I welcomed 2013 with a bang. I celebrated my first Christmas and welcomed the new year with my [then] fiancé. He returned to the US in February, and I, on the other hand, returned to my mundane life. On top of my daily job, I spent my time getting ready for the wedding in between.
Roan returned to the Philippines in October, and man did I feel time went on a roll. In my mind, we’re not having a fancy wedding, but it turned out differently. It actually exceeded our expectations.
Spending last year’s Christmas and welcoming the new year with Roan may appear the same, but it’s different in so many levels. It is worth noting that towards our wedding, I had become a bridezilla. With all the pressure to get things done sooner, I failed to realize that I am becoming someone I warned myself about. Compromised relationships are not welcomed here, so I made a conscious effort to become better.
I would describe last year in two words: blessed and grateful. The adversities the Philippines went through in the last quarter of 2013 allowed me to honor God’s goodness to me and my family. Though overwhelming, I remain hopeful that my fellow countrymen will be able to recover from all these as Filipinos are well-known for their gift of resiliency. By God’s grace, I know they will.
Roan and I have set goals for 2014, and we are excited for whatever is in store for us newlyweds. These aren’t simply resolutions that most people fail to sustain, but greater things to look forward to and work for.
From my family to yours, we wish you a Prosperous 2014!