Life is beautiful. Thank you 2013.

Tasmania family picture

Life IS beautiful, isnt it? I look back at the past year and know how fortunate I’ve been. Today, just like every first of the year, I feel as though I’ve done too much and yet I’ve done too little. I feel as though I blinked and the year is over. I feel as though I have more than I deserve. I feel as though I want time to slow down a bit so that I can appreciate each and every second that I get. The new year always brings out a truckload of emotions that usually boils down to gratefulness because I am truly grateful for each and every experience He has given me.

1. I am thankful for my family – every hug, smile, kiss, phone call, skype/facetime, message – every moment I spend with them makes life worth living.

2. I am thankful for friends – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – my friends are like family to me. He gave me the most wonderful set of friends in the Philippines (and my best friend in America) who I love and miss and who I know despite the distance will be my greatest strength and support. He also blessed me with a great bunch here in Australia – friends who make my new life here more colorful. Friends who have now seen me happy, hyper, in tears, in turmoil, in all my weirdness and still love me for who I am (I hope. haha). I am extremely lucky. Thank you all for being in my life.

3. I am thankful for being able to visit new places. The past year made me realise yet again that there is really a lot to see in this world. There is so much beauty yet to be discovered. I wasn’t able to visit a new country this past year which is a bit weird – but oh the new places I’ve visited (like the one in the picture), just took my breath away. I am thankful that my son sees the magic of traveling and I am thankful that I get to see those places that I’ve been to through the eyes of a five year old. There is no greater gift than to see the world with your family. There’s this quote that I read somewhere that said “This heart of mine was made to travel this world” and I know I will always feel that way and I am utterly grateful that I do.

4. I am thankful for Australia. I’ve been here for almost two years and I still feel as excited and blessed as I did when I first arrived. I was watching the fireworks last night and I still can’t believe that I was there watching one of the best fireworks displays in the world. It might seem insignificant for some but at that moment I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

5. I am thankful for 2013. We are all blessed. That is one thing that I’ve realised even more the past twelve months. We can’t look at other people and wish we had what they have because our own lives are so full of special things, people and experiences. I am so grateful for what I have. I have been given more than I could ever wish for. Words aren’t enough to express how indebted I am to Him.

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed new year! May this new year bring you closer to your dreams and give you what your hearts truly desire.

Thank you 2013. You have been amazing! And welcome 2014, I know you will be even more incredible!

Bring it on 2013!!!

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley

So today is my first blank page and like every January first of every year I write down my new year’s resolutions. This year I am keeping it simple and putting it here for the world to see. Hopefully this way I will be able to stick to them 🙂

1. JFDI and train insane – to workout more – that’s the goal! Hopefully my Aussie friends don’t read this because they’ll prolly laugh and think that I’m doing more than enough and might think that I’m going crazy. Haha. But seriously I need to be committed and consistent when it comes to this. JFDI.

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2. Eat healthy and cook healthy – My holidays consisted of junk food, drinks, cheese, chocolates, lollies, rice, bread… That should be more than enough motivation.

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3. Stress less – I seem to stress about the small things and not stress about the big things. I should really stop overthinking.


4. Travel more – I partly feel like I’m losing a bit of myself by not being able to travel. I know the past year has been a massive change so now that things have settled a bit I will find a way to travel more. Hopefully I will find time to travel with family, with friends and also find the time to travel alone again.


5. Visit at least 2 new countries this year

diane arbus travel quote

6. To finally start my “Project Life – I bought heaps of material for this more than a year ago and never got the chance to start on it. The start of the year is the perfect time to start on it, yeah?

7. To get a tat. Yep, I can’t back down now (Chad, if you are reading this –!). I don’t think this is a resolution though. Haha.

8. “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain

HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! May you all have a year full of laughter, love and travels 🙂