Thank You 2014

It seems pretty cliché to make a NYR article. So I thought that instead of making a new year’s resolution, I’d make a year end thanksgiving article. This year, to be honest, has been very good to me. That’s why from the bottom of my heart I thank The Lord for this year. Unlike the last two years, 2012 and 2013 it was like I was in hell. I always tried to keep a straight face, tried to smile through it all and never told anyone I know (even people I knew back home) but at those times it was like walking on a sea of fire. And instead of asking help or opening up my problems, I shut out everyone who were trying to help me, bottled all my troubles up and dispersed my frustrations towards my family. I’m just thankful my friends respected my decisions and my family stood by me in those tragic moments. It made not only me, but my family stronger. I realized though, that if I haven’t gone through so much, I wouldn’t be where I am now. So even though if I will go through the fire again, I would already know what it’s like and from there be courageous enough to find a way again towards the light. So here’s my 2014 in gratitude:

January

New year, new start. I thank God for letting me start working at the same time going to school. This was a trial and error decision to see if I can multitask by being a working student. Though it was a rough start, I gained a lot from that experience.

February

Ah, month of love. I’m thankful that I mostly spent my time with my family during this month. We went to different places, Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto Zoo and roamed around the city.

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March

My birth month. It was pretty awesome and there were a lot of firsts for my birthday month celebration. Went to my first house party, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, had an epic Birthday celebration with my family and newfound friends, and I went to a Demi Lovato concert! So I’m thankful that it was epic.

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April

This was a huge turn of events for me. I had my first panic attack. It was a very memorable experience because it was the start of my anxiety problem. I guess my heart problem never fully recovered. I still have panic attacks but in rarity, it only gets triggered when I drink too much coffee. That’s why I became a tea lover because it’s less strong in caffeine. But I’m thankful for the experience because it made me become more cautious in what I should do with my life because it was really a near death experience.

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May

Went to the High Park and saw Cherry Blossoms bloom for the first time! It was a very splendid afternoon with the family. We had picnic and walked around the whole park. We also went on an escapade to a lake resort to have fun and chill. This month was also the first time I got fired. HAHA. Yeah I got fired because, well, sometimes people just have to let you go. Thankful to God for the experience still because now I know I don’t have to slack off during work and that I was able to see cherry blossoms up close! It has been my childhood dream as an anime lover.

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June

Roamed around the province with my bro and family. We saw a real life castle, went to Etobicoke (which is basically the next town from the city and thus it was pretty far) to eat crepes, went bowling and the family got invited to a day on the Lake House by our family friend. I tried fishing for the first time! Also, PARAMORE + FALL OUT BOY! Not much to say about that because of course it was an EPIC outside concert! Grateful to have had many memories during this month.

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July

It was my first time to go hiking and it was at Bluffer’s park, the family also went to Woodbine Beach Park and we saw a lot of interesting festivities there. There wasn’t much to do that time though because it was the start of summer and I was very lazy to do anything haha. But I got officially enrolled in college during this month! So it’s very memorable. Thankful for it.

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August

Finally we had the summer getaway we longed for – we went to a waterpark! It was like Splash Island back in Manila all over again. Though it’s very different when you’re an adult because the hibbyjeebeez are scarier! Hahaha! Nonetheless, I’m thankful for the fun we all had. We also went to our first ever Barbeque Fair. Gosh just hearing the phrase makes my mouth water in reminiscing those back ribs at the fair. Nomnom. Oh and my best friend came to the city and we went to Centre Island! WHAT UP. My mom, my bro and I also went around the city and ate at this well-known authentic Filipino restaurant at the heart of the city. I also started my summer job for a contract of 3 months at this high end research center. Whoa. Honestly it was the best job I ever had so far. This month was awesome and I’m so grateful for that.

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September

School started of course so there’s nothing much to say about that. Well, maybe just the first time that I argued my teacher about my grades and I won his respect I guess haha. It was a memorable thing for me because it was the first time I ever stood up for myself about something. Usually I just let things pass by because I don’t want any trouble. But sometimes we just have to voice our opinions, and I’m grateful for that experience and for my teacher for being a sport about it as well.

October

This month was academically related as well. I had my first ever “F” and “Disciplinary action”. BUT I was able to waver it because, well, I argued another teacher again. Yes friends, I’m a debater here when it comes to my credibility. All the more because it was my English class and it’s my forte. I was frustrated because I was accused of something that I never intended to happen (always the misunderstood girl of course, duh). But with clear evidence, sheer determination and persuasion, I got my teacher’s confidence and got good grades in the end. God, I really thank You for this experience and for this teacher too for being a good sport.

November

I finished my contract at my favorite workplace but I was given by God a new one just after a week! Also, because of my new workplace I have the opportunity to roam around the heart of downtown and see sights.  Ever grateful for that blessing.

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December

Thank God this December was splendid! It was just a typical one but I’m very grateful that the whole December was basically our holiday vacation at school. So it was a whole month of festivities! It started with our finals for the first semester and the next week the family decided to go around the city and ice skate. Then the week after that my mom and I visited the Christmas Village at downtown Toronto, it was magical. To end the epic year I had, we celebrated a New Year’s Countdown in our church!

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So here’s to my 2014! Thank You Lord for everything this past year, for the good and the bad. As I look forward to 2015 I will forever be grateful for Your undying love to not only me, but to us, your children.

2015, BRING IT ON! 😀

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