If only I am a billion dollar richer…

This morning, I had this crazy idea of tickling my mind.  I asked myself, “Where will I be if I’m a billion dollar richer?”

Background:  Every morning of my working day, I have at least 30 minutes of spare time while waiting for the shuttle service.  Most of the time, those idle time is spent on reading books from the tablet my husband gave me.  Sometimes, I spend the time watching movies from my company-issued cellphone.  Often times, on having breakfast at a local fastfood chain (what an unhealthy way to start my day!).

Rich Woman Batching in Money

So, today I decided to write down my random thoughts on how will I live my life if I am one billion dollar richer (not in order of importance).  Though some can be done right now even if I don’t have a billion dollar (yet), I still listed them down:

  1. I will bring along my family and travel the world.  From Maldives to Africa, from Paris to Brazil, from New Zealand to Bali – name it, we will see it!
  2.  I will be a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom).  This is very close to my heart as I have been dreaming of this since I went back to work from my maternity leave.  I want to witness all my son’s milestones – every yawn, every smile, every blink of his eye, every cry, every step.
  3. I will buy properties and build real estate properties.  I will earn passive income from my investments.
  4. I will give generously to our church.  I will share my blessings and devote more time (which I can’t as of the moment) on church activities.
  5. I will buy a 5-hectare property in Tagaytay where I will build a nice rest house overlooking a vast land of my organic farm.  I will sell my harvests on a nearby market and serve dishes using organic veggies to my family.
  6. I will prepare home-cooked meals every day.  I will make sure that my family will be served with healthy home-cooked meals free from preservatives and artificial ingredients.
  7. I will pursue my life-long dream of writing books.  Yes, plenty of them!  I don’t see myself writing just one book.
  8. I will devote 1 to 2 days a week on teaching the out-of-school youth or take part (again) on teachings students enrolled in ALS (Alternative Learning System).  I always feel that education is the best gift I can give to our society.
  9. I will get enough insurance to pay-off the estate tax which will make my dependents worry-free.
  10. I will invest in stocks.  I will continue to grow my assets so I can do more, share more, and bless more people.
  11. I will build an amusement park for the elderly.  It’s such a bliss to see the  elderly happy.  I want to hear them giggle and laugh like a child as they enjoy their last days on earth.
  12. I will buy a property and build a nice house in Portofino where I and my family can live comfortably.
  13. I will buy a Hyundai Starex van which we can use on our out-of-town trips.
  14. I will enroll my son (and my future daughter) and my sister in he best educational institution.  I will ensure that they will have a good and quality education.
  15. I will learn how to make a dress from scratch.  At a young age, I dreamt of making dresses – from conceptualization to sewing the actual dress.

This list may not capture all my heart’s desires.  But, these are the wishes and desires that I randomly  thought when I asked myself the billion dollar question this morning.

My and Hubby's Vision Board Hangs on the Wall of our Bedroom

My and Hubby’s Vision Board Hangs on the Wall of our Bedroom

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the blessings I am yet to receive.

Believing in an abundant life,
Mumay

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5 Favorite Stories (from GONEGOSYO’s 55 Inspiring Stories of Women Entrepreneurs)

I bought Go Negosyo’s 55 Stories of Women Entrepreneurs sometime in November 2012, but I only finished reading it after almost 3 months.   I’m not a poor reader, in fact I can finish a book in just one sitting.  But that was way back in college when I have the luxury of time to read, watch the television, and kill time while staring at the blank wall of my bedroom.
As a first-time mom/newly-wed wife/employee/entrepreneur/blogger, I have to manage my time wisely.  But as an advocate of learning, I cannot trade reading books with any other activity that is less worthwhile.

Added to the list of the books I read this 2013.  (Note: As mentioned on my other blog – “The Turtle Always Wins” I commit to read at least one book every month and share through blogging the things/lessons I learned.)  In this blog, I’d like to share 5 of my favorite stories from the book I recently finished reading.  All success stories are inspiring, but I feel that below stories changed my mindset and encouraged me to pursue my passion.

Go Negosyo 55 Successful Women

Success Story #1:  Multiple Intelligence International’s Mary Joy Abaquin  (Where every child is smart)

After reading her story, I realized that the kind of education she is offering in her school is the kind of education our children needs.  Gone are the days of traditional teaching.  As a parent to a 14 month-old toddler, it is a challenge for me to find a school in the south that can give the same quality of education to my son when he is ready to go to school.  And as an entrepreneur, it is inspiring for me to see a woman entrepreneur who became successful in a society that doesn’t welcome non-conformists.

Mary Joy’s Go Negosyo tip:  Dare to ask yourself, “Why not?” Do not be afraid to pioneer something that has never been done before.

Success Story #2:  MSA’s Merle S. Alferez (The equation of success)

Math is my favorite subject, and it will always be.  Studying is also very close to my heart, that is why teaching someday in the academe is one of my dreams when I decide to retire from the corporate world.  For I believe that whenever I teach, I learn more.  I admire Merle’s patience and passion to share her knowledge as much as I admire her as an entrepreneur.  Unlike most businesses that are funded with loans, hers if funded with mere passion and cash that isn’t borrowed from anybody else.

