Hope is an Essential Part of Life

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Listen, hope is something that you, me, and everyone else needs. It may sound cliche, but we all need it. We need it to get through the tough times. We need hope to get by. We need it to be inspired and motivated. Essentially, we need it to live.

Hope is that spark that keeps us going in the darkness. It's our lighthouse that keeps us from straying to the side. In our darkest times, hope is the thing that we need to hold most onto.

I've been lucky enough to say that I haven't had many difficult times, but I do have a few. It's been where I felt that my life was going downhill and everything looked bleak to me. My wife was my rock; she gave me hope. She told me that we'll be okay and that we'd make it through. I didn't see it at that time, but she was right. We made it through (so far).

That's a lesson that took me many years to learn. No matter what, there is always hope. It may sound cheesy, but it's true. If things get bad, there is always hope because things can always get better. And if you've hit rock bottom, there is still hope because there is nowhere else to go but up. As hard as it is to see sometimes, hope is always there; you just have to search/dig/pry for it.

Now, no matter what my family, friends, and I face, in the current social, political, economical, and environmental situation, we can't give up. We have to hope.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why We Need To Always Act with Love

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Love is, really, the only reason to do anything. It's a main motivator for everything that we do. We may do things because we care, it makes us happy, or just because we're good human beings, but all that comes from love.

We spend time with our families because we love them. We go to work because we love what we do (or we love eating and having a place to live). We play sports, video games, or any other type of games because we love it.

Every day, I do my best to be a good husband to my wife and be a good father to my kids, mainly because I love them. It may be obvious, but love keeps our family together. Love is the reason I work as hard as I do at work, so I can give my family the best lifestyle and as much opportunity as I can give them. Love is the reason why I play with them, even when I'm dead tired at the end of the day. My love for my family is why I dedicate so much of my time and effort for their benefit.

We should always be motivated by love. When we do things out of love, good things happen. When we do things out of fear or hate, bad things definitely do happen.

When we act out of fear, we fail to understand. We distance ourselves from other people. When we act out of hate, we fail to love. We fail at being compassionate, respectful, or sympathetic. We insult the humanity of others and our own. When we act out of hate or fear, we hurt ourselves.

We need to always act with love; it's what you, I, and the rest of the world needs.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Teach Your Kids How To Count in Tagalog

My son counting in Tagalog.
 As a Filipino American parent, I'd like my kids (two boys, ages 2 and 5) to be able to learn more about their Filipino heritage. It was important to me growing up and I want to share that with my kids. One of my goals is to teach them Tagalog as they grow up.

I looked through bookstores, and I couldn't find many books that taught kids Tagalog, so I decided to create my own, and I'm pretty proud of it. (I put a lot of consideration into the design and illustrated all the pictures myself.)

Tagalog 1,2,3 is counting book designed for toddlers and preschoolers to teach them how to count to ten in both English and Tagalog. The each page has been carefully designed to help all kids learn language and math skills.

This is an e-book that is compatible with ALL devices. (It even comes with a printable version with no background to save ink.)

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Whether or not you come from a Filipino heritage, I hope that you this is a powerful tool for you and your children. My kids love reading it with me and reading it with me at bedtime, and it's just the one of the best feelings.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Why Effort is More Important Than Talent

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Talent is a good thing. It's good to be good at something, whether it's natural talent or by developing your skills through practice. The thing is, natural talent only gets you so far; it may give you a little bit of a head start, but it's not enough. If you're going to make it in the long run, it's all about your effort.

Effort means that you put in the work. You need to put in the time and practice to sharpen your skills, which will be helpful in moving you closer to your goals.

Effort means that you're taking action, which is what life rewards. Putting in the effort will get you results, and putting in the right type of effort (doing the right things or making the right choices) will increase your chances of receiving positive results.

So, if you think that you aren't naturally talented, the good news is, it doesn't matter much, but you have to put in the effort to be successful.

Roderick Conwi is a professional development coach and writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. He is also the proud parent of two silly boys. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.