8 Quotes that will Prepare us for the Season of Giving

8 Quotes that will Prepare us for the Season of Giving

It’s 23 days before Christmas, is your heart ready for the season?

Here are some quotes that will remind us the essence of Christmas.

  1. No material things can beat the power of expression. An act of kindness can change once perception towards you, your family, your friend, your country and even to the God you serve. Make a difference this Christmas.

“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold

  1. Indeed, Christmas is not just a one-time festive. It is something that goes into your heart, mind and soul. It should remain there, be penetrated to your being and be Christmas anytime, anywhere.

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have a real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coodlige

  1. Go beyond the usual. Don’t focus on what you lose but on what you can give.

“Christmas is doing little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles M. Schulz

 

  1. I don’t believe in magic/s but having the opportunity to give and love others can make you feel unexplainable astonishment and gratitude.

“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each other’s’ burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” ~ W.C Jones

  1. Giving is what gives life to these season.

. “Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.” ~ Washington Irving

  1. Not everyone has the capability to give back. As you give this Christmas forget the things that you’re about to give. And open your eyes to the goodness of God for enabling you to give. Be glad, for not everyone has something to give.

“For it is by giving that we receive.” ~Francis of Assisi

  1. Let the Spirit of Christmas be with you all throughout your journey.

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” ~ Charles Dickens

  1. Our family is one of the greatest gift in our lives. How lovely it is to see everyone celebrating life and giving each a reason to live this Christmas even if you’re away with your family. Do not forget to send your love to them. Let your presence be felt because it’s the only thing that can make their night warm.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hills

Remember, we could not give what we do not have. So, fill your tank with love so you will never be out of love as you give it to everyone around your life, not just this Christmas but the whole year round.

About The Author

Yenyen is a multipod who is passionate about creative pursuit and wired to honor God through creative lifestyle. She 'sketch' and 'type' a lot for her blog. Every night she never go to sleep without putting "Oleia" on her hands.

How to be Miss Universe

How to be Miss Universe

Early morning today, the social media is full of buzz and it’s raining hashtags as the International beauty pageant, Miss Universe, just crowned this year’s winner, Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. 

Founded in 1952, Miss Universe is one of the most recognized and publicized beauty contests in the world. When watching a pageant like this, most of us don’t think about how these women have arrived at such a position. Generally, a country’s candidate selection involves pageants in major cities, whose winners compete in a national pageant. The effort that the contestants have to put in order to get into Miss Universe is real, and undoubtedly about so much more than simply being beautiful or wearing an expensive gown.  So, what does it take to qualify for the title?

Meet the age requirements. Miss Universe contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 27 as of Jan. 1 in the year of they compete.

Wait to get married. Contestants may not be married or pregnant, have ever been married, had a marriage annulled or given birth to or parented a child. These rules might seem extreme, but they’re arguably there to ensure the woman crowned Miss Universe is readily available for the many appearances she’ll be expected to make in the following 12 months. Of course, the first ever Miss Universe in 1952, Armi Kuusela, gave up her title a month before finishing her reign in order to get married.

Know your competition. Contestants are judged in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit, and a personality interview. There is no talent competition.

Enter the pageant. Potential contestants must apply to enter the Miss Universe pageant by applying through the national director in their respective countries.

Stay in shape. Exercise and eat healthy. Remember, Miss Universe contestants are judged on their appearance wearing a bathing suit.

Pamper your skin. Don’t be afraid to splurge on products that bring out the beauty of your skin, including acne-fighting cleansers and moisturizer. Avoid sun damage by applying sun screen any time you are outdoors.

Remove unwanted body hair. Most Miss Universe contestants choose waxing, as the results last for several days. You should wax several days before the pageant, but not so close to the day of the event that your skin is still visibly irritated or red from the waxing. Wax the bikini lines, armpits, legs and mustache (if you have one). 

Work with a pageant coach. A coach can teach you skills and ways to walk, act and look throughout a pageant. Ask your friends and fellow pageant participants for recommendations. You can also search online at pageant sites to find coaches. Many contestants even enroll in modeling classes to work on their walk and posing.

Prepare for your interview. Educate yourself and form opinions of current and recent events around the world. Determine your platform, the cause you care most about that you will work toward during your reign should you win the pageant.

  • Certain types of questions commonly recur in pageant interviews. Research the most common interview questions and prepare answers for them at places like Pageant Answers.
  • Expect to be asked questions such as, “Who is your greatest influence?” “What is the greatest environmental issue facing the world today?” and “What constitutes true beauty?”

