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Day 1 – Finding My Focus

Fear and focus are my biggest challenges. Growing up, I was fearless all the way until I had graduated from college. After college, I decided to put most of my savings towards a diverse investment portfolio. With some guidance (now I realize it was misguidance) from a so called trusted source, I thought I was making the right decision. Lo and behold, the crash of 2008 happened and I saw my investments vanish before my eyes. The trauma it caused left me with a paralyzing fear of taking risks. This trauma led me to my next biggest challenge, which is focus. I lost focus when I lost what I had worked hard to save and invest. My pride at that time held me back from seeking help. Had I sought out a financial mentor to guide me back on track, I would have saved myself years of being in the “safe” zone as far as jobs were concerned. What can I do to overcome them? I’ve been working on the process to overcome those challenges slowly but surely within the last eight months. After my Father’s passing in December of 2015, I came to the realization I needed to take control of my life once again. Time took on a different meaning. Time for me is no longer about “waiting” for that perfect opportunity. Time is about focusing my energy on the people and goals that matter to me and place those as my priorities over anything else. It took my Father’s passing to make me reevaluate my place in this world and the impact I want to make in it. It’s been a rough and slow journey towards working on these challenges and although I haven’t fully overcome them, I am assured I will someday. #10DBC #freedomplan

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Day 10 Challenge: Celebrating Freedom!

My favorite day challenge is Day 9 Challenge: Location Independence. The reason it is my favorite is because I was able to truly visualize where I want to be (even if that location changes in time). It helped me reassess my current state and the steps I need to take to get to my independent location. Before this challenge, I had envisioned my independent location but never went into depth of how it would be living and work-wise. I always had a general idea about it. But Day 9 Challenge pushed those obstacles and mind blocks out of the way. The biggest takeaway I’ve had from it is now I have a clearer picture of what once was just a blurry dream. It is crystal clear to me what I need to do. I am thankful this challenge was placed towards the end and not in the beginning. Had it been a challenge in the first few days, I would have been at a loss for words and feeling hopeless. Each day’s challenge was carefully orchestrated so that each day leading to the next flowed with such ease. The next step I am going to take is to continue this compounding effect of writing 1,000 words per day in order to reach the desired outcome I’ve been longing for.
#10DBC #freedomplan
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 10

[Day 10] Celebrating Freedom!


Day 9 Challenge: One Month Holiday Plus Work Independent Location

If I could choose my one month holiday plus work independent location, I would choose the Netherlands for several reasons. First, I would choose it because I would be closer to my sweetheart, who currently resides in Belgium. I would be a train or drive away from seeing her and spending precious moments with her. The second reason is that there is an intensive language program to learn how to speak, read and write Dutch. I could choose either the location in Amsterdam, a city I truly adore, or the countryside of Drenthe, where I could probably focus the most in learning due to its serene environment. Because I have been to Amsterdam before, I would choose what is the most familiar to me. Knowing English is the 2nd spoken language in the Netherlands, I would feel comfortable practicing speaking Dutch with the locals and asking them in English when I stumble across the words. There are a plethora of cafes available for me to set up my workstation to blog. The most common mode of transportation is via bicycle. Not only is it eco-friendly, there’s no other way to feel like a local Dutch than to ride a bicycle amongst the locals. While at my independent location, I can finally pursue visiting the Dementia Village in Hogeway. This visit would touch so close to home because Dementia crept into my Father’s last year of life on Earth. The one month’s holiday time spent at my independent location would be one of learning, researching, discovery, work (but the kind of work that would appear more as a passion than that of a rat race type of work) and most of all, that of quality spent with the love of my life.

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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 9



Day 8 Challenge: Choosing My Own Adventure

Today’s rainy weather did not permit me to go on any outdoor adventures. Therefore, I set out to do something I have yet to get around to doing for a long time. I went to the Westin café, ordered a hot tall caramel macchiato and brought with me a book. I didn’t bring just any book. My coworker read this book, “The Timekeeper” by Mitch Albom, and shared the synopsis with me. I was intrigued by it and she lent her book for me to read. It has been almost a month and I haven’t touched the book until today. Today will be the day for me to read it. And what better title than the topic on “time.” It seems to be the basis of my discovery in this 10 day blog challenge. I turned the pages and I am more than halfway through the novel. That old adage is true, “if you want to write a lot, you need to read a lot.” The novel itself took me on an adventure with its characters place in time. Although I stayed indoors, the characters took me on outdoor adventures and I went along on quantum leaps in time with each of them. Today was indeed an adventure to remember!

#10DBC #freedomplan

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8


Day 7 Challenge: Beating Procrastination and Overwhelm

Day 7 Challenge: Beating Procrastination and Overwhelm

The one imperfect action I am going to start doing on a daily basis is to write a minimum of 1,000 words per day. Writing in prose comes naturally to me and I believe I have put off writing a novel for a very long time due to procrastination and overwhelm. I chose 1,000 as the minimum because if I commit to do this every day for the next 30 days, then I am halfway to completing a novel. I envision that I will have some days within the next 30 days where there would be bad writing block days. Even so, I am holding myself accountable in producing 1,000 words per day regardless of how I am feeling, what situation I am faced with, if I am sick or simply lazy. If I preach that life is too short to wait around for the perfect opportunity to write, then I am not practicing what I preach. I must be that living example of life is too short and act on pursuing my dreams. This 10 Day Blog Challenge has been really helpful in jumpstarting the process for me to write. I thank God for answering my prayer in leading me to stumble across Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Blog Challenge by accident.

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This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 7



Day 6 Challenge: Finding My Tribe

Day 6 Challenge: Finding My Tribe

Of all the people in the world, there is one profound entrepreneur whose life is an example of where I want to be someday in the near future. That person is none other than the famous “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” author, Robert Toru Kiyosaki. Mr. Kiyosaki has gone from being poor to being rich. He had encountered failed adventures but manages to persevere through the roller coaster ride to success. I find him inspiring in so many ways because in whatever situation or adversity life puts him in, he learns to adapt to the condition and focuses his mindset on how to turn the bad into good. Basically, he never gave up. His work and success speaks for itself. Not only is he successful, he is a Philanthropist as well. All the effort, work, time, blood, sweat and tears it takes to be successful are done in vain if a person doesn’t give back or pay forward. He gives back by sharing his wealth of knowledge. It inspires me to be a student of his teachings. If I had the opportunity to meet him in person, the one question I would ask him is, “What is the ONE thing you have done consistently every single day that by doing that one thing, it led you towards the successful path?

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Day 5 Challenge: Setting Myself For Success

Day 5 Challenge: Creating myself up for success

What is the one thing I need to do to set myself up for success? Before I do that one thing, I must first set aside a time block period consistently every day for this one thing. I realized that mornings are the best time for me to focus. My brainpower is strong during the morning hours. If I block out every morning between 4am – 5am as my scheduled time block, I truly believe I will be one step closer to making my dreams become a reality. I believe this compounding effect of doing this one thing every day will lead me up towards the success curve. I have always desired to write a book. By having that scheduled time block, it forces me to unplug digitally from the world and focus on my writing. It is an excuse I have always used that I just don’t have the time. But after writing this blog post, I am seeing that I do have the time. I just did not have the right mind set. It is day 5 and the obstacles that were once there are slowly disappearing. I just needed a 10-day blog challenge to motivate and inspire me.

#10DBC #freedomplan

This blog post in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge 5