Mikee likes to refer to herself in the third person sometimes.

This online journal is a collection of stories from the classroom, the corporate office and everywhere in between.

Even if it’s a dumb story, telling it changes other people just the slightest little bit, just as living the story changes me. An infinitesimal change. And that infinitesimal change ripples outward –ever forgotten, but the stories will last. And so we all matter –maybe less than a lot, but always more than none.

–An Abundance of Katherines, John Green

It is crucial for her to find Anne through her stories, for Anne is the adult who knows the difference between right and wrong and acts after deciding carefully without letting her soft side take over. Mikee is controlled by her child self who is deeply fascinated with all things bright and beautiful. Her parent self, contemplates her actions and guides her with virtues close to home. And if you don’t know what the metaphor means, think id, ego, superego –concepts from Psychology, a science she seeks to spend her lifetime studying.

She leaves it to your better judgment to decide if her thoughts are worth sharing and if Anne is worth finding.

I’m at home watching Always Be My Maybe and Timmy is not happy with my laughter and screams of kilig. 

Arci Muñoz is surprisingly refreshing. Feel na feel kita teh. The only thing stopping me from feeling for Gerald Anderson is he looks like my cousin. But their chemistry is cute, and the lines are funny (or did I already say that?). 

Hehe okay well gotta go back to watching. Sinulat ko lang kasi wala akong makwentuhan huhu k bye

There are things that you have to tuck away to maintain a semblance of order, things that you only pull out when necessary. There are labels for every thought and every emotion required in a situation so you know where to find them when you need them. I’m usually good at not letting the contents spill through the cracks, but some days prove more difficult than others.

Tomorrow I will put on my usual chatty self and keep the demons at bay. That’s what the locks are for anyway.

Children don’t usually play with my phone because all the games I have are puzzles, word games and brain teasers. It’s pretentiously nerdy but since I have poor hand-eye coordination, I actually enjoy getting my brain fired up. However, like all games, these can become time-consuming and addicting. Thankfully, M’ Cel of Red Ribbon introduced mobile brain training to me and now I can learn and have fun on a daily basis at a regulated pace!

Brain training is made up of mental exercises that target underdeveloped skills. It’s actually been around for quite some time but thanks to technology, it’s also accessible at the tip of your fingers! I’m currently using two (2) free apps with in-app purchases, and so far I’m really liking how it works.

Peak is a “comprehensive collection of exercises designed to hone your memory, sharpen your problem-solving skills, enhance your mental agility, and more.” It has daily workouts that cover up to five areas of focus and only take about 10-15 minutes to complete. I personally like that each workout has a summary, and can be tracked overtime so you can monitor your progress. You can also compare scores with peak users within your age group to boost (or belittle, charot) your self-esteem. After 2 days of training, I am not surprised that I am overachieving in Language. Lelz. Pengeng mental agility pls.

Named as Apple’s app of the year in 2014, Elevate is “designed to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills and more. Each person is provided with a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results.” This app claims that the more you train, the more you’ll “improve critical cognitive skills that are proven to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence.” TARAY. The good thing about these apps is it also makes you aware of your areas for improvement. For instance, I’ve always thought of myself as a visual/auditory/kinesthetic (ngek, lahat pala) learner but as it turns out, I’m better at Math than listening! Akalain mo ‘yun?

But like I said, it has only been two days. There is still plenty of room to grow. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds!

Push.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Even if you feel like you are not meeting expectations, know that you are doing your best.

You cannot afford to be an emotional wreck. Put first things first.

Do not rely on others for happiness. You are your own cheerleader.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

 

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