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5 Solutions to the Resolution | Achieve Your Goals

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Liza Mae V.

It has already been 20 days since New Years Day and you probably have made some resolutions for 2011.  I bet about half of you already have fallen of your track whether it be losing weight, spending time with family, or managing debt.  Of the half that remain only a quarter of you will succeed in actually achieving your goal, according to a 2007 survey of over 3,000 people conducted by the British psychologist Richard Wiseman.

These are some quick solutions to to your resolution blues or reaching your goals, not in any particular order:

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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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Live your Life Pt. 3: Making Everyone Aware

Posted on 22 February 2010 by Liza Mae V.

As I dropped him off at the airport today, a trickle of tears ran down my face as we hugged good-bye.  At least this time I did not cry a river for I know I will see him soon.  The 5 weeks he was here just went by so quickly yet it felt like so many things transpired.  It began on a rocky road but things became more smooth between us and stronger than ever.  It was a really trying period for us but here we are again.  I promised us that we will be together again in less than 4 weeks and hopefully before his big Three-Zero!

So I have contacted my boss and made her aware of the situation and I am hoping to get some unpaid-leave of a minimum of 2 months but if not, I have decided to cut my losses and go with the flow of things.  I am quite terrified of doing so because it is like cutting my umbilical cord to my secure life.  I realize that doing this will hurt and disappoint many people due to their own personal reasons, but at the end of the day, I have to take care of myself and my partner.  The weight of their disappointment is weighing me down and I just feel like I don’t need that right now.  I just want support from people but I can’t change their egotistical way of thinking, so be it.  I mean it is really selfish for one to tell me to stay back because it makes them happy but what about my happiness?  I would never be disappointed in someone because they chased after their happiness but I guess their excuse is that they are looking out for me.

I’ve gone tired of trying to make everyone else happy, that I don’t really care what anyone has to say.

I’m done.

– Liza Mae

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Live your Life Pt. 1: Fighting Fears

Posted on 18 January 2010 by Liza Mae V.

It is funny how the last month’s events caused me to amplify my thoughts so loudly that I can not stop thinking about the life I want to live versus the life I am living.  Those two points are far in between but the gap could easily be narrowed if I … stopped worrying.

On December 26th, 2009, I seen a message on facebook from my cousin that our mutual cousin Paula had died.  She was under 40 and had a family (husband and two daughters).  She had been fighting cancer for a couple of years and her time had expired on earth as we know it.  RIP Paula!

Last week, my brother got in a serious car accident which landed him in the hospital with a broken collar bone and minor lacerations.  He could of been seriously hurt or dead but thankfully God gave him another chance at life.

With all these occurrences happening around me it made me think and ask questions within myself.  Why is it that I live my life of mediocrity to only want what everyone else wants?  Why do I settle for a secure life rather than a happy life?  Or if I am so unhappy why do I continue to live unhappily?  Why do I have wait until I find out I am dying or had a life/death experience to do the things I truly want to do?

Fear is the biggest monster one has.  It gets in the way of many things and stagnates growth and disables one’s abilities to be free.   So I’ve decided to make some major changes in my life which will occur in the next 3 weeks.  Story will unfold shortly, stay tuned.

Liza Mae

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epiphany of life’s journey

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epiphany of life’s journey

Posted on 24 September 2009 by Liza Mae V.


I scratch my head because thoughts flutter my mind like butterflies being born exponentially. I have dreams which seems to peak so high that it seems impossible to reach for the entirety of this society. I envision my future so vividly that it seems like I am living in it. Every day I come closer to this dream and start letting go of my tired yesterdays. I am ready. I have reached the point of exasperation, (deep breath). I have taken my last breath of this life and have gone in to the realm of freedom. I know nothing of my yesterdays, know only of my today and hope to attain my dreams of tomorrow.


Quest for Excellence

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but all I know is that I am not mediocre. I do not strive to be mediocre, so why have I settled for so long?

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Gemini’s Horoscope: Opinions

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Liza Mae V.

Monday, May 11th, 2009 — The confusing thing about today is that everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should do, but none of their great ideas feels exactly right to you. You might even question your own judgment, wondering how others can see what you cannot. Self-doubt is unproductive; just listen to your inner voice now, even if it’s contrary to the advice you are receiving.


