2017: A Year to Discover

2017The lights in my room were weak and dying. I suffered for so many months trying to cope with the lights in my room. I thought I could make it, that I can manage. But in reality I can’t. So when it was time to move on, when there was a chance to change the lights, I grabbed it. Then my life was changed, it was never the same. A little overacting, but it’s true. With a brighter light, I discovered a lot of things in my room, how dirty it was and how it needs to be cleaned. That’s when I realized that, I, myself, needs a change in my own light to have a different perspective in life.

2016 has been really really rough. There were a lot of tragedies, pain, drastic changes, international conflicts, flop music releases, death of amazing people, the list will go on. If I can describe 2016 in one word: SCARY. On a personal level, 2016 is really scary, and tough at the same time. It was a year of heartaches, struggles, financial instability, it was definitely a crazy year. It was unforgettable, but it was also really painful.

Yes, just like the lights in my room, my hope in life was weak and dying. I felt like it was the end of me, like I was gonna be nowhere. I didn’t have a chance to grieve, life had to move on. Life was fast paced and I had to follow. But it was hard to walk to the path of life when your light is dim, I was getting lost, but it was also my own choice. I just wanted to be in a dark path because I just wanted to cover the pain, and maybe in the end I would be better. Still, I wasn’t. Hiding in the dark didn’t help. Then I decided to face my fears, the cause of my pain, and had the courage to change the “light” in my life. And there, I realized that during these period of hiding, I was ruined, and that I didn’t realize that there were a lot of blessings that went in my way. It was all a matter of opening my eyes and changing my perspective in life. Very clichĂ©, but it is true.

It was supposed to be a happy year. I was grabbing all the opportunities that came my way, all the blessings. But I forgot to enjoy what I have, to seize the moment. When I changed the lights, that’s when I saw how beautiful everything I had and that I have to start from scratch to fix everything. It was a poopy year, definitely, but we must not forget that there were a lot of blessings, too. There were amazing movies, beautiful music, wonderful changes in politics, powerful international connections and ties, eye-opening unity, there were a lot of things to be thankful for. Same goes with me, I still have school, I was able to save money, make new friends, received new “toys”, I was able to fulfill my goals this year. There were a lot of things to celebrate, and it is never too late.

The lights in my room are, still, gonna be weak and will die soon. But it’s always a matter of prevention, never dwell and let your body stay in a stagnant state. MOVE. 2016 was a year of opportunities, and I believe that 2017 is gonna be a year of discovery, a discovery of fruitfulness, success and amazing changes. 2016 shook our lives, and 2017 will show the results of all the hardwork we’ve done. Look forward and be ready, the previous year was definitely painful, but I say to you, there is still hope. 2017 is a year not just for a new calendar, rather for you to start over and leave all the bad things behind. Do not be afraid to begin again, be strong, and together we will move forward. HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂

 

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My Best And Worst Moments Of 2014

2015Happy New Year! I might be late in posting but it is never too late to celebrate thanksgiving for a wonderful year I had last year and an exciting anticipation for this new year! Last year, I proclaimed that it’s gonna be a year of Progress and Prosperity, I may not have succeeded financially, but there is more than money that I should be thankful for. A lot has happened, 2014 is definitely a roller coaster ride, now let me share the Best and Worst Moments in my life that happened in 2014 :).

let me begin with the Worst Moments of 2014:

  • WEIGHT GAIN – I started to experience low self-esteem due to weight gain
  • SKIN ISSUES – this is also a factor of me having low self-esteem
  • RELATIONSHIP PROBLEM – this year tested and strengthened our relationship
  • BROKEN TV – we didn’t have TV during the 2nd half of last year, no more teleseryes :p
  • BROKEN LAPTOP – during the last quarter of 2014, our dog broke our laptop 😩
  • FLOOD INSIDE THE HOUSE  – my room is the most affected, most of my treasured items were damaged
  • WORK PROBLEM – though I was able to find a job, a needed to focus a lot so I can be regularized
  • DIFFICULTY FINDING A JOB – this year, I experienced how really hard it is to find a job
  • FINANCIAL PROBLEM – since I didn’t have a job, It was really hard for me to find sources of income
  • HEALTH ISSUE – this marked the most illness I had for a year, I was really scared

Now let me share the Best Moments of 2014:

  • KPOP – My bestfriend, Christopher, asked me to join him for a KPOP dance contest, it’s something new for me
  • NEW PHONE – since I didn’t have my own phone this year, my mom’s friend gave me a new one 🙂
  • NEW TV – let’s say it is the fruit of my hardwork
  • BRITNEY – I received a lot of Britney gifts this year! (Britney CD, Britney Doll etc)
  • VACATION – aside from not having a job, I was able to maximize my free time, and a vacation with family
  • HEALTH ASSISTANCE – though I was sick a lot of times, I was able to get proper aid
  • NEW JOB – this year, though I had difficulty to find one, I was blessed to have a new job
  • ANNIVERSARY – 2 years and counting ❀
  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – every year, my Birthday gets better and better, with friends and family ❀
  • CHRISTMAS – one of the biggest Christmas celebrations our family had, with most of our relatives 🙂

Though this year was twice more challenging than 2013, I can say that I am very thankful of 2014. Last year taught me a lot, specially about patience, being grateful and faithful. I may not be abundant financially, but I am proud to say that I am rich in love, happiness and blessings. It also taught me that all beginnings are hard, but at the end of the day, there is always something to look forward to. Never lose hope, and never lose your passion, these are the things you must hold on to, and never lose faith, because it is your foundation to be stronger.

