Big Bad Wolf 2019

Yesterday, I ate brekkie at our neighborhood canteen. I had tortang talong (eggplant omelette) and rice. It was so good! 

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Then, I had lunch at the 24-hour pop-up food court at Big Bad Wolf 2019!

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I got my usual at Potdog: crab egg with rice. Yum!

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It was cool to see social enterprise goods by Gawad Kalinga at the food court. 

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I was excited for this year’s Big Bad Wolf as I was able to hunt some fabulous finds last year

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The overwhelming amount of books did not faze me as I clearly knew what I wanted. 

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Still, I browsed through the stacks of books and enjoyed the hours I spent at the fair.  

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I stuck to my shopping list and bought three adult coloring books. I have already migrated to using ebooks, but the joy of coloring cannot be replicated by an app. I needed the real deal. 

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Before leaving the fair, I dropped by the Red Readerhood booth. 

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I donated two books for Gawad Kalinga kids. Of course, I had to select dog-themed books. 

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I offered eggs and prayers at St. Clare to ask for miracles for my family.  

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I wrapped up my day with some coffee jelly and coloring therapy at the café near home.  

Books, food, knitting, and coloring spark joy for me! I will be back for next year’s Big Bad Wolf for sure! 

Living Coral

Yesterday, I welcomed the new year with a living color top, my new specs, and a fresh outlook on life.  

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This year, I vow to be straightforward in everything I do. If there’s anything that I want, I will go for it! Life is too short. Let’s keep it simple. 

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My first lunch of the year was the Darling Breakfast Salad from Go! Salads. It was delicious thanks to the ground longganisa bits and tomato honey vinaigrette. 

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After lunch and some malling, I heard mass at the Pink Sisters Quezon City convent.  

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I prayed for good health, healing for my family, a job, a good boss, and most of all, a boyfriend! 

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I ended my day with some baked salmon for dinner, which was a gift from a family friend.  

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I am optimistic that 2019 will be a remarkable year, and I am determined to work smarter, not harder, to achieve the dreams that I have for myself and my family.

God bless us all!

Crochet and Massage

I recently had to buy some essentials at Daiso, so on top of all my supplies, I stocked up on some new toys. I got a foot roller, a pressure point stick, and a 4mm crochet hook. 

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I’ve been hearing positive feedback about Daiso’s craft supplies and notions, so I was really excited to try their crochet hook. And it did not disappoint! It was perfect as it rested comfortably on my ring finger as I alternate between pen and knife grips. 

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As always, this isn’t a sponsored post. I’m just happy with my purchases from Daiso. Yes, including the massage tools! I really believe that it doesn’t take much to cheer myself up. 

Also, this falafel platter from Halal Guys was delicious! 

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I hope that you will also find some cheap finds that will wow you. Happy shopping! 

Self-Care and Sukiyakidon

Yesterday, I had my monthly pixie trim at a salon at Maginhawa. I’ve been experimenting with different salons every month, and I’m glad that I found a salon that’s perfect for my hairstyle and budget at every major location I frequent. I’m happy I found a salon at Maginhawa that can do a mean pixie because I’m always there for lunch or dinner. 

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Speaking of lunch, I ate at Happon for the vibe and the delicious Japanese food.  

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I ordered their sukiyakidon, and it was the perfect self-care meal. It was delicious! 

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I hope that you can also find a place that you can go to whenever you need a dose of self-care. It pays to know that you can rely on some places that can uplift your mood and comfort your soul. Your happiness should not be someone else’s job, it’s yours. So make yourself happy, and always schedule in some self-care. 

Flat White Purls

Yesterday, I got to knit while on a lunch meeting. As always, it has helped me focus on the matter at hand. It also helped that my Figaro flat white was brewed strongly, just as I prefer it to be. 

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My go-to lunch at Figaro is their adobo flakes kare-kare, which never disappoints. It is filling, comforting, and flavorful- truly, it is the quintessential Filipino meal. 

