Who We Should Thank and Why- Understand the Sacrifice! — Heartshare

Our dear fellow blogger shared this beautiful piece as her special Guest Post. How wonderfully inspiring it is to remember all of our special heroes in our lives. Every day of our lives! Cheers to all our Heroes. Cheers to LOVE!!! For even more Love-filled inspiration, do visit Becky on Heartshare!

It is important to understand who we should thank and why we should be thankful. We have a specific day in November each year set aside for Thanksgiving. It is a fun day to get together with family and friends to eat. Sometimes we get ourselves worked up over all the details we put into […]

Who We Should Thank and Why- Understand the Sacrifice! — Heartshare


Hi I’m Yeka and I’m a Candy Crushaholic. Sigh. Or at least, I used to be. 😱😰😭

Phew! What a relief to admit it. Not like it’s a crime or anything, but some people may see it as an utter waste of time.

Okay let’s face it. I’m nearly half a century old and yet, I’m still a child at heart. 🥰

I confess. I play Candy Crush. Everyday. But in a “regulated manner” now – – – a huge improvement compared to years back when I would feel hopeless or irritable when I couldn’t advance to the next level. Ugh! Talk about the game getting the better of me! It made me feel sad and so I deleted the application from my iPhone haha!

Just recently, though, I re-uploaded the application into my iPhone out of sheer curiosity. They say that curiosity kills the cat. Well, I’m not a cat anyway! Purrrr!!! 🐱😜

So as I was saying, I was quite curious! I wanted to check if I could actually enjoy the game this time around with my Zen-inspired, cool-headed maturity. Hmm…… And boy, was I in for a treat. A truckload of treats in fact ….. Candy Galore!!!!! 🍭 💕 🍬💕🍬💕🍭 OMG!!! Woooow my eyes popped when I saw the menu offered: Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga ….. 😳💛🙌

“Eew really?1?!” I can hear others say. “Isn’t that so yesterday as in ages ago? I mean, aren’t there cooler updated apps for brain massaging and relaxation?!?!”

Well, my message to them? “Just mind your your own business and eat your hearts out!” Or should I say, “Eat your CANDIES out?!?! Haha!”

Gosh, with the updated Candy Crush (and other related apps) landscape, my happiness bounced beyond the scale!

News Flash!!! I seem to have cracked the code because I can complete each level in nearly one try at the average of 5 minutes tops …. as if it were effortless to me this time around. Okay, that may be no mean feat for the Candy Crush Champions out there, but to me, that sure breaks my personal records. Aargh I used to exert so much effort in the game years back and mind you, with embarrassingly terrible results at that! This time around, though, I’ve learned to see the patterns and spot the optimal moves to make. I’ve become more strategic in approach. I’ve become more adept at focusing on the objective per round rather than being drawn to “fancy moves” just to have all the amazing colors splashing around. (And candidly, that’s always been a huge plus in terms of attraction for me: Colors, colors, and yes, even more happy colors!!!) ❤️💙💚💜🧡💛❤️

Ooohlala!! I get kick out of all the happy sounds and colors whenever I pass the level and I totally take in the whole happy “show” like a little child in her fantasy candy shop!

So what do I get out of the game? That is, aside from a good brain massage, a happy entertaining vibe with the coolest colors cum celebratory sounds, and the sensation that I’m a happy kid all over again?

I get tons of Life Lessons! 🥰❤️😘

  1. Don’t take life too seriously. Take a breather. Relax. A relaxed mind smiles and functions optimally.
  2. Laugh out loud. Yup, there’s a time and place for everything. So when you’re on play mode, have outrageous fun! Alright, let’s stick to clean outrageous fun. No need to go overboard and do a Joker laughter of some sort haha!
  3. Stop and smell the roses. Stop and listen to the birds chirping. Stop and enjoy a stroll through nature. STOP. LOOK. LOVE.
  4. Keep life simple. In simplicity is true beauty. With less, there is more.
  5. Focus on the objective at hand. Stay true to your purpose. Be intentional with your day and how you live it.
  6. Be in the moment. Be mindful. Be present. Maximize your relationshihps ….. both with yourself and others.
  7. Be grateful for your present. You may not yet be in your aspired future, but you’re no longer in your past.
  8. Stay true to your colors. Live in authenticity. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not for you rob the world of your wonderful person that you are. Just be your awesome self.
  9. Use positive affirmations: Divine! Awesome! Amazing! Champion! Winner! Kick-Ass! Superlative!
  10. Never say never. Avoid limiting beliefs. Don’t bury yourself in negativity. Keep going. Keep fighting. Keep living. Keep loving.
  11. Be situationally aware. Know where you are in life. Know your strengths and enrichment areas. Know the good and the bad influences that surround you too.
  12. Recognize patterns. Observe patterns in your behavior (both positive and negative). Adjust accordingly. Observe patterns in the behavior of others too. Strengthen constructive patterns and avoid the destructive ones. Be alert to set boundaries when necessary.
  13. Go with like-minded people. Nurture friendships with people who share your values, yet stay open to people who are different from you. You may gain fresh insights and learn valuable lessons. After all, no one has a monopoly over learning.
  14. Develop team spirit. Learn to collaborate. Acknowledge and celebrate the strengths and passions of others and work well with them. Share your talents and forte. Bring a whole lot of excellence to the table!
  15. Choose your path. To goodness. To health. To wealth. To wisdom. To caring. To sharing. To love.
  16. Take ownership. This is your life. This is your journey. This is your story.
  17. Be responsible for your moves. You always have a choice. You have response-ability. Thus, you have responsibility.
  18. Trust the process. Don’t go against the tide of life. Learn to go with the flow. Life has its way of handing out lessons to us. It’s our choice and honor to get the most out of life and its valuable lessons.
  19. Wear the Victor’s Hat. Avoid the victim mentality. Know your value. Acknowledge your successes. Meet your challenges head on and work towards achieving your goals.
  20. Celebrate wins, both big and small. That keeps you Victory-oriented. And share your victory with others. For victory expanded is joy expanded.

