Thank You 2015, Hello 2016!
I may be five days late from greeting everyone of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, but late's always better than never. But then again, being late is unforgivable right? So that's one of my NY's goals, to avoid being late. Anyway, due to my current situation at home, sick husband, demanding children, the slight pregnancy discomforts (aka laziness), I just got to open my laptop and write just now.
So let me start by asking, how was your 2015 loves? Was it great? Was it challenging? Was it a year that you'd want to forget or keep as a standard to living the rest of the years you have?
Mine was pretty awesome, especially compared to my 2014 (when my mom passed away). There were a lot of life, blog, and even career high moments that happened in 2015. For that, I'm very thankful. My relationship with Macky was also elevated of course to a super duper higher level, but we've had a major challenge as well. With all these, there were lessons learned and insights gained. I want to share them with you in this blog post, so expect this will be a long one. If you don't get to finish reading until the end, it's okay, I would understand. I just want to document what I'm thankful for in my year 2015 and my hopes for the new year. Are you ready?
The Pope Experience
My 2015 was a roller coaster ride but mostly the ride was going up than dipping down. In January, my year was instantly blessed by being able to see Pope Francis up close and personal during his visit to the Philippines. We waited along Nagtahan Bridge for more than an hour and it all paid off.
Last 2014, I was awarded as the team's Specialist of the Year. My promotion or upgrade came after that. My performance allowance was also extended which financially helped our family a lot. I know there are also other teammates who deserve the recognition and allowance, but this blessing was given to me and the family and I'm really overwhelmed and happy about it. I made sure I put this to good use by organizing two outreach programs this year involving Macky and our kids during their birthdays. I hope we instill the value of work discipline, of being selfless when you receive more than what you asked for, the compassion for others in need, and the heart to help the unfortunate.
The Brand New Family Car
It was a dream to finally purchase a brand new car for the family. We prioritized renovating the house in 2012 to accommodate the growing family. After paying off our loan, we intended to get an economical family car. By economical, we meant a big enough car, like a 7-seater one, but which is gasoline efficient, a 1.3L would do for us. Finally, March 27 came and we were able to cross one of our dreams in our family dream list.
We took the car break-in the following day when we used use going to our planned barkada family-outing in Baras, Rizal. Little did I know, Macky was already preparing his wedding proposal a month before the outing. I was totally clueless that he would actually do the production, from background music, fireworks, sparklers, lights, the plot, and the ring of course. I was speechless and majorly overwhelmed by everything he did that night. Of course I said YES!
TV5 Happy Wife Happy Life Episode Guesting
Wilkins Distilled Drinking Water Digital Ambassador Project
Del Monte Pineapples Digital Ambassador Project
#MackyLouiseFinally - My Practical Rustic Themed Wedding
Finally, I married my best friend, my soulmate, my band mate, my (
Baby Number 3
Life has its way to surprise us in so many ways! We thank God for blessing us with a third child. We really wanted one, we've been planning to have one since last year but I guess God said it wasn't time and made us wait. The wait was worth it and having this new fast-growing bundle of joy inside me is the best gift we've received this year. More than anything, the car, the major blog milestones, the wedding, having been chosen by God to be a mother of another child and be responsible for raising him (hoping it's a baby girl), is humbling. Of many trying mothers and fathers, we were chosen to receive this miracle. Indeed the best thing that happened to us this year. We're praying it's a baby girl this time, but if not, it's okay as long as it's normal and healthy.
This rounds up my happy 2015. I'm thankful for a beautiful year that God has blessed our family with. There were some bumps along the way, it was all glittery and colorful. But I'd rather not write that but instead make them my life reminders and lessons so I could pursue doing better and choosing what's right.
To summarize my 2015 learning, here they are:
- Put God first and trust Him in everything.
- Prioritize your family.
- Learn to say no.
- Nothing is permanent.
- Compete not with others but with yourself.
- Fulfill your commitments.
- Pursue your passion and devote some time.
- Sometimes we have to let go of some people in our lives.
- Be charitable.
- Teach your children by example.