These preparations are just for the initial parts of the competition. Our very own, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach said the work is not just a walk in the park and if you really aim on getting the crown, it entails one’s energy, dedication and passion in serving others. “Someone who is ready to take on the job for a year. You have to commit to it. It has to be something you really want to do not just for the moment because it’s fun or it will make you popular.”

Joining a pageant like this is similar to looking for a job because it takes an over-all personality and attitude. It’s not going to end during the pageant night. It actually starts there.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Why Do We Keep Doing What We Know is Bad for Us

Why Do We Keep Doing What We Know is Bad for Us

“Prevention is better than cure.” That is one famous line that we know but most of us ignore. Why do we keep on doing things what we know will not do good in us? Why do we participate in unhealthy activities when we know they do more harm than good?

For instance, despite knowledge on the harmful effects of cigarettes and unending warnings labelled on their very packaging, people continue to light those little sticks. Additionally, in spite of the seemingly endless amounts of information we learn on the hazards of drugs, alcohol and other vices, still many continue using it. 

Others in line are habitually not sleeping and eating on time, excessive use of gadgets, and eating junk foods are common practices that we all know have a risk on health but people continue on doing.  An unhealthy relationship that we keep on pursuing, even swearing/cursing that offends and endangers relationships are example of those things that we know are bad but some finds so hard to let go.

But knowing that these things can bring harm to us, why do still some of us ignore this warnings and choose to do it anyway? There are many reasons but here are some of the most relevant driving forces behind why we do things that we know are bad for us:

  • We cling to what’s comfortable and familiar, even if it’s bad for us

We all want to fit in. Sometimes, this leads us to make bad decisions that we may or may not pay for in the end. We are psychologically and biologically programmed to desire steadiness, certainty and comfort. This is equatable to survival. It means that we’ve ensured our existence for at least as long as we can maintain whatever it is we have in our lives. This is the main reason we accept less-than-ideal situations for ourselves: if it’s tolerable, we think it’s acceptable, and we confuse “acceptable” with “ideal,” because that’s what our survival instincts would have us believe.

  • We doubt our instincts when they tell us something is wrong

Even when we do see flashing red flags, we don’t know how to identify them as red flags because we don’t trust ourselves or our ability to accurately gauge a situation. We’ve been wrong in the past. We could be fault-finding . We tell ourselves that we ultimately have to overlook the not-so-desirable traits someone possesses to love them for who they really are; we shouldn’t be so judgmental and hold such impossible standards for other people to be perfect. Maybe, we tell ourselves, we’re terribly overreacting and need to just relax. But there is a difference—an enormous difference—between accepting someone entirely and willfully overlooking signs that indicate they could actually be truly detrimental to our well-being.

  • We don’t see things as they are—we see them as we are

The downside of feeling strong, confident, positive and healthy, is that you can project those qualities onto things and people who don’t merit them. In the same way that being in a bad mood can make even good things seem awful, being in a great place and wanting love and happiness can cause you to erroneously see it where it doesn’t exist. If we’re in a place of simply just needing to believe a lie to make ourselves feel better, we will. If we choose to overlook the ways we’re not being good to ourselves, we’ll be equally as inclined to disregard the ways other people do the same.

  • We choose the mistake because we want the lesson

Sometimes, we do see the red flags—and we go into something anyway. We subconsciously know that there is tremendous learning potential in every experience—even the worst ones give us something incredible to learn. Do I mean to imply we intentionally hurt ourselves? Not quite. We subconsciously but still intentionally choose to have experiences that will grow, heal and change us in the end, even if they hurt like hell initially. Sometimes we have to be smacked awake. Sometimes we need to see what’s wrong to know what would be right. There’s nobody in the world who knows how to police us into a better life more than ourselves.

  • Despite all the reasons not to be, we’re still hopeful

Despite all the evidences that this relationship is bad for you, but you convince yourself otherwise. You eat that bowl of ice cream and tell yourself it’s low fat, so you’re in the clear, even though the calorie-count you just ignored offers opposing information.Sometimes, things just feel good when you’re in the moment. It isn’t until you’re paying the consequences later on that you begin to have doubts. It was never a matter of what happened on the outside, it was only how we assumed things would ultimately be.

With all the reasons stated above, still prevention is better than cure, as they say. Though we have the free will to choose what we want to do,  we are not free to choose the consequences of that decision. At times, bad decisions can be a blessing in disguise. They help us learn from our mistakes and they become the driving force behind long overdue changes for the better. Just be sure to grow from those naughty deeds and try to become a better person in the future. 

