Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 Unnecessary Sources of Stress

Been feeling an incredible amount of stress lately? It’s possible that most of the things you’re concerned about are things you don’t even have to worry about at all!

1. A cluttered environment is one of the main sources of stress. Make it a point to keep things in order so you wouldn't have to keep on forgetting about where you placed your stuff!

2. Stop worrying about your lines! Getting older is a process we all go through and can’t stop. Freaking out every time you see even the tiniest hint of an age line will only help them multiply. Focus on finding ways to feel fab no matter what age you are!

3. Laugh if you want to, cry if you want to, scream if you want to. Never let what other people (might) think stop you from expressing yourself or doing things you feel you need to do.

4. Don’t worry about your weight if you don’t have to. People who go on unnecessary diets deprive themselves of everything good - food, company, and a great mood.

5. Don’t make a habit out of lying. The more of them you tell, the more tangled the web you weave will be;  until you can no longer extricate yourself from it unharmed.

6. Many women suffer from poor time management. Instead of spending hours agonizing over what to do next; because there’s just too much on your plate, take half an hour to an hour to organize the things you need to do throughout the day.

7. Low self-esteem makes it easy for us to give up on things because it tells us we can’t do anything before even trying. Build your confidence by doing one thing you thought you could never accomplish in a day!

8. Most of us have the awful habit of prolonging the inevitable. We know we’re going to have to face the music eventually, but we continue to find ways to put things off until we absolutely no longer can. Deal with it now and get it over with!

9. Prolonged arguments can be a large source of stress, especially if they involve people you love. De-stress by making sure you smooth things out as soon as possible.

10. Yes, the world could end tomorrow, hell could freeze over, and the wonderful life you’ve spent years building could come to end—-but who’s to say it’s happening for sure? Stop anticipating the worst before it even happens! Just enjoy life and live it one day at a time.

Monday, November 29, 2010

10 Toxic People to Avoid

Feel as if you’re surrounded by negative vibes?

Maybe it’s because you keep hanging out with the wrong people. Keep your mood up by avoiding these 10 types of people:

1. The Judgmental – These are people incapable of accepting opinions counter to theirs, who have a default bias on everything. If you can’t deal with them, don’t bother; they’ll rarely see it anyone else’s way.

2. The Parasite – They’re clingy types who prey and become dependent on their unsuspecting victims. The only way to deal with parasites is to either teach them how to stand on their own or to avoid them altogether!

3. The Know-It-All – A know-it-all is someone who knows a lot of things and loves rubbing it in everyone’s face, or someone who professes to know a lot of things but actually knows very little. Know-it-alls exude a certain kind of authority and arrogance that can easily deceive people, so be careful not to get fooled!

4. The Dementor - These ghostly creatures from the Harry Potter series suck the life and happiness out of a person. In our world, you’ll always feel tired and spent when you’re around a “Dementor." They can’t help but bring negativity wherever they go, so keep happy by steering clear of these mood downers!

5. The Killjoy – Every time you come up with a bright idea, the Killjoy is ready to shoot it down. They’ll counter you, pull you down, and ultimately ruin your mood. What you can do is block them out: don’t let them keep you from doing the things you want to do.

6. The Rude - These people have no boundaries and don’t respect your feelings and privacy. They have a weak sense of propriety and do things in the most improper ways at the most inappropriate times. Luckily, these types are easy to recognize and therefore, avoid!

7. The Puppet-Master – These master manipulators can easily bend you to their will. They know what strings to pull to get you to do their bidding without you even knowing it. The best thing you can do is to be wary of these people and refuse to allow yourself to be used.

8. The User-Friendly – These fair-weather friends seem to appear only when they need something and disappear just as quickly when they’ve gotten what they wanted. They don’t know how to give but are great at taking, which is especially bad for people who have a hard time saying “no."

9. The Plastic – You can never really tell if they’re being sincere. These people are kind to your face but can’t wait to zing you once you’ve got your back turned. There’s no surefire way to spot a Plastic, but what goes around comes around, and they’ll get their karma in one way or another.

