3 New Things I’m Doing This Year

It’s so hot! Just a week ago, there wasn’t a single day with no rain. Right now, it’s too hot to function. Why?!

But rain or shine, we will push to blog hahaha so I’m writing right now in our hot living room. Anyway, I digress. The year is still young and this time is the best time to reflect, plan, and introspect. During my period of planning and introspection (which lasted for about a couple of hours lol), I realised that there are three exciting new things that I’m doing this year, and I would like to share them with you!

1. The 52-Week Challenge

Personal planner savings tracker insert

Did backbreaking work for this – everything is handwritten! I’m proud of it though.

I first heard of the 52-week challenge in 2015. Although I found it interesting, and although I was always planning to join, I never had the chance to do it. I always end up doing another thing or not saving money at all (which was the case last year).

Because I saved virtually nothing last year, I resolved to join this challenge and be serious about it. Right now, it’s only the third week and I’ve been using this cute container as my temporary coin bank, but it already feels good!

2. The Happiness Box

Happiness Box project

Made this last week, already got several entries inside!

While browsing Pinterest for free planner printables (it is planner-pimping period after all!), I chanced upon this fantastic idea. The concept is to prepare an empty jar, write happy things in little pieces of paper when they happen, and when the year comes to an end, you open the jar and take out all those pieces of paper to remind you of the happy things that happened during the year. It sounds like a really charming concept.

I was planning to use one of my mason jars for this project, but I know that I’m too clumsy to use something breakable – not to mention I do have a little boy. So I took out one of my old Althea boxes and used it instead! Nothing too fancy but I like how it looks.

Shout out to my girls and the delish pizza!

3. A guarded heart

My new year began on a happy note, but to be completely honest with you, there were a couple of bad things that marred it for me. One was Yuri’s getting sick, which caused him to miss 2 weeks of school. The other is a personal disappointment. Without giving too much details, let’s just say it revolves around an accidental discovery of a rotten secret of people I trusted. Had trusted.

In other words, I had been betrayed.

Nothing sugar-laden breakfast cannot fix

I envy other people’s nonchalance when handling personal issues because I’m the type of person who gets easily affected. Even issues that don’t directly affect me get me tossing and turning in my bed at night – just imagine how much something that directly targets me affects me. I consulted a close friend who then told me that her secret is that she only chooses a few people to give her 100% trust to.

That served as a lesson to me because I easily trust people. I try my best to see only the good in them (I won’t lie – sometimes it’s really hard). But when I uncovered the secret of these people I used to see as real friends, my perspective shattered. God knows I have been nothing but true to them; sadly, it’s not the same for them, and that hurts to the core.

So from now on, I shall be more guarded to avoid being disappointed again. Also, instead of focusing on rotten people, I shall focus on the bright, truly good people that surround me. There’s no shortage of them, so why focus on the mean ones, right? Let’s try that.

What new things are you doing this year?

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  • Reply Mommy Levy January 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I’m doing your #1 and #2. I love doing the happiness box kasi you’ll get to read good things small or big again after a year. Yung #1 it’s unfortunate that I usually stop every month of May 🙁 I hope I can finish it this year.

  • Reply Ceemee January 17, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Well, I started a project called Joyful Days, a mini collection of planner inserts. All original designs in watercolor that I scanned and printed. Hope I could use them and be more positive. Hope I could share them, too. It’s a new thing for me. 🙂 I like the happiness box idea!

  • Reply Michelle January 17, 2017 at 7:35 am

    My ex-boyfriend-now-husband and I have been doing the money challenge since 2014. It helped us a lot as we somehow feel prepared for future unforeseen expenses. We did the modified challenge, though. This year, I added a bit more amount from what we have saved last year. It’s an added challenge, too!

  • Reply Mommy Queenelizabeth January 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Those were great activities to start off the year right! I think i need to do the 52weeks challenge! I need to save but as always im tempted to spend. Yay! Parang diko kaya.. lol! I’l be doing the happiness box! It sounds fun! 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Mom On Duty January 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I’m doing the 52-week money challenge too, but the other way around. I started with the highest amount since I’m practically broke come December because… shopping. Haha!

    And I agree with your friend. I learned that lesson too and now I only keep a small circle of friends who I trust 100%. It’s been ‘quiet’ since.

