful time!!

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  4. Louise Antonette D. Fandino
    April 7, 2016 at 11:27 am (2 years ago)

    Hello Carmel! :) Good luck on your blog-break! May you find in your heart what you’re yearning for. Take care always! :)

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  5. Tina
    April 8, 2016 at 3:40 am (2 years ago)

    You are in my prayers, Carmel! :) Please pray for us too — especially Baby Titus! God bless, dear!

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  6. Lia
    April 12, 2016 at 12:49 am (2 years ago)

    Whatever it is, I know you’ll come out wiser and stronger. Hugs!

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  7. Audrey
    May 17, 2016 at 1:48 am (2 years ago)

    Oh dear, sisters talaga tayo… As you noticed, I also took some time off the blog. :) Good thing that you we are in constant communication… :) Take care! Hope to see you soon!

    Reply

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