Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hopes for 2018: 10 Goals for the Year

Hi folks!

Happy 2018! I hope you're having a good start!


For this post, I want to share with you guys my 2018 goals- things I hope to do or accomplish by the end of the year.

1. Daily morning devotion
My mornings are most of the time fast-paced. I wake up, shower, get ready, then off I go to work. I have my breakfasts in the office, as well as my daily Bible-readings c/o Our Daily Bread. And while that practice gives me my daily dose of the Word, I find that it lacks some 'personal touch'. It lacks the quietness and solemnity that devotions should have.

Thus, this 2018 I want to dedicate 30 minutes of my 'morning routine' in devotion time i.e. Bible reading and praying. Of course I can only do this if I'll wake up earlier than usual. I'll make it work. 😊

2. Daily journal entries
I would also like to allot time writing in my journal daily. I've been writing my thoughts, prayers, hopes, lists, memories, etc. in my journal since November 2010 but I don't do it daily. Or I would do it daily in some months, then fail to pick it up in other months. Meh. 

So for this new year, I have to remind myself to write daily. It'll also help me process my thoughts and feelings. And it'll help me take some things off my mind.

3. Read 30 books
In 2017, I also set 30 books to read. I only read 22. Haha! Hopefully, I will be able to reach my goal of 30 books this 2018!

Currently, I'm reading God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. 😊

4. Regular blog posts
Ha! With my quite busy working schedule, I am not sure if I can post regularly, but I will do my best. What I need to do is schedule posts in advance for me to stay on track. (That is if I can write drafts in advance. Haha!)

5. Writing ministry
I've been eyeing this ministry for a while now. I have few topics and ideas but I haven't had the time to process them and actually write about them.

If God is willing, I pray that I'll be able to pursue this. 💗

6. Office nook makeover
One of my dreams is to have a home office. Haha! But since I'm still living with my parents, I can only satisfy myself with a nook. One step at a time, folks. One step at a time. 😁

I already set-up my space last November. I just need a few re-organization and makeovers to make it more final. Haha!

7. More travel/adventure
Aaah yes! I am in one of my happiest elements whenever I travel or go on an adventure! I would like to explore more of the Philippines. And hopefully, I'll have one out-of-the-country trip this year.

Ehem, hi travel buddies! 🙌

8. Build up emergency fund
Haha! Ok this one. I seriously, seriously need to add more to my emergency fund.

And stop withdrawing from it! Gaah Aizel! 😂

9. Make new friends
I am not really a social person. Haha! If you don't talk to me, I will most likely not talk to you. So yes, I don't know why this is one of my goals. Lol

Gotta try though. 😁 I honestly love talking to other people, and hearing their stories. I think it's especially amazing when you have some things in common.

I think my problem is that I suck in text-based/digital communication (however you call it)- chats, texts, even phone calls. Lol I like talking in-person, face-to-face. So yeah. Good luck to me! 😁

10. Practice minimalism
I've been low-key practicing minimalism since late 2016. I regularly declutter. And I don't buy things I don't need. However, I still have life areas untouched by minimalism.

This year, I'll continue with this minimalist lifestyle, and up my game a little by having a wider scope. I still have my book collection to cull, my thoughts, routines, digital files, health and other life areas.

Go me! 😁
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That's all folks. I still have few personal goals I cannot share here but these 10 are my top priorities.

How about you? Any goals for this year? 💗

Saturday, December 30, 2017

What My Year Was: 2017

2017, what a year!

I had a quick read of my 'happy moments' journal page a few days ago, and realized how packed my 2017 was. That's probably why I felt like it went by so fast. It was a crazy year for me- in all aspects of my life I believe. But nevertheless, 2017 was a good one. Here's a short photo diary of my 2017 highlights.


