MANILA BULLETIN - Lessons for the New Year

by Heidi Ng
January 19, 2014 

I love the New Year because of the promise of a new beginning it brings. It is a hopeful time of the year when resolutions are made, when the lingering love and festivities of the Christmas season are still very much felt, and when you know there is a chance to make things right this time. I have been blessed enough to have a mentor in the person of Juliet Van Ruyven–an inspiring woman who rose from rags to riches. She is the author of the book “Tales of Juliet”, an empowering book that makes you believe dreams do come true. Here are excerpts from her blog that I would like to share with you. I am also a work in progress and this 2014, Ms. Van Ruyven has committed to mentor me in Goal Setting, Finding my Passion in Life and to Live a Life of Abundance.
1. Always have a sense of wonder like a child.
“Unless you act like a child of God, you’ll never enter the door to heaven.”

2. Be open to life adventures and you’ll meet amazing people and wild animals, too.
After our trip to Spain, Gibraltar and Morrocco, hubby went back home. My daughter and I hopped on the plane to Italy.  My first time in Rome, believe it or not. Yeah, long overdue. We were about to leave the Vatican area when I told myself I wish I could see the new Pope. Guess what happened, lo and behold Pope Benedict XVI appeared and I captured him on video. Sorry I did not understand what he was saying, but I figured it’s all good.

3. Keep the message of Love, Peace and Joy in your heart all year long. Do not wait until Christmas.
My husband’s son, (yes, I am the second wife and he has a son before he met me for those of you who don’t know yet), Second and the best. Well, we are on our 27th year in a few months. I must warn you it was not always rosy but we discovered the secret sauce.  We were in Venezuela to attend a wedding and it was a very precious moment. Our youngest daughter meeting her brother face to face for the first time. What a joyous time it was.

4. When things go wrong as it sometimes will, rest if you must but don’t you quit.
Winners never quit, losers never win.  Just when you are about to throw the towel, wrap it around once more what you will discover is yourself. And it’s a magnificent feeling.

5. At the end of the day, what matters most is who you truly are and who you become. Bring it on life!
6. Be open to anything but attach to nothing.
Write your goals and work towards it but don’t kick yourself if it doesn’t work the way you wanted it.  If it’s meant to be, it will be. If you do your absolute best, God will do the rest.

7. Be grateful to everyone and anyone. Even the ones that give you lemons. You can always make a lemonade out of it. Turn the manure into fertilizer.

8. We hear this often: “Forgive others”.
First, you must forgive yourself.  If you forgive yourself first, it’s much easier to forgive others.

9. If you think you fail on something, that means you’re progressing. Take the lesson from it and bounce back again.

10. Open communication and transparency are keys to wealth and healthy relationships. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

11. We become what we think about all day long. What you think is who you become.
Think amazing and awesome, for that is who you are. Happy thoughts, happy minds, negative thoughts, take a hike, turn it around, dance and appreciate. You are alive!

12. Family togetherness, unity and harmony are slices of heaven on earth.
Hold no grudge, invest in memories, and keep the love burning in your heart.

13. Do what you can do today.
Seize the day, for tomorrow is another day. For some people it could be their last day here. Be mindful. Carpe diem.

14. Love is the most powerful thing on earth.
Love with all your heart, because love is what makes the world go round. Love. Love. Love.

15. If you want to jump in the lake and don’t know how to swim, put on a life vest and you will be glad you took the leap of faith. Though the water might be cold at first, you’ll get used to it. You’ll look back with a smile on your face. Another lesson of courage and taking calculated risk.

16. There is a spiritual solution in every problem.
There are resources, we just need resourcefulness. The best ones are from our highest self. Go deep within. Yup, as painful as it might have been, the spouse or the lover that left you are part of a higher purpose that’s about to happen.

17. Expand your horizon. Be a life-long learner.
Surround yourself with people who nourish your mind, heart and soul. Self-development is the best thing you can gift yourself and your loved ones with. If you stop learning, you stop growing, when you stop growing, you stop living. Read books, attend seminars, seek mentors, be inspired and be the best you can possibly be. Success leaves clues.

More lessons next Sunday, January 26. Tweet me @iamheiding, send a message on my blog or Instagram imwanderwoman for any queries or comments.


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