30 Things to Blog About

Hi readers!

Have you ever had that writer’s block? Probably, that was the time when you were struggling to come up with something creative to write about.

 It might be those exasperating moments when you were just stupidly sitting down in front of your computer while waiting for the skies to speckle some ideas.

You are not alone. Even thousands of experts out there wrangle finding the best topics in the world. The good news is, the best topics are just around the corner. It might be about yourself or such things you often ignored.

Here, I have listed 30 things that might help you out in times of need. You’re welcome.

  1. The things you’ve learned from childhood
  2. Your most embarrassing moment so far. We’ve all got one.
  3. A letter to your 30 year old self. What would be your advice?
  4. That thing that happened in high school that pretty much changed your life
  5. The best movie you have ever seen, and how did it make you a better person
  6. The hardest experience you’ve ever had and how did you get through it
  7. A letter to your future wife/husband. What would you tell her?
  8. The reasons why you started blogging. Explain the details.
  9. The most difficult decision you’ve ever made. Write freely.
  10. Share your bucket list: 10 Things you want to do before you die
  11. The last thing that made you cry or smile
  12. The time you met your one true love. It might be pleasing to share.
  13. Write a FAQ (frequently asked questions) post. This could be questions you frequently get asked in your blog. Or that mind boggling questions you heard from your friends or acquaintances.
  14. The best gift you’ve ever received at this point.
  15. Fashion: Your top 10 favorite dresses, bags, or shoes right now. Others might be interested in your sense of style.
  16. Your top 5 authors and how they influenced your knack in writing
  17. Brain dump: What’s on your mind right now
  18. Write a review on anything-a novel you just read, a new phone, or an App
  19. A letter to self, what would you tell yourself right now?
  20. The 5 most beautiful places in your town and why they are worth visiting
  21. Find your most popular blog post, then write an update on it.
  22. Your 10 most liked passages. The world might need to see them.
  23. Share how you overcome a certain fear.
  24. Do a DIY. A step-by-step guide on how to make something.
  25. Write a post asking for a help on something that’s distressing you lately. People love to offer wisdom.
  26. Top 10: Share a post about the top 10 blogs you just can’t get enough of
  27. The things that you’ve learned from a pet-whatever type of animal it is-
  28. #Travel Goals: You may write about the most enchanting places in the world you would want to visit later on
  29. # Self Goals: You may post about your future goals, and plans on how to get there
  30. Write a list post on things people might want to explore about. Pretty much like this one.

 

I hope from this huge list of ideas, you’ve found a passionate topic to write about.

Just make sure to pop back and leave a link in the comments with any blog posts you write from the list.

 

Have fun writing your new blog topic!

Good luck!

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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Grateful

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“The root of joy is gratefulness” 

David Steindl-Rast

According to Dr. Flo, “Gratitude is a seed that multiplies once planted”. It grows and leads to transformation. I am deeply moved by its power that reaches the soul and beyond.

At this early point in my blogging career, I find it strange that I draw so much attention from the much amazing bloggers out there. I may sound cocky this way. But no. I’m just too grateful.

Honestly, I should have posted this yesterday after seeing that comment from a fellow blogger. As you might know, my blog-Lebana’s Journal– was included in the list of Heartsinink’s Five Most Favorite Bloggers. She is a new blogger who aspires to become the best version of herself through her genuine expression and creative imagination.

I am human as I am a warrior– this is her tagline.

 Since she started with her amazing blog, this lady never fails to show her continuous support and admiration to some hopeful bloggers including me. She’s always on the point and ever ready to speckle her most colorful and uplifting comments.

Oddly, I didn’t expect this kind of acknowledgement from her. This is too much.  She’s really sweet and adorable. A woman like her is like a gem, rare and hard to find. That’s why I’m eagerly inviting all of my friends/followers to check out her blog. You’ll never go wrong with this one.

Although I mentioned in my recent post that I am writing not to impress but to express, I couldn’t hide the exhilaration knowing that someone recognizes my work. As I look at it, I think that true recognition follows when you put your heart into doing something. And when everything turns smoothly, you should give the credit to those who truly deserve it.

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This short post is actually intended for Heartsinink and to all of you who keep on supporting and believing in me. I have a lot of reasons to be happy and grateful today, one of them is YOU!

Thank you!

