“We often get confused of our identity, of who we are because of the people, culture and society we circle with.“
- Prototype, Jonathan Martin (non - verbatim)

You don't have to try so hard, to give it all away.

Before you continue reading, i want you to watch this video, especially for the ladies. 

Our brokenness, we often hide them. We don’t want the world to see our vulnerability; we put our masks for people to conceal the bruises that we get from our challenges so that the world cannot laugh at us.

Today, we are fascinated by perfection, glamour, by fame that when we see a flaw, we throw stone and we judge. No wonder why most people want to show that they are invincible and fierce. The question is, are we happy? Are we really satisfied by the shout and limelight we get every time we try to fit-in into this society?

If you are tired for aiming the standard this world has set, there’s One that can give you rest and love you needed. There’s One that’s amazed by every single detail of your life and love you just the way you are. The one that can love you more than you can ever love yourself, and can accept you despite of your failures. The one that you can run into whenever you are broken. The one that will hug you whilst of your failures and despair.

So come, come as you are with no pretensions. In Him, we are not judged and marginalized because of the language we speak, our social status, skin color, gender and achievements. In Him, we are perfection.

He calls us beloved, we are His perfection.
We are His’ and He is ours.

So if you’re ready, to be loved and to come as a real you, go and open your bible and read through His words.

"Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."-Joshua 1:8 

Here are more inspirational quotes from Jonathan Martin's book:
“Our scars reveal who we are. The fact that we have experienced profound suffering in life—the fact that we carry what may seem to be unsightly scars—does not disqualify us from following Jesus. It may be precisely what qualifies us.”
― Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You're More Like Jesus Than You Think?

“It turns out that knowing how loved we are by God makes all the difference in the kind of people we will become.”
― Jonathan Martin

who are you really, behind the avatars you’ve created for yourself? What are you covering up? What are you afraid of? What are you hoping for? Where are you going?”
― Jonathan Martin, Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You're More Like Jesus Than You Think?

"It turns out that knowing how loved we are by God makes all the difference in the kind of people we will become

"...A street is a public thoroughfare (usually paved) in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about.."

This is a mobile photography collection of photos i took when i'm on road heading home or going at the office. Streets and a Slave is about the life of an employee and people on the streets in their weekly routine as they strive to work hard in the metro to have a better life and living.

Streets and a Slave: Streets picture the culture of a working environment in the metro and its commuters, while the word Slave represents the corporate people, simply means the "corporate slave" who work hard under big corporations in exchange of a good paying salary.

#MobilePhotography #Photography #streets #metro #corporate #mobile #arts
It’s really hard for me to create a blog post for this because my reference is about the book that I was reading----prototype by Jonathan Martin. I really want to make a justice about the post that this somehow should be relational to that book.

Prototype made a standard of my next book reads. This book created an impact in my life. There were realizations and learning when I was reading this book.  Speaking of relevance, this book extends it’s hand to us millennials with relatable material in social media today.

Prototype is about knowing your identity as a Christian, as God’s beloved. If you could notice my blog header, “you call me beloved. I am perfection” that’s just beyond a blog description. The header means a lot for me because my identity is not my traits or name but because of my Lord and Savior.

So when reading the book, and seeing it from the book store shelves, I felt that, God was speaking to me. Seeing that book at that time, God wants to speak to me and tell that “hey son, this is a story I want to tell you”.

The History

A. Music

I love music a lot because it tells a personal story of every walks of life. By simply listening to a song, we get to realize things, we get to connect and we get to identify our moments.
Jars of Clay’s album  The Shelter started my realization as a God’s beloved through their songs “Walk in the Night”. The beats of the music make me feel like i’m in a different place (in London – because for me, they sound like a brit band in a gloomy London weather). They also give me the 80’s/90’s beats.

“You formed my knees to bend, You call me beloved, I am perfection”.
-Run in the Night, Jars of Clay [the Shelter album]

Now upon reading the lines of the songs plus the music feels itself, it truly makes a story of every son and daughters. He formed us in a way  with a purpose. That no matter what we do, or how we look, we are His beloved and through His eyes we are the best creation ever.

B. The book

That morning after my work shift, I was convinced that I needed a great novel once again until I bumped into Jonathan Martin’s book. Then it somehow made a connection with Jars of Clay’s song, about my blog header and all. THAT TRULY MADE SENSE!.

