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Faith and Fortune Friday: New Year’s Edition ~ Mercy Jubilee

In Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Soul Saturday, Thirsty Thursday, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman on 01/08/2016 at 15:45

My 2016 challenge for all of us:

Be merciful to everybody!

No matter how educated, experienced, affluent or advantaged we are, none of us are better than everyone else. We all are called to

Pope †Cross†

I had three †crosses† from three of our Popes on my dissertation defense (with Pope Francis‘ photo that contained my defense prayer): the Pope Francis Rosary from Bishop Mike * ruby gold †cross† from María Elena from Assisi Jewels during Pope Benedict‘s leadership * Rosary blessed by Saint Pope John Paul II and Father Bob from Bro Joe

Happy One Month Anniversary to my Name Change:

Dr. Dispo!

I defended my dissertation on an extra special day for the Church

Fortune Pride

Mami Aya pointed out that Papa Jun ~ now Grace‘s Lola & Lolo, as of exactly two weeks ago * #DISPObustAFlow ~ got this fam fortune shortly before my defense, hence excellent timing (on my †OLLU† afghan)!

Thirsty Thursday: Year of Mercy

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/31/2015 at 07:30

Happy New Year’s Eve! 🎆

As the full Year of Mercy draws near, Pope Francis has called us to seek ways to render more kindness to others ~ which is pleasing to the LORD. ☝🏽️

I’ve been praying my daily Rosary and 3 o’clock Divine Mercy with this Pope Francis Rosary from Bishop Mike who blessed me with it on the ☼morning☼ of my dissertation defense and started reading this Rediscover book by Matthew Kelly from my Dad

During Advent, my school, Our Lady of the Lake, kicked off this venture by deeming the Season of Mercy. 🎄

GOD bless you this Merciful Year! Cheers! 🎇

Study Saturday: The Show Must Go On…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Study Saturday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/26/2015 at 15:00

Happy One-Week Anniversary of my Doc Grad!

This is where I reminisce about GOD’s plan.

When I thought that things were going wrong just because they didn’t go my way, it turned out that everything fell into place perfectly:

My Intent What Went Wrong GOD’s Perfect Plan
To wear my medal at my public dissertation defense and graduation I couldn’t find it where I thought that I stored it … or anywhere else Bishop Mike blessed me before my dissertation defense and gave me the Pope Francis rosary
To have my professors sign my dissertation with our dissertation signature pen I misplaced it from the special spot where I set it aside for the past few years Brought the “I Thank GOD for You” pen that Sister Jyothi gave us Religious Education teachers
To film my public dissertation defense with the tripod from Bestie Evie Despite deleting Fast and Furious from my 128GB iPhone 6 plus, I still ran out of storage space as I presented results for my 15th out of 17 null hypothesis Lessons learned: don’t consume too much memory on my devices or include so many variables in my research – but at least I recorded the majority
To walk across the stage without falling flat on my face – while wearing my cowboy boots instead of stilettos (like my high heels at my previous graduations) I faced my school President while my dissertation chair hooded me instead of the crowd like the rest of the doctoral candidates Bestie Evie pointed out that she noticed how I did the sign of the cross before I walked across the stage – which showed  that I put GOD first
To reserve the restaurant for my luncheon 3h after my graduation start time Car accident on the major incident delayed our graduation procession, and major traffic jam getting out of parking lot delayed my reception Time to catch up with my dad’s fellow Filipino Catholic USAF buddy with whom he was stationed in Germany and his wife (so we didn’t join impatient drivers and passengers) – shared stories
PhD OLLU 2015

Thanks: GOD, my parents, my bestie Evie & her family, Drs. D & C-B, my colleagues + Team Dr. D for sticking w/me through my PhD journey! Scored this goal, now onto my next role #TitaElaine #MiniCOOLEYonTheWay #AnydayThisHOLYday #DISPObustAFlow #DrDISPObustAFlow #DISPO #TeamDrDISPO #TeamDrD #DrD #PhD #DoctorOfPhilosophy #3rdDegree (3 stripes) #OurLadyOfTheLakeUniversity #OurLadyOfTheLake #TheLake #OLLUSaints #Saints #WingsUp #PTL #PraiseTheLORD #PreciousTreasureLady #PrettyToughLady #WhatAWayToWrapUp2015 #YearOfFinishing #appreciate #graduate #celebrate #cheers #salud #GODblessUsEveryone ☝🏽️✌🏽🙏🏽👐🏽💒🏤⛲️🎓🎤🏅🏆🏈🏀⚾️🎾⚽️⛳️✨💫🌠🎇🎆🍾🍹🍷🍸🍻🍝🍨🍮

¡Gracias a Díos!

