Since we moved to the USA in 2015, I’ve been thinking of advancing my education in my chosen field–youth work. After some consideration, I decided not to pursue youth ministry, but instead pursue a Master’s degree in Youth Development. I only discovered this program when I did a Google search about educational opportunities related to youth work.
As United Methodist, I am looking forward to the Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC), which will be held on July 18-22, 2018 at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This is the largest, most extensive gathering of United Methodist youth and young adult leaders from all over the world. We are expecting between 300-400 delegates. Here’s the purpose of the GYPC from the Young People’s Ministries website.
Celebrating the mission and vitality of young people in the United Methodist Church
Raising the joys and concerns of young people from the global community
Developing young people as leaders for effective ministry in local churches and communities of faith
Highlighting emerging trends in youth and young adult ministry
Providing a common forum that embraces the global reality of the church.
#80Days80K Fundraising Campaign
To ensure that all the regions of the church are represented, we are raising funds for GYPC scholarships. I am participating in the #80Days80K fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $80,000 within 80 days! I know it’s challenging, but with the support of United Methodists around the world, we can do this.
Here’s what I am doing to help support this campaign:
I will ride my bike for 800 kilometers. I am hoping to raise $1,600 (PhP 80,000). This means that each kilometer is worth $2 or PhP 100 (Philippine Pesos).
I love listening to podcasts. They help me learn new things about our world and they also entertain me some. Read my post on how to subscribe to podcasts if you have not done so yet.
Here’s a list of the podcasts from the Philippines, or by Filipinos that I listen to. I provide a sentence of two of what I like about them and links to some of the best episodes I have listened to.
I had a podcast back in 2014 and it ran until I moved to the United States in early 2015. There were only a handful of us, independent podcasters. Sure, there are several radio programs made available as podcasts such as “Good Times with Mo,” and some Love Radio programs. But I am glad that there are more and more podcasts that came out since 2015. Here’s a list of the home grown podcasts that I listen to.
Podcasts are an awesome way to learn and be entertained. They could keep you company on a long drive, or when you’re stuck in traffic. They could also keep you entertained and laughing by yourself (though I wouldn’t recommend that when you’re in a public place.)
I read quite a lot of books in 2016–52 to be exact and I tracked them all on Goodreads. Here are some interesting tidbits I discovered when I looked at all the books I read.
Audio has become the dominant reading format for me. The longest books I read are more than 600 pages. And I read an average of 1 book per week. Read on for more….
In this article, I also share some tips on how I got to read a lot of books in a year.
In 2012, I discovered Goodreads.com, which is like the social network for readers. I just joined and I almost forgot about its existence after that. But in 2014, I began to be more intentional in keeping track of the books I read. So I decided to list the books I read on Goodreads.com. And in 2014, I joined my first ever Reading Challenge.
I read 40 books in 2014, 60 books in 2015, and 52 books in 2016.
Truth is, it wasn’t really difficult for me to read that much, because I have a lot of titles on my Kindle. Whenever I got some down time–if I need to wait in line, or wait for someone who was running late for an appointment, or even when I am commuting in a bus, train, or taxi–I would take my phone out and read on my Kindle. But I would also bring some printed books with me from time to time.
This post isn’t about how to read a lot of books in a year. I will write a separate blog post for that. But for 2017, I am deciding to slow down in reading books and be more intentional, read more slowly, and deliberately implement the lessons I learn from these books. I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction books in the past 3 years or so and I want to make the most out of these books.
I thank God for the New Year. It’s a great reminder of the circle of life. The previous year might have been great for you. Or not. But the new year brings fresh hope that things could be better if we make the most out of it.
We should all review the past year to learn from our experiences and celebrate our wins. But we should also plan for the new year that is here now. On the first few days of this year, I sat down to identify my goals. This has really become my habit at the start of the year since 2010.
During a meeting with my team, I just reflected on the renewed sense of commitment and energy. It will probably not last for very long. But by making some changes to my schedule and my lifestyle, I could probably make the most out of the excitement of the new year. I might even make this the year I achieved all the goals I’ve identified!
Here are 7 Simple Hacks that I am implementing to help me achieve my goals effectively and efficiently.
Yes, I know, it is the first week of 2017 and already, you’ve seen a lot of #NewYearsResolutions in your social media feed. Your friends are planning for the year ahead. They’re promising that 2017 is going to be their #bestyearever!
For us to move on to the next year, however, it’s also important to review the past year. If you haven’t done this yet, I encourage you to do it. And please put a note on your calendar for the last 2 weeks December 2017 for you to review 2017.
Here are some tips and resources to help you review the past year.
She turned from me and wiped her eyes as the train sped away from the platform of Bambang LRT Station. Tears fell from her eyes, I’m sure of it. And my chest constricted. I looked up the ceiling of the station, trying hard to prevent tears from falling.
It must have been my wife’s monthly appointment with her OB-GYN. It’s the fourth month of the baby in her tummy.
And I could not be with her…
At the start of 2013, right before my son was born, I took a long, hard look at my pursuits and my priorities. I made the decision to streamline my commitments, simplify my life, and drop the ‘good commitments’ that prevent me from pursuing great ones.
I thought it would take me a few weeks to do it. But I was wrong. It took me more than 2 years to really do it. From time to time, I also had an over-commitment relapse. But thankfully, I have a wife who reminds me of what truly matters in my life.
“Commit to make something you love and you will find that the needed supplies come to hand…. Those who create for love–like the devotees who practice their spiritual tradition with ardor–give off a certain undefinable something that is attractive, and it attracts them their good.
“Faith moves mountains, and when we see art as an act of faith, then we begin to see that when we commit to our art, mountains may indeed be moved as a path becomes clear…. Art is a matter of commitment.”
– Julia Cameron, Walking in this World