THOUGHTS: 2014 Gratitude list!

1. My dad, surviving. Scratch that.  Long life of my parents. My dad had a close encounter with a heart attack, which in his case will be his fourth and would be detrimental to his health and may have led to death if it pushed through. Luckily for him and for us, the doctor was able to steer clear from that.

2. A Bigger family. Not only did I earned to be a part of Jude’s family a year ago, an additional extended family this year too. My Sister married Chris – with that comes along Chris’s family (Mom, Dad and Cane), which is now always on our guest list. We had two weddings this year: My Sister’s and My Cousin’s. Robert is also now a forever plus one to every gathering. Cheers to New Families!

3. A Stronger Relationship. It was far from perfect. We had a lot of arguments, petty fights, serious fights, tampuhan, doubts but we managed to hold on. And we celebrated our first this year. Hopefully, another year full of love and adventures.

4. New Friends. I met the craziest comedic bar of friends at school; Rich, Mel, Ed and Migo. Apart from the clique, I also opened a chapter of relationship with LR, Marge, Elf, Jane, Monie, The Mastat Person who is so nice, Maf, Girls from Ethics, Mac, Keith and Lance. I also met some surfer friends such as Ping, Kuya Bot, Anon and Hari.

5. Additional 10 Units. I’ve cursed  a lot during the course of it all because of numbers, but as I held my head up high, I learned. I finished Applied Math, Financial Accounting, Business Ethics and Managerial Statistics. Hooray!

6. Small TravelsStarted the year by exploring Binondo. I spent my Birthday at Batangas. A weekend getaway at Pico de Loro. We spent our Holy Week at Bolinao, Pangasinan. My friends and I spent 4 days touring Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin and Bukidnon. We went to Pampanga to watch the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

7. Courage to try New Things. The courage to sail through a very rough water path during the White Water Rafting. Falling helplessly in Bukidnon. Making a fun of myself whenever I fall down learning to do Skim Boarding, Painting in front of many people though I know there’s a high possibility I’ll make a fool of myself.

8. Recovery. This may not be on my account but I consider this a blessing. My Mom is my most precious treasure. This is also the reason why I know how my friend, panda feels during the three month hospitalization of her mom when there’s a very little chance she survives. I was so relieved and happy when she told me that her Mom has recovered and is now on her way back to their house.

9. Strength. I have said this over and over and over – to the point I am tired of saying this — I don’t like my job. But I am grateful how the Lord provided me what I needed. I am grateful for the Accounts that I am handling right now. And I will do my best to be productive and be as eager to do my job as if it was my passion. I have cried less this year compared the previous years.

10. Big and Small Blessings. For all the day to day blessings, from the gift of waking up to the small things like a green light on a very lazy monday morning.

Thank you, Lord for all the blessings you keep on showering me, my family and all of my loved ones. May today be a start of another wonderful year and the best year yet! 😀

THOUGHTS: 2013 in Retrospect

So Let’s look back to 2013. 2014 will be a totally new start.

  1. I celebrated my 22nd year with my family and friends. Yay!
  2. Jude and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with my parents. – Not the way I wanted to but at least they initiated that he be with us. Yay! Small steps to acceptance.
  3. We lost RJ’s Dad to an awful battle.
  4. I was finally pronounced as JAM. It’s a long way to go but it’s the first step to finally counting my way out.
  5. I’ve known quite a handful of Business Owners – that could probably be the start of my Networking.
  6. I started my Grad School, met new friends and gained a mentor.
  7. Jude and I are officially together. It’ll be the start of forever. Hihi.
  8. I reached 500 likes and 100 random followers here.
  9. Pia left for the US.
  10. My Uncle finally has a job.
  11. My sister got engaged.
  12. My first time to travel to Macau. Yay!
  13. We went to Zambales.
  14. My face plastered on a wall.
  15. I was able to reach 15M. Thank you Lord.
  16. I’ve tried and crossed out a lot of restaurants on my list.
  17. My first phone purchase.
  18. My first Principal Credit Card.
  19. I gained a new God Daughter.

I’ve learned quite a handful of lessons and experience trials and battles in 2013. And I intend to learn from each one of them.

I’m ready for a new year full of adventures, travels and new people. I am wishing myself and everyone a smashing year filled with lots of love, happiness and laughs.

Amidst all the tragedies, I can only be grateful. Thank you for Lord for the past year and may you continue to bless each and every one of us.