Welcome 2014

Welcome 2014. 2013 went by so fast. It was so busy, fun, stressful yet productive. I want 2014 this time to be different I want to work smarter and not harder. Be effective vs being efficient, I was efficient but was not that effective meaning I was working more.

I have set some goals in the past and most of them I have accomplished. We got our new house, furnished it, started my woodworking hobby, got better in Salesforce and AWS, I got more healthy as I’m doing daily exercise with P90x and now Body Beast.

This time I would be more effective and be my “Super Self”. I’m going to reach new heights on goals I want to accomplished.

So bring it on 2014. Let’s all be rich!

TODO for 2011

After long hiatus from blogging I’m back with a post on things todo for 2011. 2010 was most fruitful and rewarding, so looking forward to more blessing to come for 2011.

On my todo list for 2011 starting with some IT then to the personal goals.
1. Learn Andriod – yep I bought my andriod powered phone last year and haven’t tapped into it’s full potential
2. Learn Photography – this is already in a roll and to be crossed out in my todo list as I enrolled on fundamental photography classes in Mega Tutors in San Fernando, first day of class is today. Will post more info soon.
3. Get certified in Advanced Force.com – need to study more.
4. Learn Ruby and Heroku
5. Get a MacBook Pro and learn IOS – my plan is this March when all my bills are paid, I’ll get the 0% 12 mos to pay scheme.
6. Buy wife an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 – will use her unit for my apps. lol.
7. Get certified in PHP
8. Finish Preschoolville’s interactive website – project for my wife
9. Make TravelandGobble.com live and profitable

Then for some personal goals
1. Transfer to new apartment untill I can afford to buy a new house.
2. Pay off loan to my mother-in-law
3. Save atleast 20% for house downpayment
4. Travel around the Philippines atleast 3-4 times a year with the family.
5. Travel asia or around the world atleast once a year.
6. Get into the Gym
7. Start biking again and make it a habit.
8. Get a new SUV preferrably a Montero.
9. Enroll in a culinary school – been watching too much top chef and master chef on cable lol.

Pretty ambitious and expensive goals but this is what will drive me to get better on what I do so we live comfortably.

My Travelling Gear

This bag is perfect for those that needs to travel and couldn’t leave their gadgets behind like laptops, ipods, camera, thumbdrives, cellphones etc..

From the same company that makes Swiss Army Knife, I got myself a Swissgear Maxxum. The threading is perfectly sewn two sides and has a lifetime warranty. Every compartment is crafted in detail and with padding to secure your gadgets and even documents. It’s sporty and multipurpose, enough room for your clothes, shoes even travelling water. Instead of carrying around a laptop bag, this backpack won’t be a burden. I just love this bag and can’t wait to travel. I even plan on using this when I’m riding my bike

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Comes in two colors red and blue.

Sportive backpack designed to fit notebooks with screen sizes up to 15.4″
Incl. iPod/Music Player Pocket

Material: Poly, Nylon, PVC
Size (DxWxH): 10” x 13” x 18” / 25.4 x 33 x 46 cm

Features :
• Fits Most 15”/15.4” Notebooks
• COMP-U-FLEX Computer Pocket
• Lifetime Warranty
• Shock Absorbing Shoulder Straps
• iPod/Music Player Pocket
• Air Flow Back Padding
• Quick Pocket
• Essentials Organizer
• Adjustable Chest Strap
• Complies with most airline restrictions for hand
luggage*

* Permitted size for hand luggage of most airlines:
Size (DxWxH): 9.8″ x 22″ x 17.7″/ 25 x 56 x 45 cm
NOTE: Some airlines may vary from standard size limit.

Re-evaluating Goals

Decided to blog about this to get it off my chest. I know most freelancers occasionally encounter this sometime in their career. Since last month I have been struggling to get tasks done.  I felt overwhelmed with the tasks to do, I felt tired to start working on a project. I was holding off work till I felt better.  Was I just feeling lazy and procastinating? Turns out it was more I was suffering from a mild depression, there was a sense of hopelessness on the direction I was going. As 2009 was approaching I was evaluating my status, what have I accomplished so far, then there is the part of envy or jealousy from my peers, which are all almost abroad now working with a better salary than I am, but the drawback is they are away from their loved ones. I contemplated as well on the scenario of leaving the country and look for better salary.

Freelancing was slow after I resigned from my government work middle of last year. I had to take on a client for a regular job for a monthly pay. I was not after a big salary but just the steady flow of cash in case I didnt get any freelance work for the month. At first it turned out well but I was seeing a pattern of struggling with the load of work.  I was working for 2 regular home based jobs and taking on freelance work. Working almost 16 hours a day and finding some time to blog as well for personal business ideas and growth. Now Im evaluating, I would like to just take on one regular job then focus the rest of hours on working freelance instead of working daily for others. This may put off some clients but I’m just being honest, sometimes just to get a freelance project I have to put on a facade that you can take on their project when I’m already loaded with tasks to do for my daily home based clients. 

I want to be an entreprenuer but I can’t seem to get it off. Most of the verbage I have been using is “can’t” instead of can. My reason is the hours I work for my daily clients  is eating up too much of my time and I feel I’m in a vicious trap. I would not be able to manage my time to push starting my own business and start working for myself instead of others. Times are tough and I made a decision. Early this month I have to let go of one of my regular home base client for I was causing too much delay on the project.  There is still some hanging work that I need to finish to get off a good start.  I took a long break from the online world and that felt good now I’m  feeling a little better,  I want to get back to the online scene and start working for myself which is my ultimate goal. I have laid out some online business plans that I would like to pursue, an ecommerce website, earn extra money from blogging and get freelance projects. Which I feel is more manageable and healthy.

Bring sexy back

Seems I lost my mojo this past three weeks, now trying to bring sexy back. I’ve been experiencing some mental block when working on projects, when these happens I tend to stray away from my goal and end up procrastinating my way back. Now new goal is bring my mojo and my sexy back. Keep your eyes on the price. As the words of seoblackhat, do it fuckin now!!