Goodbye 2017 and Happy New Year 2018 para todos!
I feel it is fair for me to review back all the life events that has happened in my life in the year of 2017. Honestly, 2017 was quite a whirlwind year for me; too many good things happened but they were pretty overwhelming too. But I must say, 2017 was a year that made me even more mature in terms of so many things. I’ve never felt so in-tune with myself! But of course there were also quite a number of hiccups, chaos that stirred my peace and made me question my existence.
Found absolute love
I know to some, the term ‘absolute love’ might be a bit too strong for me to use cos I have just been together with Clarence for like what – 6 months. But to me, no guy has ever made me feel the way Clarence made me feel. He is the most humble, the most genuine, the most caring, loving man I have ever met.
He also gets so well with my family especially my siblings to a point that he can actually have a ‘tag team’ with them in making fun of me. I of course didn’t mind about that at all but I am indeed so grateful that I am given the chance to love and to be loved by someone so thoughtful, so kind-hearted, super chill guy like Clarence. Yes, we are just in our 6th months of relationship but it felt like we have together for sooo long. That’s how much I am so infatuated by him.
Ignorance is bliss, so much bliss…
I think I have mastered this skill perfectly since I have been practicing it since I can’t remember when! And I think I should be given a pat on my shoulder for not allowing unmattered people to actually have the power to affect me emotionally. I have ignored most of the negativity that I’ve received from friends and family, from work. 2016 was the first time that I literally cried because of work but I managed to keep it together in 2017! Well, I have my downfalls too. Yes, I do gossip and I do have my nasty moments with gossiping. But just so you know I am indeed a human and I do fall for the temptation of gossip. I have to stay sane, no?
Saying No to things makes life calmer
I’ve been practicing “all things has their own timing” since 2016 and I emphasized it again in 2017. I think I have said many no’s in 2017 to outing plans and just plan things according to my timing. I know by saying yes to everything will lead you to livelier life as you have so many events, fun and exciting experiences going on. Seriously, I have gone through that during my 2015-2016 but I feel that I have to slow down a little bit. That kind of hecticness, although to me it is a beautiful hectic that I absolutely love, has made me crave for alone time, silent time so much.
Probably because I am in fact getting older and I feel that I need to slow down. Or it can also be the hectic nature of my career that alone time for me is so HEAVENLY. I’d still say yes to random hangouts but I’ll probably say no too if I have prior commitments. But still, to all my friends who are reading this, please do invite me to do things with you. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I’LL SAY NO TO YOU EVERYTIME!
Work organization, almost NONE!
I feel that the year 2017 went by so fast, it’s like just a blink of an eye. I kept telling my colleagues time flew so fast and they said that’s how it is when you’re in the education line. In 2017, I was in constant of chasing deadlines, work chaos, marking papers because that’s what I do for a living.
Lecturing is so exhausting! It sucked the life out of me because the nature of my job doesn’t stop after the office hours. It is time consuming, brain drenching cos I have to prepare teaching materials. At the same I need to gear myself up with the relevant information before I impart knowledge to my students. I know I need to be more organized and do less procrastination. I hope I can do that in 2018! Despite all these negativity, please do know that I genuinely love my job and I have sincere heart in teaching my students.
Intermittent Fasting is an en’light‘enment!
See what I did there?? HAHAHA! I have a thing for puns so if you don’t get that, I’m terribly sorry for you. Well, I have found my soulmate when it comes to losing weight and it is Intermittent Fasting. I’ve lost quite a few kilos and I realized my tummy is a bit flatter than before. Fasting? You must think that it’s about starving yourself. Well, it’s sort of true whereby you don’t eat for a total of 16 hours and you have a gap window of 8 hours to eat. What I do is I don’t eat breakfast at all and most of the time I don’t eat lunch too. I only eat when I got home or after working then I eat what my heart desires.
You must be thinking what I do to my body is crazy but my friend, it totally work for me! Before starting IF, my visceral fat level is 12 which is at the excessive level but after IF that I started in October, I have lowered my visceral fat level to 10, which is at a healthy level. The reason why I love IF is that it has made my life so easy! I don’t have to meal prep nor I don’t have to spend so much on buying groceries. And most importantly, I don’t have to wake up super early to cook my lunch to work!! If you want to learn more on IF, you can read all about it here or you can Google yourself as there are tons of insightful websites that explain more on IF.
I thank God for all the lessons, experiences and blessings that He has showered me in 2017. Good or bad, I am still thankful as I get to learn and improve myself to be better. I truly pray that 2018 will bring in new opportunities, new learning experiences, new lessons. I also personally pray that I will have more peace in my heart, calm, to have a more mindful state of mind.
Happy New Year once again and let’s rock 2018!