Trying to Get my Groove Back

that awesome feeling when you have finished all your workHi guys!  I have not had my rhythm in writing lately.  Parang I always want to write and I have a whole list of experiences to share with you but someone is stealing the time, all the time!

Actually it is not just in writing.  I feel I’m stuck in a rut in most things in my life right now.  You know the feeling na because there is so much things to do, you end up doing nothing?  Like I’m always chasing after what has to be done and not much sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.   I’m lethargic, cranky, moody and to top it all my insomnia and allergic rhinitis is in full swing!  Nakikisama sa gulo!

So in one of those many sleepless nights I read about how to get things done, what causes chronic stress and skimmed over a hundred quotes to rally me back to my mojo.

I headed over to Gretchen Rubin.com (Happiness Project author),  hindi naman masyadong self help ang dating di ba?;-)  She said in her article “Counter Intuitive Strategy that Really Works,” that if one approach doesn’t work,  try the opposite.  So if I am saying yes to everything, I should start saying no.  If I can’t write early in the morning,  I write in the evening (which is what I am doing now).  If I’m trying to do ten thousand things,  I do just one.

I don’t know how that would work for me but in these desperate times,  it wouldn’t hurt to try.

How about you guys?  How do you keep yourself sane with the 1,001 things to do in the in box?

Trying to Get my Groove Back,

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Ogalala: System in Play

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Go to a toy store and there are thousands of toys that can keep our 3 year old up and busy till Christmas!   Sometimes,  we don’t know which one to choose anymore because of the wide, wide array of choices. With a limited budget,  I want to choose a toy he will actually play with (kainis di ba if you buy and then he doesn’t want to play with it), learn from and of course enjoy.

I’m happy that the biggest toy company (importer of toys), Richwell, through their affiliate Internationale Globale Marques (IGM) is helping us sort and narrow down our choices through Ogalala System in Play.

Ogalala System in Play guides parents by providing milestones in areas of Social and Emotional, Physical or Motor Skills, Intellectual or Cognitive and Language Development.

They have identified the milestones of kids 0-12 (infant), 1-2 (toddler), 3-5 (pre-school) and 6 and up (gradeschooler).  The free and downloadable Ogalala Schedule provides activities, goals and recommended toys/materials for each age range. I think it’s a good and simple guide to help us go through wonderful playtime with our kids.

Here is a sample of their schedule.

ogalala - schedule

In the launch last Saturday,  I got to chat with IGM’s COO, Maye YaoCo Say,  and she was very passionate with Ogalala.  As an OC mom of 2,  she has long practiced system in play and is happy to share it through Ogalala.  IGM holds exclusive franchise for toys my kids and I already patronize like Crayola, Melissa and Doug, Baby Einstein, Animal Planet etc.  Ogalala is the native American term for an underwater irrigation system.  It aims to brings forth life for kids in the form of play, fashion, and exploration.

Try heading over to Ogalala and put system in play!

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Disclosure: TheGoMom was invited by IGM to the launch of Ogalala.

 

The Power of Glenda

glendaPHMy 2 elder kids and I woke up early July 16 to the howling winds of #Glenda.  The three of us watched the power of nature as it hurled strong winds, one after another.  We stood silent, humbled by the strength of the typhoon as it blew tree branches and whistled its power through.  There is something spiritual watching the storm. It is like a physical manifestation of God’s supreme power.

In that dark, gloomy morning I learned about the trees that my kids hang out in at school.  They recounted the story of the Oak Tree and the Bamboo Tree.  And they voiced out their fears if this is as hard as it gets.  I hope it is.

Stay safe everyone!

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Post-note:  Kids will be kids.  After a whole day with no electricity, no electronics and no gadgets, my son declared, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but for the first time in my life,  if there is still no electricity tomorrow I’ll happily go to school.”  The innocent thought of a boy who happily helped our helper sweep the fallen leaves around the house.

 

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