I survived the holidays . . . and 2016. Congratulations to everyone who knocked down the stress that comes with all the parties and shopping and awkward gatherings.
I used to write New Years’s Resolution at the start of the year.
In 2017 and onwards, I’ll write about gratitude. Yes! You read it right. I still do have goals . . . lots of lofty, scary dreams.
But I want to focus on appreciating life and everything that comes in it.
Don’t look anywhere else.
I thank you for being here on Lost In The Leaf City. For listening to my thoughts, ramblings, and whatever I am interested for the time being.
To you who sent messages twice or thrice to make sure that I wouldn’t miss anything.
Sometimes, I get the same questions that I decided to write a post about it. (Of course to answer the question and maybe complain a bit.)
The next time somebody ask the same question, I can send the link instead. But seriously, use the search bar first.
To you who send inspiring words, I am grateful of your gesture.
You are great. Light blog with a touch of humour and truth that hurts. Love this.
You are very honest, carry on. I will be back to read more and pass your site on to others that may not be finding life in Canada or Calgary easy. I am glad you are here. Be Blessed.
The world is a better place having someone like you, so stick around. It makes me even more proud to be Pinoy.
It means so much to me. 🙂
Whenever I am in doubt if I should write something that shows my vulnerability or simply writing anything, I read AGAIN and again the comments and emails.
Such priceless words are the best gift a blogger could ever have. Thank you!
And to you who is brave enough to share your stories. Dreams. Success. Failures.
It’s a privilege greater than a layman can receive as a reward from Kings and Queens.
I am such a happy jester juggling words at your service.
To Friends (Old and New) and Family
Last year, I’ve met wonderful people who I became good friends with. They are not a lot but they are MORE than I could have ask for.
They are not just good friends, but also my mentors and who encourage me to keep moving. Keep learning.
I am comfortable to be ME. To embrace uniqueness.
It’s so much fun to be in their company that I wanted to also be that kind of dependable friend for somebody.
To my family living in our humble home where I grew up, I am forever grateful.
I would be lost without the faith my family has instilled in me since I was a child, giving thanks for a bucket of ice cream for everyone to enjoy in special occasion (birthdays, Christmas, and New Year).
Though thousands of miles away, I can feel their love with encouraging words and advice. As my mom always say, sleep on the bed not while sitting and anywhere else. And don’t forget to eat.
The laughter and cheers turn each day into an extraordinary opportunity to do the same for others.
The year 2016 scared and amazed me the most of all the time I’ve been living in Canada.
It was the year I went back to school after spending countless hours of analyzing if I’m doing the right thing.
Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. it will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you. — Robin S. Sharma
It turned out I’m delaying the hard work that I knew I had to endure even after I successfully finished the course.
That was the time I hardly write anything on the blog. (Is that a valid excuse?)
Then I had an internship on a startup that I almost refused but glad I didn’t.
I’ve been through a lot of interviews: the toughest was the interview at the Vancouver for work permit. (My official first day in Canada which could also be my last.)
But having a conversation with a COO, CEO, and developer is beyond my imagination.
I wasn’t the only one whose busy. Life has thrown at me unimaginable surprises and frustrations as it always does.
Life is constantly challenging my vulnerability, confidence (need to have more), and dreams.
In spite of making one step forward then five steps backward, I thank God for every single day.
Oatmeal. Hummus. Used books. Free access to digital magazine. And so much more.
Indeed life is beautiful. (I recommend you to watch that movie on Netflix.)
2017 . . .
May 2017 be the best year and the next. And the next year.
Every year is the best year for a grateful heart.
I wish that you receive the blessings of life and may you also realize how you are such a blessing for your family and anyone who is lucky to cross your path.
What are you grateful for? What is your top goal in the list in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comment.