I’m ok with who I am!

I’m ok with who I am!

Repeat after me: I’m ok with who I am! 10x

My friends, it’s time! It’s time for us to stop comparing, to stop wanting something to be something else! It’s time for us to be happy with who we are now.

I was listening to Joel Osteen’s podcast, Be Comfortable With Who You Are , he talked about running your own race.. being able to celebrate others without feeling like you have to catch up… he told a story about how he focused so much on passing someone while on a run he didn’t realized he was 6 blocks away from his house! That’s what happens when you focus on other people’s race. You make it longer for you to reach your destination.

The podcast inspired me to write about being happy with who we are!

• Do you not feel happy with who you are?

• Do you find yourself always wanting to change?

• Do you find yourself always comparing yourself and your journey from others?

Well, if your answer is yes to any of the questions above, you need to stop it! Stop it already!

God created us to be exactly who we are.

Everyone was created to fulfill a purpose that is different for everyone! No one is ever more special than you to God. We are all equal in his eyes. He doesn’t care if you make the most money or if you have all the degrees in the world! He only cares about how and what you do with your life’s purpose.

The more you love yourself the more you open yourself up to God’s purpose for you!

Remind yourself everyday to Love every single bit of you, from your body to your mind and to your soul & spirit! It’s you, it’s always been you!

You don’t have to be the skinniest or the fastest, the smartest or the prettiest! What matters is what’s in your heart and that you be the best you you can ever be.

A heart filled with love will be much more beneficial for you than a heart filled with discontent.

Everyday, every minute repeat the mantra: I am ok with who I am!

Every time doubt cripples in: I am ok with who I am!

Every time you feel behind: I am ok with who I am!

Every time someone mocks you, disrespects you: I am ok with who I am!

Keep that in mind: I am ok with who I am!

What’s for you will be for you! You just have to love YOU and let the rest flow naturally!

xoxo

@piawiaventures!

I’m ok with who I am! I’m ok with who I am!
Once we accept ourselves unconditionally, no matter where we are, it will feel like home. Self Love

Reference:

Joel Osteen, Podcast “Be Comfortable With Who You Are”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/joel-osteen-podcast/id137254859?i=1000444682756

Melody Beatle, Journey to the Heart, Daily Meditation on the Path to Freeing Your Soul

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Oops, I did it, again! I ran! – 8.12.2019

img_4366I felt rejuvenated from today’s run and felt the urged to post about it.

I’ve been having so much struggle with my training for the last couple of weeks but today’s run made me feel a bit victorious, to say the least. I do encourage you all to remember your fellow runners during this time of training. The HEAT is extremely vicious this year and training has been more and more challenging. Check on your running friends and make sure they are hydrating and are high in spirits!

I learned a lot this week. I was disheartened to tell you the truth. I wanted to quit or told myself that this is the last time I’m ever going to put myself through Marathon training. I wanted to cry. I wanted to give up. I wanted to tell the world “I can’t do this anymore.” Thankfully, the next day wasn’t so bad and then this one today was pretty nice too. I can be a bit dramatic about things from time to time.

So for those who are low in spirit; don’t give up just yet! Take some rest days, have adequate sleep and start over. The days will get brighter!

Have a nice day everyone!

#HappyRunning!

-Pia

IG: @piawiaventures

Relationship Goals of 2019!

Hi All!

I’ve been so focused on my runs that I haven’t had a chance to produce a blog about self love and relationships. So this is my first dive on this again.

I wanted to tackle special relationships and holy relationships: concepts derived from the book, A Course in Miracles.

Many people struggle with creating a healthy and loving relationship for themselves, may it be with a significant other, friends, family and even things. I can attest to this because I struggle even up to today with keeping healthy relationships. I’ve read so many books about love and relationships and I feel that they talk about the same exact concepts. But here I break it down into two and discern both concept as best as I could.

I would like to first warn you that I do not have any expertise in relationships. I have not taken any courses or received any certifications or diploma that may deem me as an expert. I am simply sharing the things I learn in hopes that it enlightens someone elses life the way that it did mine.