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Never underestimate the power of a handmade hobby and a power lunch. You will nourish your body and your soul, as you go along with your day. May you always find a way to make work better, one meal and stitch at a time.

IDC 2018

Yesterday, I got to attend the International Design Conference of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The IDC 2018 entertaining and informative. I learned from the various panels of speakers from the creative industries, and now I am more inspired to keep on pursuing dangerous ideas in order to take risks, innovate, and disrupt my life. 

I took two P2P buses to conveniently reach the venue, the Samsung Hall at SM Aura. 

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I wore Marikina-made shoes from Rob and Mara, which I purchased after trying them on for comfort. And yes, they are one of my most comfortable pairs to date! 

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I had pizza for breakfast!

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And a non-fat latte to perk me up.  

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Then, it was time for the talks. 

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For lunch, I went to Aperitif. I had the prosciutto pasta, which was mixed in a cheese wheel. For dessert, I had the ooey gooey chewy chocolate chip cookie, which truly lived up to its name.  

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After getting my share of creative inspiration, I proceeded to The Pen to view the Salcedo Auctions’ preview of Important Philippine Art.  

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It was moving to view the boceto for the Spoliarium, which is Juan Luna’s most prolific work.  

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I am determined to keep on being creative, thanks to the IDC 2018, my sumptuous French lunch and snack, and remarkable Philippine art. I am really lucky to have these opportunities, and I look forward to similar experiences in the future. 

Walking Well

Yesterday, I did some brisk walking around UP after lunch.  

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It was a cloudy day, and it was perfect for processing my thoughts as I digested some carbs.  

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After burning calories, I proceeded to UP Town Center. A couple of friends from school sent me this candid photo. I love it because I look self-assured. 

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I was actually on my way to St. Clare to offer eggs and pray for better opportunities.  

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I brightened up my day with a visit to Barkin Blends Dog Cafe for some cuddles with my furry friends.  

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And lastly, I had a candy cane waffle from Waffable. It was a delicious way to end a lovely day. I am optimistic that I will be able to have sunnier days ahead, and brighter breaks in the future. For now, I will enjoy my downtime and remain thankful for everything.  

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Rizal Park Hotel and Luneta

Yesterday, we celebrated my mom’s birthday at the Rizal Park Hotel. It was formerly the site of the Army Navy Club during the American period. Presently, it is a beautiful hotel with a sumptuous buffet at its very own Cafe Rizal. 

We enjoyed the food and the pretty ambience. I personally loved the pizza and desserts. It was also my first time to try chicken feet, and I was pleasantly surprised with its flavor. Coffee finished off our delicious meal.  

After lunch, we proceeded to Luneta to take pictures. 

I am grateful for the chance to enjoy good food and commemorate my favorite hero, Jose Rizal. I hope that there will be more opportunities for me to continue being nationalistic without having to take political sides. I simply love history and any place that will remind me of our rich heritage is definitely worth visiting. 

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ADB Transport Forum Day 2

Yesterday was the second day of the Transport Forum 2018 at the ADB. I continued learning on how technology is advancing the cause of transport efficiency in the Asia Pacific region.

As a blogger and daily commuter, I understand how simple posts online could inform others on traffic, train station queues, and safety concerns. I am more determined to continue sharing my experiences on getting from point A to point B to hopefully reach those in authority in order to improve our transport system.

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I also got to attend the second day of the Manila International Book Fair. I was only there for ten minutes. I will go back on the weekend, should the weather improve.  

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I am thankful for opportunities to learn and grow at the ADB. It was also fun to spend the conference with my high school friend Luane. I can’t wait to continue learning at the third day of the forum. 

Food Fight

Lately, I’ve been working out like crazy. I’ve been combining Zumba with cardio exercises throughout the day. It is only fitting that I nourish myself with the right food, such as this delicious adobo flakes kare-kare from Figaro. 

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I also had lemonade and coffee to keep me awake for a day of working and burning calories.  

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For dessert, I had this choco banana ice cream crepe from Crazy Crepes. So good!