Some may think I am a dreamer because I state things that seem unrealistic … to them.  In their own realm they think my dreams are things out of this world but to me, these ‘dreams’ are going to be my reality.  If one limit’s their thought to what they think, they will never be more.  Though the doubters sometimes  make me revisit my dream, I still come to the same conclusion.  I laugh at the doubters and the haters because I kindof feel sorry for them.  I want to be more than a person living this rat race of life.  I am more than that … I am.

– Liza Mae

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keep moving forward … desire to be inspired

Posted on 25 April 2009 by Liza Mae V.

I am sitting on the porch soaking in the sun on a Saturday afternoon thinking of things that have progressed in the last year.  I smile back on the memories and it makes me teary-eyed.  Who would of thought I would be here now, a year later.  I sit in a house which he envisioned a year gone.  Many people speak of things they dream about but many people do not put those dreams in motion.  He is a person who has made it happen.

I remember laying in my parents house with him on the left of me, speaking of a place that he and I should share together.  We spoke about subletting, renting, and lastly owning a house.   The first two did not happen because it was decided that the latter should happen, owning/living in a house we could call our own.  So we sacrificed some freedom to save money and now here we are.  I didn’t officially move out of my parents but it is apparent that I basically moved out except for some clothes that I have left there.  My brother Rich, called me 10 min ago to ask me if he can move my remains in the smaller room for he is going to move in to my room for it is larger.  This was like a smack in my face, not in a bad way but in a reality check type of way, “I HAVE MOVED OUT”.  I go to my parents maybe once a week and when I do, it feels foreign to me.  At first the house felt foreign but now I can finally call it home.  We haven’t yet settled in due to renovations and the fact that we have rented majority of the house in order to reach our next goal of getting another house as an income property.  I have grown to love this house and the memories we have built together.  Unfortunately, it is time to build memories elsewhere, and where is that exactly?  It could be helping poor children in the streets of Philippines, enjoying the busyness of the streets of Tokyo, or eating crepes with the French in Nice, France.  Basically my memories are built with people in places.  I do not get attached to places, I get attached to people whom I love in those places. For example, before I made friends in New York City, I wasn’t too gong-ho about it except for the shopping.  After making friends, I love New York or more so, I love my friends in New York.  They are the reason why I keep coming back.  I still shop in New York but it is not my reason for visiting.  This reminds me that I am long over due for a trip to NYC.


So I have been meaning to post this video that I received from a co-worker, weeks back.

It made me think of things that inspire me to be.  I am a pretty lazy relaxed person, so what makes me get out of bed in the morning?  My desire to get another house and then retire.  It is not that I want to lay in bed and watch Dr. Phil all day but I want to travel and also help people.  He has showed me the organization(missionary) that he volunteered for in Mexico and it inspired me.  I realized working for a corporation to make the rich richer isn’t satisfying.  It is my time to help those who truly need help.  There aren’t enough hands to feed those who starve, so I want to offer my hands to feed empty hearts.

What inspires you to be?

– Liza Mae

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Pillow Talk: Visions & Goals

Posted on 31 March 2009 by Liza Mae V.

After a long tiring day mi amore and I usually lay in bed and conversation about random things on our minds.  Last nights topic was around our visions and goals.  He called me out on a couple of things:   slacking on my photography, spend too much time on facebook/twitter when I can be doing something productive, not working on my beach bod and that I am simply not motivated.  So I heard those words loud and clear and it stuck.  For how long?  Who knows but the fact that I am writing about it shows that I will do those things I negated to do.  I will simply put some time lines in place so I will have some urgency to complete my tasks.

  • Edit lizamae[dot]com’s Posts from LJ – estimated 250 posts (May 1st)
  • Edit photos for web portfolio/photo book/flickr (April 13)
  • Design website for www.luxavision.com (April 27)
  • Get more photography clients (on going)
  • Weight train minimum of 3x a week (start this week)
  • Eat healthier

So I will update every Monday on my progress of these things.  Wish me luck!

-Liza Mae

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I am a twenty-somethings female photographer in search of love, the meaning of life, and adventure. I am passionate about anything photography from the snap to the click.



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