29 January, 2017

Making 2017 count

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái - 恭禧发财! Four weeks into 2017, I'm celebrating my 'second' New Year. This also happens to be my sixth CNY since I joined the company, we'll call it Company M, where I'm connected with. A lot of you know that it's a Chinese-owned organization. Lucky me, this second New Year gives me a chance to write Making 2017 Count.Ü

I have been reading my 2016 year-end blog post these past couple of days and seeing the people who were with me in 2016 never fails to make me smile. Why am I saying this? I struggled the first two weeks of 2017 and I hated every minute of it. I usually am a positive and optimistic person. I easily adapt to change, except this one time. I was out of it the first few days and I am disappointed at myself for not being able to comfortably move forward with this one huge change that's happening right now. Late last year, someone I look up to and have gotten close with made a decision to choose a different path. It was a big blow for me plus other friends at work who were blessed to have gotten to know him beyond our professional lives

Happy 2017

We were like family and it took a lot of courage for me to face the reality of his decision. I was in denial for a while, but I knew that I owe it to myself to move past this. Step 1 was to allow myself to feel sad. Pain bonded the rest of the 'family' that he left behind. Once I started to act like a grown-up about it, I started to feel better. And now my new page is filled with excitement with a pinch of anxiety. I know that things happen for a reason even if the reasons always come after. Instead of toying with ideas of leaving and running away, I look forward to discovering whatever good is there for choosing to stay. Waiting was never one of my strongest points so I hope this comes to pass soon.

It can be easy to get sucked in by these things. It can be tempting to just leave yet once you remind yourself of the bigger picture, you see how pitiful an exit running away can be. We're just human and we can easily get seduced to self-destructive pleasures. So no matter how terrible a situation is, I always make a conscious effort to choose to see the good over the bad stuff. My Chinese zodiac forecast says that 2017 isn't going to be that nice for me. I almost threw a fit when someone told me about this. You see, I have tendency to over-think so to counter this and to continue to channel my energies to being positive, there are 2 things that I'd like to do for myself through my blog this year.


01. Making the Year Count
This is an annual, start of the year ( or start of the Chinese New Year in my case ) goal-setting post that I am reviving. Bloggers have different names for this, but a lot of us do it. I first did mine in 2014 when I stumbled upon a link-up hosted by Kelli Murray. After 2014, I missed the next two years.Ö

02. Things I Love Sundays.
This one is a count-your-blessings journal thing that I learned from Musings in Milan. Gratitude Journals have become a popular practice everywhere, even Oprah Winfrey has one.Ü I believe that gratitude does magic. I came across this article from Abundance & Happiness and it talked about how gratitude attracts happiness. You may want to check it out if you have extra net time, it's a good read.





What is something you want to change, or a goal you want to set for the New Year, and what is your plan for making it happen?
If there's one thing I failed miserably at last year, that was taking care of myself. I must have gained at least 7-lbs and it got to a point when some people would bluntly tell me how I got "rounder". Of course I was annoyed and I noticed how it was affecting my confidence. I was working out but I guess it wasn't so effective because I lost discipline with what I ate. Come mid-November, when I returned from my Japan trip, that's when I decided to first cut down on junk food. Despite my thyroid troubles, as of today, my total weight loss = 4.2 pounds.

Setting the confidence issue and vanity aside, I am doing this for myself. I have no plans of getting married and have no plans of having children. If I want to live a long life and for me to make my travel dreams come true, wellness is important. I intend to continue what I'm doing right now for at least 3 more months. If I stay on track, I'm guessing I'd lose at least 10 more pounds. Then I'd go back to training to tone these muscles. Wish me luck.Ü


Many people choose a word to reflect on, live by, or aspire to for the New Year. Let us know your word, how you decided upon it, and how you hope to incorporate it into 2017.
I started to think about this way back in December, but waited until after the first few days of the year for a word that would be most meaningful to me. This transition right now has a lot to do with this. I don't think I will ever be fearless, but I would like to be able to always choose to confront my fears and to act on them in both big & small ways. I bet you're shocked with what I just wrote. My family, friends, and people around me know me to be an extra-strong woman, but guys, supergirls get scared, too.Ö For whatever it'll be, I want my heart to remain strong and my spirit to stay brave with anything that life throws at me. So friends, the word that calls out to me the strongest for 2017 is Courage.


I will make 2017 count by: Live in Gratitude AND Spread the Love.
Peace + Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.




Making 2014 Count

60 comments:

Migs&Alaine Alejandrino said...

This is a nice post. Just like you, I want to focus more on my health. I was too busy working last year and I regret not taking care of my self well. I need to lose weight and be healthy again. The word I choose to reflect on this year is Success.

Adel C said...

Always move forward no matter what. I agree with practising and expressing gratitude always will attract happiness. I can feel how strong a person you are and how challenging the current events has on you but as they say, you'll grow the most if it's something you fear. So, it's okay to feel fear sometimes as it will make us tougher and who knows what better opportunities it will create along the way. Good luck!