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Before going home, I got to have my glasses for astigmatism adjusted to better fit my face.  

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Life isn’t always easy, but with the right workouts and nourishment, we will have a more balanced existence. Here’s to having it all without compromising our values, one day at a time. 

Crochet and Coffee

I’ve been crocheting, eating, and sipping coffee for the past few days. It has been a relaxing routine to balance my workouts.  

This was Breakfast Bin’s adobo with egg and talangka rice. 

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For dessert, I had Papa Diddis’ cheese and coffee ice cream. 

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And yesterday’s lunch was at UCC. I had their famous rice casserole with curry hamburg. 

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I capped off my meal with my usual kori kohi. 

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Living simply does not mean that I have to have a boring life. I still enjoy the food that I crave for and I manage to carry on with my handmade lifestyle. I believe that the secret to my resilience is that I know what my priorities are. For as long as I have good food and yarn to work with, I know that I will have joy in my life. I hope that you will also find yours! 

Doggo Hugs at 32

I capped off my birthday week with waffles and bacon! (P.S. Those white streaks on my hair are from my wax! They’re not gray hair!) 

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And of course, doggo hugs!

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Barkin Blends will always be my happy place, and it was only fitting that I celebrated my birthday there. I am thirty-two, but these dogs keep me forever young! Here’s to more cuddles with the creatures who give me licks, smiles, and kisses! 

I Melted My Heart

Yesterday, I had my usual toasted naked longganisa with brown rice and aligue. It was perfect with a book and coffee. 

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I was still hungry after finishing my meal, so I had this hot chocolate stirrer for dessert. 

It was a delicious drink, I must say! The chocolate melted after ten minutes of stirring. It resulted to a full-bodied chocolate experience.  

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My early morning, post-workout feels melted along with this hot chocolate. I will definitely have it again at Breakfast Bin, which has already become my happy place along Maginhawa. I look forward to more simple breakfasts and moments along my favorite foodie street in my city!

Chewy Beginnings

The past week has been challenging for me, but I am still here! I didn’t die, and I am still able to crochet, blog, and have fun!

I had a relaxing lunch at Scout’s Honor yesterday with my family. I had their pesto mealballs rice bowl. It was delicious! 

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I also had their Americano and make-your-own cookie. Mine had a chewy base with dark chocolate, cream cheese, and Chocnut.  

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My visit to any restaurant won’t be complete without a powder room break. Their washroom did not disappoint! 

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I am digging their millennial pink walls and various frames. 

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I had a lovely lunch, and I am so inspired to begin again. Here’s to more lunches and possibilities!

Stability Eats

Yesterday, I experienced driving through really strong rains. By the time I parked my car, I was starving! I decided to eat breakfast at Jollibee while waiting for the P2P bus to take me to Ortigas. 

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I enjoyed my “stopover” meal of breakfast burger steak and coffee. 

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I also bought hot calamansi juice to sip while inside the P2P bus.  

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I got some work done in the morning, then I went to UA&P to check out the new caf inside MPC.  

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I had chicken siomai with java rice.  

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And I also had my favorite Chillers fresh avocado shake!  

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For early dinner, I checked out Ça Va at Podium. It’s a newly opened creperie and floral atelier. 

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I invited Anne, the lady behind 11*11 Handmade  to join me! I really enjoyed catching up with her over good food and coffee.

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My sriracha meatballs rice bowl was amazing! It went well with my flat white.  

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Food is my love language, but I prefer to eat it rather than cook it! I find joy in comfort food and coffee. I know that even when the skies are not blue, I will still be okay for as long as I know what truly makes me happy.  

Core Advocate

Now that I am working full-time, I ensure that my weekends are spent well. I always begin my days with a workout, whether it’s a weekday or the weekend. 

Last Saturday, I was reminded to count my blessings and be myself as I dropped by my usual waxing salon.  

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Then, I went to Human Nature to shop for my needs this August. I stocked up on moringa chocolate chip cookies...

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 ...had some brewed coffee in the store...

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...tried the new bath jelly (which was fun to use!)... 