10. The Traitor – These people may seem like your friends, but they’re really waiting for the perfect moment to pull the rug from under your feet. As much as you might trust them, love them, and have already spent years and years cultivating your friendship, these people are more than capable of selling you out in a second! If there’s anything you can do to protect yourself, it’s to be careful. Think before revealing certain things about yourself to others—they can’t fire at you if you don’t give them any ammunition.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Open and Closed Doors

Well...what you know, just when I was about to question my own decisions and beliefs, God point me to an article that would help me to understand his will better....


We need to learn to thank the Lord for closed doors just as much as we do for open doors. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us.

If he didn't close the wrong door we would never find our way to the right door. Even when we don't realize it, God directs our paths through the closing and opening of doors. When one door closes, it forces us to change our course. Another door closes; it forces us to change our course yet again.

Then finally, we find the open door and walk right into our blessing. But instead of praising God for the closed door (which kept us out of trouble), we get upset because we "judge by the appearances." And in our own arrogance, or ignorance, we insist that we know what is right. We have a very present help in the time of need who is always standing guard.

Because He walks ahead of us, He can see trouble down the road and HE sets up road blocks and detours accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour signs. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying "Lord how could this happen to me?"

We have got to realize that the closed door was a blessing. Didn't He say that "No good thing will He withhold from them that love Him?" If you get terminated from your job - don't be down, instead thank God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves - it might be a better job, or an opportunity to go to school. If that man or woman won't return your call - it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time a person had a bank he had been doing business with for many years tell him "NO" for a $10,000 loan. The Lord led him to call another bank. That bank approved a $40,000 loan for him at a lower interest rate than his own bank had advertised.

I'm so grateful, for the many times God has closed doors to me, just to open them in the most unexpected places. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." (Psalms 37:23) The Mountain top is glorious, but it is in the Valley that I will grow!

Thank God for open and closed doors.... Amen

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Great Avon Experience

Wow...it's almost 4 months since I last wrote an entry here...to my followers, forgive me for being in hiatus...in this entry, I'll explain the reasons why I wasn't able to update this blog of mine during those months....

Last week of  November last year, my older sister recruited us (my sisters, cousins, some of her friends and others) to be her agents in Avon...because of this, she was promoted to the position of a Manager.

Hubby was hesitant at first...he told me that I might be pushed to my limits just to sold their products. I, on the other hand, was thinking that this could be a sign from heaven that my long time dream of having a business of my own might get started.

While being interviewed before becoming one of their Sales Agent, the interviewer ask me the reason why I wanted to join their Direct Selling Team. I told her that I wanted to gain financial freedom and to have a flexible time by means of pursuing my own business.

I'll tell you that it was actually kind of hard on my part to ask someone to buy the products I'm selling...there's no problem with the quality or price of the product I'm selling; It's just that I'm too shy to sell things...

But since we have a sales quota to meet every month and I really wanted my older sister to succeed...I learned to be an outgoing, friendly and approachable person. Not only that, I also became patient and somehow had slowly but surely unravel the joy of listening.

I learned that it's important to sell these products but it's more important to listen to their concerns, opinions and suggestions. I also noticed that selling is good but getting their payment is more important (Avon Products are sometimes sold in installment basis after delivery of product to the customers).

I also observed that most of the Top Selling Agents of Avon are humble...unlike in the Corporate World wherein you see the Boss or Superiors wearing good clothes (since they are required to) that sometimes dictates the kind of salary they are receiving...this top selling avon agents are no show-off...you'll see them wearing jeans and sometimes homey clothes...they would wear accessories but most of them are avon products...they promote the products they are selling by wearing or using it themselves.

Their bank accounts are bursting with money from the products they have sold yet you won't see it in the way they project themselves to the world. Sometimes, they are often treated just like a commoner...yet they'll surprise you in Every month's meeting by the announcements that they are among the top sellers.

They serve as an inspiration by living a simple life, humbly leading and providing you with techniques and insights...they are an epitome of a good citizen who uses his / her potential well to help others and glorify GOD for the talents and skills he gave them.

Well...reading this entry, I must say that it's true...I really am proud to be an Avon Sales Agent!