NAME: Pauline Sheeva J. Catalan
WHAT DO YOU DO: Registered Nurse, Certified Professional Coder, Future Pole Athlete
1. What are the values that you uphold as an individual, and how do you live them out?
I have always been practicing to share what I have, even when I don’t have too much to give. I always do charity work on my birthday as a thanksgiving to God for all the blessings He has given me. I also practice a more sustainable lifestyle by avoiding single-use plastics. I’ve been touched by the effects of trash in the ocean, and it hurts me to know and see the damage that our trash we can do to our lives and other beings as well.
I am also going through depression, so I am fighting to be stronger, to be able to help others like me. I value showing them that I care to uplift their moods. Body image has also always been a big issue to me, and I so I try to become stronger than the negativity around me. These are my top values and advocacies in life.
2. Tell us about Your Coffee Bean Story.
Sir Champ, who is an avid supporter of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, messaged me one day asking if I would like to be part of the Giving Advocacy, an organization/movement he started which was inspired by Caring Cup. I am so happy to be a part of it. I enjoy going to Caring Cup events that allows me to help others and meet like-hearted individuals as well.
3. What event did you participate in that was the highlight of your #CoffeeBeanLife?
The first event that I attended is the National Ocean Month event last 2018 where we watched a documentary about the negative effects of single-use plastic and listened to experts from WWF talk about how we can reverse or at least prevent the destruction of our seas. I never expected to cry over a documentary. I was saddened to know that we are killing many sea creatures just by using a plastic spoon. Now, I am consciously making an effort to live a sustainable lifestyle and promote it to others. Big things start with the small things- I start now.
4. What are the lessons you’ve gained as a member of the Caring Cup Community?
The most valuable lesson I gained by being a member of the Caring Cup Community is recognizing that we all have the capability to be generous even if we don’t have that much money to give. We can share time, effort, and the heart to share what we have.
5. Is there any advice you can give to the community when it comes to living a life of service and excellence?
Be a part of something that you care about the most, so you will be able to touch lives. Being generous is not just about sharing money. We can share our time and ourselves. It is fulfilling, and it is worth it.