Happy New Year everyone!
I know it is a bit late (7 days late to be exact), a lot of things have happened, and we’re so ready to take on 2018 but I would like to look back, reminisce, and take note of the wonderful things that 2017 offered.
I remember doing this a few years back, around 2014 or so, along with a new year’s resolution for the following year. That was fun and I could’ve continued that but then life happened (humans blaming life) and blogging became something of a luxury. But here I am now!
- Welcoming the new year of 2017
It was a very “new” year for me. A lot has changed and I am in the process of transitioning to my better self. I am very thankful for adding another year to my life story.
- Grabbing opportunities that are far from home
Job hunting was a real challenge for a female Engineer like me. There came a time when I had to apply jobs outside of Bataan because I was feeling restless. Lucky for me, I got a few interviews and I seriously considered taking the offer. For the most part, it was the travelling to manila alone (finding the building, asking for directions, talking to people) that made my introvert-self question why I accepted the interview in the first place. But all in all, it was a great experience!
- Finally, having a job
One of the top 3 awesome things this 2017 that I will eternally be grateful for! Landing my dream job, that is. Yey! I am still in awe with how I got here. Being in the power plant industry still feels like entering college for the first time. All the jitters, the butterflies, the looking around, the dry throat, and all of those tiny bursts of excitement, they still remain until this day.
- Meeting new people and reconnecting with the old
Having a job literally equates to meeting a bunch of people. My introvert-self tried its best to actually talk to people and not seem like its trying too hard in the process. It took me a while to finally adjust to the different people I am meeting (a lot of tears were shed too) but it was an eye-opening experience for me. Of course, I still met up with my old friends, or when I can.
- Earning money, providing for the family, and myself
2017 has allowed me to finally fulfill my life-long goal of providing for my family. It was wondrous! To be able to give my Mom my first salary, that right there was priceless. It makes me so happy to see that they are living well and I now am contributing to that. I also am grateful for my “pundars”, if you know what I mean.
- Learning something new, always
My brain cells were kind of in a hiatus during my job hunting days. I believe that the mind should be exercised regularly to take care of the brain cells living inside, so it was difficult for me to make my brain be on its best behavior when I started training. Anyway, training has been a lot of help in reviving those cells and in teaching me tons of stuff about the field that I chose. It was illuminating to finally see inside the veil of Mechanical Engineering and nitpick its corners.
- Hello, skincare
As a lot of you may know, I am not of the girly type. I don’t do anything special aside from taking a bath (which just includes shampoo, conditioner, and soap). This year, I was introduced to the world of skincare, mainly because it became a necessity. (My moisturizer story may or may not be up on the blog soon.) Then it grew into something of a 5-step routine. Honestly, I was happy with how my skin turned out after using a bunch of products and I will continue trying a whole lot this year, that’s for sure.
First out of town trip with my Mom’s side of the family was a blast! It was one of the most tiring yet blessed days of my life to date! I really want to go back there. (The Boracay blog post is long overdue but I might post it soon.)
- Tearing up at the most unexpected of times
I actually became stronger this 2017 in the crying department. The funny part was I cried for the most bizarre of reasons. One was when the plane started flying and I was so overwhelmed by how I am in that moment so extraordinary and God loves me so much for blessing me with such. Another was when I watched one of a YouTuber’s vlog.
- Still being able to work at my dream job
There was a time when my company had to let go of people during the training. It was a sad day for everyone and many hearts broke. But at the end of the day, blessed are the people who were chosen to stay.
- Entering the real world
After the academics’ part of the training, we were deployed to the main plant for a sort of OJT. Still going through that, by the way. It was very exciting, and at the same time overwhelming, to finally be there and actually be there. We’re learning a lot of things and experiencing a lot and it was so much fun! I am also happy with who my groupmates are. Go Team!
- Of #priorities and going out
I have limited myself with the times that I go out last 2017. It wasn’t because I don’t want to but more of I have more pressing matters to attend to. This was when I feel the most “adult”. Before, I was the one who organizes a hang-out most of the time but now I can’t seem to go out once a month. Prioritizing stuff meant sacrificing other stuff.
- All things series (Marvel > DC)
Since I have a lot of older sisters and brothers at my job, I have tons of new movies and series to watch. Last 2017, I was able to finish a whole lot of them, English, Korean, and Japanese alike, including HTGAWM, Riverdale, Scorpion, Full Metal Alchemist, Oh My Venus, Goblin, Limitless, Shokugeki No Souma, and a bunch of Marvel Series. This made me realize that the DC series I have been watching before is not my life anymore.
- Moving on and being happy for others
Acceptance is the key to be truly free, go preach Katy! (Totally did not expect that to rhyme so well.)
Another milestone I have for myself is not drinking softdrinks for a whole year. It might seem too small of an accomplishment but hey, baby steps. This 2018, I’m on my #NoSoftdrinksYear2 and #ChickenSkinIsNotIn hashtags. I was tempted to do the No Ice Cream 2018 but then who says no to ice cream?
- Of loving and staying true to oneself
I believe that 2017 has molded me into a better person than I was before. Its not just because of the accomplishments, the people I’ve met, the things I did, but mostly because I feel good about myself. Even better that I felt before.
- Unexpected Christmas gifts, giving gifts, and year-ender
I felt like a kid this Christmas. I loved what everyone got me, got to give gifts to my family, went to a lovely reunion, and caught up with my friends. What more can I wish for in an ending to a fulfilling year?
2017 has gone by so fast that reminiscing made time slow down for a bit. I am very thankful that I got to spend it with everyone I hold dear. It was not perfect, not anywhere near it, but it was wonderful. I got to experience things that I only imagined before and I am so excited to know more, feel more, and be more.
Here’s to 2018! Let’s have a blast!