Travelerette said...

I am sorry that your 2017 did not get off to a good start. It is hard to lose someone from your life whom you respect. I am in a similar situation myself and sad about it. But it is great that you are taking care of yourself and your health!

Bhushavali N said...

Yes, sometimes it really takes a toll when our someone very close to us, chooses a different path. Best wishes on coping with your situation. That said, congrats on the healthy weight loss!!!

Pia Dysangco Villamor said...

thanks for sharing. I also had a rough start, so I really appreciated your honesty. I find that letting yourself feel bad and just honoring what you're going through really does help you move forward. I kept a gratitude journal all through out 2013-2015, but totally forgot about it in 2016. You're right - it really does attract positivity. I think I'll start it again this year- thanks for the reminder! Congratulations on your weight loss by the way. :) and love the word that you picked out for this year- mine is serenity. :)

Teresa said...

Happy new year! Hope you achieve your health goals also this year. I like your word for the year. :) My One Word for this year is BELIEVE. I wrote about it here: http://www.handsonparentwhileearning.com/parenting-goals-for-the-year-biggoals2017/

Orana Creative said...

Sorry to hear that you had a hard time last year, but glad to hear that this year is starting better. Good luck on your weight loss journey and don't forget to drink water! All the best for this year and good luck!

Herbert Kikoy said...

Weight loss is a target for 2017 and working on our blogs as well. I think I have a good start this year, I hope it will last until December hehehe

KT Nielsen said...

I started my year with "travel" as my word for the year but I had to abruptly change it due to an unforeseen circumstance that my family had to go through. I'm still in a forlorn situation but I'm praying that "acceptance" will be forthcoming soon. I love writing my gratitude list as well. Have a wonderful 2017 ahead.

Kylie said...

I am so sorry to read that you lost someone close to you. I understand completely and I think it is an experience all too many can sympathize with. What I have admiration for however, is your positive attitude and perseverance to make 2017 the best yet! Well Done!

I wish you all the health and happiness for this year.

Alli Smith said...

Congrats on your weight loss and your ability to face up to your fears. Change is always hard but seems you're doing a great job moving forward, even if it's baby steps.

HeidiDee said...

It can be hard in the beginning of the new year. But you've turned it around already and that's what matters! Good luck on your health journey!

Candace Kage said...

Everyday I write down 10 different things I am grateful for. Helps remind me how much I have been given and need to give back.

Paula Schuck said...

I adore this post. Years are roller coasters of good and bad, and the best thing we can do is always strive to move forward. That means having goals.

Jeannette said...

This is a great post that is also motivated! This year I have a goal of earning twice of what I earned last year and I am well on my way there. I think it's always good to reassess a chair to see if you need to update or change anything.

Dina said...

I've done ok this year. I have set blog goals and personal goals. I need to lose 20 lbs and work out more consistently. No word though. :)

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

I'm totally looking forward to 2017. I still cant believe that January is already over. I'm hoping to focus on my health this year and make it the best one yet.

Destany Pingle said...

I'm trying to focus more on my health, as well. I lost 50 lbs last year, and I really need to get back on that wagon and lose more.

Pam said...

I like the things I love Sunday idea. Gratitude is so important to keep a positive outlook on life. Sorry the first two weeks of the year were hard.

Christy Maurer said...

Courage is a great word for the year! I need to focus more on Trust. I worry too much and I need to just leave it in God's hands.

Claudia Krusch said...

I have been working on living a healthier life this year. I have been eating a healthy diet and drinking a lot more water.

Annemarie LeBlanc said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you too! I can relate to the words you've written. Sometimes, as hard as we try, our plans to make things better do not always fall into place. I guess it is just how we pick ourselves up and start over. You can do it! Just stay positive and keep the faith.

Zwitsy said...

Well, what we have gone through last year will surely be different this year if we will just work hard for it. I am pretty sure that you will be getting a better year this 2017. And I am glad that you are slowly making a progress of your goals. I hope to be able to set mine too. I have been having a hectic schedule lately.

Amanda Simkin said...

I love your idea of having a gratitude journal. I have been focusing on all of the bad in the world lately and I really need to remember all of the amazing things that I have in my life...and how I can continue to make the world a better place!

D.P. Robinson said...

I know its always hard when you go through something to pick yourself back but, but keep going. I totally with you about focusing on my health this year.

korea phil said...

Upon reading your post, I remember that just last year, I found out about the book "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne. Reading it affects me in a positive way. I started to be careful in whatever I think or I say because of what is stated "Law of Attraction." I also started to be thankful for everything, big or small blessings. Since then, I felt how wonderful it is to live.I hope that you will achieve all your heart's desire.

adriana nudo said...

Your word of the year is great! I think it's really important to have set goals and things to help us meet these goals. Moving forward from any situation is extremely important!

Mimicutelips said...

I have a lot of goals and things I want to accomplish for the new year. I've started on them but somehow fell a bit flat. I'm using the tart of a new month to get me back into the swing of things.