Experiencing headache and other-like pains because of that bad decision? Unhealthy habits may cause pain and inflammation. Oleia Topical oil is your all-around miracle oil that helps stop pain and inflammation safe and fast. Bring it always with you and continue to get going.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

What is Life All About

What is Life All About

During one of our huddles at the office, an interesting perspective came into the minds of everyone. That is in light of everything that we do, our careers, our personal goals and dreams, and even our families -what really does matter most?

This came into my mind specifically because as we usually do sharing before the day starts we were all taken aback by several news of sudden deaths, this one includes Isabel Granada who died because of aneurysm and a friend of one of my workmates who died because of a big boulder that dropped out of nowhere!

This made me realize two important principles about life which I would like to share with you today.
But before that, when being asked of the question, what is life all about – many people may be dumbfounded in answering this. Because first, isn’t that automatic? Should we know already why we live and what matters?
Several ideas come into people’s mind when they think about some may think that life is about work, about relationships, about God, and some may even think about life as nothing but a speck or a dot in the grand scheme of things, that no matter what we do, who we become, and where we go will not matter, after all, we are insignificant compared to the world or the rest of the universe.

But what about you? What do you think life is all about?

For me, I believe that life is not meant to be lived alone, but it is meant to be shared. Even if you’re single, divorced, or your loved ones already passed away, having someone that we can call a friend is a way to enjoy life to the fullest. As cliché as it may sound, no man truly is an island. We are born to communicate and to make friends, even introverts can can spend time with other people too. We cannot live by ourselves and if we want to know what life is all about and to experience it, we must share our very own lives to others.

Second is that life is all about loving. I believe that if we can summarize life, and the best use of our life is to love. Love is the only force in the universe that keeps people together, without love, families, relationships, and even organizations and government cannot exist. It takes love to keep the world going.

But love can be simple but elusive, some people do crazy things for love while some don’t have an idea of what love is and how it can be expressed. But love is not just about gifts of possessions, it is not based on how much we can provide to the other person. Love is about giving, it can be measured by how much of ourselves we give to the person we love.

Quality time or focused time is one of the greatest elements of love. When you give time to someone, you are practically saying that you are giving something you can never take back.

For all of us, the best time to experience and give love is NOW.

At the end of it all, we must face this question before we leave earth regardless of the faith we believe in. Did you love? Did you love the people closest to you instead or projects, meetings or even things?

Life is all about love. Time is the currency of love. Love should be given NOW.

 

About The Author

Manuel is a guy who loves books. He enjoys reading and does it whenever he can. If he’s not reading, he spends time with his family and also ministers to teenagers in a local church. He does public speaking and talks about issues concerning the youth and young professionals. An Oleia topical oil user and content contributor.

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

Win in Life! The importance of reading in every life stage

I am not a reader.

Many people claim this statement as if it’s an honor badge or a title. However, a lot of us miss many things when we decide upon ourselves to avoid reading. Reading is both an art and a science, and it is sad to know that a lot of us lost this wonderful opportunity to learn, to grow and to be inspired by the value of reading.

There is more to reading than words and here are some of the very important reasons why you should learn to read, no matter how young or old you are:

Benefits of reading for children

Getting your children to love reading will reap so many benefits in the future. It is said that a child who reads will have a greater chance of becoming achievers and will also help build their emotional well being. Want some specifics? Here are some of the things your child may get if he learns to love reading:

  • Increase in vocabulary – Reading is about understanding. If you read and did not understand anything, then you did not read, you just wasted time. When children read, they learn to understand and they are exposed to new words. This means that their vocabulary widens and so is their understanding.
  • It helps with their understanding of the world – Depending on the books you wanted them to read, children can learn not only from you but from the books they read what is right and what is wrong.
  • Creativity blossoms when you read – There is a saying which states that reading takes you to places without moving a single inch. Children who reads are more imaginative and this helps their brain develop better and faster.
Benefits of reading for students

Not only does reading makes you pass your subjects, but students that enjoys reading enjoys the following benefits as well:

  • Reading helps in maturity – Reading takes time and today where people want things instantly, learning how to read develops your personality more than ever. It teaches the value of patience which is an attitude of successful and mature people.
  • Continuous learning – Asides from textbooks, students who read fiction and nonfiction books learn more about history, culture and many other things that universities do not even talk about.
  • Fluency in language – Reading a lot in a certain language, English for example will help students to become better at writing and also in speaking. Exposure to books not only entertains but also educates.
Benefits of reading for professionals

One of the saddest realities is that most professionals do not open books after they graduate college. However, after you graduate is the time when you need to take command of your learning. Here is how reading gives you the best chance for success:

