2013: Year in Review

2013

Infographic breakdown:

Travel. I did a lot of it. Partly for my job and the other for sheer pleasure. I basically flew enough to equate a round trip to the Philippines, and then some. I calculated all of my weekend outings to SF and discovered that it’s about the equivalent of 2 round trip road trips from here to LA.¬†The Vegas numbers are a little off because i had the (mis)fortune of going to Vegas twice. ūüėČ

6 Concerts. My twinsie and bff, Jess, is a big concert nut, and she and I happen to have the same eclectic taste in music. The highlight was attending 2 (yes, 2) Turquoise Jeep concerts, where I was unexpectedly pulled onstage for some acrobatics.. Flynt Flossy was very keen on keeping in touch with me to hang out after the concert.

4 Published Pieces. When the whole Marissa Mayer thing went down, the blogs I wrote for my job got picked up on a couple of the digital news outlets. After Typhoon Haiyan, I was moved by my cousins’ story of survival. I hocked it to a couple Filipino outlets and was lucky to have it published.

2 Runs Done. I’m not an athletic person and would never consider doing a run, but my girlfriends know how to make anything fun. We did the Mud Run and Rave Run¬†together.

2 Weddings + Bachelorette Parties. Two of my closest friends decided to have their bachelorette parties and weddings within mere weekends of each other. I was really tired during this time but blessed that these two ladies wanted me to be part of their special days.

2 Bucket List Items. One of my bucket list items has been to take a photography class. Now, every time I’m helping David to shoot, I feel like every opportunity is a lesson. The other item is spending a night on a sailboat. David found this cool deal where we were able to sail on Monterey Bay and have the sailboat all to ourselves for a night!

1 Paid Singing Gig. My church group had the honor of being asked to sing for the annual jazz festival downtown. None of us expected to be compensated, but it was a lovely gesture and actually made me feel like a professional.

1 Car Acquired. My shitty Maxima finally gave out on me and it couldn’t come at a better time. David was wonderful in helping me to find a car that I was going to love and even handled the negotiations over the phone, while he was in LA and I was here in SJ!

1 Motorcycle Rally. I had a really awesome experience of coming along on a rally with some of the guys from work. It was a really long ride and I was exhausted after, but I can see why motorcyclists are addicted. Let’s just say i was researching a teal bike after..

Dating has been a toss-up and we all know this. But a bit of persistence and a lot of faith have paid off.

Some things I didn’t mention: I went through a difficult break up. I also lost two people really close to me, my good friend Chin and my grandma. Life is strange. But I am grateful and blessed to be here.

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The Power to Choose

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A Native American Legend

An old man took his grandson to the top of a mountain to look at the valley down below. In a clearing they saw two wolves fighting viciously. The old man pointed to the wolves and told his grandson, “This is what life is like. We constantly have two wolves battling one another. One wolf represents anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, ego and all the negative emotions that brings us down. The other wolf represents love, compassion, hope, joy, peace, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith and all the emotions that serve us.

The little boy looked at the wolves fighting and turned to his grandfather, ‚ÄúWhich is the wolf that wins?‚ÄĚ

The old man smiled and said, ‚ÄúThe one that you feed.‚ÄĚ

I‚Äôm such an emotional person. I feel I‚Äôm sometimes at the mercy of my feelings. When I’m upset, ¬†I let the bad wolf win; the whole world turns upside down and I feel completely helpless. I let the negative emotions destroy me, instead of letting the positive ones strengthen and uplift me.

I don‚Äôt think I can ever completely stop feeling this way. This is how I‚Äôm made, who I am, and I have to embrace that. But today the¬†two wolves in the legend fill me with hope. No matter what life throws at me, I¬†have is control over how I react in those vulnerable moments. No matter what,¬†I’ll always have the power to choose.