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15 Reasons Why You Should Absolutely Love Life

Here's a reminder why you should enjoy life.
  1. Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.

Your day-to-day is filled with hidden gems, "little" blessings that when you're mindful about, will give you joy in a BIG way. 

  1. Never underestimate the investment you make in yourself.

Don't feel guilty about taking trips to new places, joining workshops, or pampering and relaxing yourself. They are impactful to your mental and physical wellbeing and contribute positively to your growth.

  1. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.

This is a call only you can hear, don't overthink it and trust your gut feeling.

  1. Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will always work out.

We can easily fall into a worrisome, stressful state which is hard to get out of. Practice positivity in the way you think and reap the benefits of peace of mind.  

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  1. Give yourself pep talks.

You might not realize it, but you have a lot of relationships, ones you have with friends, family, in school, at church or work. It's easy to overlook the most important one to maintain, the relationship you have with yourself. Talk to yourself, give yourself encouragement. Most importantly, believe in what you’re capable of.

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  1. Be patient with yourself as you evolve. Small, healthy choices make a big difference in the long run.

Try this exercise, list down what you do in a day and make small adjustments aimed at better, healthier alternatives you can easily do, say, choosing water over iced tea at lunch or spending more time with your family.

  1. Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you no one would believe it.

Simply let your actions speak louder than words and gossip should naturally die without reason.

  1. A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.

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Tell yourself, challenge accepted and focus on what you can control to make the best out of a situation. Worrying only worsens the situation.

  1. Failure is a bruise not a tattoo.

Mistakes and slip ups are temporary moments in your life you need to break away from. If you keep them in the back of your mind, you’ll always be held back from achieving what you wanted.

  1. There's no time to be bored in a beautiful world as this.

Go outside, take snaps of what inspires you, revisit a place you haven’t been to in a while, rediscover your city. Grab a friend and go on an adventure.

  1. Just because someone may have it worse doesn't mean your struggles aren't valid.

Remember, each person’s situation is different which is why you should be comparing your current self with the past self to see how far you’ve come. You’ve done a great job; so don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back.

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  1. Don't apologize for feeling something or a lot.

Your feelings are valid. No matter what, even if you consider it small, insignificant and something that would pass, open it up to someone you trust and love to affirm your worth. You matter and your feelings do too.

  1. You are only human. You don't have to have it together every minute of the day.

You're putting a fight with expectations, standing tall against stereotypes and pushing yourself to your limits, daily, give yourself breaks and be gentle to your soul.

  1. Saying "no" means you know your limits.

Respecting your worth is also saying no to bad influences, saying no to people, to bad habits and to negative thinking.

  1. The moment you change your perception, is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.

It's a life changing experience to change the way your mind sees a situation, a bit of positivity goes a long way and confidence is a powerful feeling that opens a world of possibility. Give it a try.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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