So here it goes……………………

According to A Course in Miracles (ACIM), there are two types of relationships: the special relationship and the holy relationship. Yes, they both sound completely harmless but I do favor one more than the other. I will let you take a guess…

In this blog, I’m going to talk about both separately. These are completely my own understanding of the two concepts. I’ve been working a lot on creating a healthy lifestyle for myself where I am completely taking care of myself deeply and lovingly. When I read about special relationships in The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein,  a light bulb turned on for me. I thought: “This is the kind of relationships I’ve been having all these times!” and I wanted to change that. I wanted something better for myself and the people I love. I wanted to keep and maintain a healthy relationship with myself and others. I feel that I’ve created a safe place for myself through reading and learning about special relationships and I am ready to share them.

A special relationship is basically finding your happiness through something outside yourself! It doesn’t necessarily have to be a romantic relationship. It can be anything: friendship, money, things, etc. Special relationships make you feel complete. Special relationships make you romanticize things or a person/people to the point where it feels as though you’re incomplete without them. This is a sign that you are not finding happiness within yourself.

I struggled a lot with special relationships. I was in denial, often times, playing a role of someone who seems strong and independent, someone who didn’t need anyone. I realized that wanting to be that person is different from actually being that person. I’ve managed to play that role for a while until I was forced to face reality. I wasn’t getting any younger and I wasn’t getting any happier either! I depended on people to make me happy. I looked for answers and validation from the people around me. I found comfort with purchasing things I didn’t need. I constantly look for something/someone to fill the holes in my life but ultimately feeling empty once that certain thing/person is gone, being upset when they don’t turn out as planned and jumping from one relationship to the next. That was me but not anymore.

It took a lot of drama, a lot of heartache, a lot of losing friends and fighting with family for me to realize that I wasn’t close to the person I wanted to be, the person I truly am. I was constantly looking for happiness from outside myself. Having this revelation made me ache for something more, more meaningful and more fulfilling. I didn’t want to depend on anything or anyone to make me happy. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and find out what it truly meant to be truly happy and that is where I found and learned about the HOLY relationship.

Holy Relationship is the one I favor more (a term derived from ACIM). It isn’t holy in religious terms. It’s holy because it is pure love. You are a whole as yourself and you find happiness within yourself despite of whatever you have and don’t have. You don’t depend on others, people or things, to keep yourself happy. You rely on your inner self to be and stay happy.

Being in a Holy Relationship is being in a loving relationship with yourself that ultimately leads to healthier relationships with others. Establishing a holy relationship leads to relationships that feels free, relationships that only requires you to be yourself and allowing others to be themselves too.

As mentioned before, I am not a relationship expert. I still find myself clinging on to things and people. Sometimes it takes me weeks to realize that the reason why someone/something was bothering me so much was because I was holding on too tightly to the idea of happiness something or someone brings into my life. I forget that happiness is within and not something outside myself. I wasn’t having a holy relationship I was having a special relationship and I constantly remind myself of what my relationship goals are and that is to have a Holy Relationship. (Wholly Relationship)

I feel that knowing the differences between Holy and Special relationships help in establishing healthy relationships for yourself and others. Being aware of the differences can help create a path where you could choose which way your relationships could ultimately go. There is no time limit in choosing either, any time you can decide what kind of relationship you want to have. I find that joy is a choice that we make. It’s a decision to free ourselves from looking for love outside ourselves. It’s finding peace from within. I think that is the secret for having and keeping relationships.

Relationships are meant to highlight you as the person that you are, one that is already complete by yourself. It is not meant to fill the emptiness that you feel inside. The emptiness you feel could only be filled by the love you’ll have for yourself.

“You are not incomplete, and no one can complete you. You are eternally, unassailable, undeniably whole.” – Alan Cohen

So, I hope that I shed some light for you. I hope that this leads you to think and evaluate the kind of relationships you want to have in your life.