2015 will mark a bigger change, It’s gonna be a year of fruitfulness and positivity! All the hardwork and sacrifices will pay off this year! And I believe that God will never leave behind all those who were troubled last year. 2014 may be hard, but 2015 will change that, it’s gonna be full of blessings and hope. It’s gonna be a year full of opportunities, never waste this chance because you never know what’s waiting for you at the other side of the road. 🙂

Happy New Year! CHEERS!

Limitless Movie Review: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 2014

five-starsThis movie is so underrated! I’d say that this is an example of a perfect action movie! I haven’t seen an epic action movie like this in several months, and it brought my excitement to action movies back to life! This is how you do a classic action movie, so those future action movies should take notes from this one. I love this film! There’s no dull moments, every moment is exciting and every fight scene is jaw-dropping. I have this theory that the creators of this film wanted to make it’s audience get thrilled and make them fall at the edge of their seats, and they are definitely successful and effective in doing so, because I experienced this myself. The characters were perfectly portrayed and each of them had their glorious moments, and I’d say Chris Pine is also perfect for the role. This movie taught me to never give up on reaching my dreams, and even if I fail, it’s still one step closer to fulfilling my destiny. I am definitely expecting a sequel and I hope they would maintain their strategy on exciting their viewers. This movie is worth watching, a big surprise for 2014!

From Judgmental To Open-Minded.Limitless.

Another year has begun and another New Year’s resolution has to be made. What I like about New Years is that it gives people the opportunity to have a new beginning, a fresh new start with their lives. A way to throw away the negativity and welcome a new chapter, a positive new beginning in our lives. And with this new year 2014, I chose to stay positive and stop being very judgmental to people and in every situation I’m in.

Discovering What’s Wrong

I really didn’t think I was really judgmental towards people. I was always positive, and when people do things that are really unacceptable, I just turned my head away and focus on another thing, since I didn’t want to witness anything bad happening. I used to focus myself to what was good, positive and acceptable. Then I started working, I experienced stress, I experienced bullying, all the negativity I was trying to avoid and I came in to a point that I want to release stress and I found myself judging people, trashing the bad things they do and make fun of others. I became the monster I was afraid to be. Until I realized, some of my friends start to tell me that I am being too judgmental, and in return, I became in denial, because I know for a fact that I was not. Yes, I was denying that I judge people too much, it was my defense mechanism, my absolute reaction. I believed what was not true anymore. I’m not the person I used to be.

The Monster In Me

Stress, sleep deprived, financially unstable and bullied, I think, were the best reasons a person changes, and I was once their victim. I found myself fighting with my clients, with my friends and even with my loved ones.I start to suspect them of what they are doing, if it’s against me, I started to listen to rumors, I started to believe what people say against others, I started to doubt people’s intentions and became someone pretentious, silent, but deadly, the one who always sits in the back, alone, but in the back of my mind were stories, compiled from one person to another that made me trust no one. I had trust issues with others, it was hard for me to trust people, I was afraid of what they might think about me. I was afraid of the negative things they might think, since I was judgmental, I didn’t want people to judge me the way I judged them, so the best thing to do was for me to isolate myself. I made few friends, but I was satisfied. We had common interests, and that was to make fun of people.

Open-mindedness

I learned that it was wrong, I’m not in a good place. I needed to change. But then I realized, all these things that I experienced opened my eyes, that in everything that’s happening, there are always two sides of the story. That’s when I realized that I should always give the benefit of the doubt. Nothing is true unless proven, and that as humans, we don’t have the right to judge someone immediately because of someone’s actions or doings. I realized, yes, we are a free country and we have freedom of speech, but are we going over our limits? Not everything we see or hear is true, they might have been altered or exaggerated. We must learn first to listen to both sides of the story before we judge. We should learn to listen and be open-minded. Not every rumor is true, and we should reserve our ideas and thoughts for the right time, for who knows, we might hurt someone for a single word we say. I also learned one valuable thing, to choose your friends. Being silent kept me away from those people who judge a lot and made me close to those friends, that taught me what was right, those who corrected me and made me realize that I was going too far. Learn to say no, and not every enticing invitation must be responded with a “yes”. Make your “yes” so valuable that people will have to prove themselves worthy of it first.

