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15 Decisions, Transitions and Adventures From 2015

2015 has been a  full  year for me.

There’s no such thing as an empty year I’m sure, but my 2015 has been filled with so many things, a few bad while everything else wonderful. I’ve been so busy throughout the year that I barely had time to write in my journal – – I say that regretfully.

I could go as far as saying that a lot more things happened this year than 2013 and 2014 combined. These are 15 handpicked highlights of my totally awesome year:

1. JANUARY: I weaned Yuri from breastfeeding. That was a tough decision to make but I felt like it was time. I felt guilty but had to remind myself that, hey, almost 3 years of breastfeeding ain’t bad at all.

2. FEBRUARY: I went back to “school” to become a real estate broker. That was a great decision; I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and and met wonderful people who are now my friends!

Me, third from the left

3. MARCH: I, together with my immediate family, my cousins, and some friends explored Benguet, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Manila, and Cavite for the first time. During the same trip, I volunteered to stay back in Vigan because of a nasty for poisoning and and got to explore the historic city on my own.

At Vigan

4. MARCH: I finally left my freelancing job (I had a dilemma about this nearing the end of 2014 because the new administrative changes no longer make the job worth it – – and I couldn’t even ask for an employment certificate since I am not “employed” after working with that group for 4 years). 

5. APRIL: And then I discovered Stay At Home Mum, applied for the job, and, thankfully, promptly got accepted. I’ll always be grateful for that day I checked onlinejobs.ph.

6. MAY: I took the licensure exams for real estate brokers, and after weeks of studying hard (I’ll never be ashamed of saying I really did study hard!),  I passed with a grade of 82.5! Not bad!

Woot!

7. My work team of one gradually grew into now a core team of 6. We’ve said goodbye to a lot of people but then I couldn’t be more thankful that my core team is comprised of such awesome, dedicated, beautiful ladies. My relationship with my teammates grew (no homo) and they are now some of my closest friends.

8. JUNE: Our home office was finally built! It was such a blessing for Mama and I as we both work from home. Well, technically, she’s in the real estate so she contacts clients from home.

My desk looks nothing like that anymore!

9. JULY: I bade goodbye to DavaoMommy.com and started a more personal blog, which is this, JoyfulMess.com. I’m loving it. I still have a long way to go but it’s okay since I’m happy with my blog no matter how little it is.

10. AUGUST: After a few months of working with them, I finally got to meet my teammates in person! We had an overnight stay at a beach resort, Villa Amparo, and all of us had a grand time.

Villa Amparo Garden Beach Resort | Joyful Mess

Just chilling at Villa Amparo

11. SEPTEMBER: Papa got sick. He’s been sick for quite a while but that was when we finally learned that his kidney’s creatinine levels were high and he needed medication.

12. OCTOBER: A series of bad decisions ended with Papa needing to be confined in the hospital. Right after his confinement, his regular kidney dialysis began.

Dialysis

Papas first dialysis

13. DECEMBER: For our Christmas celebration, my team and I decided to go on a weekend getaway — to the mountains! None of us had ever been to Jive Highland Resort in Buda, and we ended up going on the (mis)adventure of a lifetime haha! I still have to write a dedicated post for that.

Jive Highland Resort

Just got out of a 3-hour bus ride, which explains the hair

14. DECEMBER: On Christmas Eve, Yuri and I had a surprise visit from his papa! We made plans, both temporary and permanent, and some big-time, life-changing decisions.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

15. ALL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR: Constant catch-ups and bonding with old friends (shoutout to George, Hazel, JM, and Christine!) and new ones, great relationship with family, Yuri growing up really really well, and a relationship with Job that is stronger than ever. 2015 had been a rocky year in terms of health (I’ve been to the emergency room a couple of times this year — a record!) and in terms of faith as I haven’t been the best Christian (which I am determined to change), but overall, I’m super duper thankful for this year. Thank you Lord!

How was your year?

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17 Comments

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty January 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful year! I’m wishing you an even better 2016! 🙂

  • Reply Didi January 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Ang daming mong achievements last 2015!!!
    Push mo yan sis!! 🙂
    Gooooo!!

    God Bless you!!

    Love, Didi

  • Reply berlin maynigo January 4, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Wishing you an awesome 2016! and yes, 3 years of breastfeeding isnt that bad. got ideas as well re stay at home mum. hope ok if i check on that. i resigned from work to look after our four-month baby and my three other not-so-baby-boys-anymore.

  • Reply berlin maynigo January 4, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Wishing you an awesome 2016!

    and yes, 3 years of breastfeeding isnt that bad. i wonder when will i give up on breastfeeding. I am so enjoying it (sometimes, ihihi).

    got ideas as well re stay at home mum. hope ok if i check on that. i resigned from work to look after our four-month old baby and my three other not-so-baby-boys-anymore.

    • Reply Maan January 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Hi sis, what do you mean? If you mean working for Stay At Home Mum, di pa kami hiring as of now eh.

  • Reply Iris Pulga January 4, 2016 at 11:47 am

    You had a blast last year! Here’s to a more fabulous 2016!! <3

    Happy New Year!

    <3 Iris

  • Reply Monica January 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    I always love reading your posts! Congratulations on an eventful 2015! : )
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  • Reply Madz January 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Sounds like a great year to me.I love the design of your blog btw. 🙂
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  • Reply Denice January 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Happy New Year to you! 🙂 Hoping that you have an even more fruitful 2016!
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  • Reply Neri Ann January 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Mahirap ba maging real estate broker? Parang interesting sya.
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    • Reply Maan January 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      A little bit kasi you need to enrol in a class and then take the licensure exam eh! Pero after that, fair play na for everyone.

  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo (@momyrockinstyle) January 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Wow I admire you for being able to breastfeed your son for 3 years. sana magawa ko yun! 🙂
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  • Reply Lady Anne Louise Barrun January 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

    There were so many things happened to you last year. Wishing you a more successful and surprising year of 2016.

  • Reply emiliana January 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

    You have done a lot for the past year! May God bless you as you hurdle more this 2016.
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  • Reply Grace January 6, 2016 at 9:32 am

    i’m happy that you were able to accomplish so many things last year. may you also have a fruitful 2016 as well 🙂

  • Reply Ayi January 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Definitely a wonderful year. Cheers to greater things this coming 2016 – and beyond 🙂

  • Reply jared's mum February 2, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Ours is as awesome as yours! Here’s to counting more blessings + living a grateful life this 2016! 🙂
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