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.
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.
#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…
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.
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.
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
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