Farewell, 2015!

December 31, 2015

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.

1Simple 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.

2My 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!

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  • Reply Dianne January 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Wow! 20 lbs is amazing! You should definitely share how you did that. 🙂 My boyfriend loves basketball too, and I watch him play whenever they have games, but seriously, I don’t really know a lot about it. haha!

    “Never compare yourself to others.” One of the things I learned in 2015 as well. I know that cliche for a long time now, but it was just in 2015 when I fully realize how important it is not to compare and to trust you own pace instead. 🙂

    Happy New Year Rej!

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Happy New Year too, Dianne!!! 🙂 The weight loss was achieved by following Herbalife’s weight-loss program. 🙂

  • Reply Jhanz January 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Yay, congrats for such an amazing year, Rej! 🙂 I love how organize your blog post is (and how consistent you are!). To a happier 2016! Way to go! 😀

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Ate Jhanz! See you soon 🙂

  • Reply Tori January 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    So lucky — I have been trying to track down Lloydie since forever! <///3

    Thanks for sharing – especially the Lessons Learned – very relatable and inspiring 🙂

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Tori! A friend told me about it. It was a meet and greet organized by Halo last March. 🙂

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales January 2, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Wow, way to go with 20 lbs, ate Rej. Please teach me how to do that. T.T Haha. I’d come to the point where I was so depressed of my weight during the latter parts of 2015. I didn’t even realize I was growing so big already. No matter how hard I tried, it seems like I’m only getting bigger — or at least, that’s what everybody tells me. 🙁 Got so inspired by this post then. Haha I’m making some strategies to really ace my ideal weight this year 🙂 Have a great year ahead and may God continue to shine in your life!

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Are you serious??? Huhu. You look so slender in your photos!!!

  • Reply Lou January 2, 2016 at 3:40 am

    There’s nothing more fulfilling than meeting your favorite band, huhu. I just love how you focused this post just for Him. Truly, without our God everything will make no sense. Happy how you’ve done so much in 2015, Ate Rej. I hope this year would be as blissful as your 2015, I know it will be 🙂 Happy New Year.

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Yes! I was super happy when I met them in person. Happy New Year, Lou!

  • Reply Cheloe January 2, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Im currebtly obsessing on your blog. Much love. x

  • Reply Yshy January 3, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    20 lbs!! Girl, tell me what you did!! Saving and losing weight are my major goals for this year, and I hope that just like you, I’ll be able to do it. To really do it. Reading through your “Farewell 2015” post (and our other blogger friends’ too) gives me inspiration and makes me realize that there’s always room for improvement and you can really achieve a lot of things if you believe and keep going on. So cheers to 2016, I’m sure it’s going to be an awesome one for each and every one of us in this little community that we have 🙂

    • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      No pork, no beef, only chicken and fish (both steamed) with rice for breakfast and dinner. Then Herbalife’s F1 shake for lunch. 🙂 I kinda slacked off my diet huhu. I’m bouncing back this month!

  • Reply Mei January 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

    You definitely had a lot of achievements last year, and despite the things you weren’t able you do, at least you still have the happy thoughts in you. 🙂 I can relate to most of your Life Lessons, specifically the “Never compare yourself to others.” item. My boyfriend helped me realize that last year, and I’m glad I totally understand it by now. Each one of us have different goals in life so we can’t compare ourselves to others, or even judge other by what we think is right or wrong. It’s their life, we have our own life. And to add up, we also need to learn to be happy with the success of others instead of being insecure.

    Wishing you a great 2016 ahead, Rej! 🙂

  • Reply Rej Relova January 4, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you, Mei! I hope you have a great 2016, too!

  • Reply Richel V. January 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I think I gained 20 lbs this year, lol! Share your secrets, Rej! Hahaha. Congrats on meeting JLC and all the other things you did last year – like checking off things from your bucketlist! I think I only got 2-3 off mine. Oh well. 2016 is another year. I also loved reading your lessons learned section. I’m bringing those to this year. Happy new year, Rej! 🙂

    • Reply Rej Relova February 25, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      I will!!! When I achieve my ideal weight. Haha. Awww. Thanks, Richel. <3

  • Reply Janine January 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I have a huge crush kay John Lloyd! Naiinggit ako you finally met him! Haha. And wow, 20 lbs is amazing Rej! I’m actually targeting to lose weight this year kaya nag enroll talaga ako sa Muay Thai sessions! Haha. Happy New Year Rej! <3

    • Reply Rej Relova February 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I’m planning to lose more weight this year! Haha. But I’ve actually slacked off in trying to.

  • Reply Jae January 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    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.

    OMG this reminded me of a time when I had access to my ex-boyfriend’s accounts. It was chaotic. The one time I didn’t bother knowing my significant other’s email/social media account passwords was with your Kuya Roan. It was enough that he was in the middle of war in Iraq; I didn’t need to add to the inconvenient situation he was in then. Wala lang, naalala ko lang ‘yung stupid teenage years ko. Hahaha!

    Anyway, your 2015 was packed with both great and not-so-great things, but it’s the new year—enjoy life to the fullest! Here’s to a happier and more successful 2016, Rej! 🙂

    • Reply Rej Relova January 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Hahaha! Yes. I look back and laugh at my teen self too. Crazy, crazy years.

      Happy new year! <3

  • Reply Aysen Achurra Asuero January 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I can truly say that you really enjoyed 2015. Nice recap though!
    Have a great year ahead Ms. Rej!

  • Reply David D'Angelo January 13, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Wow! I learn something from you and perhaps I will begin doing it. This way you literally count your blessings. Nice one.

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