Goodbye 2017!

Dec 31, 2017 by

Truth be told, I haven’t done any new year resolutions list for years. I found that “new year, new me” to be worthless because usually 6 weeks in, I started forgetting whatever the new me wanted to be.

So I have sticked to “each day better me” instead. Each day I wake up, I try to be better than before. For me it is more efficient because I usually remember what I did not so well and thus can try to fix it the next day.

It will stay the same this year. I have goals and visions of what I want to achieve but generally, I just want to be better in all aspects.

Looking back at the events this year, I can only say that God is gracious. Many times I failed yet God remains the faithful.

Here are the highlights of my 2017:

1. Being a mom of 2.

I started becoming mom of 2 in 2016 but Nadine was a wee baby then. As she grows, things get more interesting. Okay, challenging is the right word. In the process I learned more about of myself, as I learned about my kids.

I dug deep within myself and found another layer of myself that I didn’t know existed. Patience, self control and time management were my main lessons.

2. Moving to the Philippines.

2 months in and I’m grateful for this experience. I think we came at the right moment so our honeymoon period is at this festive Christmas season. Making it easier for us to enjoy the new city. Of course we miss our family back home but they’re just a whatsapp video call away.

3. My parents and extended family are healthy and well.

And my grandma celebrated her 80th birthday last June!

4. Nadine finished her TB medication.

5. Watching Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams in Singapore

It was my first night out sans kids. Flew my parents to Singapore so we could go to the concert. Then we had a 3 days family holiday.

6. Traveling alone in KL with 2 kids

Hahaha. I really have to put this down on the list. Not being narcissistic, but I’m quite amazed at how I was able to bring 2 kids out to the aquarium + shopping by myself. And we actually went twice! Haha. Read more here.

I learned that when there’s a will, there’s a way BUT I wouldn’t go solo these days. Definitely not in Manila malls. Maybe one day when Nadine is a little bit older. Maybe.

7. Lots of my friends were getting married!

Although I wasn’t able to attend a number of them, I’m glad that they have found the one. God bless our marriage, guys!

Those are the highlights of my year. Next year is the year of my 5th wedding anniversary, me turning 30 and some travels in between (I hope!). Afterall we gotta maximize our time here by exploring the Philippines.

In 2018, I want to be more intentional. As a wife, as a mom, as a person, I need to be more intentional. Focus on the goal and less on the noise surrounding it.

Next year we also need to decide on how we want to school Nathan. Big decision to make!

Hope you are satisfied with your 2017! May your 2018 be blessed with love and joy. God speed.

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