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Thanksgiving Day 9 : Mistakes, Failures

I mistakenly scheduled this post to 2013. I don’t know what I was thinking. :))

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one

In 2011, I made a lot of mistakes and failed in different areas of my life. There were days that I felt so down to a point of hopelessness and I feel like life won’t give me a break. But, the side of me who always believed there’s light at the end of the tunnel managed to push me forward. And even though there were days when it was much harder for me to get up, feel better and move on with my life, I did my best to continue on even with that big fear of making further mistakes.

You might be wondering why, on my last thanksgiving day, I’m expressing my gratitude for the failures and mistakes I encountered last year. We’ve all heard of the same clichés about mistakes and failures, but however cheesy they may sound to you, they’re true. They make us stronger and smarter.

Whenever I feel so disappointed with myself for a missed opportunity or a loss, I ask myself, if I was given a chance to go back, will I change my mind and do things differently? And I always answer that question with “no”. Everytime, my mind will come up with other worse scenarios, as if I’m in a Choose Your Own Adventure book, if I did things differently. So, I’ll brush that feeling of failure aside and move on. But, this time, more careful and smarter.

Everything happens for a reason. That’s one of the overly used clichés you can ever hear from people who are trying to cheer you on. Seriously, it’s the truth. Whatever problem, mistake or failure you experience, it’s just a detour. It’ll bring you to the right path. It may take some time before the reason is revealed to you, but it’ll come. And sometimes, we need to let go of too much control so we won’t get stuck at the same fricking scenario. This has rang true to me in various ways, which made me more patient now.

This is why I’m thankful for all the mistakes and failures I went through in 2011. If it wasn’t for them, I might not be where I am now, doing what I love, working in the comforts of our home while still spending quality time with friends and family.

2011 Thanksgiving Day 8 : People I Can Count On

Thank you for the people I can count on

We all have this person or people who make our lives easier or hassle-free because of all their hard work or support for whatever you’re trying to accomplish or even with the simple things like getting by everyday with the chores, etc.  They can be the people you hire to work for you or just your friends who back you up when you need it.

My assistant…

Ever since I hired him during the first quarter of 2011, my computer shop earnings have improved. I know, his salary is an added expense, but considering the convenience of not waking up early everyday to man the shop, and the fact that I can now focus on taking on other jobs and opportunities online and offline makes me so thankful he’s around.

 

Our helper…

So far, she’s the most thoughtful and hardworking of all the house help we’ve hired for the past 3 decades of my life. That’s why I can’t help but reward her for her hard work. She was even here during typhoon Pedring and she helped us a ton during the cleanup. She can really be counted on and I hope and pray I’ll be given a chance to help her financially when she needs it.

 

My nanay…

Of course, my nanay is the #1 person who I can count on. She’s always had my back, even during those times she didn’t agree on my decisions or what I wanted to do with my life. I’m so glad she became a friend to us. I guess that’s bound to happen to parents, especially when their kids are adults, like me and Ken.

 

My brother…

He learned to handle my mood swings, though I’m still learning to adjust to his. *LOL* He also is the first person I ask for advice, whether it’s about a minor issue like my design concepts, or a major decision in my life.

 

My friends

I don’t want to name them all ‘cause I know I’m bound to miss one or two. But, they’ve been a huge help. I may look like I got it all figured out, but my friends and the rest of my support system (my family) have been a big part of why I can handle all the stress and problems I’ve encountered the past year.

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You see, we are never alone. We may say we can handle everything on our own, but the truth is, there’s always that someone you lean on or turn to when you need some encouragement or even when you just need to smile or laugh a little. 🙂

2011 Thanksgiving Day 7 : Blessings

Thank you for all the blessings

2011 has been a truly fruitful year for me and my family. There have been a ton of opportunities that came our way, but there are some other blessings we’ve received that I am so thankful for too.

 

My father’s successful minor eye surgery…

He had cataract removed from his left eye. The doctor also recommended he undergo lasik surgery since his eye’s grade was over 1,000. He now can see clearly and his vision should be at 20/20 very soon. I now envy him because he doesn’t need to wear any graded glasses anymore. I’m hoping to undergo the same lasik surgery this 2012.

 

Meet Bochok and Bechay, our new Persian cats

The new additions to our family…

I’ve already posted about them – our 4 new puppies, 5 new kittens and 2 new cats. Though it can be real chaotic at times, I can’t help but smile whenever I see all our pets at home. They’re truly a part of our family. 🙂

 

Our health insurance….

Because of this, we don’t have to worry about spending too much on medical checkups. Without it, we would’ve spent like over Php 50,000 for my dad’s checkups before his eye surgery. My nanay and I also had a series of medical tests the past weeks and we’ll learn about the results this week. We might’ve not undergone any of these checkups and learned what we need to work on in terms of a much-needed lifestyle change if it wasn’t because of our medical insurance. It’s just too costly.

So, if you have a current health insurance, make use of it. I’ve worked for different corporations before and I had pretty good health insurance plans, especially when I was with ePLDT, that I didn’t get to take advantage of because of my fears of knowing anything negative about my health. Again, PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. It’s better to know now than later.

 

I'm now a proud owner of a Blackberry Bold 9900 phone!

