Archive | March, 2010


First Monday Morning … Away

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Liza Mae V.

Everyone was concerned about my alone time when James is working but I am not alone in this small world. His schedule is not too crazy like he is working a corporate job with 8-hour shifts. 3 out of the 5 days he only works maximum 3.5 hours and he is home by noon. On Friday’s he is back by 10:30 am, so it basically feels like a long weekend.

I am currently developing a schedule which consists of fitness & health, my business’, and self-growth through learning.

This is my first Monday morning of my new life and it is pretty productive. The time line is as follows:

6:00 AM >> Exercise: Ran Sprints
7:00 AM >> Cleaned two loads of laundry and hung to dry
7:30 AM >> Devoured a breakfast bun I got from the bakery
8:00 AM >> Cleaned like I was Mrs. Clean
– Bedroom: Pledged the Floors
– Kitchen: Mopped Floors
– Bathroom: Everything
10:30 AM >> Showered
11:00 AM >> Cook lunch of noodle soup and shrimp

I am waiting for the movie “Dear John” to download and the fastest I’ve seen it move is 45kB/s. I just finished watching the movie, “Girl, Interrupted”, and I enjoyed it. I’ve never seen Angelie Jolie play that type of role and it was a good change from her roles as of recently.

My lunch break is coming to an end and I will be working on installing WordPress to my LuxaVision & HomeInvestars websites. I’ve never done it before but it doesn’t hurt to try. Since this is my first time working for myself I realize that I have to set daily and weekly goals. Hrmm … this is what I used to do in my Engineering job but the difference is that I’m not doing it, to DO something, but I’m doing it because I WANT to. There is a major difference and my motivation level has reached the highest I’ve ever seen in myself.

– Liza Mae

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Do You Believe in Happy Endings?

Do You Believe in Happy Endings?

Posted on 25 March 2010 by Liza Mae V.

Keep Moving

As I stepped out of the plane with my backpack and carry-on luggage, I went through the regular process of going to Chinese customs, picking up my two big luggage putting them on a FREE push cart, and going through no bag checks.  The process seemed to flow smoothly, more so than I expected because usually there is always some sort of set back when I travel.

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floating in air … dream turned into reality

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floating in air … dream turned into reality

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve been hearing the words of “You’re Crazy!”, as of late because of my defining decision which took the world, my world and everyone surrounding it, by storm. One of the few friends, Bobby, who understands what I am doing said something profound to me which I hold near and dear to my heart.

He said, “Well you are not trying to be normal, so to them ‘Yes’ you are crazy.”

Whenever someone would comment as such I would go back to what he said. I realize I am not my friends, nor am I the majority. It is not that I am trying to distinguish myself from everyone else, for everyone wants the same thing, to be happy. Essentially, that is what my pursuit is and this is my story.

Cake by Francine

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Live your Life Pt. 4: Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Posted on 09 March 2010 by Liza Mae V.

Monday March 1st, 2010 marks a milestone in my life …

I have mentally prepared and planned this decision to leave my life of the 9 to 5.  I woke up Monday morning feeling anxious and terrified for the decision would change my life.   My boyfriend was no where to be found and I didn’t know what I should do.  Frantically I managed to put a resignation letter together and ten minutes prior to my weekly meeting with my boss, my boyfriend signed online.  To my relief he read it over and suggested to change a couple things and he sent his well wishes.  He seems to know how to calm me during times like this, thanks babe for being there!

As I walked to my bosses office I took a deep breath and  I gave my boss the letter and she was excited for me.  She said she would of made the same decision, given that she was placed in my shoes.  It wasn’t easy for me to do so because it felt like my umbilical cord had been snipped at that moment.  Leaving a place of warmth and comfort to live in the new unknown future ahead.  I always envisioned that at that moment I would of gotten in an emotional breakdown but it was quite opposite.  I was strong and confident and my fear in me disappeared.  I had a defining of moment of … letting it go.

No more mundane Mondays, reporting to a manager, long meetings, etc.  I am trading my current life for the hopes that I can successfully start my business and start living my life the way I want vs. what society wants for me.  I have always lived my life by social design but for once in my life I decided, enough is enough, it is time for me to take a mini-retirement.

I am not too sure how long my retirement from the typical life style will be but for starters, it is a minimum of 92 days or 3 months.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to retire to have idle time but I want to retire from defined schedules which are designed to make one tired and worn out.  Whoever decided that 8-hour days, 5 days a week was the way to go was simply insane.  The working hours seem ludicrous to me but let me leave that in another post.

Floating in air, I continued my day in shock of what I had just done.  Everything just seemed so surreal to me but my worries went away once my flight was booked, 20 days* until departure.   It is not that far away and I have 3 units to rent out before then.  It sounds unrealistic but I try to strive for the unrealistic goals, for if I just strive for the realistic ones then I would just be another statistic in this norm.

*Update: 12 Days left and I have rented 1 of the 3 units.
*Update (March 11): 2 of the 3 units rented.

– Liza Mae

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