Note: This TuesDate was supposed to be delivered last Sep 14, but we encountered a system error.
Happy Wednesday! 🙂
Greetings from Washington, DC. I just arrived here about 24 hours ago.
Let me share a quick story.
Sometime in 2005, I was at my lowest financially.
At that time, I only had 50 pesos in my wallet and that was all the money I had.
I was buried in credit card debts.
Picture this: I was walking along Buendia Avenue in Makati City to get the money my Papa sent me via LBC.
I was so hungry, my feet were hurting from wearing high heels, and I felt so down emotionally.
“What have I done with my life?!
That’s when I visualized…
“I want to reach a point wherein
… I can buy myself lunch anytime.
… I can decide whether to work on a given day or take a day off without compromising my integrity or someone else’s time.
… I can travel and work anywhere on any given week.”
Today, that is now my reality and I am so grateful!
This year alone, I’ve traveled to Boracay, Bohol, Isabela, and the different cities in Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands for “work” and mostly leisure.
I’m here in Washington, DC to attend a conference and speak at that conference.
I’ll be here in the U.S. for a couple of days only, then travel back to the Philippines.
I really, really love traveling!
I feel so alive when I travel.
It’s fun to see new places and meet new people.
It’s a great adventure and a grand date with God!
But there’s a part of traveling that stresses me out and tests my patience — packing!
For some reason, I get “stuck” when it comes to packing my luggage.
For this particular trip, I allotted three days to pack my luggage — Fri, Sat, Sun.
I felt pretty good because this time around, I prepared way in advance. (Usually, I pack a few hours before the trip).
I imagined that by Sunday afternoon, I’ll be done packing and I can just relax and sleep early for my early flight the next day.
Guess what? At Sunday 9:30PM, I was only 10% done with packing and I was watching random vlogs on YouTube to distract myself.
Has this ever happened to you?
I messaged my jet-setter friend and asked for some packing tips.
She said, she also usually packs a few hours before the trip and oftentimes, she doesn’t sleep anymore prior to her flight.
Let me hide my friend’s identity using her initials — MJS. Hehe!
I messaged another dear friend and asked her to please pep talk me into packing my luggage.
She knows packing has been a struggle for me.
We had a short call. We laughed about it.
Then she helped me gain perspective, and she also prayed for me.
Thank God, that call and prayer worked!
In less than an hour, I was done packing my luggage for check-in. (Thanks, Maan!)
Why am I sharing this?
Oftentimes, we see the glamour. We see the results.
But what we don’t see were the discomfort and struggles behind the scenes.
To get to the results and glamor we want, we also need to embrace the discomfort and pains.
In other words, we have to embrace the total package.
This applies to finances, travels, relationships, profession… You name it.
Before I reached a certain level of financial freedom and comfort, I invested in financial literacy.
For 7 straight years, you would see me reading a book on money management almost everyday, attending a seminar at least once a week, or talking to mentors. It was a LOT of hard work. A LOT!
I remember how my brother used to tease me years ago,
“Sha, whenever I see you, you’re either reading a book or you’re writing on your laptop!”
In terms of profession, we hear people say, “Follow your passion. Do what you love to do.”
The truth is, before you can do what you love to do, the first formula is to “Love what you do.”
Love your work even if you hate it.
As my Mama used to always tell me, “Work as if you’re working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23
Loving your work means going to work on time, doing your job well, serving your clients well, etc because by doing so, you build your character.
Character is so important when you eventually reach a point wherein you can “do what you love to do.”
What is that one thing you’ve been wanting to do or have?
Embrace the joy and sadness, the glamor and discomfort, the gain and pain.
Embrace the entire package.
Hope this message is relevant to you 🙂
Feel free to forward this email to your family, friends, or colleagues if you wish.
May this week bring you joy and courage to do what needs to be done!
I wish you love, joy, and peace today and everyday!
P.S.1 While on the plane from Narita, Japan to Washington, DC, I watched the movie Zootopia.
It’s all about having the courage to go after your dreams even if people around you are telling you to quit.
The movie’s theme song is Shakira’s Try Everything. If you need a little boost, watch my music video cover here
P.S.2. If this email was forwarded to you by a friend, please subscribe here https://shanacino.com/dreams so you can get this kind of personalized and inspiring email from me every Tuesday. All free. (Thanks to your friend!)
P.S.3 You can follow my travel adventures and tips on my IG stories https://www.instagram.com/sha_nacino/