In a few short days the first month of 2015 is about to end. It may be a little to early to tell how 2015 will be like but its first days are a glimpse of what it will hold. Are you still religiously claiming your resolutions and working hard to achieve them? The hopefulness you had in the beginning, is it still with you? It may also be a good opportunity to assess and re-assess your goals for the year. What will you change? What else will you achieve?
Let me encapsulate what January 2015 was/is for me:
January 1-4 (first week)
My first week was all about weddings, 2 of them in fact. Personally I think that's a great way to start the year: events that celebrate love, hope and faith. The weddings were simple yet you could really feel the love of all those who attended. Such a heartwarming-gushy-emotional way to welcome the year.
January 5-10 (second week)
The following week signaled the return to reality. We wrapped up our 15 day long vacation and headed back to Legazpi City. When we arrived we were greeted by a lot of work-related trouble shooting. Luckily they weren't big challenges that couldn't be solved on the spot. (phew!) I also decided to tackle my New Year's resolutions head on. Right away I enrolled in a Skillshare class that would help with my calligraphy. I biked with Martin to the Boulevard. I learned my first recipe: Vietnamese Bun Cha. I updated this website about our Ilocos Trip (a three-part blog edition). And I have been very industrious with my daily reflections and bible readings. By end of the week, we needed to once more head to the Philippine Capital for a family reunion. So much done in a few days.
January 11-17 (third week)
Compared to how busy the week before was, January's third week was completely different. Upon arrival in Legazpi I got a serious case of the runs which had me stuck at home for most of the week. This gave me a lot of time to concentrate in learning new artistic things. Gathering inspiration online I have begun to learn how to watercolor and the rewarding therapeutic advantages of wielding a brush. My calligraphy has also been steadily improving. I updated myself with all the TV shows that have interested me, most of which revolved around Jane, the Virgin. Sadly, Martin and I weren't able to fly to Manila for Pope Francis' arrival. We had our tickets bought and our plans laid out. But health came first. Luckily local TV networks were really covering the event and watching TV felt like we were among the crowds as well. Also Nina came over to visit! It's rare that my sister comes to L.A. (Legazpi, Albay) now because of her job. But having her over was as giggle-fest. I introduced her to Delica Japanese cuisine, we practiced our calligraphy, we went Natio-Shopping and fed ourselves a lot.
January18-24 (fourth week)
The fourth week began to normalize. I recovered with my bout of runs and went back to work. There were a lot of things we needed to get done most important of which was the blessing of Tower 4. I didn't realize how many things needed to get done for a successful blessing: (1)book a priest, (2) cook food, (3) clean the premises, etc. It was just a simple affair where we invited just the tenants and our men. The real ceremonial one will be done perhaps after the Chinese New Year. Nevertheless, the thing went of without a hitch and everyone enjoyed the food and fun. I also joined JCI Daraga's courtesy calls to new commanding officers of the local Navy and Air Force units here. Courtesy Calls are a great way to renew partnership and ties. Hopefully this will bear fruit to further award-winning projects. Also, Martin has discovered the joys of his smoker. The latter days of the week were marked with smoked beef, smoked fish and smoked pork! Our house is starting to smell like smoke too! Friday a couple of friends and I decided to go for eat-all-you can in a local Japanese restaurant. I arrived at 4:45pm and left at close to 8!! It wasn't just the food that was enjoyable but the conversations too! Loads of fun! My herb garden has already begun to take shape. Seedlings of local herbs have been given to me by friends & family. All of which I have transplanted on teracotta pots with gold calligraphy and now located on our 2nd floor balcony. I hope I don't kill them and they grow to thrive and multiply.
January 25-31 (fifth week)
I am writing this lengthy blog at the very beginning of the week. I am looking forward to a lot of things these coming days such as crafting supplies I have ordered online, a children's birthday party, a JCI Induction of a Sister Chapter and another travel trip! So many things to get done but really excited about developments. By the end of the month I am planning to post a calendar of achievements in relation to my 8 New Year resolutions. What were my gains and losses these last 31 days?
So cheers to January! You have been awesome! I hope February will be as good to me as you have been! And on to my next adventure!
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