Race Report Ironman 70.3 Philippines August 23, 2010 Tuesday, 8:00 pm Beginning of the race I was scared of the cut-off. It’s one thing to do a 1.9k swim, 90k bike, and then a 21k run. It’s another to finish that swim in 1 hour 10 minutes, finish the bike 6 hours from the start and finish the run within 8 hours from the starting … Continue reading A Half Ironman & Never Giving Up
When we were in our 20’s I had coffee with a friend who was going to Barcelona to study art and get an MA. I remember how struck I was with her passion for art, how it connects with her and how it can move others. I remember her saying it was like this is what she always wanted ever since she was small. And … Continue reading What If I’m Not Good Enough?
I was lucky to have been invited to speak to the alumni of the Ninoy and Cory Leadership Journey. My topic was “Finding God in My Busy Life.” Right before my talk, two gentlemen walked in to give their talk to a younger group — both of them in their own way have dedicated their lives to this country and those who need it most. … Continue reading Small Scale Change Strategy
Here’s the story. In 2010, I did my first marathon: the first Bull Runner Dream Marathon. Five minutes after crossing the finish line, I found myself thinking, “I want to do this again. And I want to do it better next time.” Just Getting To The Starting Line By November 2012 I had planned for a marathon in February 2013. After a great 2012 triathlon … Continue reading What Are You Made Of?
A few years ago, I led a spin class every Monday. About 50 minutes into the one hour ride, we hit the last of 4 high intensity intervals. Right before they have to stand up off their seats, this part of Simple Mind’s “Alive and Kicking” plays: What you gonna do when things go wrong? What you gonna do when it all cracks up? What … Continue reading What Ya Gonna Do?
February 2, 2014 Someone asked me that recently in the office. The conversation (the way I remember it now) went: “Why do you teach in school & continue to teach here at work? Why are you always teaching?” (In the blink of an eye with a smile on my face — knowing that the answer would be personal & instructive at the same time… or … Continue reading Why Do You Teach?
I first heard that warning with the Jesuits. It was often used when someone talked about what they desired and hoped to do one day. A couple of months ago, after Typhoon Yolanda, we sat in our Monday meeting looking at our show, Green Living, and we asked ourselves: how does what we do, help move our country forward? Four weeks later, I got a … Continue reading Be Careful What You Wish For
I went to see a friend one night because he seemed like he needed a friendly face to say hello to. So I went, shared a quick meal, exchanged a few kind words and sat down to watch a few songs from a band I knew. One of the songs was a cover of Eric Clapton’s “Change The World.” Something about that song always spoke … Continue reading If You Could, How Would You Change the World?
When I started teaching the class called “The Call to Leadership” in the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, the guy who designed the program told me to share my personal stories. As I ended the class this term, I found that I needed to tell them how I re-discovered my sense of purpose. “A former student of mine, she used to sit there where you … Continue reading I Forgot My Passion & Purpose
This was a talk I shared during the IMMAP Digital Youth Conference in October 12, 2016. This was the first time I put down how I saw my 20 year journey of finding out what I really wanted to do and figuring out how to do it. ______________________________ What happens when you think about the things you are passionate about? Every time I’ve asked that … Continue reading From Passion to Purpose: My 20 Year Story