I have this year-end tradition in my blog wherein I list down four things, the amount of each corresponding to the last two numbers of the year. It’s a way for me to share with others what happened in my 2015 – highlights, lowlights, and some lessons I realized. Since it’s 2015, I’ll be listing 15 items for each list.
Simple things I have accomplished which made 2015 fruitful
- I moved to WordPress. As I said in the post, it wasn’t a quick decision. I had to think about the pros and cons of moving. I don’t have any regrets. I was able to learn about WordPress easily (thank you, Google and thank you to other bloggers!).
- Fell in love with more TV shows.
- I finally met John Lloyd Cruz in person last March. IN P E R S O N. To those who are new to my blog, you might not know this, but I’ve had a terrible crush on JLC ever since I was a kid (I know it’s weird). I’ve been “in love” with him for more than half of my life (approximately 13 years) now and I have watched almost ALL of his movies (and teleseryes).
- I celebrated my first year in the company I’m working for and got promoted to Software Analyst.
- I visited three museums this year. Art in Island, Pinto Art Museum, and the National Museum (I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I will!).
- Crossed out two items from my 25 before 25 list.
- I’m celebrating my 4th blog anniversary this month + I have a grand blowout for you guys.
- Remember the first thing on my Things I Didn’t list last year? Well, I DID IT THIS YEAR! I lost a total of 20 lbs (and I still have to blog about that, ugh, so many backlogs!) but I kinda slacked off with my fitness routine on the last two months of the year (sorry, Coaches!). I plan to bounce back higher this 2016 and achieve my ideal weight.
- I met my favorite OPM band, Soapdish, in person! Although I watched a concert of them back in 2006 when they went to Legazpi, it was nice to meet them up close and be friends with them, well, kinda (or is this a one-sided friendship??? JK).
- I blogged more often. The move to WordPress actually worked. I became more motivated and inspired to continue writing.
- Open two separate savings accounts and a Cocolife plan. I want to be more financially responsible this 2016.
- I dyed my hair Extra Copper (which eventually faded…).
- I joined an Online Bible Study Small Group on Facebook and it really blessed me a lot!
- Celebrated my first anniversary with Nichole.
- I became a member of several Blogger Groups on Facebook which opened doors for more opportunities and more friends.
My 2015 should-have-beens
- Finish my Reading Goal. 14/25 books only. I need to set a really achievable goal this coming year.
- Post too much selfies on my Instagram account (which I think is the only positive thing in this list! HAHA).
- Move on. I lost my dog of four years to an accident. I’m sorry, Tutty, but I still can’t let go.
- I only crossed out 22 things from my 2015 bucketlist and it sucks. BIG TIME. I had really high hopes for this year.
- Go back to the doctor for another check-up. She told me to come back after I consumed my medicine (for hyperacidity) and I didn’t… I have to schedule that for next month.
- Failed to be consistent (what’s new) with this 365 day challenge. But I have a way to make it up for this 2016!
- Get to write my last installment of The Monday Grace for this year. I had to post my blogversary entry so I opted not to do it (psh reasons).
- Finish my 52 week (saving) challenge. I really got disappointed in not being able to finish it this year. I’m hoping to try again this 2016 and I’m praying hard I get to finish it!
- Get to watch another Soapdish gig (which is sad). I still haven’t heard them play my favorites live and up close.
- Stop myself from downloading new apps and games (which I eventually delete after a month of two or playing). I think I need a phone with more internal memory but I still have no plans of replacing my phone.
- Buy my phone a new case. My phone got this huge crack at the back (it sucks and it made me real sad) during our Puerto Galera trip and my current flip case has cracks too.
- Watch more basketball. My boyfriend loves basketball waaay too much and I told him last year that I will try my best to learn more about bball and watch more games. I needed to clear that out because I don’t want to be dubbed as someone who’s bandwagoning. I watched a few games already this year and last year, but still not enough to fully understand the game. I feel pressured because he already did his part in watching/trying to like something that I love (i.e., Star Wars, Soapdish, etc.).
- Fix my room. I don’t want to bore you with the details but the last time I did actual fixing was when we moved last July.
- Shut up – both positively and negatively. I have this knack of saying whatever I want on Twitter especially if the situation or person is affecting me (either in a good or bad way). I’ve been really vocal about my dismay over a lot of things because hey, 2015 was PRETTY crazy.