Thirsty Thursday: Spiritual DNA & Bootcamp

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/24/2015 at 08:00
Pope Francis

Our Holy Father has spread joy & hope all around the world leading up to his World Meeting of Families | Courtesy ABC‘s Pope Francis & the People special

¡Biénvenidos, Padre!

Girl Sings to the Pope

“Don’t walk alone, always be encouraged. Walk with courage. Courage gives you joy, and joy gives you hope. Always move with courage, and always move with hope. Ask GOD for these.” ~ Pope Francis tells young girl in Spanish (this translated message transcends to all of us) … Similarly, Bishop Mike advised me to always look at the †cross† to refresh my soul with new hope, ♥love♥ and trust. | Courtesy ABC‘s Pope Francis & the People special

As Pope Francis journeys on his well-anticipated trip to America (Philly to D.C. to NYC)

Pope to America

Pope Francis has addressed the *U.S. Congress* | Courtesy ABC‘s Pope Francis & the People special

our awareness has been raised on how we take care of our environment … and each other.

Pope Addresses the Valley

Pope Francis has connected with my previous home: el Valle | Courtesy ABC‘s Pope Francis & the People special

We also must consider how we take care of ourselves, in terms of our own †spiritual† health.

Boy Consults the Pope

Pope Francis lifted up this young man’s spirits for taking care of his family | Courtesy ABC‘s Pope Francis & the People special

Lately, I’ve reflected on my self-centered tendencies and been praying to be relieved of them in order to put my life in GOD’s hands. This hasn’t been easy. Fortunately, more messages have reminded me to get more †spiritually-fit.

Has this already been part of our genetic disposition* or is this something that we can learn**?

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Courtesy United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

*Spiri†ual DNA

M is for

Maryknoll‘s Father Finch uses a molecule metaphor about our spirituality already being part of our †souls, from the Holy Spirit to uncover GOD’s mysteries. By following these “spiritual† genetic instructions,” we serve and lead faithfully.

Pope Francis Prayer

en españolCourtesy United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

**Spiri†ual Bootcamp

First, we must make sure that we maintain our religious practices for the mind:

  • Go to Confession every month
  • Pray the Rosary everyday ~ offering our daily duty to be closer to the Holy Spirit
  • Scapular ~ “form me and shape me, Mother, in the form of Your Divine Son” (Marian way of life)

Furthermore, we must stay in good physical shape, so we have capable bodies:

  • Calisthenics are effective to take care of our temples ~ this activity is more ideal for our spirit than pop culture (e.g., watching TV, going online)
Providential Findings

Courtesy The Lake

Bearing in mind and heart all of the above advice plus last week’s scripture, I realize now more than ever that I’m no better than anyone else in the way that I treat others and ought to be treated; after all, as said every Ash Wednesday:

For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. ~ Genesis 3:19

 That being said, let’s follow the Pontiff‘s solid guidance to seek from GOD: courage –> joy –> hope ~ as I’ve studied this leadership practice for several years:

Encourage the ♥Heart♥

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Courtesy Maryknoll

Spiritual Sources

  • ABC. (2015, Sept. 4). “Pope Francis and the People.” [TV special].
  • EWTN. (2014). Women of Grace “Marian Devotion: For Such a Time As This.”*
  • Finch, Fr. Raymond J. (2015, Sept. 20). Reflections from Maryknoll.** [Email].
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Inspired by Pope Francis | Courtesy Maryknoll

Sunday Fun Day: F These

In ♥ & Soul, Community, De-Stress Saturday, Feline Friday, Floral Friday, Foodie Friday, Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Soul Saturday, Sports, Sports Sunday, Sunday Fun Day, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 09/20/2015 at 03:30
Gringa

Close-up of mi Gringa: my white girl with green eyes

HBD, ♥Sweet Annie♥!

Stats Cat

Stats Cat is on the prowl with no growl…

Today is the Annie-versary  of my Stats Cat‘s birthdate!

Cat in the Box!

Cat in the Box! Cute things come in Target packages!

