Life in the Fast Lane


2012 Thus Far

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I'd say that 2012 is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and rewarding years I've had in my 30 (yes, I've come to accept my age) years of existence.

There are countless reasons, but these are the ones that come to mind.

1. 2012 is the year I turned 30. The weeks and months prior to this, I had so many reservations. My insecurities arose and I had to confront them before, during, and after my birthday. I felt I wasn't ready to be 30 yet. I didn't deserve to turn 30, basically. I had to realize that turning a certain age is relative, and really, one is only as old as he/she feels. I've since learned to accept and embrace what being 30 is all about. The 30's are the new 20's; at least in my book.

Goodbye, twenties!

2. 2012 is the year my friends and I took on together. This year saw a lot of monumental get-togethers for my friends and me. We made it a point to really celebrate each others' birthdays with lots of quality time. I felt that not only did we all grow individually, but we grew together, further tightening the ropes that bind us all.

The TBabes June celebrants' birthday dinner.

3. 2012 is the year that I decided to make fitness a goal. At first, I was dead set on joining a sprint triathlon. But I've since decided to manage my expectations along the way after realizing just how much I needed to work on my running. I now run on average at least 3x a week, combined with strengthening exercises during the week. In July, I joined my first 3K run; in September, my first 5K. I never thought I'd get into running, to be honest, but here I am. I still get sick on occasion, I still have asthma, my foot injury manifests itself every now and then. But I feel stronger, I have more energy, and I'm back to my college weight (even if my goal really wasn't to lose that much weight; that was just a happy coincidence).

Adidas King of the Road 5K, September 2012.

4. 2012 is the year I experienced being stolen from. Last June 1, I thought it was a Friday just like any other, but I walked away from my train ride with my knees shaking, my heart racing, my eyes seeing stars, and my breaths coming out in irregular puffs. The inner pocket of my bag was opened and both my phones were stolen. Although it may seem trivial to some, I felt really, really bad knowing that I worked hard to save up for them. But I was just glad that I wasn't hurt and that these were just material things that could be replaced.

My beloved iPhone 4S + my Draw Something addiction earlier in the year.

5. 2012 is the year that I grew, career-wise. I experienced how it was to lead, to make calls, to decide on others' behalf, to manage; I reaped what I had sown. I really felt God's blessings throughout the year. Though there were lots of challenges, intense deadlines, and moments when I felt like yanking all the strands of hair on my head, He got me through each of them. And I can still say that I know what fulfillment is all about.

Tambuli Awards, June 2012.

6. 2012 is the year that I was made to realize what was important. I guess it was all part of turning 30, but I suddenly had this need to downscale, to prioritize, to get rid of what I didn't need. I realized that I needed to improve in so many ways and that I should be more forward-thinking.

Livestrong Twilight Ride, May 2012.

7. 2012 is the year that I got to write. No, I'm still not a published author, but I got to expand my writing "borders", so to speak. Aside from all the projects at work, I had ministry writing opportunities and tried to blog religiously. I even got a mention in a magazine, and got to write my first review for another magazine (which will be out next month). Stay tuned!

Mabuhay Magazine's August 2012 issue.

8. 2012 is the year I really felt God's presence. I may not have been His most faithful daughter and servant, but He's always been there. And in the words of a wise brother-in-Christ, I could feel His "relentless pursuit" of me. In little and big ways, I felt Him prodding me, blessing me, rewarding me, and just making His presence and glory felt. Whenever any of my family members and relatives would share their joys with me, I knew He was and continues to be at work. I'm just so thankful for His day-by-day mercies and grace.

My parents' 31st wedding anniversary, September 2012.

9. 2012 is the year I got to do some traveling. How I wish that, by "traveling", I was referring to a lot of places or at least a long-haul flight, but that's not what I mean. However, I did get to go the beach several times this year (at least double the number of times compared to last year). My girl friends and I celebrated our 30th year of existence together in an unforgettable Dumaguete weekend. I also added Ho Chi Minh to my list of stamps in my passport. It was also the first time that my siblings and I went abroad together without our parents.

Ho Chi Minh, May 2012.

Dumaguete, August 2012.

I wanted to write a 10th item, but I couldn't think of what that was yet. I realized that it's because the year isn't over just yet. I still have more than a month left to make it count. To make that 10th item matter.

Seeing that it's Thanksgiving in the US, I felt like writing this today. Just to remind myself to be thankful and to recognize that we're all blessed, that we all have reasons to be thankful.

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  1. I still yet to uncover what is the mystery of being 30. Hope you get to drop by Bohol too in '13! :)

  2. I'd love to go there! Shamefully, I've had no opportunity to do so yet. :(

    Must do something about that in 2013!


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