February 11: Hot Air Balloon Festival, Clark, Pampanga


February 17: Art Fair Philippines 2017


March 11: Antipolo, Rizal tour


March 15: Fun Home musical


April 09: Sunflower maze tour


April 28-30: La Union tour


May 13: National Planetarium, National Museums, Intramuros


May 20-21: Real Surf, Real, Quezon


June 06-07: The Circle Hostel, Zambales


June 24-25: Bolinao, Pangasinan


October 14-16: San Narciso, Zambales


October 18: Sound of Music musical


December 11-14: Baguio + La Trinidad, Benguet


December 22-23: Tali beach, Nasugbu, Batangas

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Aside from my almost monthly adventures, my work also got a bit busier because of new responsibilities on top of my usual workload. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for the opportunity to develop other skills career-wise. In 2018, I know there'll be more challenges. But I am ready for them!

Emotionally and spiritually, I was (still am I think) quite unstable. There were rough patches at the start of the year, and loneliness crept in from time to time. Some days I felt like I was in my so-called valleys of life. But I know that God has lessons and plans for me. I know that He will never leave me alone, that He will never let me go.

A lot of things happened- adventures, experiences, lessons. It was indeed a mixture of happy and sad moments, of mountains and valleys. Through them all, God is with me. Of that I am very sure.

2018 is just around the corner. Life goes on. There will be another set of mountains and valleys. There will be new memories to make, goals to achieve. But I am ready to live the new year. I am ready to let toxic habits and relationships go. I am ready to face what is unknown. And I am ready to give and receive God's love and blessings.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Baguio 2017 Day 1: Photo Diary

December 11-14, 2017: My cousin and I went on a 4-day vacation in Baguio! This was the second to the last hurrah of my 2017! Whew! How come this year went so quickly? Haha!

Anyway, this was actually my third time in Baguio so our itinerary were quite minimized, and we weren't too pressed for time. Here's a quick photo diary of our day 1.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

San Narciso, Zambales: Photo Diary

October 14-16: It was a gloomy October. But nothing can stop us from our adventure. This time, my friends and I went to San Narciso, Zambales to have a short, sweet taste of the probinsya (province) life.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bolinao, Pangasinan 2017 Day 2: Photo Diary

Alright, this is a long overdue post. Haha! Here's the day 2 photo diary of my Bolinao trip with high school friends. 😍

June 25, 2017: We were scheduled to check-out at 1 PM, so we started the day with an adventure to Polipol Island.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bolinao, Pangasinan 2017 Day 1: Photo Diary

June 24, 2017: My high school friends and I had our first out-of-town trip together. I know, it took us quite some time to finally go outside Cavite. Haha!

This was my second time in Bolinao, Pangasinan. But aaaah! I don't think I will ever get tired of this beautiful place.

On to my photo diary, shall we?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

That Thing Called Work-Life Balance

Balance - (verb) Establish equal or appropriate proportions of elements in. (Oxford Dictionary)

When working a 9-5 job, it is very easy to just get into the routine of working. Especially when it gets really busy, we tend to forget that we have life outside work. Sometimes, we do know we have other stuff but we don't have the energy to attend to them. Our life songs become the monotonous melody of work and home (ie, a place to sleep in). And folks, we do not want that.

Yes, we are busy. We have deadlines to meet. Our workloads are overwhelming. But we do not want to sacrifice our whole lives for work, and especially not for the pursuit of money.

I am no expert in this area. I don't have any mouth-gaping career advice, but over the short time I've been in the corporate world, I think I've got a few things to remind you. Yep, I know you already know these things.

1) Minimize working overtime and try your best NOT to take home any work.

This one is a cliche advice. And one that we should really do. Home is home. Work is work. Quality time with family, friends and oneself is very important.

I know sometimes working overtime is inevitable. Sometimes we just can't help but take home our unfinished workload. (I do this but only rarely... and I almost always end up not touching the work I took home. Haha!) But folks, try your best to leave work at work.

What I do most of the time is stay as productive as I can during working hours. I always have my work planner with me so I know what in my priority list are. It gives me satisfaction whenever I tick off my to do's, so I try to accomplish whatever I set to do and perhaps more!

On rare occasions that I take my work home, because I am no superwoman and I tend to have things unaccomplished, I only take a few- just a 1-hour or 30-minutes worth of workload that I can accomplish at home. That way, I don't take much off my precious time and I also get to accomplish things!

Oh, the joy of going home on the dot!