THOUGHTS: Buffer Time according to Linkedin’s CEO


During this quarantine, I have so much ‘me time’. But I also want to be productive so what I try to do most days, I check my emails and try to edit vlogs I can upload on youtube or write posts here or just read a book. For me, that’s me time.

But then, while I was checking my email this morning, I stumbled upon this article from INC where I have a subscription from.  The article read: . LinkedIn’s CEO Just Shared the Best Work at Home Advice You’ll Read Today. Of course, I had to click. What is the BEST Advice when WFH? right? It’s been more than a month of WFH. What could be new?

BUFFER TIME! 

BREATHE

According to the CEO of Linkedin, Jeff Weiner – we all need to allot a buffer time to be able to maximize our days and not be overwhelmed with anxiety and for the benefit of our mental health. Furthermore, in his post in Linkedin, he further emphasized that Buffer Time does not only mean from work. It also means from everyone and everything else that’s been keeping us busy such as caring for babies, doing household chores, or simply paying off our bills.

Buffer Time is simply taking a breather and just relaxing. Don’t feel guilty as it will not only do you good but everyone else around you.

 A 10 minute walk, a 5 minute yoga or a meditation. Be strict with your buffer time. Schedule it and do not compromise.

THOUGHTS: 25 Things you can do this Quarantine


How are you all doing so far? It’s a very difficult and sad time for everyone. I, for one am  the type of person who wants to be out and about. I don’t really like staying at home and doing nothing for a LONG time. But what can we do? We can only make the best out of the situation that we are placed in.

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Here are some things you can do while in isolation:

READ A BOOK. I’m obviously a book freak and I’ll grab a book every chance I get. Let a book transport you wherever you choose to be. Paris? Narnia? Magical World? Sci Fi? Books got you covered.

WORKOUT. Admittedly, I’m new to this. I used to be so lazy but this quarantine is making me gain pounds I don’t even want. 😛 Get your ass up! Time to get that abs and that toned body we always include in our New Year’s Resolution. You have all the time now. No excuses.

VIDEOCALL with YOUR FRIENDS. I’m included in the population who would normally ignore your call. 😛 I’d rather much text. It’s the introvert in me. But a videocall with your friends is a good way to instill something special in your mundane day. Reach out to your friends and find out how they’re doing too.

CLEAN YOUR MAKE UP BRUSHES. Who here is guilty like I am? It’s been months since I last cleaned my brushes. It’s important. You might be wandering why you’re having breakouts? It may be because the brushes you are using are not clean!

SPRING CLEANING. I love cleaning my closet! No matter how often I do this, there seems to be some clothes that I can donate, things I need to let go of or shoes and bags that I no longer use that I can throw or sell. Lessen your clutter.

COMPLETE A BINGO CHALLENGE. Who here has been seeing different kinds of Bingo in Instagram? Do you enjoy ticking the boxes? Join in the fun or make one yourself!

TRY OUT INSTAGRAM EFFECTS. Why not explore the different things you can do in Instagram aside from posting your heavily curated pictures. Try different effects such as Guess the Gibberish or Who’s more likely to? It’s fun.

DO A TIKTOK CHALLENGE. Come on! Don’t preserve your dignity. I know you have a Tiktok Account. Try the dance challenges or imitate a prank or create a duet with your friends. It’s fun way to bond with them digitally!  I know I did. 😛

LISTEN TO A PODCAST. I discovered a number of podcasts I know listen. I’m planning on listening to them even after quarantine. It’s a good way to be productive while you’re on your way home or while strolling in the mall. Do you have favorite accounts that you listen to? Let me know!

ARRANGE YOUR BOOKSHELF. I’m guilty. My bookshelf used to be a place for my charger, notebooks, pens, camera and all sorts of things. I fixed it up and let me tell you, it’s a breather looking at it now, arranged in colors and in height. 😀

CUT YOUR HAIR. This is not new to me. I have been cutting my hair for the longest time. Try it! You have all the time in the world to regret your decision. 😛 and spare time to grow your hair back. Haha Time to experiment! Too bad my husband doesn’t trust me enough to let me cut his hair.

GROOM YOUR PET. There may be a few or no pet salons that are open now. Why not trying to it yourself? It will save you a couple of bucks not going to a salon when everything normalizes. Right?