Merle’s Go Negosyo tip:  Know what you want and do it with passion.

Success Story #3:  ABS Gen Herbs’ Grace Gupana (Yes, success is bitter!)

As an entrepreneur, there is still a lot for me to learn on selling.  It’s not my cup of tea.  I’m more on the conceptualization side, while my hubby is on the execution.  Aside from being kind of introvert (Yes!  I am.  Believe me friends.), I am so afraid to take risks.  I don’t want the feeling of being rejected especially when I sell.  Grace Gupana’s story is such an eye-opener.  I admire her incredible capacity to rise-up every time she falls.  I guess, this is a woman’s secret weapon as an entrepreneur.

Grace’s Go Negosyo tip:  Declare and believe that you are going to succeed.

Success Story #4:  F Salon’s Flrorisa Estandia – Mariano (No ifs, only F)

I admire Florisa’s wisdom and strength for pursuing her passion despite her already successful business ventures.  After reading her story, I realized that Emotional Quotient, and Intelligence Quotient are not enough for us to thrive in this rapidly changing environment.  According to her, it is also important for us to look after our adversity quotient – something that gave her the courage to continue her passion and purpose despite the perplexities in her life.  For years, I thought that F Salon is just like any another salon.  After reading her story, it made me realize that indeed, F salon started the trend of offering the same high-end salon experience at an unbelievably lower price.

Florisa’s Go Negosyo tip:  Remember that being  a woman doesn’t give you the license to be second best in whatever field you are in.

Success Story #5:  Ineng’s Michelle Santiago (The Barbeque Queen)

Though named after her, Ineng’s success is a product of wife and husband tandem, who made it big from a small barbeque house.  I’m  a food lover but I haven’t convinced myself yet to venture into a restaurant business.  For me, running a restaurant business is very challenging – especially monitoring an inventory for perishable goods (e.g. vegetables, meet).  As an entrepreneur, I look up to Michelle’s discipline on continuously investing and reinvesting on her business.

Michelle’s Go Negosyo tip:  Manage your finances – learn how to increase the capital of your business.  If you earn, invest it and reinvest it.

After reading the book, this little dream that has been asleep for so long woke up  – the dream of being able to change other people’s lives by sharing my own success story.  It’s been a long journey, I’ve been to many business ventures (some successful, some are not).  But I hope that one day, I will also be featured as one of the country’s successful women entrepreneur.

Keep on dreaming,
Mumay

Life Values I Learned from Coach Carter

 Just last week, I got the luxury of time to watch a really inspirational movie about discipline, motivation, and passion for one’s craft.  While my hubby and son are both fast asleep, there I was awake until twelve midnight watching the movie on my mobile phone.  So, what’s so intriguing about this movie.
 
 
The Story
Coach Carter was released in year 2005.  The story started when Ken Carter took over the coaching job for the Oilers basketball team at Richmond Highschool, where he used to study and play, with unbeaten records, during his younger years.  The team members lack discipline, motivation, and self-respect which is evident on their constant losses.  Ken did not just mentored them on the sports he love, but coached them also on life – living a life of purpose and with decency.  At the start of his coaching job, he offered them a contract that spells a lot of requirements such as the players should sit in front of the class, maintain decent grades and render time for community service apart from the strenuous basketball practice.
 
  
 
 
Essential Values in Life
Throughout the story, he taught five important values that changed the lives of his students forever:  Discipline, Respect, Teamwork, Courage, and Humility.
 
Value #1:  Discipline
Ken Carter stood firm despite the objections of everyone (e.g. parents, school staff) on how harsh his rules are.  Even if a lot of people misunderstood him, he still insisted on getting the progress reports of the players to ensure that they do not flounder academically.  Aside from that Ken, imposed on “suicide” and “push-up” to penalize those who report late for practice and those with rude behaviors. A suicide is a running drill while touching down the court in intervals until the exercise is completed on both sides of the court.  While push-up “is a conditioning exercise performed in a prone position by raising and lowering the body with the straightening and bending of the arms while keeping the back straight and supporting the body on the hands and toes” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
 
Value #2:  Respect
When Ken Carter first met the players, he called them “Sir” which is too unusual as they are not used to being called “Sir.”  With their recent losses, they have low self-esteem as much as they have low self-respect and respect with their teammates.  However, according to Ken, he will call them “Sir” as long as they have not lost his respect for them.  Later in the story, the players developed a sense of self-respect and earned the respect of other people around them.
 
Value #3:  Teamwork
When Timo Cruz decided to rejoin the team, he was penalized with unreasonable numbers of suicides and push-ups on the courtside while his teammates are practicing.  The entire team witnessed how he persevered and pushed himself to the limits that they volunteered to do the other push-ups and suicides just to have him on the team again.
 
