My One Word for 2018

And that my friends is the end of #Livingin365 Book 2017. Wow! Times does fly by so fast. Seems like only yesterday when I was back home in the Philippines doing what I thought I would still be doing today. Many things have happened and a lot has changed but I couldn’t be more grateful for a year that was and currently is. 

First and foremost, Happy New Year to each and everyone of you! It has been a while since I last shared a story and it seems fit to start #Livingin365 Book 2018, with a personal favorite on how my 2017 was and how to make this new year even better.

If you’d ask me, 2017 was an instant game changer. It was  all about self love for me since aside from being single after so long,  I knew I owed it to myself. What were the odds that it was because of this year I got to understand pieces of myself that I didn’t realize were already in me for so long. If you're interested to know more about it, you can check  out my 2017 Recap.

I am truly grateful for who I am today and the people and things around me which have made all that is and was possible. I may not fully know what I’m meant to do or where I’m meant to go yet, all that I know and learned from 2017 is that no matter how much uncertainties you have in life,  just live life to the fullest everyday, be in the moment, and start living in the NOW. It’s your life and no matter how you choose to live it, you’ll have the support system you need by your side, always.

So to my family, my friends, and to all those special individuals who have made 2017 one for the books— doctors, new acquaintances, helpers, drivers, kind strangers-- you are all truly amazing! Always know that.

So it’s time to close off an amazing year and welcome a new one.

Hello there, twenty eighteen! What’s up with you? 

So lucky enough this year I was able to welcome 2018 with my siblings in New York City! Because it was freezing cold outside during New Year’s Eve, we decided to stay warm and have an intimate celebration in our very own apartment. My sister Alexa and I started out this new tradition of writing a letter to our future 2018 self which we plan to open and read on the last day of December. I honestly hope good things will come around and whatever happens will have its reasons.

Also, every time a new year comes around,  a word or phrase just comes to me and it helps motivate me to make the next 365 days ahead, nothing but amazing. This time around my sister actually said this particular word and I instantly knew it was the right one for me this year.. So thank you Manang! 

As mentioned earlier, I focused on taking care of myself last year. This year I’d like to help myself grow farther from just the ordinary. I choose #ToGrow2018. I’d like to grow more in doing the things I love, in discovering new things to do, and in exploring new places to see.

I’d like to become the best person I can be and these are some of the ways I know I could make this happen:

1. Grow by stepping out of my comfort zone 

To be honest, this new year has actually made me feel so anxious cause I have no idea how this year will go and the anticipation of the unknown scares me. My first main goal this year is to look for a job and let’s just say it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I’ve been questioning myself and the choices I made of actually moving here and testing out the waters but I try to remind myself that I’m in one of the greatest cities in the world and that there are loads of ways I could still be productive. I also remind myself of God’s plan and how the wait might be longer cause he’s preparing me for something greater. Let Go, Let God. I just breathe in and out and talk about it with other people. Sharing these sentiments has helped me realize so much of why I feel this way in the first place. I was reminded of how I’m in a new place with a different culture and my anxiety is happening cause I’m going beyond my comfort zone.

 I actually realized that living in the Big Apple has been a huge step out of my usual zone so the new experiences that’ll come after will just be as challenging and different as how it started.

 Here’s to going beyond what’s common and trying to remain positive through the process. 

2. Grow by honing and learning new skills 

So this year, I’d like to read and write more. Yes, I’ve been brainstorming on a series of stories that I’d like to write for living in 365 and I’m still journaling- one I keep for personal rants and one to keep track of memories throughout the year. Also, I want to read some more so I decided to collaborate with my bookworm sister who has an amazing blog  (sisterly plug- better go check it out), you’ll just have to wait and see on what we came up with. I’m actually excited cause I forgot how much fun reading is. I’ve actually already finished my first book. 

To expand my photography skills, I do have something in mind. You’ll just have to wait for that. 

For new skills, I challenged myself to learn how to cook and bake even just simple recipes this year. My friends would definitely know how much of a sideline I am when it comes to this. I’d either just be in charge of the recipe or the ingredients.  So I’d like to turn that around! Now that I’m living in an independent and carefree country, I’d like to create nice food for myself and my family. 

I also decided to make more time for exercise, mediation and devotion. Having done these three things that past few days this year, I realized how important these things are in strengthening my entire self both inside and out.

3. Grow by spontaneously enjoying what is to come and not endlessly expecting of what it should be 

We all have goals and I have a couple of them. I’ve mentioned some above but others include  drinking more water (if you know me, you know I can live a day without it), eating in moderation (you should know by now how much of a foodie I am) and being more responsible with money. All these are practical which I hope I continuously achieve in the long run. However, I'm the type of person that I anticipate for something to happen at a certain time and when it doesn’t come or show, I get easily affected and worry.  It’s not bad to want something at a certain time, it’s just not that easy when it can affect you totally. This is what I’d like to work on this year, to be more spontaneous and to be thankful of what comes my way. I can't wait for the spontaneous adventures this year! 

Before I end, I’d like to share with you all the new daily motivation I made myself to get me going throughout  this whole year. I do hope this helps you too and that no matter what your plans are for this year or whatever comes your way, you’ll always start the day hopeful and end it with a grateful heart. Good luck! I hope this year we all grow to become who we are truly meant to be in this world.

Here’s to us LIVING IN 365! Here’s for us #ToGrow2018!  

P.S. This is my first mini collaboration with my big sister, Alexa. Go and check her beautiful website out. Her word is pretty amazing too.

So, what is your motivation this 2018? Don't hesitate to share whatever it is wish us.

We're all in this together. 

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