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Good Luck, Kitty.

Yes, consider this my year-ender entry. As usual, I’m late in doing it.

A few days before the New Year, one of my friends told me that the year prior to the celebration of your Chinese zodiac is said to be the unluckiest year you’ll ever experience. Since she was born in the year of the Dragon (which will be celebrated this 2012), her 2011 proved to be a lackluster year. Sure, it had its okay moments, but in all, it wasn’t a year she would look fondly of.

2013 will be the year of the Snake, so you can just imagine my trepidation right now. 2011 was pretty much a bad year for me, and all I want is to move forward and create a better year this time around. I don’t think I can take it if 2012 turns out to be even worse than the year prior.

That being said, let me take a moment to recall the highlights and lowlights of 2011:

HIGHLIGHTS

*went to Boracay and got to spend time with my mom whom I haven’t seen (personally) in four years

*witnessed my dad and my mom try to become friends again after their ugly separation a decade ago

*became “Tita-Ninang” to the most adorable niece in the world

*got into my dream company

*finally went to an office where everyone had the same wavelength as I did; found officemates who made work easier and worth all the hard work

*got loads of free stuff from companies

*saw my name published monthly in a pretty popular magazine

*felt accomplished, career-wise

*ran my first 5k (with my boyfriend and my dad—who high-fived each other after the race was over!)

*celebrated an AWESOME second anniversary with my boyfriend

*received Panda, whom I slaved over for five months

LOWLIGHTS

*got dengue and was hospitalized

*quit my 2nd job because of financial difficulties (read: I wasn’t getting paid)

*got into an intense fight with my sister which almost made me pack my bags and leave

*got reprimanded on my last job because of my tardiness

*was told that I had awful English grammar and that I have difficulty when it comes to prepositions

*had my ego bruised and my self-esteem deflated

*lost my third job (which makes it a total of three jobs—in a year and a half!), even when I honestly loved every minute of it and would’ve wanted to stay for a few more years

*celebrated a dreary Christmas (sure, it was accentuated with exciting moments here and there, but overall, it was blah)

Looking at my list, it might seem that the highlights trump the lowlights, but considering the gravity of the events in the latter, you can surmise I’m feeling pretty down right now. I lost the first job that I’ve loved ever since I became part of the yuppies, and it sucks even worse because it was in my dream company. It’s like I put in a lot of love and effort, and for what? To have a taste and that’s it?

Eh, but don’t worry, I’m not giving up. Another friend told me that “You’re still the master of your fate,” so I guess I’ll try to do just that. For now, I’ll take another shot at my dream company, and if it doesn’t work out… well. I’ll think of that when I get there.

So what say you? Wish me luck?

P.S.

In my research, I found out that two of my most favorite people in the world were born in the year of the snake. Anne Rice and Sarah Michelle Gellar. What do they have in common? COOL VAMPIRE BACKGROUND. Anne Rice makes badass vampires while Sarah Michelle played Buffy of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Which had Spike. ‘Nuff said.

Hello, Goodbye.

It’s three days after the new year and all I can offer is a look back on the year that was and a few goals I’m setting. Seriously, my backlog is pathetic. I can’t even blog my thoughts on time. Haha. Anyway, here goes.

Last 2010 I,

  • spent my first month with the love of my universe
  • successfully organized a lot of programs, including Love Notes, with the greatest org in the world, the Thomasian Writers Guild
  • got the most beautiful bouquet of white roses, for the first time, on Valentine’s Day (and it was only the beginning of a whole bunch more)
  • graduated!
  • spent the night with my special someone in the beach (and he took care of me the whole night I had a fever)
  • had two months of relaxation with myself and my friends before facing the challenge of looking for a job
  • got rejected by a mag that I really wanted to be part of. A few months later, I realized that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it very much, anyway. I wouldn’t really have fit in.
  • got accepted in a job that initially made me proud, but in the end only made me stick with it because of the great people and my need for money
  • on the plus side, it gave me the chance to go to Hong Kong, albeit alone. O_O
  • I also took a lot of crap just so I can be published, but at the end of it all, when I read my “articles” on print, it made me feel empty because those weren’t really my words
  • I fought with my sister, and after a lot of advice from people, learned that I should just keep my mouth shut and take it all in stride, for the good of all mankind
  • spent my first Christmas without my grandfather, Tatay :c, but
  • I was also able to visit my mom’s relatives whom I haven’t seen in years
  • spent most of my paycheck on food, and bought stuff for myself using my hard-earned money
  • bought my dad AND my sister gifts for Christmas, using MY money

Lastly, I celebrated my first anniversary with the love of my universe. I ended 2010 with him, and I also started 2011 with him. It was sheer joy.

This year certainly had its ups and downs. So many things have happened, and not all of them were good, but I’m still thankful for everything. Each con had its pro, and for every heartache, I managed to turn it into something to smile about. However,

This 2011 I vow to,

  • write more and update my blog as often as possible
  • put more original stuff on Tumblr (because it’s always surreal to see strangers reblog your work) — ang babaw ko ba? Oh well.
  • get a new job that (hopefully) doesn’t make me miserable
  • save up enough money so I can buy my own laptop
  • read more books, buy more books
  • be a better girlfriend, sister and daughter
  • love Mookie even more
  • and lastly, take more risks, gain more confidence and do the things I normally think I cannot do

Whew! Those lists were pretty long! But I really hope I can do all these things, seeing as they’re not humanly impossible. Heck, I even want to do the third as soon as possible! Haha, but I know that it will come. I just have to be prepared to make the leap. 🙂