So, that’s F for Feline

Grad Cat

I can’t leave out Grad Cat! These Baby Blues are here to seduce! ♪I am Siamese, if you please♫

& F also is for:

Water Girl

Quick Cat Comedy / Feline Funnies: Since our bathroom has dual sinks, Big Asia likes to jump into the right one & “drink out of a fountain” ~ the other day, I turned on the left faucet & noticed her trying to sip from the right! {repping our *Dallas Cowboys* by sporting my TS dress from my fellow cat ♥lover’s collection + headband, earrings & paraband from my speech student‘s son + St. Benedict scapular jewelry from my blessed bestie}

* Food * Flowers (still in season) –> * Fall

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How sweet of Mami Aya to bring us Mocha Tres Leches for Annie‘s birthday!

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I never thought that 2 of my fave flaves could be combined … 1st: Choco-Flan. Now, Mocha Tres Leches! #SweetLife

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Annie leads the purrfect life because she’s easy to please …

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Content Angel Annie in her natural habitat: soaking in the ☼sunshine☼

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My tiny tea cup cat’s fave hot spots: the windows! Here she is at the window behind my piano peering out into our garden

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Part of our backyard view complete with lush green grass (most definitely the best-mani on the block, hands down)! We’re enjoying the summer ☼sun☼ while we can before autumn officially starts soon. After receiving more precipitation at the ½way point this year following our previous full year’s totals, I wonder how much we’ll get next season?

Yellow Hibiscus

Heavenly Hibiscus: My private elementary school student‘s science fair ~ that won honorable mention ~ flower that we started growing without ♪music♫ (his share with) last winter has blossomed during past ♣spring♣ showers & reached full bloom this ☼summer☼ at 1½’ tall by this fall!

+ F also is for: ☼ † ♥ ✌

* †Faith♥Family * Football

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Now that football season has kicked off, this sports spirituality book will do just the trick to keep my soul on a roll while I keep working on my own sports study (been investing 12-15h/day on it lately ~ ’til this weekend so I could focus on my Church readings)!

Cowboys Ann

#HBD ♪ #SweetAnnie ♫ #CATchOfTheDay #Birthday ♥ #GameDay #DallasCowboys #CowboysNation #DC4L #CowboysFan #CowboysFam #CowboysAnn #Birthday Grrrl #PURRfectMoment2PAWS#PURRfectMoment2PRAY#PURRfectMoment2PLAY #PurrfectSunday#PAWsitiveForeCAT #PAWsitiveCATitude #GameCountdown #Touchdown #BirthdayScore #BirthdayCat #JerseyCat #StatsCat #HolyCowcat #Catcow #Meow #CATholic #AnnieRosary#DISPObustAFlow

Go, *Dallas Cowboys* against your NFC East Rivals, those Philly Eagles today!

Catcow Meow

☼Sunday☼ Selfie: While my Holy Cowcat reps our *’BOYS* I rep the purrty Bday Grrrl with this Hello Kitty cupcake tee + cat earrings & cupcake helix (ear cartilage) ring in addition to this *Dallas Cowboys* headband

Beauty Tuesday: BTS Hacks

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/15/2015 at 09:30

‘Cause I have your back!

This Back-to-School season, check out my super saver tips for time, money and the Earth plus even your sanity …

Set out:

  • weekly wardrobe ~ clothes, jewelry, hair accessories, handbags, etc. (hang on a rolling rack or dedicated space to designate) #OOTDforDays
  • anything else that you need to get ready ~ especially your keys, in the same spot, and also specific hair tools & products, makeup, nail colors

Always check the weather forecast and have a back-up plan if an unexpected natural circumstance arises

Sleep in:

This has worked for me on a couple of different situations:

  1. when I had my fitness classes 1st thing in the AM in college
  2. when I worked at my hometown gym and exercised before work

Speaking of ♫working on my fitness, he’s my witness♪ {Fergie‘s Fergalicious}

Be Prepared  {Boy Scout motto}

  • stash sneakers in your vehicle ~ so you have no excuse for a fun run on-the-go
  • pack change clothes ~ from working out to reporting to work or vice versa

This has worked for me on a few different situations:

  1. when I hit the base gym before and after work after I graduated from college (YES, 2-a-days)
  2. when I hit the university gym during lunch with my boss during graduate school
  3. when I hit the college gym between classes that I taught
  4. when I had my photography gig at the hospitals (during which I’d sometimes fit in a work workout) before teaching at the College or ministering at Church

