The Year of Gearing Up

31 12 2014

While I will not say that 2014 was an outstanding year personally, I will not necessarily call it a dud, either. Yes, things have been pretty much on an even keel, but that is not to say that it lacked enthusiasm. Au contraire, there were many times that made my 2014 exciting — the challenges of my job (believe me when I say #ilovemyjob, there are just moments/people/stuff that make it harder to), the travels and dining experiences (my very first out-of-the-country trip to Malaysia was pure awesome), and basically learning and trying out new things (all those condo-unit tripping were indeed fun). This year was probably a set-up for the great and significant things bound to approach my way soon. And I am geared up for those possibilities. And so I am making a vow for the new year.

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Ngayong 2015, #BYAHEpamore! Explore and experience. Countless opportunities will arise. Take on at least one. You never know, it may just be it. If it suits you, great! If it doesn’t, well, you have one fun story to tell. So really, what have you got to lose?

Ngayong 2015, #KAINpamore! Gain and soak it all in. Every thing that comes your way is a blessing or a blessing-in-disguise. Maybe not immediately, but all these will come in handy. And when that moment happens, you have an arsenal of skills and familiarities waiting to be utilized.

Ngayong 2015, #PUSHpamore! Do something that makes you happy. Fall in love with it. Fight and struggle with it. Find new ways to make it work again. And then fall further in love — and this time, with deeper passion and understanding. Nothing ever goes perfectly smooth. If it does, you do not love it intensely enough.

The first half of the decade is done and over with. If you’re on your way to harvesting the products of your efforts, congratulations for a job well done. I wish you continued success. If not, you can still do it. We will do it. Because according to Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, and OneRepublic, “It’s a sky full of stars, and thinking out loud, I swear I lived.” (Gusto niyo yung ipinilit kong pagtagpi-tagpiin ang mga song title? Hahaha! Basta, alam niyo na yun!) 😉


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The Year of Gaining Clarity

31 12 2013

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. It’s true. I am most fortunate and appreciative to have found my spot. Thank goodness for the wondrous pair of eyeglasses that 2013 handed me.


I have recognized my God-given talent and skills, which thankfully complement my interests and the job I have. Some people don’t get to do what pleases them. Others don’t even have the slightest idea of what they really want. And I get paid for doing something I actually enjoy doing (writing and watching TV). I will forever be grateful for this. (Kapusong totoo! Naks!)

I have discerned which people in my life are in it for the long haul, willing to stick it out until the very end, and which ones I’m happy to show the exits to since their first instinct is to bail at the first whiff of smoke. (Akala siguro nila may sunog. Hindi nila alam, nag-iihaw lang ako ng barbecue para pagsaluhan namin. Eh gusto palang umalis, eh di go. Ipag-eempake ko pa sila.)

I have come to the terms with the fact that I am a very good friend. (Nakakatuwa nga raw kasi akong kasama. Pero hindi ako bitter, pramis. Haha!)

Disappointments will come. And yes, they will go, too. So don’t be afraid when moments of uncertainty and skepticism arise because they are just that –- moments. Even in times of slump and desperation, all is not lost. You will snap out of it because these are just phases everybody goes through. Learn to roll and learn your role. Only after you’ve accepted what is real will you gain closure. After closure comes clarity. And after clarity comes conviction.

Things around us will continue to change, and at times we will falter, but faith will keep us grounded. Steady. Firm. In order for us to bounce back and make a higher leap the next time. Just know in your heart that something good will come out of it. And don’t let that passion to succeed go.

That is what basically 2013 inculcated in me. So here I am now, 2014. Better than ever. Ready to take things a notch higher than usual and do them with flare in more ways than one.

They say in life, there comes a time when that dream you dream becomes that thing you do. I pray it comes true for you, too.

Have a JOLLY 2014, one and all! May the clarity and conviction be with us!