2016: A Year In Review
Wew! What a year it has been. Based on all the flak on social media, it’s been terrible for most people. Honestly, 2016 was amazing for me. It’s been a year of so many changes, lessons and triumphs.
January, I got my first tattoo with my sisters and finalized my birthday plans. 2 websites launched and my Upwork career was in full swing. Got a long overdue apology from someone I haven’t seen in 13 something years. By February, I launched 3 more websites. And by March, I created my first membership course website.
Summer started when April came and my first travel for the year was for Bukidnon. Spent 3 days in the mountains, enjoyed some rides and bonded as a family. Duterte got the highest seat in the country. But May was the saddest, my grandfather passed after a long illness. He had been bedridden for about 2 years and was in the hospital for 2 months. In our family, it was the end of an era, our patriarch was gone. It gutted us to our core and reminded us that life is just so terribly fleeting. We found solace in the fact that he wasn’t suffering anymore and we have to cherish each other.
By the end of May, I found myself flying to Manila to meet a client based in London. Got dolled up and watched Cherry Samuya Veric at Philippine Fashion Week, front row no less. A business idea was percolating in the wings.
By this time, I realized my year was all about traveling. By June, I was again off to Cebu to get some official documents sorted out. Met some old friends who are now based there. Barely getting back for some well needed rest, I was off to Boracay for my 30th birthday. Frolicked on the beach, became a mermaid for a day and had an absolute blast.
Oh, where do I even begin. September rolled around and I got this insane idea in my head to get serious about skincare. And down the rabbit hole I went. And when November came around, it was time for us to hop on a plane, ride a bus, and ferry ourselves across the Tañon Strait to get to Dumaguete! Me and the boyfriend got our PADI licenses and had a grand old time with my highschool friends.
If anything, 2016 was all about coming full circle. It was like all the hangups and the unfinished business and the unresolved storylines of my 20s came to a startling but satisfying close. Some of them even came out of nowhere and it was cathartic to finally resolve them. So if ever you think there’s so many things you’d like to end now but cant for some reason or another, hang in there and forgive. The ending to the story is yours to write.