Always move towards your best self

A personal brand is not built on a single day. It is moulded through years and years of choices and chances: the projects you take, the alignments you make, where you spend your time, and how you use your resources. Decide who you want to be and do the spade work to build towards that vision.

Family as a Team

The pandemic continues to rage without an end in sight. Families are feeling the stress and take out the stress and frustration on each other. Here are some proactive ideas on how to work together as a team.

Be Who You Are

Many are scared to show their talents, skills, or to stand out unique as they are. They fear judgement, ridicule, labels, being discriminated upon, or thought of as ‘strange’. My client was on the heavy side, a genius, loved to dance, and was gay. He was so scared that he tried everything he could ..following well-meaning advise ‘not to stand out’ or ‘just lay low and blend’. He slopped into anxiety, lost friends, became vigilant, and closed off himself. After months of work, he designs a poster, thankful that he can now herald and be proud of all that he is. Effective coaching engagements free people to be their best selves —acknowledge who they are, live authentically, live never ever again to cower in the dark.

Work by Client “jay”

Medhyve Founder: I am my business’s best asset

The best resource of your career/ business/ family is YOU. Invest in your well-being to make it through these trying times: Identify your “why’ –the gut reason why you take the trouble of going to work; remain engaged by working with proactive people who want to succeed and are willing to do the work it takes to be successful; become resilient by placing yourself in environments that are supportive, demand the best from your, and willing to invest in you; be part of a community that celebrates its people with gestures of kindness, gratitude, and forgiveness.Don’t just wait for the vaccine or others to help you out. Make your own route towards well-being. You can be happy, healthy, and well NOW


We are still at Covid and its almost a year now

We started the lockdown on March 13, 2020 and its now January 13, 2021. While there are vaccines on the horizon, the implementation of the inoculation plan or the availability is till up in the air.

Given this, there are a few psychological insights that can help boost understanding. To this, psychologists have studied personality and its prediction to following lockdown rules. Those who are neurotic, conscientious, agreeable, and open are most inclined to follow the ‘stay-at-home protocols. Openness is the most astonishing finding because you would think their adventurous nature would make it difficult for them. The finding however is that people who score high in the openness personalty trait get news faster and see how devastating world-wide Covid is and so they tend to follow the rules.

Yes, personality can help predict such things as these.


Getting out of Conflict

It remains a tough time mentally, physically, and emotionally as the Philippines remains in lockdown for over 3 months and no vaccine in sight. On top of this, the political environment is in flux with the proposal of the anti-terror bill and the guilty verdict of Maria Ressa, a world reknowed journalist who has been critical of the Duterte administration. Complicate this with job loss and financial insecurity…every family is set to feel the stress and may take it out on each other. The Naikan psychology has suggested introspective questions that can heal that divide. When we start with gratitude and end with ownership and responsibility for actions, there is a way out. Half the battle is won


Stress in time of the Wuhan Virus

In this webinar, I talk about handling stress in the ‘new normal.’ The seafarers have such a challenge during this time because of the loss of a sizeable income plus the need to quarantine before and after each voyage. The stress to their families and spouses is monumental, causing significant relationship challenges. See the full video here.

Regular Resource for the Show: Woman UP

Meaning Making in time of Wuhan Virus

Gian Gallegos is the quintessential spirit of joie de vivre! Such an engaging spirit

It is over 40 days in quarantine and no solution is in sight. No vaccine, no mass testing, no economy, low trust for government, no plan, Chinese getting away with everything. And so, Start-ups like Gian’s —whose is in travel — do not see a bright future ahead after all the work that they have done through the years. And so, as I work with him, we venture to find reasons for his lack of joy. Over the hour, we shared many insights of what is important in life. And through the conversation we unearthed a nugget “Crisis is where I find my deepest self!” . You are a joy to be with Gian. More power to you because you make us strong


Self-Care and what it means to happiness


Winnie the Pooh is the poster child of what is important in life. When he gets honey all over himself, gets stuck in friends’ doorways, gets stung by a bee, he enjoys life’s sweetness with intensity.

He loves, lives without worry or self-judgment.

He has no care of missing out because he is too enthralled by the present. He says stuff like “today is my favorite day.

Yesterday, when it was tomorrow, it was too much day for me.’ Pooh lives joyously and sings life.

He buys red balloons simply because it makes him and others happy.

Pooh is about being there for himself and being a good friend towards others.

Because he does not take himself too seriously, he takes life as it comes (without measuring it by its outcomes), he prioritizes happiness and joy — and in the process, he stays funny, beloved, insightful and happy.

There is a time for everything: time for feeling emotions, enjoying abundance, showing empathy, giving in to patience, and faith.

Having time for everything while loving yourself and believing in yourself is self-care.

Reflection Question:

Life has many gifts. Accepting its bounty leads to self-care. Have you appreciated the ebb and flow of life by enjoying life’s gifts and letting tomorrow happen for the moment?

Reflection in Action:

Sit today with your feelings and thoughts. Identify each of them. Ask them ‘what gift do you bring me?’

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