Ruth said...

It is my first time to visit your blog and I enjoy reading this post. I tend to get busy with life that I forget to reflect on things like this. I love the idea of gratitude journal to keep positivity in life :)

Katrina Centeno said...

I used to have a gratitude journal where I write down the things I am grateful for every single day. Then, I have a rundown of the things in my blog every month. I did that for a year and it gave me a confidence boost that my year went well. Now, I have a weekly visual journal where I write, draw and paste anything that reminds me of my week. Btw, God bless on your plans!

Franc said...

It's really important to get past the hype of the new year and just commit to your goals year round. There's so much you can do once you are focused.

Khushboo Motihar said...

Such a beautiful post! I rarely spend much time thinking what the year ahead will hold out for me but its time I started doing that, too. Happy New Year! Hope you succeed in your goals :)

Fred Hawson said...

Like you I would really like to focus on my health by eating healthy and sleeping early. As for my focus word for 2017: Kindness.

Dawn GT said...

love this post.yes i am trying to work on health as well. also trying to do some journaling.

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

I have yet to do my reflections and it's already February! Need to do them really soon~ Let's all make 2017 count!

Shubhada Bhide said...

Every year brings new possibilities and new challenges. We just have to go on and make the best and most of it.

hippie_mom said...

I often make new year goals that make me feel defeated because they are unobtainable. This year it is about quality time with my family. I have incorporated 1 night a week to rotate one of my kids making dinner with me along with weekly board game night to disconnect.

Donna Ashworth said...

What a great post! it is extremely worthwhile to reflect before moving on and to constantly stay mindful and note your gratitude and progress.Have a great 2017!

Ivana Jeknić said...

Great post, and love the goals you are making for yourself. Good luck for 2017 xo

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Anna Nuttall said...

This is a very nice post. Happy Chinese new year to you. Bring on 2017. xx

Chei Pangan said...

i have the same experience last 2016. But my 2017 is rocking now! Just stay positive in life. :)

Anonymous said...

everybody will surely relate to this post! Everyone should focus on their health every year!

-Jhentea Guzman

Anonymous said...

i agree ! i started to focus on my health this year! my 2017 goals already started!

-Karlyn Cruz

Elizabeth O. said...

It's never easy to say goodbye to a person that you've bonded with for a long time. Especially if you look up to that person. I'm sure that things will fall into place and you'll feel better soon. I love the word that you chose for this year.

Natalie Loves Beauty said...

Good on you for goal setting! That is something I really need to work on to get me motivated this year.

Azlin Bloor said...

It's so easy to let the year go by without realising it. Always a good thing to make an effort to improve various areas of our lives.

Emma Oxley said...

Its sad when people we love or look up to disappoint us or move away from us but it's great to see you've come to terms with it and are grateful for the time you spent together. Gratitude can be found in any situation if you look hard enough.

Elizabeth said...

A great post this, full of optimism and moving forward. This year I am finally going to get back to my pre-pregnancy body weight. My eldest will be 17, it's nigh time!

Jess Holmes said...

I'm working on getting my health BACK on track since I've wandered so far away!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle said...

I love this! Every year, I try to live a better one than the last. I think if we all do that, the world would be a better place.

Karissa@Withourbest said...

Gratitude journal can really change things for the better. It is a great way to be positive in life.

Sheena Tatum said...

I am with you on the struggling into 2017 thing. It seemed a lot of people did. A lot of changes going on for folks.

Louise Bishop said...

I struggle with digestion and gained 40 pounds last year. It was devastating. 2017 was going to change that feeling. I'm almost down 20 pounds. Congrats on your 5 pounds!

Eloise Maoudj-Riley said...

when in doubt with life start a gratitude journal! I swear it works every time! I actually need to start a gratitude journal again (life is hard!) it's amazing how it can change your perspective on things and shift your mood and thoughts into a more positive light... great post and good luck with the rest of 2017.

Dogvills said...

One of my goals for this year is to take care of my health. I'm sorry to hear about your friend choosing a different path.

Ann B said...

I really hope you have an amazing rest of 2017. I try to see the positive in every situation. It can be pretty hard to do sometimes.

Stephanie Jeannot said...

Yes. Make every moment count. They are equally important regardless of what happened or didn't happen. Celebrate life and enjoy it. You deserve the smiles.

Alison Rost said...

I'm so sorry 2017 didn't get off to the best start. It's never fun when the people we love aren't quite what we're hoping for .. and it's great that you're making the best of the time you did spend together. Congratulations too on your weight loss. Way to go!

E H said...

I know what you mean by saying that we have to work on our goals and make this year finally count. I am struggling with weight loss as well, and every pound is a huge struggle, and every pound I lose is like the greatest victory. Good luck to you on your weight loss journey!

Lynndee said...

I love the word that you chose for this year, COURAGE. Last year, I chose the word, FOCUS and I think I did pretty good. But this year, I didn't get the chance to really think about it so I'll just say...come what may.