Bearing this in mind, make sure to pack

  • hygiene products (i.e., dry shampoo, deodorant) ~ do your best to fit in a quick shower if there’s a locker room
  • dental hygiene products (i.e., floss picks, gum, mints) ~ so your breath doesn’t kick

I actually store deodorant and mini perfume bottles plus packs of gum in most of my purses plus my compact bag that I transport when I switch handbags

DON’T forget to eat! ~ Mami Aya + many Pinay & caring moms everywhere

  • double-duty edibles ~ such as coconut oil to substitute fatty oils in recipes plus is my favorite hair conditioner and also moisturizes skin, as well as removes makeup (according to The Sweet Life)
  • handy healthy snacks (not fast food) ~ such as apples, grapes (I dig mine fresh or frozen), pears ~ the pear or apple crisp can trigger brain juice flow, don’t ya know #DISPObustAFlow
  • chill your coffee ~ since I don’t drink as much for heartburn prevention, I store the rest in the fridge until the next day
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Stylin’ Sippie Selfie: Reppin’ my *Dallas Cowboys* after last night‘s victory to kick off NFL season: Go, Big Blue … in Checkered & Houndstooth!

Transitioning between seasons from cold cups to hot tumblers …

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*Star* Quality: Starbucks Anniversary Collection Houndstooth Double-Wall Traveler Ceramic Mug was worth the investment for yours truly (as long as I don’t drop it ~ no jinx, please) because I ♥love♥ the look and can save a few cents every time I refill it … (I also adore the same-style Swarovski Crystal one from this season’s collection because I wear Swarovski from head to toe, but c’mon: I’m a doc candidate on a tight budget ~ so I’ll keep admiring from afar)

1-Stop Shop

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You too can check out these Target en Vogue** photos by scoring a copy and scanning with your Shazam app

☼Sunshine☼ Time

  • Get a daily dose of Vitamin D (as weather permits) ~ for health & happiness
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Taking a breezy breather from my dissertation in the backyard to thumb through Vogue** in ☼serenity☼

Just make YOU Time

Easy Reads

Perfect coffee table or night stand literature ~ when I need a break from my dissertation, these are my latest go-tos: the original Cupcakes and Cashmere (prequel to Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home that I have in eBook form) and this month’s 800+-page Vogue** (glossy inspirations of this season’s styles)

More than Scrub in the Tub

  • ♪sing♫ in the shower ~ so cliché, but as someone who needs a nice-sounding voice for teaching, defending my dissertation, and most of all: ministering (leading in readings, prayers and song) at Mass, I must warm up my ♫melody♪
  • stay fit as you suds up ~ stretch (with caution) as you reach for body parts to clean, and if you’re seated during a bath, I strongly suggest doing water pilates (think table top position with head and feet raised for resistance as you move)

†Pray† at Any Time of the Day

* Rewards = another way to $ave (discount$ & FREEbie$)

These guidelines will save you in the long one ~ not only for the aforementioned reasons, but also from embarrassment (i.e., killer breath, B.O.) if you run into someone later… We don’t want to be Finch from the American Pie movies who had to go home from school every time he had to release his macchiato! You’re welcome.  ✌

Happy ☼Birthday☼ to my ♥Tita Fe♥, a.k.a. Dr. Reyes-Dollete, & HBD to my BFF Bestie SSG Melody!

^– Let this **Vogue ♪jam♫ ♫pump you up♪ today!!! –^

As ♫Madonna♪ sings:

♪That’s why I feel so beautiful♫

Thirsty Thursday: Emmanuel is Enough

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/10/2015 at 08:00

The struggle is real.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis coin courtesy Catholic Relief Services … Our Holy Father has made a profound impact all over the world, including in the *USA* ~ in addressing the need to take care of the Earth & each other while remaining content.

Do you ever find yourself in conflict with your values and the demands of everyday life?

OLL

The Most Holy Rosary at Our Lady of Lourdes grotto this past ☼Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 on EWTN (Eternal World Television Network)

Which is more important …

GOD is No. 1

In the name of the Father

Jesus

… & of the Son

  • our own desires?
Holy Spirit

… & of the Holy Spirit

Some of us may encounter the challenge of pleasing the LORD, the world and ourselves.