- Get over Flynn and John Lloyd Cruz. I’m still not sorry about this!
Happy pills throughout the year
- My God never runs out of grace. It’s one of the things that really keeps me going. “… for in the easiest positions He will give me grace, and in the most difficult ones His grace is sufficient.” – James Hudson Taylor
- I was asked this month whether or not I had a person “that got away” and I didn’t need to think about it. The answer was no. And I’m happy that I have someone who gives me the kind of love I have long wished for.
- I will always be thankful because the Lord changed me and delivered me, and because of His sovereignty, I finally found THAT one person.
- Receiving random messages from both readers and friends and knowing that I inspire them.
- Learning to appreciate the little things can really make your life better. My The Monday Grace series helped me in doing that.
- My First5 app really makes me happy. I love sharing the image they have everyday both on Facebook and Twitter.
- Knowing that I have friends who never change though we don’t always see each other or talk to each other. I think that’s what a mature friendship really is.
- Proud of myself for having set a few financial goals. A few years back, I would not have imagined the things I’m planning to do in the next years.
- My parents and Nichole are in good terms (prolly even the best) and his family (including his relatives) have been really kind to me since day one and I’m fortunate for being at the receiving end of such a loving family.
- My regular Nivea supply from Nichole! Haha. Getting all the products I have for free was a fine bonus for this year!
- Feeling all giddy all year round because I knew Star Wars: The Force Awakens was showing on December and I’m so happy I wasn’t disappointed with the eighth installment to the franchise.
- Even if I already turned 23, just knowing that I can still embrace my inner child really makes me at peace with myself.
- No matter how tiring a day may be or how boring it may seem, once I pick up my uke, I always feel so happy and calm.
- Idk about you but making other people happy makes me really happy.
- The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. – Exodus 14:14 / Ever since I stumbled upon this verse, I have always kept it mind. Knowing that God works miraculously whatever the circumstance may be really calms my heart during anxiety-prone moments.
2015 pabaon for a stronger and wiser Rej in 2016
- Make more achievable goals. I almost always feel like I fail to do the things I want because I don’t fully accomplish it. I now realize that the key is to make believable and feasible to dos.
- God has a more awesome plan for your life than you could ever imagine simply because He loves you.
- When you finally find someone who can be so proud of you, you forget everyone who never felt that way.
- Forget the past but take note of the lessons learned, focus on the present and the future bec that’s all that matters.
- Just because it didn’t work the first time doesn’t mean you have to stop trying. Success takes a lot of time and effort and if you aren’t willing to give the best of both, then you won’t succeed.
- Don’t let other people tell you what you should be or what you should do. Always remember that you are your own person and that you are accountable for the kind of life you live.
- Relationships are never easy. Misunderstandings, petty and big fights, and issues are bound to happen. What matters is that at the end of the day, you both talk it out and make up.
- Not knowing your partner’s social media accounts’ passwords is a good thing. Some prefer to know, but I just don’t. I prefer trust to prevail.
- Never compare yourself to others. You’ll end up too proud or too disappointed with your life. Don’t try so hard to meet the world’s standards. Stand out. Be your own standard.
- Be brave and try new things! ‘Nuff said.
- Just because it’s in the internet doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. Learn how to distinguish a hoax from the truth.
- Nothing beats the feeling of wanting something and working so hard just to get it. Aside from the motivation to finish the work, there’s just a tinge of satisfaction whenever you get something out of hard work.
- Make more concrete things and memories. Do not be too dependent on computers and anything digital.
- Even if you don’t tweet, post, or take a picture of something, whatever it is, it still happened.
- So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
This year was both a major and ordinary year for me. A lot of things to celebrate, lots of things to be really thankful for, and a few things to keep on praying for. I’ve learned a lot of things, realized even more than I could possibly think of in an instant but I believe 2015 helped in really shaping me to become a responsible adult. I have to admit I am not getting any younger. But just because I’m growing old does not mean I am deprived of the possibilities of fun. Also, I just want to say thank you for choosing to read my blog (and this post until the end) and for letting me know how much I make you guys feel motivated, inspired, or want to be closer to God too.
I’m closing the doors of the year with a very happy heart and motivated spirit. I wish the same thing for all of you!