FINISH A SERIES. Been meaning to binge watch something your office mate mentioned? Now is the time. Can’t sleep? Watch! Add some popcorn or chips. Our Marathon food is Ruffles Sour Cream & Cheddar with some Maltesers and Wine. How about you?

SLEEP. Feeling tired all the time when you had to go to work? Hibernate. No one to tell you otherwise. Practice sleeping early or getting enough sleep at the very least.

DRINK COFFEE. Or whatever it is you crave. Are you a Milk Tea Addict? try to learn making one. or whip your own healthy shake all health buffs are doing.

BE A PLANT MAMA. Try to insert some greens in your home. Personally, I don’t like the smell of soil, especially when wet. So I don’t really plan on being a plant mama. But you might want to try? whatever works with you.

START PLANTING. If you don’t want a regular plant. Why not some vegetables. Grow your own market. Plant some tomatoes or potato and save your money next time you go for some grocery.

PLAY WITH YOUR PET. They miss you on an everyday basis. You now know how it feels being stuck at home. You know how your pets feel. Play with them. You are their world. Spend time with them and even include them in your tiktok videos. 😛

BOND WITH YOUR LOVED ONES. No matter who you’re stuck with this quarantine, appreciate their company. May it be your office mate, parents, siblings or cousins, spend time with them. Don’t keep to yourself.

PLAY SOME BOARD GAMES OR CARDS. There’s no better time to bring out those board games or learn a new card game. Practice your skills! Maybe next time, you’ll win. 😛 Haha

JOIN A WEBINAR. Companies and Organizations are a lot kinder these days. A lot of people are hosting FREE Webinars now. Yes, FREE. Take advantage and learn a thing or two this lockdown.

CLEAN YOUR PHONE. Delete all the screenshots thats been eating your memory! Arrange your apps. Compile it in one box or delete the ones you’re not using. Transfer your files and create a back up for the thousands of photos you’ve been keeping.

ENROLL IN AN ONLINE COURSE. There are free courses now! If not, most of them are discounted. There is no time ever wasted when spent learning something new. Enroll now.

PRAY. It may be the most effective way. You may never had the time to pray a novena? Now’s the time. Not the type to pray a Novena? Talk to him! It doesn’t have to be a formal prayer. Just talk to him. He listens, anywhere and anytime of the day.

START YOUR OWN BLOG. It keeps me productive. It also serves as my outlet for my thoughts. You can do anything with it. It’s yours. And if this is not your thing, be supportive! Like my post, subscribe to my blog or leave a comment. 😛

 

What is your new normal and How are you doing so far? What are your learning and What new habits and skills did you start? Let me know and let’s start a conversation. 

BOOK REVIEW : It ends with us by Colleen Hoover


GOODREADS: Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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When you love a person, you believe them. You believe their promises, their lies and just about anything. You believe in the goodness of their hearts. You believe in their intentions and you believe and hope that they will change.

As the story progressed, I am in awe of lily’s character. As vulnerable as she is, it took a lot of strength to take control of her life, even if there was a child on the way.

  • I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others.
  • NAKED TRUTHS
  • There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.
  • You’re already my favorite person but now you’re making it really unfair to all the other humans because no one will ever be able to catch up to you.
  •  I like you. Everything about you. Being inside you, being outside of you, being near you. I like it all.
  • All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t mistakes we make, it’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.
  • Life is a funny thing. We only get so many years to live it, so we have to do everything we can to make sure those years are full as they can be. We shouldn’t waster time on things that might happen someday or maybe even never.
  • Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.
  • Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean.
  • In the future, if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again, fall in love with me.
  • Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not the person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.
  • She left someone she loved so that her daughters would never think that kind of relationship is okay.

My heart simply breaks for both Lily and Ryle. :/  How can you ever willingly give up someone you love and choose yourself? I think Domestic Violence happens to a lot of relationships, not just to women. But only a few brave souls can have the courage and strength to do what lily chose.

I think it makes it even harder if you love the person. It is never easy to just leave and end things. Coho taught me that right choice will always be the hardest ones. I hope I never get the chance to ever be in the same position.

