Well hello there beautiful people! How did you welcome the new year? The husband and I went to Mykonos last night to celebrate it, not the Greek island (although I wish it was) but the restaurant in Intercontinental Hotel Doha. Yes my dear friends, I’m already in Doha now and living the new life of being a wife to my husband – that’s after 4 months of being married to each other. Lol.
I must say that I’m quite excited of what 2015 has in store for me. The past year was a whirlwind of emotions and I was hoping that I’d be able to skip the not-so-good emotions this year. We can’t really control it can we? It’s the very reason why I have procrastinated my year in review post which I usually do before the year ends. I normally write a monthly review but I just can’t get myself to do it this time so I’ll just give you a short version of it.
For the first 6 months of this year, I was stressed at work because I was burnt out of it – it was a feeling that I’ve never expected I’d feel since I used to love what I’ve been doing. However, I found it quite monotonous for me already (after 10 years of doing that job, I think it’s ok for me to feel that way) and it was no longer challenging for me. So I filed my resignation and moved on. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the company that I was working which made me quit but it’s the job function itself. I never had an inclination to step up the corporate ladder of that job function (being a supervisor or a manager of a travel agency isn’t my cup of tea) because of that very reason – I never wanted to be stuck there so what’s the whole point of holding on to it? So I quit with a heavy heart as I loved the company that I was working for.
2014 was also the year that I want to skip and not skip if I can relive my life. Skip it because it was the year when my father passed away, not skip it because it was also the year when I got married. Funny how life plays its cruel game on you. It puts you down before it puts you right back up. So I’m quite confused about this year really, I can’t say that it was the best but I can’t also say that it was not the best. Let’s just leave it at that.
Blogging-wise, 2014 definitely is the year for this website. It was the year when my site crashed because it wasn’t able to handle the amount of visitors trying to get a glimpse of the post that I made which went viral – Reasons Why Living in Dubai Will Ruin You For Life. After that, the course my website took just went upwards (statistics-wise). :p
Travel-wise, 2014 was also good to me. I went to Sri Lanka for a fam trip on April and spent 4 months in the USA afterwards. I visited New York, Dominican Republic, Washington DC, Philadelphia (which I am yet to do a post of), Los Angeles, San Francisco and we even did the Big Sur drive which is in my bucket list. I went to a haunted forest for Halloween, I had my first taste of snow, went ice skating for the first time and had my first Thanksgiving experience with my family. I also spent my first birthday with my family after 2 decades. The last time my family was with me to celebrate my birthday was when I turned 7 years old. That’s a long time, yes? :p Also, it was this year when I spent my first Christmas with them after around the same amount of time.
All in all, 2014 wasn’t the best year but I was still thankful for it. Life’s really a wonder don’t you think? It puts you down right before putting you right back up. I lost my father but I gained back all the years that I spent away with the rest of my family. So really, it is a wonder.
Here’s to having a more beautiful year for me and all of you who’s reading this.
Hugs and lots of kisses,
Pinay Flying High