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 ...and treated myself to a bar of Theo and Filo 70% dark chocolate!

I am also a fan of Human Nature’s new initiative to encourage shoppers to bring their own eco bags.  

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After shopping, I went to Breakfast Bin for even more coffee and pancakes. 

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And then, it was back to Human Nature for me as we celebrated our get-together with my fellow core advocates. 

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It was a fun night of potluck eats, karaoke, and friendship!

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My Saturday was a relaxing one, because I got to eat, shop, and party for a good cause. I am glad that by supporting Human Nature, I also help Gawad Kalinga communities and provide jobs. I look forward to the rest of my workweek knowing that my weekends are spent with my advocacy. It makes all the hard work worth it.

Stepping Up

Last Sunday, I browsed through the Yabang Pinoy bazaar at Alabang Town Center, after my trip to Common Room.  

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I loved the fiesta vibe! All the vendors were local exhibitors, and most of the merchandise were handmade. 

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I was truly captivated with these handmade polymer clay accessories. They were detailed and exquisitely designed. The vendor, The Nifty Pandas, accepts commissions for both individual and bulk orders  

If you want to have piece made, don’t hesitate to reach out to them on Instagram!

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It was difficult choosing between Ariel and Sailor Moon.  

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In the end, I got Ariel! 

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I also purchased a pair of brogues from Marikina shoe brand Rob and Mara

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I ended my bazaar visit with some curry lobster balls.  

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I had an amazing experience. Seeing all those merchants inspired me to continue supporting local and handmade. I can’t wait to step up to daily challenges in my growing collection of Marikina-made shoes, including my new brogues. And of course, I will keep on hustling, so that just like Ariel, I will be part of their world at work!

Loving QC

The other night, I decided to have mushroom bibimbap from O! Kitchen for dinner. It was delicious!

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I burned it yesterday with Zumba. 

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I recovered with breakfast burger steak and coffee. 

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I pedaled on the stationary bike at the park.  

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And I took a brisk walk around the gardens.  

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I crossed Elliptical Road and found myself at the QC Public Library.  

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I enjoyed reading and working on yesterday’s blog entry via the high-speed WiFi connection.  

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I enjoyed my time with books and knowledge around me! 

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For lunch, I had the 100 tomato pasta... 

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...and the guiltless strawberry cake from Icing’s. 

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I had a check-up at the hospital and I loved their groovy staircase.  

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Later during the day, I dropped by the newly-opened Human Nature store at SM The Block. 

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I got myself a couple of pairs of cute scissors from Books for Less.  

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And I got a meaningful mirror from The Craft Central to remind me of that being happy is a choice.  

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I ended my day with anticipated mass and this mango and chocolate crepe.  

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I love Quezon City and I am proud of my hometown! I hope that you will also find yourself in any of the places I’ve been to, because they’re worth visiting. I am happy that there are so many affordable ways to enjoy myself in QC. I will surely miss being here everyday as I will work soon in Ortigas. But that doesn’t mean that my life will stop, just like that. I would just have to blog on the side, and maximize my weekends in order to speakoutsam! 

Zumba and Social Good

Yesterday, I woke up early for another Zumba workout.  

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Taking selfies before driving to the park keeps me motivated to burn more calories. Don’t ask me why. It just works for me.  

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I followed it up with a hearty brekkie.  

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It started raining by the time I arrived at Human Nature to buy my social enterprise-made toiletries and products for the month of July.  

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Later during the day, I enjoyed a full meal at Cafe Shibuya. I had their weekday combo of truffle mushroom soup, truffle pasta, and salad. For dessert, I had the honey toast in baby size and a steaming hot cuppa.  

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And I sketched my lunch on my Traveler’s Notebook, because a meal that delicious deserves to be documented.  

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Working out and supporting social enterprises are just two of my passions. I continue to share with you my interests and inspirations because it is my hope that more people will find meaning in their lives in the same way that I find joy in my habits. I will keep you posted here on my blog, so that you can also be inspired to have better days ahead!