My 2014 in Photos

Last 2014 selfie. Welcoming 2015!

At the end of every year, I make it a point to evaluate the year that was and see what new things I have accomplished for myself. In that moment, I find that despite all the strikingly painful moments that I won’t be able to erase from my year’s highlights, there were also equally beautiful moments to be thankful for. There were setbacks, yeah, and heartaches and heartbreaking moments, but there were also moments of victory, ranging from the good to the fuckyeah! I want to move forward to 2015 with a grateful heart and with a revitalized sense of optimism, that no matter what roadblocks are in store, better days lie ahead.

Join me in recalling my ten favorite moments in 2014:

 

2014 was a year marked by many firsts. There were things I never got to do in 2013 as I patiently delayed my goals and my life for someone I thought I’d be able to spend the future with. Accepting that there are things that are just not meant to be has led me to no longer delay gratification. Starting this list of best with “My first pair of chucks” might be petty to some, but it was significant to me.

#9: Turning Blonde

The year that was also saw me embracing blonde hair. I feel that becoming blonde has helped me overcome my depression by adopting a cheerful color for my tresses. I like being blonde, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to not being blonde (except maybe on my wedding day) :)

 

It was our barkada’s first summer outing, despite knowing each other for the last eight (nine?) years of our lives. Even though I hate everything sun, sea, and sand, I tried to make the most out of the trip by taking the opportunity to wear a costume once again.

#7: Year of cosplay

In 2014, I cosplayed Kusaribe Hakaze from Zetsuen no Tempest, Akazukin Chacha Magical Princess, Aino Minako / Sailor Venus, and a random mermaid (lol!)

Akazukin Chacha (click on the photo for the set)

Sailor Venus

 

Today, I met @langleav. #LangLeavinPH

A photo posted by dollhana (@dollhana) on

#6: Meeting Lang Leav

Meeting Lang Leav last December 6 was one of my most unforgettable moments of 2014. I wasn’t a die-hard fan, but I loved her work to bits and loved meeting her in person. I was number 330 of 500 fans who came to the book signing at Shangri-la Mall. yet you won’t be able to tell how tired she is from all the signing she has been doing (although I’m pretty sure her hands were already hurting like hell after the hundredth book). I wish I had gotten her a souvenir or a gift, though.

When you take even just a quick glance at my CV, you’d be able to tell that my career before 2014 was like a traffic accident of sorts. With the amount of disjointed work experience I had under my belt, it would seem like I was doing everything, yet building nothing. Who would have thought that I would get featured on TV for being so indecisive about my career? I got invited by Alvin Tan of The SME Forum to talk about shifting careers on TV. This was my first ever TV appearance, so I was pretty stoked. I didn’t know back then that in a few weeks, I’ll be making another jump from my then career…

#4: Shift to Social Media

I entered the Social Media team of StraightArrow (which had only one member back then) a noob, and after a few months, I came out leading a whole group of a talented team of social media managers. I can’t believe that we have grown from two people to now seven, and growing still with two new members joining us this January. I also became a Hootsuite Ambassador in June. Aside from that, I’ve been invited to take part in the AFP Social Media Summit and the Work at Home PH Seminar. I can’t wait to keep helping people learn more about the wonders and powers of social media. More importantly, I think I have finally found my niche, the one thing I love to do the most.

Hootsuite Ambassadors, represent!

At the 1st AFP Social Media Summit

At the 1st AFP Social Media Summit

Talking about Hootsuite and Social Media at the WAH Pinas seminar

 

#3: Getting a condo

One of my 2013 goals that never got to see reality was me buying a condo. It was one of the goals I kept delaying until I couldn’t push through with it anymore. Never in my wildest dreams have I imagined finally getting one before 2014 came to a close. The boyfriend and I got ourselves a condo, a place where we can work, rest, and just have fun. It was a space that belonged to only us, and it felt good knowing that we now own something so valuable. I’m excited to see the improvements we’ll be adding to our small space, and the work we’ll accomplish in our little HQ.

Getting a dog has changed my life in ways I cannot completely put into words. Dommie inspires me to always strive to become better. Dommie makes me glad to be alive, and feel all the unconditional love this cutie has to offer. Dommie gets me through every fucking work day, because I know at the end of a grueling shift, my dog will be excitedly waiting for me at home. He brings joy to the house with his crazy antics and smart tricks. I love my Dommie and would do anything for my little baby.

#1: Finding happiness

2014 had its ups and downs, but I would go through it all over again if only for this reason: I have finally found the person that makes me glad to be alive. My favorite human, my partner in everything, the love that I have been waiting for. We couldn’t be more perfect for each other even if we tried. Met all the requirements I listed down on this blog post. You’ll probably never get to read this, but I would say it anyway: I love you, Kyle. You have shown me that there was more to this life than all the sadness and bitterness I’ve been carrying in my heart. Thank you for always being patient with me, and for the non-stop laughter and happiness. I’m excited to conquer 2015 with you, and see all our plans come true for us. <3

The doggy daddy: Dommie’s adopted daddy

Keso. Keso pa more.

2015’s theme is EXCELLENCE. We have tons of plans under way and the most important thing to remember (especially in times of distraction!) is our commitment to see it through, and execute them well. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.

