Love doesn’t make you weak. Love is something that is worth living.


3 years ago, I met love in the most unusual and inconvenient way. I met love in a place where I never considered looking but there I was, looking at it up-close, face to face. I never thought love would look so beautiful and heavenly. It made me feel safe and special, without even touching me. Love made me feel strong and love made me believe anything is possible. And in no time, I was hand in hand with love- fingers intertwined, my head on its chest, hearing its heartbeat as my own slowly catch up to its rhythm.

Love opened my eyes to things that I was too blind to see. It saved me because I was too caught up with my own selfish-indulgence to actually recognize that I was slowly dying, like a rose, slowly drying.


Love revived me. It gave me a reason to breathe, to fight, to get up on my feet again and not fall, but rise; to rise in love. But it was a matter of time when I realized love is not here to stay. Love never meant to stay. Love only meant to teach me how to live again. To feel again.

To meet a true version of love and to recognize that version in different places. And it was only a matter of time that everything we shared memories. Memories that will continuously break my heart but at the same time, still give me something to hold on to. Something that no one else can take away from me, something that I can tell the world. Love is love, no matter where you find it, no matter who you share it with. Love will give and love will take away. But, one thing I’m certain of is… Love never meant to hurt you.


Love wants you to live and continue living as a testimony that it once came into your life. Love is about letting someone take your wholeness in their hands and knowing that even if they drop you, even if they let you go, you won’t shatter on the ground. You won’t break. The best love you can give is yourself. A self- love. You’ll bounce back, better and more brilliant than ever.❤️

Be A Being, Instead a Doing.

“Be a being, instead a doing”. Meaning, you must enjoy your life because life is too short. People gets old, we sometimes forget that we are getting old too. People die. Sometimes we forget those people who loves us and we only remember them when it’s already too late. We have to embrace of what we have, accept it and find balance to spend more quality time with people we love instead spend too much time at work or unnecessary things. We get too busy in life and we forget the ‘true quality of life”.

Don’t waste your time. Live as long as you can because time is the most precious thing we can offer for ourselves. Time is gold and time is the key to live every minute of each day. You’ll never know what a minute can do. Life is beautiful, so keep living and live on with the love ones.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others”

-Cicero

Glutes and Legs muscle toning!


Hello guys, sorry for an inconvenience. I have been very busy with my  school a lot. For now, I will be posting about an intense muscle toning using higher reps and conditioning which is a combination of deadlifts and deep squats. Of course, most ladies loves booty and legs workout! It’s the most common for ladies haha😜

Workout tips:

  • Warm ups for 10 minutes (jumping jacks or Cardio)
  • Deep squats- 15 to 20 reps/ 5 sets
  • Deadlifts- 15 to 20 reps/ 5 sets
  • Used interval routines with 10 seconds break.
  • Focus on squeezing your butt and legs to contract the muscle (you will feel the burn).
  • Doesn’t need to be fast. Used steady movements and focus on lowering your butt atleast 90 degrees angle or more.
  • Do this 2-3 times a week and you will notice  some improvements! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Life is like a Gym.

The STRUGGLE is REAL! Let’s talk #progression and #motivation. A lot of people ask me how I stay motivated, if my abs are real, are they fake and so on.. And this photos like this are exactly how (NO FILTER/ NO PHOTOSHOP).

My motivation comes from my #goal to beat who I see in the mirror everyday (both physically and mentally). I don’t compete with others, I only compete with myself. Comparing my pictures like these from 2013 to now, reminds me why I find it easy to be motivated and to have an active lifestyle.

2014-2015 I suffered from severe depression and anxiety, it was the hardest and the toughest thing I’d ever encountered in my life. I wasn’t afraid to do anything- something stupid. I was a party animal, I was an alcoholic, I smoke weed and I do drugs like overdosing myself with xanax, oxycontin & sleeping pills so I won’t feel the pain. I didn’t care about anyone. I didn’t care about life. To the point I ended up hurting myself.