What kind of relationship would you like for yourself? Did this give you some thoughts about the relationships that you have now? Could there be a person or thing that feels like a special relationship for you? Will you take steps to create more holy relationships in your life?

My only wish is that we could all feel an inch of peace within ourselves even if it takes long. Even if the road can sometimes be so hard and sometimes it’ll feel like you’re alone. In the end, finding yourself and loving yourself is ultimately the best relationship goal you can ever ask for!

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

-Pia

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My Favorite Running Mantras – Vol. 1

Your mental state is very important when it comes to running. Besides all the physical training you put your body through you also have to train your mind to be mentally strong. So I always add mental strengthening in my training which led me to a bunch of running mantras that I read before a race. Here are some of them:

  1. Fall in love with the journey and every mile will be a magical one.
  2. If you quit now….. you’ll end up right where you first began and when you first began, you were desperate to be where you are right now. KEEP GOING!
  3. Pain is just weakness leaving the body.
  4. Run the mile you are in.
  5. You gotta make you the reason you’re doing these amazing things.
  6. Surround yourself with people that will get you there!
  7. What if I can fulfill something no one thought I could?
  8. There’s a winner inside of you.
  9. Never let your weakness destroy your greatness.
  10. Everything you need is inside you!
  11. Start telling yourself the right story: I will get through this! I will find my way!
  12. Don’t just go through it, Grow through it!
  13. Meet your goal at the finish!
  14. The bling is at the finish!
  15. It’s always too early to quit!
  16. Your only limit is YOU!
  17. When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart.
  18. I rather try and fail than not try at all.
  19. You’ll never be able to fix what’s behind you! You gotta run for what’s in front of you.
  20. Remember why you started <3

A little bonus here is the word “Stay”! This simple word help me through Chicago Marathon. Every time I’m about to give up or I’m starting to think negative thoughts I remember the word “stay”. It just means staying in the moment, take things one step at a time and don’t worry so much what you can and cannot do. Worrying just makes your mind more tired and reminding yourself to stay in the moment lessens your worry. 🙂

Thank you,

@piawiaventures!

 

 

 

The Amazing Mom That You Are!

Yeah! You!

You Amazing Mom

Who brought all of us into life.

You Amazing Mom

Who stood up for us when we couldn’t, YET!

You Amazing Mom

Who knew our pain when no one else did!

You Amazing Mom

Who stayed up with us to make sure we’re ok through the night

You Amazing Mom

Who gave up time for yourself to spend time with us.

You Amazing Mom

Who stands in front of us

No Rest

No Sleep

You stand here with a smile

Ready to face another battle of life with us.

We admire your unconditional love for us, your passion to keep us all alive!

To all the moms, new and old, soon-to-be’s and one day will be, you are amazing.

Thank you for all you do!

Special thanks to the moms in my life that inspires me and challenges me to be a better person.

Special thanks to my mom for showing me everyday what it means to unconditionally love someone.

Special thanks to my sister and sister-in-law for bringing so much joy in our lives.

(Belated) Happy Mother’s Day to all! (Better Late Than Never)

Thank you all for reading my thoughts!

~Always be kind and always choose love!~ 

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia!

Aha Moment – 5.10.2019

Realizing that being mindful of the things I say is very important. 

Especially about the things that I say about myself. 

I am creating a safe place for myself [in my mind], where I can be myself always: no judgment & no shame just Trust & Love. 

This moment gave me the opportunity to change my views & to (work towards) loving myself more. An opportunity to create a world for myself where the Universe is not the only one that has my back but a world where I have my back too. 

