The Year of Flying on Faith

31 12 2011

Somehow I feel sad that 2011 is over. How can I not? This year was awesome and exciting for me. So seeing its inevitable end is a bit hard to grasp and take in. But truly, when you come right down to it, I can’t help but be very glad and appreciative. 2011 was such a wonder, which I will only look back with so much delight and gratitude.

Leaving your comfort zone is never easy. Taking risks is scary. It takes a lot of strength of character to actually go through with it. And even after you’ve done it, the temptation to doubt and backpedal is strong and pervasive. Trust me on that. To be completely honest, I still am scared of the uncertainty, of the pressure not to fail, of the thought that I would not be able to stand by the choice I made. But I am optimistic. I am open. I am a believer. Because 2011 reinforced my faith in faith.

Wishes do come true – even for the impatient, even for the lonely, even for the abandoned. Just when you’re ready to give up, something comes along that pulls you right out of the fear and skepticism you are wallowing in. Some things do take time, but they will come your way when you’re ready to receive them. I know, that probably will not make sense right away, and that’s fine. Because what rulebook says that you must understand everything all at once? Trying to do so is just setting yourself up for disappointment.

This year, I took a shot at flying and being free. While admittedly I am still in limbo, from my view up here, all I see in the horizon are possibilities without restrictions and opportunities for redemption. That is one breathtaking sight, if you ask me. I see my situation now as a chance to grow, be inspired again, and work even harder and happier. With all those at stake, this is a game you lose by choosing not to play. That, I believe, is a misstep no one should ever have to make. And for as long as I have people who are rooting for me, just waiting until I find my spot, I consider myself safe and blessed. Despite the free fall, I know I will land on my feet. 😉

Thank you very, very much, 2011. Next year is going to be tremendous. I just know it. Soar. Conquer. Thrive. Lezzdothis, lezzgo!

Have a JOLLY 2012, everyone! 😀

My 2011!

BORACAY – The Fierce Wife – MacBook Pro – PinoyExchange’s Oscar promo – ADELE – Rexy Jolly vs. Maynilad – BonChon-MoA – NEXT TO NORMAL – Goodbye, Friendster – PSBank – Bosses from Australia – Modern Family domination at the Emmy Awards – #chismoso sa shuttle – Sheldon and Amy of The Big Bang Theory– Christmas card from Mica – SEANanigans – Dengue scare – Mega Shoes and Bag Sale – SUGOD BAHAY GANG – Goodbye, Michael Scott – DLSU Lady Spikers are champions – Passport renewal – FIGARO – Ricky Gervais at the 2011 Golden Globes – Sasa and Gege’s  Won’t Last A Day Without You  – BlackBerry – Sugarfree bids farewell – Chuicy at TriNoma – Bossing – FITNESS FIRST – Rexy Jolly vs. Max’s Chicken-All-You-Can – BPI – Goodbye, WolfPac – Mish, Jollo, and IanJay from PEx – Animo Squad – New Balance – Jeff and Annie of Community – Greenbelt 5, The Fort Strip, Mercato Centrale, and Music 21 all in one night – #jutanderalert – Bar ops for Tanya and Stef – ChicBoy’s lechon sisig –  RUN FOR THE PASIG RIVER 2011 – Aling Josie and Lola Sabel on Facebook – Goodbye, Walker family – Pinoy Henyo – The unforgettable RESIGNATION LETTER – Tender Bob’s Potato Skins – iPod Touch – Someone Like You – Work-from-home – Nick and Jess of New Girl – Job interviews – Mwah, mwah! Tsup, tsup!


The Year of Transition

31 12 2010

If I had to pick my favorite purchase for 2010, I’d easily choose my ergonomic office chair that I bought to replace my computer chair of nine years. My life at home typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting right in front my laptop, so finding a seat that’s comfortable is an utmost priority. I do think this one’s really a good buy. It’s spacious and stable, its height is adjustable, and it has sufficient  lumbar and arm support. Just perfect.

There are many types of ergonomic chairs available for use. No one type is necessarily the best. Not everything works for everyone. But there are some things that are very important to look for. These will allow the individual user to make the seat work well for one’s particular needs. I guess you can say the same about life. Same rules apply. Nothing goes perfectly smooth. You may wrap your mind around and direct all your might at something, it still wouldn’t go as you had imagined and hoped. Executing your plans could be quite a struggle. It doesn’t matter whether it’s significant or trivial, various factors almost always take their toll. You just have exert your best effort and never lose sight of your vision, no matter how dim the pathway gets.

When 2010 came in, I was hugely optimistic. I had such great hopes. After all, it was the beginning of a new decade. Add to that, the previous year was a bit of a dud for me, so there was no other option but to get better. I set limited but very specific goals: I vowed to open my personal savings account, finish my master’s degree, and lose weight. I did not achieve all of them, no, but I wouldn’t automatically say that 2010 was a failure. I was able to open my personal savings account. It doesn’t have a lot in it right now, but hey, it’s a start and it’s mine. Maybe one day, it would be loaded enough to be accepted at a Swiss bank. Who knows? I haven’t finished my MA yet, but it’s a work in progress. I may be taking my sweet time, but writing it has become a sphere of discoveries for me. New things continue to pique my attention, which is a whole lot better than being aimless and stagnant. Fine, I didn’t lose weight. In fact, I even gained more pounds. But what the heck, bingeing is such a victimless crime. I just need to watch what I eat so as not to get any kind of health disorder again. LOL! But seriously, I don’t think 2010 was a waste or a disappointment in any way. It did have a lot of wonderful moments that I will muse back with a smile. Most of them were unexpected, but they were most certainly fun, cool detours.

2010 sent me to several winding turns. It was, for me, a transition period–testing the waters to know which plans could work and which ones would need fine-tuning. Still, here’s one thing I learned in the past year: never be afraid to go off tangent. You never know what these good distractions could bring. They widen your playing field and open you up to an infinite number of interesting opportunities you never even considered because you never even bothered to know what they are. There’s nothing wrong with being focused. And I’m not saying setting goals is ultimately futile. These are still essential for you to know what you are working on and why you are doing it. You need to have a framework and foundation. How you develop your strategy is what you can adjust, fiddle with, and make improvements. This is where being amenable gives you an upper hand.

2011 has arrived. And I am still optimistic. I know this year will be a lot more dynamic. For me, it will be the year of making things actually happen and working toward long-term plan(s). Less dilly-dallying, I hope, but I’m sure there will be more eventful things to anticipate. So buckle up! More roadtrips await us!

Have a JOLLY 2011, everyone! 😀