Well, I know that I could go on and on …. but I’m putting a “limit” to this post. Why??? Hey, I’m one busy lady!!! In fact, I still have a pressing matter to attend to on today’s agenda!

Candy Crush Time hahaha!!!

Hmm so am I giving up this game anytime soon???  A big NOOOOO WAY!!!

And for the record, News Flash as of this second: It’s no longer just Candy CRUSH to me. It’s Candy LOVE. ❤️ *wink wink*




Ahhh I’ve always loved the sun! ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Having lived in a tropical country since birth has always felt like Heaven smiling upon me. How I love, love, love the awesome Philippine sun!

As a little girl, I loved going to the beach, taking a dip in the pool, biking, going on a picnic adventure, and enjoying the overall happy outdoorsy vibe. 

I continued my invigorating romance with the sun as I grew up with family and friends. That translated into even more “fun in the sun!”

When I married an awesome adventure-lover, I got to appreciate the sun still even more! We had our lovely share of romantic getaways involving the sun. From sunset viewing (with cocktails to match the relaxed mode) to creating sandcastles  and collecting seashells by the beach (and watching the waves wash them away aww). From kayaking (and nearly getting trapped in a mini lagoon yikes!) to jet-skiing (and actually falling off the jet ski, yikes never again!!! Haha!). From entering both small and enormous caves (and wanting to get out alive immediately) to ziplining (Oh, this I super loved! Flying in freedom!!!) ….. ohhh all these amazing adventures under the sun!

I was always attracted to bright and well-lit places. I found the light so magnetically appealing. And so, trips to other beautiful countries intensified my passion for the sun all the more!

A bright sunny day automatically puts me in a great mood. I naturally feel so happy, so positive, so energetic, so enthusiastic, so in tiptop shape, so in my element! It’s no surprise that I happily identify with the sun and all its happy vibrant colors haha!

FOLLOW THE SUN. FOLLOW THE LIGHT. That’s always been part of my happy mantra. And I embrace that not only literally, but even more so, figuratively.

I love places with beaming light. I love people who radiate light and positivity too! These are the very people I surround myself with. It’s a natural attraction I should say. Light loves light. From every angle of scientific, logical, and practical consideration. And all the more deeply, from the vantage point of the soul.

During my earlier days of childhood (and even unto my “not-too-young” adulthood haha!), there were days when I would sorely miss the sun. I used to feel quite melancholic and reflective when I wouldn’t see the sun on a rainy cloudy day. Aww, Sun, my Beloved Sun, where are you?

However, as the passing years and seasons have taught me powerfully, the sun may not always shine visibly. And yet, that doesn’t mean that it has left altogether. It remains there in all its splendor and glory. It just has to set. It needs to catch some sleep. It shares its radiance with the rest of the world too.

And so, I’ve learned to celebrate the sun and respect it, not only in all its grandeur, but also in all its phases.

On an even more powerful level, now I’ve learned to go beyond enjoying and following the sun.

