“The answer to finding better work/life balance is to find the right blend between all our life activities—regardless of where and when they occur.” ― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
WANDER. RUN. WRITE. REPEAT.
This has been her lifestyle: a bookpacker [bookworm+backpacker]; a vegan runner and a wishful writer.
Her passion for reading is one for the books! She’s been a voracious bookworm who won’t mind feasting on a good book, almost nonstop. When left in the company of books, she travels on book trails and won’t mind being lost on the track of time.
She started backpacking and hiking eight years ago. Sometimes, if not most of the times, she would bring a tangible or e-book to kill time when flights get delayed, waiting on a queue, or when she’s on a solo adventure. By default, she has a constant companion — The Bible. But aside from that, she would bring an old book to read and sniff when she needs to unwind. Weird. Haha!
Months ago, she was into panic e-book buying, as if there’s no tomorrow. Amazon and Google Books have been generous in giving away free e-books and David Cook Books (two e-books a week). There was a day when she was dealing with intense boredom, she purchased 82 e-books in about two hours. It’s only because she could hoard e-books for FREE! Severe tsunduko case it was! Haha!
Curly Bookworm (as how she’s been known, even after she started Wanderful Wordsmith) hopes to consistently review her books which are highly recommendable for bookpacking. Keep posted!
20 years ago, she turned vegetarian. It was by choice she’s become one. It’s more of a conviction on how to keep her body healthy and to achieve a sound mind. It’s more of a desire to go back to the original Biblical diet (Garden of Eden’s time). As a Bible-believing Christian, she longs to be a faithful steward of the Creator’s gifts — body and life.
She was sickly when she was young. She needed to stop schooling when in Grade 5, only a few months before the end of the school year because it was demanded to rest and to recuperate. Enlightened that food has a huge contribution to health, either to become healthy or sick, she started to change her diet. It really helped a lot. So she sticks with it. The transition was minimal and easy since they used to eat meat and fish occasionally at home.
When she was in her late teens, she was more enlightened to become a vegan. For three years, the Lord blessed her with an inspiration and determination to go vegan. She ate mostly raw and whole foods, shunned processed foods (even some vegetarian foods). She’s never been that healthy. Her muscles were toned and she gained a lot of weight (with regular exercise, good hydration, quality sleep, and happiness). It was surprising because she only used to eat two meals a day. But each meal was a bulk meal with more carbohydrates and fiber. She also drank fresh fruit and vegetable juices regularly. Vegan diet helped her temperament too, She became calmer albeit always active and busy. She was a full-time missionary (volunteer) those times.
When she went to study at the Adventist University of the Philippines, she had a hard time preparing vegan food. She slipped back to Lacto-Ovo vegetarian diet. She can’t shun eating bread with dairy products and started eating egg and easy-to-prepare food like noodles and stuff (unhealthy). She always wanted to be back to vegan diet. Little by little she managed to shun unhealthy food until she became a vegan again.
Running lifestyle helped her become motivated to go back vegan and to be disciplined with sleeping routine and other related disciplines (eat more, hydrate more). It’s not impossible to be a vegan runner. Since she went back to vegan diet, she felt better. Although her running performance hasn’t improved much yet since it’s still in a transition phase, she looks forward to having a new PR for the half marathon (21K) and to hopefully have her first marathon (42K) in 2017.
Running is more of pleasure rather than pressure. What she loved most as she runs early morning alone on the road, she can feel serenity at its best. She can focus on contemplating about life, God’s love seen in nature, and have a quiet time to process some decision making.
Before she runs in the morning, she makes sure she has a devotional and Bible reading. Then after running, and routines in between she would write: either a reverie on the road or an ethereal epiphany.
As a wordsmith hoping to make an impact on other people’s lives, she holds herself responsible for what she shares in her blog. Her intention is more than just to inform and entertain — to inspire. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of those who spend time and effort to read her posts.
She’s been inspired being an apprentice of the Heavenly Author. He knows her by name, and He gave her life significant purpose. With that, she’s been a wishful writer.
WANDER. RUN. WRITE. REPEAT.
This is her lifestyle when she isn’t traveling or covering an event in our motherland or abroad.
But wait! There’s more!
“The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword, but the wordsmith would do well to welcome the blacksmith back into the fold, so that artisan craftsmanship the world over may fend off the ravages of industrialized homogeneity and bland monoculture.” ― Alex Morritt
Love Everywhere Ambassador
On February 2016, she’s been chosen as one among the first international Love Everywhere Ambassadors. She’s the first one in the Philippines, one among the two Filipinas among 36 LE Ambassadors around the globe.
Her compassionate heart has a humungous space for volunteerism and act of love and kindness even in little ways. Love Everywhere is a movement who’s spreading love through Love Everywhere cards, personalized by each LE Ambassadors before they leave them to public places like parks, libraries, restaurants and other crowded places.
Isn’t it amazing to leave a trail of love and kindness especially to strangers?
Aside from giving LE cards, LE Ambassadors shares the joy of this compassionate movement, making ripples of loving influence at the sea of multitude — in spite of diverse cultures and walks of life.
Kindly read Lailanie’s feature here: Love Everywhere Ambassador Feature
Aside from her advocacy, she’s been actively involved in the Pathfinder Ministry of the Philippine International Church. Going on God’s errand in her country and abroad is her constant delight. Currently, she’s a Staff of the Pre-Adventurer Club and an Instructor for Master Guide trainees at PIC, Adventist University of the Philippines (CLC & NPUC).
“Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” C.T. Studd
© 2016 LAF