*FAITH, Down Memory Lane, Gathered Thoughts, Marked on the Calendar, The World (TRAVEL), Year Enders

2018, You Were Really Somethin’

Last year, I said in my annual “year-ender” blog post that “I actually consider 2017 as my BEST YEAR.” But I also concluded that entry with this: “Yes, 2017 was my best year… SO FAR. Not to worry, though. I have a feeling na hindi naman papatalo si 2018 ehApir!”

And indeed, hindi nga nagpatalo ang 2018 ko! 😀

I’m going to make this year ender short and simple. God really took over my 2018, and He actually made me feel His tender loving care (TLC) through these things that made a mark on me this year:


God once again answered my travel dreams by allowing me to visit four new countries I haven’t been to before… including my last stop: the heart of my Catholic faith — The Vatican!!! ❤

my 2018 travels


Well, if there’s something I’m most grateful for this year, it’ll be my special someone: Ish. 🙂 Yes, friendsss, I’m in a relationship with someone who I love and highly respect — most of all, who loves God more than anyone and anything, even more than me and I like that fact very much! Also, I’m happy that God allowed him to find me at a time when I was very content with my single life and not really looking for a boyfriend (my close friends could attest that before I met Ish, I was actually planning on entering the convent! HA HA HA). But God had other plans for my life, and He knows what’s best. Indeed, God works on His own timeline — so to all my single friends reading this, just continue to trust Him and let Him surprise you. God NEVER FAILS, and He’s still probably preparing the one for you to be at his/her best according to His will (or perhaps, preparing YOU)! In His perfect time, all will fall into place. Not your time, but His perfect time.


My work is still one of my answered prayers ever since I started working at my dream workplace almost four years ago. This year, God surprised me even more with a promotion I didn’t really expect to happen at all in 2018! Haha! When the opportunity opened, I just grabbed it and placed it in God’s hands… it has been a quarter since I acquired my new position at work. There are added responsibilities and I admit that I’m still in the learning process (learning never stops anyway), but as I enter the new year, I’m excited for what God has in store more for my career, trusting that He always has got me covered! 😉

So, that was my 2018. As the newest Miss Universe, Catriona Gray (yay for the Philippines!), reminded us in her winning answer: “be grateful” and “see situations with a silver lining.” I totally agree (in fact, “gratitude” has always been a recurring theme in all of my year-ender posts since 2011!). As we enter 2019, let’s continue to be grateful and to see situations with a silver lining… but most importantly (as one post I saw also mentioned), may Ms. Gray‘s win be a reminder of how beautiful you are in God’s eyes. Don’t let the world dictate who you are; operate in God’s universe and see how He can transform you into being a true champion and warrior who is made in His image and likeness! 🙂

“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them…” -Genesis 1:27

I pray that you’ll allow God to be the center of your universe this coming 2019, and may He bless you abundantly!!!

As for me, if 2017 was my so-called “best year” and 2018 was really something, I claim in Jesus‘ mighty name that 2019 will be my MOST BLESSED YEAR BY FAR! ❤



Gathered Thoughts

Quarter-life Crisis, Anyone?

This year, I’ll be turning 3…  As in three years in my very first full-time job right after college! 😐

So kids, enjoy your “school” life while you still can. SERIOUSLY!

Don’t get me wrong.  I “loved” my job…  I love the building where I have my job…  I love the people I work with in my job…  But that’s exactly it.  It’s a “job” — it’s NOT a CAREER.  Paaak!

I can already feel it…  Sooner or later, I have to say hello to “career.”  For the past few weeks, my sedentary lifestyle’s been taking a toll on me and my health.  Oh no, I don’t blame my job for it.  No, not entirely for there are other factors.  But a part of it?  Yeah.  I’ll stop here before I even say something stupid but for now, I’ll be holding on…  I’ll be holding on until this so-called quarter-life crisis is over.

But I think the thing that bothers me most is whenever I ask myself the question “What do I want to do with my life?” and then I’ll always end up with nothing to say to myself…  *facepalm*

Anyway, I recently posted this as my status on Facebook:

“What do I want to do with my life?!  That is the question.

By the time I’m 25, I should have a CAREER already and not just a job.  And that’s only 3 years from now…  Fuuudge! :|”

CAREER.  It’s not just the question, it’s the operative word.  So what “career” do I want exactly?


CAREER-in ang pagiging “future” wife ni Reed?  Ay, masyadong ambisyosa! Pero buti alam ko diba?!  Harharhar.

Law school, perhaps?  But I’ll only be doing it for the sake of having an “Atty.” before my name, so FAIL!  It’s. not. my. calling.

A career in WRITING?  Hmm…  an interesting option but I’m still not so sure.  Writing is my hobb-eeyyy…  but making it as something I do for a living?  PRESSURE!!! 😦

Siiigh.  I think part of this “quarter-life crisis” is my older sisters.  ‘Cause you know, they all have established careers and the pressure is so on — ON ME!  But just so you know, it’s not them.  It’s ME — again!  Si bunso talaga oh! =))  I’ve already accepted the fact that I’m the odd one out among my sisters.  It’s a looong story so if you want further explanation, just click here.  Hahaha!

Like I said, I’m giving myself THREE MORE YEARS to decide…  Wala lang, kasi 25 sounds sooo…  sooo…  So “employment gods,” hear me!  Hear me, please!!!

Hay nakoowww.  Honestly, I’d rather be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s ultimate alalay than be where I am NOW.  Sino ba naman kasi ang nag-imbento pa ng quarter-life crisis eh!  Tsk.

How are you dealing with your very own quarter-life crisis?
Share your thoughts, please!