As 2016 comes to a close, I would like to look back once more on those things it laid before me. As always, there were overwhelming things that I should give thanks for. It’s been a challenging year for me, but I feel that it has been God’s way to bless me in ways I wouldn’t even have been able to imagine.
Firstly, I am thankful for this moment, a perfect time where everyone is busy that provides me an opportunity to have a “me” time. This is a moment of peacefulness to open my heart in gratitude. Without further ado, let me count the reasons.
Having a loving family
It’s not all the time that my relationship with them is a bliss. There have been times of misunderstandings. But no matter the reasons were behind those negative emotions, in the end, they are still my family. Even I committed some wrong doings, in the end, they will still always be there to forgive me and give me unconditional love.
Compared to my previous health history, 2016 has been kind to me. There was no event that there was a need for me to visit the hospital and to stay there for days. I got sick that forced me to leave or get absent from class but those unwanted circumstances just last for few days and I was back to the pink of my health once again.
Being able to travel
Steven and I traveled for the second time around this 2016. It was in Hongkong and in Macau. We had a memorable and safe trip. It was supposed to be in Australia but maybe it was not yet the right time to plan a trip in the land down under. So lucky to have a part-time job that helped me to save for my traveling expenses.
Felt loved and supported by my boyfriend
It has been undeniable that Steven has always been there despite the fact that we are in a long distance relationship. He has been one of the persons who brings out the best in me. He has the power to make me smile and brighten a gloomy day. This 2016, we were able to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary together in person, for the very first time. 🙂
Survived a Public Speaking
2016 gave me its first big surprise in my job. I was asked to present a talk or be one of the discussants in a seminar. I had my emotional anxiety for days. I suffered from the feeling that all I wanted to do was to find an excuse not to do something because I was not used to it. It was much easier to stay in my comfort zone but that would definitely frustrate my goal. It was difficult. I lost my appetite and even if I ate something, I just felt like I could not swallow it.
My hands were cold and my knees were shaking. I stuttered in my introductions. My video presentation did not work on my laptop. But after a few minutes, I found the way to balance myself in the crowd. I was able to express myself although there were some bumps at times.
They said I looked calm. Perhaps from their eyes, I looked that way but actually it was storming inside. I was lucky. Despite the anxieties, I was able to make it.
I thank God and all the people who supported me all the way. I cannot be where I am now if not because of my colleagues. All throughout these times, they are the people who constantly push me to do the things that I thought was impossible to do.
Being able to set up Roads and Pages
It was my goal to set up a blog and I did not make it by myself alone. Setting up my blog became possible also because of my two techie-friends: Vivek and Hiran. They were the one who did not leave me when I was just starting with my blog. I had a fantastic help from them. Vivek assisted me with my domain and hosting while Hiran unselfishly gave his time for me to come up with the design on my blog.
Enrolled in a Doctorate Degree
Steven stubbornly asked me to take up a Doctoral Degree. He had convinced me to enroll since I finished my Masters. I did not cave in immediately on his request for me to study again as MA life was too exhausting already for me. What I wanted those years was just to take a break in studying for a higher degree. But this 2016, I realized that I need to go back to the university again to finish the highest degree in Education. I am also thankful to my friends: Meliza and Dith for including me in their Doctoral Life. At present, I am already working on my first 9 units in the Graduate School.
Being a member of a Facebook Blog Community
I was grateful to this blogging community administered by Mr. Robert Lee of Amazing Life Daily. for in this community gives me an inspiration that never runs dry when it comes to blogging. This group comprises of dedicated and hard-working bloggers from around the world, inspires me to brush on my writing and blogging skills. It has very instrumental in helping me get page views, gained more quality comments, and constructive feedback when it comes to my blog.
Being surrounded by true friends
I have very few friends. I guess that is because I spend more time with books and surfing the internet and not socializing with other people. When it comes to the point that I am at my lowest, there would always be someone who would be willing to lend an ear or give a helping hand. I consider them my angels in disguise.
Blessed with a wonderful career
I am thankful for the job I have now. Even though I cannot say that I always love it, the reality is that I am still grateful that I have it. Nowadays, a college degree does not guarantee that someone can easily get a job. Competition is real. Many want to have a good job that will give a sure income for a long time but not all are given an opportunity to have it as soon as they want to.
Indeed, it was an unforgettable 2016. There are still many reasons to be thankful for. If I state all of them here, I guess, the list will be endless. To sum it up, 2016 was a great year for me. It made me comprehend different shades of life and fell in love with my life all over again.
2016 will always remain special for me. It was the year that I became a better version of my old self by not settling for mediocrity.
How was your 2016?
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