Lux Thinking Aloud

Celebrating My Fantastic 36th Year On Earth

11:29 AM

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The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.
-Frank Lloyd Wright



Just finished celebrating my fantastic 36th year on earth. It's my last birthday as a single woman. Time flies when you're having fun.

Wasn't it only yesterday I was reveling in my single journey; embracing the ups and downs, feeling the joy and pain of being "set apart" in a world cruel to someone who is choosing to walk alone? A bit dramatic, isn't it? But that's based on my experience.

I've loved my single life. Every part of it---the good, the bad and the ugly. 

I love the ample me-time, the quiet, the independence, the freedom, even those times I felt empty. Because that's when I felt God's presence the most. That's when I'm most desperate for Him.



Fantastic 36th Year on Earth


Eating kindly

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Pixabay

This year I've decided to take baby steps towards eating kindly. I'm not a vegan yet. I'm a pescovegetarian. The reason being where I currently am, food choices for vegans are very limited.

But I started because every time I eat meat, I couldn't help thinking that what I am eating used to be alive and if given the choice, would not want to die just so I can eat.

He'd rather be playing on the grass, eating, sleeping, enjoying life. Not to be confined in a dirty uncomfortable cage with little room for moving, enduring heat, getting tortured and eventually killed in who knows what way.

In the words of Jessica Chastain: "I don’t want to torture anything. … it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here."

Nutritional and environmental reasons also pushed me to changing my food choices---and lifestyle in general.

I'm on my way to eating purely plant-based. I'll get there someday soon.

This year, I decided to eat kindly and that for me is fantastic!

More travels

Don Salvador Benedicto

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Sliay City

Bali Indonesia

Boracay
I discovered my love for traveling when I was still single. It's one of the things I wanted to do for myself: to find joy and be in awe as often as I can. To discover new places and experience new things.

This year, that didn't change. I am thankful for a fiance who also loves to travel and see nature. And who stays in control, takes care of everything from planning to packing and oversees everything that's needed.

That's something my dear single friends you must strive to find. Someone who lets you be independent but whom you can also always depend on.

I've traveled both for leisure and business this year. Both I've enjoyed and am thankful for.

Gift of romantic relationship

Romantic Relationship
I was single for six years before I met my fiance. Six years of no dating, no flirting, no emotional involvement. Six years of pruning, healing, spending time with friends, serving, working and traveling. Most of all, it's been a long journey of me making peace with myself.

It wasn't easy. It was so loud outside. People judging and laughing at my choices. Well-meaning friends pressuring me to settle with apparently just anyone whom they thought was "okay" for me.

Thankfully, there is calmness inside me. Despite my own doubts and fears, I have this belief that everything will work out in the end. I was so tired of kissing frogs I was willing to forego dating for as long as the next one I kiss is the real prince so to speak.

I couldn't help but marvel in God's greatness. Although we are not perfect, He finds someone who is perfectly imperfect for us. And no matter how different we are, we fit just right like puzzle pieces to create a beautiful picture together.

When I was still single, I would take note of the things I wanted and not want for my future husband.

Sometimes I'll be watching a movie and when I love the spouse in the film, I'd whisper a prayer to God and say, "Please give me a husband like that, Lord."

Sometimes it happens when I'm reading a book or even in real life. I'm very observant.

If I see someone acting like a jerk, I'd say "I'd rather stay single for life than be with someone like that."

This is when I had decided that should I not be able to get married someday, I'll be okay with it. I'll just keep traveling and enjoying life as it is. Somehow in my heart, I knew I'm leading towards this direction.

It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that you'll be happy to stay single but also ready should there be a shift in the universe. 😉

God indeed has plans for us far better than what we have imagined. His generosity is boundless.

I will forever be grateful to Him for finally giving me the gift of a romantic relationship. All worth the wait and the heartaches.

"Adulting" at its finest

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One of the many Save-the-date templates I tested

I've never felt more "adult" in my life than I have this year. What could be more mature, serious and adult than planning for a wedding and paying bills?

I can't (and don't want to) delve into details. But so far, this year has been the most stressful, busiest, challenging, and overwhelming time in my adult life.

By the way, I'm selling my house. So if you're interested, just shoot me a message. 😏



The gift of uncertainty

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Just because I'm thirty-six now doesn't mean I have figured out everything about life.

My future is still uncertain. I have plans and goals but obviously in my past, God has proven that His will is greater and far more beautiful.

Yes, there are still times when I doubt and worry. There are still times when the enemy seems to be winning in discouraging me.

I want to always know what's next. But I guess that's the beauty of the future. You can create it today.

I don't know where I'll be in the next year. I'm not sure how I'm going to spend my 2019 to be honest. All I can do is work on the things I can control and let go of the things I cannot.

Allow God to do the impossible as that's His expertise.

I can only hold on to His promises, remember the times He's been faithful to me even when I wasn't and keep praying.

I'm thankful that in all these uncertainties, there are two certain things in my life:

that God will be there is already there preparing everything I need, and that I have a wonderful partner holding my hand as we're facing the unknown together.

That's why my 36th is fantastic!

How about you? How's life been so far?


Other birthday posts:
Post-birthday Reflections
Another Year Older And Hopefully Wiser
My Birthday Gratitude List
Life So Far This 2016
My Big Day Is Coming!
Birthday Life Lessons

Photo credit: Instagram fiance 😄

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  1. I know I am late but it sounds like the past year has been a fantastic one for you! So much fun traveling, eating kindly and meeting the love of your life <3 (The blog title suits this post so much.) And what an adorable photo of you two on the pink and blue see-saw!!

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