30 Things I’m Thankful For This 2016

Back in 2011, it was a totally different New Year’s Eve — losing daddy — and today, we have come a long way. Up to this day, I still cannot believe how the Lord healed us and uplifted us from that unfortunate experience. Ashes to beauty, ruins to life. I have learned that no matter where you are now, what you’re going through — whether you’re in a bad place or somewhere far beyond your dreams — life can get better. It will get better. Just have faith. 👆

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Its 8:36PM and I still don’t feel like 2016 is coming to a close. I’ve been on hibernation the past few months but I want to take this time to just share how much the Lord has been good to me this year. This year has been the best so far, and I don’t want to say goodbye to the past 365 days just yet. You know that feeling when you graduate from high school? That feeling of anxiety ‘cos your high school experience was too fun, too memorable and comfortable that you don’t want to move on to college, ganun yung feeling. But well, in a few hours, even if I don’t want to, 2016 has to go to make way for even greater things in 2017. Though it feels scary and uncertain, I’m excited. I choose to be excited. 😊 For now, allow me to share what 2016 was for me.

(I tried my best to put it in a chronological order, I hope I didn’t miss out on anything. 😁)

  1. Spent January 1 visiting my dad’s sister and brother with the family + tagged Josh for the first time ❤
  2. Celebrated Josh and I’s fourth year anniversary 💑
  3. Went back to writing and blogging 4 years after I went on a strike (after my daddy died, I stopped journaling and writing so I won’t remember any important or memorable that happened to me)
  4. Got a video message from Jericho Rosales ♡
  5. Went back to the gym (and to eating oatmeal for lunch 🙊 )
  6. Joined my boyfriend’s family reunion 😁
  7. Survived Josh’s dengue 👊
  8. Headed Discipleship for the first time in a youth camp 🙌
  9. Started training new SMG leaders for youth camp 👆
  10. Tried driving for the first time (and hopefully, I’ll get a license this year) 👌
  11. Received an unexpected bouquet of flowers – and wow, I don’t like flowers much but I loved this one! 😍
  12. Celebrated my 26th birthday in a beach trip with my family 🌊
  13. Camp Ablaze 2016 happened and it was amazing! Praise you, Lord! (Plus I gained 4 Titas of Naic as friends 💛)
  14. Was able to facilitate two Ablaze Leaders Huddle
  15. Lunch out treat for my own team
  16. Got promoted to Assistant Manager (and had a lunch out with our very own Senior Vice-President) 💃
  17. Had the opportunity work with new sets of amazing people at work 👌
  18. Had more family lunch with Josh 💓
  19. Found my new love – Korean food 😋
  20. Got a new charming, adorable niece — Psalm 
  21. Opportunity to work with Business Development team at work for a project I’m a truly interested in & had more Rockwell site visits this year 🙋
  22. 5 years with Rockwell Land and it has been an amazing, learning and challenging experience so far! 5️⃣
  23. One-on-ones with our AVP and SVP (Yehess, to career growth!) 😁
  24. Attended two of my long-time elementary friend’s wedding 💒
  25. Had more wonderful dates with Josh ♡
  26. Became part of a new bible study group + discipleship group 😃
  27. First time Ayala Triangle Lights Show date with Josh 💛
  28. Level-up Leadership Conference 👆
  29. Was called out during GA for being one of the outstanding employees of the year, praise God! 🙏
  30. Currently spending the last day of the year with the complete family in a place I’m proud of, in Aruga by Rockwell 😉❤

I can go on and on here listing down things I am thankful for this year. Thank you Lord for new friendships and for developing old ones. Thank you Lord for my teammates in the office who made each working day not only bearable but fun. Thank you Lord for all the things that happened in my career, all the doors that have been opening and all the new people that I got to work or interact with. Thank you Lord for Youth Ablaze Ministry, for our faithful leaders, for all our successful events and for each and every experience we had in the ministry. Thank you Lord for my family who are all healthy today, for us having always the time to spend with each other. Thank you Lord.

Back in 2011, it was a totally different New Year’s Eve — losing daddy — and today, we have come a long way. Up to this day, I still cannot believe how the Lord healed us and uplifted us from that unfortunate experience. Ashes to beauty, ruins to life. I have learned that no matter where you are now, what you’re going through — whether you’re in a bad place or somewhere far beyond your dreams — life can get better. It will get better. Just have faith. 👆

Salamat Lord! You have filled my 2016 so much with blessings, goodness and joy, something I thought that I will never experience again. 

Dear 2017, I’m ready for you. (Well, I’ll be ready. 😁)

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