Comparing myself from the past helps me to improve myself to be the better version of who I am. It takes a lot of work to get what you want. It takes a lot of understanding, acceptance and embracing the sacrifices to be a strong individual. Of course, I am lucky enough to have a beautiful family and amazing friends that help me get through this. It’s always good to have someone that inspires you💖It’s easy to forget that progress takes time.

Every time I look in the mirror, I always tell myself: April, you are worth it! I encourage everyone to take pictures so you can look back and compare yourself physical and mental states at certain points in your journey to help you keep motivated. Remember, it takes a lot of #dedication and #hardwork to be able to see the results. If you want to have a nice body, have a good grades and getting a degree? Putting into #action is the key to get what you want😘🙏🏼

We all have different purpose but believe me when I say, once you find your reason for your goals. It becomes so much easier and more enjoyable. We all start somewhere, set goals, track your progress and get to it! If I can do it, so can you!❤️

Always stay Humble☺️🙏🏼


“Life is like a gym. It is a journey. Every single steps of a new challenge, we must face it and learn how to deal  with the new situations.

Life is full of disappointments and surprises. We must learn how to be mental and physically prepared. We must learn to embrace the obstacle to be wiser and strong enough to face all the challenges. Every day is a new learning process. We must learn to accept from our own mistakes and fully understand our own being.

Life is about keep moving forward to be the better version of yourself.

Life is like a gym. The more the pain, the more glory to it!”

-April Mae (quotes to myself)

How to get a Six- Packed?

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the late post. I had been busy in school. I will upload more fitness and other blogs to keep you guys posted.

Anyway, this is my recent picture (last month- October 2016). Let’s talk how to get a 6-pack. Getting a really nice abs is very hard because due to a busy lifestyle or how is your eating habits.. As for me, I do abs workout 2 times- almost everyday. In the meantime, I am very health cautious of what I eat. I focus on eating more meat and vegetables. Drinking habits, I certainly hydrate myself at least 2-3 liters a day of water and before bed time I will have a detox tea which it helps to eliminate your body waste products in your systems. Of course, your muscle need rest. You can have at least 1-2 days off not going to the gym but do not exceed over 3 days. You also need a good sleep so that your catabolic system won’t wear out.

Here are my favorite abs workout:

  • Bench Leg Pull-in: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Bench Knee- up: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Leg Raises: 3 sets/ 50 reps
  • Reverse Crunches: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Crunches: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Hanging Leg Raises: 4 sets/ 12-15 reps
  • Cross-Body Crunch: 3 sets/ 15 reps
  • Bench Oblique-Side Crunches: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Inclined Russian Twist: 3 sets/ 15 reps
  • Mountain Climbers: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Toe-touching: 3 sets/ 30 reps
  • Flutter Kicks: 3 sets/ 20 reps
  • Knee Tuck- Roll in swiss ball: 4 sets/ 15-20 reps
  • Leg Lifts: 3 sets/ 50 reps
  • Bench Side or Oblique V-Ups: 4 sets/ 20 reps
  • Elbow Planking: 1-2 minutes
  • Side Planking on each: 1 minute
  • Flutter Kicks: 3 sets/ 12-15 reps

Remember, when you do abs workout you need to squeeze and contract your targeted muscles. Don’t forget to carefully watch you back posture. Too much crunches is not good for your back!

Hopefully this helps! Talk to you guys soon 🙂

 

Love and Everlasting Life of Dean Emiritus

The reaction paper is about the 34th Vitaliana G. Beltran Lecture Series of Dean Emiritus- Ester A. Santos, “Living the Legacy”. It also emphasizes the common shared values of Dr. Dean Gisela D. A. Luna and Hon. Leah Primitive S. Paquiz with Dean Santos about their life lessons and experiences.

