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7 Tips to Achieving Your Things TO DO List

Posted on 26 February 2011 by Liza Mae V.

This past week has been quite busy or maybe it is due to the fact that I am in a transitional phase of life.  So many aspects of life seem to be changing all at the same time.

work. love. real estate. photography.

Two weeks ago I started working for talented photographers and directors in Toronto and putting it in my schedule has been quite difficult.  I have some renovations to complete, and leases are coming up on March 1st resulting to tenants moving in and out.  This also involves listing and showing the properties and this can become time consuming, especially when these people don’t show.  It wasn’t so bad last week but since my love left on Sunday, I am one to handle the burdens of three real estate properties.  It is like I am on call 24/7 and can not clock out.  Maybe it is all in my head for my emotions have been on such a roller coaster ride since he left.  I just need to get my priorities straight and list out all the things I need to do, so that the TO DO list won’t haunt me. Continue Reading

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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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Simplicity of Life

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Simplicity of Life

Posted on 14 May 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I have climbed mountains, jumped islands, and swam in fresh water. I’ve never quite experienced the world like this and it is simply amazing.

Mambukal Falls

A few months ago I was drowning in numbers at my cubicle, counting minutes until 5pm, and worked myself to exhaustion.

Who would have thought my life would change so drastically?

I was drinking coffee from Timmies costing $1.50, now I am drinking fresh coconut juice or even better mango shakes for less than $0.50. Who wouldn’t want to trade their life for this life I am currently savoring?

Many seem to delude themselves into believing that they need millions to enjoy life but what I’ve been experiencing is that a dollar can stretch a long way. It is not about how much money you make, but how far you can make your money work for you.

What is the point of making so much money when you don’t know what you are going to use it for? Our societies need for more is deceptive and dubious. We already have everything we need, we just WANT more but ask yourself, why is there that need?

A simple life goes a long way. Try living it.

Liza Mae

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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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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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Vision & Goals: Keep it Moving

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Liza Mae V.

I realized that I will not be able to meet deadlines due to unexpected life occurrences.   Also, goals seem to change as priorities shift and realities kick in.  This is not to say that I am totally dreading life, but I am actually enjoying the little moments that make up my day.  I pushed off some of my goals to spend time with mi amore, family, and friends.

Last weekend for Easter I spent time with my girlfriends to celebrate Wan Ting’s birthday with dinner at a Korean restaurant, then karaoke.  While we were singing my heart out to Flo Rida – Right Round, Britney Spears – Womanizer, and Usher – Love in this Club, mi amore spent time catching up with his ex.  I like this balance in our relationship where we do not have to do everything together, we have our separate lives outside of the relationship.  I’ve learned that mi amore may not like doing all the things that I like to do, so instead of him compromising his time, I will do it on my own.  Fortunately enough, we have more things in common than not, so this is not an issue.

On Easter Sunday, we went to my family to have lunch.  I always enjoy spending time with my family, especially with the kiddies.  I have three nephews, all under the age of three.

Mi Amore, friends, and family are my priorities and spending time with them is worth pushing some deadlines further.

My updated update:

  • House is rented for May 1, so many things have to be done around the house (basement reno, cleaning, installation of washer/dryer, and small touch-ups)
  • Edit lizamae[dot]com’s Posts from LJ – estimated 250 posts (May 16)
  • Edit photos for web portfolio/photo book/flickr (June 1)
  • Design website for www.luxavision.com (July 1)
  • Get more photography clients (on going)
  • Work-out schedule (Mon – Cycling | Tue – Hip Hop | Wed – Cross-training | Thu – Running | Fri – Cross-Traing, Sat – Running | Sun – Cross-Training)  One to two days I will be resting, I’m not that psycho.  lol

– Liza Mae

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Gemini’s Horoscope | Vision & Goals Update

Posted on 07 April 2009 by Liza Mae V.

Tuesday, Apr 7th, 2009 — Although you may still have your share of work to do, it’s going to be a challenge to get it finished on time. You would be better off completing your assigned tasks today if they involve singing, listening to music, storytelling or otherwise engaging your imagination. Writing a technical manual or doing boring desk work will take constant mental readjustment now, but you can do whatever you must if you truly put your mind to it.

Hrmmm karaoke anyone?  Well my job does consist of doing boring desk work, so I can only listen to music, tell a story, but horribly sing in the car.   Today is Hip Hop dance class and we are dancing to Justin Timberlake – Summerlove.

Cool choreography! This isn’t my dance class but it gets me pumped.


I haven’t started my goals as yet.   I had many excuses in my mind as to why I haven’t started full throttle but I will stop myself now.  I find excuses are a form of procrastination and leads to nowhere.

My update:

  • 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) – 1x last week.
  • Eat healthier – Somewhat

– Liza Mae

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