Is it just me or 2017 really went by so fast? It’s difficult to write a year ender post when you can’t even remember what happened in the last 12 months (almost named this post as “Pure Blur” instead of “Pure Bliss” hahaha). I hate to admit it, but I have been very busy since the year started and I seem to have forgotten my journal. Now, I don’t know where to look back. :p So this is what I did: I tried to remember my monthly highlights (based on photos I posted in social media hahaha) so I could easily summarize my year. Here we go.
Looking on my list, I can’t help but to smile on the things that God allowed me to experience this year. I could say that 2017 was a pure bliss, and I can’t thank God enough for how different this year was compared to the previous ones. Yes, there were still low moments but all the good ones whitewashed all the bad days.
I made it a habit to start every year with the things I’m praying to happen in the next 12 months. That’s why a few days ago I reviewed my 2017 prayer list and see what are the things that were answered and those that I still need to wait upon God. You know what I found out? I realized that it’s hard not to be grateful when you see that God answers even in the smallest way possible. From the many opportunities He has given to me and my family to spend more time together, to testing the waters for the work I believe He called me to do, to reviving broken relationships, celebrating new friendships, and His great faithfulness for providing all my needs. Can you imagine that I survived another year of being a freelancer and I was even able to fund all my travels this year?? Haha. He even opened doors for me to be able to share and talk about a specific season in my life and even my passion. I was also given the courage to continue improving my craft (let’s include my hair as well haha) and really live to inspire. Lastly, I will also not forget the day I said YES, not only to Darel (my fiancé) but to God’s challenge for me to move on to the next chapter of my life.
Last 2016, I wrote this in my year-ender post:
“For 2017, I have a lot in mind. I don’t even know where to start but I want to explore. I want to jump again in the unknown waters and just keep on swimming. I love the life I chose to live. No more fears. Just faith and a grateful heart.”
Today, I am ending 2017 with nothing but excitement for what God has prepared for me next year. I have already braved the unknown waters but I know that we’re just starting. With the things He allowed in my life to happen this year, I realized that I don’t want to just keep on swimming. I want to be able to walk on the water as well, just like what Jesus did.
Dear 2018, I’m ready for ya! Happy New Year!! <3