Dr. Dean Gisela D. A. Luna- her goal is being a “resilient and make a strong amidst waves of changes in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing”. She is a former professor at University of the Philippines in Diliman. She was very involved with various activities such as facilitate work, committee chair person, accessor in commission of higher education, psychiatry in nursing, published research, work as a staff nurse in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing, assistant professor in Trinity University of Asia and so on.

Her topic is about what lessons that pass on and Dean Santos do?

Dean Ester A. Santos passed on to you that you are continually doing in running the nursing program. Nursing faculty and students should stand strong to make a resilient and to have a core foundation and values. There are 4 categories of values according to Dean Santos- service, integrity, individuality and the value of shared experiences.

Service- serves as a coworkers of health in taking care of the sick. Serve the hospital and the community. Saint Luke’s College of Nursing is established to serve. The main objective is ensuring the patients not to be in harm.

Integrity- following your moral, doing your responsibility, wholeness of character, being true to yourself and doing no harm. Doing what is right for the students, nurses, faculty policy and doing what is and what it should not be.

Individuality- selects the students at its best to screening process. Experienced the level of anxiety, excitement and battle of competitive to passed the battery exams in nursing. SLCN from history is very selective to come from its importance. SLCN envisions development of graduates to have this brand- mission, vision, and values. Each student is respected as individual and guided as the best they can be. Encouraged to motivate and discipline to comply.

The value of shared experiences- the common experienced. It is the school spirit that you may feel welcoming with an open arm. Giving you the bounded experience, common stories and aspirations with the alumni.

Highlights of story with Dean Santos: her goal is to put Jesus first and others next.

J.O.Y. is the acronym of Jesus, Others, and Yourself. Meaning, we should continue to serve as long for the community with full of love. Dean Santos is a caring person, volunteers, inspired others and help many people lives. She was a faithful servant and compassionate.

Honorary Nars Leah S. Paquiz- she is a former President of Saint Luke’s College of Nursing in 2002-2012. She is known as the “Legacy of Unity” because of her an outstanding background. She was part of the nurse party list, a registered nurse, public health nurse and an outstanding teacher. Her accomplishments are publishing a reform act in the community services, the right of overseas of Filipino workers, 4 bills act laws, implementation of ecological system and managed nursing houses. She also published exploitation, depression and oppression.

Her topic is about the legacy of unity.

Legacy means something received from the ancestors and deeds that has been done. It is a dream, motivation and changes the lives of people. Some people may have lack of presence, undecided and some of them doesn’t know what they want. Legacy is to have goals and visions in our life.

One of her example is “the life and times of an ants”. She explained that the ants worked really hard together as a team, they served righteousness and reap the fruit of an unfailing love. In nursing, we should work together as a team, being responsible, a faithful servant and humble.

MY OVERALL REACTION:

The purpose to attend the alumni is to have a great learning experiences and know the important highlights of their life values. It shares about social health, development in curriculum in the 60’s to present. It gives you this humbling feeling and daunting experienced.

They have greatly impacted my outlook and how to set my priorities as a student nurse in Saint Luke’s College of Nursing. My interests and commitment to field became even more strong. I enjoy the difference I can make in the field of nursing, working in my academics and clinical experiences. I also had the opportunity to meet new people, elders and nurses who can give me such a great satisfaction to invest my time in expanding my horizon as a better individual. Their life stories had me influenced with a broad of expectations, questions relating specifically in nursing and how it can give me an advantage to review and prepare myself for my future references.

Dean Santos, Dean Luna, and Dean Paquiz are the good example of a good mentors. Because there past and experiences can teach us good for the present and future. They have so much self-discipline and respect in the profession of having honor and dignity. I am greatly inspired and motivated by their work ethics.

SLCN philosophy of applying nursing search your soul in the matter of your bones in the practice of nursing. It aims for accomplishments based in parameters of quality and adversity of personality. We must know our right and what we want to be as a profession. We must love nursing and love of what we do.

The value of a nursing educator. They must seek for excellence, authority and discipline to be a great model to have an excellent students and achieved their best.