  • Successful people has a habit of reading – Successful people like Warren Buffet and Mark Cuban attributes reading as one of their key to success, here are some quotes from them:
  • Mark Cuban – I read every book and magazine I could. Heck, three bucks for a magazine, twenty bucks for a book. One good idea would lead to a customer or a solution, and those magazines and books paid for themselves many times over. Some of the ideas I read were good, some not. In doing all the reading I learned a valuable lesson. Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage. Sure, there were folks that worked hard at picking up every bit of information that they could, but we were few and far between.
  • Warren Buffet – Read 500 pages like this (holding a stack of paper) every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will.
  • Books are mentors to help you succeed – People who are successful in life are in demand most of the time. They do talks, they write books and they do a lot of important stuff. Which is why it’s virtually impossible to get a hold of them and learn from them. However, because of books – you now have access to their learning. It’s like being mentored by a lot of people, at your own pace, at your own time.
  • Leaders are readers – There is an unspoken rule that you cannot give what you do not have. But since we are all limited in experience and we can’t be everywhere all the time, our skills can be limited. But that is where reading comes into play. Reading helps you bridge the gap between what you know and what you don’t. If you want to lead better, read better – not only for your benefit, but for the people you are going to impact.
Benefits of reading for adults

Parents, grandparents and the other mature people are exempted, right? The answer is no. Reading is still vital even if you are advanced in years.

  • For parents –
  • Parents are the children’s first educators. They will constantly ask for your advice and will always seek you in times of trouble. Learning to read and loving to read will help you become a better parent, a trustworthy friend and a wise counselor for your child.
  • Parents help their children build reading habits. If you love to read, your child in some way would be interested in what you love to do and what we teach them during their childhood will stick to them for the rest of their life. We model what we want our children to become.
  • For older adults
  • Reading provides mental exercise – Exercising your brain will help you lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Reading is both an art and science – Readiscover yourself, level up and learn through the pages.

 

About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.

Fun Run? Top 3 Scientific Reasons Why You Should start Running

Fun Run? Top 3 Scientific Reasons Why You Should start Running

What’s the deal with fun runs?
As someone who does not really run often, I am often amazed about how people spend a lot of time running. It’s as if running away from bills isn’t enough! (Kidding!) – But on a serious note, running is not only a hobby for some, but it’s a real passion. They train, they have well rounded communities for runners, and most importantly, all of them quite enjoy it.

So, my question is – what’s the big deal with running? Asides from the idea of losing weight, what else can people achieve by running long kilometers? That’s what I tried to find out, and today, I’ll present 3 scientific reasons why running is not only a fun activity, but also beneficial to one own’s health.

But before we dive into that, here are some of the practical reasons why people choose running as their form of exercise:

Running does not require a membership – Unless you are participating in fun runs, you can just step out of your door and start running. It’s the least expensive way to get fit!

Running does not require a schedule – You can run at the start of the day, at the middle (if you dare), or at the end of the day. As long as you are comfortable, and the weather and the place allows it, then you can go ahead and run.

Running is not boring – Even if you do take the same route as you run, you can experience new things by being more observant, or by leveling up your experience with music and bringing friends or pets with you.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to tie your shoe laces on, then here are the 3 scientific reasons why you should start running today

Runners think better – Runners aren’t just all muscles, they can also hold themselves in a serious conversation. As someone would say, “Not only do runners take home the bacon, they can cook it, prepare it and teach you all about it.”

How’s that possible? Scientists found out that when we are active, not only do our physical capabilities get the benefit, but also our mental capacities. Not only does running improve your muscles, but it also improve brain neurons as well.

Runners are happier people – Is runner’s high just a myth? Apparently, it is a fact. Serotonin, which is a chemical that nerve cell produces boost one’s mood. In addition to that, our body also releases endocannabinoids, which sounds similar to cannabis which gives the feeling of the runner’s high and keeps them addicted in a good way in running.  Also, when you get fit from running, your self-esteem is higher and you live happier.

Runners can outrun cancer – While it’s obvious that active people gets sick less often, a study done in 2009 proved that running, or similar activities to it has significantly reduced the rate of cancer growth of over 2500 men. They found out that those who run are the ones most protected in getting any form of cancer.

So, what are you waiting for? Get up and start running to a better version of you!

When runner’s high fades away, you may feel your legs tired and you can even experience ankle sprain. And when that starts, remember to use Oleia Topical Oil. Just apply 3 to 5ml on the affected part and you can quickly feel the soreness and pain go away. It is made up of natural chemicals that not only takes away the pain but helps in regenerating damaged cells.

 

About The Author

Cathy spends part of her days wondering how to combine her 2 loves, writing and photography. The rest of her time she spends taking care of her two babies. Sheena, a Labrador retriever & Amanda, a Siberian husky. She’s been an OLEIA user since May.