I’ve learned to look up above in a much grander way with deepest love for and reverence to Our Creator. I have learned to press into Him in worship and FOLLOW THE SON. Yes, His One and Only Begotten Son. Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

And all my days are so much brighter now! (Yup, even when there’s practically no sun in sight!) For Jesus Christ is more than my Sun. He is more than my Light. He is more than my Hope. He is more than my Love. HE IS MY EVERYTHING!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


Bee Love Award 🐝❤️ — lifesfinewhine



It’s no surprise that so many people love this truly amazing lady! She is one of my favorite bloggers here on WordPress! Thanks with so much LOVE, dear Pooja!!! ❤️💚💙🧡💛💜❤️💚💛💜💙❤️💜💛🧡💙💛💚💜❤️🧡💚💜❤️

Thank you so much to Yeka for not only nominating me for this award but creating it to help spread the message of love in the WP community! Yeka is such an amazing person that I was lucky enough to get to know better by working with her on a post for her blog. As […]

Bee Love Award 🐝❤️ — lifesfinewhine


How to Live Pure Love on WP and in Life

Living out Pure Love

Is a life-long sincere task;

It’s integrity.

It’s being sincere,

Not a phony endeavor.

Choose to exude love!

Love can see beauty

In all people and places – 

Shines light on shadows.

Let your feelings show.

Keep smiling, laughing, singing.

You are infectious!

Thank you, Yeka (YBP) at IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE, 

for Beeing Love.

BEE LOVE: A Special Series that Celebrates Love in our WP Community

For even more LOVE-filled inspiration, do visit Jan on Loving One Another!

Till our next run, let’s continue to live out Love and BEE LOVE!!!

I was blown away with Jan’s all-out support on celebrating LOVE and our special BEE LOVE AWARD through her immediate passion-filled participation!

And when I invited her to do a special Guest Post on how she lives out love on WP and in life, she responded with the same endearing enthusiasm!




My sister Liesl Batucan singing with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the CCP Main Theater. I’m so immensely proud of her. What an angelic voice. And I love the lyric “to sing through the night like a lark who is learning to pray…..” That’s her. Her beauty is in the purity of her light. I love you so much Lizzie…..❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️



Hey Big Bully! Don’t hit my body. Don’t hit my head. Don’t hit my heart. Don’t hit my soul. Don’t hit my spirit.

Many people fear bullies. Many people despise them. Many people misunderstand them.

For on the surface, they seem like dragons who heavily breathe fire on all those around them and beasts who wildly devour their prey.

They are known for their abusive claim of their territories. Their repugnant behavior in society. Their cataclysmic destruction of the world.

They are feared. They are dreaded. They are abhorred.

But Big Bullies are just Big Babies who have not outgrown their selfish childish mindset. They have not learned to cope with some harsh realities of life. They kick and lash out their tongues and fight with all their might. They do not know anything but pain, loss, sadness, loneliness, anger, hopelessness, fear. Yes fear. They are full of it. That’s exactly why they pounce on others in hopes of never being the victim caught unaware.

The tragedy of it all is that they themselves were bullied. They themselves were victims of untold negativity and violence. That’s exactly why they want to purge their bodies, minds, hearts, souls, and spirits of all the painful memories and unbearable wounds that continuously haunt them.

They want to escape that crazy world of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual violence.

But how do you confront fear? How do you fight fear? How do you overcome fear? How do you silence fear? How do you break free from fear?

Do you jostle through the maddening crowd? Do you shout in spiteful rallies to be heard? Do you roar like a lion in the jungle of hatred? Do you combat in war with added layers of fear and violence?

No, you do nothing of that sort. Nothing of anything ill or evil or cruel or sickeningly resembling fear.

You do it powerfully with the greatest force in the entire universe.

You do it with LOVE. Only Love. Ultimately, Love washes away all fear. True Love. Pure Love.

So, the next time you see a Big Bully, you may want to reframe your mindset and play a kinder dialogue in your head.

I am definitely not condoning what bullies do. Farthest from it. On the contrary, I passionately espouse that their behavior has no place at all in this precious gift of life. I am pointedly saying, though, that bullies themselves are tragic victims who perpetuate further unacceptable violence.

And eradicating bully-packed violence is no mean feat. In fact, one can never totally get rid of this disease in society.

But instead of spewing lava-like words of judgment upon bullies, instead of adding fuel to the already uncontrollable fire, one can proactively douse the negativity and violence with intentional understanding and compassion.

Hey Big Bully! Here’s my body. I stand and stretch out my arms in connection with you. Here’s my head. I listen and want to understand you. Here’s my heart. I have compassion for you and I want you to know that you are not alone. You can slowly open your heart to receive the precious miracle of LOVE. Here’s my soul. It may take time for you to trust me, but it is worth the effort to find your true freedom. Here’s my spirit meeting you halfway and helping you open the door to life.

Yes, little child. Let go of the past. For your past does not define you. Break free from the chains of violence. Reclaim what is rightfully yours. Your life. Your freedom. Your body. Your mind. Your heart. Your soul. Your spirit.

You do matter. You do count. You are valuable. You are precious. You are worthy. You are accepted. You are free. You are loved.