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[The Portuguese term for "dreamer"]

Sonhadora is the name I got from Capoeira. In reality, I am Maria Cecilia Ramos, born and raised in the Philippines.

What do I know about life? A little and a lot. I've certainly had my fair share of dreams coming true, frustrations and hitting rock bottom, broken hearts and a lot of unexpected detours. I've always believed that nothing is ever random and every experience and encounter I have had are part of this so-called bigger picture.

For 12 years, I was part of the corporate jungle in retail, merchandising and marketing industries. Like everyone else, I started from the bottom and worked my way up the corporate ladder. I even finished my master's degree from one of the reputable graduate schools here in the Philippines. I had a comfortable lifestyle and I was living, what I thought then, was the best life for a girl my age.

But none of it felt right.


At 32, I did the unthinkable -- I decided to quit my job, sell everything I have and travel halfway across the world. It lasted for 14 months and I found my way back home. I fell in love but it was good until it lasted and found myself hitting rock bottom -- clueless, jaded, no job, no money, nothing. It took me awhile to bounce back until I realized that only I can help myself.

So, I pulled my shit together and got my life back on track. 6 years after that momentous phase of my life, I am now financially independent and I've managed to have multiple income streams through remote jobs and freelance work. I am still looking for ways to create a sustainable and location-independent businesses. I've tried and failed, and that's all right. What is important for me is that I continue to be passionate about continuous learning, about failing fast and failing better, learning from my mistakes and spending majority of my time creating something worthwhile.

Through this blog, I aim to help individuals who want to explore life outside the normal 9-5 grind by creating passion projects and turning dreams into reality. I am not an advocate of "QUIT YOUR JOB and TRAVEL the WORLD" because truth be told, that kind of lifestyle is not for everyone. Rather, I want to inspire people to aspire for FREEDOM so they can live the life they love and love the life they live.

To create the life that you want and live the life that you love are the greatest adventures you will ever have. So I do hope that each and everyone of you who's reading this blog will realize that life has so much to offer but only if you have the courage to make it worth living. And with grit and hard work, ANYTHING is possible!

Lastly, I would like to say that this blog won't be anything you have read before but since we all have different perspectives, let's just agree to disagree.

I am Sonhadora, We are Sonhadores. Follow my blog and join me in this once in a lifetime adventure and I will make it worth your while.

Sharing with you one of my favorite quotes:


A few snapshots from my travels