This year I really promise myself that I will have a healthier mind, more positivity and open-mindedness. I learned that there will be a positive side and a negative side to each story and to never judge someone according to their acts, always be an observant and be neutral in everything, especially with your friends. And the most important thing is to choose your friends wisely, learn to entrust someone your thoughts and always have the benefit of the doubt. I always think that, how would the world look if we all had a positive mind and open-minded personality? The world would have been a better place. But why the rush, I can start with myself, and I hope I can influence people to change, too. And this small change can at least help people realize how important it is to choose what to say and be careful on what to think about others. Well, a little change won’t hurt. Anyway, the only constant thing in the world is change, right? Change for the better, one step at a time, it’s what the world needs, the world needs YOU. 🙂

New Year’s Resolution Accomplished.Limitless.

Every year, and every time we celebrate the start of another year, we always opt to create a New Year’s Resolution. But do we really know what it is, and do we create the right one?

According to Dirctionary.com, a “Resolution” is a decision or determination, a resolve, or to make a firm decision to do something. Simply saying that a New Year’s Resolution is a promise to yourself, to change something. It is a big decision that you choose, to change for the whole year. I often hear people mistaking their Resolutions as wishes. Wishes are done during Christmas, and I highly recommend doing Resolutions during New Year. It’s a new start, it is for a fresh beginning.

Why make a New Year’s Resolution? Well, I do not recommend doing a resolution because almost everyone tried to do it, or because it is a trend, it’s because I believe change starts with you, and you have to be the change you want the world to be. Fulfilling your resolution is setting a good example to people, and you inspire others to be determined to continue what they have started. A resolution is not just a decision to change yourself, but rather an action that causes chain reaction to affect one person to another.

Instead of saying “I wish to have a better body this year”, convince yourself by saying “I will start a good diet and workout to have a better body this year”. Every resolution requires action, so don’t just say it for statement, but rather live to it, make it happen. Don’t just stand there and imagine yourself, be the change! You already have this goal, and the next step is to move forward. Start trying, and after trying that’s when you put more effort. And after adding a bucketful of effort, that’s when you enjoy and love what you are doing and you won’t realize, another year has passed and you survived your resolution. So how do we accomplish these Resolutions? Here is my 4mula to Accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions:

  • Observe

Remind yourself that you have a New Year’s resolution, you should know what it is, its grounds and its scope. For example, if you want to start eating healthy, you should evaluate your everyday food. If you have someone cooking for you, talk to them and let them know. If you want to start wakig up early, know your sleeping patterns first, observe your alarm, too, and your body’s activity everytime you wake up to know how to react to it. The magic word is to “Observe”. Yes, it really is hard to accomplish this, but you have to be determined, and be familiarized to what should be done everyday to finish the task.

  • Focus

The second step is by doing it little by little. You should never give up. Finish what you have started. Prove them that they’re wrong and that you can be the change you want the world to be. Never let others pull you down, and never let temptation get you out of the way. Focus is the magic word. Always think about what it feels to achieve your goal, how it feels to see how you have changed from day 1 to day 365, imagine how rewarding it is that you’ve come a long way and you have succeeded. Don’t let the chance pass by and let the bad ones win.

  • Enjoy

Reward yourself. Enjoy is the magoc word. Learn to have fun and love what you are doing. If you think you deserve a little treat, do so. Do not deprive yourself, remember it’s like being in school and receiving a treat everytime you’re doing it right. It also brings a positive vibe when you know you are enjoying what you are doing.

  • Inspire

Tell others your testimony. Let people know you have a goal and you are having an adventure. The magic word is to inspire. Show them how determined you are to inspire them and to let them know that a Resolution is something everyone needs. Show them that a small Resolution won’t hurt and it is rewarding to accomplish it from the start to end. Spread the word, who knows, you might inspire someone with your determination and be the eye-opener your friends or your family needs. Your best testimony is your life over-all that has been changed by your resolution.

What’s amazing about resolutions is the fact that once you passed the year accomplishing your goal, it doesn’t end there. Your resolution starts to become a part of your system, of your everyday life and you don’t just stop because you’ve proven something, rather you continue doing it because it’s already a part of your everyday regimen. And when the year ends, you start to plan another resolution, another goal to make your life better and more meaningful. Isn’t it exciting to see yourself better after accomplishing all those resolutions? It’s like you are playing a video game and you have accomplished the objectives you need to pass, and you are off to the next one to level up.

So don’t ever miss the chance to try to have a New Year’s Resolution, it’s exciting. It’s like adding a simple spice to your life, an adventure to try or a simple mission to make a simple change. A resolution can be personal, it can be environmental or even it can be something small like starting to go to school/work early or starting to go to bed early. The first days/weeks might be hard, and there might be times that you will break them, but always remember that it’s okay, and there’s always tomorrow. Never give up. And let them know that a small resolution is not painful. It’s not yet too late to have one, anyway a resolution can be started any day of the year. If you have started from day 1 then that’s good, but for those out there who haven’t started yet, you can still do so, now is the perfect time. Never be afraid, start the change now and be the inspiration this world needs. You never know what your small deed can do to make this world a better place.

My resolution is to stop being judgmental and always giving the benefit of the doubt about others, haw about you?Have you made yours? 😉