Value #4:  Courage
What is your deepest fear?  This is the question Ken Carter often asks his players.  The question that irritates most of the proud players.  At the climax of the story, when gym’s lockout was ended, Ken Carter found the players studying at the basketball court. Here, Timo Cruz answered the question their often asks them.
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
 
A scene at the gym, from the movie “Coach Carter”
 
Value #5:  Humility
Drowned with constant winnings on their basketball games, the players became too proud that they started trash talking during their games.  Such attitude was immediately corrected by Ken Carter.  Though the movie did not end the way typical a storybook ends, Ken Carter’s message to the team is moving:.
 
“…you men played like champions.  You never gave up.  And champions hold their heads high.  What you achieved goes way beyond the win-loss column or what’s gonna be written on the front page of the sports section tomorrow.  You’ve achieved something that some people spend their whole lives trying to find.  What you achieved is that ever-elusive victory within.  And, gentlemen… I am so proud of you.  Four months ago, when I took the job at Richmond, I had a plan.  That plan failed.  I came to coach basketball players, and you became students.  I came to teach boys, and you became men.  And for that, I thank you:.
 
It’s Not All About Winning
At the end of every battle, of every game, of every story, there is a realization that winning is not the highest peak of our lives.  Indeed, the victory, the win, the reward motivates us through the challenges in our journey.  It is the journey itself – the realization of one’s strength on momentary setbacks, the courage gathered amidst the perplexities, and the winning spirit developed within yourself by simply having an end in mind.
 

Life Values I Learned from Coach Carter

 Just last week, I got the luxury of time to watch a really inspirational movie about discipline, motivation, and passion for one’s craft.  While my hubby and son are both fast asleep, there I was awake until twelve midnight watching the movie on my mobile phone.  So, what’s so intriguing about this movie.
 
 
The Story
Coach Carter was released in year 2005.  The story started when Ken Carter took over the coaching job for the Oilers basketball team at Richmond Highschool, where he used to study and play, with unbeaten records, during his younger years.  The team members lack discipline, motivation, and self-respect which is evident on their constant losses.  Ken did not just mentored them on the sports he love, but coached them also on life – living a life of purpose and with decency.  At the start of his coaching job, he offered them a contract that spells a lot of requirements such as the players should sit in front of the class, maintain decent grades and render time for community service apart from the strenuous basketball practice.
 
  
 
 
Essential Values in Life
Throughout the story, he taught five important values that changed the lives of his students forever:  Discipline, Respect, Teamwork, Courage, and Humility.
 
Value #1:  Discipline
Ken Carter stood firm despite the objections of everyone (e.g. parents, school staff) on how harsh his rules are.  Even if a lot of people misunderstood him, he still insisted on getting the progress reports of the players to ensure that they do not flounder academically.  Aside from that Ken, imposed on “suicide” and “push-up” to penalize those who report late for practice and those with rude behaviors. A suicide is a running drill while touching down the court in intervals until the exercise is completed on both sides of the court.  While push-up “is a conditioning exercise performed in a prone position by raising and lowering the body with the straightening and bending of the arms while keeping the back straight and supporting the body on the hands and toes” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
 
Value #2:  Respect
When Ken Carter first met the players, he called them “Sir” which is too unusual as they are not used to being called “Sir.”  With their recent losses, they have low self-esteem as much as they have low self-respect and respect with their teammates.  However, according to Ken, he will call them “Sir” as long as they have not lost his respect for them.  Later in the story, the players developed a sense of self-respect and earned the respect of other people around them.
 
Value #3:  Teamwork
When Timo Cruz decided to rejoin the team, he was penalized with unreasonable numbers of suicides and push-ups on the courtside while his teammates are practicing.  The entire team witnessed how he persevered and pushed himself to the limits that they volunteered to do the other push-ups and suicides just to have him on the team again.
 
Value #4:  Courage
What is your deepest fear?  This is the question Ken Carter often asks his players.  The question that irritates most of the proud players.  At the climax of the story, when gym’s lockout was ended, Ken Carter found the players studying at the basketball court. Here, Timo Cruz answered the question their often asks them.
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
 
A scene at the gym, from the movie “Coach Carter”
 
Value #5:  Humility
Drowned with constant winnings on their basketball games, the players became too proud that they started trash talking during their games.  Such attitude was immediately corrected by Ken Carter.  Though the movie did not end the way typical a storybook ends, Ken Carter’s message to the team is moving:.
 
“…you men played like champions.  You never gave up.  And champions hold their heads high.  What you achieved goes way beyond the win-loss column or what’s gonna be written on the front page of the sports section tomorrow.  You’ve achieved something that some people spend their whole lives trying to find.  What you achieved is that ever-elusive victory within.  And, gentlemen… I am so proud of you.  Four months ago, when I took the job at Richmond, I had a plan.  That plan failed.  I came to coach basketball players, and you became students.  I came to teach boys, and you became men.  And for that, I thank you:.
 
It’s Not All About Winning
At the end of every battle, of every game, of every story, there is a realization that winning is not the highest peak of our lives.  Indeed, the victory, the win, the reward motivates us through the challenges in our journey.  It is the journey itself – the realization of one’s strength on momentary setbacks, the courage gathered amidst the perplexities, and the winning spirit developed within yourself by simply having an end in mind.