2018 was the year of emotions for me. It was the year I felt most alive–having felt pain, joy, surprise, anger, fear, disgust. I guess it’s not all happiness & love but for some reason I knew feeling all these basic emotions is exactly what I needed. You see I have an INFJ personality which makes me sensitive. I gotta admit it’s both a blessing & a curse to feel everything so deeply. So prompted me to dedicate the second half of 2018 I dedicated to self-love. Not the kind that includes pampering & doing me-time. It’s the kind of self-love that involves self-regulation, basically did introspection most days of the year. Overall, I was surprised at myself–knowing what I’m capable of and knowing what my weaknesses are has helped me figure out how I can be better.
Anyhow, it was a challenging year for me–mentally & emotionally. But thankfully I was able to harness my energy in making sure I learn from what I was going through. As I look back now being the last day of the year, I can’t help but give a sigh and pat myself on the back for overcoming the days I felt I couldn’t. And I’m very, very grateful to what transpired during this year because I know it’s His way of preparing me for what’s in store in 2019 or in the years to come.
I thought of writing about the lessons I’ve learned but as encouraging as it seems, it’s not something new and I’m pretty sure you’ve already read this on another article or magazine. Instead, I’m ending 2018 with a look back at my travels this year either for work or play hoping that the universe conspires with me for 2019 as I look forward to more travels.
We celebrated the holidays last December 2017 to January 2018 at Osaka in Japan. You can check out our amazing photos taken by Sweet Escape HERE.
Here are some photos I have on my phone from that trip.
My first born requested for a beach trip for her birthday weekend. So we happily obliged.
I went to China for work and asked Mr. JG to follow. It was our children’s summer break so we figured it was a good chance to finally travel alone. It was refreshing but we couldn’t help but think about our kids during the entire trip.
Spent Sembreak at the beach. Here’s to hoping we can explore more beaches in 2019!
2018 wasn’t an easy year and I thank God it wasn’t because I’ve learned so much from it. I couldn’t be more grateful for all that’s happened in the year that was. Praying for more grit and grace as we welcome the new year. Love and light everyone.