Sunday Sparkle

I watched After Earth last night and I super loved it. In true M. Night Shyamalan style, there were plenty nerve-racking moments. But once you get past that, the lessons were pretty cool—like this one about fear.

Sometimes, you just really have to stop and think about what story you’re telling yourself. This way, you can move past it (when you’re ready) and have faith that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. And if it doesn’t work out, you ask? Then dig deep, take a knee (you’ll know what this means if you watched the movie), and find a way to put a better spin on that story. ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I always look forward to writing my Sunday Sparkle posts, because it gives a chance to share my reflections and connect with my readers on a more personal level. But writing them also scares the bejeezus out of me! It’s really when I let my guard down and allow myself to be a more vulnerable. Case in point:

This week in Nicole's life...

This week, in Nicole’s life…

I’ve been renovating my room over the past month, so I keep having to make so many big and little decisions. What color should the floors be? The walls? What couch design do I want? Is this the best faucet for my sink? Oh my gosh. The list goes on and on. I’m actually enjoying the process, but I was surprised about how much thinking I had to do before I could actually “commit” to my design picks.

Here's a peek at the current state of my room! No floors yet + mocking up the layout of my desk here.

A peek at the current state of my room! No floors yet + mocking up the layout of my desk here.

I was getting all worked up and wasting so much energy, because I had to make sure that I was choosing the best options. I was consulting with way too many people about what they thought without making an actual decision. While scouting for furniture finds with my designer, Melissa, she said something that made me stop in my tracks. “The thing is, you know what you want,” she shrugged. “You just need to trust yourself.”  Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you know that I went “Pope Hunting” with my family over the weekend.

Waited on Roxas Boulevard, one of the biggest roads in the country, for about 2 hours. My cutie godson was such a trooper—no tantrums at all!

Waited along Roxas Boulevard, which was part of the Papal route, for about 2 hours. My cutie godson was with me and he’s such a trooper—no tantrums at all!

Whether you’re a Catholic or not, there’s no denying that Pope Francis is a huge inspiration. I really love how he’s so warm and generous with his affection. He’s uplifted many hearts and opened many minds (mine included!) just by how kind, compassionate, and practical he is. And did I mention he has a fab sense of humor? Just take a look at this video—you really never know what to expect from him!

Too cute, right? From his 2015 visit to our country, I am reminded of two very important things: the need to dream and the need to pray. I’ve been very reluctant to do these two things because I don’t want to be disappointed, and well, it’s a bit scary to put your faith in things that are so abstract. Isn’t it? Continue reading