As chapter 2016 is soon coming to an end, I wanted to look back on all things 2016-related that’s made it such a blessed year.
My year has turned out better than what I had in my little bucket list as the clock struck 12 midnight into 2016. I’ve learnt over the years that I can make all the plans I want but God has a way of surprising you with His greater plan, plans that are bigger and greater than I could ever imagine.
Without further ado, here’s my 2016 LOVElist (in chronological order, I like ordered lists :P)
- Officially on the Road #NeedForSpeed
Girl passed her driving test this year WOOHOO! It did take me a few attempts I must say but the taste of victory after a lot of perseverance (and driving lessons, goodbye money) *insert flying money with wings emoji* was just oh so sweet! Love driving and I hope I can get more confident on the roads especially out on much longer drives in the next year.
- New Job
The year was off to a pretty great start as I got new shiny job! Now working for one of the most major retailers in the UK, I get to digitally market some of the most amazing brands and connect with so many like-minded creative individuals across the industry and beyond.
- Chasing Sunshine in Santorini
This breathtakingly stunning Greek island of white structures surrounded by the beautiful blue ocean all around has easily become one of my favorite destinations, ever! As a treat to myself for that new job, my friends and I decided to go exploring – one thing we all love to do together! Santorini is always so picturesque no matter what angle you look at it from and wherever you are on the island, it’s paradise everywhere you look.
- Serenaded by Breezy
On my musical bucket list of artists I want to see live is Chris Brown. His music takes my girls and I on a throwback journey to our university years and beyond, so he’s always had a special place in our hearts. So when we heard that he’s performing in Paris, we hopped on the first bus out (yes, we took a 9 hour journey there to see him and yes the dedication was real y’all). Just as expected, the show was absolutely freakin’ LIT! One of the bests I’ve been to, ever.
- 25th birthday in the Philippines
Oh how I love visiting the homeland. I was born in the Philippines and have lived there till I was about 7 years old, which was when I moved to England with my family. Every now and then we get to visit out family back home, which is what makes this place so special. This year was amazing as we celebrated my sister’s 18th birthday and my 25th
- Seeing my friends get married
Alright alright, guilty as charged…I am a real sucker for romance. This year was the year that two of my very close friends got married and yes, I teared up at both weddings. More to come next year!
- Christmas and chill in Edinburgh
Just a couple weeks ago I went to Edinburgh with my girls to visit the Christmas markets there and it was so lovely. Super cold but we came prepared and had our layers ready. We rented out a cute little Airbnb apartment and really made it home. It was all about the cosy nights in and the mulled wine at the markets kind of trip.
- Proud sista moments
My brother graduated in the summer from University of Greenwhich and I was so proud! And just as he’s just finished up, we sent off our youngest to start her university life in London too! She studies Fashion Marketing at the moment she she is loving every moment of it. As the eldest out of us three, I do get all mother-bear like and just can’t help but gush over how proud I am of both of them.
- Embracing change
As the saying goes, “Change is the only constant” (Heraclitus) and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always been the type to resist change. The thought of the unknown never really settled well in me. But as a result of a turbulent last couple of years, it goes without saying that life is truly unpredictable. You never know what can happen in the next minute, hour, day or week. This year was a year of bouncing back for me personally and has taught me to embrace change, taking in the good with the bad but soldiering on no matter what because if it’s not okay yet, it’s not the end.
In relation to the above regarding ‘change’, since it is the only constant thing in this world, I’ve also made a conscious effort to make sure I cherish the moment I’m in and the people I’m with. Change will inevitably come around but the memories will last.
Excited to see what 2017 has in store for all of us!