  • Reply Meg Villamarin-Mortega January 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I also have the same resolutions this year with regard to finances, being happy and my heart. Mine is to try another saving formula, do my devotions daily, and to have more face-to-face conversations with people who matter to me. Good luck to both of us 🙂

  • Reply Evelyn Marfa January 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    My husband want to try the 52-week challenge but he wasn’t able to start it yet. By the way, he is the one managing our finances that’s why I cannot commit to it. But I would love to try it if there’s a chance. I love your happiness box. We made our prayer jar recently. We wrote our prayer requests in a piece of paper by the end of the year, we will revisit it. I also like to do the happines box for my homeschooler. Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Erica YU-B January 18, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Alam mo, I was planning to do the 52-week challenge! Ang galing! Hard but sabi nga nila, nothing’s impossible! I started last week, I hope I can do this this year for our soon-to-be-built house! Exciting year, huh? We can do this sis! God bless 🙂

  • Reply Jen Ubongen January 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    May version din kami ni hubby ng happiness box dati, and we called it “jar of good things”. Until we just learn to just jot it down. While we haven’t tried the 52-week challenge, we have already put in our system the habit of saving. I do all the budgeting and divide it into different funds. I would probably share it in one of my coming posts. 🙂

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei January 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Tha Happiness Box is a great idea especially when you’re feeling down and out.

  • Reply Nerisa January 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I think i tried that 52 week challenge, but the real challenge for me was finishing it hahaha

  • Reply Mommy Anna January 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I am doing number one hope I can do it,

  • Reply jem alvarado January 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Love it! Full of positive vibes for the year round. Good luck on the 52 week challenge!

  • Reply Liz A January 20, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I did the 52 week challenge back in 2015 as well but I ended up using the funds midyear for an emergency. I am planning to do it again this year since, like you, I saved literally nothing last year. I like your idea of the happiness box, I think I will do that this year as well with a different twist probably. 🙂 For the third one, haaaays, don’t get me started with the trust thing. hahaha. I have a trust issue with people I meet, too. And I think, the worst one is having little trust in myself as well. I guess I will start with that. 😀

    Great plan for this year. Looking forward to how your year will end. 🙂

  • Reply mhaan a January 20, 2017 at 7:06 am

    The 52-week challenge sounds fun! Will consider joining next year, or to catch up since we are only on the 3rd week of January hehe. I started to learn the basics of BuJo or bullet journaling. I wanted to be more organized and goal-oriented this year.

  • Reply Badet Siazon January 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    What a nice way to use the Althea Box, upon delivery happiness in a box na talaga yan eh. But yeah, I also reuse the box for something else.

  • Reply Janice January 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I’m also doing the 52 week challenge this year. Hoping it works! Good luck with yours. And instead of a happiness box, I’m using a gratitude journal using my Starbucks planner. 🙂

  • Reply May Palacpac January 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Oooh, husband and I are doing another savings challenge which I find more doable than the 52-week plan. 🙂 It’s the 100 peso incremental savings plan for every salary day. Di namin kaya ang weekly, haha.

  • Reply Lhourdes Mercadero January 21, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve tries the 1st one, the 52 weeks challenge. We are already on our 26th weeks but someone took the money from our piggy bank. I guess in have to start again.

  • Reply Berlin January 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Good luck on the 52 week challenge. I was able to do and complete that years ago but now that I stay at home, I stopped. Then I realize that the more I should do this to save for the family. I will just make a few adjustment in terms of frequency and perhaps even amount. I also love your happiness box. Gives me an idea to make the same so I would feel more grateful of things. Oh yes, I just started my gratitude jar wherein everyday, I will write one.grateful.thing for that day until ive completed the whole year. Good luck to us 🙂

  • Reply Alaine January 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I have always wanted to try this 52 day challenge but my husband and I always end up saving money the traditional way (bank). I might try this this year for myself. I think it’s not yet too late.

  • Reply Ayi January 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Feeling ko hindi ko kaya ang 52-week challenge. LOL! But I like your happiness box. After all, there are so many things we should be happy and grateful about, diba? No to negativity 🙂

  • Reply Gilian January 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Not yet tried the saving challenge. 🙂 I always end up doing something different half the year round too in the past years I’vr tried saving. Haha hope you finish it this year.

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy January 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I will also try that 52 week challenge. The kids got so many coin banks that I will have to put to good use. I also got a happiness jar but I haven’t been religiously putting stuffs on it. Time to be more resolute in doing my resolutions.

  • Reply TweenselMom January 23, 2017 at 5:35 am

    It’s nice to read personal plans, it’s like writing your plans over a stone and that makes it more inspiring to accomplish your goals. Goodluck to you and I hope to see your year end posts too.

  • Reply Maria Teresa Figuerres January 23, 2017 at 6:36 am

    You definitely have very nice things planned for this year. Those will surely make every waking minute more exciting because you have something to look forward to, that is, accomplishing the things you set out to do. Good luck!

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen January 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I like the idea of a Happiness Box and I think it’s time I make one. As for the 52-week challenge, I don’t think I’m up for it yet.

  • Reply Grace February 13, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    I’ll create my own Happiness Box, too! I am also trying to save this year, but I can’t do the 52week challenge yet. And, oh! I love the handwriting! 😍

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