You might felt a bit of silence in my blogging activities for the past few months of 2017. I have taken it slowly purposefully plus I have a very good reason to – because I found out I was pregnant (again!) late of last year. I also had been so hectic with work and I started to take a break from too much social media activities. My soul yearned for a less-distracting, digital-purging peace and concentrated on what truly matters: quality time for my family, finding my inner happiness and what truly matters. My soul yearns to spend more time outdoors and less on my gadget. I started embracing the concept of minimalism taking cue from Marie Kondo, learning the Danish art of hygge an devoting my time to family by being present & putting away my demanding smartphone that beeps every second with seemingly urgent notifications.
When the old year-end or a new year starts, I would often list down what I am grateful for the past year as my way to say thank you for all the blessings I have received last year as well as a way to welcome the new year with a grateful heart. It is also a great way to look back on the year that was to reflect and to document what have transpired for my future reference or perhaps my kids would love to read it someday too.
2017, I have to admit wasn’t an easy year for me. It was year of change which challenged my weak spirit. But I am still here, slightly shaken but hoping for a better new year. My 2017 gotten a little better when I learned that our family is welcoming soon another bundle of joy and my soul was overflowing with sunshine.
My 2017 Gratefulness List:
1. Memorable winter vacation in Seoul, Koreato celebrate J’s birthday. Korea is currently our favorite Asian country we have visited.
2. Cool staycation D’Resortswith a whole day of Wild Wild Wet fun for Fynn’s birthday.
3. Visited Singapore Zoo for first time for Naj’s birthday
4. A trip to Malacca, Malaysia with blog collaboration with The Strait Hotel & Suites
5. Weight loss was achieved by following vegetarian diet inspired by my favorite YouTubers, High Carb Hannah, Nikki Vegan, Ellen Fisher, etc. My target weight was 45 kg. I have reached 47kg before I gotten pregnant. I think that is not too bad because before I can’t even go down to 50kg at all.
6. A nice homecoming to our hometown in the Philippines – Iloilo City. It was short but wonderful trip just to see our improving city and spend time with our family & friends.
7. My friendship with 2 Filipino doctors in Singapore. We all work in the same company in different branches but we always meet up every month to catch up. I value my friendship with them because we have been each others’ source of support and laughter in our daily struggles of living abroad.
8. Renewal of my Philippine Medical License. There has been a new law in renewal of Philippine medical license so I thought I would have a hard time renewing it. I am glad that I got on the same day I processed it.
9. Appreciation of my husband’s strength and faithfulness. I have seen my husband in a clearer light and I am glad I have him as a partner in this crazy world of couplehood and parenthood.
10. My two sweet boys. Of course, they have to be on this list. They have given so much joy and laughter in our lives. They are the purpose of our being. They are growing up to be such loving, wise and funny young men.
11. A wonderful addition to our family: Baby #3! We are ecstatic!
12. An appreciation of being trained as a Family Medicine physician. I learned that I have indeed picked the right specialisation.
13. A new adventure that waits for us in 2018. I can’t wait! Please do pray for us.
14. My parents came to visit us in Singapore. It was a wonderful week spending quality time with my parents. They get to bond with their two apos. We didn’t go for lots of touristy spots. Instead, we spend most time chatting, eating some Singaporean dishes and playtime with Naj & Fynn. Papa also got showcase his excellent culinary skills for the holidays and during our dinners. J benefitted being his cooking assistant and Papa handed down his Tom Yam recipe.
15. Managed to control our finances wisely by the end of the year. I learned to stick to our budget, followed a few tricks to spend less & save more and paid 95% of our outstanding debt.
16. Embrace the beauty of Minimalism and Hygge.
Wow! 16 items! It seems like my 2017 wasn’t as bad as I thought it was after all. But I am hoping for a better 2018.
2018 is a year for minimalism and focusing on the essentials. To better days ahead, to better opportunities and the adventure waiting for us soon! Cheers 2018! I welcome you with excited arms and peaceful resolve. I am here for you. I am ready.