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BRB!

How are you all? Hope you are all well and safe. 🙂 Happy August, by the way! 🙂 Manila is now under a third lockdown. While I have to make adjustments to my schedule–it is a two week quarantine, after all–I am pretty sure that I can accomplish all my tasks before the two weeks are done. But all work makes one a tired person, so there are times that I’ll have to take time off work! And I’ll take that time to work on my blog, too. Three weeks ago, I attended a webinar about blogging. I signed up because I wanted to improve the way I structure my blog–frankly, I thought that I needed to go back to basics, and rebrand my blog. So here I am, writing this post to say that this blog will be taking a break, so see you soon! Stay safe, everyone! UPDATE: Blog reconstruction is partially done, however, blog entries are protected. Anyone who wants to read the blog entries, please feel free to send an email to: hellotherelayla@gmail.com. …

The 30 Day Challenge || The first five days

Well, hello there. 🙂 I have no excuse, but I hope you’ll understand–the second semester has been crazy busy. And that’s an understatement. Just to keep you guys updated, a friend invited me to her Facebook group which is more like a mastermind group. And a mastermind group is a group that exchanges ideas, encourages each other in keeping their goals for growth, and whatever else. I’ve joined this accountability 30-day challenge where we share goals that we can accomplish within the next thirty days, and encourage fellow members in accomplishing theirs.

My recent stationery haul–aka. I violated my self imposed stationery buying ban

So it’s the start of a new semester, and hopefully, it will be my last semester in the diploma track of the graduate program I am enrolled in. And with a new semester comes new school supplies. I was supposed to be on a stationery spending ban, but my readings need to have a home. Plus some of my supplies have run out, so…there. However, I promised myself that this will be the last time I will be purchasing stationery. Honest!

Yes, you can teach this girl new tricks.

NB: This pic was taken a year ago. I haven’t been to the UP Diliman campus since the Enhanced Community Quarantine was announced in March. So yeah, I miss my university. While I’m enrolled right now, attending classes on Zoom is a different ballgame. I know this feature picture is totally irrelevant to the current blog topic, but this university has given me a new lease on life, and it has given my confidence back. I do acknowledge that that newly regained confidence is only a small piece of the puzzle, having managed to survive graduate school–and to do well in the first semester–and it is all due to hard work. But I would like to say it’s because I  was also willing to try something new. And this is what this blog post is about. I have friends who asked me how was I able to survive my first semester of graduate school, it was all down to five things: a goal to work towards, discipline, determination, working smart, and yes, a willingness to …

Sorry, I just couldn’t shake this off.

Trigger warning: suicide. A few weeks ago, my work friends and I encountered huge traffic on our way home, which was an understatement. We checked in on Waze, to see what was going on. And we found out that someone committed suicide somewhere near where we live. It made me think about a lot of things. First off, about the person who committed suicide. Of course, I don’t know him or her, but I can only imagine how he must have felt like. That he or she is already in a dark place, and of course, the pandemic didn’t make things better. But I uttered a short, silent prayer that God will take care of that person, and make sure that he or she will be okay.

Preparing for a new semester.

Well, hello there! And hello, August! We’re having a pretty late start where the first semester is concerned, but with the world being pretty much upside down at the moment, it’s understandable. I’ve gotten word that enrollment will start mid-August. And that’s just mighty fine with me. I’m pretty excited yet apprehensive. I don’t know how online learning is going to pan out. I guess we shall wait and see.