 ~ Always Be Kind and Always Choose Love ~ 

Love Always,                                                                                                                                            Pia 

Some quotes for guidance into creating a world of love for yourself:

“Transformation starts with how we use our words – how we speak our story to others and ourselves.” – Heatherash Amara, Warrior Goddess Training 

“Be impeccable with your words.” – don Miguel, Four Agreements [faultless, flawless, guiltless]

“Any opinion not presented in Love should not be considered.” – Rachel Hollis, Girl, Stop Apologizing. [may it be from you or others]

“What comes out of your mouth comes into your life, so choose your words wisely.” – Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass Everyday

“There is no more powerful motivation than to feel we’re being used in the creation of a world where love has healed all wounds.” – Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love 

Aligning with Life…

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a page on instagram, Warrior Training Goddess. I believe the page found me or the universe was slightly directing me to this page. There was a lot of positive quotes and encouragement present in that instagram page that ultimately led me to purchasing the book, Warrior Goddess Training by Heatherash Amara. I’ve had the book for a while but I waited to read it. Now, while reading this book, I asked the question, What does it mean to be aligned with life?

 

To answer this for myself, I started with the quote below (that I gathered from the book itself):

 

“Aligning with life means committing to our intent, or goals, 100 percent as well as surrendering to the outcome, whatever it may be.”

 

In my own understanding,

 

Aligning with life means giving it your all, in whatever it may be: intent, goals, dreams. & then being able to accept whatever the outcome is, good or bad.

 

It’s not regretting the hard work you put into achieving your dreams.

 

It’s not regretting the time spent working on your goals.

 

It’s not regretting all the things you had to give up or sacrifice to focus on your dreams.

 

It’s not regretting all the struggles that you could have avoided if it wasn’t for that goal.

 

Even when the results of you giving it your all doesn’t meet your expectations.

 

Even when things don’t go as planned.

 

Even when things go wrong.

 

You accept whatever it is for what it is and live life with no regrets.

 

Aligning with life is finding ways to be happy with whatever the results are.

 

It’s finding the silver lining of things.

 

It’s finding the blessings from all of the shortcomings of life. (or not even thinking of the shortcomings)

 

It’s trusting that life is beautiful no matter what, where, who, how it may be.

 

In the book, Heatherash Amara also mentions that “Life is neither fair nor unfair. Life is a force that constantly moves and changes.” There is a struggle within myself upon reading this that I can’t quite completely comprehend. It’s as if I’ve been living life thinking I’m important that the world revolves around me but obviously it doesn’t. I believe many of us feel this way. We say things like “life is unfair” without realizing that life/world don’t single out things. It just happens that way. It just happened that you’re in this spot today. You’re in this space right now. There is no right or wrong life. Life is just that, it just is. It will keep on moving even if you stop, even when you’re gone, life will just keep on going.

 

The important thing you can do in life is to live life to the fullest. To enjoy each moment, moment by moment and to appreciate what it is that you have. It is to see the world for the beauty and magical thing that it is.

 

This kind of revelation, growth and development takes time. It is said in many books, not just this one, that it will take time and that the only thing that matters is that you keep on moving forward. One of the main things, I’ve read, heard and learned about creating a better life for yourself is that it takes time and dedication. So give yourself some time. Give yourself some credit and also give yourself a break when things are tough! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

 

I feel like I write these blogs to remind myself of what I’m learning each day. I’m writing and posting to give myself a break, to give myself some encouragement and to give myself something to look back to when things are tough!

 

I am a working progress and my goal is to live life to the fullest, however, it may come!

Thanks for reading my thoughts for the day!

 

Yours Truly Yours,

 

Piawia!

 

Notes:

 

Heatherash Amara. Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You Are Meant To Be. 2014

How Can I Keep Writing?

{lol} This is an actual question, Because I don’t know how to start writing again.

I lost track of myself. In the beginning of the year, I set out to write something every single day and then I stopped. All of a sudden, I stop writing materials that felt good and ’til this day I don’t know what to write but I feel like I need to. I want to be able to reach people and be an inspiration but How Do I Do THAT if I don’t feel fully inspired to do so?

It’s not like my life has completely changed. It’s just that I feel as though my fear of failure to do this is making me doubt everything. Or I don’t feel as though I am inspiring or motivating to people.