MORE ♥LOVE♥ for Our Eternal Savior = LESS Stress in the World as We Prepare for ☼Heaven☼

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From Straight from the ♥Heart♥: A †Prayer† Companion by Rev. Fr. Mario José C. Ladra (p. 34)

I’ve led this in ♪song♫ at †Church, and it truly has brought tears to my eyes …

In spite of our strife to look and feel good, our spiritual health holds precedence.

Annie Rosary

Soon-to-be Bday Grrrl Angel Annie prays the Rosary everyday with yours truly … The simple pleasures of life✌

Thirsty Thursday: M is for … 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/13/2015 at 08:15

Mary’s Miraculous Mysteries

We Catholics💒 honor the 💐Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of ☝🏽️GOD, always 
and her Assumption into Heaven👼🏼 is

Working Woman’s Wednesday: Sabbatical Schedule

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Study Saturday, Technology, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/12/2015 at 09:30

I’ve been making the most out of this second 🚣🏻summer🌅 session away from teaching to keep cranking💻 out my doctoral🎓 📖dissertation until school starts!

Eye Candy Cat

With my smaller home office space during my sabbatical, I make the most of my workstation with eye candy ~ so *ASIA* adorns the side of this desk! 💺😻📷💻📇

My work load on finishing my draft📝 that details

has occupied the majority of everyday these past six weeks ~ so this can compare to a full time job!

S is for: 💡Scholar✨ = 🌈Social📳 🔭Scientist🔬

Eye Candy Cats

Just when I didn’t think that my eye candy could get any better with Grad Cat, enter Stats Cat Sweet Annie! 📊📉📈🐱🐈

 Despite not needing to report to a classroom everyday or answer to anyone, I as my own boss during my sabbatical still maintained a schedule.

My Around-the-Clock⏰ to Become Doc Routine

  • 🌇Daily😵 😲wake-up😳 📋non-negotiables: prayer🙏 (the 🌹Rosary), skin care, feed A&A
  • 🍳Breakfast🍊 of 🏆Champs: fuel⛽️ up (postpone coffee☕️ to 2h after I wake up to help me sleep more easily later)
  • 💪🏽Beast👊🏽 💓Mode: work out to get my brain juices & blood flowing
  • 💡Scholar⚡️ 📓Mode: revise my working document for as many as 12h/day
  • Shower: taking a cold one on these hot dog days of summer can energize me between my workout and study session or I’ll relax in the bath between my scholarshift and bed time to snuggle in clean sheets
  • 🌈Pleasure🌟👓Reading: I haven’t read as much non-scholarly material as I used to love to before college & grad school, but I’ve found that a little bit helps to ease my mind & unwind lately ~ my current reads are relevant to my research in an unconventional way (stay tuned this Study Saturday)
  • 💭Choose😴 to 💤Snooze: as a chronic insomniac, I must make a conscientious effort to hit the sack ~ while I tend to stay up late reviewing and proofing my paper, I find that I’m more effective when I work on it earlier in the day with energy!

Just like Vince Carter🏀 had discipline with the Dallas Mavericks🏆 a couple of seasons ago, I also didn’t take break days! Yes, it’s essential to have some R&R, but at this point, I’m

In the Zone 🎯

So I can’t afford a single day off …

Therefore, I take 🌴mini-vacays, even for just a few minutes or hours⌚️ for my stories

Thirsty Thursday: Forever Faithful 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 08/06/2015 at 07:55

♪I’m forever yours … Faithfully.♪ ~ Journey♫ 

Every single 🌅day, I pray🙏🏽

But what’s the purpose?


Rather than focusing our energies on 🌎worldly🌏 wants, we have a greater power💥 that transcends our own lives!  

At Mass💒 (in memory of my friends’ family’s loved 👼🏽one on his one-year anniverary) last weekend, the priest who delivered the homily🎤 pointed out two types of hunger:

  • Physical 💪🏽
  • Spiritual ✌🏽️


Lately, I’ve sought GOD’s guidance on how to glorify Him as I pursue my own personal and professional goals to draw me closer to Heaven ~ not necessarily bring me the ☝🏽️success that I initially desired💝 on this 🌍Earth.

~ Psalm 37:4 

Rosary Mysteries (4th decades) to meditate on this week:

First 3 photos taken at the University during recent fun run