The people and inspiration

I hear stories about ministry struggle and hardships inside my circle, I welcome them really as I also walk through those experiences myself. By reading J Martin’s book, I am no longer afraid of darkness or sadness, I’m even excited and welcome them with open arms.

Lastly, I have this guy who keeps on telling that he wants to quit of what his doing. But whenever he says that, I can only see and feel that God is currently working on His life, without him knowing about it.

Like what Jonathan Martin’s book tells, his struggles are his identity, his scars are not sign of defeat but a sign of bravery in fighting the battles that he has won. That through the wilderness, God is more close to him, and that God is even more faithful in his battles. God is elevating him, promoting him and making him a braver and stronger person. 

It isn’t rare that a freelancer encounters this all-too-familiar internal conflict: how does one price one’s freelance services?

Admittedly, putting a price tag on your work--whether it’s hourly or on a project basis--can rouse up a lot of doubts about one’s worth.

To anyone who closely ties their work with their sense of self, assigning a monetary value to their livelihood puts into question how much one’s blood, sweat, and tears really cost.

Sometimes though, the problem is less crisis of self-worth and more “I seriously just don’t know how to do this pricing thing”. This is especially true for beginner freelancers who are perhaps yet too sheepish to ask for a good price to their services.

This is why it’s important to know the rate of your bottom line by asking one very important question: What’s your Minimum Acceptable Rate?

Computing your Minimum Acceptable Rate

LeavingWorkBehind’s Tom Ewer gives awesome advice on how to calculate your freelancing rates: identify your Minimum Acceptable Rate, or MAR. This is the baseline of the project rates you’re willing to work for.

The formula is:

[(Personal Overheads + Business Overheads) / Hours Worked] + Tax

Personal overheads should cover your living expenses in a month or year, like paying for your food and house. Meanwhile, business overheads should cover the amount you spend to maintain your business in a month or year (your internet connection, your electrical bill, gadgets, etc.) Divide this amount by the hours you project to work for the month or year. After you get the total, add taxes on top.

Say, you spend 50,000 pesos to pay for your rent, food, water, and groceries every month. That would be your personal overhead. For your business overhead, add an extra 5,000 pesos for your electricity and phone bills every month. That brings the overheads amount to 55,000 pesos.

Now divide that with the hours you project to work in a month. Let’s say you only plan on working 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. In one month, that’s 120 hours.

When you divide 55,000 pesos by 120 hours, that’s roughly 459 pesos.

If you peg your taxes at 12% (assuming that you’ve not registered yourself as a Barangay Microbusiness Enteprise), then your Minimum Acceptable Rate would be at 515 pesos per hour.

Is Charging Per Hour Wise? (Or, Why the Per-Project Basis May Be Better)

This should be taken on a case-by-case basis, depending on your work.

Tom advises against pricing per hour, saying it limits your earning potential, and also clouds your client’s judgment.

He says: “Your competence and the speed at which you are able to do you work can have a huge impact on your bottom line. Don’t undercharge yourself by charging by the hour just because you happen to be good at what you do and can do it quickly and efficiently.”

Simply put, you can clock in as many hours to complete a task, but as a freelancer, you’re not being paid to warm your seat. You are being consulted for your expertise. Why should you be judged to how much time it takes to complete the project, than how awesome you can deliver it with the quickest turnaround time?

Adds Jake Jorgovan in a CareerFoundry article: “Clients don’t care if it takes you 20 minutes or 20 hours to complete the project. Clients care that the work is done and it is done well.“

Learn More Pricing Techniques!

If you’re eager to learn more techniques on pricing yourself well, top online jobs website Freelancer.com and premier workshops organizer Manila Workshops has organized an upcoming #TalinoTalks workshop with you in mind.

On June 18, 1 pm, join the Talino Talks workshop “The Art of Pricing for Freelancers”, with speaker Francis Guintu from the Online Filipino Freelancers community.

“We at Freelancer.com recognize that pricing and negotiation are key to a successful freelancing career,” says Evan Tan ,Freelancer.com’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia. “With the help of the Online Filipino Freelancers’ Francis Guintu, Freelancer.com wishes to educate more aspiring and established Filipino freelancers on becoming top-earning professionals, whatever industry they may be in.”

Save a seat by registering here: bit.ly/freelancepricing
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