The Best of AMSDaily in 2011

I promised last week that Saturday Success Story will resume today, with Rowena Sy-Santos of Keyks (whose story is already in the line up) – however I just can not end 2011 without sharing with you the best of 2011 here at AMSDaily.

It has been an eventful year from AMSDaily and I would like to THANK YOU dear readers for your continued support. Thank you for everything! Thank you for reading, commenting, liking and sharing our posts. Thank you for staying with us and going back again and again to be inspired or motivated. Thank you, thank you and thank you!

Here are some of the things that made 2011 prosperous for AMSDaily.

AMSDaily is now 6 months old.

AMSDaily grew from 1 follower to 390 blog subscribers and from 0 Facebook Page fan to 529 Aspire.Motivate.Succeed Facebook page fans!

AMSDaily hit close to 25, 000 views since June 14, 2011.

AMSDaily has featured 18 Saturday Success Stories and 2 special edition stories.

AMSDaily has partnered with 30 + 2 PLEDGERS and is now in the final stage of sending 15 selected high school students from the Tarlac College of Agriculture (Updates will be posted in late January upon completion of the project) for free.

AMSDaily has been interviewed and featured twice and has been nominated for 5 blog awards!

However, beyond these statistics and amazing events it was a fulfilling year for me personally:

– I turned 30!!!

– Met a lot of successful people who shared their stories with me and to you.

– Started my living-on-a-cash-basis only.

– Began reading and exploring the idea of minimalism even more.

I am as delighted, inspired, motivated and also prepared to embrace 2012 with greater hopes, dreams and more lives to be inspired. I am also excited to see what 2012 will bring to us all.

Before we leave 2011 behind, here are some of the most popular posts and also my favorite posts of the year. If you weren’t a regular at AMSDaily, these posts could be a good way for you to start reading/following AMSdaily. My mission, together with the writers, contributors and photographers of AMSDaily is to bring the best in you by

A. The Most Popular AMSDaily Posts of 2011: Saturday Success Story – we all know that each Saturday Success Story is different from the other however, people keeps on reading and getting inspired from these particular posts that they’ve bumped these 5 stories up to the ceiling. Most of the Saturday Success Stories are in the top-50 posts of all time but below are the five most popular Saturday Success Story in order:

1. Success Story Two: Maricar Primero-Tangonan

2.Success Story Four: Tina Enad-Tagle

3. Success Story Nine: John Patrick Agustin

4. Success Story Seventeen: Joannalene Escarlos-Abayon

5.  Success Story Sixteen: Honey Rose Miguel

B. The Most Popular AMSDaily Posts of 2011: Daily Posts (in order)

1. Day 47: Tarlac College of Agrilculture-LHS, Central Luzon’s premier high school

2. Day 46: The Lesson Behind Cinderella

3. 7 Wonders by a Child

4. Day 30: In Reaching for our Dreams

5. Parol: Light of Christmas

6. Day 82: 10 Lessons I Learned from watching Miss Universe 2011

7. 3 Kinds of People in the World

8. Day 28: The Beautiful Things in Life

9. Day 83: Being a Warrior

10. Day 53: Living Without Expectations

C. My Personal Favorite Posts: In no particular order

1. Day 63: My Motivation Manifesto

2. Wednesdays with Buena: Happy New Year

3. Saturday Success Story: Israel Domingo-Basilio

4. Day 1: Write your Dreams

5. Are you smarter than a preschooler?

Cheers! Manigong Bagong Taon! (Happy New Year!)

A Guide to Embrace the New Year

Photo of Randy Legaspi

By Ria G. Rombaoa

As the new year approaches, I would like to share a very important manual as written by Paulo Coelho. It may seem as it is intended for the mountain climbers and wannabes, however as you read through this is also a manual written for everybody who would like to embrace the new year with great hopes, dreams and success.

I wish you all the best of 2012!

Manual for climbing mountains by Paulo Coelho on August 11, 2010

A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing.

B] Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them, flowers grow between you and your objective, what seemed so clear on the map is tough in real life. So try all the paths and all the tracks until eventually one day you’re standing in front of the top that you yearn to reach.

C] Learn from someone who has already been up there: no matter how unique you feel, there is always someone who has had the same dream before you and ended up leaving marks that can make your journey easier; places to hang the rope, trails, broken branches to make the walking easier. The climb is yours, so is the responsibility, but don’t forget that the experience of others can help a lot.

D] When seen up close, dangers are controllable: when you begin to climb the mountain of your dreams, pay attention to the surroundings. There are cliffs, of course. There are almost imperceptible cracks in the mountain rock. There are stones so polished by storms that they have become as slippery as ice. But if you know where you are placing each footstep, you will notice the traps and how to get around them.

E] The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course, you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top. But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you. At every meter conquered, you can see a little further, so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed.

F] Respect your body: you can only climb a mountain if you give your body the attention it deserves. You have all the time that life grants you, as long as you walk without demanding what can’t be granted. If you go too fast you will grow tired and give up half way there. If you go too slow, night will fall and you will be lost. Enjoy the scenery, take delight in the cool spring water and the fruit that nature generously offers you, but keep on walking.

G] Respect your soul: don’t keep repeating “I’m going to make it”. Your soul already knows that, what it needs is to use the long journey to be able to grow, stretch along the horizon, touch the sky. An obsession does not help you at all to reach your objective, and even ends up taking the pleasure out of the climb. But pay attention: also, don’t keep saying “it’s harder than I thought”, because that will make you lose your inner strength.
H] Be prepared to climb one kilometer more: the way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far. But since you were prepared to go beyond, this is not really a problem.

I] Be happy when you reach the top: cry, clap your hands, shout to the four winds that you did it, let the wind – the wind is always blowing up there – purify your mind, refresh your tired and sweaty feet, open your eyes, clean the dust from your heart. It feels so good, what was just a dream before, a distant vision, is now part of your life, you did it!

J] Make a promise: now that you have discovered a force that you were not even aware of, tell yourself that from now on you will use this force for the rest of your days. Preferably, also promise to discover another mountain, and set off on another adventure.

L] Tell your story: yes, tell your story! Give your example. Tell everyone that it’s possible, and other people will then have the courage to face their own mountains.

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