Happy Friday! 🙂
Today is a special day especially for our family and friends who are Catholics.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.
If you’re a Catholic like me, Happy Feast Day! 🙂
For the past 33 days, I’ve been watching videos on St. Joseph and the more I get to know him, the more I thank God for the gift of him. He’s been influencing me to love Jesus more and to be more courageous.
My message today is short and sweet.
Who do you hang out with the most?
I’m currently vacationing in the province where I grew up.
So I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family.
Aside from my family, I am very grateful for my friends.
Here are some of the people I regularly hang out with virtually and not in-person (because of the pandemic):
1. Every month, I meet with a special group of friends via Zoom.
Here’s what we share in common: We are all CEOs of our respective companies; we are authors and speakers; we so love our profession/business and work is play and play is work for us; we also share the same faith. When we’re together, we LAUGH A LOT!!!
2. Every two weeks, I meet another group of female friends. We inspire each other to grow in our love for God. The three of us are authors, speakers, entrepreneurs… and we are all single who want to get married someday! Hahaha! They are my sisters in Christ. 🙂 We call ourselves HMW. Can you guess what HMW means?
We talk about anything under the sun. What’s unique about our friendship is that I can be vulnerable with them and share with them my struggles and insecurities. Ah, it feels so good to be able to bare your soul to friends you trust.
3. Every month, I meet a group of highly competent individuals at Thrive University.
4. Every two weeks, we have Bible Study led by Anthony Pangilinan. I love his wisdom!
5. Every week, I meet with my friend and coach Teresa Dumadag. She helps and guides me as I prepare for my marriage vocation.
All these are done virtually, via Zoom and other platforms.
Lately, my prayer was to meet and spend time with Catholic Singles from the different parts of the world.
God answered my prayer. For the past few weeks, I’ve been hanging out (virtually) with a lot of Catholic Singles. We talk about the scripture, we pray the rosary together, we did karaoke to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and so on. I super enjoy our wholesome, fun discussion and adventures!
I visualize that when I get to be in a relationship with someone, I would love if the two of us can pray the Rosary together, read the scriptures together, and go to Mass together! Wow!
I am so, so, so grateful for the people God surrounded me with.
Who do you hang out with the most?
Do you inspire each other to be better?
Do you inspire each other to grow in love, maturity, and joy?
Who are the new groups of people you want to hang out with?
Carefully choose your company, because the people around you can greatly influence you and vice versa.
Here’s wishing you a joyful Friday and a fun weekend ahead!
P.S. For us to be able to enjoy other people’s company and vice versa, we need to learn how to enjoy our own company first. How? By being comfortable being alone. Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely.
“Being comfortable being alone” means we don’t look for someone to make us feel secure and happy because we can be happy on our own.
Enjoying your own company or being comfortable being alone is a crucial life skill especially during this pandemic.
Are you comfortable being alone? Here’s a short video with that title which I recorded while I was in New York two years ago. It’s up in my YouTube channel.
Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, author, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. For speaking invitations, visit shanacino.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org