What have I been up to for the first six months of this year:
1. Concluded my "a-decade-and-one"-year full-time day job.
It hurts to say good bye. The cut is unfathomable. But life is about priorities and the biggest decision I had to make was realized by sacrificing the career I held so dear with paramount dedication and pride. But I have no regrets of leaving it all behind.
2. Transferred to a whole new world, "a dazzling place I never knew"...
3. Re-awakened my artistic soul.
My DAISO haul of art stuff and washi tapes for my journal.
My work of art, a water color painting which I entitled " BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER FLY TOGETHER" - with reference to the famous idiom.
4. Journalized my daily life accomplishments.
Colored pens, stickers, gifted and purchased washi tapes and my daily life stories in the decorated notebook.
5. Summoned the poet in me.
To announce to the world that I am officially missing my mother so badly and to show my endless gratitude, I composed a poem dedicated to the best mother in the world: my mom for this year's Mother's Day celebration. And this was shared publicly in social media but my mom have read it post Mother's Day.
6. Charmed for a day and enjoyed a night to a free child-oriented show.
GHINWA is a character that lives the sweetest and wildest adventures in every play. GHINWA is a household name as it is famous among kids across the middle east.
One of the perks of winning complementary tickets is being able to sit in the front / first row and to have a closer view and shot of the artist.
7. Reveled in the classroom set-up to acquire new knowledge from various fields of learning.
The primary reason of enrolling in short courses was not for the gain of knowledge from seemingly new fields, BUT, to satisfy my then hunger for human interactions.
And of course, I finally met fresh acquaintances and developed a new network with individuals I can call my mentors, classmates and friends.
8. Resurfaced my non-diligent and competitive (to oneself) persona and culminated my selected short trainings with flying colors. See my "style tips" HERE, on What to Wear for a Non-Toga Graduation Ceremony.
I am proud of these Filipinos who believed that "learning is a never ending process". I am honestly touched and moved by all of their hunger for knowledge, thirst for excellence and burning desires to become better versions of their current selves.
9. Reactivated my blogger self and revamped my existing varied platform blogs.
As a home-bound human being for the past six months, rekindling the blogger in me has been a blessing in disguise as it gave me a preoccupation and a sense of productivity. I am entertained juggling posts and it has been more of a challenge than a stress of maintaining my blogs. And since I have a heap of backlogs (which only me knows), hence, I still have more stories to share in the coming months.
10. Established a new blog with a downright topic of ubiquitous relevance to my status quo.
Yes, and it is the 6th. It has been published to total strangers only since I have not shared the link to this blog to the people in my circle. As of to date there are only 3 posts and I am uncertain yet as to when is the next.
11. Improved my socialization skills via the world wide web and transformed those virtual acquaintances to tangible human interactions.
Meeting fellow Filipino bloggers and Filipino citizens during the Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2017.
12. Reached out to creative people with analogous visions and voices; "we collectively identify ourselves as blogger / vlogger."
It was an extreme pleasure to have shared the floor with Sir Zeke Tunay of BestLifeQatar and to finally meet him in person. His talk on HOW TO START A BLOG was enlightening and motivating. He introduced his fellow Filipino bloggers (us) and their (our) respective blogs. The blog that was shared by Sir Zeke was my I DRESS-UP AND EAT blog. I was faintly dumbfounded when he mentioned my blog and called out my name. But I stood up beside him and started to talk as it was the opportune moment to finally introduce briefly my food blog to new set of individuals who share similar interest in blogging. I sure learned a lot Sir Zeke! You can read HERE for his blog post on the event.
Also, overjoyed to have met, finally, my Instagram friend: Lenny of luckilylenny.com. I was also able to get to know Darlene too of Pointandshootwanderlust.com and Sir Frank, the vlogger behind Frank Dizon Films.
13. Came out of my soft shell and (14.) steadied reinventing myself!
The past six months have endowed me thousands of minutes for me-time which allowed me to re-evaluate what have I become and to establish concrete plans for a better version of my current self. These accomplishments may appear trivial and mediocre to some, but for me, these are epoch-making!
My new journey has just began... and I am thrilled to where this adventure will lead me.
Live life to the fullest and live in style, everyday!