Jan 25, 2016

The one with 2015

Jump until you run out of breath.
Pockets are filled with coins jingling with every step.
Loud sounds of fireworks and smoke-filled air wafted in the house like it will never end.

Those were memories of spending New Year that comes to mind when midnight strikes in the Philippines. 

It seems like centuries ago at the moment.

Time really flew so fast that today my mind decided to put it all down in writing.

How was 2015?

It was a blur.

~Joined a run for a cause called Run for Hope - an amazing feeling and an honor to run with all the survivors and those who are still undergoing their battles but held every breath to finish the run.

~Finally faced him after the longest time twice and came back stronger than before. Yes, I'm proud to say that I am in the process of getting over him and wishing he'll find the love of his life in God's time.

~1st time to join a serious 10k turned into 11.4k trail run due to miscalculation of the organizers. It turned out into an awesome experience with colleagues who helped me finish the race on time. I never hated rocks as much as that time. Oh well, I learned to appreciate water even more so kudos to that!

~A colleague who happened to be my schoolmate and friend left our company & came back. For some cosmic reason, we always bump into one another outside the office. He's a great friend and it's nice to see a familiar face again. 

~Moved to a place near the mountains outside the city with an ex-colleague from Manila when my sister gave birth. Sister moved with me after giving birth and the place is looking more and more charming each day. 

~My sister gave birth to an adorable little angel. Tons of coffee moments to brainstorm his name. He's now 9 months! How's that for time flies?

~My century-old friend finally found the love of her life, got engaged & married all in the same year! Thank you God for an answered prayer! 

~I got to add another certificate on my resume after pushing myself to study some more. All thanks to determination born out of boredom. 

~My college friend & I finally met after more than a decade and it felt like nothing had changed except our location. 

~A female cousin from my Mom's side who is also working here became even more close to my sister and I although it was due to some unfortunate events...my grandfather and her mother (my aunt) passed away. The pain was unbearable. The news was delivered to me at around 2 am while I was at work both times with only a few weeks apart. Those months were the longest I ever experienced in this lifetime. They're both in God's hands now and will remain in our hearts forever.

~I am still working in the same company for over 3 years. It's a first. (The longest I've been with one was 2 years and 3 months.) Commitment is truly a struggle. 

~My Dad got a better job back home and he no longer had to stay out of the country.

~Our adopted sister finally became more serious in studying and became a Dean's Lister. Miracles do happen.

More stories happened in the last year and if I have to put them all in writing I might end up skipping sleep so I'll end it for now. 

Life is different every day. All of us go through the motions like a routine. 

Until something hits us hard. It makes us stumble, fall and crumble. 

With all the heartaches, lessons are learned and values are earned.

Whatever happens, we choose each day to live. 

So let's all start this year fresh. Renewed. Hopeful. Wiser.

And above all, faithful. Because faith is the only thing that can see through the blur