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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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November 21, 2007



OMG !!!

This is the best post I've ever read so far! You are my HERO! I wish I could do the same!

Indeed this ONE AND ONLY life should never be wasted!

I wish you all the best in your next journey ...


Gigi -

Good for you. There are a few people in my life right now that are altering their lives for happier days - moving, going back to school, new relationships, analyzing current relationships, changing careers, finding new paths. I hope for them nothing but the best, as I do you. It may be in your pile of books to get to, but, I do recommended reading "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. A motivational book that encourages readers to be a part of life by following dreams to enjoy it, not just to be in it.


woderful gigi! yes, yoiu are heroic and this is exactly how life needs to be lived. we continuously EVOLVE at different points on the rodd. no regrets


darn. i meant, on the ROAD :)


Jase - Anong "I wish I could do the same"? You have! Look at your life this past year lang, my dear. I remember when you first started going for your dreams, and then now look where you are already!

Lyn - Thank you so much for the book rec. I've heard many people say how inspiring it is -- but you're the first one that's actually recommended it to me personally. So I will check it out. :)

Cathy - You've also motivated me to seek a life worth living, simply through your example. So I'm so glad you're here! What has made me so restless all these years is that I've never felt that my work had any real meaning. Just this morning I've realized that what I really want to do -- what I would go for if I knew I could not possibly fail -- has so much potential for doing good and helping others, as long as I desire it.


I heard this from someone else and somehow burnished in my head -Life is like being on a trapeze; and at the moment when you release from one bar and try to reach for the next one; that moment when you are unfettered -is when your new life happens.


Glad to be of help G! Anytime :) go and pursue that dream. Who was it who said that when your objective is noble and will benefit the common good then the universe (or I like to believe, God) will conspire to give it to you... And I like Rick's quote "that moment when you are unfettered -is when your new life happens" ganda! and so true :)


Cheers! Few have the same courage you do to turn their lives around. Most remain with the unhappiness and dissatisfaction because they do not realize they own their destiny.

Great writing! I love reading your articles. Keep it up!


Hi Gigi. Glad to see that you're OK. Reading this entry made me nod in several places--I think your life choices define who you are, and who you're becoming. The braver ones have the most interesting lives. Cheers.


how i wish i am as brave as you - not confined in the limits and the 'normalities' others would want to impose on us. but then each life has its own story to tell.

wish you all the best in this endeavor. :-) God bless.


gigi, you're a brave woman. and as your track record speaks for itself, i see that you are simply on to the threshold of something greater for you. and what's the measure of success anyway? you so eloquently said it...

"That I learned, I grew, I evolved, I changed. I lived."

there you go. and i wish you all the best.


Rick - Not that I'd ever find myself flying on a trapeze (or perhaps merely not likely :) ) but I love the analogy!

Cathy - Sana naman may conspiracy talaga!

ApplesH - Thanks for your support! I have a funny feeling this road is going to be a long, twisted one. But I have my walking shoes on. :)

the bee - Thanks friend. :)

bingskee - So true, what you said. Maybe if I had children or if I was THIS close to foreclosure or bankruptcy I wouldn't be as courageous. But since I'm in neither position at the moment, I'd better go for it while I still can. :)

poppycock - Thank you. I'm still scared to death and I worry -- a lot. But just trying to get past the fear. Maybe that might be the true journey in itself?

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