Now! Can you believe January is at its end already? I know! Eleven months to go guys. Haha. But in fairness to 2018, January for me was actually a great start. I was able to balance my time for work, for my family, for my hobby, for my friends and for the Church. Although it’s honestly starting to become harder now. Huhu. And I was not able to lurk around that much in here. I really need to catch up on your lovely blog posts guys. I need to make time. How???
Sunday is my only day-off from work and I have to make time for everything and everyone. *sighs* I wish Sundays are longer.
Anyway. January was great. We’re off to a really good start. Let me share with you the random stuffs that made my month.
1. New Year Celebration
Who doesn’t like new year with its promise of new beginnings? Like Christmas, New Year is a family affair for us and we try to welcome the New Year together as much as possible. This year though, my brother is in Japan so we just videocalled him while we were watching fireworks which was fun. For some reason, watching the lights and the colors burst across the sky is always fun.
2. The First Wednesday
I woke up on the first Wednesday of the year feeling sad because I couldn’t go to Divino Amor Shrine for the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. I’ve been a devotee of Our Mother since May 2011 and I very rarely missed a Novena, much less a First wednesday Novena so I really felt down. I knew though that there’s a mass every 6pm in a church nearby so I decided to go there. And huhu, when I got there they were just starting with the Novena. I cried. I cried so hard. From start to finish. My heart was so full. God really provides.
3. Diana Tuna’s Despedida
Our high school friend came home from Europe where she is working. She only had like three weeks to stay in here so a few days before she left for Europe again, we decided to visit her and have a little despedida for her. And it was so much fun. We sang and danced like there was no tomorrow featuring our “high school soundtrack”. Haha. It was really so much fun. Walwal night it was. Partida wala pang alak na involved nun. Haha.
Hurrr! I’m reading again. My first book for the month and for the year was “The Sky is Everywhere” by Jandy Nelson, my second was “The Martian” by Andy Weir and my third and current read is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera. I have so much time after work and as much as want to spend it by making art (or reading your blogs), I really can’t because we don’t have much space in our boarding house (and I need all the space I can get) plus the lighting ain’t really good (I really love natural light) and signal is very poor in our room. I don’t have extra money naman to tambay at coffee shops. Haha. So yay for reading books again.
I joined the challenge by The Purposeful Creative to give myself a jumpstart for the year and it was actually really helpful. It made me realize a lot of things about myself, about my way of thinking and about my real dreams. It was actually the reason why I was able to balance my time for work, family, friends, hobby and Church. I realized that I really have so much time in my hands and I just need to manage my focus on what are the things I want to get done. So cool.
6. Meeting Jaguar
Our neighbor have a black part-Persian cat named Jaguar and she is the sweetest cat I’ve met. One night, while Faye and I were home, she just went inside our room and started purring around us. Haha. She’s the cutest. And she’s so fluffy I want to take her home.
7. My Art
I’ve been putting out my art in the world more now. Many people I know in real life have already expressed their interest on having a commissioned art from me although not everyone actually pushes through it. But it’s a start. At least I get inquiries. Haha.
8. Seeing my Best Friend
My bestfriend of more than 10 years went home for her brother’s wedding this January. She’s working in Dubai and she gets to come home every year so I actually see her yearly but that’s never enough. We are not the kind of friends who are always talking via Messenger or whatever. It’s not our thing. We would randomly chat each other but it isn’t frequent. We just really keep each other on the loop. We never forget to share any important matters with each other and that’s pretty much it. But when we finally see each other in person, endless talks will ensue.
We met during our grade school years because we would always be competing against each other in District Quiz Bees. Yeees! Panlaban sa Quiz Bee ang lola niyo! Haha. Then we became classmates in high school and became best friends ever since.
Aaah. I miss her already. Today is her flight back to Dubai.
Well, wasn’t that fun? Actually, January wasn’t all fun but let’s focus on the good things. I’m hoping that you guys also had a great January. If not, well we still have eleven months. We don’t need the New Year to start anything new. Remember: Everyday is a new beginning!
Featured image is a photo of me and my bestfriend.