This year has been a wonderful one for me, and I always say that I am forever grateful for everything that has happened – especially the life lessons I’ve learned over the year. With that, here’s a rundown of how my 2014 went, and it’s probably one of the best years I’ve had so far.
The people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made
I am so lucky to have met (and became good friends with) some of the most like-minded creative people (who I met online): painters, writers, photographers, small business owners, and coffee lovers (!!!). I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to meet some of my idols in the industry from events and learn from their tips and advice. The people who kept me sane throughout the year and have now become my constants: my managers, my barkada (for 7 years), a handful of friends I confide in, also have helped me become a better version of myself. I am also grateful to have met and worked with several people who have made an impact in my 21 years of age: thesismates (#BestThesis), officemates, collaborators, clients – thank you for the amazing learning experiences.
To my readers & followers who have been there since day 1, and to those I’ve met this year at events, art fairs and workshops – THANK YOU. I never thought I would have “fans” (lol) or people who constantly message me saying I inspire them. For someone like me (who used to have zero confidence but big dreams), this is really something. You’ve all kept me going, so I can’t thank you guys enough for the support.
The (unexpectedly amazing) opportunities that came to my doorstep
Acquiring that summer internship from Pepper, getting hired as a junior planner at Tribal Worldwide, having the chance to collaborate with brands (Hey Kessy, Quirks, and Fully Booked to name a few), working for Bianca Gonzalez, and pursuing freelance (and finally being able to have a portfolio I can be proud of). This year was ultimately a busy one (full of sleepless nights, binge eating, crazy deadlines), but it was definitely well-spent.
The goals I’ve achieved
Being able to give talks as a blogger & influencer, conducting (more than 10) lettering workshops, learning how to drive and be a more independent (young) adult, graduating with Best Thesis and Honorable Mention awards, and most of all – getting to travel solo to Singapore and go backpacking across Southeast Asia were just some of the goals I’ve been able to achieve over this year. Not much, but it’s quite a huge leap from the shy, introverted self I used to be.
The places I’ve been to and the adventures I’ve had
Traveling to Singapore (thrice this year!), Japan (Hokkaido & Kyushu islands), escaping life with roadtrips to Pampanga & La Union, and of course, the highlight: Southeast Asia (for 30 days!). My love for travel has deepened and become more of a source of inspiration and way to find myself more by exploring the unfamiliarity of each country and place I’ve visited. I hope that next year, I get to travel more and see more of what the world has to offer – and hopefully, get to do more travel illustrations and share them to everyone.
The lifelong dreams that came true
I have a Life Bucket List I keep to myself, and it amazes me how most of it, I’ve been able to tick off this year – such as getting my work to be in an exhibit, getting featured at notable publications (Candy magazine & Young Star) and online (Creative Drum UK, and a lot more) and being appointed by Instagram as a Suggested User. Moreover, some of the things I NEVER ever expected to happen would be getting invited to do a TEDx talk next year and launch my website this year (in just a short span of 4 months of development – trust me, it was an impulse decision).
And my key takeaway for 2014: you can’t just sit around and wait for things to happen, it’s always up to you to figure out how to act on it. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the pursuit to keep improving, learning, working (even harder) and having a passion and determination to keep moving forward and being the best I can be not only for myself, but for others as well.
Thank you so much, 2014!
Here’s to positivity, high hopes, bigger dreams – and making (more) things happen as 2015 comes along.
I hope you all had an amazing year and have an even more amazing one as tomorrow starts. Much love! x