On July 1, 2020, at 7:30 AM, I met our group of 12 walkers/runners and a cheering squad of 4 PNANC members at the Pacifica Pier to embark on the 10 K Walk/Run fundraising event for the PNAAF’s leadership educational programs. Everyone was excited to be part of the first virtual 10 K Walk/Run endeavor, to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and to savor the spectacular views of the ocean as we posed for our pictures and got ready to tackle the hills and the miles ahead. I insured that all came prepared to observe our Covid 19 precautions and we broke up into 3 groups so that we could maintain our social distance. Our cheering squad came with bottles of water to hand out both at the start of the walk and at Linda Mar Beach.
As I was walking and meditating, this Motto came into my mind:
Physical Health + Spiritual Health = Mental Health
Mental Health = Spiritual Health + Physical Health
I believe in this.
I have been browsing on old Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) convention and gala pictures, and they made me smile, wide eyes and gasps as I remembered some happy memories from 23 years of joining this prestigious, one and only Filipino nurses' organization in America.
Looking back, I was an excited "newcomer," 53 years Old, three children, at my prime as a nurse-entrepreneur, looks pretty and smiling in pictures with my late husband Eddie, and wears high heels., and tagging along with past President Ampy dela Paz, who introduced me to PNAA as Board member of PNA Metro Houston, in Texas. Now, I am 76 very senior, widow, eight grandchildren, still an entrepre- still looking pretty and smiling, immediate past President of PNAA Foundation (PNAAF), from 2015 to June 2019 (two terms) and remained active paid member of PNAA and a committed PNAAF Council of Trustees.