And Then, 

I just watched a video about becoming an inspiration. It was a video with Eric Feng, an influencer.  He had an epiphany when one of his mentors told him that social media is not about shining the light on himself but shining the light on others. You don’t become an influencer by  just doing things you think people would like but by showing people you care! and it hit me, I have been doing this thing all wrong too.

I was worried about not becoming legit, not being real, not being liked that I forgot that the purpose of this page was to inspire others to get out there and live their lives. The purpose of this page was to inspire others to find themselves and to learn how to love themselves more deeply and more unconditionally. This page was created to teach people how to forgive themselves, believe in themselves and generally learn to be who they truly are.

I am a believer of manifesting greatness in your life by first finding your true self and you can only do that when you learn to love yourself unconditionally.

I am not in that state 100 percent and there is a chance that I will always doubt myself and there is a chance that I will forget why I created this page in the first place but I trust that I am surrounded by amazing people who will keep me on track. I trust that the Universe will always show me the way because JUST LIKE YOU, I know that I am here for a greater purpose and maybe for me, it’s writing to you, being my true self just so you can be inspired to be brave and finally be who you are. Maybe that’s what will keep me going. Maybe that’s what will keep you going.

Nevertheless, I will keep on writing.

I will keep on posting things in my life that ultimately show you how to love yourself. Maybe one day, You Will Be The One to remind ME of what this page is all about!

After all, We Are All In This Together, as per that song that my friends don’t like from our working at Kohls days! lol

Well! Thank you for reading this random thought!

Please like and subscribe! Share and Spread the Words of LOVE in your daily lives! May it be with this page or any other way! It doesn’t matter. If this post inspired you in any way, I know I’ve done something amazing today!

& If you have any tips on how to keep me going, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail (any advice, inspirations, motivations are all welcome!).

So again, Thank You & Have a Wonderful Life Always!

Be Kind & Be Love! 

Yours Truly Yours,

Pia!

Notes:

Here is the inspiring video of Eric Feng (Shout Out to My Sister for Sending Me This Video! Thank you, Ate Etet!) 

 

& Here is the song my friends don’t like (that ultimately inspired this post) 

 

 

Positive Vibes Wednesday – 4.17.2019

I’d like to start your Wednesday with some positivism! I intend to post more positive things each week or so! 

So, here is a lovely poem, empowering women to see themselves as the wonderful phenomenal women that we are! 

Phenomenal Woman 

by Maya Angelou 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

What a wonderful day it is to be a woman! Yesterday, on my way home from work, I was listening to Oprah’s Super Soul Podcast and I ran into this one with her reading Maya Angelou’s poem. In her podcast, she reminds us to be ourselves. She reminds us that our sole goal in life is to be the best selves we can ever be! It’s funny because the chapter in the book I was reading (Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis) said the same thing! What a coincidence?! Both Oprah’s podcast and Rachel’s book remind us that our job, especially as women, is to be ourselves, to stop asking for permission to be ourselves, to be true to ourselves. The people who are truly meant to stay and matter in our lives will love us despite them not understanding, despite them not agreeing. Even if you change, the people who truly matter should be the people who will love you for exactly who you are! 

So this is my positive vibes Wednesday! I hope you get inspired and motivated today to be who you truly are. Just be yourself! Be the bravey you want to see in the world! 

Happy Happy Wednesday! ‘Til Next Time! 

Yours Truly Yours, 

Piawia! 

<3

Notes:

  • Phenomenal Woman Poem by Maya Angelou
  • Super Soul Podcast with Oprah Winfrey
  • Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Picture Post: 50 days/50 Runs/a whole bunch of Flower Photos

I set a challenge for myself to run everyday from February 11 to February 28 but I ended up running until April 2, 2019, converting an 18 day challenge into a 50 day one. I felt amazingly good. I will talk about the actual experience on another blog post but I just wanted to share the beautiful flowers that I saw while I was on my run ventures.

Running for 50 days made me so much more aware of my surroundings and made me appreciative of every little details of my running paths. So here are some flower photos I took while on my 50 day running streak. These photos were all taken with my iPhone 6S. I hope you enjoy them!

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