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Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Optimist Creed

Thanks to my good friend Jules for sharing this creed. Prior to knowing about this, I have strived to remain optimistic in whatever situation I face. True enough, with faith in God and faith in His plans, things always work out for the best. I still have a lot to accomplish, but hey, this is a great aid in achieving those.

The Optimist Creed

I Promise Myself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and to expect only the best
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world.
not in loud words, but in great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on my side,
so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

Author: Christian D. Larson
Source : http://www.thesecret.tv/prints/A4/A4_optimists-creed.pdf

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Goodbye Cool Job!

It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement (yes, an odd combination but it wouldn’t be from me if it’s not a tad peculiar) that I am bidding farewell to what I consider as the coolest job I’ve ever had.

For several months, I was hired for the position of Travel Specialist and was tasked to create adventure tours, establish contacts within the industry, test adventure sports, read travel magazines, attend press conferences, meet amazing athletes, media people and bloggers.

I did not experience the usual office set-up. Sometimes, my office for the day would be in a kayak or on a raft. Sometimes, I’d be in a zipline perched 4,700 feet above sea level or sometimes, commute to work involves river trekking. Sometimes I'm out of the office tagging along at press launches or cocktail events. Sometimes, I'd be in a meeting with people I used to see only in blogs or on the news.  I still  had to report to a normal office with tables, phones and internet access though when I'm not traveling.

My workmates on the other hand are all incredible people. I will surely miss all our gastronomic adventures and laughing bouts. I will miss my forgiving and understanding boss with her boisterous laugh. I will miss the elevator girl with her Daily Horoscope and all the other unique aspects of that company.

As with any regular work, it wasn’t all bliss. The first few months were especially challenging as I adjusted to a less stringent type of work environment. Prior to coming here, I was an operations analyst in an account where we don’t have much room for missing deadlines. My escape from that environment was to travel, climb a mountain, explore and write about my adventures and that is how I landed my post.

Work was more like play despite all the other annoying aspects of it. I moved in an industry where I felt at home and knew a lot of people.

It is also where I discovered more of myself and realized that it’s not what I wanted to do. What I needed was to explore for fun than deal with all the nitty gritty details of adventure travel.

I am very much grateful for the opportunities that were given to me and for everything I have learned under my company. It is an excellent training ground. It is where I learned to be more confident, more sociable and open to meeting people. I learned to live and to relax more.

I feel sad about leaving because I had already fallen in love with my job and with my team,  but I am sticking to the plan. I will be off somewhere where I know I can fulfill a bigger dream.  I will be moving into an entirely different arena. I know there’d be tons of opportunities to learn, some boring bits and perhaps more stressful situations to face but I’m mentally prepared for it. I am moving because I am aiming towards a greater adventure which I will share as soon as my plans materialize. :) 

To everyone who put up and prayed with me the past couple months, thank you!

Image from : http://www.escapedtoperu.com/

I'm going to need someone to take my place - someone who can conceptualize, organize and market adventure tours. We need someone who loves the outdoors and willing to try every adventure there is.  If you are interested, send me your resume at christine.fernandez@primergrp.com. :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Just A Thought

Today, I am thankful for all the awful things that have happened to me because it made me stronger and more appreciative of the blessings that come my way. :)

(and thanks to Figaro for the free unlimited brewed coffee at the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards). It's amazing what coffee can do to my thoughts. :P

Thursday, December 9, 2010

This Is It! The Corregidor International Half Marathon

 "Set against the paradox of a breathtaking landscape amidst the contrast of a serene backdrop and an unforgiving terrain,contenders will attempt to be part of a race to immortalize the heroic legacy of a glorious past. The distant bygone arena of valor belongs to the present. And the present becomes the ultimate touchstone of running athleticismin the Corregidor International Half-Marathon." - CIHM website

I've been quite busy and tired the past two weeks that I haven't had much time to digest the fact that I'm joining the Corregidor International Half Marathon (CIHM) this December 19, which I joined without thinking. When our marketing officer asked who wanted to go because we had free slots, I immediately volunteered myself because of the word "Corregidor". I completely forgot about the other part which would involve a 21 KM run. Oh why do I always get myself into situations that involve heavy breathing, intense perspiration and aching joints?It would be my 3rd time in enchanting Corregidor and my first time back after high school. If only I didn't have to run, I would have been jumping up and down with excitement. I haven't been on a boat for a while either. Last one was aboard a kayak last September so I'm don't think that counts.

Though I am no stranger to running, I don't consider myself as a strong runner especially not road runs. It's because I have a lazy ass that prevents me from getting out of the house early in the morning to train. My only redeeming quality is that I can do uphill terrain well because of those muscles that involuntarily developed from playing football. Hehe!

 I feel slightly panicky because I haven't had the chance to train adequately. My most recent run was at the Salomon Blaze the trail race in Subic which was last November 13.  I joined the 11KM and had a strong finish  though- all thanks to my survivor's kit - Stinger Energy Gel, Pocari Sweat and my inimitable mental attitude to come out of any situation alive and kicking.  I just needed to constantly watch after my heart rate and water intake because I came across news about deaths in races because some athletes were pushing their bodies too hard. My goal for every race, given my lack of training (blame it on my lazy ass!) is to survive and cross the finish line smiling. I think for this instance, I shouldn't set my standards too high and aim for a podium finish. Please, I am not that delusional, just occassionally. :P

I was actually reading about the race details earlier and  had to pause for a while and take a deep breath before I read again. The CIHM is part trail, part road. Now I can do  trail, but road? I used to join road races before but never really got hook to it. It was just another adventure that I wanted to try. This would be my longest road run to date and from now onwards, I commit myself to train the best way I can. I got to ease up on those carbs  and increase protein intake so I won't feel bloated. For now, I will have to temporarily say goodbye to sweets and junk food and get back on the jumping rope and focus on the finishers medal. I saw it and it looks cool. I definitely want to earn one. Hehe.

Thanks to my every supportive employer - R.O.X. and the organizers for the complimentary race kit. See you in Corregidor!

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