Grateful (and great-ful)

I have to admit: I’ve accomplished far less than what I had planned to do this 2012.

My plans to take up swimming classes? Pushed back again and again for various reasons—i.e swimming money became digiperm money; fear of the ugly swimming cap (true story!). That little side business? A lot of ideas, yes. Just never found the time to actually execute them. My writing project? Got started one rainy day but haven’t touched the file since.

Plus, there’s a stack of unread books by my bedside table, folders upon folders of unwatched shows and movies in my USB drives, a notebook of still unchecked to-do’s and unfulfilled life plans. They’re mostly trivial, my so-called life plans, but still. I really thought 2012 was the year that I was going to learn how to do more than dog-paddle.

But while I’m not exactly where I had imagined I’d be, I can honestly say that—well, except for the incapacity for swimming—I’m closing the year in a very good place. And I attribute this to two life-changing events that happened in the last quarter.

The first—also my personal high—happened on the day of my 27th birthday. On October 14, exactly eight years and eight months since we first started dating, Mr. R asked me, on bended knee, to be his yaya wife! =) I won’t detail how it happened but I will tell you my favorite part, which he denies: He cried! It was the most surreal, heart-melting moment of my life. We plan to get hitched in early 2014, just in time for our tenth anniversary (‘cause we’re cheesy that way).

The second event, I saw it as a tragic blow at first. OK! Philippines, the magazine I’ve been working for for the past four years, was folding. More than losing my job, I mourned over losing my work family—the crazy awesome OK! staff whom I love to bits. TO BITS! I cried for days, moped for weeks, and up until now, would get pangs of sadness whenever I’d pass by our old aisle or see a Hollywood report that we could’ve written about.

But then I learned to deal with it. Sabi nga ni Mareng Marilyn Monroe, ‘Sometimes, good things have to fall apart so that better things can fall together.” True enough, on OK!’s last working day, I found out that I scored a spot in another big title, Good Housekeeping Philippines, and was given the opportunity to be part of another amazing team. Plus, I landed a slew of rakets along the way! It’s true what they say: When God closes a window—you know what’s next. You just really have to trust that He’ll open those doors for you.

So, yes, I am very grateful—for these two events and all else that happened this year, like learning how to wakeboard, seeing two of my closest friends get married, meeting and touching Ian Somerhalder, and becoming a chihuahua grandmomma. Life has dealt me a pretty good hand, so I really have no reason to complain.

With that, here’s to 2012—its highs and lows, all the new people, experiences, and blessings that came with it, and everything else in between (armpits burned via IPL included, haha!). It’s been pretty darn awesome, and I could only hope that 2013 will be even better.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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