Huge accomplishments at work go with 2016. It wasn't a walk in the park, but I'm glad that I saw them through as these are things that I hold important in my career as a Marketing practitioner and branding enthusiast. None of it would have been possible without the help of the people who supported me and the guidance of one of the most brilliant men in Philippine real estate that I know. I'm still a workaholic and I don't see this as a bad thing. For me, it simply means that I continue to be focused, driven, and motivated. I am constantly bombarded with questions from friends and peers in the industry why I stuck it out with the company I'm with right now. It's simple: I still enjoy and love what I do. When you're in that kind of situation, you find ways to make things work. It isn't always about being nice because not everyone is going to like you. So what. That's made me do 2 things differently:
1) I let go of my fear to ask for help. Asking for help does not mean you're weak.
2) I took courage to speak my mind and to say the truth even if I know that it won't win me cookie points.
On Being An Adult
I'm grateful for everything that's happened in 2016. I know I am a different person ... definitely a better me! I'm not as reactive and am now less combative. Since I value the relationships I have whether it's on a professional or personal level, at times when I know that that I have every right to be angry, I choose not to because I know that throwing a fit will neither change nor make the situation better. It took a while, but I'm glad to have mastered the art of walking away from unnecessary and irrelevant conflict.
On Life & Relationships
On days when I felt like giving up, it was the people who surrounded me that made me want to soldier on. I didn't want to let any of them down. I don't think I was ever the type of person who'd let others down. To conquer means to be able to gracefully roll with the punches and it does not mean that you have to face them alone. This is just one of the many life lessons I learned from one of my favorite people in the world, JFS. In the process, I learned to delegate, to be more patient, to choose my battles, and most importantly, to once again trust in the goodness of others.
With just a few minutes til 2017, let's time-hop a bit and revisit some of the moments of one of the happiest years of my life.
First Wedding This Year. Finding Love When You Least Expect It
This was the first wedding that I went to in 2016. When I was told
that France & Tin were getting married, I just knew that I can't miss seeing this union.
I would love to share more about their love story, but yeah, let's leave it at that.
What's important is they get their happy ending and their happily-ever-after.Ö
Maramaing Salamat, Singapore Tourism Board.
I was in Singapore ( again ) this year.Ü Do you guys remember the #SingaporeInvites contest
that I joined back in 2015? Yup, I was one of the 25 winners. The lovely people from STB
were instrumental to a sorta reunion with good friends that I have not seen in a looong time.
Traveling always brings people closer. We certainly can't wait to be back. • Read More
Metal Mouth Again. And there is nothing wrong with it.
There were people who said that I didn't need it because my teeth were straight,
but when you grew up being teased by people from the higher batch,
because of your teeth, you never really get over that trauma. When I noticed that
my teeth 'flared', I knew that I had to find a new ortho. So far, so good.
Family Time is Always LOVE.
My Mom's older sister was in PH for the death anniversary of my grandmother.
One good thing that happens whenever there is a balikbayan is how there is always
extra-extra family time. I saw cousins that I have not seen in a while and boy,
they're all grown-up! How fun were the good ol' times when we were all little kids.
Manila's Fittest. Training for my First Kettlebell Tournament.
I remember how excited I was when my name was chosen to join Manila's Fittest.
KBs are my favorite and even if the training was almost gruesome, it felt great.
to get my groove back. Unfortunately, I got sick days before the tournament and was not
able to join. Sayang talaga. I bet it would have been an awesome experience.
Second Wedding This Year. #LesMikeHappyEnding
This wedding that we attended joins my Top 3 best weddings of couple friends.
I met the other friends of P. It's always great to meet the people he grew up with.
This goes to my list of Best Dinners of 2016 – no rush, take your time first meal since 10 o' clock in the morning. A spontaneous night out with fabulous women + a send off for one of the fiercest & hardworking gals Moldex has known – no goodbyes, Vicky. Enjoy your office with a view 😀😎🍷 #HappyTrails #Hangry #UnhurriedDinners #girlsnightout #nogoodbyes
Unlikely Friends. Unexpected Friendships. Super Women Unite.
I always had this sort of 'shield' or 'wall' when it comes to people in Sales in our office.
This year, new and beautiful friendships were made. I don't know how it happened,
but it just happened. And I'm glad it happened. I really enjoy my time when I'm with
Susan G. & Frances J. Dinners take forever — the kind that you wish won't end.Ü
Moldex360 Photo Shoot. This was one for the books.
We, Sir Joey Santos and I, fondly called this, our legacy. Months after the shoot,
our legacy is slowly happening. I'm proud of this and will definitely share with you
what we've done. I'm proud of it. I am also happy because this was instrumental
in giving me the opportunity to work with one of the best men in real estate in PH.
My First Mid-Autumn Festival.
This is a memorable event for P and I. He'd always invite me to go with him
to Mid-Autumn parties but I always make some lame excuse not to go.
This year, we went to our first Mid-Autumn Festival and wow, I enjoyed!
We came home with a lot of treats, prizes, and the Zhong Guan. • Read More
Another Career Milestone in My Real Estate Journey.
This is part of 'our legacy' that I mentioned earlier. This was at GRS, during my first-ever
drone shoot. It was one of the most stressful that I've done in my real estate career.
I remember how I was almost in tears during the first viewing of the corporate AVP.
This day, the universe ( except for DFA ) conspired to make this long overdue wish happen.
Japan Take 3, Yet Still So Many FIRSTS.
Japan will always have a special place in my heart. We are super lucky that we were able
to visit again this year. It's our third time in Japan and second time in Osaka,
yet it still feels like we're here the first time & it also never fails to teach us to expand
our perspectives. Thank you for making us experience the magic of FALL. See you in 2017.
Someone's always saying in goodbye in December.
December is supposed to be a month of smiles. Although for me, for the second year,
someone I look up to and have become really close had to say goodbye. Sniff. Sniff.
As I write this post, I obviously have not gotten over this person's decision to leave,
It still sucks, but life goes on. "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."
To YOU ( the person reading this post ), I am happy that we counted another year of being virtually together. I wasn't able to blog that much this year, but I hope to write more often in 2017. I genuinely hope to meet you in person in one of my future travels. From my blog to yours, may you have a blessed, peaceful, and adventure-filled 2017 ahead. Happy New Year beautiful people! xoxo ☮ Peace + ❥ Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.