Happy New Year!

I hope it’s not too late to write this post. It’s been more than 5 months since I last wrote about my everyday life. I know I promised to write every month but I didn’t and I want to apologize. It’s not that I have no time. It’s just that all the backlogs I have for my blog kept piling up and I ended up prioritizing my travel blog posts. So this year, I’m not going to promise anything because I hate breaking promises. I’ll just write whenever I feel like writing. And tonight, I want to write about the 5 things I learned in 2017.

1. Some things never change.

They say — change is the only constant thing in the world. I once believed it’s true. I hoped for it everytime I wished something to change. But after all those years I’ve been hoping for that something to change, I just realized that it won’t. This year, I learned to accept that some things can never change because I cannot control them. And if I can’t control them, I should stop worrying about them because I am not doing myself any favor.

2. No one is perfect and so am I.

I’m that kind of person who observes too much that it disappoints me everytime someone does something that I think he/she shouldn’t have done. So I often end up saying something against them and I hate myself for it but sometimes, I can’t seem to control my emotions. Then when it happened to me, I realized that it hurts when people talk shit about you from behind. It hurts because most of it is not true. That’s when I told myself I need to stop doing the same. I realized that people should not be defined for what they did. We all do commit mistakes from time to time. No one is perfect and so am I.

3. God has a way to give us strength when we need it the most.

When everything else was a mess, He gave me someone I could lean on. Someone who never made me feel I’m alone. For the past years, I’ve been living a mediocre family life. I’m not saying this to get sympathy nor do I intend to put my family in a bad light. I just want to share this part of myself because I want to give hope to someone who is on the same boat as I am. If you’re that someone, just stay strong and don’t lose hope. One day will come and we will finally feel at home.

4. Don’t take life too seriously.

I used to overthink about everything but then I came to this point where I told myself — Life is not perfect but it’s beautiful so don’t waste it worrying about everything and instead, make it count. That’s why last year, we set a lot of #travelgoals. Because why not? Traveling is something that gave us something to look forward to despite everything that was going on with our lives. Personally, it’s something that gives me hope. When I travel, the world never fails to make me realize that there’s more to life than all those burdens I carry. So this year, I’m letting them go.

5. You can if you will.

Nothing is impossible. That sounds almost like the song you used to hear everytime you’ll start watching an episode of your favorite series. I mean, it’s something that you know without even having the need to think deeply. You’ve been hearing that a lot of times I assume — yes? But how come do we often ask ourselves if we can actually do impossible things? Why do we doubt ourselves?

I actually used to think just like most people. For example — Before, I’ve always wanted to do solo backpacking but I never did something to make it happen. If not for the unexpected events, I wouldn’t have done it. So maybe we doubt ourselves because — we’re not really willing to do something we think is not possible. We fear the idea of the ‘impossible’ that our will to do it is often defeated by the doubts we have in our heads. But you know what I learned this year? ‘Impossible’ is just a state of the mind. It does not exist in the real world. So if you really want to do something, just do it. Remember this and you’ll thank me later.

You can do all things, if only you will do something to make them happen.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

I’ve had my ups and downs last year but if you’d ask me right now, 2017 was one of the best years I lived in my entire life. Why? Because this year, I made a lot of good memories with TJ. And tonight, I want to share with you the best ones.

JANUARY: Time Travel to Las Casas Filipinas in Bataan!

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FEBRUARY: Backpacking Trip to Cebu-Leyte!

MARCH: My Birthday Week in South Korea!

APRIL: Roadtrip to Baguio with Family and TJ!

MAY: Anniversary in Boracay!

JUNE: First Time in Taiwan!

JULY: Overnight Trip to Lakawon Island in Negros!

AUGUST: Met one of my Favorite Writers — Kevin Kwan!

SEPTEMBER: TJ’s Birthday Week in Japan!

OCTOBER: Met the Humble City of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia!

NOVEMBER: El Nido Memories!

DECEMBER: Last Trip for the Year — A Trip to Hong Kong!

Plus we both experienced traveling solo!

TJ’s First Solo Europe Trip to Poland — and His First Snow Experience!

A Trip to Brunei — My First Backpacking Trip Abroad!

It was definitely a great year full of good memories and some lessons learned.

Claiming another exciting year ahead!

Once again, Happy New Year!

Thank you for joining our adventures.

P.S. Leave no trace but memories.

With Love,

Danica

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