 

-Anabel Geneta-Raymundo-

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Expressing vs. Impressing

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved: Loved for ourselves, or rather, Loved in spite of ourselves.-Victor Hugo

Perhaps you have heard a lot of deliberations about this issue-a topic which might throw you for a loop.

Overwhelmed by the increasing attention I got so far, I would like to retell my purpose why I have started my blog which some of you might have already read.

Honestly, I had been the type of person who cared much about others’ opinions and attentions. When I was younger, I would study hard to get high grades just to gratify my parents’ persistent wishes.

Growing up, I learned that to be loved and accepted, one must live up to the standards of the world. This may involve compromising your individuality -your sense of self.

Needless to say, the continuous pursuit for recognition and approval was annoying. So finally I had enough of that practice and I started to change my mindset toward things.

I write not impress but to express.

If it works to me then definitely it will work to thousands out there who struggle expressing themselves.

Basically, when you try to impress, your actions and speech become stifled. Every word or sentence has to be likable to those persons you are trying to impress. When everything fails, you become disheartened and unresponsive. The truth is, if you won’t deviate from it, you will be permanently stuck in a continuous cycle of disappointments.

In contrary, when you express you are just being yourself without inhibitions. When someone discards your ideas it will be easier to accept. It doesn’t kill you anyway.

It is a fact that we differ from one another. We are all born unique-it means that we have different skills, talents, likes, dislikes, and styles-which marks us special.

What is appealing to me may not be appealing to you, the same with what is important to you may not be valuable to me. Having fewer followers, likes, and comments doesn’t make you a lesser person or writer, let’s just say that your interest may not be the interest of many.

You should not adjust to conform to the standards of this society. You have your own story to tell and they are inspiring and exceptional. Let the world see them.

Once again, I’m not trying to influence your writing style or purpose. You have your own free will to do or write whatever pleases you. Remember that no one else is in charge of your happiness, but you.

Happy blogging!

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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You Matter

Even the smallest, weakest, most insignificant one, matters. -Rick Yancey-

 In my recent post, I have shared some valuable things that one needs to know in life which I think many of you have already read. Overwhelmed, I felt the urgency of exploring on the topic with gusto and depth.

How many of you have been into situations where you couldn’t see any light?

Perhaps it was the time when you were terminated from a job, or that defining moment when your boss told you that your performance wasn’t good enough.

It might be those struggling times when you experienced heartbreaks, which made you lost for months. Or that annoying moment when you were overawed by your imperfections and insecurities.

 Sometimes the world will let you feel how insignificant you are. Hopelessly, you start thinking   about jumping in front of a bus or shooting your head by a gun.

 When I was 25, I had that fatal experience.

Strangely, my right foot had swollen severely which crippled me for a month. I went to the doctor to be checked and he said that I was suffering from cellulitis. As you may know, it is a kind of cell infection which we could get from insect bites. Then I was advised to take some medicines for a week, but unfortunately they did not work.

It was not cellulitis. Desperately, my parents brought me to some expert quack doctors which were known for curing any illnesses. I have been to four or five healers yet no one succeeded.

My condition got even worse which made me disheartened for days. I couldn’t eat nor sleep. I started to question why those things happened instantly. Everything turned darker. The following day, I was rushed in the hospital.

The doctor clearly explained my condition. It was no longer about my swollen foot, I had that severe gastrointestinal problem. He further said that I was nearly dehydrated when I was rushed in and the situation could have been a lot worst if I weren’t brought earlier.

I hadn’t recovered yet from my bulging foot when another illness attacked. What a life!

As I was resting in bed, I realized one thing. I didn’t want to die. Not this time.

I hadn’t loved enough. I hadn’t told him how much I loved him. I hadn’t reached my dreams. I hadn’t lived a meaningful life. Not just yet.

It was one of the valuable lessons I learned in life. I matter. It matters that I live. It matters that I do the things I want to do.

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In this same light, I want to share it with you: You matter. Don’t wait for that fatal experience for you to understand how important you are.

Even if no one else cares, no one else recognizes you. You matter.

You are valuable.

 You have influence.

You can do anything. 

You are appreciated.

You are talented. 

You are amazing.

You are loved.

It matters that you share your gifts to the world. You might be seeing your potentials just yet, but they are brilliant and surprising.

Whatever and wherever you are, remember these two words.

YOU MATTER!

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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5 Things You Need to Know in Life

Life is not easy. At this age and time, I haven’t met or heard someone saying it is the other way around.