One of my favorite topic was- “How the Student Nursing Association to reignite the spirit and unite the foundation?” My response would be, we need to take an actions and make new challenges. We can make suggestions from students and faculty members to create new things, do the work and feel the school spirit. We must be socially and culturally diverse in the society. We must be open to new ideas.

A great way to connect with others is to start with a social group. A helpful way is to stay preoccupied and proactive. We must work together as team or as a family. One of the best part of nursing school is bonding with other nursing students.

I choose nursing because I love learning new things. I am always challenging myself to keep current on my academics, training and medical trends so that I can provide the better care for my family and my patients in the future. Every day in school, I learned something new from my colleagues and professors which motivates me to explore deeper knowledge and being compassionate to others. Being a student nurse is a privilege and a wonderful experience. Yes it can be hard, yes you may struggle, but every moment is worth it. As you learn, you will acquire valuable memories that will stay with you throughout your career. The most important thing to do as you embrace this new stage of your life.

The passion and dedication to helping others have motivated me to seek numerous opportunities to make a difference. Reaching out to those in need is as simple as extending a hand. I witnessed the power of a united organization and know the amount of dedicated work that goes into being in a leadership position. I strive to succeed and learn. Learning is fun, and keeps people alive and alert. I have the will, skills, and strength to excel.

I have seen the spirit of nursing reflect back at me through the eyes of those just beginning their journey into nursing. They do not know that they already possess the qualities they need not only to survive, but thrive and succeed.

Love is in the Air…


They say, love is in the air. The right relationship should bring you closer to your family, friends and purpose. The right relationship should help you grow as a better individual.

In love, there is compromise… there is understanding and there is a common ground where we learn to accept the other.

We swallow our pride to avoid arguments. We stay mute at times to avoid the bickering and the nagging. We may even do something we don’t like – see a movie we never thought we’d watch, eat something our palate doesn’t appreciate, try dancing, go hiking, master a sport or even learn a new language. And through the course of what we call “building a relationship” we either find ourselves becoming better or questioning whether or not we made the right choices.

One thing that we ought to remind ourselves more when getting into a relationship is this: Do not lose yourself in the process of falling in love. True happiness come within yourself.

The key to love is Self-love.

I hope you like my little message. I will be posting more blogs soon! Sorry for my very late post. Hope everyone had a lovely week ahead 🙂

Yours truly,

April Mae❤️

Be A Goal Digger

#GoalDigger. Do not be afraid to chase your dreams.

I believe in the saying, “If your dreams don’t scare you then they are not big enough.” When we’re young, we have ambitions for a reason. They’re there to motivate us become the best of ourselves. If you fail, learn from failure again and again. Remember that one does not reach the grandeur of success without enduring struggle. It is a matter of a leap of faith that separates us from who we are and who we wanted to be.

Do not compare your journey to anyone else’s.

When you read a book or watch a movie, do not assume that the life of the fictional characters is the same as yours. It’s not. You gotta learn to face reality. Expect the unexpected. You may find a few similarities here and there but your problems and it’s outcome will always give you a diverse result to other’s. Every life is different. Make the best out of yours.


If you love something, fight for it! If you want something, go get it! 😃👌🏼

Here are the lists of my favorite quotes that remind myself in everyday life:

  • If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to a people or things.

  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

  • Old age is an excellent time for outrage. My goal is to say or do at least one outrageous thing every week. Be proactive!

  • Never settle for less. Know what is best for you.

  • Take one-step at a time. Starting from small goals to a bigger goals.

  • Knowledge and responsibilities makes a person famous and is helpful in achieving the desired goal.

  • INVEST YOURSELF!

  • A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life. Learn how to take an action and control it.

New blog post, upcoming soon!

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are doing great, safe and sound.

I haven’t been posting new blogs for about 4 months due to my school works and been busy running errands. Sorry.

But anyway, I have been writing a lot of journals within those times. I will posts my upcoming blog soon and some of my fitness tips and travel experiences. I hope you will enjoy reading it☺️

Until next time!