Looking back at 2019

And just like that, January ended dramatically. Series of global events awakened us with streaks of fear looming about sickness, catastrophes, sudden deaths, and natural disasters. It all happened too fast but the realizations and emotional impact linger. Hence, I was reminded to look back on what happened last year through a blog post: 2019 in review.

I know this is a bit late: I’ve been in blog and social media hiatus for quite some time as I juggle responsibilities and process things that have been happening lately in my life. Honestly, I am not inspired to write — I just want to keep things to myself or write it down in my planner. Although I am quite hesitant to publish this, I know I still owe my readers an article about the highlights of my journey last 2019.

Just like any journey, mine had bumps along the road. But as always, it was outnumbered by God’s goodness and faithfulness even in the hard times.

Dad got sick.

Yes, he was diagnosed with the Big C. This news shocked my family as we were used to him being the strongest in the family. We’ve been in and out of the hospital. He’s no longer capable of working. Hence, this has taken toll on our family physically, emotionally, and financially. But by the grace of God, this has taken a great detour on our spiritual lives as well. He is continuing his medications and trying to live a normal life despite his illness.

I got promoted at work.

God’s delays are not denials. I finally got my promotion last year. Maybe I was not prepared nor mature yet for the role when I applied for it last 2018. Really, He makes things happen in His own time. As I look back, I learned to value more my current role because I know I worked hard to be where I am right now. Of course, it won’t be possible without the people who believed in my capabilities. I also realized that increased responsibilities meant bigger accountability and that in the process, you begin to think less of what you can gain but how you can be of service to others.

I earned my milestones in blogging.

I became a member of this huge, fun and creative blogging group, Saan Sa Ph. I also reached 1k followers on Facebook. My traffic increased to more than 200% compared to 2018 and my views are now averaging to 2k a month. I know this may seem small, but for me it’s a big milestone already.

With Saan Sa PH fam
In 2019, my views shoot up to 21k

We were blessed with a car.

Thanks to my sister’s initiatives and hard work, my family was blessed with a car. This has been one of my family’s dreams, especially my dad. Fulfilling his dream is priceless. Plus, we are able to travel more as a family and conveniently go to the places we frequent.

I traveled to Taiwan and Zamboanga.

I only had a few out of town travels last year, but what made it memorable were my trips to Taiwan and Zamboanga.

I spent my birthday with my family in Tagaytay and was invited to review One Tagaytay Place.

This was my first sponsored travel gig featuring One Tagaytay Place. I spent it with my family and we enjoyed the stay very much.

We spent the New Year in our new house in Cavite.

We haven’t moved in yet but we celebrated the New Year in General Trias, Cavite to experience what it feels like living there. Surprisingly, it changed the mood in the family. I was reminded again to work hard and save more for the pending constructions so that in time, we can transfer here already.

Celebrating at our humble abode

What I have learned in 2019

Twenty nineteen was really tough. I thought I won’t be able to rise up again. Last year, I have learned that our life is really fragile. Family and relationships are indispensable. More than the material blessings, health and positive relationships are superior and should be therefore be given more importance.

Also, God gives you grace continually to survive the intricacies of life. All you have to do is trust Him even in the darkest times. Thank you Lord for blessing me and my family last year.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Kurt says:

    Grabe no? Time flies so fast. Tapos the decade has just started pero ang daming ganap lately. I really hope that from this day onwards, it’s going to be full of love, hope, and contentment. ❤️

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  2. Fangirl Clang says:

    More blessings pa sa 2020! Faith and trust lang talaga kay Lord! Fighting!

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  3. happyandbusy says:

    I hope your dad gets better and completely healed.
    Your 2019 has positive and negative things, but just remember to continue and be strong 🙂

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  4. dawnlyndelle says:

    “God’s delays are not denials.” That phrase spoke to me. My husband and I are waiting on the Lord and it has taught us patience and most of all, trusting in Him. I can also relate to the first part of your post. My dad was also diagnosed with the Big C in 2018. I praise God that he finished his chemo sessions and is now going back to his usual routine. Praying for continued healing for our fathers po.

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    1. Awww get well soon to your dad too. Keep the faith.

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  5. My Onni You says:

    More blessings to you and your family this 2020!
    Fighting and always believe in God.

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  6. Wendyflor says:

    i’m sorry to read about your Dad. but congratulations to all your milestones, especially your promotion. way to go!

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  7. The Lord has blessed you last year! Congratulations on your milestones. I’m praying for your dad’s fast recovery.

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  8. Adam Belda says:

    Lots of challenges for year 2019. But I am glad to see how fast and many blessings you have received for the rest of 2019. May you have a complete blessings too and positive vibes for this year 2020.

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  9. Hoping for your dad’s fast recovery! I could those darkest times in our milestones really leave a better impact live to be stronger!

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  10. Prado Arturo Navarro Bognot says:

    Wow! Congrats on the blessings you received for 2019! Hopefully, your blog would pick up the pace even more using organic SEO methods. 🙂

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  11. WanderWoMom says:

    Praying for your family’s strength and congratulations on every achievement that youve gotten last year!!
    Im SSPH member too!

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  12. I’m happy for you girl and you deserve all of the blessings you’ve received. 2020 may seem a bit grim for all of us, but im sure that God will always be there. Let’s try to think of positive things and just tackle the rest of the year head on!

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  13. vakarensj says:

    With the unfortunate event that happened to you last year, I hope na maging ok ang dad mo this year.

    But good thing, there are more positive happenings than the negative ones.

    Congrats for being promoted, reaching a new milestone as a blogger, and having more travel opportunities.

    I hope that this year will be filled of lots of positive happenings to you. 😊

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    1. Thank you. Same to you too. =)

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  14. vakarensj says:

    I’m sorry to hear about our dad. I hope that he would heal this year.

    But still, good things outweigh the bad ones.

    Congrats on your promotion, for reaching a milestone as a blogger, and for having more travels.

    I hope that this year would be a better year for you. 😊

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  15. Khryz says:

    Sorry to hear about your dad. Continue praying because everything is possible with God. 🙂 Congrats on all the milestones you achieved last year. 🙂

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