We’ve all been there. Even the richest people in the world failed once or twice in their lives. Even the intellectuals suffered from despair and condemnation.

Life is an unending cycle of learning and relearning things. It is composed of twists and hitches that one needs to defeat.

As we see it, it is never perfect. However, we should never disregard this principle: Live life the way it should be lived.

I’m not a sage nor an expert. But I have this assenting view towards life. I have shared here 5 most important things you need to probably rediscover about life.

You may disagree with some of these but please give it a shot first. If it makes you better and happier, apply it. If you think it doesn’t do any good, throw it away.

So here it goes……

  1. Trust yourself.

You are living in a world where you are bombarded with how inadequate you are. You’ve seen in the news how another 19 year old created a software that some giant company bought for a frigging $1 billion. Then you look at yourself and feeling disgruntled for not doing the same.

Because you feel you don’t have enough knowledge, you go out trying to get more skills and competencies. But then, when you already acquire those, you realize you are still inadequate.

This is not because you lack anything or what. It is because you don’t have resourcefulness, the feeling and confidence within you. It requires to show that you can take care of things, that no matter how bad the situation is, you will overcome it. Just learn to trust yourself.

  1. Learn to ask the Right questions.

When I was younger, my parents would punish me for not knowing the right answers in my assignments, tests and activities. Of course, the same is true with my former teachers. They wanted me to get the correct answers instantly.

As I grew up, I discovered that knowing the correct answers wouldn’t give me anything. But the right questions would.

Why asking questions is better than knowing answers?

If you ask the right questions the more likely you get a good answer. If you think you have the answer then this thought will limit your ability to find a better answer.

Undoubtedly, questions help you clarify things in your mind. The better questions you ask, the better your answers will become.

  1. Practice the 20-Minute Rule.

This rule will completely change the way you think about doing and learning things. Even if you’ve never been able to learn a skill before, following this rule will help you learn that skill in 30 days or less.

What is the 20 Minute Rule?

The rule is this: Whatever you want to learn, practice it 20 minutes in the morning right after you wake up and another 20 minutes before you go to sleep.

This is essential. By spending the 20 minutes after you wake up, your brain will be at freshest and will be able to assimilate the lesson quickly. However, the 20 minutes before you sleep at night is more important.

During sleep, your brain starts to accumulate all the things you’ve learned in the day. New connections are made in the brain which supports learning.

There is a saying about the brain, “Neurons that fire together, wire together”. As you practice, the pathways get created. The process is called myelination. Myelin is a chemical in the brain that is used to connect neurons together.

The more you practice, the more myelin gets laid down, the easier it is to practice. This is a virtuous cycle that gets established.

The more you expose yourselves, the more likely you become skillful.

  1. Think Accurately.

The ability to see things as they are and not as you “think” they are is probably one of the best things you will learn in life.

Most people don’t have this ability. They think they do, but they actually don’t.

What is accurate thinking?

Accurate thinking is being able distinguish facts from opinions. Whenever someone talks to you, they will share their opinions, speckled by facts. Not facts, speckled by opinions.

Your job is to distinguish facts from opinions. You must determine also if it is an important fact or useless fact. If it is an important fact, use it. If it is not, forget about it.

Make your decisions based on facts that you collect from a number of resources.

Just remember a quote from Dead pool. “Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, and everyone thinks everyone else’s stink.”

Focus on finding facts from the opinions and you will be successful.

  1. You matter than you think.

When I was 25, I had that fatal experience.

Strangely, my right foot had swollen without any knowledge of its cause. I went to the doctor to be checked and he said I suffered from cellulitis. It is a kind of cell infection which I might have gotten from insect bites. Then I was advised to take some medicines for a week, but it didn’t do any better.

My condition became even worse and that made me disheartened for days. I couldn’t eat nor sleep. Everything turned darker. The following day I was rushed in the hospital.

As I was resting in bed, I realized one thing. I didn’t want to die. Not this time.

The doctor clearly explained my condition. It was no longer about my swollen foot, I had that severe gastrointestinal problem. He further said that I was nearly dehydrated when I was rushed in. The situation could have been a lot worst if I weren’t brought earlier.

I realized then, just for that split moment. I mattered.

It was one of the valuable lessons I learned in life. I matter. It matters that I live. It matters that I do the things I want to do.