PONDER: All of us


We all have shit days every now and then. All of us. No matter how perfect we aspire to be, and no matter how many tings we promised ourselves we would do, sometimes all the things we wanted to achieve just can’t happen in one day and that is perfectly okay. – momentary happiness

 

PONDER: Be your own Hero


These are not my words. It’s something I want to share and keep here so I can read it whenever I need to be reminded.

Don’t stop being who you want to be – who you’re willing to become – just because people have a painting of who you’re mapped out to be. Focus on yourself. Challenge yourself. Become the person you know you can become. Don’t let anyone make decisions for how you’re going to be or where you’ll end up. It’s not their story you’re writing. It’s yours. Let change be your own. Let who you are be a cause for the kind of change you want in your life. You have the ability to make your own choices and the capability to lead your own life.

Be your own change. Be your own savior. And most of all, Be your own Hero.

  • -Braverhope

MOVIE REVIEW: Netflix Movies


Recently, I joined the bandwagon in maximizing Netflix membership by first …. watching several Netflix originals. I’m not going to bore you with details or spoil it for you (though most them I’m sure you’ve watched already).

To all the boys I’ve loved before

4/5 since the lead star is an asian girl (credits to crazy rich asians for letting me notice this one detail). & Hell—ooo Noah! ❤

to all the boys

The kissing booth

3/5 Story is a bit too simple and predictable. It’s supposed to be a 2/5 but then again, throw in some cute boy and an additional star appears. 😀 Haha. I’ve said this time and again — I want a guy bestfriend too!

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#Realityhigh

3/5 Sure, it tackles how teenage or high school life sucks for nerdy and geeky kids which, I think should be taken seriously. People or kids should be aware that their actions have certain consequences. Bullying has a negative side effect to the victim that one can carry until one is an adult. It damages your self esteem, ego, self confidence and self value.

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Sierra Burgess is a loser

4/5 Noah Centineo ladies & gentlemen!! ❤ But this deserves a 4/5 since the lead is all brains — and poetry-intelligence is on a different level of intelligence. ❤

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When we first met

3/5 What a twissttt! This tells me that we should not focus on what we want so much. Because sometimes, there’s something really better God has planned for you. Simple. Let it be. ❤

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Set it up

4/5 Love the story line and did I mention Charlie’s Angel Lucy Liu is back? ❤ Love herrrrr. and the You are slob (all the negative things) but I still love you point is absolutely adorbs! ❤ ❤

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Irreplaceable you

2/5 This is just plain sad. 😦 I will not be in any universe be able to do what the girlfriend was trying to do here. and I don’t even want to think about it too.

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Bright

3/5 Intriguing and very futuristic! Though I wasn’t able to finish this one because I fell asleep. I wouldn’t mind finishing this tho.

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Like Father

3/5 Love the lead actress and the story line but the movie is a bit dragging. It’s a type of movie you wouldn’t watch over and over again.

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Alex Strangelove

3/5 The coming out story of a confused kid. They should make more of this. I like the generic story behind the movie but the movie itself, the scenes  was not that interesting.

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I’ll keep you posted for more. 🙂

BOOK REVIEW : THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED LOVE by BECKY ALBERTALLI


Third book for 2018. ❤

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Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

  • This tiny thread connecting me to a total stranger, it’s the kind of thing that makes the universe feel smaller.
  • I wish I were the kind of person who knows how to fill a silence.
  • But that’s the thing I’m most afraid  of. Not mattering.. Existing in a world that doesn’t care who I am.
  • My heartbeat is probably making those giant zigzags.
  • Fun exists wherever you make it.
  • Sometimes that’s just what happens. People grow apart.
  • There’s something really badass about truly, honestly not caring about what people think about you.
  • We like who we like. Who cares if someone doesn’t get it? That’s a good thing. Less competition.
  • I don’t think my heart wants to stay in my chest.
  • I am entirely made of butterflies.
  • Change is fucking hard. It’s fucking tragic. Change can go fuck itself. Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.
  • But you know, there’s an upside there. Because when you spend so much time just intensely wanting something — and then you actually get it? It’s magic. It’s butterflies and haziness and heart eyes, but underneath all that .. there’s this bass line of I can’t believe this. I can’t believe this is me. I can’t quite articulate the sweetness of that feeling. It’s finding out the door you were banging on is finally unlocked.