16 January 2014

Remembering 2013.


Looking Forward | Sunset, Puerto Gallera | April 2013

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I am so tempted to say that 2013 has taken a lot from me, what with all the things I've lost. But that would be ungrateful. And I am never ungrateful (or at least I try not to be), no matter what happens in my life. And in fact, despite the heartaches of the last quarter, I am still grateful for all the lessons it taught me.

I will remember 2013 with fondness and gratitude. My Mom turned 60.  I got picked to join Passion Night 4 and met inspiring people.  OH, LOVE was born. I met and hugged the brightest star of them all. My photo got printed again in a photo magazine in the UK. My sister Dionne won Best Actress at the NabiFilmEx for the Indie Film Infinite Sun. We moved to a new home after losing the old one. My family survived an earthquake and a super typhoon. My best friend Joy was home for Christmas and it was wonderful seeing her again after a long time. I reconnected with long lost friends. I met up with old friends I have not seen in decades.

But que horror! I did not travel out of the country last year (cancelled the birthday trip to HK with my Mom because a few days before the trip, we lost our home). I cancelled my Bacolod trip (for the second time) in two consecutive years. I wrote only one (yes, ONE!) article for Cebu Daily News. And I turned down a TV guesting.

But I have nothing to complain about, really, even with all the heartaches that the last quarter brought. Life has always been good. God has always been faithful.

I will work harder this year. I will blog more often. I will laugh louder. I will take more pictures. I will sleep longer. I will eat better. I will write more letters. I will be braver and bolder. I will be more patient. And I will continue to choose my battles wisely.

I am excited about 2014. I am looking forward to happier things and to building new memories. I hope that we will ALL be given the chance to stand up again, to rebuild our lives, to start over. I believe (and I am claiming it!) that this year will be kinder and better for all of us.


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Meikah YbaƱez-Delid January 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM  

Yes, more blessings for 2014! :)

Aileen January 18, 2014 at 1:17 AM  

To you, too, Mei! : )

Liza March 20, 2014 at 5:13 AM  

All the best for 2014! And to you, Ai! :-)

Aileen April 1, 2014 at 2:57 PM  

Thank you, Liz! And to you, too! : )

Anonymous April 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM  

keep doing what you do best - blogging, taking beautiful pictures..you are such a talented and strong woman.

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