In this same light, I want to share it with you: You matter. Don’t wait for that fatal experience for you to understand how important you are.

Even if no one else cares, no one else recognizes you. You matter.

Sometimes the world will let you feel how incompetent and worthless you are. This might be the time when you’re thinking about jumping in front of a bus or shooting your head by a gun.

Don’t do that. You matter. It matters that people see your abilities.

It matters that you share your gifts to the world. You might be seeing your potentials just yet, but they are brilliant and surprising.

Let the world see them because you matter.

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo

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Message to my 500+ Followers

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I wish everyone a good day.

As you all know, my blog is just seven weeks old. It was in the 16th of July this year when Lebana’s Journal was introduced in the WordPress community. Blogging was a total stranger to me until that very moment. Back then, I couldn’t really dredge up what pushed me to create one, the last thing I knew was, I wanted my voice to be heard and the rest was history.

Today marks a special day for me. Lebana’s Journal just hit 500 follows in a short period of time. Well, that’s for me. Of course, I won’t let the day pass without thanking each and everyone of you who have followed and supported my blog. Surely, I would like to send my kisses and hugs to all. Same appreciation goes to those who have liked, viewed, visited, and even commented on my posts. Your words have moved me to be better than I was.

More often than not, I used to think that half of what I write here is garbage. However, it gives me comfort when I realized that at least they do not decompose in my head. Plus the fact that, someone from somewhere devotes his/her most treasured time reading my articles. Again, thank you very much.

Lebanas’ Journal will continue to serve its purpose of spreading good vibes and inspiration to everyone. I am writing to express not to impress and that makes a difference.

 

-Anabel Geneta-Raymundo-

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10 THINGS I LEARNED IN LIFE

​Here comes September, my birth month. Just can’t believe that I’ll be turning 29 in roughly two weeks. Time has really sailed so fast and as I contemplate about life, I realize that it is packed with twists and turns, ups and downs, joys and sorrows. Despite the fact that life doesn’t always favor on my side, I’m still up for more hitches and adventures.

  I listed here things that I certainly learned from my 29 years in the planet. Well, I honestly think that these will resonate with you or perhaps you could make your own list.

  1. It is easier to forgive than to forget. We may forgive someone who hurts us easily but forgetting is a different thing. Once we’re hurt, the negative feeling starts to consume us, it continues to haunt us even in our dreams. We can’t run from it and as they say, only time cures all wounds.
  2. God doesn’t give us trials beyond our capacity. Our lives here on Earth are coupled by trials and burdens. But the truth is, God wants us to pass the tests of life. When faced with mishaps, He’ll give us the power and the strength to endure them, eventually leads us to our way out.
  3. Time is always equated with love. Time is priceless. We only spend it with the persons who truly matter to us. If a person spends time with you, surely, you have a special place in his/her life.
  4. We don’t always get what we want instantly. Everything requires time and effort; it is a fact that we have to consider. Do your best and God will do the rest, as they say. You’ll have it, just learn how to wait.
  5. Love yourself first. When you are in loved, sometimes you easily give everything and forget yourself instantly. You are too overwhelmed by that feeling which often leads you to a serious problem. That’s not fair, you’ll be able to love and give more if you first love yourself.
  6. Identify your purpose. I have realized that it is necessary to identify our “purpose” in doing something. Knowing one’s why is an important step in figuring out how we achieve our dreams and goals. These things will stimulate us and guide us to create a life that is worth living.
  7. If you love the person, don’t change the person. Let us love them for who they are, not as we want them to be. It’s hard but love requires more acceptance and sacrifice. Let’s just pray that our love will transform them to be better persons as we always dream.
  8. Don’t just dream, chase it. It is not only enough that you aim for something. Don’t let your dream be only a dream. You have to strive harder so you can hit your goal.
  9. Be who you are. Whatever happens, no one can define you except yourself. The world may be tough, it is true, and you should not live just to conform to the standards of this society. You are who you are. Nobody knows you better than yourself. You should love and be loved for who you are, not as others want you to be.
  10. Writing (Blogging) is a form of therapy. This is true for some of us. This allows us to share our inner thoughts even our deepest desires without anticipations. Oddly, we feel better when we are able to translate our thoughts into words.

How about you? Have you already figured out those things that life taught you?         Please feel free to share it here.I would be glad to read your versions.

 

© Anabel Geneta-Raymundo 2017

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