To everyone out there, especially my family and friends, I wish you all a memorable and amazing 2015! Cheers!-HANA

41 comments to My 2014 in Photos

  • Gelleesh  says:

    Hello Hana! Kudos to a productive and awesome year! 2014 seems to be the year when everyone has been adapting to changes, growing, and becoming a better version of themselves… And that includes me! Can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for you. And, btw, you look so gorgeous in your cosplay outfits!

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Gellie! I hope your year was just as wonderful. Praying to see you and work with you more in 2015!

  • Silve  says:

    Bansai to your 2014 and may 2015 be bigger!!!
    I heart you as a cosplayer and a blogger

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Silve! I look up to you as a cosplayer and co-blogger, too. Wishing you more opportunities in 2015!

      PS: Happy blogversary!

  • Aileen  says:

    Oh wow! You’ve had a really awesome 2014, Hana! I got to know a lil’ bit more about you, and it’s great to know your background. Cheers!

    • dollhana  says:

      Cheers, Aileen! :)

  • kikaysikat  says:

    Hana! I love everything on your list especially #9 and #1 :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Kat! I can’t wait for you to try out being blonde, too! <3 Hope you have a great year ahead :)

  • Maria Teresa Figuerres  says:

    Despite the setbacks, 2014 has been very good to you. I hope you’ll have a more fruitful year ahead and more blessings!

    • dollhana  says:

      Appreciate the well-wishes. Thank you, and praying for a wonderful year for you and your family! <3

  • Ten  says:

    Holy Macaroni! Happy New Year Little Mermaid!

    • dollhana  says:

      Haha! thank you, Ten!

  • Liz  says:

    it seems like you’ve had a good run in 2014. :) love the cosplay outfits! and congrats on the new condo!

    • dollhana  says:

      I did have a good run in 2014 :) Thank you for dropping by, Liz!

  • Ace Paragoyo  says:

    Wow, you have a fruitful 2014!
    Wishing you more this 2015 :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Ace. I wish you more travels and adventures in 2015!

  • Wilma  says:

    You have a very good 2014. Hana! And your accomplishments are inspiring! May you have a double fold of your blessing this year and the coming years! God bless!

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Wilma! Hoping to catch up with you soon. Praying for even more blessings for you and your family this year :)

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo  says:

    I am just so happy for you dear. You deserve everything that has happened and I wish more happiness for you. You are a beautiful person.

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Kenny. Definitely looking forward to seeing you more this year and wishing more blessings to come your way :)

  • Yvonne Bertoldo  says:

    What a great 2014 for you Ms. Hana! ^^ Hopefully we’ll have another great year this 2015 :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you, Yvonne!

  • JONtotheworld  says:

    I can totally relate about being indecisive about carreer. :) Hahaha

    You had a blast in 2014! an now let’s claim 2015. hehe

    • dollhana  says:

      It was the only way to find out what we really wanted out of life, right? :) Happy new year, Jon! Claiming it!

  • Jojo Vito  says:

    I like the mermaid look….I also love dogs. In fact I have a lot at home…

    • dollhana  says:

      Lol, wish I can be a mermaid forever!

      Great to know, Jojo! How many dogs do you have at home?

  • Karl Marty Balingit  says:

    2014 was definitely a blast for you Hana, great job! Wish you more blessings this 2015, keep rocking! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks, Karl! Wishing you and your family more blessings as well :)

  • Ernalou Del Rosario  says:

    Happy New Year! Awesome 2014. Hope you achieve EXCELLENCE in 2015 :-)

    • dollhana  says:

      I will! I can’t imagine the possibility of another outcome, that’s why I know good things will happen in 2015 :)

  • sef tiburcio (@seftiburcio)  says:

    good thing 2014 was your year. looking forward to more blessings for you on 2015!

    • dollhana  says:

      Claiming 2015 already! Every year should be our year! ;)

  • Jess  says:

    Oh my gosh you’re a mermaid! LOL! More blessings to come. Happy New Year! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Haha! Ssh, don’t tell anyone :P

  • Michelle Santiago  says:

    Hi Hana! what can i say? i just bumped into your site. i saw your pic and I was amazed! :) i was telling my workmate that this girl is my batchmate in LCC :) i’m soo proud of you! congrats on your achievements! :) I know you’ll get everything that you want because you’re good in almost everything! LITERALLY! i’m so happy for you :) TC

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks, Mich! We haven’t seen each other for a long time. I hope we can catch up soon. Wishing you and your beautiful family more blessings this year! :)

  • Danica Reed  says:

    This is so amazing. Anyways, sweet!

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for dropping by, Danica. :)

  • Earl Maghirang  says:

    Hi Hana, I’m Kyle’s long lost friend Earl. Shipping you two now. :) Also great 2014 hope to bump into you anytime this 2015

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Earl! Thank you for dropping by. I’ve heard many good things about you from Kyle and I can’t wait to meet you IRL. Kyle has also told me about your new website. Congratulations on a wonderful start for the year :)

  • Sumi Go | The Purple Doll  says:

    I’m really happy for you, Hana! 2014 has been a year of changes for me too, and for a lot of people I know. Glad we survived it, and I’m even more glad that you had a wonderful 2014. :) I’m sure 2015 will be awesome-r and a year for excellence! :) Stay happy and in love! <3

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