My new smartphone…

I know, this might sound too materialistic, but I’m thankful for my Blackberry Bold 9900 (it was on my gadget wishlist for 2012, but I managed to purchase it before 2011 ended) and all the things I’ve bought for myself in 2011. They symbolize more than the material aspect of the whole thing. If you really know me, you’d probably say it’s about time. I don’t usually spend on gadgets or anything for myself. I think I’ve spent more on other people over the years. It may be the people pleaser in me. But, I learned in 2011 that I need to reward myself, especially after years of working hard. I need to spend on my own happiness too. This way, I’d be more encouraged and inspired to wake up everyday and do all my work all over again. Plus, I’ll be needing this BB in my upcoming projects. 🙂

 

My Nikon D3100 DSLR camera

My new DSLR camera…

I got this as a gift / reward for web design projects and assistance I provided for a friend of mine. Now, we can take better pictures for our food blog. My bro and I are also planning on launching our travel blog this year so this DSLR will really come in handy. 🙂

 

My computer shop business is earning steadily…

Ever since I hired an assistant early last year, my computer shop’s earnings have improved. I still have to work on a couple more adjustments and additions to my services, but at least now, I almost hit my sales quota everyday. Now, I take care of our electricity and phone bills, shopped for some necessities here at home and for Ken, while almost done with 1/4 of what I still owe for buying these new computers. I’ll be done by June so that’s great! 🙂

 

We were spared from a huge loss when typhoon Pedring hit the country

Looking at how much damage and loss the people from CDO and Iligan suffered from typhoon Sendong made me realize how lucky we all were that we lost nothing valuable during the last strong typhoon that hit our part of the country.

 

My brother’s doing well in his culinary journey

He’ll be done with culinary school before July 2012. Even before he graduates, I’ve seen a lot of promise and I can’t wait to continue my support towards him reaching his long-awaited goals in life and career.

 

The knowledge / realization of how blessed we are…

Whenever I feel down or sad, I always look back on all the blessings I have received. It does help lighten up my mood and keep me going.

You might think it’s too easy to be thankful for being blessed, but it’s one of the things we neglect because we tend to compare our lives with others. Remember that there are always people who’d be more successful, more handsome or beautiful, smarter, or more popular than you are, but you also have to realize that there are other people who look up to you too because they think you’re better than them.

There’ll always be someone better than you are or who’s living a happier life than you do, so stop the comparison and be thankful for what you have and who you are now. I’ve learned that the moment you acknowledge how blessed you are, the quicker you get back to the path you should be leading. 🙂

2011 Thanksgiving Day 6 : New and Old Friends

 Thank you for my friends

2011 has been one of the most memorable years for me because of the many people I have met and became friends with. Blogging was a big part of it as I met these awesome personalities that I might not have known if I didn’t attend these blogger events in the past months.

So, for my thanksgiving day 6, I would like to express my gratitude for my old and new friends who have made my 2011 as fun as it was.

Though I think I lost 2 or 3 friends because of hard decisions I had to make for myself, I don’t think I’ll ever stop caring for them. I’m just the type of person who choose to keep a few true friends than have a ton of fair weather pals. Still, I thank them for coming into my life.

I am grateful for my high school best friends Jasmin and Tina, who I know understand me inside and out. Thank you for being the same friends to me after over a decade of knowing each other. We may not see each other as often as we’d want, but I know I can count on you ladies, and please know you can count on me too.

Though it hurts me to lose one of my long-time friends because of a misunderstanding (I’m the kind of friend who’ll tell you the truth to your face if I know you badly need it), I’ll still be here for her no matter what. I do hope her “new” friends will care for her as much as I did and still do.

I’m thankful for Saji, a colleague who became one of my long-time friends who knows the wild and crazy me and still love and care for me regardless of where we are now in our own lives. I wish we can travel together soon. 🙂

One of my most cherished friends now, Joy, who has been there for me during those days I feel like the world’s against me. Thank you for listening to me and giving me sound advice when you know I need it. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. 🙂

I’m also grateful for knowing Ruth last year. She’s one of the craziest and funniest people I know. She never fails to make me laugh. I’m hoping we could travel together too. Hope to see you soon, gurl! 🙂

Thank you to all my online friends who comment or reply to my posts on Facebook, Twitter and even Google+. *LOL* I love how easy it is now to get to know people through the internet. Some of them, I know I can consider friends even when we only get to talk online.

I also would like to acknowledge my friends who I’ve known for a really long time but we only get to talk online because of the lives we’re leading now. I may not have as much parties like before to celebrate occasions with them, but I’m happy nonetheless to still feel they’re there for me. 🙂

And, lastly, I’m grateful for my brother Kenneth, who I consider one of the few people who know the true me. He’s not just a sibling to me, but also a confidant. Thanks, bro! 🙂

2011 Thanksgiving Day 5 : Opportunities

I know, I’m supposed to finish my 9-day Thanksgiving prayer / novena before Christmas, but I feel it’s good that I’m getting this done before the start of 2012 to write about everything I’m thankful for before 2011 ends. I’ll do better next year, I swear.

Thank you for the opportunities

I feel so blessed whenever I stop and think about all the opportunities that came my way this year. A lot of them were online opportunities, and I cannot thank God enough for all of them and the trust that people have given me.

I had to pass up one or two opportunities because I don’t want to make the same mistake of over-committing. I needed to focus on what I know would work for my schedule, the amount of stress I can handle, and what’s fair to me. I’m happy with my decision and I feel less stressful now so I can accept more opportunities in line with my current interests and work.

These opportunities have opened more doors for me. I learned things that I never realized I can actually do. I’ve awakened a side of me I thought never existed.

For now, I’m focusing on web and blog design, and on learning more about social media. I’m excited about another job opportunity that is coming my way the early part of 2012. And I hope I can accomplish my responsibilities efficiently and effectively. 🙂

I’m also very grateful for all the opportunities that were given to my brother Ken and my nanay. It’s been a truly fruitful year. Even though we’ve been through a lot of struggles this year, mostly financial, we managed to move forward. We’re hopeful that 2012 will be a year of more opportunities for us, and I pray that I’ll be completely ready for them.

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