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Wrap Up 2016 to Kick Off 2017

It’s been a while.

2016 passed without an entry, huh? The past year seems to have passed by quickly. But it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.

Certainly, there will always be shoulda’s, coulda’s and woulda’s, but I’d say 2016 had been generally great for me.

I refuse to settle in something that doesn’t give me a sense of fulfillment and purpose.

Still in the quest for the best career path, I was in a roller coaster of employment from the BPO industry to advertising to business development with a pinch of marketing and events. This year, I am continuing my quest. Although it doesn’t look good that at this age I haven’t established a stable career for myself, I refuse to settle in something that doesn’t give me a sense of fulfillment and purpose. And I guess that’s really what I’m looking for–purpose.

I don’t really like to deprive myself of love and happiness.

Last year, I definitely ate a lot. Drank less alcohol and consumed coffee way too much. I used to limit my consumption of coffee due to health and financial concerns, but I just love coffee! And I don’t really like to deprive myself of love and happiness. So, I went out, traveled, deviated from the big mainstream coffee shops and started to appreciate local cafés more. Thankfully, I haven’t exploded with all the caffeine and sugar in my system.

On top of all, 2016 had been the most travel-filled year for me. Looking back, I’m not sure how I got the money I spent for all these trips, but I did it! I outlasted Baguio climate, camped at the unpretentious Nagsasa Cove, survived the restless waters in Cebu, defied the stormy August weather in Boracay, and wandered through Davao. Should I also count my trips in my own proud hometown Tagaytay?

I spent time with, drank coffee and went to places with friends. I also spent more time with myself. Continued to enjoy my self-indulgent pleasure-seeking independent middle-class working life. Got to know myself at least a little bit more.

I may have missed writing on my blog but I definitely widened my horizons by writing for online websites and writing speech projects. For this year, I have resolved to write again and write more. I will bring back life to my blog and explore more avenues of writing.

I will write about coffee, about travels, about solitude. All the things that matter to me. And all the things that don’t. Writing about things I care about will keep me satisfied; writing about other things will help me stretch my capabilities.

2017 will be a great year to write and drink more coffee.

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To a twenty-something girl (2015 New Year’s letter to self)

This year, you are going to be a year older–still in your twenties.

Congratulations on your accomplishments in 2014!!! Your greatest accomplishment: GRADUATION. I am sure you’ll achieve more and bigger things this year. Don’t forget your dreams and plans last year. Write them all again this year and remind yourself of all the great things you can achieve.

Congratulations on surviving the final years of college. It had been tough, but you stood strong. You cried, but you didn’t stop. Do not hesitate to cry when you feel tired because after you drain all those tears, you’ll feel lighter and become stronger.

Life is tough, but you’ll find more of great things in it. This is the start of greater things for you. Keep doing what you love, and do not depend much on other people. Keep discovering yourself.

You are the best lover of yourself. For now, concentrate on making yourself happy. Food. Coffee. Writing. Movies. Swimming. Gaming. Travels. Yes, do everything fun.

2015 is your year. As it was last year.